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I had prepared for GMAT nearly 7 months (Monday through Saturday-1 or 2 hours & Sunday-5 hours) and finally ended up scoring devastating 640 (Q49,V28) last week, attached ESR of the same.
But I agree this is not something which couldn't have happened on main official exam because my majority of mock scores fluctuated between 650-690 (Kaplan, Manhattan(free mock), Veritas(free mock), GMAT mock1 & GMAT mock2) during the entire preparation phase, though my target score is 730+. It seems something drastically was wrong in my preparation or my understanding of concepts as I could rarely touch 700s during my preparation.
My preparation phase was majorly dedicated for Verbal prep, as that is my weak area (then & even now) and studied very little for Quant (as my mock score was always between 48 and 51). And among the verbal sections, I was pretty good at SC compared with other two CR & RC and the section I dread most is RC (its clearly reflected even in the final exam)
Material that I used during initial phase of my preparation was Veritas (SC, RC), CR (I felt that I was naturally good at it, but realized later that I misunderstood CR & its question types) and just 5 weeks before exam I enrolled for eGMAT verbal online course and spent 2 weeks for CR concept videos, 1 week for RC concept videos and just left with last 2 weeks (took off from work) for Verbal, Quant, IR & AWA prep.
I am highly demotivated at this point of time, but I know I need to pump up for a fresh restart this time with a workable strategy.
Request to please analyse my ESR report and provide valuable insights to achieve my target score.

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Hi mnav,

To start, a 640/Q49 is still a solid score (it's just a bit shy of the 75th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary.

In a prior series of posts (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/quant-study- ... l#p2070107), you stated that you were planning to take the GMAT in July. Did you end up taking the GMAT then (meaning that this recent attempt was your 2nd attempt)? If you did take the GMAT twice, then what was your other score?

1) Are you still planning to apply for Round 1 or are you leaning towards Round 2?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I forgot to mention that I cancelled my score as I am no where near to my target score 730+
And yes earlier I scheduled my exam in July but later postponed it to September and hence the recent one was my first attempt.

My target schools are ISB & Tepper and I am planning to apply in Round 2 if I get a good score

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I am sorry to hear that your scores were not in line with your target score. I would request you to write to us at support@e-gmat.com using your registered ID so that we can look at your course dashboard and Scholaranium data to give you precise inputs and way forward.

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I've sent you a PM with some notes/suggestions on your ESR.

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Hi mnav,

Believe it or not, there are some positive takeaways from your exam.

1) A 49Q is awesome. Great work!

2) Your score of 640 falls within the range of scores from your practice exams, so test day was not a disaster.

That being said, you scored a V28, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high score. Furthermore, since you have been studying for the last seven months and have not improved your verbal skills, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes.

Rather than focusing on your ESR, you really need to improve all of your verbal skills. To do so, you need 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, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning 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 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 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that 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 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. 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.

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.

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