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Hello GMATclub! long time lurker here. I created a new ID because I am not comfortable in posting from my main ID.
Coming right to the point I have been preparing for GMAT for over 6 months now and still going, lots of ups and downs. Been on and off in the course many times. As soon as I start studying with full dedication something comes up which sweeps right off my path. To be more specific I started in May 2018 and my diagnostic test score was 460 although very low I was not very upset as I just started my prep. I am not very strong in mathematics so I started my prep with Manhattan quant books trying to grasp the important concepts and laying a firm foundation while also reading the Manhattan SC book which was very good in my opinion. 2 months after I had my college exams so I took a break for a month to focus on that. Back on track in September I quickly went through my notes which I wrote from Manhattan books. Gave my first full test in end of September and scored 580(40Q,30V). I was very motivated to keep going seeing a substantial improvement after my first test. Reviewing the test i thought I could have done a lot better so I gave another test 3 days after( this was a mistake) scored 540 and was very disappointed. Reviewed the test and started working on my weak topics then by mid October I again had to leave the practice due to accident of a close one so I didn't get the chance to study till mid November as I had to stay in hospital. Coming to December thought of starting once again but as I opened my books I had no motivation and I felt burnt out due to being on and off again and again. Couldn't get the momentum I was in before and felt out of touch. I was taking too much time to solve even basic problems so I left it for some time to focus on extra curricular activities and sports. My current status is that I am in second year of my undergrad and I will graduate in 2020 so I have time on my hand but this idea seems to work against me as I start to delay my prep thinking I have lots of time. It has been a long time since I started and people get phenomenal scores in half the time I took and this haunts me. I just want to give it my all and get this over with once and for all so that I can focus on my college and rest of my profile. My desired score is somewhere between 650 to 700. I am willing to put in the work but I need some advice as to how to overcome the fact that it took me so long and I am still nowhere close to my goal and a plan that I can stick to. Anyways thank you so much for everything GMATclub I get lots of useful information from this site.
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Hi helpme123.

I know what it's like to have something take longer than you had expected it to, but really, the fact that hitting your GMAT score goal is taking longer than you expected it to take is no big deal, and this experience is typical of many processes in many aspects of life. So, learning now to deal with the fact that something is not happening as fast as you thought it would will serve you well going forward.

Here's something else to consider. Some people seem to score high on the GMAT without preparing much, but here's the thing. You don't really know what those people were doing before they started preparing for the GMAT. In some sense, they could have been preparing for the GMAT for years. For instance, some people spend a lot of time working on math. Are they preparing for the GMAT? Not specifically, but they are doing lots of math. So, in a sense they are preparing for the GMAT. What about an attorney who takes the GMAT, or a person who majored in English in college and then takes the GMAT? In a sense, these people may have been preparing for GMAT verbal for years. There are infinite variations of these scenarios, and the result is that some people are more ready for the GMAT when they begin preparing than other people are. That's just the way it goes, and so, comparing your preparation experience with that of others is not very valuable.

Really, there's only one thing that matters, your hitting your goal, and the way that you are going to hit your goal is by figuring out what doing so will take and going about making your hitting your goal happen.
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Hello GMATclub! long time lurker here. I created a new ID because I am not comfortable in posting from my main ID.
Coming right to the point I have been preparing for GMAT for over 6 months now and still going, lots of ups and downs. Been on and off in the course many times. As soon as I start studying with full dedication something comes up which sweeps right off my path. To be more specific I started in May 2018 and my diagnostic test score was 460 although very low I was not very upset as I just started my prep. I am not very strong in mathematics so I started my prep with Manhattan quant books trying to grasp the important concepts and laying a firm foundation while also reading the Manhattan SC book which was very good in my opinion. 2 months after I had my college exams so I took a break for a month to focus on that. Back on track in September I quickly went through my notes which I wrote from Manhattan books. Gave my first full test in end of September and scored 580(40Q,30V). I was very motivated to keep going seeing a substantial improvement after my first test. Reviewing the test i thought I could have done a lot better so I gave another test 3 days after( this was a mistake) scored 540 and was very disappointed. Reviewed the test and started working on my weak topics then by mid October I again had to leave the practice due to accident of a close one so I didn't get the chance to study till mid November as I had to stay in hospital. Coming to December thought of starting once again but as I opened my books I had no motivation and I felt burnt out due to being on and off again and again. Couldn't get the momentum I was in before and felt out of touch. I was taking too much time to solve even basic problems so I left it for some time to focus on extra curricular activities and sports. My current status is that I am in second year of my undergrad and I will graduate in 2020 so I have time on my hand but this idea seems to work against me as I start to delay my prep thinking I have lots of time. It has been a long time since I started and people get phenomenal scores in half the time I took and this haunts me. I just want to give it my all and get this over with once and for all so that I can focus on my college and rest of my profile. My desired score is somewhere between 650 to 700. I am willing to put in the work but I need some advice as to how to overcome the fact that it took me so long and I am still nowhere close to my goal and a plan that I can stick to. Anyways thank you so much for everything GMATclub I get lots of useful information from this site.


Hey!
There's no need to worry. The good thing is you have ample amount of time on your side! So cheer up!
But it's not advisable to stretch your GMAT prep for too long.
Manhattan books are great for concepts. But they lack questions. You don't need to be very strong in Mathematics to ace the GMAT. You just have to be really good with the basics. Also, you need to stay devoted to your studies. 3 months are more than enough to prepare for the GMAT. But you should be focused.

I will suggest that you go for some online course. E-gmat for verbal and Target Test Prep for quant. Along with these get yourself a subscription of GMATclub and Manhattan tests. Do these religiously and you will definitely achieve your target score.

Use gmatclub wisely. Below are the links which i found useful, in my journey so far, i always go back to them each time i feel lost.

1. https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html - To start off with read this post by the founder of GMAT Club bb . It is very important you start on the right foot, hence, read it patiently. Even though its says "Study Plan 2016", the information provided is still relevant & very useful.

2. https://gmatclub.com/forum/abhimahna-s- ... l#p1993468 - How to effectively utilize GMAT clubs "Follow" functionality. Don't forget to follow abhimahna himself, his posts are very useful not only for the GMAT but also for other BSchool app related stuff.

3. https://gmatclub.com/forum/sentence-cor ... 04883.html - Everything you need to know about SC for GMAT is here. Dont forget to follow souvik101990 an all round GMAT club legend.

4. https://gmatclub.com/forum/critical-rea ... 45178.html - Everything you need to know about CR for GMAT is here.

5. https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-rc ... 64834.html - Everything you need to know about RC for GMAT is here.

6. https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-to-the-v ... 19866.html - Great post by Souvik, very useful tips for Verbal Prep.

7. https://gmatclub.com/forum/mgmat-study- ... 09197.html - Compilation of "Thursdays with Ron videos" from Manhattan GMAT's Study Hall session with the absolute super saiyan RonPurewal who scored a perfect score of 800 multiple times on the GMAT. His Quant videos are equally useful & the link can be found within this link. Dont forget to thank carcass for creating this awesome compilation.

8. https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html - All that you will ever need for Quant, from theory to practice questions it is all here.

9. https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-officia ... 40610.html - All OG questions from the 10th edition to the 2019 edition are compiled here. Thanks to carcass again.

10. Last but not the least, participate on the forums, it will help you immensely in your preparation.

a) Post your queries - Do a quick search for your query on the forum, most probably someone must have already asked it & an expert would have already replied to it. If not then make a post & an expert or a helpful member will soon reply.

b) Answer someone else's queries - If you think you can make a valuable contribution & help some one out, go ahead & reply. A good deed done always comes around.

c) Spare some time from your preparation to elaborately answer questions ont the forum. I stress on elaborately, because it will help you to ingrain the concepts that you have learned, even more deeper.

d) Read expert reply's very carefully, make separate notes of all the awesome information shared by them, it is priceless. Specifically by Bunuel mikemcgarry chetan2u @veritasprepkarishma daagh GMATNinja egmat sayantanc2k

e) Spare some time every week, to go through the "Share GMAT Experience" forum & congratulate people. Reading debriefs will help you in understanding the pitfalls in GMAT prep & on Test day. It's great to learn from other's experiences.


I hope this will help you & set you on the right path.

All the Best!!
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Hi helpme123,

Since you're posting from a 'new' account, we don't have the benefit of your prior post history to define your past studies in more detail or your timeline/goals. Since you're still in your Undergraduate studies though, I have a few questions about your overall timeline. The GMAT Score is valid for 5 years and many Business School Programs expect a reasonable amount of respectable Work Experience from their Applicants (often 3-5 years of quality WE, with leadership roles, etc.). Thus, it's possible that even IF you had a great GMAT Score right now, that Score might 'expire' before you had a chance to properly use it in your applications. This is meant to say that pushing back your studies might be beneficial (as that might better fit your overall timeline and you can 'clear your head' of some of the angst that you might be feeling right now).

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi helpme123,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT prep. I realize that you are frustrated because you’ve been studying for so long without the results you desire, but trust me, you are not alone. Thousands of past GMAT test-takers have stood in your shoes, and with a new, structured and organized study plan and some motivation, you can really surprise yourself with how well you can do on the GMAT.

The first thing you need to do is hit the reset button on your prep. Since your most recent score is 540, it’s clear that you lack the fundamental GMAT quant and verbal skills you need for a high score, right? So, you need to follow a detailed study plan that allows you to systematically learn each quant and verbal topic one at a time, starting with the foundations and then moving to more advanced concepts. Studying in such a way will allow you to see the starting point and the finish line, which will help give you the motivation you need to keep pushing to your GMAT goal.

To study in the manner described above, you may consider using an online GMAT self-study course. To see what is available, check out the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. If you would like more detailed advice on how to study GMAT quant and verbal, feel free to reach back out.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT
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It has been a long time since I started and people get phenomenal scores in half the time I took and this haunts me. I just want to give it my all and get this over with once and for all so that I can focus on my college and rest of my profile.
If you came across these accounts online, you're looking at a very small (and non-representative) set of people.

Most good things take time. Keep working, and not just on improving your ability to take the GMAT.
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If you're lost, start off studying sort of "on-the-side" -- then once you commit to kicking things into high-gear -- then it's nothing but studying. But have a structured plan.

Live, breath, and sleep the GMAT for full entire days. And then rest -- and then go at it again - then rest. Then review - and kickass on the exam.

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-plan

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We also recommend a "Divide and Conquer" approach first.

That is - focus on specific sections - like Sentence Correction. Dedicate an entire day - heck, dedicate multiple consecutive days dedicated ONLY to sentence correction.

For example: tomorrow is "Sentence Correction Day" - and don't move on until you feel you've made a significant improvement and have results to show.

If you operate with that kind of work ethic - and apply that process to RC, RC, PS, DS, etc. -- then you will have individually made good progress in each section.

Then from there, it's about mixing and matching different verbal and quant questions - just as you would see them on the actual test. So take practice tests to simulate this mental switch between different question types under time pressure.

For practice, we recommend the practice tests from mba.com as was from supplemental resources such as this one from GMAT Pill:
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