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Hi All,

Well i messed up in in my college and now i am in a big pile of **** and have no idea, How to move forward in my life.

To start, I will provide my background and a bit of myself,
GMAT - 610 Q-48 V -26
10th - 81%
12th - 66
B.Tech (CS) - 54%
Work Experience - 26 months at a FMCG company (Promoted 3X) and had handled a team of ~65-70 people and 6 months as an Account Manager (Operations) - Handling a team of 30 people
Nothing Flashy to show any extra curricular activities as of now.

My question is fairly broad and easy - Yes, I made many mistakes in the past and i am an average student and fairly below the average pool of students, who i have seen posting there success stories and achievements - I want to amend these mistakes and get into a decent B school, If not a Tier 1.

I have been to 8-9 consultants and all i they have shown me is the floor and provided me a list of universities where either the GMAT is not required or the universities belong to Tier 3.

I have appeared for GMAT thrice and all i have managed is a mere score of 610, which i never thought that i would even reach in the range of 600's, Coming from the thought that i was never an out-stellar student in studies.

I am to sit for GMAT again because i am not done with it yet but i want to start with the applications as well - Or should i not start with them? Or could anyone provide me subset of schools to apply to?

Having said that, On going through multiple forums, I have seen that i should not lose hope and should work hard on my applications and essays. Could someone please guide me through and how should i proceed with my career further.

I have provided every details above and i did provide every sweat and tear to ace GMAT - But i could not.

I have seen many experts and people who have aced GMAT at this forum, Please could someone take 5 minutes of their time and guide me.

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New post 30 Jan 2019, 08:05
Hi Sakshi,

What are the resources you followed. See it’s ok to get failed in life somewhere. We all fail except few. To be honest, this was good average gmat score if you would not have been from India. I will request you Breif me about how you exactly prepared. Maybe I can help you with the same though I am not an expert but a student. You can really improve your verbal score a lot and easily you will be 660-670 range. Don’t loose hope. It’s better to see failure at early stage of life, rather than later . Cheers. :)

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New post 30 Jan 2019, 08:13
Hi Sakshij094,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions.

1) How many practice GMATs did you take? 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. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).

2) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months?

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

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

5) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

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

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

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

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New post 30 Jan 2019, 22:17
Hi Sakshij0694,

Before we discuss how you might better prepare to Score higher on the GMAT, it would help to have a better sense of your big-picture Goals.

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 should apply to:

1) Is there a particular company that you want to work for or industry that you want to work in? Certain degrees are more appropriate than others if you have a specific career goal.
2) What do you want your MBA to do for you?
3) Do you want to go to School full-time or part-time?
4) Are you willing to relocate? Are you comfortable with working through a program that is primarily online?
5) Are you going to be applying for scholarships?
6) When are you planning to apply?
Etc.

It's okay if you don't have answers to any of these questions just yet, but you really should try to define all of the important variables in terms of your goals, so that you can tailor your entire approach to getting into the best School that matches what you're looking for. It could be that a 610 could be enough to get you into one of the Schools that interest you, although it could also be that you would need a higher GMAT Score to 'offset' your College grades. It's tough to say either way until we know what your broader Goals are.

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Laksh128 - I had followed rigorously GC for Quant and for Verbal i used EGMAT - EGMAT did help me to substantially boost my accuracy in SC, However I am afraid that i was not able to ace CR and RC that well.

I have given mocks and was always in the range of 640-650 and never crossed the threshold of 700.
Mocks Given - Manhattan,GC,GMAT Official and Veritas.

ScottTargetTestPrep - To answer your questions, Please find the answers inline,

1 - Its been around 1 month since my GMAT and i do not remember the exact dates when i took the mocks, However the mocks which were taken by me were from Manhattan,GC,GMAT Official and Veritas.
Also, I was never afraid to give any mock and to the point i used to feel a little afraid whenever i saw an RC.
2 - I took a sabbatical and studied almost 8-9 Hours a day.
3 - Considering my GMAT and grades, I want to apply to MBA in Supply Chain and the deadlines for these universities and B schools are in March.
Most schools belong to either Canada or Australia.
4 - March mid or end.
5 - 2-3 hours
6 - I was prepared well, I would not say that i had this in mind that i would cross the 700 but i was feeling confident enough that i would at least cross 660.

EMPOWERgmatRichC - Please find the answers to the questions below,

1 - I want to pursue my career in Supply Chain and Logistics. Company
2 - What i want from this MBA? I would say that this would help me augment my career and help me understand the minute details which i might be un-aware of. Also how to apply the lean 6 sigma in many cases.
3 - Full time
4 - I am willing to relocate. No, I am not ready to pursue the course online.
5 - It depends. P.S - Why not if i can get the chance?
6 - 2019 intake.
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Hi Sakshi, what were your scores (along with Q/V splits) in the other attempts?

Also, is there a ESR you can share?
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Hi Sakshi,

Thank you for reaching back out. So the good news is that you scored very well on quant - so nice job! That being said, to improve to your 660+ score goal, you really need to make some major verbal gains. Keep in mind that since you are currently scoring a V26, you lack the GMAT verbal fundamentals you need for a high score. Moving forward, you need to follow a structured and linear study plan so that you can individually learn each verbal topic, starting with the foundations before moving to more advanced concepts. This process may take longer than just a few months, so you may need to readjust your GMAT test date. In any case, here is some advice you can follow to improve your GMAT verbal skills. Let’s start with Critical Reasoning.

When studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, 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 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 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 answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working 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 logical meanings. 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and 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.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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