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# GMAT Prep Help - Scoring 540

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13 Jan 2019, 14:44
Hi,

I've just restarted my prep for the GMAT. Back in October/November, I took the EconomistGMAT course and was on pace to take the exam in the beginning of December. Unfortunately, I got stuck at work with an awesome venture debt deal and stopped studying. Now that the deal has closed, I'm back to studying again.

This weekend, I took a practice exam and got a 540 (Q36, V28). I'm shocked because I thought I had not forgotten the tricks and my last score back in November was 660 (Q48, V33).

My target score is 720 + and plan to take the official GMAT in March.

Do you have any advice on strategy? Should I get another course/tutor? I realize I have to work on both : Quant and Verbal.

BB and other experts please give feedback.

Thank you!
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13 Jan 2019, 16:58
Carolebzr wrote:
Hi,

I've just restarted my prep for the GMAT. Back in October/November, I took the EconomistGMAT course and was on pace to take the exam in the beginning of December. Unfortunately, I got stuck at work with an awesome venture debt deal and stopped studying. Now that the deal has closed, I'm back to studying again.

This weekend, I took a practice exam and got a 540 (Q36, V28). I'm shocked because I thought I had not forgotten the tricks and my last score back in November was 660 (Q48, V33).

My target score is 720 + and plan to take the official GMAT in March.

Do you have any advice on strategy? Should I get another course/tutor? I realize I have to work on both : Quant and Verbal.

BB and other experts please give feedback.

Thank you!

Q36 means Quant concept gap .... but again if you have scored Q48 2 months back, you are not lagging on concepts. I believe the Q drop is: you could not finish on time, you became too confident, or you did a lot of silly mistakes. Whatever be the reason here are my two cents for Q:
1. Refresh concepts quickly.
2. Start practicing at GMAT Club with 2 min time limit on Qs:
PS: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-ps-ques ... 27957.html
DS:https://gmatclub.com/forum/ds-question-directory-by-topic-and-difficulty-128728.html
level up when you reach accuracy 90% or more ( 500 --> 600 --> 700)
3. When you reach 60% accuracy at 700 level make good use of GMAT Club tests (Q).
4. Share your success story with us.

All the best !!
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14 Jan 2019, 05:12
Carolebzr wrote:
Hi,

I've just restarted my prep for the GMAT. Back in October/November, I took the EconomistGMAT course and was on pace to take the exam in the beginning of December. Unfortunately, I got stuck at work with an awesome venture debt deal and stopped studying. Now that the deal has closed, I'm back to studying again.

This weekend, I took a practice exam and got a 540 (Q36, V28). I'm shocked because I thought I had not forgotten the tricks and my last score back in November was 660 (Q48, V33).

My target score is 720 + and plan to take the official GMAT in March.

Do you have any advice on strategy? Should I get another course/tutor? I realize I have to work on both : Quant and Verbal.

BB and other experts please give feedback.

Thank you!

Hi Carolebzr,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. 4 months is good enough 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 Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.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. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

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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14 Jan 2019, 08:21
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Updated on: 16 Jan 2019, 09:04
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Carolebzr wrote:
Hi,

I've just restarted my prep for the GMAT. Back in October/November, I took the EconomistGMAT course and was on pace to take the exam in the beginning of December. Unfortunately, I got stuck at work with an awesome venture debt deal and stopped studying. Now that the deal has closed, I'm back to studying again.

This weekend, I took a practice exam and got a 540 (Q36, V28). I'm shocked because I thought I had not forgotten the tricks and my last score back in November was 660 (Q48, V33).

My target score is 720 + and plan to take the official GMAT in March.

Do you have any advice on strategy? Should I get another course/tutor? I realize I have to work on both : Quant and Verbal.

BB and other experts please give feedback.

Thank you!

Hi,

When you want to appear for GMAT in March then you should know where is the Right Material for GMAT preparation. There are a number of posts with so many questions/ much material is available you won't be able to understand which one to go with; probably by March you won't be able go through all the material.
Also, to find the correct Mock Tests, Books required, Planning, and Videos on Verbal; please check my posts below.

These will definitely save you a lot of Time & Trouble.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/improve-scor ... l#p2204721

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-strateg ... l#p2205292

Prepare Well, Have Patience.!
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Originally posted by UB001 on 14 Jan 2019, 08:51.
Last edited by UB001 on 16 Jan 2019, 09:04, edited 1 time in total.
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14 Jan 2019, 09:33
Carolebzr wrote:
Hi,

I've just restarted my prep for the GMAT. Back in October/November, I took the EconomistGMAT course and was on pace to take the exam in the beginning of December. Unfortunately, I got stuck at work with an awesome venture debt deal and stopped studying. Now that the deal has closed, I'm back to studying again.

This weekend, I took a practice exam and got a 540 (Q36, V28). I'm shocked because I thought I had not forgotten the tricks and my last score back in November was 660 (Q48, V33).

My target score is 720 + and plan to take the official GMAT in March.

Do you have any advice on strategy? Should I get another course/tutor? I realize I have to work on both : Quant and Verbal.

BB and other experts please give feedback.

Thank you!

Stick with Economist because it is one of the best online courses in the market. Roping in another online course will just confuse you more and take up a lot of your valuable time.

Take the next 2-3 days to just focus on Quants. Since you scored an impressive q48 a while ago, it is important for you to get that groove back soon so that you can spend more of your time on verbal later.

Practice regularly and make most of the Tutor feature on the Economist course and I am certain that you will do well!

Best wishes!:)
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