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I was hoping if experts can help me in interpreting my ESR. I just took the exam this past weekend and saw improvement, but I know I can do better one last time. I have scheduled another exam for the end of the month. This has been my third attempt (670 in December, 690 two weeks ago, now 710). My common weakness has always been CR. I am a native speaker and current college student applying for top 5 schools in the future (hopefully)!

Despite exhausting resources like Powerscore CR and OG, I have not seen as much improvement as I wanted, per my ESR. I am thinking about possibly the eGMAT Verbal course to drill CR and try Scholaranium to push my verbal score up since I have heard great things about it. I am open to all advice!

How do you suggest I best spend these next couple weeks in bringing my overall score up (CR especially)?
Is it worth trying to get my Q up to a 50 concurrently? I have been scoring 49 consistently the past month.
What specific question types fall under the two sections of CR in the ESR? Analysis/Critique and Construction/Plan (my weakness)

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New post 10 Sep 2018, 03:02
Hi SSSWF,

Congratulations on scoring 710! It is great to see that you want to make sure your score truly represents your potential and are taking the test once more to do that. I am sharing a few stories of students who like you were determined not to settle for a score that they thought were less than their actual potential. I am sure these stories will help you in learning how they achieved their dream score.
    • Learn how Priyansh improved from 710 (V34) to 760 (V42) in just 1 month. Click here to read her de-brief.
    • Akshay improved from a 700 to 750 with 10 days of dedicated preparation. Click here to watch his video interview and learn how he achieved this.

From your ESR it is clear that CR is your weak area as you have also rightly identified. To improve in the next couple of weeks, I would recommend that you do the following:
    1. Take CR Ability Quiz in Scholaranium to identify the topics in which you are weak
    2. Improve upon those topics using the course files. Pay attention to the process used to solve the questions
    3. Track Improvement and repeat the process until you reach your target CR ability

Regarding your Quant score – I would recommend that you first set a realistic target score that you would like achieve in the next couple of weeks and then use GMAT Planner to decide your sectional scores. Based on these scores, you must decide how you should be spending your time.

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Hi!

I was hoping if experts can help me in interpreting my ESR. I just took the exam this past weekend and saw improvement, but I know I can do better one last time. I have scheduled another exam for the end of the month. This has been my third attempt (670 in December, 690 two weeks ago, now 710). My common weakness has always been CR. I am a native speaker and current college student applying for top 5 schools in the future (hopefully)!

Despite exhausting resources like Powerscore CR and OG, I have not seen as much improvement as I wanted, per my ESR. I am thinking about possibly the eGMAT Verbal course to drill CR and try Scholaranium to push my verbal score up since I have heard great things about it. I am open to all advice!

How do you suggest I best spend these next couple weeks in bringing my overall score up (CR especially)?
Is it worth trying to get my Q up to a 50 concurrently? I have been scoring 49 consistently the past month.
What specific question types fall under the two sections of CR in the ESR? Analysis/Critique and Construction/Plan (my weakness)

Thanks!


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The following post on ESR will help you:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/information- ... 21111.html
Although 710 is a good score, IMO you can gain some points in CR. However, targeting a Q50/51 may not be a very useful strategy. Q49 means you are already close and may require some effort on the topic you are not comfortable with. But first you should focus of CR. You may enrol for a course, since you have very little time. But ensure to take a free trial before enrolling. Some courses have very good reviews on Gmatclub.
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Hi SSSWF,

First off, great work with the 710! Although Critical Reasoning is your weakest verbal topic, you also should spend some time on Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension to max out your verbal score gains. Regarding quant, certainly keep up with your review; however, your primary focus should be improving your verbal skills.

To improve your verbal skills, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions. For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can assess how well you understand the topic. If, for example, you incorrectly answer 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you are reading a paragraph, also consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating, so to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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 reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 that 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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. For instance, 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 SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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