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[HELP] Lower score after more than 2 months of preparation

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New post 06 Oct 2019, 04:54
Hello guys,

After more than two months of hard work to improve my quant skill I decided to take a test (gmatclub test) and I scored a poor Q37, which is even lower than my first attempt more than 2 months ago, where I scored a Q38 with almost 0 preparation...
The 22th of July I passed my first mock test on the Manhattan Gmat prep CAT and scored a Q38 V28 after that I have worked on my quant skill everyday ... How is this even possible to score lower than my first attempt ?!

I am totally lost, confused and super disappointed, I worked hard on all the concept topic by topic, sub-area by sub-area, my accuracy was okay (> 80%). But during the test I don't know what happened, time pressure maybe, I don't know but I couldn't think properly and ended up making mistake again and again, I spent way too much time on word problem questions, picking the wrong answer at the end...

My goal is to score a Q48 - Q49 (to score a 700/800) but it seems delusional right now ...
Maybe Q38 is the best I can do ? Is it possible that some people can't score higher than a certain score ?
I am about to give up guys... Maybe this is not for me

Is it possible for me to improve from a Q37-38 to a Q48 ?
Did this happen to someone else ? If yes what did you do to overcome this ?
I am super confused and sad right now...

Additional info about my learning journey :

I learned the concept with the Manhattan gmat books and did sets of questions with the OG questions and forum questions , every time topic by topic, sub-area by sub-area with questions of all type and difficulty ( PS ; DS ; sub 600 ; 600-700 ; 700 level questions). I timed myself, worked on my error log every week and re-did sets on a specific topic if my accuracy wasn't above 80 %.
I worked more than 2h every day and 4h during the week end.

The only "bad" thing I did was stop working on my quant skill for two weeks as I started working on the verbal part...

Thank you very much in advance for your reply
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Hi Coggi,

About 2.5 months ago we discussed a number of aspects of how you might put together a proper Study Plan (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/work-plan-me ... 00699.html). From what you describe in today's post, it's not clear whether you have taken any FULL-LENGTH practice CATs over the last 2 months or not. The only practical way to assess how you might score on the Official GMAT is to take a FULL CAT (and take it in a realistic fashion: take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it
away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

Have you taken any full CATs so far? And if you have, then how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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Hi Coggi,

First off, I realize you are frustrated; however, moving forward, as long as you can follow a linear and structured study plan as well as a realistic timeline, you CAN improve your GMAT quant score. Since you have plateaued around Q38, it’s a sign that you have numerous weak areas that are holding you back from improving your quant score. Thus, moving forward, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn each GMAT quant topic individually and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

Let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. 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. 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.

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 quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about how to increase your GMAT quant score.

If you have any questions, feel to reach back out.

Good luck!
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