What if I started my GMAT journey with a mock test score of 360?

Prepwise AnswersCategory: GMATWhat if I started my GMAT journey with a mock test score of 360?
Career Dev Staff Staff asked 4 months ago
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Kate McKeon Staff answered 4 months ago

First, ignore the math tips. That’s ridiculously unhelpful advice at this stage. Anyone offering “advanced …” to someone starting with a 360 is either a charlatan or idiot.
Second, you need to work on your fundamentals: basic algebra, basic mechanics, basic grammar, basic logic. Even on a really bad day someone with average understanding of these areas is landing no lower than upper 500s. Your score indicates lack of understanding of the fundamentals. Severe lack.
Fix that first.
Can you do it, yes. I had a student go from 310 to 680 in 11 weeks. He was definitely not my smartest nor most diligent student so there’s plenty of room for you to make similar strides.
Materials that students in similar shoes found helpful:
IXL | Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish – start with grade 3 on the math. No, that is not a typo. Start with grade 3. I haven’t used their Language Arts materials but they’re worth a look. You need to be proficient with grades 3–8. That’s it. GMAT math is very very simple. No trig. No calc.
Schaums Elementary Algebra – work the whole book except for the complicated geometry and trig.
Miss Mentor’s little black book of grammar.
Purdue Owl writing resources.
The GMAT tests material primarily from 6–8 grade, ages 11–13. If you need to please do the work that leads up to that (3–5th grades). There’s no shame in where you start. But now you know, you can decide to fix the lingering problems.
Choose it, do it.