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Need help. Scored 550 both the times on my GMAT.

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New post 28 Nov 2019, 00:43
Hey there! I attempted the GMAT twice and scored 550 in both my attempts.
1st attempt : Q39 V27 IR 2 AWA 5 (On 5th of October, 2019)
2nd attempt : Q44 V21 IR 3 AWA (waiting for AWA’s score) Gave the second attempt on 23rd of November. ( A month and a half after the first)

After the second attempt, I really got pissed off because I landed up at the same place, Improving Quant by 5 points and stagnating verbal by 6 points.

My Target score is 730.

Can someone please help me? I’m a fresher in my final year of BBA.

Earlier, I was enrolled with Jamboree, but it didn’t go well as you can see.

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Hey there! I attempted the GMAT twice and scored 550 in both my attempts.
1st attempt : Q39 V27 IR 2 AWA 5 (On 5th of October, 2019)
2nd attempt : Q44 V21 IR 3 AWA (waiting for AWA’s score) Gave the second attempt on 23rd of November. ( A month and a half after the first)

After the second attempt, I really got pissed off because I landed up at the same place, Improving Quant by 5 points and stagnating verbal by 6 points.

My Target score is 730.

Can someone please help me? I’m a fresher in my final year of BBA.

Earlier, I was enrolled with Jamboree, but it didn’t go well as you can see.

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Hi ShreySrivastava,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. It's a good thing you have taken your GMAT. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase official GMAT question from mba.com for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi ShreySrivastava,

I'm sorry to hear that your second attempt did not go better. The 'swings' in your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores could have come down to the number of little mistakes and lucky/unlucky guesses that you made on Test Day - meaning that you still 'respond' to the GMAT in the same general ways that you did during your first attempt. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How long have you studied in total? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) 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)?

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4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) 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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Studies :

1. I have studied for a year. But I started studying properly about 6-7 months ago. I was enrolled with Jamboree’s classroom gmat coaching. I was solving THEIR red book and blue book all this time. In terms of Official material, I have only completed the Official Guide 2018 twice.
I devoted 15-16 hours a week I can say.

2) I have completed Jamboree’s Prep material. The Red book contains concepts and some practice questions. The blue book contains MUST DO questions and some more advanced questions.
Other than this, I used the Official Guide 2018. Some people say that the OG is ENOUGH to score above 700. It is the “BIBLE” for the GMAT. But I have already completed the OG twice in a well manner. Why could I not score even in the 600s then?
I have used Official GMAT Prep Mocks. ( All 6 exams ). I had shared the extra exams 3, 4, 5 and 6 with my peer.

I even tried to use YouTube to hone my skills. I went through GMAT Ninja’s Verbal sessions for SC, RC and CR.

3) I don’t exactly remember the scaled scores and dates of my mock but I have given Official GMATPrep Exams and my Range of scores varied from 500 to 710. ( I once scored a 710 but a few questions were repeated)

4) I am planning to apply to a B-School probably by next year in June. (Round 1 basically)
BUT this will only be the case if I’m not able to bag an admission into a decent Indian B-school. Since my GMAT didn’t go well, my focus has shifted to Indian B-School Exams for 2-3 months.

5) My target B-Schools are ISB, SP Jain, HEC Paris ( MIM ), ESSEC Business School (MIM ), Ivey Business School (Canada), Rotman School of Management (Canada).

I am a BBA Final year student. (3rd year)

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Hi ShreySrivastava,

From your last message, it sounds as if you might not have much time for your GMAT studies during the next few months (since you are still in School and you've shifted to Indian B-School Exams). Are you planning to take some 'time off' from your GMAT studies during that time and not study at all? That's not a problem if that is your plan; taking some time to work on other things might actually make it easier for you to return later on and start 'fresh.' If you do plan to continue studying for the GMAT during that time, how many hours do you think you will be able to consistently study for the GMAT each week?

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I’ll be preparing for GMAT after 6th of January because all my Indian B-School Exams will get over by that time. I plan to give GMAT in April. I plan to study for 3-4 hours a day each week.

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Hey Shreysrivastava,

I recommend Veritas online instructor led course paired with tutoring. My first practice test was 510, which was in April when I first started the Veritas online course. Then I consistently scored in the low 600s (610-630) on the Veritas practice tests, then scored 640 on my first attempt at the official test. My tutor is Jeff Yin, who is extremely patient, smart, and kind. He has been with me along the way and has given me great advice on improving my scores. I aim to hone my skills and retake the GMAT to get at least a 680, hopefully 700.

Best of luck! Don’t be discouraged. A lot of the gmat is about strategies, not how smart you are. Don’t doubt yourself. Lots of smart people end up not doing well on the gmat so you are not alone!

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Hi ShreySrivastava,

January 6th is approximately 5 weeks from now - and since you have some other things to focus on at this point, there's no problem with stepping away from your GMAT studies for the time being. GMAT skills can 'fade' over time though, so when you are ready to restart your studies, you should begin by taking a NEW, FULL-LENGTH practice CAT.

While the most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC, retaking a CAT that you've already taken is NOT a realistic way to assess your skills - since you will likely see some 'repeat' questions that you have already faced. Unfortunately, seeing even a couple of repeats can 'throw off' the Scoring Algorithm and impact your pacing, energy levels, fatigue, etc. (meaning that they would likely all appear to be better than they actually are). Thankfully, the CATs from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas are all 'close enough' to the real thing that they will provide you with a relatively realistic score assessment (assuming that you correctly take the CAT in a realistic fashion) - so you can use any new CATs from those sources next.

Once you have that next practice CAT result, you should post back here (or you can feel free to contact me directly) and we can discuss the results and put together a Study Plan going forward.

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Hi ShreySrivastava,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. Since you have been studying for a year and still are 180 points below your score goal, you need to look at how you have been preparing and make some changes, right? Moving forward, to improve our quant and verbal skills, you should follow a linear and structured study plan. In other words, follow a study plan that allows you to learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic individually and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

If you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type 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 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 around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.
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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice, so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby 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 Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, 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.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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 less than 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 clearly refer to nouns? 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 logical meanings. 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 until you start to see the differences that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seems obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to take the time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 skills improve, you will want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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.

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