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Please help analyze my ESR.

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Joined: 09 Dec 2017
Posts: 14
Location: Nepal
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, International Business
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.4
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I am happy that i improved from 650 (Q48 V31) to 710 (Q48 V38) but i still am not satisfied with my score because considering my overall profile and the average GMAT score of the school that i want to get into, this score is still not enough for me to get into my dream program.

I am looking for at least 750+ in a month & need a robust study plan. Since i am going with the GMAT and the applications in parallel, I know i will have a hard time getting a bump of at least 40 points. I also know that going from a 710 to 750+ is a tougher than going from 650 to 710 but i am ready for the challenge.

Experts please look into both of my ESRs and let me know how can i devise a study plan accordingly.
Thanks in advance.


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Hi ankur619,

Back in 2018 your plan was to apply to a group of Schools during the Round 2 session. Did you end up applying to any of those Schools (and what responses did you receive?)?

This 710/Q48 is an outstanding Score and you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. Thus, a retest is probably not necessary. As an aside, the 750+ score is the 98th percentile - meaning that 98% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT). Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high - so it's important to realize that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are not the same thing.

That all having been said, there's no harm in continuing to study and there are some areas in which you could pick up some additional points. Before we discuss the data in your ESR though, I'd like to know a bit more about your studies this year:

1) In 2019, how long did you study before taking this Official GMAT?
2) What study materials did you use for this attempt?
3) What are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

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New post 22 Oct 2019, 19:43
Hi ankur619,

First off, great work with the 710! Regarding your plan, I realize that you are hoping to craft a master plan based on your ESR; however, you need to make sure that you avoid falling into the trap of focusing on micro-details based on your ESR, and thus misdiagnosing your weaknesses. Since your ESR is based on only 31 quant questions and 36 verbal questions (a very small sample size), it may not give you a complete picture of what to focus on going forward. Furthermore, examining the quant breakdown of your ESR, there really is not one true weakness, as you scored 63+ percent in all quant topics. Thus, it’s quite possible that you have knowledge gaps in numerous topics, and those gaps are preventing you from scoring higher than quant 48.

Regarding how to move forward with quant, you may find it helpful to engage in focused practice of each individual quant topic, so you can find and fix your remaining weak areas. 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.

Regarding verbal, it’s clear that both Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning are dragging down your verbal score. Thus, here is some advice you can follow to improve both your CR and RC skills. I’ll start with CR.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, you first need to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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.

A major mistake that people make when training for CR, and for GMAT verbal in general, is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and it's likely that you won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend as many as 15 minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process: If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you. Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. Doing so is your job, and if you take 15 minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you incorrectly answer Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you didn’t truly understand what you read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

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