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I have been preparing for the GMAT from the past 4 months and have attended princeton classes, practiced from the gmat forum on gmatclub and used maths revolution for quant since my problem area was quants.

In the end I scored a 500(Q36, V23), this was completely shocking to me since in the GMATPREP mock before my exam I scored a 660 and was scoring atleast above 600 in the other mocks that I had taken i.e Princeton Review mocks.

I need some guidance on how to start my prep again, a few points regarding my preparation is that the majority of it was in quants and I had also taken a maths revolution subscription for that, in the maths rev diagnostic test my potential score was Q43, however I scored much below that. For Verbal, I had done the basics SC Drill and Powerscore alongwith the OG and Gmat practise questions.

In the actual exam I believe I caved under pressure and looked at the time multiple times and in an attempt to answer all questions faster made incorrect decisions. Also 2-3 days before my exam, I had a family emergency to deal with. In order to score better, I need some advise regarding strategy and time management. Please let me know how to go about my preparation, any advise will be appreciated.
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I have been preparing for the GMAT from the past 4 months and have attended princeton classes, practiced from the gmat forum on gmatclub and used maths revolution for quant since my problem area was quants.

In the end I scored a 500(Q36, V23), this was completely shocking to me since in the GMATPREP mock before my exam I scored a 660 and was scoring atleast above 600 in the other mocks that I had taken i.e Princeton Review mocks.

I need some guidance on how to start my prep again, a few points regarding my preparation is that the majority of it was in quants and I had also taken a maths revolution subscription for that, in the maths rev diagnostic test my potential score was Q43, however I scored much below that. For Verbal, I had done the basics SC Drill and Powerscore alongwith the OG and Gmat practise questions.

In the actual exam I believe I caved under pressure and looked at the time multiple times and in an attempt to answer all questions faster made incorrect decisions. Also 2-3 days before my exam, I had a family emergency to deal with. In order to score better, I need some advise regarding strategy and time management. Please let me know how to go about my preparation, any advise will be appreciated.


Hi, what is your target score? And what was your Q/V split on your mocks? Did you take both of the official mock tests, or only the one in which you scored 660?

On the mock tests you also see the splits within the quant and verbal parts separately, it would be beneficial to examine those, as well as your weakest areas within math.

Did you have no problem managing time during the mocks? You could try hiding the clock, and only look at it after each 10th question.

Also, I would study in detail at least the GMAT Club math and grammar books, but maybe even the Manhattan guides. Depends on what your target score is.
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Thank you for your reply.

My target score is 650+, I have gone through some of the topics on gmatclub for grammar but I guess I would need more practice in all those subjects. I only took one of the mocks on GMATPREP, about 5 days before my actual exam and I was planning on taking more when I had a family emergency. Pacing has been an issue and I also wanted to know if getting the first 10 questions correct on each Quant and Verbal is the only way to do well in the exam.
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Thank you for your reply.

My target score is 650+, I have gone through some of the topics on gmatclub for grammar but I guess I would need more practice in all those subjects. I only took one of the mocks on GMATPREP, about 5 days before my actual exam and I was planning on taking more when I had a family emergency. Pacing has been an issue and I also wanted to know if getting the first 10 questions correct on each Quant and Verbal is the only way to do well in the exam.


For me personally, pacing came down to having shaky foundations about certain subject matters or not knowing how to begin to deal with certain question types. You should practice answering questions without watching the clock, and then at the end you will be able to see, which topics and q types are taking the most of your time, as well as where do you make the most mistakes. Don't guess, try to come at a solution. If you guess, then mark the q as a guess as that is something you'll need to study more.

As for your specific question, you might be interested in this topic: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html

Also, aim to score at least 30 points over your target during the mocks just to be sure you'll do well next time. You have to take into account the stress and the noise during the real test.
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I will surely do that, any thoughts on how I can improve on Verbal? I have gone through SC Drill about twice and CR PowerScore. Since I was focusing more quants, I practiced verbal a bit less when I was about to give the exam. Can you recommend any other sources for verbal?
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I will surely do that, any thoughts on how I can improve on Verbal? I have gone through SC Drill about twice and CR PowerScore. Since I was focusing more quants, I practiced verbal a bit less when I was about to give the exam. Can you recommend any other sources for verbal?


This is why I suggested analyzing your RC-CR-SC split in your mock tests. Which part do you struggle the most with?

I'd definitely suggest reading some books (maybe accompanied by the audiobook version, might be faster and more enjoyable), articles in different subject matters, maybe practice with vocab flashcards (apps) if that's something you need to develop. I learned most of my English by reading the last Harry Potter and watching an obscene amount of TV shows with English subtitles :lol: so I have no major problems with the RC and CR, but I've read very good things about e-gmat. (For me the accent is very strong and distracting there, so I didn't try it.)

However, SC is something I need to work on too, so my plan is to read the GMAT Club grammar book, the Manhattan guide, and maybe Aristotle's SC Grail. The content might be very similar, but we have a saying in Hungarian: "repetition is the mother of knowledge" which is similar to the Russian "repetition is the mother of learning" :-) I'll also solve lots of questions, keep an error log, and revisit the problematic ones. Magoosh has an Idiom Flashcards app. Also, Veritas has a free question bank app. I like solving SC questions there while I'm on the bus, waiting for someone etc. because I don't need a pen and paper for them, and they're generally shorter than RC and CR questions, making it possible to utilize every spare minute :-)
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First order an ESR and see where you have gone wrong. That will throw more light on where you have to concentrate more.
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Hi T03,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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T03 wrote:
Hey,

I have been preparing for the GMAT from the past 4 months and have attended princeton classes, practiced from the gmat forum on gmatclub and used maths revolution for quant since my problem area was quants.

In the end I scored a 500(Q36, V23), this was completely shocking to me since in the GMATPREP mock before my exam I scored a 660 and was scoring atleast above 600 in the other mocks that I had taken i.e Princeton Review mocks.

I need some guidance on how to start my prep again, a few points regarding my preparation is that the majority of it was in quants and I had also taken a maths revolution subscription for that, in the maths rev diagnostic test my potential score was Q43, however I scored much below that. For Verbal, I had done the basics SC Drill and Powerscore alongwith the OG and Gmat practise questions.

In the actual exam I believe I caved under pressure and looked at the time multiple times and in an attempt to answer all questions faster made incorrect decisions. Also 2-3 days before my exam, I had a family emergency to deal with. In order to score better, I need some advise regarding strategy and time management. Please let me know how to go about my preparation, any advise will be appreciated.


Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
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Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Strategies

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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T03 wrote:
Hey,

I have been preparing for the GMAT from the past 4 months and have attended princeton classes, practiced from the gmat forum on gmatclub and used maths revolution for quant since my problem area was quants.

In the end I scored a 500(Q36, V23), this was completely shocking to me since in the GMATPREP mock before my exam I scored a 660 and was scoring atleast above 600 in the other mocks that I had taken i.e Princeton Review mocks.

I need some guidance on how to start my prep again, a few points regarding my preparation is that the majority of it was in quants and I had also taken a maths revolution subscription for that, in the maths rev diagnostic test my potential score was Q43, however I scored much below that. For Verbal, I had done the basics SC Drill and Powerscore alongwith the OG and Gmat practise questions.

In the actual exam I believe I caved under pressure and looked at the time multiple times and in an attempt to answer all questions faster made incorrect decisions. Also 2-3 days before my exam, I had a family emergency to deal with. In order to score better, I need some advise regarding strategy and time management. Please let me know how to go about my preparation, any advise will be appreciated.


Hi,

You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT once. 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.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. 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.

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.

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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