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Hi,

I am new to gmat club, so I didn't know where to post my GMAT related queries. Kindly help to re-direct if this one is not the right forum.

I took my official GMAT test one week back and scored 510 (Q-47 ; V-15) IR : 3

During my preparation, I had the below scores in the 9 practice/mock tests I took for practice

GMAT Prep : Test 1. 510 Q-44 , V-17 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Manhattan : Test1. 550 Q- 42 , V-24 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Princeton Review : Tests no in Princeton review site - 5 : 570 /6 : 500 /7 : 510 /8 : 500 /9 : 510 --> Q- 41/39/39/40/41 ; V- 28/21/22/20/20, in the increasing order of difficulty of the exams.

I want to retake GMAT as soon as I am prepared,have not decided on the date yet, but it has to be before last week of October. Although looking at my Verbal scores, I am very much skeptical on how to improve my scores. I am targeting for 680+ . Is it possible to achieve that in 2 months?

Please suggest me on below queries :

1. How much verbal score do I need to reach in order to achieve a score of 680+? And how do I reach there?
2. How do I improve my quant score to attain that perfect score of 51?

Thank you!
Alizah.

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Alizah wrote:
Hi,

I am new to gmat club, so I didn't know where to post my GMAT related queries. Kindly help to re-direct if this one is not the right forum.

I took my GMAT test one week back and scored 510 (Q-47 ; V-15) IR : 3

During my preparation, I had the below scores in the practice tests

GMAT Prep : Test 1. 510 Q-44 , V-17 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Manhattan : Test1. 550 Q- 42 , V-24 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Princeton Review : Tests - 5 : 570 /6 : 500 /7 : 510 /8 : 500 /9 : 510 --> Q- 41/39/39/40/41 ; V- 28/21/22/20/20

I want to retake GMAT as soon as I am prepared,have not decided on the date yet, but it has to be before last week of October. Although looking at my Verbal scores, I am very much skeptical on how to improve my scores. I am targeting for 680+ . Is it possible to achieve that in 2 months?

Please suggest me on below queries :

1. How much verbal score do I need to reach in order to achieve a score of 680+? And how do I reach there?
2. How do I improve my quant score to attain that perfect score of 51?

Thank you!
Alizah.


Hi Alizah,

Yes it's definitely possible. 2 months is good enough 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. 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 can try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, ExamPal 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. MGMAT foundation of GMAT Quant anf foundation of GMAT verbal will particularly help you solidify your base. 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. Please Note, that you should only do GMATCLUB tests once you have covered the base and looking to further enhance your concepts as GMATCLUB tests are a bit more difficult than the actual GMAT.

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 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 ... 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 Alizah,

I am sorry to hear that your score was not in line with your expectations. The good news is that you can improve to your desired score provided you follow the right strategy and use the resources that are right for you. Here are a few examples of students who were in the same shoes as you and improved to their target score:
    a. Askul improved from 520 (Q44 V17) to 710 (Q48 V40). Click here to read his inspiring GMAT journey.

    b. Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720 (V16 to V39). Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.

    c. Bruno improved from a 540 to 730 in 1 month. He focused on "logical approach" and building "core skills". Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.

Scoring 680+ on GMAT

There are many ways in which you can score 680+ on GMAT. Looking at your current scores I would recommend that you plan for Q50 and V33+ to score 680+ on GMAT, however, you can also use GMAT Planner to set your own target scores.

How to Improve in Quant

Since you are already at a Q47 which corresponds to 61 percentile, it indicates that you have a decent understanding of the concepts, you must focus on the process that you use to solve questions and also fix the specific gaps that you may have. I suggest you follow the below 3 steps until you reach your desired score:
    1. Take Ability Quiz on Scholaranium
    2. Isolate weaknesses from the Skill Data section and Improve upon them using your existing resources or files available in your e-GMAT free trial dashboard
    3. Track improvement by taking another Ability Quiz and repeat the process until you reach your desired ability

How to Improve in Verbal

Alizah, GMAT verbal tests your higher order reasoning skill and it is important that you have the required core skills to ace the test along with conceptual knowledge. As with Quant, you must also focus on the process to solve questions to score well. I am sharing some course files here for you to evaluate if it suits your learning style. You can find over 25+ video lessons and 350+ practice questions in your Free Trial dashboard.

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Hi Alizah,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your CAT score results - and your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 530 +/- a few points). Raising a 510 to a 680+ 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.

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:

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Alizah wrote:
Hi,

I am new to gmat club, so I didn't know where to post my GMAT related queries. Kindly help to re-direct if this one is not the right forum.

I took my official GMAT test one week back and scored 510 (Q-47 ; V-15) IR : 3

During my preparation, I had the below scores in the 9 practice/mock tests I took for practice

GMAT Prep : Test 1. 510 Q-44 , V-17 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Manhattan : Test1. 550 Q- 42 , V-24 ; Test2. 550 Q-43 , V-23
Princeton Review : Tests no in Princeton review site - 5 : 570 /6 : 500 /7 : 510 /8 : 500 /9 : 510 --> Q- 41/39/39/40/41 ; V- 28/21/22/20/20, in the increasing order of difficulty of the exams.

I want to retake GMAT as soon as I am prepared,have not decided on the date yet, but it has to be before last week of October. Although looking at my Verbal scores, I am very much skeptical on how to improve my scores. I am targeting for 680+ . Is it possible to achieve that in 2 months?

Please suggest me on below queries :

1. How much verbal score do I need to reach in order to achieve a score of 680+? And how do I reach there?
2. How do I improve my quant score to attain that perfect score of 51?

Thank you!
Alizah.


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With a Q50 Score you should have a Verbal score in 33-34 range to get 680. Follow the link to check you quant and verbal score grid

https://www.800score.com/score2.html
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Hey Alizah,
two months is enough. In fact, two months is the recommended amount of time for a full study plan.

Improving your verbal score
ere are a few thoughts:
Getting to the Baseline The first question is, of course, where you stand to begin with. If your English is fluent and at a high level - great. This will help you a lot going forward. If, on the other hand, English is not your mother tongue and you’re aiming for a very high score, it may make sense for you to start by working exclusively on your language skills before even officially beginning your study. Read a few books, watch a few movies, maybe even take English classes, and only then begin tackling GMAT materials.
Clearing the Verbal Hurdle - When strategizing for the exam, however, more than basic skills are important for the Verbal section. It’s just as important to teach yourself the right way to approach each question. Many people, for example, make the mistake of reading all answer choices in all questions; with the clock running, you can’t afford to do this! Many Verbal questions are ones where all the relevant information is in the question itself, and you can use the PRECISE approach to answer the question directly, and avoid becoming confused by the answers. Other questions are those in which there is a general LOGICAL rule that can help answer the question quickly – reading all answers is a waste of time here as well. Only about a third of the questions are those in which it is necessary or preferable to go over all the answer choices (using the ALTERNATIVE approach). The trick is, of course, figuring out which question is which, and this requires concentrated study, checking not only whether you got the question right, but also whether you did so quickly and efficiently.

improving your quant score
What this section measures is your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed for this section is usually not harder than secondary school level. This section is adaptive. This means that based on your answer to each question, it chooses a harder or easier question for your next question.

Learning basic Algebra, Statistics and Geometry is a necessary prerequisite to actually studying for the exam. In fact, even if you already know this information, reviewing it before you delve into GMAT questions is a very good idea.
this is only the first step, though. The important thing to work ones figuring out the most efficient way to solve each question. This will only sometimes be the straightforward, precise, answer - it will often be taking a shortcut (Alternative) - or applying a Logical rule.

These are all things the examPAL course focuses on. If you have any questions - please ask me in our chat here - ask for David and I will personally answer! :)
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, great work on quant. I realize that you are aiming for a Q51; however, a Q47 is a great place to start.

Since you need the most help in verbal, let’s first address how you can improve your verbal score. Although, I am unsure of how you previously studied, since you scored a V15, you are lacking the foundational verbal skills you need to score high on the verbal section. Thus, moving forward, you will want to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice, so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, 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 instead 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 thereby 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 Reading Comprehension questions with which you struggle: find the main idea, inference, author’s tone, etc. As you would handle Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses.

The process above can be perfected with a lot of practice. However, keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to read such passages, begin reading magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, is a bit of a different animal compared to 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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 in order 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not 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.

The third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct is what you have to do. The main thing that 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. 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 answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, 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 resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order 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 that would have resulted in your extending 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’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

To improve your quant score from a 47 to 51, you can follow a similar routine of focused practice.

For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

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.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and, when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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 further questions.

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