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# Urgent : Shall I reschedule my GMAT ??

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19 Aug 2018, 09:41
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Hi Guys,

I have been studying for GMAT from 3 months now and scheduled to appear on 1st Sept. However, my performance has been consistent and I am far from the target score of 700+ that I had set for myself. I have been appearing for official GMAT mocks and my performance so far has been :

1st test : 580 (Q49,V21)
2nd Test : 640 (Q49,V29)
3rd test : 610 (Q45,V29)
4th test : 610(Q47,V27)

I dont see myself anywhere close to 700+ even if I study 25hrs a day...!!! Please suggest how to proceed....
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19 Aug 2018, 09:49
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PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I have been studying for GMAT from 3 months now and scheduled to appear on 1st Sept. However, my performance has been consistent and I am far from the target score of 700+ that I had set for myself. I have been appearing for official GMAT mocks and my performance so far has been :

1st test : 580 (Q49,V21)
2nd Test : 640 (Q49,V29)
3rd test : 610 (Q45,V29)
4th test : 610(Q47,V27)

I dont see myself anywhere close to 700+ even if I study 25hrs a day...!!! Please suggest how to proceed....

Hello ...... GMAC claims the official mocks have a tolerance of +/- 30 . So your range 580 -670. If that is absolutely unacceptable you definitely can reschedule.
But...... there are other things........ the test taking experience is also very useful in the future. If there are no other issue I would suggest take the exam in free mind..... and if required re-take later.
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19 Aug 2018, 10:15
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PRanjan1988

I agree with what u1983 said in his comments.

Considering that the main test score is expected to be +/- 30 points from your mock's, you can forecast what your score range could be and make a good decision accordingly.

But this first attempt , in my opinion will take a huge pressure off you in case if you are going for another attempt.

I clearly understand that \$250 is expensive, if that's not an issue , i would recommend to take the scheduled exam and give it all you have. Enjoy the test process and answer all questions to the best of your ability without any pressure. I bet you will be very well prepared when you face the exam next time.
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19 Aug 2018, 10:26
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PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I have been studying for GMAT from 3 months now and scheduled to appear on 1st Sept. However, my performance has been consistent and I am far from the target score of 700+ that I had set for myself. I have been appearing for official GMAT mocks and my performance so far has been :

1st test : 580 (Q49,V21)
2nd Test : 640 (Q49,V29)
3rd test : 610 (Q45,V29)
4th test : 610(Q47,V27)

I dont see myself anywhere close to 700+ even if I study 25hrs a day...!!! Please suggest how to proceed....

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19 Aug 2018, 11:38
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Hi PRanjan1988,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 4 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 610 +/- a few points). Raising a 610 to a point at which you consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. While there's no harm in taking the GMAT on September 1st, you might want to push back your Test Date (which would save you some money and aggravation).

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:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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19 Aug 2018, 18:24
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PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I have been studying for GMAT from 3 months now and scheduled to appear on 1st Sept. However, my performance has been consistent and I am far from the target score of 700+ that I had set for myself. I have been appearing for official GMAT mocks and my performance so far has been :

1st test : 580 (Q49,V21)
2nd Test : 640 (Q49,V29)
3rd test : 610 (Q45,V29)
4th test : 610(Q47,V27)

I dont see myself anywhere close to 700+ even if I study 25hrs a day...!!! Please suggest how to proceed....
I think you should consider rescheduling your test if your application timelines permit and you feel that you need a higher score than what you're getting now. Although it's not impossible, raising your score to 700 from here in such a short period of time is going to be very hard.
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19 Aug 2018, 19:07
Thanks for the prompt reply guys...Its only the 250 USD exam fees that's deterring me from re taking the exam and that I have to consider postponing it..

I am mainly focusing on 1 year executive MBA from the Indian Business Schools where the GMAT score cut off starts from 650+. So something around 710-720 should be a safe bet.

Till now, I have referred to the OG18 bundle along with a few study materials from Veritas and Manhattan and Appeared for GMAT Official Mocks.. I feel 2 months would be sufficient to raise the score by almost 100 points.. what do you suggest ??
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20 Aug 2018, 03:54
I suggest:
1) rescheduling. as most answers here have noted, giving yourself two months is a good way to go.
2) think long and hard about you spend those two months - don't just keep doing what you've already been doing. you've clearly built a solid foundation (getting over 600 isn't easy!), but now you are at a kind of 'plateau', were you aren't improving. You need a study plan, which will help you improve where you most need it.

What you do need to do is 1) spend some time analysing your performance, and 2) weighing whether you need to change your answer strategies.
Many people, for example, make the mistake of reading all answer choices in all questions; with the clock running, you can’t afford to do this! Many Verbal questions are ones where all the relevant information is in the question itself, and you can use the PRECISE approach to answer the question directly, and avoid becoming confused by the answers. Other questions are those in which there is a general LOGICAL rule that can help answer the question quickly – reading all answers is a waste of time here as well. Only about a third of the questions are those in which it is necessary or preferable to go over all the answer choices (using the ALTERNATIVE approach). The trick is, of course, figuring out which question is which, and this requires concentrated study, checking not only whether you got the question right, but also whether you did so quickly and efficiently.

Before I offer you any personal advice, I'd appreciate the answers to a few questions:
1. Have you maintained and used an error log?
2. Have you ordered an ESR? If so, please attach it here, I'll be happy to analyze it for you.
3. When you took your CATs, did you make sure to take them in the same time conditions as the real exam? (without pausing / splitting into parts)

PRanjan1988 wrote:
Thanks for the prompt reply guys...Its only the 250 USD exam fees that's deterring me from re taking the exam and that I have to consider postponing it..

I am mainly focusing on 1 year executive MBA from the Indian Business Schools where the GMAT score cut off starts from 650+. So something around 710-720 should be a safe bet.

Till now, I have referred to the OG18 bundle along with a few study materials from Veritas and Manhattan and Appeared for GMAT Official Mocks.. I feel 2 months would be sufficient to raise the score by almost 100 points.. what do you suggest ??

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20 Aug 2018, 09:26
Hi PRanjan1988,

To start, it would help to know the exact application deadlines for the Schools that you plan to apply to (both the Round 1 and Round 2 deadlines).

Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in well under 2 months, so the time commitment wouldn't be that bad. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

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If you won't be happy with anything less than 700 and you are no where near it now, then I would recommend that you reschedule your exam and give yourself a little bit more time.

Only walk into the exam room AFTER you are able to reach your target score in practice --- in ideally 2 practice tests.

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At GMAT Pill, that's what we provide - a different perspective that often opens up new doors for mental approaches to the same questions you are answering.

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20 Aug 2018, 11:14
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PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I have been studying for GMAT from 3 months now and scheduled to appear on 1st Sept. However, my performance has been consistent and I am far from the target score of 700+ that I had set for myself. I have been appearing for official GMAT mocks and my performance so far has been :

1st test : 580 (Q49,V21)
2nd Test : 640 (Q49,V29)
3rd test : 610 (Q45,V29)
4th test : 610(Q47,V27)

I dont see myself anywhere close to 700+ even if I study 25hrs a day...!!! Please suggest how to proceed....

To answer this question, you basically have to make this decision. Which is more important to you:

1. Going in, taking the GMAT on a specific date, doing the best you can, and then being finished with the test, even if it means you don't hit your goal score? (Usually, people will prefer this if they have a specific application deadline coming up - or if their goal score is flexible and/or they're burnt out on studying and want to focus on other parts of the application.)

or,

2. Getting a specific score on the GMAT, even if it means you have to change your timeline?

The trick is that you can't usually choose both, no matter how much you might want to. You might go in and score much higher than your practice tests even without delaying the test, but you aren't really in control over whether that happens, so you can't and shouldn't rely on that happening.

It's a tough decision, but once you genuinely decide which is more important to you, you'll have your answer.
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26 Aug 2018, 09:41
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Hi PRanjan1988,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you have been studying for three months but are still 90 points away from your score goal, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. Based on your practice test scores, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal skills that are necessary for a high score. To develop such skills, you will need 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. Improving your skills will take longer than just one month. Thus, you may consider pushing your GMAT to a later date.

Let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can assess how well you understand the topic. If, for example, you incorrectly answer a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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.

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 that 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.

Although your quant is stronger, you can follow a similar process for that section. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure to practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

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