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# 29 DAYS LEFT TO IMPROVE V20 TO 40 PLS HELP

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Updated on: 10 Oct 2018, 03:29
Hi, I'm writing GMAT on 10th of November. Od 27 days left. Q49 always and V m scoring 18-22(but still I don't know if it's the right score because one time i lost my cool and just clicked whatever i could and next time again same story). My SC is weak, CR and RC are not very good but not weak.

I need some straight forward advice/study plan/things to study/follow/do any suggestion which would help me get a 700+ score in next 29 DAYS. weeakdays I devote 5hrs and weekends 7-8hrs(if needed can add 2 more hours).

M in urgent need of your guidance. Pls share your thoughts. M ready to put in whatever amount of hard work and smart work I have to, just give me a detailed, structured plan

Originally posted by 3swayam on 10 Oct 2018, 01:49.
Last edited by 3swayam on 10 Oct 2018, 03:29, edited 1 time in total.
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10 Oct 2018, 12:40
Hi 3swayam,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How many practice CATs/mocks have you taken? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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10 Oct 2018, 21:29
Hi 3swayam,

To score 700+ you would need Q49+ and V36. Your current verbal scores suggest gaps in conceptual as well as process knowledge and application. You must focus the time you have in hand to learn the core skills required to ace GMAT Verbal. It is not going to be easy to get a 10+ point jump in Verbal alone in one month but it is not impossible if you put in dedicated effort. I am sharing a couple of success stories as motivation for you.
• Nipun improved from V25 to V38 in 4 weeks. Click here to learn how he improved his RC and SC ability tremendously.
• Abhijay improved from 560 (V20) to 710 (V38). Click here to watch his inspiring video debrief.

To give you a detailed plan, we would need more details than what you have currently shared. I would request you to write to us at support@e-gmat.com with the current Verbal score with a sub-sectional split i.e. your scores in RC, CR, and SC. If you do not have the split, I would recommend that you take a Verbal Ability Quiz and report those scores. Also, while sending the mail, please do reference to this post so that our team can see the details you have shared here. In the meantime, you can go through this article on One Month Study Plan to get started.

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[quote="Bismarck"] Thank you so much for this. Means a lot.
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10 Oct 2018, 22:16
Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

Thanks for your help . Here I will write all my answers .Please have a look at them and suggest me what to do next.
Studies:
1) How long have you studied?-- Serious preparation started before a month
2) What study materials have you used so far? OG only till now and For SC I'm making notes from MGMAT SC book.
3) How many practice CATs/mocks have you taken? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
I have taken 2 of GMATPrep mocks.
1st Q49 V22 570 (before any preparation I wrote, I hardly knew any concept)
2nd Q49 V20 540 (for this one I lost my mental cool and I just clicked any answer without reading quest for Verbal section)
So in both the mocks I didn't attempt the verbal seriously for 2 things I feel . (May be because I am not confident in verbal)

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? I have 2 priorities one over other.
1st I will get into the top 20 ,2nd As soon as possible. I wont take up any college other than top 20. I will put my heart and soul and everything
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to? Canada-toronto, US top 20, UK top 5
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11 Oct 2018, 08:32
Hi 3swayam,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, you must take an official GMAT practice test ASAP (under REALISTIC CONDITIONS) to get a baseline score. So, no more losing your cool during the test, OK?

Based on your verbal scoring data, it’s clear that you lack the verbal fundamentals necessary for a high score. Although I’m unsure of how you’ve been studying, you have to start with the foundations of GMAT verbal and work your way to more advanced topics. Furthermore, your study plan must allow you to fully learn each individual verbal topic one at a time, so you can methodically improve your knowledge and build your verbal skills. Keep in mind, 29 days is NOT a lot of time. You may consider pushing your exam to a later date to give yourself the necessary time for improvement.

That being said, I’m happy to provide some specific advice on how to improve your Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension skills. Let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. You need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

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Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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11 Oct 2018, 19:29
Hi 3swayam,

To start, it sounds as though you have some type of 'discipline' problem - if you can't get through a full practice CAT without losing your cool, then how can you expect to get through the Official GMAT under strict testing conditions. This means that beyond all of the Verbal skills that you will need to learn and practice, there are also "test-taking skills" that you will have to work on.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 550 +/- a few points). If that is your current ability level, then raising a 550 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, trying to properly do all of that training in just 4 weeks is likely too difficult to be considered realistic. "Cramming" rarely leads to great results with Exams such as the GMAT, so you might need to consider altering your timeline and application plans a bit.

Since you're interested in some highly-competitive Schools, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and application plans. You might not "need" a 700 (although it's also possible that you would need to score significantly higher than that). There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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