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Hello everyone!. I am Madhan, I am preparing for GMAT for nearly one year now. I started my prep in August 2017 with Princeton Review and my diagnostic score was 430. Till early November 2017, i was just attending the classes in weekends and not solving problems in other times. In early November i got one and half months holiday, so, i prepared full time all princeton review materials and occasionally Magoosh materials such as idioms and number properties. During early december, i was getting i took mocks i got 650 V32,Q49 and 580 V27, Q45 and 670 V32, Q51. Then, i applied for GMAT for 26.12.2017. I went to GMAT pearson vue centre chennai only to find out i forgot give my surname in GMAT ID. I lost 250$ due to that. I was very upset and didn't touch GMAT till last week of may 2018 . oh! i forgot to mention one thing In 2018 only i graduated from college U.G degree. My aim is to join in any good Masters in Management program. In last week of may 2018, i again started preparing GMAT. I was preparing full time 8-9 hrs a day.during June i was brushing up my old note and started again from scratch. In july i read only in GMAT club just solving questions. IN early August I took Kaplan full test and score 630 V32 Q45.Then my friend gave his old veritas books, i solved all questions in Veritas RC book and Geometry book. In september, i read all my old notes and solved as much questions i can in GMAT club and i wrote Princeton review test i scored 670 V37, Q45 and after two weeks of practice i wrote princeton review full test, i scored 710 V38, Q51. IN early October, (After two weeks of revision) i wrote GMAT prep test 1(old version) i scored 590 V21,Q49. I was extremely disappointed. then, i started egmat videos. In three weeks i completed all egmat and i wrote GMAT prep test 2(new version) I scored 700 V35,Q50. After one week of revision, I wrote GMAT prep test 1 (new version) and i scored 710 V35, Q51. Then i booked GMAT for 11.11.2018. Yesterday, I took GMAT and score abysmal 570 V22, Q47. In Quants sections for last three question i had only 1 minutes, so i guessed those questions. In verbal i don't know what happened. In IR i scored 4.
Now, i don't what to do i feel like i wasted one complete year for GMAT. I do no whether to give up on GMAT. I don't what else to do to improve. Any help is appreciated
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Hi Madhan,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs/mocks:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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New post 14 Nov 2018, 02:58
Hi madhankumar666,

I am sorry to know that your scores were not in line with your expectations.

I would request you to write to us at support@e-gmat.com so that we can look at your course and Scholaranium data and suggest a path forward accordingly. Do share your ESR too if you have purchased it.

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New post 16 Nov 2018, 02:30
Hi Madhan, do you have a ESR that you can attach?

Also, which specific sub-section in Verbal is bothering you the most: CR/SC/RC?
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New post 28 Nov 2018, 19:09
Hi madhankumar666,

I’m sorry to hear what happened with your GMAT. There are a number of possible reasons why your verbal score went down on your real exam. First of all, since you have been studying for a year, it’s likely that you have been putting a lot of pressure on yourself to achieve your GMAT score goal, right? It’s possible that you put such an immense amount of pressure on yourself to succeed that on test day, you quite simply could not perform at a high level. However, given that your verbal score dropped so low, in addition to nerves, it’s likely that some weaknesses were exposed when you took the GMAT. In other words, it could be that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score well, but rather you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. So, to hit your GMAT score goal (which I believe is 700+), you probably have to adjust the way that you’ve been preparing.

Specifically, you have to go through verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. You need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics such that you develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. You must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, begin reading magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Studying Sentence Correction is a bit different from studying Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There are clear reasons why one Sentence Correction answer is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are never that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answe Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that brought you to that answer and what you could do differently to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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