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Second attempt -600 -Q47 V26. Please guide on further preparation

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New post 23 May 2019, 07:57
Hi everyone,

In my first attempt, I got 570 (Q45, V25). After 2-3 months of preparation (on-off)
I have taken GMAT for the second time and got 600(Q47, V26). I was shocked to see my score, since I was doing well in mocks. I was scoring in the range of 670-730 in mocks (Veritas, GMAT Prep)

I have just one month to prepare and take third and last attempt.Please advise me how can I improve my score.

As per my ESR report, I have done quite bad in RC and CR on verbal section. Please advise some good sources for RC and CR preparation.
Are Manhattan books good at this point in time to boost RC and CR solving ability? (I haven't followed Manhattan resources yet)

Also how to improve on Q47 to Q50-Q51.

PS: I am not able to attach ESR report here due to forum restrictions. Anyone who can help me in evaluating my ESR report, please let me know your email-id.

Your guidance would be much appreciated.

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Hi everyone,

In my first attempt, I got 570 (Q45, V25). After 2-3 months of preparation (on-off)
I have taken GMAT for the second time and got 600(Q47, V26). I was shocked to see my score, since I was doing well in mocks. I was scoring in the range of 670-730 in mocks (Veritas, GMAT Prep)

I have just one month to prepare and take third and last attempt.Please advise me how can I improve my score.

As per my ESR report, I have done quite bad in RC and CR on verbal section. Please advise some good sources for RC and CR preparation.
Are Manhattan books good at this point in time to boost RC and CR solving ability? (I haven't followed Manhattan resources yet)

Also how to improve on Q47 to Q50-Q51.

PS: I am not able to attach ESR report here due to forum restrictions. Anyone who can help me in evaluating my ESR report, please let me know your email-id.

Your guidance would be much appreciated.

Thanks


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I would suggest to appear for a Gmatprep test. These tests are closest to the Gmat and will give you a correct position.
For CR and RC I would suggest to study from MGMAT books. You can practice lots of questions for CR and RC from the forum.
I am not sure if 1 month is a sufficeint period to raise your Gmat score, though it depends on your target. But I would suggest to take some more time for preparation before taking the test date.
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Hi Namisha1,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, although I do not have much information on how you previously prepared for the GMAT or any information from your ESR, I’m happy to provide some general advice on how to improve your CR, RC, and quant skills.

First off, given your score of V26/Q47 on your last GMAT, it’s clear that you need a major bump in verbal to improve your score as well as a solid improvement in quant. Regarding verbal, it’s likely that you need to improve in all 3 areas; however, for now, I’ll provide advice on how to improve in just RC and CR.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, you first need to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

Another major mistake that people make when training for CR is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and you likely won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend even fifteen minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process. If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you, Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. That is your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you are incorrectly answering Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you do not truly understand what you have just read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

Regarding quant, although you are stronger, to improve to Q50+, you need to go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

Since you are looking for additional resources, you should check out the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!
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Is there any reason why you must retake one month from your 2nd attempt? I’d suggest you take things slow moving forward. You have a Q47, which is great as you are closer to Q50-51 than you think. I’d recommend TTP to pick up the extra points on the quant side. I am sure other people can help you with the verbal side. I am currently using e-gmat and the SC modules have been great so far. I can’t say much about the CR and RC modules because I am yet to complete them. In addition, as much as possible, please stick to attempting only official mocks since they are the closest to the real GMAT. You can use your non-official mocks earlier in your studies to nail down timing strategies and pacing.

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Hi! V26 actually indicates that there is significant effort that needs to go in, to make a veritable difference in your Verbal performance. In view of this, one month time-frame that you have in mind, looks insufficient to me.
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Hi Namisha1,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 580 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. 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:

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1) How long did you study before each attempt at the GMAT?
2) What study materials did you use for each attempt? Which 'brands' of practice CATs/mocks did you use?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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