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# One month of preparation and v42, q21 score. Sigh!!

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07 Mar 2017, 06:26
Just gave my GMATPREP exam and got the score of 530. I have completed both the official Gmat books of quant and verbal. My speed was slow and also my last two questions were unanswered in verbal section. I got nervous in last 30 minutes and couldn't solve questions even though i know the concepts as i was having around 70-80% correct answers while solving verbal Gmat book.
Please suggest me how to prepare from now on. Also i am thinking to buy some online test series please suggest the best ones and also some study materials. I am thinking to give GMAT in june or july after my final year exams.
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07 Mar 2017, 15:17
Hi joyzubby28,

To start, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet. Considering that you studied for just 1 month, and that you used a 'book heavy' study approach, your 530 isn't that bad (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). 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:

Studies:
1) When did you actually begin your studies? What type of study schedule did you follow?
2) How did you score on each of your practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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07 Mar 2017, 22:24
I began my studies in feb.. Daily apporx 4-5 hrs.
I have just given one CAT properly and have got Q42, having said that i have not practiced even a single question of DS before the CAT. my V21 score was very poor though i finished 2 books with good accuracy. I got very nervous when i saw myself going slow and couldn't solve further.
I am thinking to join a b School preferably in 2018-19.
My goal is 720 to get admission in b schools in india.
Please suggest proper study plans and study material too as i have done 3 month coaching class too.
It would be great if you can tell me some free portals online for studying.
Thanks

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08 Mar 2017, 05:46
Gave my second CAT of veritas and scored 590 with v44, q28... I think i am in starting range of 600 because i didn't gave it with all my potential and made many silly mistakes.
Please suggest me how should I plan my studies from now on.
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08 Mar 2017, 11:44
Hi joyzubby28,

In your last post, you stated that you began your studies in February (last month), but that you had also done a 3-month study class. Are you currently enrolled in that class? If not, then when did you take that class?

You appear to have given yourself plenty of time to study - which is good. However, a 720 score goal will require that you make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That score goal is also above the 90th percentile overall, which means that 90% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of the number of times that they take the GMAT). The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level - but trying to approach this process with just "free materials" will likely be too difficult and keep you from your goal.

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08 Mar 2017, 12:00
No i have completed that course 7-8 months ago. I think i am in range of 600-625 if i give my cat with full dedication. Today i got kaplan study material of around 15gb and OG 2017 verbal pdf from some site. Along with veritas+ Manhattan test series will it be enough?? I don't want to enroll myself in my classroom program. Please suggest some books other than which i am having now.
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08 Mar 2017, 14:41
Hello Joyzubby,

it is actually completely enough to me, and I feel like a little investmenet in GMAT club test will definitely help you when you reach the 650 level, also for the cats there is absolutely no need to buy any you can find so many for free. However, I would advise to try to use the same platform or source for the cat! Good luck with your goal i'm sure you can do it
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08 Mar 2017, 21:40
Ross2018 wrote:
Hello Joyzubby,

it is actually completely enough to me, and I feel like a little investmenet in GMAT club test will definitely help you when you reach the 650 level, also for the cats there is absolutely no need to buy any you can find so many for free. However, I would advise to try to use the same platform or source for the cat! Good luck with your goal i'm sure you can do it

Thanks for your reply but i can't get you on what stuff you are telling to invest. On Cat tests or classroom program?? Please give the site names of free cats too.

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14 Mar 2017, 00:16
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​You didn't inform the breakdown of Verbal and Quant but ​based on your mock test score​ ​of 530,​ it seems like you lack basic math skills. If you are weak in basic math skills, your PS won’t be good. If your PS isn't good, you will have hard time in forming equations in DS. So, your DS may not be good. Hence, it is very crucial for you to build solid basic math skills first, which you can learn from Math Review, ​a ​part of our course package. After that, we highly recommend learning our approaches.

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