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All,

I wanted to tap the community for some advice regarding my GMAT preparation. I have taken the GMAT 3 times over the past few months and I'm not sure how to change my preparation. I've been using OG2017 and Manhattan strategy guides for 90% of my preparation (supplemented with Veritas prep practice questions). I have seen some pretty large variability in my GMAT Prep scores vs. official tests. I would like to apply to T15 schools in Rd2 of this year, so I would like to retake the test again this fall and achieve a score of ~720 (hopefully not too outlandish of a goal).

May 23rd - 560 (GMAT Test)
July 21 - 700 (GMATPrep 3) - 1st attempt
July 28th - 620 (GMAT Test)
August 19th - 690 (GMATPrep 2) - retake after scoring a 590 back in mid-May
August 26th - 680 (GMATPrep 4) - 1st attempt
Sept 1 - 560 (GMAT Test)

In general, my prep tests are under pretty realistic conditions. Take them on a laptop (not sure if that is affecting things)
- Take the tests on the weekend in a room at my office, so very quiet environment
- Use same notes tablet and markers as real test
- Take full tests under real conditions (all sections, no pauses, timed breaks, wear ear plugs, etc.)

I would say my issues are primarily around timing. I'm better at verbal (low 40s on GMAT prep tests) than I am at quant (low-mid 40s). I struggle with timing on both and usually end up having to guess on my last couple questions. In quant, I've noticed I tend to have 2-3 problems that derail my timing, so I end up having to rush through the back half of the section. With verbal, I think I end up taking too long on questions knowing that I can answer most questions if given enough time. Any advice on how to fix these issues in my preparation would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Is it possible that the test you scored a 680 in(August 28th) and 700(July 21st) may have had a
few repeat questions leading to the inflated score?

In order to clearly understand where you need help, you might have to order
an ESR which might help understand which of the sections caused this score drop
and maybe, once you have an ESR, the experts here might be in a better position
to help you with your should plan your GMAT Preparation.

From whatever preparatory material I have used, here are a few recommendations :

1. Sentence Correction - eGMAT Online Subscription(around 69$) and the Aristotle SC Grail
2. Quantitative Preparation - GMATClub Tests(These tests give you a clear picture and solving
these questions could help you increase your low 40's to 47-48 and possibly 49/50
3. Without fail, do 4 RC passages everyday and analyze what are the mistakes you are making.
With these things you are much closer to scoring near your goal score(These passages could
be from the Official Guides or any other official material)
4. Also purchase the Exam Pack 2 and the Question Pack1(if not purchased already) and make
sure to refrain from doing any official questions apart from the tests and the OG!


P.S Don't leave any section for too long. Keep in touch with all types of questions(everyday, if possible)
Hope that helps you!
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Hi mba_applicant,

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 your Test Scores and on the lead-up to your recent GMAT.

1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each of your CATs and each of your Official GMATs?
2) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
3) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
4) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
5) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
6) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
7) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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mba_applicant wrote:
All,

I wanted to tap the community for some advice regarding my GMAT preparation. I have taken the GMAT 3 times over the past few months and I'm not sure how to change my preparation. I've been using OG2017 and Manhattan strategy guides for 90% of my preparation (supplemented with Veritas prep practice questions). I have seen some pretty large variability in my GMAT Prep scores vs. official tests. I would like to apply to T15 schools in Rd2 of this year, so I would like to retake the test again this fall and achieve a score of ~720 (hopefully not too outlandish of a goal).

May 23rd - 560 (GMAT Test)
July 21 - 700 (GMATPrep 3) - 1st attempt
July 28th - 620 (GMAT Test)
August 19th - 690 (GMATPrep 2) - retake after scoring a 590 back in mid-May
August 26th - 680 (GMATPrep 4) - 1st attempt
Sept 1 - 560 (GMAT Test)

In general, my prep tests are under pretty realistic conditions. Take them on a laptop (not sure if that is affecting things)
- Take the tests on the weekend in a room at my office, so very quiet environment
- Use same notes tablet and markers as real test
- Take full tests under real conditions (all sections, no pauses, timed breaks, wear ear plugs, etc.)

I would say my issues are primarily around timing. I'm better at verbal (low 40s on GMAT prep tests) than I am at quant (low-mid 40s). I struggle with timing on both and usually end up having to guess on my last couple questions. In quant, I've noticed I tend to have 2-3 problems that derail my timing, so I end up having to rush through the back half of the section. With verbal, I think I end up taking too long on questions knowing that I can answer most questions if given enough time. Any advice on how to fix these issues in my preparation would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Hi mba_applicant,

The best way to ace a problem type is to try and drill down into each problem type to ace them.

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you. As a general guide line, you can start solving a question by taking the following things in consideration:

1. Find out the subject and the verb
2. See that the S&V agree in number
3. Look out for the modifiers
4. Look out for parallelism
5. Look out for usage of certain words - such as vs like, few vs less etc.

CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
Quants: Again try to break the questions in topics such as Algebra, Number system (very important), Geometry, PnC etc.

As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.
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