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So I took my GMAT and scored a 600 (Q54, V30). I, now, plan to take the second attempt in a month's time, as I don't want to miss out on the first round of applications, but I am totally clueless about how to improve my score. On verbal I was pretty decent at SC and somewhat CR too but pathetic at RC, so maybe that will help me improve my Verbal score, but what about Quants, I have absolutely no idea how do I improve there. Also, any strategies or methods to improve on RC ?


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So I took my GMAT and scored a 600 (Q54, V30). I, now, plan to take the second attempt in a month's time, as I don't want to miss out on the first round of applications, but I am totally clueless about how to improve my score. On verbal I was pretty decent at SC and somewhat CR too but pathetic at RC, so maybe that will help me improve my Verbal score, but what about Quants, I have absolutely no idea how do I improve there. Also, any strategies or methods to improve on RC ?


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Hi Pooja,

Do not be disheartened. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT. You now know your weakness is the verbal section and can now work to improve your accuracy in verbal. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for two months, you are sure to achieve your goal.

For critical reasoning section, I would highly encourage you to consider Powerscore critical reasoning bible. It is a great GMAT prep book and will clear your concepts really well. Powerscore CR bible with OG will surely improve your accuracy on the GMAT.

For additional practice you can use e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in your courses and 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 for SC and RC as they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well.

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.

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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Thanks Rohan.

I had previously taken around 13-15 mocks and went through PowerScore as well as Manhattan.


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Hi poojavyas,

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) What is your goal score?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi poojavyas,

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) What is your goal score?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi,

So I studied for 2 months without any job or anything. I mainly used OGs for practise and Kaplan, Manhattan for concepts along with some other notes.

My scores varied greatly from 580 to 680 but as per my research I think every website has a different way of calculating scores and that's why scores are highly unreliable and it's better to concentrate on the number of questions right or wrong.

I aim to achieve anything above 690 so that I can apply to top B-Schools in the US.

Thanks.


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Hi poojavyas,

When I asked for each of your CAT Score results, I did not mean a 'range' - I need to see the exact scores (and the order of the scores) so that we can see whether there are any patterns or not and whether you're likely 'stuck' at this score level or not. You've stated that you took 13-15 mocks/CATs, so I now also need to know which 'brands' of CATs you've taken - since you are going to need new CATs for the next phase of your studies.

Without any additional information, I would suspect that you would need at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study to hit your score goal. In addition, if you don't have a specific list of Schools that you plan to apply to, then you are probably not going to be ready to submit a properly crafted series of applications for Round 1. By extension, you might want to consider pushing back your applications to Round 2.

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