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Please guide- Scored 700 while GMAT prep mock scores were 700+

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Hi Ya'll

So I gave the exam today i ended up with a meagre score of 700 (Q47,V40). I already have a score of 700 and so I am seeking suggestions from you guys on how to bump it up to a 700+ through self study.

Also, please guide as to from where should i take mocks from, because on GMAT prep mocks i scored around 720-750 (Q50,V41). 750 score being the most recent (28/11/2019) .
PS I replicated the entire GMAT process in its entirety. Now that GMAT prep scores have been so different from my actual score I cant trust them.
Also, suggestions on timing strategy etc are also welcome.
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New post 01 Dec 2019, 04:36
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Hi Ya'll

So I gave the exam today i ended up with a meagre score of 700 (Q47,V40). I already have a score of 700 and so I am seeking suggestions from you guys on how to bump it up to a 700+ through self study.

Also, please guide as to from where should i take mocks from, because on GMAT prep mocks i scored around 720-750 (Q50,V41). 750 score being the most recent (28/11/2019) .
PS I replicated the entire GMAT process in its entirety. Now that GMAT prep scores have been so different from my actual score I cant trust them.
Also, suggestions on timing strategy etc are also welcome.


GMAC has already mentioned that actual gmat score is standard deviation of +-30 of your average mock score.
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New post 01 Dec 2019, 05:19
Your final score wasn't way off the mark, considering your mock scores; it definitely does not warrant any post mortem:)

However, if you feel that one more attempt could push your score closer to 750, there is no harm in trying.
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Hi Youraisemeup,

700 is a great start! To improve your score to a higher level, you need to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable, and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see, types that you would rather not see, and types that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you had to know to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT and The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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Youraisemeup wrote:
Hi Ya'll

So I gave the exam today i ended up with a meagre score of 700 (Q47,V40). I already have a score of 700 and so I am seeking suggestions from you guys on how to bump it up to a 700+ through self study.

Also, please guide as to from where should i take mocks from, because on GMAT prep mocks i scored around 720-750 (Q50,V41). 750 score being the most recent (28/11/2019) .
PS I replicated the entire GMAT process in its entirety. Now that GMAT prep scores have been so different from my actual score I cant trust them.
Also, suggestions on timing strategy etc are also welcome.


GMAC has already mentioned that actual gmat score is standard deviation of +-30 of your average mock score.


ok, thanks but what score range do u think justifies someone expecting say 730+
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Hi Youraisemeup,

700 is a great start! To improve your score to a higher level, you need to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable, and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see, types that you would rather not see, and types that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you had to know to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT and The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!


Thanks Sir, actually my problem is that whenver i focus on verbal more, quant gets hurt and if i focus on quant i usually get Q50 but then verbal suffers heavily.
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Youraisemeup wrote:

Thanks Sir, actually my problem is that whenver i focus on verbal more, quant gets hurt and if i focus on quant i usually get Q50 but then verbal suffers heavily.


I think you need to ensure that you are studying both quant and verbal simultaneously. In other words, don't leave large gaps between studying either quant or verbal.
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