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# Regarding GMAT retake ( I Plan to retake my GMAT in Jan )

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26 Nov 2018, 03:19
Hello Experts,

I took my gmat on 20th nov and scored dismal 540 (Q42, V23) with one month of preparation (Because of my job) . I plan to retake my gmat in january. Since I know my actual score, how should I study ? What strategy should I follow ? The resources that I have are e-gmat verbal and Math revolution course.
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26 Nov 2018, 09:25
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26 Nov 2018, 11:09
Hi utkarshrihand,

In a prior post about 1.5 months ago (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/quant-perfor ... l#p2148108), you stated that you had been studying for 2 months. So to clarify - have you been studying for 1 month or 3.5 months?

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 you've been studying and your goals:

1) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What is your goal score?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) What are the exact application deadlines for each of those Schools?

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26 Nov 2018, 11:34
Hello,
I started preparing then...but I am not counting that period as i was not studying seriously then. Around that time I left my job. Soon after I joined another firm and because of work commitments, I couldn't study much in the month before my gmat test.
My score in 1st mock was Q33 v38(GMATprep 1) and 2nd mock (GMATprep 2 V40 and Q34) and on actual exam i got ( Q42 and V23). I am aiming for a score in the range of 700-750. And I am aiming for Master in Management programs in france and Schools which I intend to apply are Audencia Business School, HEC Paris, Neoma, Kedge and ESCP Europe. Most of these have deadlines in march.
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26 Nov 2018, 20:36
Hi utkarshrihand,

Raising a 540 to a 700+ 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. However, a January Test Date would only give you 1-2 months of additional study time. Thus, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can commit to studying each week?

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27 Nov 2018, 03:32
Hi utkarshrihand,

I am sorry that your scores were not in line with your expectations. Since you have used our course, I would request you to write to us at support@e-gmat.com with your registered email id so that we can look at your Scholaranium and course dashboard to give you precise inputs.

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30 Nov 2018, 17:21
Hi utkarshrihand,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. For starters, to improve your GMAT score by 160+ points, you likely will need more than just a month of prep. Since you recently scored a Q42/V23, it’s clear that you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals necessary for a high score. Thus, regarding how to study moving forward, the main key will be to follow a linear and structured study plan, so that you can methodically and gradually learn each GMAT topic one by one. Ideally, you want to start with the foundations of each topic and progress to more advanced concepts.

For example, 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 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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