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Two week ago I gave GMAT PREP Exam and scored 610 (Q 46, V 27). After reviewing all mistakes and solving bunch of other problem along with learning concepts, I gave another mock test on gmat club and score Q42. Although I know gmat club tests are harder than the real GMAT but I am still devastated. Can you please help me analyze my score ? I am attaching screenshot of my performance. Thanks in advance
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Bunuel, bb, @EmpowerGmat, VeritasPrepKarishma


Folks,
Two week ago I gave GMAT PREP Exam and scored 610 (Q 46, V 27). After reviewing all mistakes and solving bunch of other problem along with learning concepts, I gave another mock test on gmat club and score Q42. Although I know gmat club tests are harder than the real GMAT but I am still devastated. Can you please help me analyze my score ? I am attaching screenshot of my performance. Thanks in advance


Yes, GMAT Club Tests' are generally harder than those of GMAT Prep. Having said that 42 and 46 are not that apart. You might have underperformed on our tests for some reason and overperformed on GMAT prep for some reason.

As for your performance, I see that you mostly missed 700 level questions: 2 on algebra, 2 on coordinate geometry, 2 on distance/rare, 2 on arithmetic. Try practising those from our questions bank: https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?view=search_tags Then try taking couple more tests.
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Hi nigina93,

Taking an individual section of the GMAT - outside of the context of taking the FULL Exam under realistic and test-like conditions - isn't a realistic way to assess your current 'ability level' - so it would be far more useful to analyze your results from your practice CAT from 2 weeks ago. After taking each CAT, it's important to do a full review of your performance (with the goal of defining WHY you got questions wrong). While a full Mistake Tracker would provide more detail, there are some basic questions that you should look to answer after you take each CAT (and the more specific you can be with your answers, the better).

After reviewing each section of this CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) In the Verbal section, how many questions did you "narrow down to 2 choices" but still get wrong?

Beyond those questions, 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) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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So, the good news is that a quant 46 on an official practice GMAT is a great start! Thus, I don’t want you to start panicking about seeing your quant score decrease on the subsequent GMAT Club test. Rather, stay positive and focus on taking the necessary steps to find and fix your weaknesses. With some more dedicated prep, you probably can improve your GMAT quant score. Now, to increase your quant score to an advanced level, you probably need to study each topic "with a fine-toothed comb" to determine your exact weaknesses.

For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. Once complete, do a thorough analysis of each incorrect question. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By properly analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to more efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant knowledge. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your quant score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, make some more areas stronger.

Accomplishing this end could take doing dozens of questions of one type, then dozens of the next, and so on. When you do dozens of the same type of question one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of the questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

So, work on accuracy and generally getting to correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently.

The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach it with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials. Thus, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the [url=https://gmatclub.com/reviews/highest-rated-gmat-courses/best-for-quant-4
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If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to me directly. I’m happy to help!

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