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# Retake and where i went wrong

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Concentration: Finance, Statistics
GMAT 1: 620 Q45 V31
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19 Feb 2019, 02:42
I have been preparing for gmat for past 6 months have spend close to400-500 hrs on prep
Initial mock score 570
After preparation gmatprep 2 730q50 v38
Gmatprep 3 720 q50 v37
Gmatprep 4 740 q50 v40
Gmat club quant tests score in range 47-50
Real gmat -620 q45 v31
I have to retake in a month
In exam I couldn’t understand an rc and end spending 12 mins on 3 questions and had to guess at 6 questions at the end
Material used so far egmat SC
Powerscore cr with close to 800-900 cr practice lsat + ogs
RC-ogs + old ogs
How to plan for retake and handle timing and stress
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19 Feb 2019, 03:40
manjot123 wrote:
In exam I couldn’t understand an rc and end spending 12 mins on 3 questions and had to guess at 6 questions at the end

Hi Manjot, that might explain the low Verbal score. How about the massive 5 point drop in Quant?

Also, can you attach the ESR?
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19 Feb 2019, 03:43
I just gave gmat 2 hours ago. I don’t know why I got quant score so low

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20 Feb 2019, 20:05
Hi manjot123,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Given that you’ve spent a ton of time on your GMAT prep and also scored well below the scores from your practice exams, we really need to determine what caused that score drop. Stress could have played a role, but a more likely reason is that in your GMAT preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high on the actual GMAT. Rather, you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

In my eyes, there is only one path forward, and that is to take a deep dive back into your prep (especially for verbal) so you can individually master each topic, starting with the foundations before moving to more advanced topics. For verbal, you have to learn to see more of what is going on in the questions and answer choices. Doing so will take working topic by topic, carefully answering questions as you work on each topic. You won't lock in a high verbal score by continuing to do what you did before this recent test. You have to adjust your training to become more skilled in clearly defining the differences between incorrect answers and correct answers to verbal questions.

In other words, you have to learn to make your reasons for eliminating choices less like these:

"This choice is too extreme."

"I don't see how this applies."

and more like this one:

"This choice seems to conflict with the premises of the argument but actually fits the constraints established by the premises and fails to attack the connection between the premises and the conclusion."

For quant, since you scored a Q45 (and as high as a Q50) on your practice exams, it’s clear that you have a solid foundation. Thus, to improve your quant skills, you need to go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

Regarding stress when taking the exam, to help manage your nerves, you could try some visualization techniques. Imagine various test-day scenarios such as getting stuck on a question, issues in the testing center, feeling pressed for time, or worrying that you’re underperforming. As you feel your stress responses start to kick in when thinking about these things, practice pulling yourself together and visualize focusing on getting correct answers.

When taking the GMAT, the best way to deal with stress is to get busy answering the question in front of you, focusing completely on the task at hand so that you redirect all of that nervous energy and naturally calm down. In other words, you distract yourself with a goal. Just tell yourself that all that matters is getting the correct answer to the question in front of you, and then when you have finished that question, take the same attitude toward the next one. Focus on winning each “mini-battle” and you won't have time for anxiety. If you can win enough of those battles, you can win the GMAT war, right?

You also may find it helpful to read the following articles: How to Eliminate GMAT Test-Day Anxiety and How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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