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Hello,
I prepared for gmat for 3 months and gave the test recently . I scored 380 which is very bad, i got very bad percentiles in qunats and verbal even though verbal is better when compared to quant. Before the exam i gave two free veritas prep full length tests and scored 480 even though it is low the score, the score got in the main exam is lower than this.
After taking two days of break after my exam i decided to take the gmat exam again in october so i have 2 months to prepare for the exam. Can you people guide me how to mentally prepare myself and what kind of study plan is required.
Thanks,
Vinod.
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Hi vinodsai,

I’m glad you reached out and I’m happy to help. However, in order to provide some personalized advice, I’d like to first learn some more about you. I have some questions.

1) Can you provide the score breakdown of your official GMAT?

2) Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

3) Please describe how you studied. How many hours a day did you study and for how many months? What resources did you use?

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

6) How many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

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New post 19 Jul 2018, 00:43
Hi vinodsai,

STUDY PLAN DEPENDS ON CURRENT STRENGTHS & TARGET SCORES

We strongly believe that every student is different and therefore their study plans should not be the same but tailored to their strengths and target score. Read below to know why.

1. Many Paths to the same Target Score

Let me give you an example of this of how there can be different paths to the same target score.
    • M, a Czech lady and Humanities background works at one of the Big 4 Consulting Firms. She is poor in Quant and average in Verbal. Her target GMAT score is 660.
    • A, an Indian man with Engineering background, works in an electronics company. He is good in Quant and average in Verbal. His target GMAT score is also 660.
These are two students with different backgrounds and strengths and even though their target score is the same they can leverage their different strengths to reach their target scores. One can plan to score higher on Verbal and the other can plan to score higher on Quant. The below being the two combinations they can plan for:
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This difference in the target sectional scores will drastically impact their study plan in terms of the time they spend preparing for each section.

2. Customized Study Plan better than a General Plan

a. SAVE 40+ HOURS OR SCORE 50 POINTS HIGHER
With a personalized study plan, you can reduce your study time by 30% to achieve the same score. Or if you have scheduled your test already and intend to spend the entire pre-planned time for GMAT prep then you can add 50 points to the score you would have achieved if you followed a general plan or no plan at all.
b. IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES TO ADMISSIONS TO TOP COLLEGES & SCHOLARSHIPS
The 50-point score difference that I mentioned above could be the difference between getting an admit or being waitlisted or being out of race for your dream college. While a 700 may open the doors of quite a few good colleges for you, a 750 will ensure you get scholarships/fellowships from these colleges.

NEED INPUTS TO CRAFT A STRATEGY AND CUSTOMIZED STUDY PLAN FOR YOU

I can help you craft a study plan and strategy to achieve your target score. To do so, I just need some more details from you:
a. What is your target score?
b. What were your sectional and sub-sectional scores in the actual test?
c. How many hours per day would you be able to devote till your test?
Write to support@e-gmat.com with the response to these questions to get a customized study plan.Here are some examples of students who improved from a low GMAT score to their target score:

    - Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720 (V16 to V39). Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.

    - Askul improved from 520 (Q44 V17) to 710 (Q48 V40). He leveraged the live session and mastered our "3-step" process in SC and "Pre-thinking" process in CR to improve. Click here to read his inspiring GMAT journey.

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New post 19 Jul 2018, 00:49
vinodsai wrote:
Hello,
I prepared for gmat for 3 months and gave the test recently . I scored 380 which is very bad, i got very bad percentiles in qunats and verbal even though verbal is better when compared to quant. Before the exam i gave two free veritas prep full length tests and scored 480 even though it is low the score, the score got in the main exam is lower than this.
After taking two days of break after my exam i decided to take the gmat exam again in october so i have 2 months to prepare for the exam. Can you people guide me how to mentally prepare myself and what kind of study plan is required.
Thanks,
Vinod.


Hi vinodsai,

2 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. What material did you use for your preparations? 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 can try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, ExamPal and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. MGMAT foundation of GMAT Quant anf foundation of GMAT verbal will particularly help you solidify your base. 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. Please Note, that you should only do GMATCLUB tests once you have covered the base and looking to further enhance your concepts as GMATCLUB tests are a bit more difficult than the actual GMAT.

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 practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

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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vinodsai wrote:
Hello,
I prepared for gmat for 3 months and gave the test recently . I scored 380 which is very bad, i got very bad percentiles in qunats and verbal even though verbal is better when compared to quant. Before the exam i gave two free veritas prep full length tests and scored 480 even though it is low the score, the score got in the main exam is lower than this.
After taking two days of break after my exam i decided to take the gmat exam again in october so i have 2 months to prepare for the exam. Can you people guide me how to mentally prepare myself and what kind of study plan is required.
Thanks,
Vinod.


You should better focus on a solid study plan with sound strategy. Here is a study plan for you

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Courses (Budget)

1. Empower GMAT
2. Math Revolution (Only Math)
3. E-GMAT (Only Verbal)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

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