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I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT

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I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT


Since this is your first time you take GMAT without any preparation, this score isn't unusual. You should study some basic concepts of GMAT before taking any CAT to estimate your ability better.

Any way, you could still reach your target. Just the beginning, and it's too soon to conclude anything :-D Why dont you study GMAT for about 2-3 months and then take GMATPrep again?
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Hi NiCChamp,

Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you're going to improve on this initial score as you study and hone your skills. That having been said, I'm curious about why you're studying for the GMAT right now? GMAT scores are valid for 5 years, but most Business School Programs expect applicants to have an undergraduate degree and a certain amount of 'quality' Work Experience (typically 2-5 years of meaningful WE) before they apply. While some Programs accept applicants without WE, you have not stated what your plans are, so we should be sure that you're not spending a lot of time/effort getting a GMAT Score that you won't be able to use before it expires.

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I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT


It is "normal" to see low scores if one hasn't studied the various question types and how to deal with them. Often, one run of the basics could add as much as 150-200 points to such a score. Also, your CAT prep will help you in GMAT too. I suggest you to work on your CAT right now. Starting early Dec, go through a full test prep curriculum for GMAT. Then take a practice test and you should see a 600. Thereafter, it will be about fine tuning your prep till you reach your target score. And yes, it is not a bad idea to take GMAT right away (while you are generally in a study routine) and keep the score for later. You can apply to colleges 2-3 years down the line.
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Hi NiCChamp,

Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you're going to improve on this initial score as you study and hone your skills. That having been said, I'm curious about why you're studying for the GMAT right now? GMAT scores are valid for 5 years, but most Business School Programs expect applicants to have an undergraduate degree and a certain amount of 'quality' Work Experience (typically 2-5 years of meaningful WE) before they apply. While some Programs accept applicants without WE, you have not stated what your plans are, so we should be sure that you're not spending a lot of time/effort getting a GMAT Score that you won't be able to use before it expires.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC
I'm planning to go for Maters in Management and most of the good colleges require GMAT for that. I'm currently pursuing Bachelor Of Commerce (Hons in Finance Management) from th 3rd best university of my country. I've only 2 months internship in an NGO as an Executive Officer (because there's not much scope and availability for internship for Commerce Undergraduate students in my city or nearby) and same goes for job opportunities. So I'm thinking to go for Maters in Management program and I want to help my family to get rid of the loans asap. Thus, I can't wait for years either.

I'll be completing my graduation by June 2018, so I'm looking forward to join some good B-School next year.

I'm not very specific about a particular B School but my top priority is Mannheim Business School in Germany because of their quality education and also, it is suitable for me because of it's low budget. Perhaps, those with good WE and semester abroad have better chance in Mannheim. Thus, I'm aiming for 720+ GMAT score as I lack in the above mentioned criteria, scoring decent in GMAT will definitely raise my chances. Also, I've scored well above average grades in college till date. I'm also open to other BSchools which have similar qualities.
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I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT


It is "normal" to see low scores if one hasn't studied the various question types and how to deal with them. Often, one run of the basics could add as much as 150-200 points to such a score. Also, your CAT prep will help you in GMAT too. I suggest you to work on your CAT right now. Starting early Dec, go through a full test prep curriculum for GMAT. Then take a practice test and you should see a 600. Thereafter, it will be about fine tuning your prep till you reach your target score. And yes, it is not a bad idea to take GMAT right away (while you are generally in a study routine) and keep the score for later. You can apply to colleges 2-3 years down the line.

I've already joined a coaching institute for CAT prep but I haven't scored more than 40 percentile in any of the mocks. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is my weakest section and I've even scored in negatives in the few mocks. Because of this and sectional cut-off, it'll be difficult for me to get into well above average colleges. So I've started GMAT Prep as the best alternative.
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Hi NicChamp,
don't get dishearten. At least you are fair with yourself and you know your current level.

Start working on your weak areas, you will see drastic improvement.
Comparatively it is easier to raise score in quant
Read Manhaatan quant book and GMAT club math book
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Hi NicChamp,
don't get dishearten. At least you are fair with yourself and you know your current level.

Start working on your weak areas, you will see drastic improvement.
Comparatively it is easier to raise score in quant
Read Manhaatan quant book and GMAT club math book

Thank you for the advise mbaaspirant80 . I've already bought GMAT OG 2018 for QA and VA. I'll surely try the two which you have mentioned.

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Hi NiC,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. Since nobody here knows exactly what you're capable of, it's tough to say how long it would take you to raise a 390 to a 720+, but it would likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you would have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Your planned Test Date is about 2.5 months away, so you might have to consider pushing back that Test Date. In addition, to approach this whole process in an efficient way, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

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NiCChamp wrote:
I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT


Hi

Dont worry about your first mock result, Now you knew your starting point, 3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
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Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

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Start with Quant, 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 and same with the verbal. 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

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
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NiCChamp wrote:
I just gave my first GMAT mock through GMAT Prep Software and scored 390 marks (VA17, QA27, IR5) without studying because I wanted to check my level. I'm really disappointed and demotivated with this. My target is to score 700 min. I'm 19, graduation final year student and my semesters will be on Dec. I wanted to give GMAT by last week of Jan. But I'm not sure with such marks, whether I'll be able to achieve my target or not. Please help, I'm really frustrated.
PS: Also, I'm going to appear for CAT'17 in last week of Nov, but my main focus is on GMAT


Hi NiCChamp,

Please do not be disappointed as GMAT does test your perseverance. You should dedicate around 4 months is good enough to achieve your dream score. Its a good thing you have taken the GMATPREP once. You now know your weakness and can work on your weak areas. If you are willing to study dedicatedly, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a 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 also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. 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 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.

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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