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New post 27 Aug 2017, 13:27
Hello everyone,

I have been struggling to improve my score to 600-650 level. I need proper guidance to built a strategy to overcome my score improvement. I mainly have problem at verbal and timing.

Let me give you some information on this regard.

Background: 25 years old, Non Native-Engineer working in a marketing field at one of the top 5 pharma company.
My strong side is Quant thanks to engineering background. But I knew that I have so long road on Verbal. I have 2-3 hours at week days and 6-8 hours at weekend.

My diagnose exam was 460 (Q40, V15) (such a shame)
I have been studying since mid-May. I started with MGMAT books for each part of exam. I finished all of them with practice questions along with OG 13 and Quant & Verbal Review. I have been keeping Error Log. CR and SC percentile around %70. Most of the questions that I solved 600 and 600-700 level. Sources Kaplan, OG, GMATPrep etc. I didnt start solving +700 questions.
Normally I can solved questions under 2 min but I cannot do the same at CATs.

My process is below.

4/6/2017 GMATClub CAT scored 630 (Q48, V28) I solved the test at study mode so I exceeded time limit 3 minutes (I had a beer before it so I was so relax before test)
18/6/2017 GMATPrep CAT-1 590 (Q48, V24). I struggled with timing since I had to guess at least 3 question at the end of the each part of the exam.
23/7/2017 MGMAT CAT-1 540 (Q37, V28)
27/8/2017 GMATPrep CAT-2 590 (Q47, V26) Again timing was problematic I rushed at questions and guess 3-4 at each part.

Objective: I aim to obtain 720-740 in two months and apply top business schools at Europe CEMS and MiM programs. (ESADE, Bocconi, Stockholm etc.)

Questions:
1. I have huge fat timing issue and I don't feel comfortable during test. How can I solve this problem? I had to guess many questions at the end of the tests or even mark choice before test ends.

2.How can I improve my verbal scores since it is still weak area of me. I believe I covered necessary part of SC.

I need bunch of advises. I am really stressed and frustrated. Which strategy, material or anything work out ?

Big thanks in advance!

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Hi hammerofodin,

The two scores on your Official CATs show that you performed almost exactly the same on those 2 Tests (even though they were over 2 months apart). Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and given your studies so far (and scores), it's likely that this has happened to you as well. Pacing issues do NOT exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER issues. To improve your pacing, you're going to have to learn/practice new Tactics for the Quant and Verbal sections.

To hit a 720+, you're going to have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that work will likely take at least 3 months of consistent, guided study. This is meant to say that you will likely need to invest in some new, non-book study materials and that you'll probably need more time than you've allotted.

1) Do you have an Official Test Date yet (and if so, then what is it?)?
2) What are the application deadlines for the Programs that you're interested in?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 27 Aug 2017, 23:29
Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

Thanks for response. So far I solved 500 Verbal and 400 Quant questions. And my accuracy is above average I guess (70%)
Do you think it is not enough? (#of Qs and accuracy)
For pacing I need solid tactics to be faster. Also I need to keep track the time during exam. I have been using GMATCLUB Timer and I solved questions under 2 min.
I need other materials I agree on that.

Answer to your questions;
1.I havent book a date yet. I plan to take it Mid-November.
2. Most of the deadlines are December and January
3. 2-3 hours weekday, 6-8 hours weekends.

Thanks a lot!

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Hi hammerofodin,

There's a big difference between 'quantity' of study and 'quality' of study. However many questions you completed over the last 2 months, you clearly responded to that second Official practice CAT in the same general ways that you responded to the first. Thus, you have to proactively change 'your way' of doing things (otherwise you will likely continue to score in the high-500s).

The application deadlines that you're facing aren't until December/January, so you still have plenty of time to study and improve. That having been said, you will need to be 'efficient' with your remaining studies to hit that score goal by those deadlines. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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