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New post 26 Oct 2017, 02:42
Hi everyone,
Took GMAT yesterday and got a very disappointing score (560 Q44 v22). Need help / suggestions on how can I improve verbal score significantly (40 plus target score in verbal) to get to my dream score. I would like to attempt one more time in the next 35-45 days but before that I would like to get my act together in verbal area. Is it even possible to see improvement in verbal in this short period. Personally I still have hopes that I can improve 150-180 points with right direction in verbal.

Here is some background on my practice tests etc..

GMAT Tests:

• 2012 January: Q48 V 24 (600) (Not so serious at that time and forgot about it later completely)
• 2017 October: Q44 V22 (560) (started thinking of giving GMAT again from this June only)

Study Material:

• SC: Manhattan Review SC / OG 13th edition / OG Verbal Review 2018
• CR: PowerScore Bible / OG 13th edition / OG Verbal Review 2018
• RC: OG 13th edition
• PS: OG 13th edition
• DS: OG 13th edition
• IR: not much preparation done and only looked 4-5 questions and pattern
• AWA: just looked at the pattern in OG book and that’s about it

Practice Tests:
MGMAT: 6
OG Prep Tests: 2
• IR and AWA not touched at all during practice tests

Practice Test Results:

All these tests were taken in the last two months.

MGMAT Test V Q Score
1 27 NA 340
2 31 41 590
3 28 44 590
4 28 43 580
5 30 41 580
6 33 45 640
Avg. 29.5 42.8 596.0

OG Prep Test V Q Score
1 23 49 600
2 27 49 640
Avg. 25.0 49.0 620.0

Accuracy in preparation:

In OG 13th edition practice questions, Quant accuracy was up to 80 percent while verbal was about 65-70 percent (CR: 66%; SC: 68%; RC:85%)
Time spent on preparation:
• 30-60 min per day for about 6-8 weeks for verbal (Manhattan SC and CR PowerScore Bible)
• 30-60 min per day for about 1 week for quant (just revised basics)

Strong / Consistent areas:

• Quant: not much preparation yet scored 49 in both OG Prep tests and time wise looked very good. Accuracy-wise also it looked ok. In both OG prep tests I finished quants 10-12 minutes before time! Since my first practice test, quant solving time improved dramatically.

Weak / Inconsistent areas:

• Plenty of room for improvement in DS
• PS accuracy can still be improved
• RC/CR/SC: accuracy looked better and consistent in OG practice questions but was worse and inconsistent in practice tests
• IR needs to be explored more thoroughly

Other factors that may be affecting my exam performance:


• Concentration level is dipping slightly after seeing wordy and mouthful questions
• Confidence level may be dipping after perceiving falling accuracy level in first few questions
• Didn’t like the exam centre ambience this time around. Had to sit beside a window with full sun light coming in.

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New post 27 Oct 2017, 11:40
Hi skkund

Your first step must be to order the ESR and find out
what your exact problem areas are. Once you have an
ESR, the experts on the forum will be able to give you
ways to improve your score.

This is a post which might help you improve your Verbal score:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html

Link for Quant theory : https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html
Link for Reading Comprehension : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... 83101.html

This is an awesome post which will definitely help you improve your Quant scores to Q49,50
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html

Hope that helps you!
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