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Hi everyone!

I gave my GMAT diagnostic test on 27th May, 2018 and got a very low score of 300 (Q21, V9). After that, I have been continuously preparing for the test and gave my second mock test on 20th June, 2018 and got a score of 510 (Q44, V17). I was satisfied with my progress and was motivated to get a better (improved) score on the next mock test.
So, after looking at my score, I was confident about my quant section and decided to give all of my attention to the verbal section.

After 20 days of preparation, I gave my third mock test today and was shocked that my score dropped to 420 (Q39, V9) from my last performance.
I know the reason behind the drop in my quant section, i.e. lack of practice after my 2nd test but, I am unable to figure out the reason for the drop in the verbal section.

Any kind of suggestion for improving my individual section, as well as an overall score will be appreciated.

P.S - I have been taking GMAT classes from Manya-The Princeton Review (India) since the day I took my diagnostic test.

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Hi vd3497,

Those types of results in the Verbal section imply that you're "winging it" when working through Verbal questions - and that you are probably not using a consistent set of Tactics when working through the Verbal section.

1) What "steps" do you go through when working through a typical SC, RC and CR prompt?
2) How often do you take notes when working on a Verbal question (and how often do you just do the work "in your head"?)?

Beyond those questions, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and goals:

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 vd3497,

Those types of results in the Verbal section imply that you're "winging it" when working through Verbal questions - and that you are probably not using a consistent set of Tactics when working through the Verbal section.

1) What "steps" do you go through when working through a typical SC, RC and CR prompt?
2) How often do you take notes when working on a Verbal question (and how often do you just do the work "in your head"?)?

Beyond those questions, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and goals:

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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Thank you for replying. The answers to your questions are as followed:-

1) As of now, I have only done 2 modules of Verbal - RC, SC. And to be honest, I didn't practice RC at all in the past 2 weeks. On the other hand, I studied SC vigorously and while I was solving 3 to 8 level questions, I was getting 75% of them correct.
The steps I followed during my practice sessions for SC were that I need to look out for the grammar rule and meaning of the sentence. Whereas, during the test, I took a lot of pressure because of time management.
For RC, I was simply using skimming + scanning + POE to solve the questions and in my 2nd mock test, I was able to see the improvement.

2) I always keep in mind to write down the reasons for elimination for every answer choice and for RC passages, I write down the gist of the passage in less than 15 words.

3) Minimum 700

4) August last week, 2018

5) & 6) Right now, my focus is to get my score at a competitive level at least.
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Hi vd3497,

It is good to see that you are tracking your performance at regular intervals. This helps greatly in course correction and taking the required steps before the test.

What do such low scores indicate?


Your score trend indicates that you are haphazardly approaching the questions and not following a process. You are using what most people call a trial and error method. Your scores also indicate lack of conceptual clarity and ability to apply those concepts on GMAT level questions. The silver lining here is that all the skills required to ace GMAT are learnable if you put yourself to it. You must identify and build the core skills required and learn how to apply all the concepts in a reliable and repeatable manner.



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Hi vd3497,

To start, raising a 420 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 3 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. As such, you might want to consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

1) What 'brand(s)' of CATs have you used so far? Have they been Official CATs, Princeton CATs or some other 'brand' of CAT?

"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 last 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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Hi everyone!

I gave my GMAT diagnostic test on 27th May, 2018 and got a very low score of 300 (Q21, V9). After that, I have been continuously preparing for the test and gave my second mock test on 20th June, 2018 and got a score of 510 (Q44, V17). I was satisfied with my progress and was motivated to get a better (improved) score on the next mock test.
So, after looking at my score, I was confident about my quant section and decided to give all of my attention to the verbal section.

After 20 days of preparation, I gave my third mock test today and was shocked that my score dropped to 420 (Q39, V9) from my last performance.
I know the reason behind the drop in my quant section, i.e. lack of practice after my 2nd test but, I am unable to figure out the reason for the drop in the verbal section.

Any kind of suggestion for improving my individual section, as well as an overall score will be appreciated.

P.S - I have been taking GMAT classes from Manya-The Princeton Review (India) since the day I took my diagnostic test.

Thank You.


Study Plan

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Strategies

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

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Hi vd3497,

To start, raising a 420 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 3 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. As such, you might want to consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

1) What 'brand(s)' of CATs have you used so far? Have they been Official CATs, Princeton CATs or some other 'brand' of CAT?

"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 last 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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Hi Rich,
Actually, I have to submit an admission application and GMAT score is a part of it. So, I have a deadline of 31st August. Moreover, I can devote my full time to my GMAT preparation until the deadline. I am practicing (and reviewing my work) every day and working towards getting a 700+ score.

I have given The Princeton Review mock tests and I believe the score can be trusted.

I have been properly reviewing my previous mock tests especially, for Quant section and I believe 4-5 questions were incorrect because I did not apply the Plugging In technique properly, 2-3 questions got incorrect because I was not comfortable with the rate concept (which I am currently working on). I had to guess at max 1-2 questions in Quant due to the time constraint. On the other hand, for the verbal section, I faced a major time management issue in the last mock and I literally marked the last 5 questions in 5 seconds each. The reason was RC. I don't have a habit to read regularly so doing RC within the time limit is kinda tough for me. I realised that I can improve the timings by practicing RC daily. For the narrowing down to 2 choices and still getting it incorrect - were 2-3 questions and the sole reason was that I confused myself by overthinking during the test.

Currently, I make sure that I practice each section and each category questions every day to make sure that I don't make the same mistake as I did in the preparation of the previous mock.

If you feel that I am still missing on something, then do let me know.

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vd3497 wrote:
Hi everyone!

I gave my GMAT diagnostic test on 27th May, 2018 and got a very low score of 300 (Q21, V9). After that, I have been continuously preparing for the test and gave my second mock test on 20th June, 2018 and got a score of 510 (Q44, V17). I was satisfied with my progress and was motivated to get a better (improved) score on the next mock test.
So, after looking at my score, I was confident about my quant section and decided to give all of my attention to the verbal section.

After 20 days of preparation, I gave my third mock test today and was shocked that my score dropped to 420 (Q39, V9) from my last performance.
I know the reason behind the drop in my quant section, i.e. lack of practice after my 2nd test but, I am unable to figure out the reason for the drop in the verbal section.

Any kind of suggestion for improving my individual section, as well as an overall score will be appreciated.

P.S - I have been taking GMAT classes from Manya-The Princeton Review (India) since the day I took my diagnostic test.

Thank You.


Study Plan

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Strategies

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

Good Luck


Hi SajjadAhmad,

Thanks for the study plan and the book suggestions. Will surely use them.
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Hi everyone!

I gave my GMAT diagnostic test on 27th May, 2018 and got a very low score of 300 (Q21, V9). After that, I have been continuously preparing for the test and gave my second mock test on 20th June, 2018 and got a score of 510 (Q44, V17). I was satisfied with my progress and was motivated to get a better (improved) score on the next mock test.
So, after looking at my score, I was confident about my quant section and decided to give all of my attention to the verbal section.

After 20 days of preparation, I gave my third mock test today and was shocked that my score dropped to 420 (Q39, V9) from my last performance.
I know the reason behind the drop in my quant section, i.e. lack of practice after my 2nd test but, I am unable to figure out the reason for the drop in the verbal section.

Any kind of suggestion for improving my individual section, as well as an overall score will be appreciated.

P.S - I have been taking GMAT classes from Manya-The Princeton Review (India) since the day I took my diagnostic test.

Thank You.


Hi vd3497,

You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You 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 think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. You can continue with Manya-The Princeton Review for your preparations, however if you do not feel you are improving with them, 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. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

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 easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

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 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. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi vd3497,

What is the minimum Score that you would apply with for the August 31st deadline? I ask because there is no point in "rushing in" an application if you're just going to be rejected. Even if you were consistently scoring in the low-500s right now (which you're NOT), then raising that Score to a 700+ would almost certainly require 3 months (or more) of consistent, guided study. Your scores are inconsistent (and 2 of the 3 CATs are lower than 510) - so the goal to try to score 700+ in just 1.5 months is likely too difficult to be considered realistic. Your ULTIMATE goal is to get into your first-choice School, so you have to think in terms of how best to make that happen. Right now, it doesn't appear that you're giving yourself enough time to 'lock in' that higher GMAT Score (because you're letting this upcoming application deadline dictate your decisions).

The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), so it would be useful to know how you performed on one of those CATS. As such, I strongly recommend that you take one of the Official GMAC CATs next and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

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