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SMS Please - Save My Soul Please - Help to push score from 540 to 720+

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Long story cut short I pack 9 years of work ex i.e. 3 years Operation Management and 5 years in Human Resource Management and a graduate background in BSc. Biotechnology (that means no exposure to Quant for over 10 years). I took a year’s sabbatical in 2017 and at the start of this year 2018 with one attempt down as Happy New Year with a score of 420, I started prepping for GMAT.

I ran away from Math's (Quant) all my life and now I'm running towards it… :shocked

Here’s the elaborate part of the previously mentioned snippet… :grin:

In my post sabbatical work I went for 45 days of coaching and then attempted the actual GMAT test with conquering grit and scored a 420 on 8th Jan 2018, this was only after finishing the OG and few of the coaching center books (No mock tests or sample tests)...

Anyways I scored an extremely low score on my first over confident attempt, post which stayed grumpy for awhile and then came back to score 520, after a few months in a mock test link via GMAT Club...

All through my stronghold is on Verbal with scoring (guess the HR work paid off) and least on Quant. My last attempt score on mock was last month and that I maxed out at 540 and then became grumpy again and ran off on a short ride outta town, thankfully since I'm a Biker. :cool:

Here I am ready to go at it again and please note I’m not working now, I have the entire 24 hours to myself to decide how I want to utilize it. Also, considering the fact that I wanna take my final attempt at GMAT on 30th September 2018, it gives me only 60 days more to make it or break it and I’m willing to go at it with full commitment… :geek:

This way I can aim for the 2nd Round entries for both on and off shore colleges for my MBA… :student_man:

I could use all the HELP possible to become proficient if not an ACE at Maths (Quant) and also overall suggestions on the entire study time plan for the day, types of maybe online or offline teachers who could support and or what kind of study material to refer too apart from OG and GMAT Club (I'm guessing this is enough along with Mock tests every 4 days?!?!)

I don’t' know you and you don't know me but, I guess now you know me and now you can help me DAMN my Verbal has also gone for a toss after re-reading this sentence… :)

Hope to hear from all of you soon...!!!

Originally posted by sankytown on 23 Jul 2018, 05:45.
Last edited by sankytown on 24 Jul 2018, 08:06, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: SMS Please - Save My Soul Please - Help to push score from 540 to 720+  [#permalink]

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Hi sankytown,

Many Test Takers find the GMAT challenging - and having to (re)learn material that you have not faced in years is an issue that most Test Takers have to face - so you're not alone. That having been said, raising a 540 to a 720+ 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. Considering the extra 'math practice' that you will likely have to work through, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date. 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 study materials do you currently have access to?
2) On your recent practice CATs/mocks, were they in the old/longer format or the current/shorter format? Did you take the FULL CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 26 Jul 2018, 16:09
Hi sankytown,

Thank you for sharing your story.

Increasing your score by 300 points (on the real GMAT) is going to be quite a challenge, and it’s highly likely that you will need more than just three months to improve your GMAT score to such a high level. That being said, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your GMAT score.

First of all, in order to improve your score from a below average to awesome level, you are going to need a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving forward to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced topics.

For example, 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, you will want to practice by answering 50 or more questions just from number properties. As you practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you get a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. 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.

For verbal, follow a similar routine. Let’s say you are learning about Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you first learn the necessary concepts of CR questions and then practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: strengthen and weaken the argument, resolve the paradox, find the conclusion, must be true, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a weaken question, ask yourself why you didn't get it right. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what, if anything, you would have needed to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

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 at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

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.

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

You also may find it helpful to read my article for more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

I know you also are looking for some support from GMAT experts. I’d be happy to provide support for whatever you need, so feel free to DM me at your convenience.

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Re: SMS Please - Save My Soul Please - Help to push score from 540 to 720+  [#permalink]

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New post 27 Jul 2018, 11:58
Hi sankytown,

2 months would be enough for you to ace GMAT if you put in the required hard-work since you have all the time to devote to prep. I recommend that you go through our detailed article on Personalized Study Plans for 100+ score improvement. In that article we have also created a few sample plans for 200 points score improvement which might be of interest to you and you may be able to adapt it to your situation.

Here are a few examples of students who improved from a low score to achieve their target score.
• Bruno improved from a 540 to 730 in 1 month. See how he focused on "logical approach" and building "core skills". Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.
• Askul improved from 520 (Q44 V17) to 710 (Q48 V40). He leveraged the live session and mastered our "3-step" process in SC and "Pre-thinking" process in CR to improve. Click here to read his inspiring GMAT journey.
• Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720 (V16 to V39). Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.

Hope this helps!


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