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# Urgent: Need help to go from 620 to 710 in 45 days-ESR attached

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08 Sep 2018, 04:14
Hello Experts,

As referred earlier, I received a 620 on actual GMAT 7 days back where I dropped down from 660(Q49, V31) to 620(Q47, V29).

Both the scores are at least 10 months apart.

I cudnt believe that i havent improved a bit on RC or SC as far as percentile is concerned although percentage of my correct answers has increased both in RC & SC).

CR that was my strong area last time(70%ile) has come down to 49th %ile.

I am utterly confused and devastated.

This exam is taking the better off me.

Experts egmat, GMATNinja, mikemcgarry , VeritasKarishma.

Sorry for marking 4 experts! but i am in dire need of help!

ESR attached for your reference.
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I am no expert but you can check below resources , they might help:
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Re: Urgent: Need help to go from 620 to 710 in 45 days-ESR attached  [#permalink]

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08 Sep 2018, 22:24
honneeey wrote:
Hello Experts,

As referred earlier, I received a 620 on actual GMAT 7 days back where I dropped down from 660(Q49, V31) to 620(Q47, V29).

Both the scores are at least 10 months apart.

I cudnt believe that i havent improved a bit on RC or SC as far as percentile is concerned although percentage of my correct answers has increased both in RC & SC).

CR that was my strong area last time(70%ile) has come down to 49th %ile.

I am utterly confused and devastated.

This exam is taking the better off me.

Experts egmat, GMATNinja, mikemcgarry , VeritasKarishma.

Sorry for marking 4 experts! but i am in dire need of help!

ESR attached for your reference.

Hi
The following post will help you to analyze your ESR.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/information- ... 21111.html
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Hi honneeey,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. From what you have described, there are some aspects of your studies that likely impacted your performance.

To start, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By taking two CATs in the 2 days before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day.

In addition, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores are similar-enough to one another that you essentially performed the same each time (about 640 +/- a few points) - even though you took the Tests about 1 year apart. You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before we discuss the data in your ESR, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied for this recent attempt?
2) What study materials have you used so far (including materials that you used for your prior attempts)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Re: Urgent: Need help to go from 620 to 710 in 45 days-ESR attached  [#permalink]

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Hi Honneeey,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. I understand that you’d like to focus on the data from your ESR; however, since you scored a V29, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high score. To improve your skills, you will want to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics such that you develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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. For instance, 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 that would have extended your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regiments, 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’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi honneeey,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. From what you have described, there are some aspects of your studies that likely impacted your performance.

To start, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By taking two CATs in the 2 days before your Official GMAT, there's a reasonable chance that you experienced some 'burn out' on Test Day.

In addition, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores are similar-enough to one another that you essentially performed the same each time (about 640 +/- a few points) - even though you took the Tests about 1 year apart. You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before we discuss the data in your ESR, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied for this recent attempt?
2) What study materials have you used so far (including materials that you used for your prior attempts)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hi Rich,

Thanks for your response!

Answering your questions:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied for this recent attempt?- I studied moderately due to my work engagements. So probably around 15 days i believe!

2) What study materials have you used so far (including materials that you used for your prior attempts)- I used E-gmat material, GMClub and a little amount of time on OG as well.

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School- I am planning to apply for business school in December so technically ti gives me only 3 months at max including applications.
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?- I am looking forward to apply to round-2 of ISB India as of now and the median GMAT score there is 705.

So basically, i have to increase my score from 620(my current level) to 710. So a 90 point improvement!

I desperately need to do this!

Kindly suggest the path!

Thanks and Much Regards,
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Hi honneeey,

Since you have used e-GMAT course to prepare, I would request you to send us a mail on support@e-gmat.com using your registered Id. This will help us in looking at your ESR along with Scholaranium data to come up with precise inputs and action plan.

Looking forward to your mail.

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Hi honneeey,

Since you have used e-GMAT course to prepare, I would request you to send us a mail on support@e-gmat.com using your registered Id. This will help us in looking at your ESR along with Scholaranium data to come up with precise inputs and action plan.

Looking forward to your mail.

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Thanks Aditee,

I have forwarded my both the ESRs(one with 660 and the one with 620 for your scrutiny and analysis).

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks and much regards
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Hi honneeey,

In a prior post (here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/urgent-need- ... l#p2118143), you noted that you had taken the GMAT twice before (a 620 and a 660) before taking this recent attempt - meaning that you've not taken the GMAT 3 times and scored in the same general range on all 3 attempts. Have you taken the Official GMAT at any other time? If you have, then how did you score?

With 3 results that are so similar, it's likely that you have gotten 'stuck' at this particular 'score level', so continuing to study in the same ways as before - and continuing to approach questions in the same ways as before - will likely lead you to the same general score result. Three months of potential study time still gives you plenty of time to continue to study and improve, but you will need to put in some significant effort to change your 'default approaches' to the GMAT to hit your Goal Score.

Since you have ESRs for 2 of your Exams, I'd like to see them both (and if you have an ESR for your 3rd GMAT, then I'd like to see that one too). You can feel free to PM or email them directly to me.

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