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18 May 2019, 22:57
Hello Guys,

This is my first post in gmatclub. So apologies if I have posted this in wrong forum and yeah for grammar too.

I really need help from you guys to achieve my target score of 700+.I have been studying for past 3-4 months while I was at my job but due to my hectic job schedule I couldn't devote more than 1 hour or so. Finally, in a desperate mood to crack the exam I have even left my job ( that is another story !!!) to give my full attention to this GMAT monster. Since last one month I have been practicing both Quant and Verbal and completed all the theory part in both of them and gave my First GMAT Prep and scored an abysmal 620!!! ( Q45 V30). I am planning to give GMAT after one month by the end of June. I would be really grateful if I can get my below queries answered from experts and community members.

1. What does this score of mine reflect subjectively ( is it too bad) . I have attempted gmatclub tests ( approx 6 ) and getting Quant ( 38-46 ) and Verbal ( 27-30 ).
2. Can I cross 700+ in 30 days with my current score, provided I can allocate whole day for studying.
3. What should be my strategy to maximize my score in these 30 days.

Hope for some really good and practical advice.
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19 May 2019, 11:18
Hi mzaid,

If this is your first FULL-LENGTH CAT/mock result, then we don't know for sure whether you're actually at the "620 ability level" or not (you could potentially have gotten a little 'lucky' or 'unlucky' on this CAT - meaning that you might actually be at a different skill level right now). At face value though, raising a 620 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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) What study materials have you used so far?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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19 May 2019, 12:08
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi mzaid,

If this is your first FULL-LENGTH CAT/mock result, then we don't know for sure whether you're actually at the "620 ability level" or not (you could potentially have gotten a little 'lucky' or 'unlucky' on this CAT - meaning that you might actually be at a different skill level right now). At face value though, raising a 620 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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) What study materials have you used so far?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Thanks Rich,

Apart from the 620 score I have been consistently hitting ( Q40-Q45 ) and ( V28-30 ) in gmat club tests.These stats might help you to know more about my current skill level.

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far? - Mgmat SC guides and Maths book. Currently using OGs and completed the sectional tests from my classroom coaching almost ( 15-20 ) in all with an average of 20 questions each.

2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?- In R1 itself, I am already 27

3) What Schools are you planning to apply to? - I have an ambition in one of Top 20-30

As you said it will take 2 months, have you considered the fact that I can allocate 8 - 10 hours daily as I am currently not working.

Please suggest me some suitable plan.
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20 May 2019, 03:10
Hi,

I have one month left to take GMAT, I need help in improving my score. Which course shall I use?
Thanks
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20 May 2019, 07:43
Hi mazaid,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So first off, a 620 is a nice start! That said, you’ll likely need more than just one month to improve by 80+ points. In any case, here is some advice you can follow to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills.

So, regarding your study plan, you should follow a plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

If you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

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.
Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 until you start to see the differences 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 take the time to see the differences between answers and to 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 w(ill want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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 article about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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20 May 2019, 14:41
samemon9 wrote:
Hi,

I have one month left to take GMAT, I need help in improving my score. Which course shall I use?
Thanks

Hi samemon9,

Studies:
1) How long have you studied in total?
2) What study materials have you used over the course of all of your studies?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) What is your exact Test Date?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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20 May 2019, 14:48
Hi mzaid,

While it's great that you might be able to study 50+ hours each week, I have NEVER asked anyone to study that much. That type of 'cramming' rarely leads to great results on the GMAT and that type of 'volume' over a long period of time can increase your chances of "burning out" before Test Day (which is something that we want to avoid). If you do plan to study 8-10 hours a day, then I suggest that you take 1 hour "off" for every 2 hours that you study (re: study Quant for 2 hours, then take 1 hour off, then come back for another 2 hours of Quant or Verbal study, then take 1 hour off, etc.).

Unfortunately, the only practical way to properly define your 'readiness' to take the Official GMAT is by how you score on FULL-LENGTH CATs taken under realistic conditions (meaning that you have to take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Going forward, you should plan to take 1 new CAT each week - and set aside enough time to properly review it.

Review is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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