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Hi folks,

Even though I have been following this wonderful website for about a month and have benefited much, this is the very first time I am writing on the forum. Thanks everybody for sharing the great information and strategy.

I took GMAT 12 days ago and scored 660 (Q49,V30, IR4, AWA5). Since I was targeting 700+, I am not satisfied with the score. Could you evaluate my ESR and provide me guidance? Below are some information about me and how I studied the exam.

1)Non-native, not using English in daily life, always above average in quant during education life(33 years old)
2)Didn't know anything about the exam until 30th of July, studied 20 days for it and learn my lesson quite well:)
3)Studied from OG, solved some questions in Gmatclub, read Manhattan SC once
4)Dissappointed during the exam when easy questions started to come at the end of Verbal section, so did not pay much attention to IR (this is the main reason for 4 point, otherwise would have got min. 6 or 7 I guess)

Also I have some questions about MBA admissions (affects of Low GPA, company sponsorship etc. I think I am a rare case) but I don't know if it is the right topic.

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Hi Asistann,

I am sorry that your scores were not in line with your expectations. To score 700+ you can aim for a Q50 and V36+. To set your own target scores, you may use GMAT Planner. It will help you break down your target score to required sub-sectional scores. Once you have your target scores, you may refer to this article – GMAT Study Plan for 1 month. This article will not only tell you what to study but also how to study. If you have any further queries or need help in creating the plan, write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

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Hi folks,

Even though I have been following this wonderful website for about a month and have benefited much, this is the very first time I am writing on the forum. Thanks everybody for sharing the great information and strategy.

I took GMAT 12 days ago and scored 660 (Q49,V30, IR4, AWA5). Since I was targeting 700+, I am not satisfied with the score. Could you evaluate my ESR and provide me guidance? Below are some information about me and how I studied the exam.

1)Non-native, not using English in daily life, always above average in quant during education life(33 years old)
2)Didn't know anything about the exam until 30th of July, studied 20 days for it and learn my lesson quite well:)
3)Studied from OG, solved some questions in Gmatclub, read Manhattan SC once
4)Dissappointed during the exam when easy questions started to come at the end of Verbal section, so did not pay much attention to IR (this is the main reason for 4 point, otherwise would have got min. 6 or 7 I guess)

Also I have some questions about MBA admissions (affects of Low GPA, company sponsorship etc. I think I am a rare case) but I don't know if it is the right topic.

Thanks in advance


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Sorry to hear that your Gmat didn't go well. Although 660 is a good score but there is margin for improvement. Looking at the ESR, you have to work on SC and CR. Q49 means you are getting most of the points. I would suggest to go through the MGMAT SC again. Also refer to Ultimate Verbal plan of the Gmatclub. It is very useful. Also, you can find study plan on Gmatclub.
Alternatively, you can opt for a course. There are some courses with very good reviews on the Gmatclub. But ensure to take a free trial before enrolling in any.
The following post will help you to analyze your ESR:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/information- ... 21111.html
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Hi Asistann,

First off, a 660/Q49 is a strong score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Since you have some Admissions-related questions, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

Before we discuss the data in your ESR - and how you might approach studying for a retest - it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Asistann,

First off, great quant score! That being said, since you scored a V30, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal skills that are necessary for a high score. Thus, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can assess how well you understand the topic. If, for example, you incorrectly answer 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 are reading a paragraph, also 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 Reading Comprehension, 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 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, your Sentence Correction performance likely has not improved because you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 that 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 meanings that make sense. 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to 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. For instance, 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

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 questions.

Good luck!
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Great information, thank you all. I deduced from your posts that step by step improvement is a must in GMAT prep. Let's try that way and see what hapens this time.
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Asistann wrote:
Great information, thank you all. I deduced from your posts that step by step improvement is a must in GMAT prep. Let's try that way and see what hapens this time.


My pleasure! Keep me updated.

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