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Hallo Community,

I apply for a business school in Germany and therefore need only 600 points in GMAT. I took the GMAT in February last year with a score of 540 (V26/Q36) and than again in April (V25/Q39).
I studied 3 Month with Manhattan Prep books, did overall 12 Manhattan Tests, I also had the OG 2017 books and did every question in there, most of them twice. For the second try I had a course from empower GMAT which I did not like. In the end this whole course improved my score only 10 points and I always had the feeling, that they do a horrible job on verbal. The SC Rules or other strategies are not applicable for the GMAT. My verbal score even dropped with the "new" knowledge from empower GMAT.

Now, after almost one year later, it is time for my 3rd try. I aim V31/Q42 to get the 600 mark. Now I have the OG 2020 books and will do the e-gmat course only for verbal.
I planned on studying for another 2 month to improve from 540 to 600. As I start studying today, I have no clue how to align my study plan. I feel like I lost a lot of knowledge about the gmat. The study plans on gmatclub do not fit my situation because I don't need to start from scratch but hope that I can improve faster to 600 points because I have already written the test twice.

As I am from Germany, I feel like I have no partners in crime. No one of my friends has ever written the gmat or plans to do so. Moreover is seems that there is no community at all. I have no one to exchange thoughts or learn with. It is really hard for my to navigate through this process and I am highly afraid of not getting the 600 points.

How should I start to study? How can I refresh my knowledge? Should I start just with prep questions?
I would love to get some advice from you because right now I am completely lost.

HELP!!

here is the review of my last attempt https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-disaste ... l#p2233350
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Originally posted by Divad on 09 Nov 2019, 03:32.
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New post 09 Nov 2019, 05:59
Divad wrote:
Hallo Community,

I apply for a business school in Germany and therefore need only 600 points in GMAT. I took the GMAT in February last year with a score of 540 (V26/Q36) and than again in April (V25/Q39).
I studied 3 Month with Manhattan Prep books, did overall 12 Manhattan Tests, I also had the OG 2017 books and did every question in there, most of them twice. For the second try I had a course from empower GMAT which I did not like. In the end this whole course improved my score only 10 points and I always had the feeling, that they do a horrible job on verbal. The SC Rules or other strategies are not applicable for the GMAT. My verbal score even dropped with the "new" knowledge from empower GMAT.

Now, after almost one year later, it is time for my 3rd try. I aim V31/Q42 to get the 600 mark. Now I have the OG 2020 books and will do the e-gmat course only for verbal.
I planned on studying for another 2 month to improve from 540 to 600. As I start studying today, I have no clue how to align my study plan. I feel like I lost a lot of knowledge about the gmat. The study plans on gmatclub do not fit my situation because I don't need to start from scratch but hope that I can improve faster to 600 points because I have already written the test twice.

As I am from Germany, I feel like I have no partners in crime. No one of my friends has ever written the gmat or plans to do so. Moreover is seems that there is no community at all. I have no one to exchange thoughts or learn with. It is really hard for my to navigate through this process and I am highly afraid of not getting the 600 points.

How should I start to study? How can I refresh my knowledge? Should I start just with prep questions?
I would love to get some advice from you because right now I am completely lost.

HELP!!

here is the review of my last attempt https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-disaste ... l#p2233350



Give this a read https://gmatclub.com/forum/beginner-to- ... s#p2313182
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New post 11 Nov 2019, 10:27
Hi David,

Please do not worry. Send us an email at support@e-gmat.com with your ESR and your target score details and we will help you create your personalized study plan to get you to your target score of 600. You will get a step by step plan of execution for the same. At a high level, you are currently at Stage 1 for SC and CR and borderline stage 2 for RC. To set some context, there are three stages of learning for GMAT.



As you prepare your personalized study plan, you will get all this information from us so that you will know exactly what you need to get to your target score.

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Hi Divad,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Since your latest GMAT score was V26/Q36, despite studying for 3 months, moving forward, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT quant and verbal from the ground up. In other words, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic individually and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

If you are learning about Number Properties, 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, types that you would rather not see, and types 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. 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 Reading Comprehension, 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. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, 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, you likely 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. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 logical meanings. 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 until you start to see the differences that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to take the time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

You also may find it helpful to read the following article about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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New post 12 Nov 2019, 00:37
Everyone tells me to fully understand the concepts behind but i dont know how to do so! I have studied 3 month fulltime for the First try and another 2 for the second. I worked my way through every single manhatten book. I did. every OG question (all 3 Books) twice! I watched every video from the Full empower gmat course and did 12 mock tests from manhatten, 4 from GMAC! I Made my own study materials with whole folders full of summaries, spend about 1500 Euros on the Test so far ... i feel like i can do what ever i want, i will Not improve at all

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New post 12 Nov 2019, 20:22
Hi David,

I'm sorry to hear that your 2nd Test Day did not go as well as hoped. I found an email from you on March 31st (two days before your 2nd attempt) in which you stated that you had scored 670, 620 and 620 (with Verbal Scaled Scores of 31, 33 and 35) on your last 3 CATs before Test Day - so I think that you DID learn a lot over your prior studies, but that perhaps you made some choices on Test Day (and the last few days before Test Day) that kept you from hitting your Goal Score.

The ESR that you attached to this thread is from your 1st attempt (in February), so we can't say for sure if the data in it is reflective of how you performed on your 2nd attempt (on April 2nd). Since that second Test was 7 months ago, that data might not be all that worthwhile at this point though. If you had emailed me back after your 2nd Exam, then we probably could have defined what went wrong on Test Day and made the necessary changes to your approach at that time.

Based on your post, it sounds as if you have not studied much (if at all) since then. Is that the case? What are your current application plans?

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