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## First official mba.com mock:660. Way ahead?

priyapaul Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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#### First official mba.com mock:660. Way ahead?

Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:54 am
Hi
I took my first mock today (Mba.com Mock 1) and scored a 660.
Q-49, V-30,IR -7
My target score is 700+ and plan to take the GMAT in September (so have about 1.5 months to prepare)
I require suggestions to improve my verbal score. SC and CR especially.
Also, my time management during the verbal sections was poor. need some suggestions to improve that as well.
Any suggestions regarding material, strategies are welcome.

Thanks!

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Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:22 pm
Hi priyapaul,

To start, a 660/Q49 is a great initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). Considering your overall score goal, I would say that you have a good chance to achieve that goal in the timeframe that you've described. 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) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) Have you taken any other CATs (and if so, then what were the scores)?

4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:33 pm
priyapaul wrote:
Hi
I took my first mock today (Mba.com Mock 1) and scored a 660.
Q-49, V-30,IR -7
My target score is 700+ and plan to take the GMAT in September (so have about 1.5 months to prepare)
I require suggestions to improve my verbal score. SC and CR especially.
Also, my time management during the verbal sections was poor. need some suggestions to improve that as well.
Any suggestions regarding material, strategies are welcome.

Thanks!
Hi priyapaul,

That is a good first mock test score. By focussed preparation, you can certainly reach your target score.

1. How long have you been studying?
2. What course material have you been following?
3. Have you started solving the Official Guide and Verbal Review?
4. Were you able to complete the test? There is a high penalty for not completing the test.

Since you have already found out your problem areas, the best way forward would be to drill down deep in these problem types:

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.

If you need to build fundamentals, you can do so by choosing one of the following ways:

1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

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