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Verbal Score stuck around 30

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Verbal Score stuck around 30

Post Fri May 06, 2016 5:07 am
Hi,

I am following the 60 Day program and I gave the Veritas practice test yesterday. Even though I got only 9 questions wrong out of 41, my score was 30.

How is the score calculated and what can I do to boost my score?

Thanks!
RM

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Post Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:12 pm
ruhi_m wrote:
Hi,

I am following the 60 Day program and I gave the Veritas practice test yesterday. Even though I got only 9 questions wrong out of 41, my score was 30.

How is the score calculated and what can I do to boost my score?

Thanks!
RM
Hi RM,

The best suggestion I can give is to not to pay attention on the number of questions that you get wrong.
The GMAT algorithm is quite complex and it is better if left alone.

What you should focus on is to get more questions correct.
I think Marty Murray has explained the algorith excellently.
Having said this, focus more on the the initial 10 questions to build your score at a higher level.
To improve your verbal in general, you can take a look at the following tips:

You need to find your pain areas and then remove them by drilling down deep in each problem type.

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you.
CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.

Make sure you complete all of the OG and the Verbal review and if required, you can buy the Question pack1 from mba.com

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Post Fri May 06, 2016 5:55 am
ruhi_m wrote:
Hi,

I am following the 60 Day program and I gave the Veritas practice test yesterday. Even though I got only 9 questions wrong out of 41, my score was 30.

How is the score calculated and what can I do to boost my score?

Thanks!
RM
You can see a nice summary for how we model the algorithm here: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/07/gmat-tip-of-the-week-stop-counting-rights-and-wrongs-in-your-gmat-practice-tests/

The thing to bear in mind is that the number of questions you miss is just one factor involved in computing a raw score - the difficulty level of those questions is another important factor. Essentially, you'll want to make sure you're not missing questions that the algorithm deems to be on the easier side. But mostly, don't read too much into a single data point. Review your test, come up with a couple of strategic tweaks you can make before you take the next one, and pay attention to broader scoring trends.

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Post Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:12 pm
ruhi_m wrote:
Hi,

I am following the 60 Day program and I gave the Veritas practice test yesterday. Even though I got only 9 questions wrong out of 41, my score was 30.

How is the score calculated and what can I do to boost my score?

Thanks!
RM
Hi RM,

The best suggestion I can give is to not to pay attention on the number of questions that you get wrong.
The GMAT algorithm is quite complex and it is better if left alone.

What you should focus on is to get more questions correct.
I think Marty Murray has explained the algorith excellently.
Having said this, focus more on the the initial 10 questions to build your score at a higher level.
To improve your verbal in general, you can take a look at the following tips:

You need to find your pain areas and then remove them by drilling down deep in each problem type.

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you.
CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.

Make sure you complete all of the OG and the Verbal review and if required, you can buy the Question pack1 from mba.com

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