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# Stuck in the 500 range, how to move to 680+ ?

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08 Aug 2018, 12:58
I had started my preparation around 2-3 weeks ago and I've given around three mocks since then, 580, 510, 510. How do I improve in order to score somewhere around 680-700? Also, I've been following E-gmat with the Official Guide.
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08 Aug 2018, 18:59
Hi MishaBhardwaj,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so since you've been studying for just a few weeks, you might naturally improve over time (as you become more familiar with the GMAT content and the Tactics that are useful to efficiently answer GMAT questions). At this point in your studies, you do not need to be taking a practice CAT every week, so you can plan for every 2 weeks or so over the course of the next month.

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:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine are you currently following? Have you been studying daily?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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

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08 Aug 2018, 23:52
Hi MishaBhardwaj,

It is counterproductive to take mock tests before completing the entire course. The purpose of mock tests is to tell you about your test-readiness and you will not get a good estimate of it while you are still learning. On the contrary you would end up exhausting the test-packs without benefitting from them. Since you are an e-GMAT student, you can look at your scores in quizzes after every topic to know how much you have learned and what you need to improve. On completing a section, you can go and take ability quiz in Scholaranium to know your current scores. This will be a far better way to test your learning than taking full length mocks.

I would request you to go through the Your Study Plan course (a part of your e-GMAT purchase) and go through it to know how to make the most of the course and reach your desired score. If you have any queries still, please write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

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09 Aug 2018, 00:14
Hello,
I am giving my GMAT on the 28th of the month and possibly again in November. I'm looking for the MSc management program for schools like IE,Cass,SMU,LBS for the June 2019 intake.
I study for around 5-6 hours on a daily basis.
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09 Aug 2018, 18:32
Hi MishaBhardwaj,

Right now, it's unclear what your actual 'ability level' is, but assuming that it's in the mid-500s, then you would likely need at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study to consistently score 680+. With a Test Date on August 28th, you have less than 3 weeks of study time remaining, so you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date. The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. The key word there is "train" - you'll need to learn and practice specific Tactics and hone specific Skills to hit your Goal Score - and all of that training will take time.

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06 Sep 2018, 10:59
MishaBhardwaj wrote:
I had started my preparation around 2-3 weeks ago and I've given around three mocks since then, 580, 510, 510. How do I improve in order to score somewhere around 680-700? Also, I've been following E-gmat with the Official Guide.

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You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

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2. Manhattan CATs
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MishaBhardwaj wrote:
I had started my preparation around 2-3 weeks ago and I've given around three mocks since then, 580, 510, 510. How do I improve in order to score somewhere around 680-700? Also, I've been following E-gmat with the Official Guide.

Hi MishaBhardwaj,

You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT Mocks. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for Three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

Your choice of e-gmat is great. It is a very well designed course especially designed for non-natives. 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. MGMAT foundation of GMAT Quant anf foundation of GMAT verbal will particularly help you solidify your base. 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. Please Note, that you should only do GMATCLUB tests once you have covered the base and looking to further enhance your concepts as GMATCLUB tests are a bit more difficult than the actual GMAT.

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. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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