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New post 15 May 2017, 03:28
Dear All,

I have attempted GMAT recently and my performance was the worst so far.
I have studied in a local coaching center and scored 490 (Q45, V13) with AWA/IR at 4.0 in the point scale.

I have been through OG for SC and CR with RC from various sources.
I have applied to few universities in Canada for Fall'17 but the chances seem to be very slim.

I have a decade of work experience with average academic career with 8.98/10 degree gpa. My target scores are not much higher but 600+ is a must.

Please suggest, what to do next and where to start from?

Thanks a lot for all your help, time and support.
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needhelp2017 wrote:
Dear All,

I have attempted GMAT recently and my performance was the worst so far.
I have studied in a local coaching center and scored 490 (Q45, V13) with AWA/IR at 4.0 in the point scale.

I have been through OG for SC and CR with RC from various sources.
I have applied to few universities in Canada for Fall'17 but the chances seem to be very slim.

I have a decade of work experience with average academic career with 8.98/10 degree gpa. My target scores are not much higher but 600+ is a must.

Please suggest, what to do next and where to start from?

Thanks a lot for all your help, time and support.
It's clear that your verbal needs to be better. I suggest you give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the next attempt, but if you're looking to take the exam again soon, maybe you should start with SC. That's usually where most test takers improve most quickly.
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New post 15 May 2017, 10:40
Hi needhelp2017,

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?
3) You mentioned that this 490 is your worst score "so far" - have you taken the GMAT before or are you referring to your practice CAT scores?

Goals:
4) What Schools have you applied to?

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Raising a 490 to a 600+ will take some significant effort though - and that work will likely take another 2-3 months of additional study.

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needhelp2017 wrote:
Dear All,

I have attempted GMAT recently and my performance was the worst so far.
I have studied in a local coaching center and scored 490 (Q45, V13) with AWA/IR at 4.0 in the point scale.

I have been through OG for SC and CR with RC from various sources.
I have applied to few universities in Canada for Fall'17 but the chances seem to be very slim.

I have a decade of work experience with average academic career with 8.98/10 degree gpa. My target scores are not much higher but 600+ is a must.

Please suggest, what to do next and where to start from?

Thanks a lot for all your help, time and support.


If I were you I would focus solely on verbal. Your Quant score is good enough but try to bring up your score to a V28 (in the 50th%) You can look up MGMAT guides for SC and CR. These guides teach the fundamentals of SC grammar as well as methods to tackle the CR questions. You also need to practice a lot of questions. You can find a lot of useful questions from the question bank.

I'd also recommend you take advantage of the free GMAT club tests later this week. You can get 8 days free access.
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New post 18 May 2017, 12:48
needhelp2017 wrote:
Dear All,

I have attempted GMAT recently and my performance was the worst so far.
I have studied in a local coaching center and scored 490 (Q45, V13) with AWA/IR at 4.0 in the point scale.

I have been through OG for SC and CR with RC from various sources.
I have applied to few universities in Canada for Fall'17 but the chances seem to be very slim.

I have a decade of work experience with average academic career with 8.98/10 degree gpa. My target scores are not much higher but 600+ is a must.

Please suggest, what to do next and where to start from?

Thanks a lot for all your help, time and support.



Hi

You should need a verbal focused study, your quant is better

Best Material

SC: Manhattan Guide
RC: Manhattan Guide
CR: CR reasoning bible or Manhattan
for practice questions
OG 15, 16, 17
OG verbal review

First learn each and every concept tested on GMAT
practice each concept you have learned
You can also take quizzes to access your progress at GMAT Club after practice

Always time your practice to meet the pace
Know your weak points, make an error to trace them when you are practicing
Daily study 3-4 hours in two sessions (preferable)

After learning and practicing take full CATs and know your standing
review your CATs and learn from mistakes

Good Luck
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New post 18 May 2017, 13:34
This may sound harsh, but I think you might not be ready to study the GMAT. To do well in GMAT, you have to be proficient in English. When I first started studying GMAT, my English was so bad that it took me 10 minutes to read one CR passage. So I started reading anything that I can get my hands on. As a result my English improved along with my GMAT score.
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New post 18 May 2017, 14:38
i actually think a 490 to 600 ish is reasonable, especially because all you need to focus on are verbal questions. you dont even have to study the hard verbal ones, just the medium level. https://gmatclub.com/forum/should-i-ret ... l#p1847168
here are the materials i used.

i really liked the mgmat guides, and the gmat prep practice test, which you get two free.
feel free to ask me any questions you have on verb.
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600+ is achievable with some dedication and commitment. Sign up for a course or use free resources to get started on your weakness. Good luck!
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New post 19 May 2017, 01:10
Hi,

Three months should be good enough to achieve your target score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT test. You can now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, 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. In fact it is the only way to get the deal which is very kool. 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. 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 the verbal review 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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