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23 Oct 2017, 02:08
Hi,

I have my exam scheduled 9 days from now and recently took a Veritas mock scoring a 620( Q47,V32) upon analysis I found it's more of a practice issue than the concept.
Aiming for atleast 700+(Q50,V41).

Should I reschedule my exam for month and work on practicing.

Applying in Round 2 for Tepper, Mendoza, Schulich, HEC and NUS.

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Re: Need Suggestions on rescheduling  [#permalink]

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23 Oct 2017, 17:23
Hi Ricsi,

If this 620 is your best CAT score so far, then you will likely need another 2 months of consistent, guided study to raise that score to a 700+. This is meant to say that pushing back your Test Date so that you can continue to study would be a good idea.

Before I can offer you any additional advice on how to improve, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) 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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23 Oct 2017, 23:27

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?

It's been 5 months of on and off studying.

2) What study materials have you used so far?

I have been using some mgmat books, a verbal course and a maths a course.
I have not finished OG yet.

3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

From last 3 mocks given in a span of 2 months I got a 550(V27), 620(Q47,V28), 620(Q46,V32).

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

I am planning to apply in R2 this year.

5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

Target Schools - Tepper, Mendoza, HEC, NUS, Schulich.

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24 Oct 2017, 13:49
Hi Ricsi,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your last 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (620 +/- a few points). These scores show that you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. To hit your goal score, you're going to have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, you have enough time before the Round 2 application deadlines to hone the necessary skills, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward. A 700+ is essentially the 90th percentile - meaning that 90% of Test Takers will never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT. You cannot study "off and on" and expect to hit that score; you have to commit to consistent, guided study.

There's certainly no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but you'll almost certainly have to take the Test again later on. By rescheduling, you can save some money and some aggravation, but that decision is ultimately up to you.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Re: Need Suggestions on rescheduling  [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2017, 22:33
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Ricsi,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your last 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (620 +/- a few points). These scores show that you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. To hit your goal score, you're going to have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, you have enough time before the Round 2 application deadlines to hone the necessary skills, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward. A 700+ is essentially the 90th percentile - meaning that 90% of Test Takers will never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT. You cannot study "off and on" and expect to hit that score; you have to commit to consistent, guided study.

There's certainly no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but you'll almost certainly have to take the Test again later on. By rescheduling, you can save some money and some aggravation, but that decision is ultimately up to you.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hi Rich,

I have extended the date to 40 days from now.

Also I would be dedicating atleast 40 hrs a week going fwd for the preparation.
I am revising the areas where I commonly make mistakes and practice questions relevant to them.
After 10 days I am planning to give a mock again and validate any improvements.

This time I will focus more on solving questions under time constraints.
Also give a mock each week since I make mistakes under pressure.

Can this approach provide the desired result?
Also if you could highlight something additional that I can follow.

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Re: Need Suggestions on rescheduling  [#permalink]

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25 Oct 2017, 21:01
Hi Ricsi,

The extra study time you now have could be quite useful, but you'll still have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections in a relatively short period of time. Since your last 2 CAT scores are so similar to one another, it's likely that if you continue to study 'your way', then you will likely continue to score at this same general level. Rather than just work through lots of additional practice questions, you would probably be better served by learning and practicing new TACTICS. Based on your limited timeframe, you would probably find it beneficial to invest in some new study materials (that would teach you those Tactics) instead of just trying to randomly learn those Tactics on your own.

1) On what dates did you take each of these 3 CATs?

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Re: Need Suggestions on rescheduling  [#permalink]

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25 Oct 2017, 21:10
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Ricsi,

The extra study time you now have could be quite useful, but you'll still have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections in a relatively short period of time. Since your last 2 CAT scores are so similar to one another, it's likely that if you continue to study 'your way', then you will likely continue to score at this same general level. Rather than just work through lots of additional practice questions, you would probably be better served by learning and practicing new TACTICS. Based on your limited timeframe, you would probably find it beneficial to invest in some new study materials (that would teach you those Tactics) instead of just trying to randomly learn those Tactics on your own.

1) On what dates did you take each of these 3 CATs?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

The 3 CATs were taken as below:
550- August 31
620- Oct 11
620- Oct 22

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