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Not giving up ! Please help with strategies

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New post 29 Sep 2017, 09:56
Hi All

This post is to seek suggestions on a strategy and study plan to boost me upto to get a 700+ score.

I work a full time job at a consulting firm and I've been doing this for the past two and half years. I have some work ex before that as well. I'm looking to take the GMAT once again around mid-november or later (depending on when i feel most comfortable). I took the GMAT twice last year and i got the below scores -
November 2016 - 640 - Q44 V34
December 2016 - 580 - Q46 V24

Admittedly, these scores are poor and doesn't add up to my target of getting a 700+ score. In my previous two attempts, the first one was, to be honest, with minimal preparation. Somehow, i came out feeling alright about myself since it was my first try and there was clear lack of prep. Wanting to keep the momentum going, i decided to take another exam as soon as possible. This time i put in more time studying and practised more questions. I completed OG 2015 and did some studying from CrackVerbal guides. I took a few random tests (don't remember which) but got varying results (580/640/720/620). I did some of my own calculations of projected scores through scorecards on the internet and predicted my scores through quizzes as well. I maintained an error log to keep track of what i was doing wrong. I took 4 days off from work before i took the exam. And yet ! i found myself horrified to see that my score had hit bottom. I came out of the exam disheartened, realising that i panicked during the exam, froze up, overthought on verbal, felt hungry and lost time and the works.Nothing seemed to have gone my way. As a result of this let down, i put focus back to work, completed a certification the next month and dove into project work, where i had just started working on some rewarding projects, all but forgetting about my GMAT, trying to tell myself i didn't really do that bad, hiding my second score from my friends. I was ashamed about my score and was ashamed about being ashamed (Feedback loop from hell)

In full disclosure, my GMAT Prep score that i had taken earlier in Sep 2016 and as long back as October 2015, were low, 580/560. I had planned on taking the GMAT in October 2015 but due to absolute lack of prep, i didn't even carry the right ID and wasn't allowed to sit for my exam. In June 2015, i had taken classes at CrackVerbal along with some buddies, albeit lacking seriousness.

So that is the whole saga in short :). While i want to shrug off my past scores by calling them a result of lack of seriousness or panic, i know there is some major gap and some real work to be done to achieve my goal. This time around, i am much more serious about the affair and am looking to buy some online tests to be a lot more practised before i take the exam. I want to improve my confidence and focus to take the exam by mid november.

Keenly hoping to hear from this community to get advice , motivation and direction. I've always come to read on here but never joined until now.

Please help !

Thanks in advance
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New post 30 Sep 2017, 10:52
Hi SasukeUchiha87,

Welcome to GMATClub.
I think the best first step would be to order your ESR, so that it helps understand exactly
what your problems areas are? Since you have a score of 560 in your last attempt(with a Q44),
you should definitely invest your time to improving your score from your current to Q49-50!

These are some of the ways suggested to best use our forum

1. Follow Bunuel at the Math Forum(for Quant Section)
His signature contains some awesome questions that give you the true taste of GMAT(Baker's Dozen,
12 Easy Pieces etc) Make sure you solve each and every question he puts up on the forum. They will
definitely give you all the practice that you need for Quant!

2. These are some links which I found to be very beneficial
Quant Megathread : ... 44512.html
Reading Comprehension : ... 83101.html

3. You might also want to check the GMATClub Tests(which can help you improve your score)
You could either buy them or earn kudos to redeem the tests. GMATClub tests contain some awesome questions
which bring out the best when it comes to the Quant Section.

4.Last but not the least, you might want to check the GMATClub study plan
IMO, you can effectively use this study plan to improve you Quant Score while you go through the basics
and do practice for both the Verbal and Quantitative Sections

Hope that helps you in some way!

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New post 30 Sep 2017, 13:48
I think the action plan should be:
utilize next 15 days to cover up all you have studied earlier and reach to the point where you left last time.
Another 15 days to improve the weak topics+ OG(repeat it even if you did it last time)
Another 15 days-take full length tests, build stamina and timing strategy and streamline any remaining topics.
Take the exam by mid of Nov.
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New post 01 Oct 2017, 14:05
For the verbal, you need to brush up your concept. Seems your ear was more trustable before the exam and your studies than after the exam (in your second try) after your studies.
I can say get the Manhattan SC correction, religiously read the book, digest its concepts, do all the practice at the end of the each chapter so you mind could be trained to see the invisible links between words and clauses in a sentence. Then supplement your studies with a couple of the videos on topics (of SC) that you have difficulty from videos only by Ron.
For the CR, get the powerscore and the same as Manhattan SC digest the book, do the brush up exercises and review very thoroughly the types of the questions.
RC is the toughest part that i myself am trying to perfect. I think practicing and knowing the nature of the question by heart really helps.
For all the above you need to practice a lot from only and i repeat only official materials. If you want, and have time, supplement your verbal practice for CR and RC with LSAT passages.
Do you not give up, as i've not given up. Trust yourself you can get the score you want.
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New post 02 Oct 2017, 22:10
I feel your pain- I also scored worse the second time I sat for the exam. I'm planning on taking it again and can give you the following recommendations. Please remember we all learn differently and my focus has been tailored to my own strengths and weaknesses, so I can only speak to what has helped me thus far:

1. Stay active on this forum. Reading the study tips and advice on this forum has helped keep me motivated through my year-long study process. There's some great stuff on here and reading success stories will keep you excited.

2. Macro: I've always had a hard time with finishing the sections on time. Recently, though, I've switched to hiding the timer on the test. This little tweak has helped me stay focused and not stress so much on timed sets. I think it also saves quite a bit of time in the long run. I would give this strategy a try on both quant and verbal.

3. Quant: ManhattanPrep's quant study guides are pretty useful; however, I feel like they can only take you so far (mid-high 40s). If I got a question wrong in the OG I would read the explanations by the forum's quant experts. They usually provide great answers. Magoosh's online program is pretty useful for quant, too. They're questions are a little more complex, like Manhattan's, and they provide quality video explanations for each question.

4. Verbal: I'm a native speaker, but this has been my big weakness. ManhattanPrep's study guides are useful, but I found that I got bogged down on little details, rules, etc. A big shift in my progress came when I took the blinders off (mainly for SC). Check out the Thursday's with Ron study sessions on youtube. His strategy has REALLY helped my SC score (basically, spend 80% of the time reading the original sentence and focus on meaning and sentence structure). Prethinking has helped me on CR (feel free to message me if I'm using too much jargon). Lastly, remember to focus on OG problems or GMATPrep problems. I've found the quality of questions from other sources to be less like the verbal questions on the actual test.

Hope this helps and stick with it!
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