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Joined: 24 Mar 2017
Posts: 8
Location: India
Concentration: Technology, Operations
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V32
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V37
GPA: 3.8
WE: Asset Management (Energy and Utilities)

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17 Sep 2018, 18:11
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Hi all
I have been in the GMAT Journey for the past two year and still unable to beat it. I am sharing my experience till now so that I can get all the suggestion required to improve my score to 740.

My Background:
I am working in POWERGRID (India's Central Transmission Utility), a PSU, Navratna Company for the past 8 years looking after Extra High Voltage (220 KV) Substation Operation and Maintenance and Contracts department at my location.

GMAT Journey part 1: I first contemplated about GMAT in September 2016. I gave the GMAT prep Exam 1 in September 2016 and scored 650 (Q48, V31). I was happy and felt that I can definitely achieve score of 740. I started my study using Beat the GMAT 60 Days study plan (used GMAT Prep Now Free Video). Everything was going fine till I encountered Sentence Correction section. I had no clue about it. I got frustrated. I switched to Manhattan SC book (5th edition). Tried my level best to get the idea on how to solve SC question. I gave GMAT prep Exam 1 second time in Mid October 2016 and scored 680 (Q49, V33). Even though my score improved by 30 points, I had no clue while solving SC question but felt confident with CR and RC.
At this point of time (October 2016 end), some family commitments took my mind away from GMAT. I was able to come back to study only in February 2017.I started once again with my preparation following the Beat the GMAT 60 days study plan. This time I realised that even though I felt confident in CR and RC, my accuracy was same for RC and SC and slightly better for CR. I used POWERSCORE CR Bible and felt that I have got hang of things for CR. I gave following free Test from different companies as follows:
Manhattan on 26th July 2017 - 630 (Q46, V31)
Kaplan on 2nd August 2017 - 710 (Q49, V36)
Veritas on 2nd September 2017 -690 (Q49, V34)
I gave GMAT prep exam 2 on 5th September and scored 660 (Q49, V31). I thought that lets give GMAT and see what happens as I was sort of ideas on how to improve my score. I gave GMAT on 17th September 2017 and got 680(Q50, V32).My ESR showed that I was 34 percentile for SC, 60 percentile for RC and around 80 percentile for CR.

GMAT Journey part 2: I then researched for GMAT course for SC and enrolled in e-GMAT SC only course. I started getting hang of things in SC. However, this time I was unable to give regular time to studies as my job took chunk of the time. I was only able to pull things back together by June 2017. I purchase EP 1 and 2. I got 720(Q50, V38) in GMAT prep Exam 3 on 22nd June. But I couldn't take exam before August as I was away on work assignment. I took following prep exam leading upto my scheduled GMAT on 4th August 2018.
Prep Exam 5th on 22nd July 2018 740 (Q49, V40). This time I was confident taking exam.
Everything was going to the plan on the test day. However, tragedy stuck, Internet connectivity at my test centre was hampered with around 6 mins and 3 question left in quant section. I panicked, even though internet connectivity returned and i lost only 1 minute. I got all the three question wrong. I finished the exam and saw the score of 690 (V37, Q48) pop up. I was annoyed and complained to GMAC with ESR (attached). However, they did not agree with me regarding the score getting hampered due to internet connectivity.

GMAT journey part 3:I scheduled the GMAT exam once again for 15th Septmber 2018. I gave prepGMAT Exam 6 on 11th September 2018 and I got 750 (Q51, V39). I was really confident and looking towards finally overcoming the GMAT.
My GMAT exam on 15th September 2018 was going well according to me, however, I was apprehensive that I was not seeing the type of question (such as boldfaced CR) one gets when the exam is going well. I finished my exam and to my shock I saw the score of 650(Q48, V31). I cancelled the score. I am unable to comprehend what went wrong. I have done full circle. Started with exact score on GMAT prep exam 1.

Road Ahead: But I won't give up and plan to take GMAT once again in one month time. I am looking to register myself with e-GMAT (Verbal online) or EMPOWERGMAT course to improve my score to 740. My target schools are shown in my profile. Requested to provide suggestion on the course of action (and the course I take) that I take in my 4th attempt of GMAT....
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18 Sep 2018, 00:43
Hi kewldudeer,

I am sorry that your scores were not in line with your expectations. I have looked at your ESR. This ESR is of the attempt where you scored a V37. It would be better if you shared the latest ESR as that will help us understand in which sections you had a significant drop and other timing related issues.

To reach a score of 740, you must aim to score Q50 and V41 (Use GMAT Planner to set your own target scores). Scoring a V41 would require you to iteratively study especially since you have already studied once and managed to score a V37 in one of the recent attempts. Iterative study is when you identify a problem area, work on it, track progress, identify the next weak area and repeat the process. This process ensures that you spend time only on the topics in which you are weak and get the best return on the time that you spend. You can do this by taking Ability Quizzes in Scholaranium and then checking the Skill data section for weak topics.

From your August ESR, here are my recommendations. Please note that these would change if your latest performance does not follow the same pattern:
1. You are spending a lot of time on SC questions probably because you are not very confident of the concepts or the process. Plugging the gaps using the iterative method described above and practicing will help you in reducing the time spent on SC without adversely affecting your accuracy

2. You are doing fairly well in CR and focused practice in Scholaranium will ensure that you reach your target scores

3. RC is your strongest sub-section and also the one in which you are spending the least amount of time. Your accuracy may improve if you spend more time in reading the passage and comprehending it in more depth.

Hope this helps! For any further help, please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

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18 Sep 2018, 02:02
Thanks e-gmat for your valuable insight.
I have attached ESR of my first exam.

I will tell you how I have approached Verbal and Quant section in the past:
Verbal:

SC: I found it difficult for my first exam. For my second exam, I tried to follow e-gmat 3 step approach, but found it difficult to apply and solve within 90 seconds.
Therefore for second and third attempt, I used to read sentence, then read the answer choice and try to gauge what the question was testing me upon, then use POE to arrive at answer choice.

CR: Same strategy for all the three exams. Read the argument and trying to get feel of what the passage is all about, Read the question, Follow the POE method to arrive at answer.

RC: Same strategy as CR for all three exams.

I solved all the OG17 question for my first exam. For second exam, I solved Official Verbal 17 and OG 17 (error log attached) through GMAT club by searching each question and setting the timer when ready. GMAT Club error log attached. For all question of SC I tried to understand the reasoning behind elimination of answer choice by going through discussion forum of each question and reading the post of experts. I had accuracy at identifying the errors of around 50% but could be less.

For Quant:

For my first attempt, I followed Manhattan Strategy Guide, GMAT prep now video (initially) for theory part. I solved the Veritas Free Question Bank. My weak areas were Geometry and to lesser extent inequality in DS. No weakness as such in PS.
For my second and third attempt, I did not solve that many question and reread the theory from GMAT club Math book and Manhattan Strategy guide. Majority of the quant question that I solved were during my prep exams.

In last, I would request you to recommend me whether I should go with e-gmat Verbal Live prep or Verbal online.
Thanks
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File comment: OG 17 error log
GMAT Imp Chart OG17.xlsx [220.81 KiB]

File comment: GMAT Club Error log
GMATClub_Error_Log_2018_09_17.xlsx [66.26 KiB]

File comment: Exam 1 ESR
GUNJAN GAGAN_322414247_ESR.pdf [476.31 KiB]

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18 Sep 2018, 11:47
Hi kewldudeer,

I've sent you a PM with some notes on your ESRs and some suggestions for how to proceed with your studies.

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18 Sep 2018, 23:06
Hi kewldudeer,

This helps in understanding your preparation further. I have replied to you on mail. Please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com if you have any further queries.

Looking forward to seeing your Success Story soon!

Regards,

kewldudeer wrote:
Thanks e-gmat for your valuable insight.
I have attached ESR of my first exam.

I will tell you how I have approached Verbal and Quant section in the past:
Verbal:

SC: I found it difficult for my first exam. For my second exam, I tried to follow e-gmat 3 step approach, but found it difficult to apply and solve within 90 seconds.
Therefore for second and third attempt, I used to read sentence, then read the answer choice and try to gauge what the question was testing me upon, then use POE to arrive at answer choice.

CR: Same strategy for all the three exams. Read the argument and trying to get feel of what the passage is all about, Read the question, Follow the POE method to arrive at answer.

RC: Same strategy as CR for all three exams.

I solved all the OG17 question for my first exam. For second exam, I solved Official Verbal 17 and OG 17 (error log attached) through GMAT club by searching each question and setting the timer when ready. GMAT Club error log attached. For all question of SC I tried to understand the reasoning behind elimination of answer choice by going through discussion forum of each question and reading the post of experts. I had accuracy at identifying the errors of around 50% but could be less.

For Quant:

For my first attempt, I followed Manhattan Strategy Guide, GMAT prep now video (initially) for theory part. I solved the Veritas Free Question Bank. My weak areas were Geometry and to lesser extent inequality in DS. No weakness as such in PS.
For my second and third attempt, I did not solve that many question and reread the theory from GMAT club Math book and Manhattan Strategy guide. Majority of the quant question that I solved were during my prep exams.

In last, I would request you to recommend me whether I should go with e-gmat Verbal Live prep or Verbal online.
Thanks

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19 Sep 2018, 00:06
In the V39 that you scored in the official mock, is it possible that you had already attempted some of those questions as part of your preparation (in which case, V39 could have been an inflated score)?
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Joined: 24 Mar 2017
Posts: 8
Location: India
Concentration: Technology, Operations
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V32
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V37
GPA: 3.8
WE: Asset Management (Energy and Utilities)

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19 Sep 2018, 02:05
EducationAisle wrote:
In the V39 that you scored in the official mock, is it possible that you had already attempted some of those questions as part of your preparation (in which case, V39 could have been an inflated score)?

Yes, I think I got around 1 to 2 SC question and 1 to 2 of CR question that were repetitive, but I did not remember answer of those question and solved it as if I was solving for first time.

Other than this, none of official exam of EP1 and EP2 had repetitive question as I had avoided solving question on GMAT club other than OG17's.
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