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19 Apr 2018, 07:37
Hello all,

I am going to detail my GMAT chronicles in an attempt to seek out new advice to remedy my situation.

My goal is to achieve of a score of 680+ and get into a top bschool program. I have been studying on and off for the past 3 years and taken the GMAT 4 times with minimal success. i first went through Kaplan's prep which was in classroom and online courses. When Kaplan failed me I then tried Veritas prep which consisted of online courses and quzzes. After 2 more dismal scores i then tried manhattan prep's CAT exams only and studied the solutions meticulously. Here are my 4 recoreded scores,

(Total-P, Verb-P, Quant-P, AWA-P, IR-P)
a. Jan 2015: 550-45%, 27-47%, 38-36%, 5.5-80%, 2-12%
b. Dec 2016: 550-45%, 27-46%, 38-41%, 6.0-95%, 8-97%
c. Mar 2017: 560-44%, 25-40%, 42-45%, 6.0-89%, 4-40%
d. Apr 2018: 560-44%, 27-47%, 41-43%, 5.5-80%, 2-12%

My unofficial practice tests have ranged drastically from a 460 to a 690. I have scored as high as 50 on the Quant and 40 on the verbal, but for whatever reason I can’t execute when it comes time to taking the actual GMAT. I tend to start out each section very strong but am unable to maintain my score once i get about halfway through the exam. i believe my biggest weakness is a sound understanding of the fundamentals. I can solve questions in the 99th percentile if i understand the material but fail questions in the 40th percentile because i didn't know the correct way to setup the problem.

I do not know what exactly I am doing wrong with my prep, but I realize that I am doing something wrong and cannot solve this on my own. I am optimistic about trying a new approach and enthusiastic about improving my official score.

I will take the GMAT again in 6 months and any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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19 Apr 2018, 11:23
Hey godcannon

Since your current scores are in the Q41 range, there are three levels that you
could improve in Quant.

1. Improving from 30-35 to 40-44
2. Improving from 44 to 50
3. Improving from 49 to 51 Link

As for Verbal, these are a few links which are enough to improve your scores

1.V30 -> V40
2.How to improve Verbal?

IMO, It makes sense to clear your concepts for every topic and then follow it up with
some practice. To build your concepts, you could use Manhattan Guides in order
to strengthen your concepts in both Verbal and Quant. All in all, till you are clear
with the concepts it is going to be impossible to breach the 680 mark.

These are some of the tips for books/resource which might be helpful for your
preparation

Verbal Section Prep
Additionally, you could use the PowerScore CR bible in order to get a basic
understanding of how the CR section works.
For RC, you could refer to the below given link
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... 83101.html
As for practice, you can find all the questions at GMATClub. You should use the
Timer to time yourself once you are familiar with the concepts.

Quant Section Prep
Follow Bunuel. Solve all the questions in his signature. They contain some awesome questions
that give you the true taste of GMAT(Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc..)
Even otherwise, make sure you solve each and every question he puts up on the forum.

Link to GMAT Quantitative Mega-Thread(beneficial in understanding concepts)
https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

Last but not the least, you could check out our study plan:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html

Hope this helps you!
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20 Apr 2018, 08:22
godcannon wrote:
Hello all,

I am going to detail my GMAT chronicles in an attempt to seek out new advice to remedy my situation.

My goal is to achieve of a score of 680+ and get into a top bschool program. I have been studying on and off for the past 3 years and taken the GMAT 4 times with minimal success. i first went through Kaplan's prep which was in classroom and online courses. When Kaplan failed me I then tried Veritas prep which consisted of online courses and quzzes. After 2 more dismal scores i then tried manhattan prep's CAT exams only and studied the solutions meticulously. Here are my 4 recoreded scores,

(Total-P, Verb-P, Quant-P, AWA-P, IR-P)
a. Jan 2015: 550-45%, 27-47%, 38-36%, 5.5-80%, 2-12%
b. Dec 2016: 550-45%, 27-46%, 38-41%, 6.0-95%, 8-97%
c. Mar 2017: 560-44%, 25-40%, 42-45%, 6.0-89%, 4-40%
d. Apr 2018: 560-44%, 27-47%, 41-43%, 5.5-80%, 2-12%

My unofficial practice tests have ranged drastically from a 460 to a 690. I have scored as high as 50 on the Quant and 40 on the verbal, but for whatever reason I can’t execute when it comes time to taking the actual GMAT. I tend to start out each section very strong but am unable to maintain my score once i get about halfway through the exam. i believe my biggest weakness is a sound understanding of the fundamentals. I can solve questions in the 99th percentile if i understand the material but fail questions in the 40th percentile because i didn't know the correct way to setup the problem.

I do not know what exactly I am doing wrong with my prep, but I realize that I am doing something wrong and cannot solve this on my own. I am optimistic about trying a new approach and enthusiastic about improving my official score.

I will take the GMAT again in 6 months and any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Hello

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 Pratice

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

Strategies

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

Good Luck
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20 Apr 2018, 13:00
Hi godcannon,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 4 Official GMAT Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 550 +/- a few Scaled Score points). Since these Scores are over the course of 3+ years, it's clear how consistent you are with your performance on Test Day - you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. In simple terms, "your way" of approaching the GMAT will almost certainly continue to earn you a score in the mid-500s, so you CANNOT afford to keep thinking about this Test in the same ways.

Raising a 550 to a 680+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and potentially longer if you're 'stubborn' about the process. You'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections and ultimately about how you "see" (and respond to) the Exam.

1) Which of the various practice CATs have you NOT taken yet?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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