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New post 05 Mar 2019, 17:27
Dear Online GMAT warriors,

I took an official GMAT this morning and failed miserably. Q27V25 - 460. I cancelled my score immediately. This happened after 220-250 hours of studying & $1000 in.
Mind you, I walked in expecting to score a 530-550. My plan was I would then work another month or two to get it up to 600.
Now I find myself back at square 0. I'm a UC Berkeley grad in PoliSci (you'd think verbal would be easier...! and I speak 4 languages god damn it).
I was never very confident at Math, but not to the extent of scoring in the lower 40% .

GMAT Community, I want to go to a top B-school in Europe. At this point, I would be grateful with 650, even though I assumed I have the mental capacity to get a 680...!

I come to you defeated, Yes my study was probably mostly wrong, I did not "master" it. Yes, I admit, no mastery. But can I do any better...? I unfortunately no longer have the luxury of being able to dedicate 6-7 hours a day to studying, and probably messed up the great opportunity I had these past 2 months to study BETTER than this. Searching for true and real guidance.

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New post 05 Mar 2019, 18:16
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My two cents,

Only you can improve this , no one else can .



Please start one by one to improve on your areas,

You can create a study plan on gmatclub and start following that.

Ample study material is there on GMAT club .

Gmat club maths book and grammar book is also there . just search these .

Please read topic by topic and practice more on practice part on GMAT.

Keep checking your error log daily and revise the concepts which you have got wrong here.

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New post 06 Mar 2019, 04:19
Hi newzkam,
The time and money you invested is not correlated with the stated outcome. It seems to be an issue of quality rather than quantity. I think you need close guidance on how achieve the maximum benefit from you future you are planning to invest.

one option would be to find a good online course, or better a personalized tutor.
another option is to find a study buddy or a friend who went through GMAT before, and follow him.

if you keep studying alone or with the same methodology, I am afraid the outcome won't change much.
I wish you better experience next test,
good luck.
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New post 06 Mar 2019, 17:50
Hi newzkam,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How many months have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 07 Mar 2019, 11:58
Hi newzkam,

I realize that you are disappointed by your latest GMAT score, but hang in there, my friend. If you can start a smart and thorough study path, you CAN improve your GMAT score, OK?

Although I’m unsure of how you studied for your previous GMAT, since you studied for 220+ hours and scored 460, you really need to look at HOW you were preparing and make some changes (as you’ve admitted). Since you scored Q27/V25, you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals you need for a higher score, right?

Moving forward you’ll need to muster the strength to rededicate yourself to the GMAT. Yes, properly preparing is going to take some time, but if you follow a study plan in which you individually learn and practice each GMAT quant and verbal topic until you’ve gained mastery, you can methodically improve your quant and verbal skills and your GMAT score. Let me expand on this idea further.

Say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, begin reading magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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There's a lot to unpack here. So I will be brief and hope this will help.

1. Goals. You say your goal is 600+, but went in expecting to score low to mid 500s. Be realistic in your goals, and put in the work necessary to get there. Don't see the test as a stepping stone to another, but use it as your final exam.

2. Prep. You did some prep, it didn't go that well. DO DIFFERENT PREP THIS TIME. Repeating your process will not yield different results. Did you use a tutor? Did you go over every SINGLE missed answer in practice and understand WHY you were wrong and HOW to fix it? This is probably the biggest single thing to help. Learn the concept, don't just focus on the problem. I am not great at math and had a 49Q. You can do it too.

3. Study materials. Kahn Academy. It shocks me more people don't use this. Figure out 3-4 quant things you don't understand and watch Sal teach you videos. Do this at lunch, at night instead of watching tv. If your MBA will change your eventual career, a couple months of lost time in TV/friends is certainly worth it.

4. Confidence. The GMAT is about trying to catch you off guard. It's timed, it's based on how well you've done on the rest of the test, it is intimidating. Period. Practice under real constraints. Put on noise cancelling headphones when you practice. Time every problem you do. Get that time down and accuracy up. Really, these are learnable skills and you CAN master them. Be confident.

5. Be YOU. Consultants on this site have a tendency to put everyone in a one-size-fits-all box. You know how you study and learn, they don't. Deep down, no matter how hard it is to do it, you know whether you did the best you possibly could. Attack the problem from a new angle, but be yourself and learn from past failures. This is what makes a great leader, and what will make a great GMAT score too.

I am happy to give more direct help if you want to PM me, though I'm really a nobody. But I'm older, worked hard to get to where I am, and am good at teaching people.

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New post 08 Mar 2019, 07:54
newzkam wrote:
Dear Online GMAT warriors,

I took an official GMAT this morning and failed miserably. Q27V25 - 460. I cancelled my score immediately. This happened after 220-250 hours of studying & $1000 in.
Mind you, I walked in expecting to score a 530-550. My plan was I would then work another month or two to get it up to 600.
Now I find myself back at square 0. I'm a UC Berkeley grad in PoliSci (you'd think verbal would be easier...! and I speak 4 languages god damn it).
I was never very confident at Math, but not to the extent of scoring in the lower 40% .

GMAT Community, I want to go to a top B-school in Europe. At this point, I would be grateful with 650, even though I assumed I have the mental capacity to get a 680...!

I come to you defeated, Yes my study was probably mostly wrong, I did not "master" it. Yes, I admit, no mastery. But can I do any better...? I unfortunately no longer have the luxury of being able to dedicate 6-7 hours a day to studying, and probably messed up the great opportunity I had these past 2 months to study BETTER than this. Searching for true and real guidance.

Good Karma brings Good People Together.


Hi newzkam,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. Please do not be disheartened. GMAT is a test of perseverance. You should study for around 3-4 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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newzkam wrote:
Dear Online GMAT warriors,

I took an official GMAT this morning and failed miserably. Q27V25 - 460. I cancelled my score immediately. This happened after 220-250 hours of studying & $1000 in.
Mind you, I walked in expecting to score a 530-550. My plan was I would then work another month or two to get it up to 600.
Now I find myself back at square 0. I'm a UC Berkeley grad in PoliSci (you'd think verbal would be easier...! and I speak 4 languages god damn it).
I was never very confident at Math, but not to the extent of scoring in the lower 40% .

GMAT Community, I want to go to a top B-school in Europe. At this point, I would be grateful with 650, even though I assumed I have the mental capacity to get a 680...!

I come to you defeated, Yes my study was probably mostly wrong, I did not "master" it. Yes, I admit, no mastery. But can I do any better...? I unfortunately no longer have the luxury of being able to dedicate 6-7 hours a day to studying, and probably messed up the great opportunity I had these past 2 months to study BETTER than this. Searching for true and real guidance.

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Live in the present moment and plan for the future. Don't regret what has not worked in the past.

Identify the areas which are giving you a problem and maintain an error log.

Analyse what are you doing to improve on your pain points.

Wishing you all the very best!!
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