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# Stuck with GMAT Prep and I just have 20 days to go!

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10 Oct 2013, 02:16
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Hello,

I am seeking help to understand what is going wrong in my preparation and with the current average score whether I am in the position to take the test within 20 days.

My scores trend have been as below:
Kaplan Mock (diagnostic): 480
Kaplan Test 1: 510
Kaplan Test 2: 530
MGMAT Test 1: 590
MGMAT Test 2: 560

My Assessment Summary for the last two MGMAT Tests is attached here. Request you to review the summary and advise on my preparation strategy for the next 20 days.

KR, PK
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Joined: 30 Jul 2013
Posts: 43
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GMAT Date: 07-03-2015
GPA: 3.8
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 13 [1] , given: 27

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10 Oct 2013, 06:53
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My target GMAT score is 720+. I can give around 5 hours a day for the preparation.

I am using only the following books as part of my preparation:

MGMAT Books
GMAT Grammar Book (GMAT Club)
Official Guide 13th Ed
Verbal and Quant Official Guides 2e

Attached is the document of my individual section scores.
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Pretz wrote:
Hello,

I am seeking help to understand what is going wrong in my preparation and with the current average score whether I am in the position to take the test within 20 days.

My scores trend have been as below:
Kaplan Mock (diagnostic): 480
Kaplan Test 1: 510
Kaplan Test 2: 530
MGMAT Test 1: 590
MGMAT Test 2: 560

My Assessment Summary for the last two MGMAT Tests is attached here. Request you to review the summary and advise on my preparation strategy for the next 20 days.

KR, PK

As is evident from your score card, improvement is required across the board. Your PS score is better than your DS score even though both things test the same concepts. Probably you are not comfortable with the DS format. Do you understand the sufficiency condition of DS well? You take less time in DS questions which is surprising. Most people take more time in DS than they do in PS questions. Every DS question requires giving thought to 2-3 equivalent PS questions. Any particular reason for this?

In Reading Comprehension, when you take more time, you perform well. When you take less time, you make errors. This tells you that you do know what you have to do. Just that you feel that time is short. So practicing and trying to increase your speed will be key here. An accuracy of around 50% in Verbal is not enough. I think you need to go through some Verbal theory. Whatever you have done till now to build Verbal basics is not giving the desired results.

Content Area analysis doesn't give much useful information since one can hardly test proficiency in a topic through 2 questions. Though some topics such as inequalities and polygons are certainly problem areas and you should focus harder on them. Your equations and coordinate geometry look fine.

Similarly, in RC, inference and main idea questions are an issue. You need to read up on them and then practice.
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Intern
Joined: 30 Jul 2013
Posts: 43
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GMAT Date: 07-03-2015
GPA: 3.8
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 13 [1] , given: 27

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12 Oct 2013, 19:04
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As is evident from your score card, improvement is required across the board. Your PS score is better than your DS score even though both things test the same concepts. Probably you are not comfortable with the DS format. Do you understand the sufficiency condition of DS well? You take less time in DS questions which is surprising. Most people take more time in DS than they do in PS questions. Every DS question requires giving thought to 2-3 equivalent PS questions. Any particular reason for this?

I haven't practiced DS questions in particular. I do know the concepts of DS but I guess I am not giving the right time for these questions as I should. I will concentrate on this part.

In Reading Comprehension, when you take more time, you perform well. When you take less time, you make errors. This tells you that you do know what you have to do. Just that you feel that time is short. So practicing and trying to increase your speed will be key here. An accuracy of around 50% in Verbal is not enough. I think you need to go through some Verbal theory. Whatever you have done till now to build Verbal basics is not giving the desired results.
Could you please provide some more information here. Because I am doing really good in the OG and verbal guides 2e questions with an accuracy of 80-90%. May be that is beacase I have already worked on the entire book twice. However, I totally understand the concepts in those books and the errors as well. But, when it comes to the real test I am failing bad. Especially the Sentence Correction. I haven't yet worked on the CR part. For RC, I just prepared the theory from MGMAT, understood the approach to crack RC, but again there is no practice. What do you suggest?

Content Area analysis doesn't give much useful information since one can hardly test proficiency in a topic through 2 questions. Though some topics such as inequalities and polygons are certainly problem areas and you should focus harder on them. Your equations and coordinate geometry look fine.

Similarly, in RC, inference and main idea questions are an issue. You need to read up on them and then practice.
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