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Hi everyone,

So I started preparing for GMAT about 6-7 months ago. I was regular in my practice, gave mocks, worked on the weak areas. I timed my mocks accurately, simulated the conditions. Every weekend, I would give a mock, while on the week work on my weak areas. The last 2 months before GMAT, I gave about 5-6 official tests, wherein most of my scores were in the 720-740 range, and other software tests, where I was in a similar range. My usual breakdown would be a Q49 or Q50, and and a V42-V44.

On test day however, I felt like my test was going good. However, my result came as 650, and I had to cancel the score. The breakdown was a Q40 and V30 as far as I remember. So I'm really trying to understand what should be my next plan of action. Any help of suggestions welcome.

I personally feel my DS is still a bit weak, even though I had worked on it, I'm slow with it, so want guidance regarding that. I'm also planning to purchase Manhattan/Kaplan material for next prep. Are these the right steps? Any advice is welcome. I'm trying to formulate a study plan rather than just start all over again.
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Hi everyone,

So I started preparing for GMAT about 6-7 months ago. I was regular in my practice, gave mocks, worked on the weak areas. I timed my mocks accurately, simulated the conditions. Every weekend, I would give a mock, while on the week work on my weak areas. The last 2 months before GMAT, I gave about 5-6 official tests, wherein most of my scores were in the 720-740 range, and other software tests, where I was in a similar range. My usual breakdown would be a Q49 or Q50, and and a V42-V44.

On test day however, I felt like my test was going good. However, my result came as 650, and I had to cancel the score. The breakdown was a Q40 and V30 as far as I remember. So I'm really trying to understand what should be my next plan of action. Any help of suggestions welcome.

I personally feel my DS is still a bit weak, even though I had worked on it, I'm slow with it, so want guidance regarding that. I'm also planning to purchase Manhattan/Kaplan material for next prep. Are these the right steps? Any advice is welcome. I'm trying to formulate a study plan rather than just start all over again.



Hi friend,

No need to get demotivated, it might not be your day. Sometimes test nervousness and anxiety takes the best out of you, it doesn't mean you are not capable of scoring high. Judging from your Practice test score you have got strong foundation of basic.
One thing you can do is get your ESR report from mba.com, it will help you get the idea where you lacked and how you performed during test. Analyse the ESR and make plan to brush up your weak areas. It will help you make strategy for further course.
For DS area, practice from old GMAT guides/quant review and you can definitely use mahhattan mocks for practice , you can also use gmat club test. It will help you build confidence.
All the best for 2nd attempt man!

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New post 04 Aug 2019, 01:24
Hi DS219,

Sorry to hear about your bad test day experience.
It is very unusual to see such a deviation from mock scores, Perhaps, not your best day. I would suggest ordering ESR from the mba.com, that would give you an insight into your weak areas and help you plan the next steps accordingly.

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DS219 wrote:
Hi everyone,

So I started preparing for GMAT about 6-7 months ago. I was regular in my practice, gave mocks, worked on the weak areas. I timed my mocks accurately, simulated the conditions. Every weekend, I would give a mock, while on the week work on my weak areas. The last 2 months before GMAT, I gave about 5-6 official tests, wherein most of my scores were in the 720-740 range, and other software tests, where I was in a similar range. My usual breakdown would be a Q49 or Q50, and and a V42-V44.

On test day however, I felt like my test was going good. However, my result came as 650, and I had to cancel the score. The breakdown was a Q40 and V30 as far as I remember. So I'm really trying to understand what should be my next plan of action. Any help of suggestions welcome.

I personally feel my DS is still a bit weak, even though I had worked on it, I'm slow with it, so want guidance regarding that. I'm also planning to purchase Manhattan/Kaplan material for next prep. Are these the right steps? Any advice is welcome. I'm trying to formulate a study plan rather than just start all over again.


Hi DS219,

Welcome to GMATCLUB! To improve your score in Quant , I highly recommend that you can consider TTP. It is a very well designed course and covers the entire syllabus really well. It will certainly help you solidify your base as 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.

For verbal , you can 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.

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 practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

You can also go through the below link to design a Quant specific study plan.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... h-focused/

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hello DS219

A score of 650 (Q 40, V, 30) seems to be decent, and you are close to the target score of 750. So, it is all about raising 120 pointers. We will like to recommend certain key points which will be helpful.

Various possible combinations that you should keep in mind to achieve a score of 750 or above are: V39/Q50, V41/Q49, V44/Q48 are some possible combinations.

Practice test scores and official scores are not identical many times, and it has happened with many GMAT aspirants. GMAT is not as easy as we assume. GMAT math is logic, and GMAT verbal is a real test of English as a language. But the best part is you have already scored 720-740 in a mock test, and you are also aware of the fact that it is DS which needs special attention.

Your basics are clear. You just need to learn certain approaches to solve questions accurately and quickly. We would recommend you to brush up all concepts thoroughly and practice 700+ level questions. We will also recommend you to visit our website https://www.mathrevolution.com to:

1. Try our free diagnostic test. (After a quick revision)
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3. Quant Shortcut 51 module (this is must for you to score 750).

Apart from this, what exactly you need:

1. A unique, alternative approaches to solve quant questions in a short period, thus saving the time of yours and increase accuracy and finally the score.
2. Up-To-Date questions that meet GMAT exam trends. You don’t need to waste your time on outdated questions here and there.
3. Our expert trainers will be available to guide you in any doubts you face like comprehension of question, alternative approaches, and time-management.

You should also check this forum for some reliable resources related to verbal. Gradually, with the help of mock tests, you will be able to track your performance.


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Hi DS219

Firstly don't get discouraged by this attempt. You can find lots of stories, on GMAT club, in which people have achieved their dream score in subsequent attempts.

To start with 650 is a decent score.

Order your ESR and analyze it well so that you can concentrate on the areas in which you are weak.

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