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Help! Scoring 650-660 (V35, Q44) on GMAC but reviewing for 3 months

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Hi! I'm in a bit of a rut -- I have been diligently reviewing since January almost everyday. I have gone through the MGMAT books (including questions), OG 13 Quant Questions, MGMAT Advanced Quant, and am now (supposedly) at the latter end of my review so I am doing the gmatclub questions here on the 600-700+ range organized per topic.

I keep a general error log and i have been doing very well in individual questions (under 2 mins and 80% accuracy), but when it comes to mock exams, I either bomb them and/or leave 1-2 questions unanswered per section.

My most recent GMAC mock exam, I scored a 660 (V35, Q44) with 2 questions unanswered in Verbal and 1 question unanswered in Quant. This left me very disheartened because a month ago my first mock was 650 and I can't believe I only got a 10-point increase from a month of reviewing. What is wrong with my review? Should I start overloading on mock exam practive vs question practice now?
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Hi gjp2,

Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and since your studies have been book heavy (and your recent CAT Scores are so similar) - there's a reasonable chance that this has happened to you as well. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, you will have to make some adjustments to how you "see" (and respond to) the Test if your Score Goal is a lot higher. The pacing issue you described, while relatively minor, implies that there are some 'inefficiencies' in terms of how you're working through the Quant and Verbal sections.

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 how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How many hours have you typically studied each week?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs and how have you scored on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi! Thanks for your reply :)

Studies:
1) How many hours have you typically studied each week?
Weekdays I study about 6-8 hours, weekends 5-6 hours on average.

2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs and how have you scored on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

I've only taken 2 mock exams (Both from GMAC)
Feb 14 - 650 (V35, Q44)
Mar 27 - 660 (V35, Q45)

I have two more practice exams but I don't want to use them yet because I don't want to waste them.

What I did in the middle - I exposed myself to tougher questions, was more focused on keeping my error log, and reviewed flashcards.


Goals:
3) What is your goal score?
- I know it's a longshot but I was really hoping for a 740-750 range, especially because after I review the questions again I am able to arrive at the answer. And I am really feel like im leaving a lot of points on the floor.

4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
- I want to take it 2 weeks from now. But i am willing to extend until I hit my goal score or at least above 710.

5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2020

6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
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Hi! I'm in a bit of a rut -- I have been diligently reviewing since January almost everyday. I have gone through the MGMAT books (including questions), OG 13 Quant Questions, MGMAT Advanced Quant, and am now (supposedly) at the latter end of my review so I am doing the gmatclub questions here on the 600-700+ range organized per topic.

I keep a general error log and i have been doing very well in individual questions (under 2 mins and 80% accuracy), but when it comes to mock exams, I either bomb them and/or leave 1-2 questions unanswered per section.

My most recent GMAC mock exam, I scored a 660 (V35, Q44) with 2 questions unanswered in Verbal and 1 question unanswered in Quant. This left me very disheartened because a month ago my first mock was 650 and I can't believe I only got a 10-point increase from a month of reviewing. What is wrong with my review? Should I start overloading on mock exam practive vs question practice now?


Hi gjp2,

Welcome to GMATCLUB! 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 improve your accuracy and timing. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have 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.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best!
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Hi gjp2,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, since you have been studying hard since January and have improved by only 10 points, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes right? Remember, there is a BIG difference between casually doing practice questions and doing questions on an actual practice exam. Thus, if you find that you are struggling to answer questions on a practice exam, it’s likely because you still have quant and verbal weaknesses that must be addressed. Thus, moving forward, rather than overload on mixed sets of practice questions or on mock exams, you really need to take a structured and linear approach to your prep so you are individually learning each topic and then practicing that topic until you’ve gained mastery. Certainly, if you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your GMAT verbal and quant skills, feel free to reach back out.

Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT and How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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Hi gjp2,

Raising a 650 to the point that you can consistently score 740+ 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. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Since your current Test Date is just 2 weeks away, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date. There's no harm in taking the GMAT at that time, but it's likely that you've developed some 'bad habits' that will take time to fix (and replace with new 'good habits') - meaning that you'll just end up paying to retake the GMAT again later. As such, you can save some money - and aggravation - by paying the Rescheduling Fee and pushing back your Test Date.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your most recent CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, 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?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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