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Retaking the GMAT and wants to increase the score from 360 to 700+

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Took GMAT last two weeks ago and scored 360 that was due to lack of concentration in the verbal section and faced software problems while taking the test. The score was really disappointing as I didn't get such low marks in any of the mock tests. I scored 650-700 in GMAT prep mocks. But due to such circumstances, I got such low marks and I have cancelled my score in the end. I am planning to retake the test again. can u help me in this?
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Hi doable651,

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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Took GMAT last two weeks ago and scored 360 that was due to lack of concentration in the verbal section and faced software problems while taking the test. The score was really disappointing as I didn't get such low marks in any of the mock tests. I scored 650-700 in GMAT prep mocks. But due to such circumstances, I got such low marks and I have cancelled my score in the end. I am planning to retake the test again. can u help me in this?


That's a much larger difference between practice test scores and official score than I'm used to seeing. What sort of software problem did you have, exactly? Did you contact the GMAC about it? (Here's how to contact them: https://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/pr ... cerns.aspx) Did you take your practice tests with a timer?
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That must have been one heck of a software malfunction. If that's the main reason for the low score and your lack of concentration was due to the software issue, you should be fine for next time and score closer to your practice numbers with continued study.
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Took GMAT last two weeks ago and scored 360 that was due to lack of concentration in the verbal section and faced software problems while taking the test. The score was really disappointing as I didn't get such low marks in any of the mock tests. I scored 650-700 in GMAT prep mocks. But due to such circumstances, I got such low marks and I have cancelled my score in the end. I am planning to retake the test again. can u help me in this?


Hi doable651,

You should dedicate 4 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both 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 easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have 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. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review 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

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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