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# Need help/tips with moving past the range of scores i am stuck at

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Re: Need help/tips with moving past the range of scores i am stuck at [#permalink]
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­I have been using the Jamboree test, expert global practice test, and GMAT club tests but I cannot move ahead with my scores. My range is stuck between 565 to 605 (once I got a 615). I am having most of my issues with DI but in some tests quant and verbal are not great too. I am so confused right now. I am not getting a clue as to how to move ahead and get better scores.
I am open to trying out new ideas.

BTW: I have the exam in around 1 week and I'm getting very stressed rn

Hi. You need to identify much more granularly - which question type first of all, not just DI but DS or MSR and then, esp in verbal down to the topic - eg assumption critical reasoning questions or something like that. This is the only way you can take actionable steps.

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I am having most of my issues with DI but in some tests quant and verbal are not great too.

One thing that may help a bit is going through your error-log to identify any weak areas or situations you may make careless errors. If, for example, you find CR assumption questions a bit challenging, the negation technique may be useful to learn. Checking out posted debriefs by people who've scored well/improved their scores could also be helpful. You could see what they did/used and maybe take some quick tips as well.

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akkiii - I understand your frustration with hitting a plateau in your GMAT preparation, especially with your exam coming up so soon. Before I offer some advice, it's crucial to emphasize that the approach I'm suggesting would require a significant time investment - approximately 120 hours of focused study and practice. This is far more than what's available in the week you have before your exam. However, I still believe this advice could be valuable, so let me present it with that context in mind:

Given that your exam is in about a week, it's important to understand that major improvements typically require much more time. The strategy I'm about to outline would normally take around 120 hours to implement effectively. With that in mind, here's what I suggest:

1. Focus on Quant and Verbal first: Your current scores suggest you're around the 60th percentile. To see a significant improvement, you should aim to boost your Quant and Verbal scores to the 85th percentile or higher. This foundational improvement will likely have a positive impact on your overall score.

2. Strengthen your fundamentals: For Verbal:
• Work on enhancing your reading comprehension skills. Practice active reading techniques and try to summarize main ideas quickly.
• Review and refine your approach to different question types (CR, RC).
For Quant:
• Identify which subsections are giving you trouble (lower than 50th percentile) (Number Properties, Word Problems, Algebra, Probability & Combinations, etc.).
• Review the basic concepts (if needed) in these areas and practice applying them in various contexts.
• Focus on understanding the underlying principles rather than memorizing formulas.

3. Data Insights (DI) improvement: Once you've strengthened your Quant and Verbal abilities to around the 85th percentile or higher, you'll likely find that improving in DI becomes easier. This is because DI combines skills from both Quant and Verbal sections.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Need help/tips with moving past the range of scores i am stuck at [#permalink]
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akkiii - I understand your frustration with hitting a plateau in your GMAT preparation, especially with your exam coming up so soon. Before I offer some advice, it's crucial to emphasize that the approach I'm suggesting would require a significant time investment - approximately 120 hours of focused study and practice. This is far more than what's available in the week you have before your exam. However, I still believe this advice could be valuable, so let me present it with that context in mind:

Given that your exam is in about a week, it's important to understand that major improvements typically require much more time. The strategy I'm about to outline would normally take around 120 hours to implement effectively. With that in mind, here's what I suggest:

1. Focus on Quant and Verbal first: Your current scores suggest you're around the 60th percentile. To see a significant improvement, you should aim to boost your Quant and Verbal scores to the 85th percentile or higher. This foundational improvement will likely have a positive impact on your overall score.

2. Strengthen your fundamentals: For Verbal:
• Work on enhancing your reading comprehension skills. Practice active reading techniques and try to summarize main ideas quickly.
• Review and refine your approach to different question types (CR, RC).
For Quant:
• Identify which subsections are giving you trouble (lower than 50th percentile) (Number Properties, Word Problems, Algebra, Probability & Combinations, etc.).
• Review the basic concepts (if needed) in these areas and practice applying them in various contexts.
• Focus on understanding the underlying principles rather than memorizing formulas.

3. Data Insights (DI) improvement: Once you've strengthened your Quant and Verbal abilities to around the 85th percentile or higher, you'll likely find that improving in DI becomes easier. This is because DI combines skills from both Quant and Verbal sections.

I hope this helps!
­I have the same problem, I have my exam on the 24th of august so luckily I have got time of atleast 120 hours that equals to 6-7 hours per day, thank you for the suggestions will try to act on it.
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Re: Need help/tips with moving past the range of scores i am stuck at [#permalink]
AbaidWaleedKhan - I'm glad to hear that you found the suggestions helpful and that you have more time to prepare - about 120 hours, which indeed equals to 6-7 hours per day until your exam on August 24th. This additional time will certainly allow you to implement a more comprehensive study plan.

Given your focus on improving your GMAT score, I'd like to recommend an opportunity that could be particularly beneficial for you. There's a free Critical Reasoning (CR) webinar coming up this weekend that I think would be valuable for your preparation.

This webinar is designed to teach three key skills that are crucial for success in GMAT Critical Reasoning questions:

Deconstructing Arguments: You'll learn how to break down arguments into their core components - premise, conclusion, and logical structure. This skill will significantly improve your ability to understand the logic behind each argument and identify the author's assumptions.

Pre-Thinking Author's Assumptions: This technique will help you avoid a common pitfall of prematurely examining answer choices. Instead, you'll learn to prethink assumptions before looking at the options, which will boost your accuracy and efficiency in CR questions.

Applying the Negation Test: This is a powerful method for verifying your identified assumptions and effectively eliminating incorrect answer choices, particularly strengtheners. Mastering this technique can lead to a substantial improvement in your CR performance.

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Re: Need help/tips with moving past the range of scores i am stuck at [#permalink]
­Hi Akkiiii,

When students struggle with DI questions, the first thing I always ask is whether they have fully completed their quant and verbal prep. Not doing so can really affect how well you handle DI questions, as many of those questions involve quantitative and verbal concepts. So, would you say you are in that boat?

In addition, one way to improve each individual DI question type is to engage in topical practice. Doing so lets you pinpoint your weak areas in JUST ONE question type. For example, when practicing TPA questions, perhaps you see a pattern that you struggle with 3-part ratios or weighted averages. If you can find those micro weaknesses, you can fix them in real-time and thus improve your accuracy in DI questions..

Lastly, when working on DI questions, for the time being, make sure to practice them untimed so you can focus on JUST accuracy. As you become more familiar with these question types and get more accurate, better timing will follow.