Getting a High GMAT Score: The GoGMAT Approach (Part 3 - Analysis)
You have studied, you have practiced, you take the GMAT, and ... it's still not 800. Well, you do not need to score 800 points to be accepted into a business school, but what if the score is below acceptable for the school you have chosen? You don't want to repeat your whole GMAT prep experience from the beginning, and even if you do, it will unlikely increase your score by very much. As a wise man once said, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity." If you have already prepared, perhaps even taken a GMAT course, but need to further improve your score, you must analyze what is wrong. Is it a certain type of questions that causes you trouble or perhaps you just can't answer GMAT questions fast enough? Identifying what causes the problem will help you eliminate that problem, and this is where the GoGMAT analytical system can help you tremendously.
In two of the previous posts we discussed how GoGMAT can help you learn the theory and apply it in practice; in this post we will talk about the analytical system offered by the GoGMAT platform, and how it can help you improve your results.
One of the analytical tools available on the GoGMAT platform is Review Mode. Basically, Review Mode helps you analyze every test you take. Once you complete any of the tests, you get to see test statistics and question details.
Above is a snapshot of test statistics one of our students got after taking a short Sentence Correction test. The overall result is 11 out of 17 questions, not very good, but the great thing about GoGMAT statistics is that they don't just tell you 'you suck'; they tell you exactly what went wrong. For example, this student showed mastery in subject-verb agreement, verb forms, comparisons and effective expression, but had serious problems in parallelism and idioms. After looking at a chart like this, you can easily understand where you should aim to improve. This student will do much better on Sentence Correction questions if he focuses on studying parallelism and idioms.
In the Question Details part of Review Mode, you can view all the questions you answered.
By clicking any of the questions, you can see the question and explanation. The blue 'material' link on the right will take you to materials (bits of theory) you need to know to answer this question, so you can very easily see the official explanation, analyze your mistakes, and learn the theory you are still missing, all in one place. Review Mode helps you analyze individual tests, but you can see the big picture in the Analytics section of GoGMAT.
As shown above, every test you take is thoroughly analyzed. All the statistical data on every question you answer correctly or incorrectly is then combined by GoGMAT Analytics.
The most interesting part of GoGMAT Analytics is the one that shows how well you have mastered each topic. Look at the following chart:
Here, you can see how well you have mastered different topics tested. But this is not all: click on any of the bars and you get even more detailed information. Clicking on the Critical Reasoning bar, you see a chart with detailed statistics on Critical Reasoning.
Charts like this allow you quickly see which topics cause you the most problems, and pretty much tell you what you must review.
Another interesting GoGMAT option allows you to see what types of questions are most troublesome to you.
These charts are very similar to those above, but allow more precise analysis. If you saw from the previous chart that you're not so good at coordinate geometry or a subtopic of it, you might want to see whether it's Problem Solving or Data Sufficiency questions that are causing the problem. People can do exceptionally well in coordinate geometry questions in Problem Solving, but fail completely when facing a Data Sufficiency coordinate geometry question, so perhaps it's not coordinate geometry in general, but the way it is tested in Data Sufficiency questions that results in poor statistics. If that is the case, it would make sense to focus your preparation and practice on DS coordinate questions. These charts are also nested, so you can click on different bars and see the details.
Another important factor with the GMAT is timing, and of course we took that into consideration in our analytical system.
The yellow line shows the recommended average time you should spend on questions of different type, while the bars show the time you spend on these questions. Quite obviously, you should do your best to keep all these bars below the line.
These are the most interesting charts, but there are also other charts that allow you to see your progress throughout the course, such as your performance on CAT tests, and breakdown of correct and incorrect answers by difficulty level.
Material for review
Above I showed how our analytical system helps you identify which materials you should review and where to focus your practice, but GoGMAT Analytics also takes that information into account when creating your individual review list of materials. When you make certain mistakes more often than you should, materials (bits of theory) that you should review to avoid such mistakes appear in your list of materials to review.
By clicking on any of the materials from the list, you will see all relevant theory. For example, if you click on Concentric Circles, you will see all the theory on Concentric Circles that you will need on the GMAT.
Once you have taken several tests, and the system considers that you have improved your performance on a certain topic, the topic will disappear from the review list.
As you can see, GoGMAT offers an unprecedented amount of analytical information to help you make your GMAT preparation more targeted and effective than ever before. Combined with the study and practice options on offer, this makes GoGMAT is a powerful tool that will help you achieve your target GMAT score.
If you have not yet read the other three articles on how GoGMAT can help you, make sure you do: