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New post 28 Jun 2018, 13:19
I have given 3 gmat mocks uptill now, 2 free gmat official mock and 1 free MGMAT mock:

My scores

Mock 1(official mock 1): V (34) , Q (46) ; Overall 650 ( a few questions were already seen before but didn't remember the answers)
Incorrect answers in Verbal: Q2, Q7, Q12, Q14, Q24, Q27, Q29, Q31, Q32, Q33, Q36, Q37, Q38, Q41
27/41 correct ; SC: okay, CR: bad, RC: decent

Mock 2:(MGMAT free mock): V(36), Q(44) ; Overall 660
Incorrect answers in Verbal: Q3, Q5, Q6, Q8, Q11, Q12, Q15 , Q17, Q22, Q23, Q25, Q27, Q28, Q30 (NEW PATTERN i.e. 36 ques in verbal)
22/36 correct ; SC: okay, CR: Great, RC: bad

Mock 3:(official mock 2): V(31), Q(47); Overall 640
Incorrect answers in Verbal: Q3, Q5, Q6, Q10, Q11, Q17, Q20, Q29, Q33, Q34, Q35, Q40, Q41 (Time got over, so left unattempted)
28/40 correct; 1 unattempted ; SC: Great, CR: bad, RC: great

I want to know, why verbal score has decreased even though my percentage of correct attempts is highest in the 3rd mock, did the attempted score make a lot of difference and if I wouldve attempted it would I have got an overall score greater than 650? cause I took mocks within the span of 15 days and I was hoping that my performance in mock 3 would've been as good as mock 1 & mock 2 if not better.

My CR is not improving and I fear that I wont be able to reach a 700 score, I have 30-40 days left to give my GMAT, is it possible to achieve a 700+ performance considering my current level. And also where can I practice official GMAT mocks with the new pattern, if I purchase them, will I get the mocks with new pattern? can anyone send the link to it, if possible.

Any suggestions regarding the analysis and improvement of score would be really helpful.

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Hi yashmehta27101995,

To start, the scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. It takes into account a number of different factors - far more than just the number of correct and incorrect answers. Performing a full review of each CAT - with the goal of trying to define WHY you got questions wrong - is essential to defining what you need to work on (and the mistakes that you need to eliminate) to score at a higher level.

A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not. 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 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few points). It's not clear what work you did BETWEEN those CATs, but your performance is consistent, so you have not yet made the necessary changes to how 'see' (and respond to) the Test to score higher.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score higher. 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) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
4) What is your exact Test Date?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 28 Jun 2018, 14:06
Thank you for your prompt reply,
I studied for an hour or 2 everyday, but there was a gap for a while..
I have been practicing questions given by a local gmat coaching company which comprises of questions gathered from various sources including the OG, some questions from mocks of OG(Though it hardly made any difference to the final answer as I didn't remember the solution to them) and various other sources. The problem I am facing is how do you go about studying your weakness, Every CR question seems completely new and hence I am not able to find the right approach for it. SC I am comfortable and RC is also not as big a problem as CR. Quant I didn't practice but I am confident of scoring a 47-48 in it. I can try to make it touch 50 which can boost my score considerably. I have 30-40 days left.
Target score is 700. 680-90 will be dicey hence I need a 700 minimum to boost my application.
I am applying for Indian School Of Buisness (YLP) program or NTU or SMU in 2-3 years time.
I haven't fixed the exact date, but I'll keep it in the first week of August.
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Hi yashmehta27101995,

When did you begin your studies - and when was the "gap" (and how long was that gap?)? Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores; if you've studied a certain way for a lengthy period of time though, then it's possible that you've developed some 'bad habits' during your studies that will take time to fix (and replace with new "good habits").

1) What "steps" do you go through when working on a typical CR, RC or SC prompt?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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I have been studying for around 70-75 days back, the gap was of roughly 10 days. Approach
SC: Meaning is what I primarily look for and followed by some grammar rules mentioned in various sources.
RC: I read the passage first and then attempt all the questions. I try to get the gist of the passage in the first reading. Though during the mocks it took me more time to understand the passage and even though I got most of them correct, I wasn't very confident while marking them.

CR: Try thinking the answer before hand and then look the options and whether it matches my answer or not. CR is the major area in which I've been struggling.

What I have noticed is that Apart from silly mistakes, I'm mostly able to answer questions of 600-700 level. I need some practice for 700+ level questions so that my score can reach 700+.
For the next 10 days I can give 5 hours minimum. And the rest 20 days I can increase it to 8-10 hours.

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New post 29 Jun 2018, 18:48
Hi yashmehta27101995,

From what you describe, there are some 'inefficiencies' in terms of how you deal with the Verbal section - and those same issues are likely keeping you from scoring higher in the Quant section as well.

Studying 5 hours each day would be a LOT - and studying 8+ hours each day would likely be too much (and it would increase your chances of 'burning out' before Test Day - which is something that we want to avoid). You have to be careful about confusing "quantity" of study with "quality" of study. If you're not actively working on learning/practicing the proper Tactics - and you just keep answering questions "your way" over-and-over - then you will almost certainly continue to score at this same level.

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