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# First GMAT attempt:660(Q40,V41).Need tips to improve my approach.

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15 Aug 2017, 06:14
Hello,

I gave GMAT (1st attempt) on 12th August'17. Honestly I do not know what to make of it.

Here is the score break-down : 660 (Q40,V41)

I started studying seriously for GMAT about four months back. I gave equal importance to both quant and verbal, since in the beginning of my preps I understood that I was rusty in both the sectors. On the GMAT Prep Tests I was scoring between 660 - 690. The confusing aspect of my GMAT score is that in the GMAT Prep tests I was consistently scoring 49 on the quant section and 33-35 on verbal, but on the GMAT test I ended up scoring very less on quant and fairly good on verbal. Hence I am confused about the reason/reasons behind such a drastic change in scores from GMAT prep to the real GMAT.
I worked equally hard on both verbal and quant, made an error log and revised the concepts consistently.
During the test I opted for the following sequence : Verbal - Quant - IR - AWA
I knew my verbal section was going well since I was getting pretty tough CR and SC questions.
After giving a lot of thought, I understood one reason behind the dip in quant score : Mental Fatigue. I was not able to focus even on the easy questions.

Study material :
1) MGMAT GMAT set (Quant, Verbal, IR and AWA)
2) OG'16
3) The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible - 2017 edition
4) Questions from GMAT Club forums

In my job, I work at sea for 28 days and get off for 28 days. Studying while I am on the rig is a bit difficult due to a rigorous routine. I am able to study for 6-8 hours a day when I am home, but I believe more focus and a better plan are required.
I wish to retake GMAT, in order to get a better score, because I am targeting B-schools like INSEAD, HEC Paris, LBS, and some other schools in the same league.

My query: Even though one thing is very clear to me - I need to improve a lot on my stamina, I am unsure how to do it.
Moreover I am also considering going for an online coaching session in order to learn better and quicker techniques of solving questions and to get ample number of full length tests to practice and build up my stamina.

I would really appreciate if someone can:
1) Advice me on how to improve my quant performance under pressure
2) Advice me on how to improve my stamina
3) Point me to a good GMAT Quant book/online tutoring, that can help me get a better hold of the concepts and help me improve my timing per question

I am planning to re-take GMAT in mid October.

Thank you
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Re: First GMAT attempt:660(Q40,V41).Need tips to improve my approach.  [#permalink]

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16 Aug 2017, 11:42
Dkingdom wrote:
Hello,

I gave GMAT (1st attempt) on 12th August'17. Honestly I do not know what to make of it.

Here is the score break-down : 660 (Q40,V41)

I started studying seriously for GMAT about four months back. I gave equal importance to both quant and verbal, since in the beginning of my preps I understood that I was rusty in both the sectors. On the GMAT Prep Tests I was scoring between 660 - 690. The confusing aspect of my GMAT score is that in the GMAT Prep tests I was consistently scoring 49 on the quant section and 33-35 on verbal, but on the GMAT test I ended up scoring very less on quant and fairly good on verbal. Hence I am confused about the reason/reasons behind such a drastic change in scores from GMAT prep to the real GMAT.
I worked equally hard on both verbal and quant, made an error log and revised the concepts consistently.
During the test I opted for the following sequence : Verbal - Quant - IR - AWA
I knew my verbal section was going well since I was getting pretty tough CR and SC questions.
After giving a lot of thought, I understood one reason behind the dip in quant score : Mental Fatigue. I was not able to focus even on the easy questions.

Study material :
1) MGMAT GMAT set (Quant, Verbal, IR and AWA)
2) OG'16
3) The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible - 2017 edition
4) Questions from GMAT Club forums

In my job, I work at sea for 28 days and get off for 28 days. Studying while I am on the rig is a bit difficult due to a rigorous routine. I am able to study for 6-8 hours a day when I am home, but I believe more focus and a better plan are required.
I wish to retake GMAT, in order to get a better score, because I am targeting B-schools like INSEAD, HEC Paris, LBS, and some other schools in the same league.

My query: Even though one thing is very clear to me - I need to improve a lot on my stamina, I am unsure how to do it.
Moreover I am also considering going for an online coaching session in order to learn better and quicker techniques of solving questions and to get ample number of full length tests to practice and build up my stamina.

I would really appreciate if someone can:
1) Advice me on how to improve my quant performance under pressure
2) Advice me on how to improve my stamina
3) Point me to a good GMAT Quant book/online tutoring, that can help me get a better hold of the concepts and help me improve my timing per question

I am planning to re-take GMAT in mid October.

Thank you

Hi Dkingdom,

I am sorry that the test day did not do as planned.
The best way to improve your score is by trying to drill down into each problem type to ace them.

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you. As a general guide line, you can start solving a question by taking the following things in consideration:

1. Find out the subject and the verb
2. See that the S&V agree in number
3. Look out for the modifiers
4. Look out for parallelism
5. Look out for usage of certain words - such as vs like, few vs less etc.

CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
Quants: Again try to break the questions in topics such as Algebra, Number system (very important), Geometry, PnC etc.

As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.

You can take a trial of our course and see if the course suits your needs.

All the best!
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