In my opinion, this is a great beginning. You still have more than one and half month to go, and I think you can target 700+ easily.
My suggestion is to do tough problems for Quant. Once you practice enough, your score will get elevated to a new level.
I am still struggling with verbal, and if you have any tips on RC or CR, please share them when you get a chance.
Hey buddy, thanks for answering!
I will probably focus on DS and some other Q problem areas and only work on SC in Verbal...
As far as my RC and CR...
When reading the RC text, i think of couple of things:
1. as i'm reading it, i try to think what the purpose of the text is. Usually, after you enter the second paragraph, you are able to conclude what the main topic/purpose of the text is, since the first paragraph is usually introduction, second is either supporting or contrasting the intro. This way, when you're done reading the text, and one of the questions asks the main purpose of the passage, you already know what to look for in offered answers. Also, i pay attention to the tone of the article (critical, supportive, etc).
2. While reading the text, i try to remember central words. Usually, if text is 3 paragraphs long, there will be 3 words/terms i call "central." For example, say text starts off with saying how dangerous food contamination can be, and how it can be divided to chemical and the more dangerous kind, biological. Right here, i remember words chemical and biological, and move on. Next paragraph goes to divide biological contaminators into streptococcus and salmonella, for example, and discusses streptococcus. In this one, i remember that word, streptococcus. In the final, third paragraph, author discusses salmonella and concludes the importance of preparing the food right. I remember the word salmonella and the conclusion. This way, whenever one or more of the questions ask about specifics from the text, you know immediately where to turn without having to read again, searching for the right line. Also, try to remember writer's attitude towards the topic (agreeable or not), because question like that almost always comes.
When it comes to CR, process is similar. While i read the short text, i try to understand what the conclusion, assumption or logic of the argument is, before i even read the question. Since the most RC's are concerned with asking you what would strengthen/weaken, support the argument, or what flaws there are in it, you may be ready to answer it immediately. Also, after you read the question, try to answer it before looking at the answers. What i mean by it: Say question asks you what would most likely weaken the conclusion presented above. Before you look at the answers, analyze and decide what the conclusion is. You decide that the argument of the author is that more trucks there are on the highway, more accidents there will be, for example. Once you know what the conclusion is, you can approximate what kind of situation would weaken it. Also, forget about the article and retain the author's conclusion only. If you are having trouble identifying the answer, go back and look for the additional detail you may have missed.
My friend, this is just what works for me. In a nutshell, i try to predict the questions as i read texts, therefore making my job easier. Usually, RC questions ask for the purpose, tone, main idea, or some detail or assumption from the text. RC are usually concerned with identifying things that weaken/strengthen the argument, or what would most likely have to be true type of questions.
Of course, there will be some questions which deviate from the routinely asked ones, but these are most likely to appear often. This may be an awful method for all i know, but it constantly outs me in 90+ percentile on CAT's and i have no problem with it.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask...
P.S. If my understanding of Quantitative section was as good as the comprehension of the Verbal one, I'd shoot for Harvard
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