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Need Help_130 point in 30 days_ Q34 V40 to Q49 V40 [#permalink]

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Hi, I need some guidance and help ASAP!

My Target Score is 730+ and I am targeting B schools like INSEAD, ISB, IIM A PGPEX and IIM C PGPEX( 1yr courses to be precise) I have booked my exam date for August 1.I intend to join this coming batch of Jan 2017 for ISB and likes or Sep 2017 for INSEAD and likes.

I gave my final GMAT prep Test 2 Exam Pack 2- score 610- Q34 V40 . ( fresh test not a retake. Including AWA and IR and the breaks)I am disheartened. I thought this would be my penultimate CAT before the real one on August 1st. I was looking for a score of 730. Now how do I get a 130 points jump !

In quants I am making very stupid mistakes . In verbal RC- 67 % accuracy -CR and SC are good. So I postponed my Exam date from August 1 st to 31st .I am messing up Number properties big time now, earlier it was my strength. .

I have exhausted all materials, OGs, including REVIEWS.

Also given the current work pressure I will be unable to keep up a fixed routine and I couldn't make it to 1st August test date (as scheduled earlier) with such Low Quant scores.

Now a Little Background!

I am a 33 year old Male with 8 years of work ex (Management Consultant) with an MBA ( from a not so high ranked Indian B school).I started my preparation in Jan 2016 and chose Crack Verbal -Verbal Online course . I have a hectic work schedule and have to travel a lot but still I managed to put at least 2hrs a day and 8hrs on week ends (provided I am not travelling) . My practice tests pan out as follows

Test No. Exam Pack Date of Exam Score Test 1 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 - Test 1- Diagnostic Test Dec-15 390 (Q16 V27) Test 2 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 Test 2- Prepped for 2 Months with CV On Demand Course Mar 2106 480 (Q33 V23) Test 3 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 Test 1 Retake- Prepped again for a Month- Apr-16 590 (Q48 V24) Test 4 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 Test 2 Retake- Prepped again for a Month- Jun-16 700 (QV50 V35) Test 5 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 2 Test 1 - Jun 2016- 550 (Q4 V23) Test 6 MCAT 1- Test 1- Brushed up on Verbal and practiced QUants from GMAT CLub Test-) 19/06/2016 660 ( Q47 V33 Test 7 MCAT 2- Test 2- Brushed up on Verbal and practiced QUants from GMAT CLub Test- 26/06/2016 660 ( Q46 V34) Test 8 MCAT 3- Test 3 - Brushed up on Verbal and practiced QUants from GMAT CLub Test 03/07/2016 680 (Q45 V37) Test 9 MCAT 4- Test 6 - Brushed up on Verbal and practiced QUants from GMAT CLub Test 10/07/2016 710(Q49 V38) Test 10 MCAT 5- Test 6 - Brushed up on Verbal and practiced QUants from GMAT CLub Test 17/07/2016 682 (Q46 V37) Test 11 GMAT Prep Exam Pack 2- Test 2 - 24/07/2016 610 ( Q34 V40 )

All my tests have been during the same time slot during which I intend to give my real GMAT Test. All the tests were including AWA and IR and with 7 minute breaks.

I think I burned through my Practice tests way too quickly. In my anxiety to get over the GMAT I made a stupid mistake I think. Now how do I go about. I can devote 4hrs a day ( Quants + Verbal) on weekdays and 10hrs a day on Weekends.

The only deviation was during Quants I tend to pause to check on properties and formulae. Only time I didn't pause or look at any formulae was in Test 1, Test 2 and Test 11, .

No worries! You can surely hit at least 49 or above just like 90% of our students. However, please note that practice test scores tend to be slightly higher than actual GMAT scores. Based on your mock test scores, it seems like you have gained some math skills along the way to preparation. Since you have good math skills, we are certain that you can benefit from our course and boost your score.

In fact, student with good math skills can surely hit up to 47-48 and if you have studied math for a long time, you can also hit 49. However, hitting 50-51 is nearly impossible as GMAT Math is a logical exam. Fortunately, our course is specialized in helping students hit 50-51 in a short period of time.

In order to hit a high score like 49 or above, we would like to recommend focusing on CMT and Key questions. (Common Mistake Types) questions. Firstly, focusing on Key questions(Integer, statistics, probability, inequality, absolute value) is very important as it basically completes 80% of your study. Plus, CMT questions are the final hard 4-5 questions which are difficult to solve. If you get 1-2 questions wrong, you can definitely hit 49. Or, if you get 0-1 questions wrong, you can hit 50-51. So, you should get 3-4 right out of hardest 4-5 questions. These questions usually take 4-5 minutes to solve per question. This is a big pressure because we have to solve 37 questions in 75 minutes.

However, with our unique approaches of Variable approach for DS and IVY approach for PS, you can significantly save time, and will have 10 minutes to spare

before exam ends. For instance, with our approaches, you can solve questions that normally take 4 minutes in 1 minutes and 30 seconds, and 2-minute question in 30 seconds. You can solve DS questions 100% with Variable approach and 30-40% of PS questions with IVY approach. We also would like to recommend studying and mastering DS first as DS is a quick win. Although our approaches seem new to you and you might not be up for learning new approaches, you can easily grasp and fully understand our approaches as we also provide "very basics of Variable approach and IVY approach" for our members. For you, we would like to recommend All-In-one 51, which has about 55 hours of videos. Since you're dedicated to spending about 2 hours for quant on week days and 10 hours a day on weekends, you can complete the course within 2 weeks. Even if you repeat the course twice, you can certainly complete the course within 4 weeks.

Plus, we also provide difficult questions of CMT to prepare you to tackle difficult questions on GMAT.

Please try Trial Pack (4 hour lesson) that reveal our secret approaches of DS+PS core theory that you have never seen. You can test whether you like them or not.

Re: Need Help_130 point in 30 days_ Q34 V40 to Q49 V40 [#permalink]

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27 Jul 2016, 09:04

MathRevolution wrote:

Hi,

No worries! You can surely hit at least 49 or above just like 90% of our students. However, please note that practice test scores tend to be slightly higher than actual GMAT scores. Based on your mock test scores, it seems like you have gained some math skills along the way to preparation. Since you have good math skills, we are certain that you can benefit from our course and boost your score.

In fact, student with good math skills can surely hit up to 47-48 and if you have studied math for a long time, you can also hit 49. However, hitting 50-51 is nearly impossible as GMAT Math is a logical exam. Fortunately, our course is specialized in helping students hit 50-51 in a short period of time.

In order to hit a high score like 49 or above, we would like to recommend focusing on CMT and Key questions. (Common Mistake Types) questions. Firstly, focusing on Key questions(Integer, statistics, probability, inequality, absolute value) is very important as it basically completes 80% of your study. Plus, CMT questions are the final hard 4-5 questions which are difficult to solve. If you get 1-2 questions wrong, you can definitely hit 49. Or, if you get 0-1 questions wrong, you can hit 50-51. So, you should get 3-4 right out of hardest 4-5 questions. These questions usually take 4-5 minutes to solve per question. This is a big pressure because we have to solve 37 questions in 75 minutes.

However, with our unique approaches of Variable approach for DS and IVY approach for PS, you can significantly save time, and will have 10 minutes to spare

before exam ends. For instance, with our approaches, you can solve questions that normally take 4 minutes in 1 minutes and 30 seconds, and 2-minute question in 30 seconds. You can solve DS questions 100% with Variable approach and 30-40% of PS questions with IVY approach. We also would like to recommend studying and mastering DS first as DS is a quick win. Although our approaches seem new to you and you might not be up for learning new approaches, you can easily grasp and fully understand our approaches as we also provide "very basics of Variable approach and IVY approach" for our members. For you, we would like to recommend All-In-one 51, which has about 55 hours of videos. Since you're dedicated to spending about 2 hours for quant on week days and 10 hours a day on weekends, you can complete the course within 2 weeks. Even if you repeat the course twice, you can certainly complete the course within 4 weeks.

Plus, we also provide difficult questions of CMT to prepare you to tackle difficult questions on GMAT.

Please try Trial Pack (4 hour lesson) that reveal our secret approaches of DS+PS core theory that you have never seen. You can test whether you like them or not.

Max provided additional comments and please refer to his reply below:

1) We think you seem to study in an extensive way. It is important to acquire skills to be good at GMAT Math, not general maths.

2) It seems like you don't have logic to solve questions. If you approach to GMAT Math without logic and just solve with general math skills, it takes tons of time to solve questions and is likely to get a high percentage of getting wrong answers.

3) People usually tend to study GMAT Math for a long time as their score doesn't improve. The reason is they approach to questions with the conventional method, which is inefficient. Since you have taken the exam 11 times, it means that you studied GMAT about 3 years. Over the years, you probably studied with the existing conventional method without logic to solve questions without knowing that it is not a right way, which is not recommended method of studying GMAT Math.

4) Hence, based on the amount of study you have done, if you study logic on top of that, you can significantly improve with studying the method of Variable approach. From the approach, you can learn the mistake types, which enable to hit 50-51. You can surely have an eye to spot questions on level of score 50-51.

If you have any other question watching trial pack or on other things, please let us know at info@mathrevolution.com.

Re: Need Help_130 point in 30 days_ Q34 V40 to Q49 V40 [#permalink]

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28 Jul 2016, 03:50

Hey Ritesh,

I have been where you are and I can say that an increment of 130 points in a month's time is way too difficult. I scored similar scores in mock tests as you (660-700), but when I gave the exam pack 1 test, I scored a dismal 580 (Q-34, V-36) and scored 560 (Q-39,V-25) on the actual test. There are some flaws in your understanding and perhaps you should start from the scratch. Since you have a hectic work schedule, I suggest you take a sabbatical and really get down to it. That's what I am going to do.

Re: Need Help_130 point in 30 days_ Q34 V40 to Q49 V40 [#permalink]

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29 Jul 2016, 05:25

MathRevolution wrote:

Hi riteshpatnaik,

Max provided additional comments and please refer to his reply below:

1) We think you seem to study in an extensive way. It is important to acquire skills to be good at GMAT Math, not general maths.

2) It seems like you don't have logic to solve questions. If you approach to GMAT Math without logic and just solve with general math skills, it takes tons of time to solve questions and is likely to get a high percentage of getting wrong answers.

3) People usually tend to study GMAT Math for a long time as their score doesn't improve. The reason is they approach to questions with the conventional method, which is inefficient. Since you have taken the exam 11 times, it means that you studied GMAT about 3 years. Over the years, you probably studied with the existing conventional method without logic to solve questions without knowing that it is not a right way, which is not recommended method of studying GMAT Math.

4) Hence, based on the amount of study you have done, if you study logic on top of that, you can significantly improve with studying the method of Variable approach. From the approach, you can learn the mistake types, which enable to hit 50-51. You can surely have an eye to spot questions on level of score 50-51.

If you have any other question watching trial pack or on other things, please let us know at info@mathrevolution.com.

Happy Studying!

Jin On behalf of Max

Hi Thanks for the Input. One clarification. I gave 11 MOCKS. SO you mean giving 11 MCATS is equivalent to 3years of GMAT ?

The thing is as somebody n the forum pointed out that I am dependent on Formulae rather than logic. To certain extent formulae will help but mayv=be till a level of 34 or 38 ( Thats where I am I believe) beyond this Logic and smart approach alongwith knowledge of maths is required (This is where I seem to be struggling). This is how my last MOCK went

In total I made 12 mistakes- From Q no 29 to Q 37 all were correct

1) Because of a silly/little mistake? Q N0- 1 (PS- Algebra),5 (PS- Percent),7 (DS_ Digits),8 (PS- Rate),17 (PS-Percent), 20-(DS Percent) & 21 (PS_ Consecutive Numbers- Very Annoyed with Myself that I got this wrong) 2) Because there was some math that you just didn't know how to do? Q No. -14 (PS- Number Properties),24 (DS-Number Properties), 25 (DS- Number Properties)- 3) Because the question was too hard? Q No- 27 ( DS- Sets)

this is how I have prepared so far. For Quants I started with Jeff Stackman for a month- till Feb end. Then solved OG 15 for a Month - March. Then took up Manhattan Quant Guides and simultaneously solved OG 2013 as per question numbers given at the guide end. This was for a Month that is till April end. And after that started solving from OG 16 and GMAC Reviews, till June End. Then picked up BTG and GMAT Club question bank and started solving.

Now for the next 4 weeks I intend to Put in 4 hrs a day on week days and 10hrs a day on weekends. Also, I want to give equal emphasis on both Quants and Verbal, don't want to loose the edge on Verbal. On weekdays I plan to put in 2hrs each on Quants and Verbal and on weekends I will spend more time on Quants and less on Verbal.

Re: Need Help_130 point in 30 days_ Q34 V40 to Q49 V40 [#permalink]

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29 Jul 2016, 05:51

MathRevolution wrote:

Hi riteshpatnaik,

Max provided additional comments and please refer to his reply below:

1) We think you seem to study in an extensive way. It is important to acquire skills to be good at GMAT Math, not general maths.

2) It seems like you don't have logic to solve questions. If you approach to GMAT Math without logic and just solve with general math skills, it takes tons of time to solve questions and is likely to get a high percentage of getting wrong answers.

3) People usually tend to study GMAT Math for a long time as their score doesn't improve. The reason is they approach to questions with the conventional method, which is inefficient. Since you have taken the exam 11 times, it means that you studied GMAT about 3 years. Over the years, you probably studied with the existing conventional method without logic to solve questions without knowing that it is not a right way, which is not recommended method of studying GMAT Math.

4) Hence, based on the amount of study you have done, if you study logic on top of that, you can significantly improve with studying the method of Variable approach. From the approach, you can learn the mistake types, which enable to hit 50-51. You can surely have an eye to spot questions on level of score 50-51.

If you have any other question watching trial pack or on other things, please let us know at info@mathrevolution.com.

Happy Studying!

Jin On behalf of Max

Hi, Further to my previous reply. I would like to add that 4 weeks is all I have before the real GMAT.