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First thing first, Manhattan GMAT guide series is excellent set of books with brilliant and easy to understand explanations.

I was full on ready to prepare for the gmat and bought the popular Manhattan Gmat guide series set. After finishing the chapters and solving and revising the problems in this book I moved onto trying to attempt the problems from the Official GMAT review. If you are aware of the Manhattan gmat books you will know at the end of there book they mention the relevant problem numbers from the official gmat review book.
Anyways, after finishing the book 1, i was confident about the chapters and assumed solving the problems will be a cakewalk. But it wasn't. I was barely able to get 2 out of 5 questions correct. Which i thought should not have been because I had studied the chapters with full dedication but ended up disappointing my self. And it has been almost over a week since I have touched any gmat study material. I tried analyzing my mistakes, they turn out to be very silly or the questions seem to be extremely confusing and misleading.
Study is always on my mind but I am not able to build enough courage to get back to it and am afraid of wasting any more time and afraid I will end up disappointing myself again! What should i do? :cry: :cry:
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First thing first, Manhattan GMAT guide series is excellent set of books with brilliant and easy to understand explanations.

I was full on ready to prepare for the gmat and bought the popular Manhattan Gmat guide series set. After finishing the chapters and solving and revising the problems in this book I moved onto trying to attempt the problems from the Official GMAT review. If you are aware of the Manhattan gmat books you will know at the end of there book they mention the relevant problem numbers from the official gmat review book.
Anyways, after finishing the book 1, i was confident about the chapters and assumed solving the problems will be a cakewalk. But it wasn't. I was barely able to get 2 out of 5 questions correct. Which i thought should not have been because I had studied the chapters with full dedication but ended up disappointing my self. And it has been almost over a week since I have touched any gmat study material. I tried analyzing my mistakes, they turn out to be very silly or the questions seem to be extremely confusing and misleading.
Study is always on my mind but I am not able to build enough courage to get back to it and am afraid of wasting any more time and afraid I will end up disappointing myself again! What should i do? :cry: :cry:


If going through a book was all that was required to answer all the questions correctly, don't you think most people serious about GMAT would have got all questions correct? Majority would have scored 800 then! But that is not the case - think why.
Books give you basics, sure, but are they all the concepts you need to understand to solve GMAT questions? Also, have you really understood the concepts?

For example, I am sure you know these 'rules':
Even*Odd*Odd*...Odd = Even
Odd*Odd*...Odd*Odd = Odd
n! = 1*2*3*....*n

But can you solve the question given in this post?
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2014/04 ... -part-iii/

It is based on no other concepts but a thorough understanding of these. Questions are applications of fundamentals but they are not straight forward. They will not ask you whether the product will be odd or even if 10 odd numbers are multiplied. You will need to identify that yourself.

So then what do you have to do to improve your score? Work on OG questions, go back to concepts if required, note down the takeaways, read up on advanced concepts on our blog etc. Rather than getting discouraged, understand that there is a long way to go and start your journey with enthusiasm. Also, if you feel you are not being able to cope up, you know that test prep companies provide support through classroom courses, online courses, on demand courses etc. Seek out what you need.
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