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New post 18 Oct 2019, 05:47
So I just took my test this morning. Scored 700(Q48,V38). I would like to retake it in a month.
My problem on Quant is timing..I knew this before taking the test but verbal has been very tough. My scores have fluctuated wildly between 35 and 42 on prep tests. Any advice on how best to move into 750+.How do I do make the leap
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New post 18 Oct 2019, 06:47
Hi Shishou,

700 with Q48 is a great start! To improve your score to a higher level, you need to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable, and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. 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 carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. 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 score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see, types that you would rather not see, and types 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, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you had to know to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding 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 the test 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 and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following article about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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Hi Shishou,

First off, a 700/Q48 is an outstanding Score, so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, 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:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There's certainly no harm in retesting - and you could potentially pick up some points in both the Quant and Verbal sections. Before we can discuss how to best proceed with your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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New post 18 Oct 2019, 19:33
Shishou - as Scott and Rich said, 700 is a great start. Having said that, most top US schools look for scores of 720+ (740+ if you are aiming for scholarship). Most people need between 50 to 80 hours to go from 700 to 750. Take a look at these two examples below:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/trust-the-pr ... 07942.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/from-v27-to-v41-308029.html

How should you approach this?

Follow this simple principle:
1. Identify the key areas you need to improve on? Given your current score, you probably need to improve on 2-3 areas.
2. Spend focused effort just on these three areas.
3. Revise other sections so that your score does not suffer.

Under our mentorship program, we helped a few students attain similar improvements. We documented one such case study at the link below. Take a look at it. It will act as a template of how you should plan your next attempt.

https://e-gmat.com/blogs/sigma-x-mocks- ... in-1-week/

Overall, the most important thing - have hard metrics to track your improvement.

I hope this helps.

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New post 18 Oct 2019, 23:23
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Shishou,

First off, a 700/Q48 is an outstanding Score, so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, 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:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There's certainly no harm in retesting - and you could potentially pick up some points in both the Quant and Verbal sections. Before we can discuss how to best proceed with your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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1. I typically study for about 4 hours each weekday
2.i took all my practise tests in the last 2 weeks before yesterday's test
Scoress:
700 -Q49,V35(GMATprep 1)
770 -Q50,V44(GMATprep 2)
740 -Q50,V40(GMATprep 3)
710 -Q49,V36(GMATprep 4)
720 -Q48,V41(GMATprep 5)
720 -Q47,V42(GMATprep 6)

3. I am planning on applying next year 2020

4. Any school that can give me a decent scholarship
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New post 21 Oct 2019, 20:20
Hi Shishou,

I've sent you a PM with some additional notes and questions.

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