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Hello All,

I took my GMAT on 30th Nov and scored 450 Q31 V20 IR1. I just couldn't manage time. Spent a lot of time on initial questions (Big mistake!) and so had to guess on 15 quant & 16 verbal questions as I didn't want to leave any questions unanswered. Have been preparing for 45 days. I have relied on Princeton Review for basics and OG for practice. But haven't taken any mock tests (Another gigantic mistake). Was feeling very low for a couple of days. But then I read a few posts by some Gmatclub members and how they turned around their scores. I am glad I did. I want to take the exam in the 3rd week of January 2019.

I want to score atleast 650. I am determined to do what it takes. I am currently working from home and can put in around 8 hours of study every day. Want to go for self study. Any guidance will be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Hello All,

I took my GMAT on 30th Nov and scored 450 Q31 V20 IR1. I just couldn't manage time. Spent a lot of time on initial questions (Big mistake!) and so had to guess on 15 quant & 16 verbal questions as I didn't want to leave any questions unanswered. Have been preparing for 45 days. I have relied on Princeton Review for basics and OG for practice. But haven't taken any mock tests (Another gigantic mistake). Was feeling very low for a couple of days. But then I read a few posts by some Gmatclub members and how they turned around their scores. I am glad I did. I want to take the exam in the 3rd week of January 2019.

I want to score atleast 650. I am determined to do what it takes. I am currently working from home and can put in around 8 hours of study every day. Want to go for self study. Any guidance will be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Hi gmatmission19,

Around 2 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. 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 easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.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 GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

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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Hi gmatmission19,

I agree with the post above - get manhattanprep books. Quant books are very good, Mprep SC is one of the best. You can also get Powerscore CR bible. Check here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ma ... 35162.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 17254.html

When done with textbooks you can take official mock test: https://www.mba.com/exam-prep/gmat-offi ... and-2-free

To kickstart your prep, read the following posts:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-st ... 98512.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html

Time management is very important. read this post:
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... 0(Part%203)%20-%20Linkback%20to%20Part%201

https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-format-g ... 69682.html

Post for AWA: https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-get-6 ... ml?fl=menu

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Hi gmatmission19,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so you should not feel too bad about this result (since it came after only 1.5 months of study - and without taking any practice CATs/mocks). That having been said, raising a 450 to a 650+ will likely require 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. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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:

1) What type of study routine were you following? How many hours did you typically study each week?
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Hi gmatmission19,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. First off, I’d like to address your timing issue. Timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skill improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds. He may have you run up and down the stairs at the football stadium. He may have you run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you running the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Can you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed right at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have a mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a particular question. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Answer: A

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. As you gain these skills, you will get faster.

Since you scored 400 on your most recent practice exam, you may want to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. Moving forward, you need a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. Since you plan to self-study, you may consider using an online self-study course. To see what is available, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

If you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Also, you may find the following articles helpful: How to score a 700+ on the GMAT and How to get faster at solving GMAT questions.

Good luck!
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Hello All,

I took my GMAT on 30th Nov and scored 450 Q31 V20 IR1. I just couldn't manage time. Spent a lot of time on initial questions (Big mistake!) and so had to guess on 15 quant & 16 verbal questions as I didn't want to leave any questions unanswered. Have been preparing for 45 days. I have relied on Princeton Review for basics and OG for practice. But haven't taken any mock tests (Another gigantic mistake). Was feeling very low for a couple of days. But then I read a few posts by some Gmatclub members and how they turned around their scores. I am glad I did. I want to take the exam in the 3rd week of January 2019.

I want to score atleast 650. I am determined to do what it takes. I am currently working from home and can put in around 8 hours of study every day. Want to go for self study. Any guidance will be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Here is my Input

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-19

Best Courses (Budget)

1. e-GMAT
2. Empower GMAT
3. Math Revolution (Only Math)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

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All GMAT CATs

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