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Please help to improve GMAT 590(Q50/V20/IR8) to target 700+

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New post 26 Feb 2019, 09:33
Dear GMAT Experts,

I just took the GMAT with unexpected low score of 590. Now I really want to improve my verbal score to V35+ to achieve my target of 700+.

First, I have studied for GMAT for 4-5 months, not continuously because of my new role at work. Thus, my target for GMAT at first time was 650 because of my historical CAT as:
GMAT Prep 1: 690 (Q49/V35)
800score: Q max/min: 50/47 | V max/min: 39/37
GMAT Club Test: V max/min: 36/26
GMAT Prep 2: 690 (Q49/V35) -> total new questions -> right before real test 1 day.

On the test day, I was quite nervous but got more confident after taking Quant first (my strength).
But in Verbal Section, I just felt not ok but expected the score not too low because the questions were not as easy as it should be in the range of V20. After that, IR and AWA is ok for me.
Finally, it is so disheartened to see the final score of V20.

So, how can I improve my Verbal in the next 3 months to get V35+?

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Hello,

I am not an expert but will suggest that you try Empowergmat. In my opinion they have the best tactics to ace the GMAT. You can use the trial period to decide whether you want to subscribe or not.

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Dear GMAT Experts,

I just took the GMAT with unexpected low score of 590. Now I really want to improve my verbal score to V35+ to achieve my target of 700+.

First, I have studied for GMAT for 4-5 months, not continuously because of my new role at work. Thus, my target for GMAT at first time was 650 because of my historical CAT as:
GMAT Prep 1: 690 (Q49/V35)
800score: Q max/min: 50/47 | V max/min: 39/37
GMAT Club Test: V max/min: 36/26
GMAT Prep 2: 690 (Q49/V35) -> total new questions -> right before real test 1 day.

On the test day, I was quite nervous but got more confident after taking Quant first (my strength).
But in Verbal Section, I just felt not ok but expected the score not too low because the questions were not as easy as it should be in the range of V20. After that, IR and AWA is ok for me.
Finally, it is so disheartened to see the final score of V20.

So, how can I improve my Verbal in the next 3 months to get V35+?

Thanks,
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hero93 wrote:
Dear GMAT Experts,

I just took the GMAT with unexpected low score of 590. Now I really want to improve my verbal score to V35+ to achieve my target of 700+.

First, I have studied for GMAT for 4-5 months, not continuously because of my new role at work. Thus, my target for GMAT at first time was 650 because of my historical CAT as:
GMAT Prep 1: 690 (Q49/V35)
800score: Q max/min: 50/47 | V max/min: 39/37
GMAT Club Test: V max/min: 36/26
GMAT Prep 2: 690 (Q49/V35) -> total new questions -> right before real test 1 day.

On the test day, I was quite nervous but got more confident after taking Quant first (my strength).
But in Verbal Section, I just felt not ok but expected the score not too low because the questions were not as easy as it should be in the range of V20. After that, IR and AWA is ok for me.
Finally, it is so disheartened to see the final score of V20.

So, how can I improve my Verbal in the next 3 months to get V35+?

Thanks,


Have you been using any test preparation material? If not, sign up for a Verbal course designed by e-GMAT. From my personal experience of using it, I can say that it's easily the best service for someone whose basics of Verbal topics are weak as it provides careful hand-holding through the required concepts and their application.

All the best. Feel free to ask anything.
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 13:28
Hello hero93 .... welcome to the community.

I am not the expert ... but V20 shows concept gap. I would :
1. Get the EST to identify my weak area.
2. Out of all RC needs max time to improve... so I would make it a habit to do atleast 2 RC everyday and definitely would go through the discussions in the forum. please refer the links below :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-project- ... 87783.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/project-rc-b ... l#p2110839

3. For CR .... try to master 1 topic at a time ( 1 golden rule : know why the wrong choice is wrong)
4. For SC .... Try to cover the basic rules & GMATNinja vedios before practice ( 1 golden rule : know why the wrong choice is wrong)

Hope this helps!!
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 22:44
Hi hero93,

To start, I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped.

The process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By taking a CAT the day before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day. Beyond that though, there are some other factors to consider. Before we get to those details though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) When you say your studies were inconsistent, what does that mean exactly? How many hours did you typically study each week? Did you take any 'time off' from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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Hi, is there a ESR you can attach?
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New post 28 Feb 2019, 19:34
Hi hero93,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help.

So since you scored a V20 on your recent GMAT it’s clear that you are lacking the GMAT verbal fundamentals you need for a high score right? Thus, moving forward, you need to circle back and begin at the foundations of GMAT verbal, following a linear study plan that allows you to individually learn each verbal topic. By studying in such a way you will be able to methodically fill in gaps in knowledge and improve your skills. Let me expand on this idea further.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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 under 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 those reasons are not 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 answer were always the one 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 meanings that make sense. 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 repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences 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. For instance, 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 that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order 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 have done differently that would have extended your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regiments, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
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Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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Hi hero93,

I am sorry to hear that the performance was not as per your expectation. A score of V20 shows there are gaps at the conceptual level in Verbal.

Understand what went wrong

As your performance was not in line with your mock scores, an ESR will help you understand what went wrong on the exam day. It can give you insights to understand if the ability was the problem or time management was the cause for low score. The following article will help you analyse your ESR in 3 easy steps - How to analyse a GMAT ESR.

Along, with having good ability you should also manage time effectively to get to a high score. The insights regarding your time management on the exam day can be derived from the ESR. If you find time management to be an issue or you want to know a strategy that will help you optimize time management, read this article on GMAT Timing Strategy.

Way Forward

Planning
Following a milestone driven and structured approach will help you reach a V35+ score in 3 months. Use the Personalised Study Planner tool to get such a milestone driven path for reaching your target score. You will learn,
    • Clear and trackable targets, the milestones, for each of SC, CR and RC
    • The estimate of time that you need to spend on each sub-section

Execution
Your focus should be on building the core skills required for tackling GMAT questions. For e.g., GMAT SC is not only about grammar rules. The core skill of understanding the meaning of the sentence is the key. Once you master the core skill you can apply it to any question that you face.
Here are a couple of examples of students who were once in your position and then went on to achieve their target GMAT score.
    Ashray improved from 560 to 760 (V42) in 20 days leveraging our course architecture.
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