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# My GMAT journey. 510 to 620 to anything above 650

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28 Oct 2018, 17:12
Hi everyone,

Long time lurker here on the forums but this is my first post. I have always been of the idea that i can do anything myself without ever directly asking for help but rather doing research on my own and engineering an answer as i go. Well I'm glad to admit that the GMAT has finally broken this bad habit of mine.

I really need a GMAT experts idea on how to overcome my weaknesses and the score plato i am experiencing, especially with quant and CR verbal. So here is my story:

I took my first GMAT a very long time ago and got crushed, scored a 510. I thought i had prepared. I had not. I gave up and did not want to hear of this exam ever again. But still the thought would come up from time to time. Can i do it, can i score higher, what do i need to do to score higher. Ever since that time i have pushed all my friends to go pursue higher education, and they have, and i have not. So i finally decided. 2018 was going to be the year i would crack the GMAT and get into my favorite school. Target score: anything above 650 and i would be happy. I have a strong GPA and good career path but i am not a native English speaker.

I decided to go with egmat for my prep. I did the whole course. I liked it and i would definitely recommend it but this is not a review of any prep company so lets leave it at that. I started my prep around May of this year, putting in several hours per day but until October i never thought of taking an actual mock test and i believe this was my downfall. I feel i wasted so much time just studying theory without even thinking about doing much practice.

My first free Gmat mock test and i scored a terrible 550. But that is not all. I DID NOT FINISH THE TEST. I was completely caught blindsided. I left unsolved 8 questions on quant and about 3 on verbal( after guessing another 3 before time ran out). But i still scored a 550. THIS got me thinking. I need to revise my priorities, I cant just try and solve every question right. The goal is to give your best shot at each question and finish. So i came up with a strategy that would allow me to keep track of my time and where should i be after approx 8 questions. I call it the grid strategy. I create a quick grid on a piece of paper and subtract 16 min increments from 62.
This tells me where i need to be after 8 questions 16 questions and so on.

This strategy partially worked for me. I took the second free gmat mock test a week after the first. I scored a 650 on it and i was feeling much better. At this point i decide i would give a try at the real thing. I picked a date and continued to study diligently. I could say this was a very heavy period of studying, much more intense than anything i had done before. I took additional mock tests from 800score (690 and 690) and veritas prep(600 and 600). I was getting mixed results but one thing is for sure i could not crack a q45 and a v35 consistently.

The real GMAT came by and I was calm and poised. I skipped over the IR and essay question and went straight for the kill. quant was not much different from what i had expected but i still managed to run out of time and guessed my last two questions. I feel i can do so much better but DS is really a struggle as i always try a math approach vs a logic approach. Verbal was ok, I only had to deal with 3 RC passages and I think this is what helped me get a v34. I did not do well AT ALL on RC and thats where i will be focusing for the next month or so. I ordered my ESR and i would love if someone could help me understand it better.

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28 Oct 2018, 19:55
Hi Lendi,

From what you describe, it sounds as though you understand some of the 'shortcomings' in your prior studies - and the ability to do that type of analysis is important (it should help to make sure that you're efficient during this next phase of your studies).

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 on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you send me your ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you (since you're new to the forums, you won't be able to post it or send it via PM just yet, but you can feel free to email it to me).

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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28 Oct 2018, 23:20
Hi lmyrtolli1990 ,

I am sorry to know that your scores were not in line with your expectations. In order to give you precise inputs, I would like to check the data of your preparation on Scholaranium and course dashboard along with all the information you have shared here and your ESR. Please send over your ESR through the registered email id to support@e-gmat.com.
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31 Oct 2018, 17:02
Hi Lendi,

Feel free to reach out with further questions.
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