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# 25 Days to go for D-Day! How do I up my scores??

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23 Aug 2012, 02:57
Hi,

I have scheduled my GMAT for Sep 17th and I'm kind of pshyching myself to get into the 'zone' completely.

My target is to touch 700 and currently, I am about 40 points short. Would really appreciate your inputs on how I can do so.

My preparation has helped me steadily improve my score (considering that I started out at 580 on my first MGMAT test) and I must say that this forum has played quite a big part in this.

From what I have assessed, in quants, I would need to concentrate on the following -
a. Permutations and Combination
b. Probability
c. Inequalities
d. Modulus
e. Properties of numbers (especially the ones where divisibility is tested)

I would like to add that among the above, I find the DS questions covering the same topics harder than the PS one. (I also feel that I have developed a kind of mental block towards the DS questions)

Among the topics in verbal, RCs are my biggest challenge right now.
I have improved at SC and CR to a certain extent and I would really appreciate it if other members could elucidate on how I can push up my performance given the time frame I have.

All suggestions are welcome!

Will keep you all posted on my progress.

Thanks,
Ajay
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Start reading more!

Strategy1
Create a passage map as you read.
- Write a brief note about each paragraph as you read the passage
- Write down the point of view of the author (postive, negative)
- Write a heading for the passage
- Keep an eye on the places where details are mentioned. (so that you can easily refer back as and when required)

Answering the Questions:
1. Read the first question
2. Write down a prediction.
3. Use the passage map to locate the part of the passage. Eliminate the 3 out of scope choices.
4. Select the correct answer by re-reading the part of the passage which is discussed if you are not sure about the answer.

Good Book to practice passage map: RC99

Strategy2
As in the real exam you might not get the proper time to write the passage map and stuff then I will suggest you to read the passage first and then answer the questions.

General Advice
Start reading more of
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://www.economist.com/
And anything related to history and things which you don't like reading! (as am engineer so I don't like reading medical stuff)

Resource: Thursdays with Ron(you can find the link in my signature) is a good resource for RC. Specially for the "main idea questions"

CR

Did you try powerscore CR bible? Am not sure if this is the right time to change the book but if you can then its a good book!
Also, start practicing from grockit.com

SC

Try Thursdays with Ron (you can find the link in my signature)

Quant

Start working on the topics in which you are not that good
For i=1 to end
-> Study "chapter i"
-> go to grockit.com and schedule game for "chapter i" with difficulty level easy, If doing good then increase the difficulty to "medium" else go to next step
-> re-read the "chapter i" if you are doing bad
-> else goto next chapter and repeat the above steps.

-> practice a LOT on grockit.com!

Also, Start practicing questions from gmatclub. You can find the link to questions(sorted tag wise) in my signature

Good Luck for your prep!
Hope it helps!
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