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Hi Everyone,

I have been preparing GMAT for the past one month and don't seem to find any improvement on my scores.

I took a mock test today and scored a 340 :( I'm really not sure how to go about it as i have my exam in exactly a month's time.

Any help would be appreciated on how to study for the next one month.

Thanks,
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Hi Everyone,

I have been preparing GMAT for the past one month and don't seem to find any improvement on my scores.

I took a mock test today and scored a 340 :( I'm really not sure how to go about it as i have my exam in exactly a month's time.

Any help would be appreciated on how to study for the next one month.

Thanks,
Rachel


Hi Rachel,

Sorry to hear that. Do you know the split in Verbal and Quant?

Try to see your ESR for the mock in the software. See where you have to improve. This will give you an initial assessment. Then you can work on what to study each day.

Follow a study plan. We do have our own study plan in GMATCLUB. Check this post-- https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-self-prep-study-plan-245667.html?f=menu
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Hey Rachel,

I would recommend you to work on basics from the Quantitative Mega-thread
This thread has all the Quant topics along with their theory.
Understand the theory associated with each topic and follow
that up with some related practice.
You can find practice questions on specific topics, here at GMATClub(Search by tag)

For Verbal, sign up for e GMAT
They are quite good for non-native speakers and the entire course
is structured in the form of videos and will help in understanding the basic
concepts of dealing with the various questions(SC/CR and RC)
There is a free trial which comes with a few videos(explaining a concept
and this should help you understand if this course is a good fit for you)

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Hi Rachel,

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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2) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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Hi Everyone,

I have been preparing GMAT for the past one month and don't seem to find any improvement on my scores.

I took a mock test today and scored a 340 :( I'm really not sure how to go about it as i have my exam in exactly a month's time.

Any help would be appreciated on how to study for the next one month.

Thanks,
Rachel


Hi

In one month is seems impossible to cross 700 bearer perhaps 2-3 month is pretty enough time

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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New post 19 Sep 2017, 06:58
rache89 wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I have been preparing GMAT for the past one month and don't seem to find any improvement on my scores.

I took a mock test today and scored a 340 :( I'm really not sure how to go about it as i have my exam in exactly a month's time.

Any help would be appreciated on how to study for the next one month.

Thanks,
Rachel


Hi Rachel,

Do not be disheartened. GMAT does test your perseverance. 4 months should be good enough to achieve a good score. It’s a good thing you have taken the GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and can 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. 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.

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, 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 practice 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 ... 68383.html

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/.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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