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# Stuck with a 590 score. Can anyone suggest any expert tips/advice?

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10 Mar 2019, 00:03
Hey everyone.
This forum has been so helpful for me in my prep since the last few months.
Many people have given me some nice advice that made me reach this score with confidence that I can do still better. (700 target)
Now there is one more question for which I need suggestions.

I am stuck with a 590 score. Q42/V29.

After analyzing the mocks, I have found some repeated mistakes that I am committing.

1) Silly mistakes while doing calculations.
2) Not reading/not understanding/missing the keyword of, the question properly.
3) Not able to get the overall gist of RC passages.
4) Getting overwhelmed by the sentence construction of RC passages.
5) Low performance in timebound conditions.

Would be of great help if anyone of you suggests me some expert tips/advice.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
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10 Mar 2019, 13:19
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Hi Prasannathawait,

Over the last 5 months, you've improved from a 320 to a 590 - and that's a fantastic achievement. You've also defined some of the issues that you need to work on (for example, silly mistakes are often the result of inconsistent or 'sloppy' note-taking). Raising a 590 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study though - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

From what you've described in your other posts, you've now scored in the mid-500s to high-500s several times on your recent CATs, so it's possible that you have gotten 'stuck' at this particular score level.

1) What study materials have you been using over the last 2 months?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs in 2019 (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
3) In a prior post, you stated that you planned to take the GMAT in February. Did you take it as planned (and how did you score?)?

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10 Mar 2019, 20:25
Hi Rich. First of all thanks for the reply. You have been constantly giving me suggestions which played a huge role in my prep.

Second, I would give the details:
1) I am using OG19 and experts global GMAT program. Along with some additional questions solving from GMAT Club.
2) 580 (Q43 V27) ExpertsGlobal, 590 (Q42 V29) ExpertsGlobal, 580 (Q43, V27) Veritas Prep.
3) No, I had postponed it to 16 March, which is now less than a week. This time I will give it a shot taking in mind that with this prep I am not likely to touch a 700.

Third, Are there any changes I should make in my prep or just need to continue practicing/analyzing more problems?
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11 Mar 2019, 13:52
Hi Prasannathawait,

Since your Official GMAT is in 6 days, you should not try to make any big changes to your study routine - and you should not overdo your studies (so NO CATs and NO 'cramming'). You will be best served by doing some general practice and light review. In the last few days, you should also try to get some extra rest - so that you can go into Test Day calm, clear-headed and ready to work.

This Official Score will help to define both your current 'ability level' and how accurate these CAT results have been. You should post back here once you have those results and we can discuss how you might best proceed with the next phase of your studies.

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11 Mar 2019, 17:54
Hi Prasannathawait,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, given that you are currently 120 points from your score goal, I recommend that you hold off on taking your GMAT until you are comfortably scoring 700+ on your practice exams. Although you have pinpointed some of the reasons for your score plateau, since you are scoring a Q42/V29, there likely are issues plaguing you that you are unaware of. To truly improve your GMAT score, you need to cast a wide net, so you can methodically find and fix your quant and verbal weaknesses. In other words, follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic and practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. 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 around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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Stuck with a 590 score. Can anyone suggest any expert tips/advice?  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2019, 19:54
Hi Prasanna,

A score of 590 suggests that the problem is at a conceptual level. As you have decided to give GMAT an attempt, you must do the following in the remaining days before the test-

- Revise the Stage-1 material carefully, particularly the videos.
- Carefully analyze all the questions that you have got wrong so far.
- Practice a set of new problems every day; however, avoid overkill.
- Take at least one GMAT prep test.
- Avoid anything drastically new or different in the last few days.

For detailed guidance, we are arranging a call for you. You will hear from us later today. Do stay in touch until you conquer the GMAT.

All the best!
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Prasannathawait wrote:
Hey everyone.
This forum has been so helpful for me in my prep since the last few months.
Many people have given me some nice advice that made me reach this score with confidence that I can do still better. (700 target)
Now there is one more question for which I need suggestions.

I am stuck with a 590 score. Q42/V29.

After analyzing the mocks, I have found some repeated mistakes that I am committing.

1) Silly mistakes while doing calculations.
2) Not reading/not understanding/missing the keyword of, the question properly.
3) Not able to get the overall gist of RC passages.
4) Getting overwhelmed by the sentence construction of RC passages.
5) Low performance in timebound conditions.

Would be of great help if anyone of you suggests me some expert tips/advice.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

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Stuck with a 590 score. Can anyone suggest any expert tips/advice?   [#permalink] 11 Mar 2019, 19:54
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