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GMAT Score 600 (V25, Q48). Retaking. What to do?

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Hello, I took my first GMAT today and scored a very mediocre score of 600 (V25, Q48). During my exam, in my first section (verbal) I lost the track of time, which never happened when I took the mocks, and had 15 questions and 20 minutes left. I botched up most of the remaining questions and got really nervous. When the section was completed I knew I had messed up. Due to that nervousness I couldn't really concentrate on the remaining sections. I marked all the answers randomly in IR and wrote a really bad essay. I took mocks and I never scored more that 640 in any. I have been following Magoosh's online training course and I think it hasn't been of any help to me as far as verbal is concerned. I really want to improve my GMAT score as I know 600 will not get me into a good college. I am currently targeting NUS and ISB. I have a B.Tech and I have 5 years of experience in healthcare industry (no IT experience) and I have my own startup related to healthcare industry. I am also thinking of taking the exam again but I'm not sure when should I retake? It took me 4 months to come from 520 (first mock) to 600 (GMAT today).

Please suggest some strategies and some study plans/resources that I can follow to improve my score. I also think I need to improve my time a lot as I seem to devote too much time to questions in verbal. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Prate
Your Quantitative score is above average and can be improved in short period of time. It is Verbal that needs improvement.
Regarding the timing issues on Verbal, most people take more time during the RC section and end up messing up the exam. During preparation people tend to ignore RC and concentrate more on CR and SC. But it is RC which needs more practice as it can be the big difference in timing.
Use Manhattan Guides for improving any weaker areas in Verbal so that you can improve Verbal score.
Try the GMAT club self study plan as it will give a good mix of theory and practice:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/study-plan-383/

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Hi Prate
Your Quantitative score is above average and can be improved in short period of time. It is Verbal that needs improvement.
Regarding the timing issues on Verbal, most people take more time during the RC section and end up messing up the exam. During preparation people tend to ignore RC and concentrate more on CR and SC. But it is RC which needs more practice as it can be the big difference in timing.
Use Manhattan Guides for improving any weaker areas in Verbal so that you can improve Verbal score.
Try the GMAT club self study plan as it will give a good mix of theory and practice:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/study-plan-383/

Hope this helps!


Hi souvonik2k,

Thank you very much for your suggestions. During my preparation I followed Manhattan books as well. But they didn't seem to help much as well as I found their strategies very formulaic. Can you suggest any other resources? And what do you think when should I retake the GMAT?

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I think another 1.5 months should be enough to improve your verbal score.
Refer to this link below. It gives a very detailed material list for Verbal:
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IMO, this should be sufficient.
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Hi Prateek,

First things first, I would recommend you to order an ESR!
Once you have an ESR, it would easier to understand what your
problem areas are and the experts here will be able to build a
strong study plan.

IMO, You would definitely take a couple of months to study
(if that time is available) and give it another shot. Since it would
take some considerable effort bring that score up to 700.

In addition to using the study plan in place,
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Hi Prateek,

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 - and if you never scored higher than 640 on your CATs - then this Official Score isn't too much of a surprise. Your current 'ability level' is probably in the low-600s (+/- a few points).

Based on this score result, you have a great opportunity to pick up some serious points in the Verbal section. 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 goals:

1) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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