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Hi

I just finished my last gmat prep exam and I scored again a frustrating 520.

I was studying between my first gmat prep exam and my last gmat prep exam at least 200 hours. I did all the 8 Manhattan books and I solved the questions from the gmat official guide 2020.

The worst thing is that my score got lower and lower the more I studied and the more often I took the gmat prep exams.
In one week I have my REAL gmat exam and honestly, I don't have any idea how I should score there at least a 600 score :(

My ggmat prep scores were as follow:
1: 530 (verbal 27, quant 43)
2: 550 (verbal 40, quant 45)
3: 550 (verbal 62, quant 28)
4: 530 (verbal 23, quant 52)
5: 520 (verbal 18, quant 52)
6: 520 (verbal 23, quant 45)

Can somebody give me some recommendations what I can do until my exam? Someone experienced the same? Or are the gmat prep socres 3 to 6 not as reliable thant gmat prep score 1 and 2?

Thank you so much for any hints you may have
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I can imagine your frustration on the dropping score even though you are studying more. I think, you need to re-study the basic concepts. You are making a lot of mistakes in earlier section of exam and consecutive mistakes. Due to them, computer is giving you 550-600 level questions and keeps your level there only. All the official GMAT prep exams are reliable.

You need to go through BASICS once again slowly. Kindly see if you can postpone the date of your exam.
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Hi Sebastian,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 6 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 540 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. The swings in your Quant and Verbal percentiles are likely due to a mix of 'lucky' and 'unlucky' guesses and little mistakes on individual Exams.

From what you describe, your studies have been 'book heavy'; unfortunately, many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. You might consider rescheduling your Exam, although since you're so close to your Test Date, the rescheduling fee would be $150. There's no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but raising a 540 to the point that you can consistently score 600+ will likely require at least another month of consistent, guided study, meaning that you would likely end up repaying to take the GMAT again later.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) Is your Goal Score 600 or something else?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) What application deadlines are you facing?

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Hi Sebastian,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 6 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 540 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. The swings in your Quant and Verbal percentiles are likely due to a mix of 'lucky' and 'unlucky' guesses and little mistakes on individual Exams.

From what you describe, your studies have been 'book heavy'; unfortunately, many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. You might consider rescheduling your Exam, although since you're so close to your Test Date, the rescheduling fee would be $150. There's no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but raising a 540 to the point that you can consistently score 600+ will likely require at least another month of consistent, guided study, meaning that you would likely end up repaying to take the GMAT again later.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) Is your Goal Score 600 or something else?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) What application deadlines are you facing?

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Hi Rich,

Thanks a lot for replying!!

Regarding your questions, my goal is 650. I know that I can't achieve much more than this but I was always thinking 650 should be possible.
2) I am interested in Imperial College London, NUS and Bocconi and they all have average GMAT scores in the range of my goal.
3) Most of the deadlines I'm facing are either end of December.

Is there a specific book you can recommend me? And how I can avoid silly mistakes during the GMAT?

Thank you so much for taking time for me!
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Hi Sebastian,

With a Score Goal of 650+, you will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Certain issues (such as pacing and making silly mistakes) do not exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER issues. It's likely that you've developed some 'bad habits' during your prior studies that will take some time to 'fix' (and replace with new 'good habits'). Ultimately, while you do not need to start your studies 'from scratch', you will need to change how you 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT on a fundamental level.

Based on your application deadlines, you could potentially hit a 650 in the timeframe that you have described, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 24 Oct 2019, 15:51
If books only didn’t work , why not try an online course. Your verbal needs work is it RC ,CR or SC Try to find the weakest area and work on it for quick improvement
Same applies to Quant since you have limited time
Sebastiannn wrote:
Hi

I just finished my last gmat prep exam and I scored again a frustrating 520.

I was studying between my first gmat prep exam and my last gmat prep exam at least 200 hours. I did all the 8 Manhattan books and I solved the questions from the gmat official guide 2020.

The worst thing is that my score got lower and lower the more I studied and the more often I took the gmat prep exams.
In one week I have my REAL gmat exam and honestly, I don't have any idea how I should score there at least a 600 score :(

My ggmat prep scores were as follow:
1: 530 (verbal 27, quant 43)
2: 550 (verbal 40, quant 45)
3: 550 (verbal 62, quant 28)
4: 530 (verbal 23, quant 52)
5: 520 (verbal 18, quant 52)
6: 520 (verbal 23, quant 45)

Can somebody give me some recommendations what I can do until my exam? Someone experienced the same? Or are the gmat prep socres 3 to 6 not as reliable thant gmat prep score 1 and 2?

Thank you so much for any hints you may have
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New post 24 Oct 2019, 19:39
Hi Sebastian,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT prep. The good news is that as long as you follow a linear and structured study plan as well as a realistic timeline, you CAN improve your GMAT score. That said, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to improve your GMAT score by 50 to 80 points in just one week. The reality is that you have a number of weak areas in both quant and verbal that need to be addressed in order to improve your GMAT score. Improving those weaknesses will take more time than just 7 days.

With all that said, would you like some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills?

Feel free to reach out with further questions.
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Sebastian,

With a Score Goal of 650+, you will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Certain issues (such as pacing and making silly mistakes) do not exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER issues. It's likely that you've developed some 'bad habits' during your prior studies that will take some time to 'fix' (and replace with new 'good habits'). Ultimately, while you do not need to start your studies 'from scratch', you will need to change how you 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT on a fundamental level.

Based on your application deadlines, you could potentially hit a 650 in the timeframe that you have described, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hello Rich,

I could study around 25 hours a week. That is the same amount as I did in the past few weeks as well.
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Hi Sebastian,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT prep. The good news is that as long as you follow a linear and structured study plan as well as a realistic timeline, you CAN improve your GMAT score. That said, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to improve your GMAT score by 50 to 80 points in just one week. The reality is that you have a number of weak areas in both quant and verbal that need to be addressed in order to improve your GMAT score. Improving those weaknesses will take more time than just 7 days.

With all that said, would you like some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills?

Feel free to reach out with further questions.


Hi Scott,

I think I understood now from the feedbacks I got, that it is not possible to achieve my goal within one week.
Do you know a specific study plan which works quite good for most test takers? Or the link where I can find one?

Thank you so much!!
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Hi Sebastian,

If you're still going to take your Official GMAT as scheduled, then you should certainly do your best throughout the Exam. You can then use that experience - and your Enhanced Score Report (if you purchase it) - to better define some of the specific areas that you would need to work.

Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in well under 2 months, so the time commitment wouldn't be that bad. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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Sebastiannn wrote:
Hi Scott,

I think I understood now from the feedbacks I got, that it is not possible to achieve my goal within one week.
Do you know a specific study plan which works quite good for most test takers? Or the link where I can find one?

Thank you so much!!
Sebastian


Hi Sebastian,

Are you looking for advice regarding prep materials?
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