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Hello Sir/Madam,

I am looking for your help in formulating a structured plan to achieve a gmat score of 700+.
I have given 2 attempts after preparing for three four months and the result was very disheartening.
On my first attempt i scored 560 which was nowhere near my mock scores (or my prep, tales that is how I feel) that I had been getting ( 640-680 range). Then i prepared for another month ( got my mock scores in range of 660-710) and I got an even lower score of 540 in the official exam. Now, I have another month or so in my hand and I intend to crack it but I feel a bit lost, as to how I should proceed with my preparation and what are the areas that I should work upon and how.

I am posting this in hope to get some clarity on which course i should opt and how i should do with my prep as I am under a time crunch .

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Hello there .... you can have a look on the plans below :

https://magoosh.com/gmat/gmat-study-schedule/#daily-one
https://magoosh.com/gmat/gmat-study-sch ... weekly-one

But I would go through the post :https://magoosh.com/gmat/gmat-study-schedule
And then take up an intended plan.

For the course to opt for please refer : https://gmatclub.com/reviews/gmat_courses

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Hi Matharu,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. Before we discuss those details though, 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 did you study for each of your Official GMATs?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) Which 'brands' of CATs/mocks have you used? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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

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Hi Matharu,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. Before we discuss those details though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study for each of your Official GMATs?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) Which 'brands' of CATs/mocks have you used? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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

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Hello Sir,

Firstly, I'd like to thank you for considering my problem.
As to the questions you asked, following are the details of how I have studied so far:
1) I took coaching from jamboree institute for the preparation and prepared for about 3-4 months (including the time for coaching classes and self-study) before my first attempt. And then for another 18-20 days before my second attempt.
2). Before my first attempt - I studied using the jamboree material and gave the official GMATPrep mocks , jamboree practise mocks, one kaplan and one manhattan mock .
Then in the 18 day gap after my first attempt I worked through the gmat review for quant (since i feel that DS is my weak point in quant) and also did the manhattan SC guide . And gave LBS mock , official GMATPrep mocks and jamboree mocks again.
3). The section wise split of scores for the mocks would be on the line of - V36-38 and Q46-47.

Sir, i wish to apply to the Business schools at the earliest to get admission for the upcoming Fall session. And as for the schools that I want to apply to depends on how good I can score in the exam. My priority actually is to take admission in this year itself.

Waiting for your inputs over the same.
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Hi Matharu,

The process of applying to (and ultimately attending) Business School will require a big investment of time, money and energy on your part, so you really should make sure that the Programs that you apply to match your career goals/needs. There are a variety of factors that go into selecting the Schools that you'll apply to - and you have to consider more than just applying to Programs in which you might have a good chance to 'get in.'

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 550 +/- a few points). Raising a 550 to the point that you could consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, you cannot "rush" that type of improvement - and we really need to define the Schools that you're interested in, so that we can determine the type of GMAT Score that you might need to apply (since you might not actually "need" a 700+) and the exact application deadlines that you will be facing.

1) Assuming that you would probably need 3 months of additional study time - going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 07 Jan 2019, 08:51
Hi Matharu,

I am sorry to know that your scores were not in line with your expectations.

When the time is limited, efficient planning and execution become critical to success. Having a precise plan and a focused approach ensures that you make the most of your time and do not spend any time in non-productive activities. To know how to create a personalized plan for the next one month of your prep, I would recommend that you go through this article on One Month Study Plan. If you have any concerns after going through this plan, please feel free to reach out to us at support@e-gmat.com. We would be happy to help.

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Hi Matharu,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Since your actual GMAT test scores are significantly lower than your practice exam scores, it’s likely that in your GMAT preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests. That would explain why you felt uncomfortable with many of the test questions and saw a drop in your score. Furthermore, since you most recently scored 540 (160 points from your score goal), it’s clear that you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals you need for a high score, right? Thus, moving forward, you will need to follow a structured study plan that allows you methodically learn each quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations and then moving to more advanced topics. This process may take longer than just one month, so are you able to take your GMAT at a later date? In any case, here is some advice that you can follow to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills.

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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.

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 of question. 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, 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 Economist, 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, it is likely that you 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 just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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 under 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 those reasons are not 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 answer were always the one 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 meanings that make sense. 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 repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences 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 that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order 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 have done 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 then 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 consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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