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# Need Help -- Exam on Aug 31, 2017

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GMAT 1: 610 Q44 V31
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Need Help -- Exam on Aug 31, 2017  [#permalink]

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25 Aug 2017, 10:04
Hello All,

First of all, I am thankful to all GMAT Club organizers and members for all the motivation and knowledge sharing.

I have my exam next Thursday-- Aug 31, 2017. It will be my second attempt. My first one was in March 2017 and I got 610 (44Q, 31V). I was not sad as my mock tests were in the range of 550-620 (except for two out of 10, all were below 600). I used to do a lot of MGMAT tests and used to be very depressed with my quant scores.I consider myself stronger in quant than in verbal, but I could only see my quant score going down week by week. My preparation was all over the place and the one thing that I did not do at that time was to take the advice from GMAT Club that MGMAT quant is tough and to take the score with a grain of salt.

Anyways, I took a break and started preparing since the last week of June. I should have started my preparation earlier, but, what can I say, that is probably the reason why I am struggling or, I may have just wanted to forget my past struggle

My confidence has improved, but scores haven't.

Below are the scores of my tests:

The last two (most recent) are complete exams with IR and AWA.

All these are 2nd attempts except for Veritas; First attempts were in Feb 2017 (I could hardly recollect the answers during my second attempt, may be just a couple here and there):
Jun 24 : MGMAT : Exam 1: 660 (V 35; Q 45)
Jun 25 : GMATPrep: Exam 1: 640 (V 31; Q 47)
Jul 02 : MGMAT : Exam 2: 620 (V 32; Q 43)
Jul 09 : GMATPrep: Exam 2: 650 (V 32; Q 47)
Jul 16 : MGMAT : Exam 3: 650 (V 39; Q 40)
Jul 25: Veritas : Exam 3: 620 (V 29; Q 46)
Jul 30 : GMATPrep: Exam 3: 600 (V 26; Q 47)
Aug 6 : GMATPrep: Exam 4: 640 (V 33; Q 45)
Aug 13 : MGMAT : Exam 4: 630 (V 32; Q 44)
Aug 16: Veritas : Exam 4: 670 (V 34; Q 48)
Aug 20 : GMATPrep: Exam 5: 640 (V 29; Q 48) IR: 5
Aug 24 : GMATPrep: Exam 6: 650 (V 31; Q 48) IR: 5

I also took few GMAT club quant tests: First one is untimed but the rest are timed. I used to take one per day and when I found my score dipping, I stopped. Worst part is that I was able to do them right during my review. I may not have been in the right state of mind during those tests. Currently, I am just reviewing those that I got wrong one more time.
From first one to latest:
50, 45, 42, 44, 44, 47, 48, 44, 41, 41, 37, 36 (I am unable to decide whether I should continue these tests or review all my tests so far and review OG and GMAT Prep questions)

On the Verbal front, the only pattern I could identify from my scores is that one of the three categories would be in the mid 20's and the other two would be in mid 30's. If I had concentrated my preparation on SC, I was able to get better score on my subsequent test but one of the other two took a dip. So, though I feel confident that I can do better, scores have not been very motivating.

Could someone please shed some light on what I can do to improve in the next handful of days.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Arvind.
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Re: Need Help -- Exam on Aug 31, 2017  [#permalink]

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25 Aug 2017, 11:16
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arvind9733 wrote:
Hello All,

First of all, I am thankful to all GMAT Club organizers and members for all the motivation and knowledge sharing.

I have my exam next Thursday-- Aug 31, 2017. It will be my second attempt. My first one was in March 2017 and I got 610 (44Q, 31V). I was not sad as my mock tests were in the range of 550-620 (except for two out of 10, all were below 600). I used to do a lot of MGMAT tests and used to be very depressed with my quant scores.I consider myself stronger in quant than in verbal, but I could only see my quant score going down week by week. My preparation was all over the place and the one thing that I did not do at that time was to take the advice from GMAT Club that MGMAT quant is tough and to take the score with a grain of salt.

Anyways, I took a break and started preparing since the last week of June. I should have started my preparation earlier, but, what can I say, that is probably the reason why I am struggling or, I may have just wanted to forget my past struggle

My confidence has improved, but scores haven't.

Below are the scores of my tests:

The last two (most recent) are complete exams with IR and AWA.

All these are 2nd attempts except for Veritas; First attempts were in Feb 2017 (I could hardly recollect the answers during my second attempt, may be just a couple here and there):
Jun 24 : MGMAT : Exam 1: 660 (V 35; Q 45)
Jun 25 : GMATPrep: Exam 1: 640 (V 31; Q 47)
Jul 02 : MGMAT : Exam 2: 620 (V 32; Q 43)
Jul 09 : GMATPrep: Exam 2: 650 (V 32; Q 47)
Jul 16 : MGMAT : Exam 3: 650 (V 39; Q 40)
Jul 25: Veritas : Exam 3: 620 (V 29; Q 46)
Jul 30 : GMATPrep: Exam 3: 600 (V 26; Q 47)
Aug 6 : GMATPrep: Exam 4: 640 (V 33; Q 45)
Aug 13 : MGMAT : Exam 4: 630 (V 32; Q 44)
Aug 16: Veritas : Exam 4: 670 (V 34; Q 48)
Aug 20 : GMATPrep: Exam 5: 640 (V 29; Q 48) IR: 5
Aug 24 : GMATPrep: Exam 6: 650 (V 31; Q 48) IR: 5

I also took few GMAT club quant tests: First one is untimed but the rest are timed. I used to take one per day and when I found my score dipping, I stopped. Worst part is that I was able to do them right during my review. I may not have been in the right state of mind during those tests. Currently, I am just reviewing those that I got wrong one more time.
From first one to latest:
50, 45, 42, 44, 44, 47, 48, 44, 41, 41, 37, 36 (I am unable to decide whether I should continue these tests or review all my tests so far and review OG and GMAT Prep questions)

On the Verbal front, the only pattern I could identify from my scores is that one of the three categories would be in the mid 20's and the other two would be in mid 30's. If I had concentrated my preparation on SC, I was able to get better score on my subsequent test but one of the other two took a dip. So, though I feel confident that I can do better, scores have not been very motivating.

Could someone please shed some light on what I can do to improve in the next handful of days.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Arvind.

Hi Arvind,

I feel you are on the right track in terms of your preparation with Quant, hence I think you should focus on your verbal. However, given how close your GMAT date is, I personally do not think one should adopt any new method on the final leg of their GMAT Preparation. It may be nice to give a couple of mocks (the official ones) and work on your weaknesses, but trying something new might not work in anyone’s favour. However if you want to improve on any individual area such as Sentence Correction, you may subscribe to the individual SC course as you can finish the whole course in 10 days (with proper dedication). If however you are only looking to indentify and improve on your weak areas, I would encourage you to purchase the e-gmat scholaranium. It is without a doubt, one of the best practice tools for verbal and will indeed help you on the final leg of your preparations.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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