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# Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep

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22 Oct 2018, 13:01
Hello dear Experts,

So I´ve just completed the first GMAT test, and scored 450 (Q21, V31) to see my "baseline" level. 5 Weeks ago, I started with my studies, I focused solely on the Quantitative part, refreshed some basic knowledge in geometry and algebra and arithmetic.

So I know have around 6 weeks remaining, to score at least a 650.

At the moment I feel quite disappointed, I have no clear structure in my study plans, because I dont really know what to do.
Right now my procedure is:

1) Doing the OG questions on Quant ~ 1-2hrs every day
2) Doing Verbal quetions on the "Ready4Gmat" App on my phone when I have traveling time etc.

Before, I read and revised the theory section about Quant on the OG.

Should I even continue to try? I got a 3.4GPA in my Bachelors, people assume I´m a smart person, but math just kills me..
I read a quant question and in 60% of the time have no idea what to do, 40% of the time I have an idea, so I calculate and then either get stuck or come up with a solution. In rare cases, at very easy questions, I can get straight to the answer.

How should I continue my preparations?

Thanks!
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22 Oct 2018, 14:13
Hi rolledfaith,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you've been studying for just 5 weeks, then you should not expect to have mastered any of the concepts or question types just yet. That having been said, raising a 450 to a 650+ will likely require at least another 3 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.

From what you describe, your studies are focused on doing lots of practice questions - but it's not clear what Tactics (if any) you've been practicing. Continuing to practice in this fashion is probably not the most efficient use your time, so some changes to your study routine would likely be a good idea. 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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your exact Test Date?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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22 Oct 2018, 14:33
Hey Rich,

1) 18.12.18
3) I need around 650 for my target schools.

Here my Quant weakness:
1) Number properties, aritmethic, Geometry to an extent,
2) Sticking to 2 min per question, when to drop question, how to handle first 10 questions?
3) Should I drop questions immediately which I dont understand first?

My study-plan so far is to work myself through the OG book.
So the real question is, what is the right gameplan for 5 weeks of remaining preparation? I dont have +3 more months
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22 Oct 2018, 14:47
Hi rolledfaith,

Based on what you describe, if you really do "need" a 650+ (meaning that you will not even apply unless you have that type of Official Score), then the application deadlines really don't matter. You will have to put in the necessary time and effort to lock in that Score, otherwise the other aspects of your plan won't happen. If you would actually be fine with a lower Score, then that might change your potential study timeline, but the goal to raise your Score 200+ points in just 5-6 weeks is likely too difficult to be considered realistic.

1) What is the minimum Score that you would apply with?
2) What are the exact application deadlines for each of the Programs that you plan to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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23 Oct 2018, 18:19
Hi rolledfaith,

Do not be disheartened with your progress. The good thing is that you have identified your weaknesses and can move forward plugging all the gaps. Here are a few students who improved from a low score to their target score. If they could do it, so can you.
- Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720. Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.
- Carrie improved from a Q35 (26 percentile) to a Q50 (85 percentile) in 3 weeks using the Quant Live Prep course. Click here to watch here video interview. Click here to read her amazing GMAT Club de-brief.

GMAT is a test of Ability and therefore your preparation should also be focused towards building your Ability. In this process Practice is the second step. First step is to be thorough with the concepts and processes required to solve a GMAT question. And the next thing, as you have correctly identified, is to have a goal oriented Personalized study plan. I am sharing a few Free Trial links below for you to assess if it suits your learning style and a Study Plan link so that you can create one for yourself.

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24 Oct 2018, 18:03
Hi rolledfaith,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. I realize that you’re frustrated, but don't give up, my friend! As long as you’re willing to follow a realistic and thorough study plan, I’m confident that you can improve your GMAT score. That said, I’m going to be straight up with you: It’s quite unlikely that you will be able to increase your GMAT score by 200+ points in just 5-6 weeks. Is there any way that you could take your GMAT at a later date?

In any case, you’ve made the right first step by reaching out for help. For starters, I agree that your current study routine lacks any sort of structure. Furthermore, your prep appears to be centered on doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. So, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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, it is likely that you 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. You have to put work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. 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 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 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, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. 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. 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 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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 verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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rolledfaith wrote:
Hello dear Experts,

So I´ve just completed the first GMAT test, and scored 450 (Q21, V31) to see my "baseline" level. 5 Weeks ago, I started with my studies, I focused solely on the Quantitative part, refreshed some basic knowledge in geometry and algebra and arithmetic.

So I know have around 6 weeks remaining, to score at least a 650.

At the moment I feel quite disappointed, I have no clear structure in my study plans, because I dont really know what to do.
Right now my procedure is:

1) Doing the OG questions on Quant ~ 1-2hrs every day
2) Doing Verbal quetions on the "Ready4Gmat" App on my phone when I have traveling time etc.

Before, I read and revised the theory section about Quant on the OG.

Should I even continue to try? I got a 3.4GPA in my Bachelors, people assume I´m a smart person, but math just kills me..
I read a quant question and in 60% of the time have no idea what to do, 40% of the time I have an idea, so I calculate and then either get stuck or come up with a solution. In rare cases, at very easy questions, I can get straight to the answer.

How should I continue my preparations?

Thanks!

Hi rolledfaith,

6 weeks may be good enough to improve your score. It's a good thing that you have taken your GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. You need to work on solidifying your base and clearing your concepts. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also use MGMAT guides for your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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