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21 Dec 2018, 22:52
Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I need some help from the experienced folks here.

I appeared for my 1st GMAT on 25th November and scored a disappointing 650 ( q47 v32).

Although I had prepared for only about 2 weeks prior to the exam, I was disappointed by the final score.

A major mistake I had made was not taking enough mock tests. I only took 3 tests in total during my prep - 2 gmatprep tests where I scored 630 and 700; the third being at the start of my preparation - Manhattan cat, where I scored an abysmal 600.

Since during the actual exam, I was hardly taken by any questions bar few, I was shocked to see the 650 flash on the screen.

As I was not sure where exactly I had gone wrong during the test, I ordered the official ESR.

I have my next attempt scheduled for next week i.e. 27th December and any feedback will go a long way in helping me.

P.S. I have 5 complete days as I have taken off from my work.

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22 Dec 2018, 09:08
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Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I need some help from the experienced folks here.

I appeared for my 1st GMAT on 25th November and scored a disappointing 650 ( q47 v32).

Although I had prepared for only about 2 weeks prior to the exam, I was disappointed by the final score.

A major mistake I had made was not taking enough mock tests. I only took 3 tests in total during my prep - 2 gmatprep tests where I scored 630 and 700; the third being at the start of my preparation - Manhattan cat, where I scored an abysmal 600.

Since during the actual exam, I was hardly taken by any questions bar few, I was shocked to see the 650 flash on the screen.

As I was not sure where exactly I had gone wrong during the test, I ordered the official ESR.

I have my next attempt scheduled for next week i.e. 27th December and any feedback will go a long way in helping me.

P.S. I have 5 complete days as I have taken off from my work.

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22 Dec 2018, 10:16
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Rmadaan - 5 days studying full time is plenty of time. Take a look at your Quant and Verbal subsectional percentiles to understand where you need to focus. Take a look at this link below to learn how to analyze your ESR:

https://e-gmat.com/blogs/3-steps-how-to ... re-report/

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Since you have 5 days, I would recommend that you spend 3 days to learn to improve and 2 days to revise. Where should you spend these 3 days? look at data and decide!! Read this article below to learn the core principles to define the areas of focus.

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22 Dec 2018, 10:36
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To start, this 650 shows that you're a fairly strong critical thinker - which is good. However, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you've studied for just a few weeks, then you should not expect to have mastered any of the concepts or Tactics just yet. Since your next Test is in less than a week, you have to be careful about trying to 'cram' in too much study time - you might inadvertently 'burn out' before your next Exam (and that's something that we want to avoid).

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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22 Dec 2018, 11:34
Hi Rich,

1. I am targeting a score of at least 700

2. I am primarily targeting ISB

3. I am aiming for the upcoming batch, starting in 2019.

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23 Dec 2018, 12:21

"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'). Since your 630 is relatively close to the 650 that you scored on the Official GMAT, we might be able to learn a bit more about how you 'see' the Exam by reviewing your performance on that 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 that 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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26 Dec 2018, 07:14
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What was your Quant and verbal breakup in your mock tests? And did you order ESR?
Looking at Q47 I will say there will still be 2-3 weaker areas where you will need to focus on. This coupled with proper timing and practice in all other topics to increase your hit rate should do the trick for you and you should be able to push your score to Q49-Q50.

Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I need some help from the experienced folks here.

I appeared for my 1st GMAT on 25th November and scored a disappointing 650 ( q47 v32).

Although I had prepared for only about 2 weeks prior to the exam, I was disappointed by the final score.

A major mistake I had made was not taking enough mock tests. I only took 3 tests in total during my prep - 2 gmatprep tests where I scored 630 and 700; the third being at the start of my preparation - Manhattan cat, where I scored an abysmal 600.

Since during the actual exam, I was hardly taken by any questions bar few, I was shocked to see the 650 flash on the screen.

As I was not sure where exactly I had gone wrong during the test, I ordered the official ESR.

I have my next attempt scheduled for next week i.e. 27th December and any feedback will go a long way in helping me.

P.S. I have 5 complete days as I have taken off from my work.

Posted from my mobile device

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