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Help: 600 on GMATPrep 1 but 510 on GMATPrep 2

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New post 23 Jun 2017, 05:39
Hi all,

I need some advice. I have been studying for the past month, working on my fundamentals in math and verbal. I finished the quant review and verbal review and gave the first mock last week and got a score of 600 (Q44, V28). After that I did all the verbal questions in the OG under timed conditions and got a pretty good accuracy on all three types of questions. However, when I gave the second test a couple of days ago, I got a 510 (Q34, V26). Needless to say, I was disheartened. I have scheduled my GMAT for the first week of August and am aiming for 700+.

Could you please help in how I should go forward from here? Any tips would be welcome, thank you :)
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New post 23 Jun 2017, 05:50
Dont judge yourself by one bad score..You dont know reasons may be many for that..
So dont get disheartened with that and pace up your preparation by focusing where did you do wrong..
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New post 23 Jun 2017, 10:22
ad0201 wrote:
Hi all,

I need some advice. I have been studying for the past month, working on my fundamentals in math and verbal. I finished the quant review and verbal review and gave the first mock last week and got a score of 600 (Q44, V28). After that I did all the verbal questions in the OG under timed conditions and got a pretty good accuracy on all three types of questions. However, when I gave the second test a couple of days ago, I got a 510 (Q34, V26). Needless to say, I was disheartened. I have scheduled my GMAT for the first week of August and am aiming for 700+.

Could you please help in how I should go forward from here? Any tips would be welcome, thank you :)


There are various factors that can negatively affect your score:

1. Did you complete the test?
2. Was there a string of wrong questions?
I would recommend you to appear for another test and see how you fare.

I had a few follow up questions for you.
How are you preparing for the GMAT?
What preparatory course/book are you following?
Have you solved the OG?

You need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase two more from mba.com
3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide
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Hi ad0201,

You've come to realize that there's a big difference between doing well on focused 'sets' of practice questions out of a book and performing at a consistently high level over the course of a full practice CAT. After taking each CAT, it's important to do a full review of your performance, with the goal of trying to define WHY you got questions wrong. For example, after reviewing each section, how many questions did you get wrong....

1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?

Based on the score drop that you described, I suspect that you missed a bunch of questions due to silly/little mistakes. Assuming that this second Exam was more of a 'bad day' than anything else, then raising a 600 to a 700+ will require that you make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That work will likely take at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study. Taking the GMAT in early August might not give you enough time to make all of those improvements, so you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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ad0201 wrote:
Hi all,

I need some advice. I have been studying for the past month, working on my fundamentals in math and verbal. I finished the quant review and verbal review and gave the first mock last week and got a score of 600 (Q44, V28). After that I did all the verbal questions in the OG under timed conditions and got a pretty good accuracy on all three types of questions. However, when I gave the second test a couple of days ago, I got a 510 (Q34, V26). Needless to say, I was disheartened. I have scheduled my GMAT for the first week of August and am aiming for 700+.

Could you please help in how I should go forward from here? Any tips would be welcome, thank you :)


Hi

3 month is pretty enough time when you are at around 600
Best Material for GMAT is

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides 2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides or
Aristotle Verbal Guide
for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Start with quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT After learning, practice your
learned section with timed practice You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT

1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal when completed
all the concepts learning and handsome practice Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score

Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from
them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best CATs

1. Official GMAC (50+50$) 2. Manhattan GMAT (49$) 3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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ad0201 wrote:
Hi all,

I need some advice. I have been studying for the past month, working on my fundamentals in math and verbal. I finished the quant review and verbal review and gave the first mock last week and got a score of 600 (Q44, V28). After that I did all the verbal questions in the OG under timed conditions and got a pretty good accuracy on all three types of questions. However, when I gave the second test a couple of days ago, I got a 510 (Q34, V26). Needless to say, I was disheartened. I have scheduled my GMAT for the first week of August and am aiming for 700+.

Could you please help in how I should go forward from here? Any tips would be welcome, thank you :)


Hi ad0201,

You should study for around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT Mock . You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for Three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. 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. Further I see you are a new member here at GMATCLUB and when you sign up at GMATCLUB you get a free 3 days access to EMPOWERgmat course. You can also try free access to Magoosh and Optimus Prep so try those out as well.

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 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 a 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.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and 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 ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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