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Mock Gmat prep Score - 640 -- real gmat 580-- what to do next ?

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New post 08 Dec 2018, 04:32
Hi ,
i had my Gmat exam today and scored 580 on it. i had a quant score of 46 and verbal score of 25.

i have given many mocks in last month , i scored in 640's is last few mocks.

Need help on what to do next.I have already cancelled my score.
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Looks like anxiety was at play. Take a couple of weeks and try to focus on staying calm while you take your mocks on these days. Hopefully, you would do better in your next attempt.
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Hi sidjain93,

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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on your Official GMAT?

Goals:
5) What is your goal score?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 08 Dec 2018, 23:12
Hi ,

to answer your questions,

1. I have studied for more than 2 months.
2. I have used OG 19, Og 18 and OG 13 plus Manhattan books for my prep.
3. my exam was 8th December.
I took mocks on
---3 Dec- 640(Q48 V 29)
---4 Dec- 590-( lack of concentration on that day)(Q 46 V 29)
---5 Dec-640(Q 49 V 32)
---6 Dec-640(Q 47 V 32)
---7 Dec- 570.(Q 40 V 29)
---real exam 8 th dec 580.(Q 46 V 25)
My target score is to reach 700.
I am targeting Canadian colleges and Usa College for round 2 deadline. Hence i am short on time.
I am indian student, hence not a native speaker of English.
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Hi sidjain93,

To start, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 5 CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 610 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

The process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By taking FIVE CATs in the 5 days before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day. However you choose to study going forward, you should NOT take your CATs with that same frequency.

Assuming that your general 'ability level' is in the low-600s, raising a 610 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. If you are considering Round 2 deadline, then that might limit how much time you have to study. As such, you might need to either adjust your Score Goal or your application timeline.

1) What are the exact application deadlines for each of the Schools that you plan to apply to?
2) What is the minimum GMAT Score that you would apply with?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi sidjain93,

To start, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 5 CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 610 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

The process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By taking FIVE CATs in the 5 days before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day. However you choose to study going forward, you should NOT take your CATs with that same frequency.

Assuming that your general 'ability level' is in the low-600s, raising a 610 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. If you are considering Round 2 deadline, then that might limit how much time you have to study. As such, you might need to either adjust your Score Goal or your application timeline.

1) What are the exact application deadlines for each of the Schools that you plan to apply to?
2) What is the minimum GMAT Score that you would apply with?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Thanks for the reply.

Minimum score i am looking forward is 660 +

Well the deadlines start from 3 Jan for Round 2 applications, And i can book my next attempt on3rd January or later.

So lets say if miss the 3rd Jan slot, my next deadlines for round 2 applications are 10th Jan and 15th Jan.

I can study up to 4-5 hours day on weekday and 12 + hours on a weekend at present.
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Hi sidjain93,

To start, you might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

If you want to retake the GMAT before January 3rd, then there will probably be a limit to how much you could improve in that time (to reiterate a prior point - your Goal Score of 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study). Based on your GMAT Score, you have a much greater opportunity to pick up points in the Verbal section, so by focusing on learning and practicing the proper Verbal Tactics, you could potentially pick up some significant points in a short period of time. However, at this point, it's unclear whether you have developed any 'bad habits' during your prior studies or not (since those bad habits would take time to fix - and replace with new 'good habits').

Based on everything that you have described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Verbal Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients finish that Study Plan in under a month, so you could potentially finish it in the time that you have. Your goal should NOT be to try to 'rush' through any of the material though; you need to learn and practice the proper Tactics - NOT simply continue answering practice questions "your way." During that time, you'll also be able to access any of the Quant resources that interest you. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

If you have any additional questions, then just let me know.

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Hi sidjain93,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that your quant score was not too many points below your quant scores on your practice exams. That being said, since you scored a V25 on your GMAT and scored between 29 and 32 on your practice exams, it’s clear that you lack some of the verbal fundamentals necessary for a high score. To improve your verbal skills, you will want to follow a linear study plan that allows you to start with the foundations and move to more advanced topics. By following a structured and methodical approach, you can ensure that you master each topic individually as you progress through GMAT verbal.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey logical meanings. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best verbal courses.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

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