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# Help with ESR

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25 Jan 2019, 03:15
Hello guys,

I completed my GMAt with a score of 640 (Q47V31)

I was pretty disappointed with my Verbal Score, because RC didnt go as expected.

Can someone help me to interprate my ESR?

My next test date is the 26th February 2019.

I think I should mainly focus on Verbal to improve my score to 680.

I appreciate your help. Thank you

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25 Jan 2019, 18:23
Hi Reactzz,

To start, a 640/Q47 is a solid Score - and it could be enough to get you into your first-choice Business School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. There's no harm in retesting though - and you have the potential to pick up some significant points in BOTH 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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (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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26 Jan 2019, 05:12
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Reactzz,

To start, a 640/Q47 is a solid Score - and it could be enough to get you into your first-choice Business School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. There's no harm in retesting though - and you have the potential to pick up some significant points in BOTH 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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

1) I´ve studied since October 2018

2) Primarly used MGMAT strategy guide and E-gmat course

3) Mock scores:
Q V
Mba. Com 29.09.2018 34 15 420
Mba. Com 24.11.2018 44 20 530
Manhattan 1 08.12.18 38 33 590
Manhattan 2 19.12.2018 42 34 630
Manhattan 3 24.12.2018 41 30 580
Manhatten 4 31.12.2018 42 32 600
Manhattan 5 07.01.2019 39 33 590
Manhattan 6 42 30 590
800score.com 17. Jan 19 46 42 720
Mba.com (3) 18. Jan 19 47 31 670
GMAT 21.Jan 19 47 31 640
Gmatclub 26 Jan 19 39 31 580

4)
i have to apply till May 19

5)
Goal is to get in the Master in Management program University of Mannheim
To have a good chance i need a score of 680.
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26 Jan 2019, 13:27
Hi Reactzz,

I've sent you a PM with some notes and suggestions based on your ESR.

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27 Jan 2019, 10:43
Hi Reactzz,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Looking at your ESR, I think you hit the nail on the head. In order to improve your GMAT score to 680, I’d also recommend improving your Reading Comprehension skills. Here is some advice you can follow to do so.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you are incorrectly answering Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you do not truly understand what you have just read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!
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29 Aug 2019, 00:52
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Hello guys,

I completed my GMAt with a score of 660 (Q49V31)

I was pretty disappointed with my Verbal Score, because RC didnt go as expected.

Can someone help me to interprate my ESR?

I was scoring around 720 in the gmat mocks. I am targeting around 720 and want to take another attempt.

Kindly help me so that I can improve on my weak points.

I appreciate your help. Thank you
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29 Aug 2019, 18:54
Hi Aashutoshkumar,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT.

The good news is that you scored really well on quant, right? That said, I understand that you are not satisfied with your verbal score, so the question we need to ask is why you scored so high on your practice exams but lower on the real GMAT.

Assuming that you took your official practice exams under realistic testing conditions, the results show that, on a good day, you are capable of scoring higher than V31. Thus, it’s quite possible that nerves, stress, tiredness, or a combination of all three negatively affected your test-day performance. However, it’s also possible that you have some lingering weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Although I’m unsure of how you prepared, it’s possible that, in your preparation, particularly in verbal, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, for you to hit your score goal, your preparation, particularly for verbal, probably needs to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through the various types of GMAT questions carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills.

The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. 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.

For verbal specifically, you have to become more skilled at clearly defining the differences between trap choices and correct answers. Otherwise, you will get stuck guessing between two choices or be surprised to find that you incorrectly answered questions that you thought you answered correctly. Becoming more skilled in this way takes carefully analyzing all of the answer choices to lots of verbal questions to develop an eye for the logical differences between the choices. In other words, you have to go beyond answering practice questions and reading explanations to doing deep analysis of questions to learn to see everything that is going on in them.

Looking at your ESR, although RC was clearly your weakest verbal topic, you’ll likely need to improve in all 3 areas of verbal to achieve your 720 score goal. With all this said, would you like some advice on how to improve your verbal skills?
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