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]I started studying for the GMAT around February but I took a break for like 4 months. Came back studying but wasn't really serious about it. I kept going back and forth because I was discouraged with the low marks I kept getting in my CAT.
Th highest i've gotten for a CAT is 430.
I am having serious issues with data sufficiency questions and Critical reasoning and I know i'm not a blockhead. I have decided not to give up but to continually try my best, I'm still an undergrad but I intend to finish off early 2018 and apply to Bschool ASAP.
Getting a 700+ is my goal but I won't mind a 680+
PLEASE HELP!!! What am I doing wrong???
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]I started studying for the GMAT around February but I took a break for like 4 months. Came back studying but wasn't really serious about it. I kept going back and forth because I was discouraged with the low marks I kept getting in my CAT.
Th highest i've gotten for a CAT is 430.
I am having serious issues with data sufficiency questions and Critical reasoning and I know i'm not a blockhead. I have decided not to give up but to continually try my best, I'm still an undergrad but I intend to finish off early 2018 and apply to Bschool ASAP.
Getting a 700+ is my goal but I won't mind a 680+
PLEASE HELP!!! What am I doing wrong???


A 430 in a CAT may or may not be a clear indication of your current level depending on the environment and mental state in which you took the CAT.
So, don't be discouraged by it.
Keep your focus going and work towards your goal.

Having said that, in a worst case scenario let's assume it (430) is your current level than I think the issue cannot be just DS and CR. Instead, it has to be an overall problem with all the sections (I am assuming you are not scoring in the upwards of 90%ile in rest of the sections).
Also, such a low score indicates major gaps in your understanding of the concepts (and not just in the application of concepts).

Particularly in DS, I think you need to go through the quant concepts very thoroughly till you know them cold.
There are many resources such as GMATClub Math book or Manhattan strategy guides which can help build strong concepts and lay foundation for a great quant score.

Plus there are many useful articles by the experts here on this forum which you can use to learn the nitty-gritty of those concepts.

Hope this help.

Let me know if you need additional help.
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Hi Estheroma,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores - so if you've been studying inconsistently, then that would help to explain why you have not scored considerably higher yet. That having been said, considering your CAT Scores so far, and your score goal, you're going to have to make some significant improvements to who you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that training will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study.

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Estheroma wrote:
]I started studying for the GMAT around February but I took a break for like 4 months. Came back studying but wasn't really serious about it. I kept going back and forth because I was discouraged with the low marks I kept getting in my CAT.
Th highest i've gotten for a CAT is 430.
I am having serious issues with data sufficiency questions and Critical reasoning and I know i'm not a blockhead. I have decided not to give up but to continually try my best, I'm still an undergrad but I intend to finish off early 2018 and apply to Bschool ASAP.
Getting a 700+ is my goal but I won't mind a 680+
PLEASE HELP!!! What am I doing wrong???


Hi Estheroma!

A very common problem for many students is that they spend a lot of time studying, but don't see much (or any) improvement. Usually, the issue is the quality of their studies - they are reading through concepts and answering questions, but not actually learning much from them.

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 trying to incorporate those as much as possible in your practice!

I hope that's helpful! :-)

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Estheroma wrote:
]I started studying for the GMAT around February but I took a break for like 4 months. Came back studying but wasn't really serious about it. I kept going back and forth because I was discouraged with the low marks I kept getting in my CAT.
Th highest i've gotten for a CAT is 430.
I am having serious issues with data sufficiency questions and Critical reasoning and I know i'm not a blockhead. I have decided not to give up but to continually try my best, I'm still an undergrad but I intend to finish off early 2018 and apply to Bschool ASAP.
Getting a 700+ is my goal but I won't mind a 680+
PLEASE HELP!!! What am I doing wrong???


3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Strategies

Start with Quant, 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

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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Estheroma wrote:
]I started studying for the GMAT around February but I took a break for like 4 months. Came back studying but wasn't really serious about it. I kept going back and forth because I was discouraged with the low marks I kept getting in my CAT.
Th highest i've gotten for a CAT is 430.
I am having serious issues with data sufficiency questions and Critical reasoning and I know i'm not a blockhead. I have decided not to give up but to continually try my best, I'm still an undergrad but I intend to finish off early 2018 and apply to Bschool ASAP.
Getting a 700+ is my goal but I won't mind a 680+
PLEASE HELP!!! What am I doing wrong???


Hi Estheroma,

Kindly do not be disheartened as GMAT is all about high commitment. It’s a good thing you have taken some Mock exams. You can 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 believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course as you may be a bit weak with your concepts. 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 also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. 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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