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Its been twice I postponed the gmat & thinking about 3rd time.I have test on dec 16 & I feel that I'm not yet prepared.All I need is a score of >=500 but i haven't started practicing.In my last gmatprep test I scored 300( q 11 v 13 ).I usually spends 2.5 to 3.5 hrs in weekdays for prep.Can anyone suggest me what I have to do & how can I improve.

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Welcome to GmatClub!

I would strongly suggest you to go through Manhattan guides of 8 sets and work on your basics. Your scores reflect that either you are out of touch
from studies or need to brush up concepts. You need to diligently out in 16-20 hrs / week to get closer to your target score.

It shall be a wise decision to reschedule your date if you are not scoring well in second free mock (ideally attempt in mid way of prep)

Hope this helps!
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Its been twice I postponed the gmat & thinking about 3rd time.I have test on dec 16 & I think that I'm not yet prepared.All I need is a score of >=500 but i haven't started practicing.In my last gmatprep test I scored 300( q 11 v 13 ).I usually spends 2.5 to 3.5 hrs in weekdays for prep.Can anyone suggest me what I have to do.

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Hi Nevan,

I would highly encourage you to aim a little higher. Even if you are scoring low right now it doesn’t imply that you will not get better. I have met several people who started really low but have nonetheless scored enviable scores and made it to top business schools. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMATPREP once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. It will be wise to postpone your GMAT for a few months and work on improving your base. 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. 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. 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 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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Nevan wrote:
Its been twice I postponed the gmat & thinking about 3rd time.I have test on dec 16 & I think that I'm not yet prepared.All I need is a score of >=500 but i haven't started practicing.In my last gmatprep test I scored 300( q 11 v 13 ).I usually spends 2.5 to 3.5 hrs in weekdays for prep.Can anyone suggest me what I have to do.

Thanks
Nevan


Hi

16 dec is looking no good as your mock result is 300 you probably need basics of GMAT First start with Manhattan foundations of GMAT Math and Verbal and then get basic 8 guides of Manhattan learn the learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

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Nevan wrote:
Its been twice I postponed the gmat & thinking about 3rd time.I have test on dec 16 & I feel that I'm not yet prepared.All I need is a score of >=500 but i haven't started practicing.In my last gmatprep test I scored 300( q 11 v 13 ).I usually spends 2.5 to 3.5 hrs in weekdays for prep.Can anyone suggest me what I have to do & how can I improve.

Thanks,
Nevan.



Hi Nevan!

It looks like you've already gotten some great advice here :-)

I just want to emphasize that the quality of your studies is much more important than the quantity. Learning from mistakes is key. If it were possible to never make the same mistake twice, you would become an absolute master of the test in a very, very short time. So be sure that you go through the explanation, study very carefully the related concepts, research methods or material you're not comfortable with but are mentioned in the solution, and really analyze the questions.

Make it your goal to understand inside-out every single practice question you do, so that if you see that same question in the future, you know that you will nail it. In fact, if you review a question one day, it's good to go back to it four to five days later to see if you still understand it. Always be checking how much you have retained or how much you can actually remember from what you think you understand. Until you can recall something at any time, without any hints or warm-up, immediately and with complete clarity--until you can recall it like that--you don't really understand it as deeply as you need to. The goal in learning is NOT efficiency but rather thoroughness.

I'd also recommend reading through Mike's list of the habits of excellence, and try to incorporate those as much as possible in your practice!

I hope that's helpful! :-)

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