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Dear All,

I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months ON and OFF. I have My G-MAT scheduled in 25 days. My target score is 710-720. My mock test scores are hitting around 600, with a verbal score 30 and quant 47. Should I consider postponing My GMAT in view of my target score and exam fee. The exam fees is approx 25% of my present monthly salary.

Kindly suggest me is it worthy giving GMAT with out confidence of reaching my target? I have seen many people scoring in upper 500's in their first attempt and reaching their target in the second attempt. Is it not possible to reach it in single go?Also please suggest how can i possibly improve my score in short time?

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Hi A. Chaitanya,

If your CAT scores are all hovering around 600, then you would need to improve 100+ points to hit your score goals. While that improvement IS possible, you will likely need MORE time than you've allotted. Thus, paying the $50 rescheduling fee and pushing back your Official Test Date (so that you can continue to study) is probably a good idea.

1) What practice materials have you been studying with?
2) When you say that you've studied "on and off" for 3 months, what does that REALLY mean? How have you been studying?
3) When you took your CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?

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A 100+ point increase in 25 days is a significant leap. That said, you can reschedule your test up 1 week before the test day, so you might consider taking more practice tests to see where you stand. I typically suggest that students achieve their target score on at least 2 practices tests before they take the official test.

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Dear All,

I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months ON and OFF. I have My G-MAT scheduled in 25 days. My target score is 710-720. My mock test scores are hitting around 600, with a verbal score 30 and quant 47. Should I consider postponing My GMAT in view of my target score and exam fee. The exam fees is approx 25% of my present monthly salary.

Kindly suggest me is it worthy giving GMAT with out confidence of reaching my target? I have seen many people scoring in upper 500's in their first attempt and reaching their target in the second attempt. Is it not possible to reach it in single go?Also please suggest how can i possibly improve my score in short time?

Thanking you all,
A. Chaitanya


Certain test taking strategies can help you push your score a bit, but that would happen if you are thorough with the concepts.
It is very difficult to increase 100 points in 25 days. The best way would be to sit for 1 more practice test after revising all your notes and concepts and judge your standing based on the score you get.

Try to do the following things while you give the mock:

1. Make sure you pay attention to the first 10 questions. This will help you in building your score
2. Make sure you take both the breaks and give your mind the much needed break
3. Complete both the sections. There is a huge penalty for not completing the sections. You can make a benchmarking chart to remind you of the approximate question number you should be at a point of time.
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Hi A. Chaitanya,

If your CAT scores are all hovering around 600, then you would need to improve 100+ points to hit your score goals. While that improvement IS possible, you will likely need MORE time than you've allotted. Thus, paying the $50 rescheduling fee and pushing back your Official Test Date (so that you can continue to study) is probably a good idea.

1) What practice materials have you been studying with?
2) When you say that you've studied "on and off" for 3 months, what does that REALLY mean? How have you been studying?
3) When you took your CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?

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Thanx Rich,
My preparation was not to my fullest satisfaction, I was on tours 1/3 rd of these 3 months of my prep. This interrupted my preparation. I have purchased E-Gmat's Verbal course and the whole manhattan books. I was finding difficulty solving math in time. In verbal, I need to work more on my concepts (sentence correction). Any tips on improving speed and accuracy? I took my CATs with out IR and Essay.
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chaitanyaallam wrote:
Dear All,

I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months ON and OFF. I have My G-MAT scheduled in 25 days. My target score is 710-720. My mock test scores are hitting around 600, with a verbal score 30 and quant 47. Should I consider postponing My GMAT in view of my target score and exam fee. The exam fees is approx 25% of my present monthly salary.

Kindly suggest me is it worthy giving GMAT with out confidence of reaching my target? I have seen many people scoring in upper 500's in their first attempt and reaching their target in the second attempt. Is it not possible to reach it in single go?Also please suggest how can i possibly improve my score in short time?

Thanking you all,
A. Chaitanya


Certain test taking strategies can help you push your score a bit, but that would happen if you are thorough with the concepts.
It is very difficult to increase 100 points in 25 days. The best way would be to sit for 1 more practice test after revising all your notes and concepts and judge your standing based on the score you get.

Try to do the following things while you give the mock:

1. Make sure you pay attention to the first 10 questions. This will help you in building your score
2. Make sure you take both the breaks and give your mind the much needed break
3. Complete both the sections. There is a huge penalty for not completing the sections. You can make a benchmarking chart to remind you of the approximate question number you should be at a point of time.


Thanx for these useful tips. I will definitely implement these, in case Im going to give the test this time.
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Hi A. Chaitanya,

If you've been skipping the Essay and IR sections when you take your CATs, then you haven't been properly preparing to face the FULL GMAT (and your scores are likely 'inflated'). This is meant to say that we don't necessarily have an accurate assessment of your skills right now, so you need to take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) soon. Once you have that new set of scores, you should report back here. Given this information, you will likely need to push back your Test Date.

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Hi please help me .I have been preparing my gmat for like 3 4 months working aside. I had postponed by exam by one month as I got 640 ( quant 48 and verbal 28) IN gmat mock 1 thinking I will increase my score. After 15 days I again took mock I got 630 in gmat prep mock 2. I got very disheartened and saw Quant 50 and verbal 26. Then I worked on verbal alot and today I wrote manhatan mock free test and I got 640 again( V 34 and Q 43) I felt maths questions hard as well. My exam is on 7th August and I have to postpone it max by tonight in like 4 5 hours.
I had an aim of 700. And I think I will cancel my score if it goes below 700 on main test.
Please suggest to give or to postpone.
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Hi Kashish21,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (640 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Raising a 640 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. There's no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but you would likely save some time, money and aggravation by pushing back your Test Date.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) Are these the only 3 CATs/mocks that you've taken or have there been others? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Kashish21,

Since you have been studying for 3+ months but are still struggling with verbal, you should push back your test and take the GMAT when you are ready to do so. Did you end up postponing your GMAT? Do you need some advice regarding how to move forward with your study plan?
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I did not postpone. I will be taking it on Wednesday.
Let's see where it takes.
Last Manhattan mock test gave me 640- Quant 43 and verbal 34.

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Hi everyone I gave my gmat today. Very sad to say I got 590( quant 47 and verbal 26). This is so disheartening as for full past week i studied alot and last i gave MBA.com practice questions where 15 from each topic is given. I got 80% at verbal as well as Quant.
Even my exam went so good. I was able to complete all well in time. Dint find much problem solving questions except 2 3 total. But when I saw my score I was so disturbed that I couldn't even see that low score. Last week I got 640 in Manhattan with Q 43 and Verbal 36 and in all offixal mocks I got 49 to 51 quant. But my test went good. I was all healthy and did not get disturb too.
Please help me what to do now as I wanted to apply in 1st round and with this low score I can't apply to top schools of UK/ Europe. I have completed all official gmat 2019. Also I did Quant from target test prep i got 80 90% in all quizzes too and English from egmat( not completed fully) bt did 80% content. Now I dont know from where to start and where not to. I dont even know where I missed and how to rectify it. Which books I should refer now and how to prepare again.
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Hi Kashish21,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. In our prior discussion, I noted that you might need some additional study time before you could consistently score at the 700+ level - and that appears to still be the case. You will likely receive a broader response/advice to your situation if you post in the 'Shared Experience' forum here (and the more details you can include about your studies, the better0:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/share-gmat-experience-8/

In my prior post, I included some questions (so that I could get a better sense of how you studied and your overall goals); while it might seem like a hassle to answer them, the sooner we properly define your situation, the sooner we can find a way to improve it.

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) Are these the only 3 CATs/mocks that you've taken or have there been others? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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