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I took the GMAT on 19th September 2017 with a 1.5 month prep and scored 460( V19 Q35). This was way less than the score I got in mocks

GMATPrep Free Test 1- 580 (V26 Q40)
GMATPrep Free Test 2- 520 (V22 Q38)

I know my preparation was lacking as I didn't do much practice and just completed my E-GMAT full V and Q course with a week's practice on Scholaranium.

Also, another factor that led to decrease in my score was that my test center had an internet connection issue and there was a 30 mins long disruption during my Verbal part ( Chose the section order as Quants, Verbal, IR& AWA) after I was past 32/ 75 mins and did 13/37 questions. This also caused me a reduction of 4 mins in my overall Verbal time of 75 mins due to which I was pacing and guessing throughout the last 10-12 ques of my Verbal Section.

I have written to GMAC for a free RE-take but haven't got a response yet. Anyway, I am taking the test again now and have taken full leaves and planning to schedule my GMAT on 26th October 2017.

I want some directions as to how should I go about my preparation to score a 700?

Should I quickly go through the concepts again and do the questions dedicated on the course of E-GMAT in the same order of quizzes like Application Quiz, Practice Quiz, OG Questions? Jump to Scholaranium straight ? or Pick up some other material?

I am also planning to purchase GMATPrep Exam Packs to increase my practice.

I struggle both in Quants and Verbal equally because I am from a commerce background and hence was out of touch in maths concepts since 5-6 years.

Expecting a prompt reply ! @E-GMAT, bb
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You can order your Enhanced Score Report and work on your weakness. Try to determine which concept or section is your weakness and relearn the concep once again.Try to solve as much official questions as possible as you have a gmat test within a month.
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Hi jyo806

I agree that the situation that you faced during the Official GMAT was 'disruptive' and can certainly help to explain why your Verbal Scaled Score would be lower than the ones from your practice CATs. However, it does NOT explain the drop in your Quant Scaled Score, so while you likely would have scored higher than 460 under 'normal' circumstances - it wouldn't have been that much higher than the low-500s.

Given your current ability level, with a Score Goal of 700+ you will likely need 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. As such, you should consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

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Thank you for your response.

I am using E-GMAT full course and Official Guide. Apart from that CATs on GMATPrep and GMAT CLUB. I've recently picked up Manhattan SC guide as I find my SC quite weak.

I am planning to apply by Nov-Dec.

My target schools require GMAT range of 650-710





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Hi jyo806

I agree that the situation that you faced during the Official GMAT was 'disruptive' and can certainly help to explain why your Verbal Scaled Score would be lower than the ones from your practice CATs. However, it does NOT explain the drop in your Quant Scaled Score, so while you likely would have scored higher than 460 under 'normal' circumstances - it wouldn't have been that much higher than the low-500s.

Given your current ability level, with a Score Goal of 700+ you will likely need 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. As such, you should consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

1) What study materials have you used so far?
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Hi jyo806

With a Score Goal of 700+, you're likely going to need MORE study time than you've allotted. However, if you would find a lower GMAT Score to be acceptable, then that could potentially change the amount of time that you would need to commit to additional studying. Since applying in November/December might not be practical, it would be useful to know the latter application deadlines for each of the Schools that you are interested in (meaning deadlines in January/February of next year).

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jyo806 wrote:
Hi,

I took the GMAT on 19th September 2017 with a 1.5 month prep and scored 460( V19 Q35). This was way less than the score I got in mocks

GMATPrep Free Test 1- 580 (V26 Q40)
GMATPrep Free Test 2- 520 (V22 Q38)

I know my preparation was lacking as I didn't do much practice and just completed my E-GMAT full V and Q course with a week's practice on Scholaranium.

Also, another factor that led to decrease in my score was that my test center had an internet connection issue and there was a 30 mins long disruption during my Verbal part ( Chose the section order as Quants, Verbal, IR& AWA) after I was past 32/ 75 mins and did 13/37 questions. This also caused me a reduction of 4 mins in my overall Verbal time of 75 mins due to which I was pacing and guessing throughout the last 10-12 ques of my Verbal Section.

I have written to GMAC for a free RE-take but haven't got a response yet. Anyway, I am taking the test again now and have taken full leaves and planning to schedule my GMAT on 26th October 2017.

I want some directions as to how should I go about my preparation to score a 700?

Should I quickly go through the concepts again and do the questions dedicated on the course of E-GMAT in the same order of quizzes like Application Quiz, Practice Quiz, OG Questions? Jump to Scholaranium straight ? or Pick up some other material?

I am also planning to purchase GMATPrep Exam Packs to increase my practice.

I struggle both in Quants and Verbal equally because I am from a commerce background and hence was out of touch in maths concepts since 5-6 years.

Expecting a prompt reply ! @E-GMAT, bb
Payal Tandon


Hello

According to your recent test it look quite tough to cross 700 barrier within a month, you should better to reschedule your test day, may be you also need to revise your math basics, if you have no problem and have time its better to reschedule test. Learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

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jyo806 wrote:
Hi,

I took the GMAT on 19th September 2017 with a 1.5 month prep and scored 460( V19 Q35). This was way less than the score I got in mocks

GMATPrep Free Test 1- 580 (V26 Q40)
GMATPrep Free Test 2- 520 (V22 Q38)

I know my preparation was lacking as I didn't do much practice and just completed my E-GMAT full V and Q course with a week's practice on Scholaranium.

Also, another factor that led to decrease in my score was that my test center had an internet connection issue and there was a 30 mins long disruption during my Verbal part ( Chose the section order as Quants, Verbal, IR& AWA) after I was past 32/ 75 mins and did 13/37 questions. This also caused me a reduction of 4 mins in my overall Verbal time of 75 mins due to which I was pacing and guessing throughout the last 10-12 ques of my Verbal Section.

I have written to GMAC for a free RE-take but haven't got a response yet. Anyway, I am taking the test again now and have taken full leaves and planning to schedule my GMAT on 26th October 2017.

I want some directions as to how should I go about my preparation to score a 700?

Should I quickly go through the concepts again and do the questions dedicated on the course of E-GMAT in the same order of quizzes like Application Quiz, Practice Quiz, OG Questions? Jump to Scholaranium straight ? or Pick up some other material?

I am also planning to purchase GMATPrep Exam Packs to increase my practice.

I struggle both in Quants and Verbal equally because I am from a commerce background and hence was out of touch in maths concepts since 5-6 years.

Expecting a prompt reply ! @E-GMAT, bb
Payal Tandon


Hi jyo806,
For verbal, your decision to go with e-gmat verbal live course is great. It is an 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 also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. For CR, Powerscore CR Bible is amazing. Also for Quant, I would highly encourage you to take a subscription of GMATCLUB tests. They are amazing and will surely help you improve your score in Quant. 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 and help you with your anxiety issues. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG, the verbal review and GMATPREP QP1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.


https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html


Hope this helps. All the best.
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