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Recieve a 210 on Official Practice GMAT. I really need help

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Hello to anyone reading this.
The title speaks for itself, I sincerely have no clue how to start or where to begin on studying for the gmat exam. I need at least a 550 to get into this Business School(it’s a small school). I fell discouraged not on the score but just what I was reading to the question and how clueless I am to understanding them. Math is the hardest compare to the other parts of the test. I have until June 1st for the deadline to apple but even then feel inadequate. Can anyone help me out. Thanks

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Hello to anyone reading this.
The title speaks for itself, I sincerely have no clue how to start or where to begin on studying for the gmat exam. I need at least a 550 to get into this Business School(it’s a small school). I fell discouraged not on the score but just what I was reading to the question and how clueless I am to understanding them. Math is the hardest compare to the other parts of the test. Can anyone help me out. Thanks

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Thats True, You should opt for some group tutoring or watch material available online, or you may also download books available free of cost online.
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New post 19 Feb 2019, 02:39
Hey!
You can surely get to 550 with 3 months CONSISTENT prep.
But I see that you also have a lot of self doubt and lack confidence which are equally important to get rid off.

Like the above posts, the best thing to do is to go with a coach.
I'd highly recommend MartyTargetTestPrep

Good luck! Don't give up! :)

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New post 19 Feb 2019, 09:24
Hi Tankou,

Did you take the test on official website? It seems that you did not complete the test on time and left many questions unanswered. Your score should increase as you immprove your basics and finish the exam on time.

You can start here:
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IMO, Manhattanprep guides + critical resoning bible should be enough to cover all the syllabus.

If you want to learn from the experiences of the other members, visit this thread:
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Hope this helps!
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Tankou wrote:
Hello to anyone reading this.
The title speaks for itself, I sincerely have no clue how to start or where to begin on studying for the gmat exam. I need at least a 550 to get into this Business School(it’s a small school). I fell discouraged not on the score but just what I was reading to the question and how clueless I am to understanding them. Math is the hardest compare to the other parts of the test. I have until June 1st for the deadline to apple but even then feel inadequate. Can anyone help me out. Thanks

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Hello Tankou

For offline self study plan - you should better buy a book from Kaplan Premier 2019 or Cracking the GMAT Premier 2019 both costs you approx 30 US Dollars with 6 CATs online as you need a score of 550, just go through learn the concepts strategies and tricks in one of these books. You will spend approx one and half month to complete the book (Kaplan Book) and then start taking CATs online. 3-4 CATs for practice are enough, build your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day. If still you didn't get 550 score then definitely you should hire a 1:1 tutor.

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Hi Tankou,

Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. That result is just a measure of your skills right now - and you are going to improve as learn more about the Test content and the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' to the Exam. In addition, a June 1st Test Date gives you plenty of time to study and improve - which is good - but you will have to be efficient about your studies and put forth a consistent effort. You do not necessarily need a tutor at this point, but a guided Study Plan would almost certainly be a good idea.

"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 performance on this 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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Tankou wrote:
Hello to anyone reading this.
The title speaks for itself, I sincerely have no clue how to start or where to begin on studying for the gmat exam. I need at least a 550 to get into this Business School(it’s a small school). I fell discouraged not on the score but just what I was reading to the question and how clueless I am to understanding them. Math is the hardest compare to the other parts of the test. I have until June 1st for the deadline to apple but even then feel inadequate. Can anyone help me out. Thanks
If you haven't started studying for the exam, then you should do at least that before you allow yourself to get discouraged (and maybe not even then) :)

You could go through this thread to get an idea about what you could be doing right now.
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Hi Tankou,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, you have successfully completed the first step: taking a diagnostic to get a baseline score. Since you are 340 points from your score goal and scored 210, it’s clear that you have some major work to do to improve to a 550. I know you feel discouraged based on the fact that you did not understand much on your practice exam; however, this just means that you need to spend EXTRA TIME working through the foundations of GMAT quant and verbal before moving to more advanced concepts. In fact, you may need close to 6+ month of prep, so be sure to give yourself as much time as you need to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills.

Regarding your study plan, be sure that the plan is structured, methodical, and organized. Ideally, you want to learn each topic one at a time, so you can ensure mastery before moving forward to the next topic. For example, 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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 instead 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 thereby 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, focus on the exact types of Reading Comprehension questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

To follow the advice above, you may consider using a GMAT self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following articles: How Long Should I Study for the GMAT? and Developing the Proper Mindset For GMAT Success.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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Hey Tankou,
While your target will seem to be overwhelming at first, as you prepare, you will aim for a better score.
Right now you need to be clear with your basics. I suggest you buy a study course rather than studying by yourself from books as it will be time consuming and you'll be frustrated.
Go for egmat verbal for your verbal prep. It's very interactive and you'll start seeing results pretty soon.
For quant, you can go for Target test prep. I haven't personally used it, but have heard highly about it from fellow people who have.
All the best! You will achieve a higher score than what you have targeted :)

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Hello, Tankou

Welcome to GMAT CLUB. As a beginner, you couldn’t know where to start and how to strategize. Getting a high initial score is really difficult if you are not familiar with question types. So, you could have been struggling with solving questions. But, don’t be frustrated. Keep in mind that you are a beginner and believe your unlimited potential. Also, your target score is quite achievable, if you put a huge effort in studying GMAT for 3 months.

Your score shows that you have completely weak bases of fundamental concepts. Firstly I want to say that it is possible to get 550 only by solidifying concepts, since you don't have to get the other high level questions correct. If you encounter those hard questions, you can just mark randomly.(skipping could influence your score bad) Again, 3 months should be spent on familiarizing the question types and establishing solid basics.

I recommend you to take online courses or private tutoring. It could be really difficult for you to start studying by yourself to learn the basics. Actually, at your score, private tutoring could be the most efficient and effective way to see improvements, since private tutors could examine your level and use individualized ways to teach you. But it is expensive. As a replacement, online courses could be good measures to solidify your basics. Basic concepts courses are offered by most of GMAT companies. The way of teaching could be a bit different, so you can take one that suits your studying style. Also, before you start GMAT in earnest, reviewing some completely basic and rudiment concepts in textbook(mathematics) that you learned before could be helpful. But you should not waste time on reviewing all the concepts that are unnecessary in GMAT.

To exactly assess your current math skill and receive a customized guide to improve your target score within time the frame you are expecting, we highly recommend you to take our "Free Diagnostic Test" that assesses your skill with 73 questions including all categories and topics. You may try it after registering for the membership.

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