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I started off with 35 verbal score but didn't practice much over the last 1.5 months in order to improve quant from 30s. Now I am scoring 48+ in quant but my verbal score has dipped to a dismal 28. My GMAT exam is in a week. What are some of the quick fix steps i can take to push this score. I considered myself decent in verbal so this dip is a little discouraging

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Hi Sneha,

Five days ago, you posted that you had scored 660/Q48/V35 on a mock and from this post, it sounds as though you have taken at least one additional CAT/mock and scored lower. There are a variety of reasons for why that could occur, including the 'brands' of CATs you're using, how you're taking the Exam, the time of day, the number of little mistakes that you might be making, etc.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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aiyersneha - Please provide more insights into your practice tests. For instance, were they official GMAT Prep practice tests? What were your sectional raw scores on the last few practice tests(5+)? Given the new reschedule policy, you have no choice but take the test one week from now. That said, the quant score could be improved within 7 days with diligent practice given you were already scoring high and the score dipping should only be a result of lack of practice.
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Hi, aiyersneha,

As your exam date is approaching in a week, it would be better to revise the verbal error log, if you have maintained, and practice the weak areas by solving official questions only, while do not take more than 2 Mocks. Meanwhile, you can capitalize your strengths of quant section by solving official questions only.

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Hi aiyersneha,

As you likely know, 5 days is not a lot of time to make any significant changes in your studies. Furthermore, you really want to avoid cramming prior to test day. In any case, I’m happy to provide advice but would also like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. Once you respond to the questions already asked, I can provide some detailed advice.
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New post 21 Nov 2019, 09:22
Hi Neha, you mention that you started off with V35. I am assuming this means that you got V35 without any preparation.

So, it really is surprising that your Verbal scores would drop now. Given the time you have at hand, practice is really the only way out.

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Hi guys, I gave my GMAT today and got 690, q48 v38
Q 67%ile and V 85 %ile overall 85 %ile.
Plan to take the GMAT again the end of this month to improve quant and IR score. Wanted to know what steps I can take and how much improvement I can expect in this time period and what steps I can take to improve from 48 to let's say a 49 or 50. I am taking a study break for the next ten days. Thanks for all the help guys. I solved the verbal og and regained verbal accuracy again as I hadn't practiced verbal for a while and hence the dip as some of you mentioned.

This was my first attempt and I scored exactly the same score as my last mock! Looking forward to improve more and will update progress.
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Hi Sneha,

First off, a 690/Q49 is a fantastic Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There's no harm in continuing to study though - and you have the potential to pick up points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. From your last post, your timeframe is not clear though. You stated that you want to retake the GMAT at the end of the month, BUT you also stated that you plan to take the next 10 days off from your studies. Are you planning to retake the GMAT at the end of DECEMBER?

In addition, before we discuss how you might best approach this next phase of your studies, 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? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi, aiyersneha,

Did you solved only OG questions in last few, probably 2-3 weeks? What else you followed in last 4 weeks? Did it pay dividends?

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yes, i solved SC from OG and solved all the questions in Verbal OG to regain accuracy
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