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ESR -- my points

by JbhB682 Thu Dec 23, 2021 12:28 pm

Hello Experts - i took the official GMAT and got a 680 (Q48,v35) - i am hoping to bump it up to 720's . I dont think this kind of jump is possible in 2 weeks (when R2 deadlines are due), but I do hope to finish by February 2022

I have attached my ESR (2nd Link)

I have tried to make points based on how to review an ESR based on this link below (1st link)

Was curious on your thoughts ?

How to review an ESR :

My actual ESR -
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Re: ESR -- my points

by JbhB682 Thu Dec 23, 2021 12:34 pm

On vebal
1) clearly need to focus on CR and RC

2) Within CR
i) analysis / critque type questions are my weakeness for CR - What kind of question types are these, though ? I know 'evalute' type questions fall under this category. Do strengthen / weaken / assumption type questions also fall under this category ?

3) Regarding RC questions - is my weakeness 'detail' type questions ? This is strange because normally 'detail' type questions - the answers are mentioned in the passage. I think that should be easy to improve on

4) On my first quarter in verbal, I recall getting NO CR questions. I got a bunch of CR questions in quarter 2 and quarter 3, which I think is the reason why my score dropped in Q2 and Q3.

Whenever I see a CR question with a LOT OF TEXT, i aggressively guess and move on. Reason : even if i get it right, it will take more than 2 minutes to get it accurate anyways. I dont see the point of getting a CR question accurate if i takes me 2.30 minutes

Should i perhaps change that strategy and attempt more CR questions ?

5) I dont think i have a timing issue but not sure if i am interepreting the ESR accurate regarding timing.

6) On SC -- grammar rules are good but i think I need to practice SC questions that employ "meaning" as the only way to eliminate answer choices.
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Re: ESR -- my points

by JbhB682 Thu Dec 23, 2021 1:02 pm

On Quant

-- I see a low geometry score. But should I really focus on Geometry ? I dont think so because I thought there were only 1- 2 geometry questions. Were the geoetry questions I got wrong, high 700 level questions ? Not sure.

-- I think my focus should be on quality / inequality / algebra and ratios, percent

Given I am not sure whether the topics I see a low perecentile in -- were the questions, 600 level questions or 700 level questions - I am not sure what to work on.
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Re: ESR -- my points

by Mr. Starr Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:19 am

Hello, Jaideep!

First off, nice job on the 680 (even if it's not where you're trying to end up). The 48 in Quant is particularly strong, as you likely know, and indeed, to get to a 720, you'll need Verbal to improve by a few points even if you do manage to get a stronger Quant score.

In looking at your ESR, I saw a lot of the same things that you already noticed, but let's break them down/contextualize them a little more:
    CR is absolutely an issue in Verbal. High level first: if you're not pressed for time in the Verbal section as a whole, you should definitely spend time at least attempting the longer CR questions. It may well be that you still need to sacrifice one such question to make time for the others, but essentially if you're taking 30 extra seconds on each of the longer CR questions, then you can sacrifice 1 of those questions quickly and buy yourself enough time to do 4 others. This is especially important because as you might have seen in the ESR, the questions you were getting wrong in the second half of Verbal were actually a bit easier than the ones you were getting right--that's not good, as those questions can tug your score downward particularly hard. In terms of what's meant by Analysis/Critique: yes, a lot of strengthen/weaken/assumption questions will be in that category; however, to get really clear practice with that topic, use the Official Guide's online learning platform by using the code at the front of the book. In that platform, you should be able to select which questions you want to practice according to the same categories you see on your ESR (this also applies to Quant). So you should be able to ask it to just give you Analysis/Critique CR questions if you like and thus get a clearer understanding of what they are.

    RC is something you really need to go well to get a high score in Verbal. And while it may seem weird to have missed a bunch of Identify Stated Idea questions, it's not super uncommon at all. There are a few reasons why this can happen, but the two most likely reasons are that 1) the harder versions of these questions involve a lot of inference and 2) the answer choices can be particularly tricky in these questions. I'd watch out for that second one especially as you prepare for your next exam--whenever you get a question wrong in RC, make sure you've fully understood not only why the answer you picked was wrong and why the right answer was correct, but also why you were tempted by the wrong answer or put off by the correct answer. Basically, take every question you get wrong while practicing RC seriously and review it carefully.

    In SC, high-level questions tend to test meaning a lot, so you can practice those. However, as mentioned before, the online platform for the Official Guide should allow you to filter for Communication-type questions.

    Finally, Quant: Geometry accounted for 3 questions on your exam, so indeed, it wasn't a major topic and shouldn't be a primary worry. You missed 2 out of 7 questions in Rates/Ratios/Percents and 2 out of 5 questions in Equalities/Inequalities/Algebra, so those could be good topics to practice. Again, the online platform can help with this. That said, I think that the biggest thing you should be working on is hard questions. The questions you missed were pretty high-level questions, and it's possible that you missed them less because of the topics tested and more because of their actual difficulty. Luckily, the online software will allow you to filter for Hard questions only, so make some time to practice that stuff.

Overall, I think the jump you're trying to make is very doable. You should focus more heavily on Verbal (especially CR/RC) than Quant (probably in at least a 2 to 1 ratio). Also, if you took a course with us, you should be eligible for a free PEA (Post-Exam Assessment), even if the course was a while ago. Reach out to your instructor or to to set one up.
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Re: ESR -- my points

by StaceyKoprince Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:22 pm

Agreed, I think it's really useful to see how people interpret this data.

If anyone else wants to share their data, feel free. And if you do, make sure to tell us what you think the data means yourself. Your goal is to train yourself to be able to spot trends in your strengths and weaknesses—so practice that by first analyzing and drawing your own conclusions, then tell us what you think and we'll tell you what we think and whether we see something that you might have missed. (And of course ask any questions that you have!)
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