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GMAT official practice test 1 result discussion and way forward

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Hi everyone,

After starting my preparation for GMAT 2 months ago, I finally gave the first practice test a couple of days ago. My result on GMAT official practice test 1 is as follows:

IR: 7
Q: 48
V: 28
O: 630

I made a number of silly mistakes in Quant. But, I'm sure with focus and timed practice I will be able to achieve a good score in it.
However, Verbal is something that is giving me chills. I've so far gone through Manhattan SC guide (Basic topics covered) and Powerscore CR guide (Major topics covered).
Plus, I have also solved the official OG guide with fair accuracy (Is the GMAT OG easy?)

I need help to improve my verbal score as I plan to give GMAT 1 month from now and I'm targetting a score of 720+ to secure admit to a top MiM program.

Also, I've realized that my performance in OG was highly variable. I performed irregularly in OG questions even if the questions were of same difficulty. I have a tough time solving verbal questions in the specified time limit.

Any help on how to improve my verbal score will be highly appreciated.

If any other information is required, please ask.
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gaganpreet94 wrote:
Hi everyone,

After starting my preparation for GMAT 2 months ago, I finally gave the first practice test a couple of days ago. My result on GMAT official practice test 1 is as follows:

IR: 7
Q: 48
V: 28
O: 630

I made a number of silly mistakes in Quant. But, I'm sure with focus and timed practice I will be able to achieve a good score in it.
However, Verbal is something that is giving me chills. I've so far gone through Manhattan SC guide (Basic topics covered) and Powerscore CR guide (Major topics covered).
Plus, I have also solved the official OG guide with fair accuracy (Is the GMAT OG easy?)

I need help to improve my verbal score as I plan to give GMAT 1 month from now and I'm targetting a score of 720+ to secure admit to a top MiM program.

Also, I've realized that my performance in OG was highly variable. I performed irregularly in OG questions even if the questions were of same difficulty. I have a tough time solving verbal questions in the specified time limit.

Any help on how to improve my verbal score will be highly appreciated.

If any other information is required, please ask.


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The OG contains few questions of the 700+ level. But IMO the OG + Verbal Review of last 5 years will be sufficient.
For Verbal improvement, the following post will help you:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
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gaganpreet94 wrote:
Hi everyone,

After starting my preparation for GMAT 2 months ago, I finally gave the first practice test a couple of days ago. My result on GMAT official practice test 1 is as follows:

IR: 7
Q: 48
V: 28
O: 630

I made a number of silly mistakes in Quant. But, I'm sure with focus and timed practice I will be able to achieve a good score in it.
However, Verbal is something that is giving me chills. I've so far gone through Manhattan SC guide (Basic topics covered) and Powerscore CR guide (Major topics covered).
Plus, I have also solved the official OG guide with fair accuracy (Is the GMAT OG easy?)

I need help to improve my verbal score as I plan to give GMAT 1 month from now and I'm targetting a score of 720+ to secure admit to a top MiM program.

Also, I've realized that my performance in OG was highly variable. I performed irregularly in OG questions even if the questions were of same difficulty. I have a tough time solving verbal questions in the specified time limit.

Any help on how to improve my verbal score will be highly appreciated.

If any other information is required, please ask.

Hi gaganpreet94!

Happy to help :-)

It will definitely be quite difficult to raise your score by that amount in such a relatively short amount of time. However, there are a few things that you can do in the next few weeks to help maximize your score!

First, I recommend reading through this article:
How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score

It covers all the essential things you need to do to improve your Verbal score, regardless of the amount of time you have to study :-)

One very important thing you should be doing in these last few weeks is going back through your old incorrect questions. One of the most important parts of studying effectively, possibly the most important part, is learning from your mistakes. That means carefully revisiting every single question you get wrong and spending ample time analyzing why you got it wrong, how you could have gotten it right, and what you can learn to avoid the mistake in the future.

Mike wrote an awesome blog post about this some time ago which I highly recommend. Basically, studying your mistakes gives you maximum improvement. So, go back through the explanations, study the related concepts, research any methods you're not comfortable with that are mentioned in the solution, and really analyze the questions. Doing so will help you solidify your understanding of the question and concepts being tested, preparing yourself for similar questions in the future.

As you go back through the old questions, try to notice any patterns in your incorrect answers. You'll probably find that there are specific question types, or concepts, that you tend to struggle with. Those are the ones that you want to focus on. When you identify an area like this, look up the relevant strategies for that particular question type or subject. A good starting point for that is the Magoosh Blog - just search for whatever you want to work on. The blog also has additional strategies, as well as challenge practice questions :-)

Finally, I think that Magoosh could really help you. We have a large lesson library designed to teach you all the content and strategies you need, and it comes with 1000+ high quality GMAT Practice questions of all levels. When you submit your answer to either question, the following page will have a full video explanation of the question. Each Magoosh question comes with its own VE, a mini-lesson about the question right there. This sort of immediate feedback, right after each question, will provide the accelerated learning that you need to make major improvements.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have further questions about anything here :-)
-Carolyn
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