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Recently, I took GMAT test and scored 360 V(18) and Q(22). However, in mocks I scored to a maximum of 500 Q(38) and V(18). I think, I lacked in my preparation and also my strategy to tackle was not string. I need help with better strategies to bring my score above 700. I know it's a long short. But, I want to give it a try. Please ping me with your strategies that you used/used or came across and you think it will really benefit me as a whole.
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Recently, I took GMAT test and scored 360 V(18) and Q(22). However, in mocks I scored to a maximum of 500 Q(38) and V(18). I think, I lacked in my preparation and also my strategy to tackle was not string. I need help with better strategies to bring my score above 700. I know it's a long short. But, I want to give it a try. Please ping me with your strategies that you used/used or came across and you think it will really benefit me as a whole.



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Hi DevangiK

A structured study plan is important part of preparations, have a look at the link below:

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Also, make sure you work on the concepts part first followed by exercises on each topics and gradually increase the practice level of questions. Practice and Practice!.... Stay motivated.
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Find a good online course if you’re consistent and self motivated.
If you’re not self motivated and need a constant push and follow up, go for a personalised tutoring, which will definitely help you improve your score

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Hi DevangiK,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. Raising a 360 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you will have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. As such, you'll need more than just a few 'tips' for this next phase of your studies; you'll need to commit to a structured, guided Study Plan and focus on learning and practicing the proper Tactics. Before we discuss how you might best continue your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi DevangiK,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. Raising a 360 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you will have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. As such, you'll need more than just a few 'tips' for this next phase of your studies; you'll need to commit to a structured, guided Study Plan and focus on learning and practicing the proper Tactics. Before we discuss how you might best continue your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hello,
1) I have studied on and off for 2.5hrs daily till mid Nov and at a stretch of 6 hrs from Mid Nov to Mid Dec(the "D" day)
2)I have exhausted OG 2019 and Manhattan
3)I took my first mock in month of Oct, scored 290 Q(6),V(17)
Another mock 13 days before my exam, scored 460 Q(37),V (17)
And then almost every alternative day a mock,I scored 430 Q(33), V(18)
Next with a score of 480 Q(37),V(20)
And last mock with a score of 420 Q(38),V(10)

4)I am planning to apply for colleges with the applications ending this April/July
5) I am planning toapply for LSE, Boston University, Cambridge University, Manchester University, Columbia University, NorthEastern University
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Hi DevangiK,

From what you have described, your studies so far have been "book heavy"; unfortunately, many GMATers 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. As such, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in some new, non-book study materials for this next phase of your studies.

In addition, the 'swings' in your various test Scores imply that you might be prone to making silly mistakes and in the Verbal section you 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and "guess"' far too often. To score at a much higher level, you'll need to work on both your content knowledge and your use of Tactics - and all of that training will take some time. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

1) What are the exact application deadlines that you are considering?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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First: You already scored a 690! And an 8 on IR! I know you want more, but a 690 is already a really good score—so give yourself credit for that! :)

Q49 is close to the top of the Q scale (51 is the top score). In order to hit well into the 700s, though, you do need to max this one out, so your goal here needs to be 51.

V34 is the area with much more room for improvement. The top score there is effectively a 45—it's very hard to score higher than that on V. Still, that gives you 11 points to work for on this side.

(One note: Nobody needs a 760+. Well—if you want to teach for us, you do. But a school that wouldn't let you in with a 740 on your record is also not going to let you in with a 770—as long as that's the only thing that's changed on the application. Once you hit a certain level, the school knows you can handle the work at that program. At that point, they're going to be looking at everything else in your application. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a 760+ goal...just that you don't really need to go to that level.)

From your ESR, SC is the obvious area for improvement, as you noted. (Though you would need to improve all three types in order to hit a 760+ kind of score.)
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Hi DevangiK,

From what you have described, your studies so far have been "book heavy"; unfortunately, many GMATers 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. As such, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in some new, non-book study materials for this next phase of your studies.

In addition, the 'swings' in your various test Scores imply that you might be prone to making silly mistakes and in the Verbal section you 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and "guess"' far too often. To score at a much higher level, you'll need to work on both your content knowledge and your use of Tactics - and all of that training will take some time. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

1) What are the exact application deadlines that you are considering?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Thank you for telling me my areas of inaccuracy.
1)My deadlines are April-June 2020
2)I am ready to devote minimum of 42 hours each week.
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First: You already scored a 690! And an 8 on IR! I know you want more, but a 690 is already a really good score—so give yourself credit for that! :)

Q49 is close to the top of the Q scale (51 is the top score). In order to hit well into the 700s, though, you do need to max this one out, so your goal here needs to be 51.

V34 is the area with much more room for improvement. The top score there is effectively a 45—it's very hard to score higher than that on V. Still, that gives you 11 points to work for on this side.

(One note: Nobody needs a 760+. Well—if you want to teach for us, you do. But a school that wouldn't let you in with a 740 on your record is also not going to let you in with a 770—as long as that's the only thing that's changed on the application. Once you hit a certain level, the school knows you can handle the work at that program. At that point, they're going to be looking at everything else in your application. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a 760+ goal...just that you don't really need to go to that level.)

From your ESR, SC is the obvious area for improvement, as you noted. (Though you would need to improve all three types in order to hit a 760+ kind of score.)



Hi ! I am sorry, but I don't understand. I scored 360, not 690.
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you scored 360 on your latest GMAT, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT quant and verbal from the ground up. In other words, follow a study plan in which you individually learn each topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working 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. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
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If you could commit to 3 months of consistent study, then you could potentially improve a great deal on your prior 360. Whether that would be enough time for you to get to a 700+ or not will depend a great deal on how focused you are on learning and practicing the proper Tactics and eliminating little mistakes from your work.

You have to be careful about confusing "quantity" of study with "quality" of study. I've never asked anyone to study 40 hours a week - and while it's great that you might have the available time to study that much, you would run the risk of 'burning out' before Test Day (and that is something that we want to avoid). If you are going to try to study that much, then I suggest that you take one hour "off" for every two hours of study. For example, you could study for 2 hours, then stop for an hour, then study for another 2 hours, then take an hour off, etc.

Given everything that you've described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat 3-Month Study Plan to be quite helpful. 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.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi DevangiK,

From what you have described, your studies so far have been "book heavy"; unfortunately, many GMATers 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. As such, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in some new, non-book study materials for this next phase of your studies.

In addition, the 'swings' in your various test Scores imply that you might be prone to making silly mistakes and in the Verbal section you 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and "guess"' far too often. To score at a much higher level, you'll need to work on both your content knowledge and your use of Tactics - and all of that training will take some time. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

1) What are the exact application deadlines that you are considering?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Thank you for telling me my areas of inaccuracy.
1)My deadlines are April-June 2020
2)I am ready to devote minimum of 42 hours each week.


42 hours a week is 6 hours a day. If you are able to maintain a focussed study for 3 months, I am sure you will perform much better. Do make a note on how to study:- https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... l#p1680625

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