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# Scored 510 in Mock test. How can I make it 730

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11 Jan 2020, 13:46
Hi,

I have taken my first mock test with not much preparation. Just went through the OG practice questions very quickly before the the Mock test.
Total score: 510, Breakdown is:
Q-41 (43%), 15 Incorrect out of 31
V-20 (23%), 16 incorrect out of 36

My target is to score at least 730 or more. Is it really possible or I should think that GMAT is not for me?

1. How many hours should I spend to raise the score to 730?
2. Idea/ Plan for study.
3. Any recommended resources?
4. Time management was the biggest problem.. My reading speed is very low. Could you give me any advice on how can I quickly improve on my reading speed ?

Many thanks
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12 Jan 2020, 19:12
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Hi Tankou,

You have successfully completed the first step: taking a diagnostic to get a baseline score. As I’m sure you know, since you are 320 points from your score goal, you need to give yourself plenty of time to study (even up to 6+ months) to improve your GMAT score by such an amount. Furthermore, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT quant and verbal from the ground up. In other words, follow a study plan in which you individually learn each topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. Let me expand on this idea further.

If you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending less than two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and none of those reasons are that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answers were always the ones that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey logical meanings. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice until you start to see the differences that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to take the time to see the differences between answers and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could do differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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12 Jan 2020, 11:21
Hi nazmulhasandu,

Many Test Takers face pacing issues in the Quant section, the Verbal section or both – so you are not along. However, it's important to remember that pacing problems do NOT exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER problems. You do NOT need to be a 'fast reader' to score at a high level on the GMAT, but you do have to be an 'efficient reader' (meaning that you do NOT have enough time to read every prompt repeatedly - and training to take notes AS you read is something that you need to work on).

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 your timeline and your goals:

2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Updated on: 13 Jan 2020, 12:52
Hi,

Thank you for taking time to reply.
Information that you have asked for are following
1. OG and Official Reviews
2. In 3 months time. (FYI, I work fulltime)
3. In July 20
4. Top 30 Schools

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Originally posted by nazmulhasandu on 12 Jan 2020, 13:30.
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13 Jan 2020, 06:53
Hi Scott,

Many thanks for taking a time and replying in detail. It is helpful.

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13 Jan 2020, 19:22
Hi nazmulhasandu,

If you're not planning to apply to Business School until July, then you have more than 3 months of potential study time - which is good. Raising a 510 to the point that you can consistently score 730+ 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.

The OG books are great sources for practice questions, but they're not designed to teach you Tactics, patterns or the little 'secrets' behind the GMAT - for those, you'll need Course-oriented materials. To that end, you should work on the OG a little later on in your studies.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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13 Jan 2020, 22:44
Hi Rich,

I can give 10-12 hours a week.

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14 Jan 2020, 17:21
Hi nazmulhasandu,

That's a little on the 'low end' when it comes to study time (many GMATers spend 15 - 20 hours a week - or more - on their studies). For example, taking one practice CAT/mock and properly reviewing it would likely take about 8-9 hours of your time - and that's just to 'measure' your skills up to that point. The overall score improvement that you're looking for will require that you learn, practice and master a variety of Tactics and all of that training takes time.

If there's no way for you to consistently study more than 10-12 hours a week, then you will have to be really efficient with the time that you have. By extension, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options.

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14 Jan 2020, 18:25
nazmulhasandu wrote:
Hi Scott,

Many thanks for taking a time and replying in detail. It is helpful.

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My pleasure!!
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