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Hello everyone ! I would like to give a short introduction of myself . I hold a degree in Bachelors in Commerce (Bcom ) 2018 May pass out . Since June 2018 I'm working in Celogen Pharma company at the post of trainee finance officer. I have my GMAT Exam on 15th June 2019, Since 1st march I had started working on my maths school basics , I completed the Manhattan foundation quant book yesterday and today I appeared for the official gmat practice exam my score was 440 (quant 30-verbal21).
I aim for a 700+ score and I am positive I can achieve it. I require guidance from you guys. how should I plan my coming months, I can give 4 hrs on week days and 7hrs on weekends to my preparation.
I am very nervous for my exam .. I really get panic when I look at my calendar but somewhere in my heart I know I can do it.
please help me out.. how should I go about dividing the time to various sections each day.
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Hi payalpathak,

Raising a 440 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Based on your current Test Date, you have about 3 months of potential study time - which is good - but you'll have to be really efficient with your time going forward to properly learn and hone the necessary Quant and Verbal skills.

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What study materials do you currently have access to?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi payalpathak,

I'm glad you reached out. To start with, just relax. Stressing yourself out can negatively impact your preparation and your test taking ability. Your GMAT is 3 months away and that is plenty of time to get an elite 700 score. We've written more about it here.

First things first


Since you're starting with a 440 (17th percentile) and since both your Quant and Verbal scores hover around the 20th percentile, I think you may have fundamental gaps in your knowledge. The GMAT tests fundamentals heavily, even in the advanced problems, so it's necessary to have a solid base. I'd suggest identifying your fundamental weaknesses and working methodically and iteratively to improve them.

Further, I would suggest avoiding the biggest mistake most test takers commit: jumping straight into the OGs. The OGs are a set of retired GMAT questions and are a wonderful resource, but they are not a learning device. I would suggest developing core skills and strategies to tackle different types of questions, to focus of mastering easy and medium difficulty level questions before moving on to the harder ones, and then finally using the OGs as a question bank. This way, you'd be approaching the OGs having already worked on all the concepts and skills and this would help you make the most out of them.

What next?



Planning
I understand that you're looking for a place to start your preparation and you're wondering where you must dedicate your time. We've created a free tool for you to provide a clear and efficient path to your target score. This Personalized Study Planner will give you track-able milestones and help you understand exactly where you must spend your preparation time over the next month.

Execution
You may learn from our chat with Gabriel, our student who scored a 700 (an astonishing 270 point improvement) by following a structured study plan and by solely focusing on the development of core skills.

Finally, since you the Verbal score is the hardest to improve, you might attend a Free Critical Reasoning Live Session this weekend with our resident CR expert. In this session, you will learn “pre-thinking”, a critical skill that will help you master 700+ level CR problems.

I hope this helped! Please feel free to reach out to me at support@e-gmat.com if you'd like to talk.

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Hi payalpathak,

Raising a 440 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Based on your current Test Date, you have about 3 months of potential study time - which is good - but you'll have to be really efficient with your time going forward to properly learn and hone the necessary Quant and Verbal skills.

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What study materials do you currently have access to?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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1) I Currently have the (a) ebook set of Manhattan gmat series (b) GMAT OG 2019 THE main one blue book (c) GMAT OG 2018 Complete set of 3 books (d) Manhattan advance quant (paperback latest edition).
2) I plan to apply this September for the batch of 2020
3) Basically I am looking for MIM Course : 1) Essec business school 2)Universita bocconi 3) Esade business school 4) University of Mannheim 5) WHU - Otto Beisheim school of management
Today I thought of diving my time like this - Verbal 15 SC questions (half hr ), 15 CR questions ( half hr ), 5 Rcs [For each day]
Quant - I'm clueless ...
Can you suggest me a good plan ? I am ready to work hard with consistency !!
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Hi payalpathak,

I'm glad you reached out. To start with, just relax. Stressing yourself out can negatively impact your preparation and your test taking ability. Your GMAT is 3 months away and that is plenty of time to get an elite 700 score. We've written more about it here.

First things first


Since you're starting with a 440 (17th percentile) and since both your Quant and Verbal scores hover around the 20th percentile, I think you may have fundamental gaps in your knowledge. The GMAT tests fundamentals heavily, even in the advanced problems, so it's necessary to have a solid base. I'd suggest identifying your fundamental weaknesses and working methodically and iteratively to improve them. Ability Quizzes are a great to way to do so. They pin-point your weaknesses so you know what you must target in your preparation.

Further, I would suggest avoiding the biggest mistake most test takers commit: jumping straight into the OGs. The OGs are a set of retired GMAT questions and are a wonderful resource, but they are not a learning device. I would suggest developing core skills and strategies to tackle different types of questions, to focus of mastering easy and medium difficulty level questions before moving on to the harder ones, and then finally using the OGs as a question bank. This way, you'd be approaching the OGs having already worked on all the concepts and skills and this would help you make the most out of them.

What next?



Planning
I understand that you're looking for a place to start your preparation and you're wondering where you must dedicate your time. We've created a free tool for you to provide a clear and efficient path to your target score. This Personalized Study Planner will give you track-able milestones and help you understand exactly where you must spend your preparation time over the next month.

Execution
You may learn from our chat with Gabriel, our student who scored a 700 (an astonishing 270 point improvement) by following a structured study plan and by solely focusing on the development of core skills.

Finally, since you the Verbal score is the hardest to improve, you might attend a Free Critical Reasoning Live Session this weekend with our resident CR expert. In this session, you will learn “pre-thinking”, a critical skill that will help you master 700+ level CR problems.

I hope this helped! Please feel free to reach out to me at support@e-gmat.com if you'd like to talk.

Regards,
Shaarang


Thank you ma'am, I checked out your website and there I followed the personalised study plan answerd all the required questions and at the end they came up with a plan where they suggest to do 7 hrs each day SC Questions for a week then CR Questions for the next week and so on.. but its practically impossible to follow this method for anyone.
I request you to give me a better plan. Or at least a brief method to plan out my 2.5 months.
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Thank you ma'am, I checked out your website and there I followed the personalised study plan answerd all the required questions and at the end they came up with a plan where they suggest to do 7 hrs each day SC Questions for a week then CR Questions for the next week and so on.. but its practically impossible to follow this method for anyone.
I request you to give me a better plan. Or at least a brief method to plan out my 2.5 months.


Hi payalpathak,

There seems to be some confusion. The tool by default suggests you 2 hours of study time on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends and not 7 hours. And this value can be changed as per your convenience. In the GIF below you will notice the following:

1. The tentative GMAT date as per the default estimate of daily study hours is 8th of June. Since you intend to take the test by 15th June, this plan seems to be good for you.

2. Since you can spend close to 4 hours on weekdays and 7 hours on the weekend you will be able to complete your preparation by 7th May and can then utilize the remaining time for fine-tuning your abilities and making yourself test-ready by taking mock tests.

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Another thing that I think did not come across properly is that the time shown is not just for solving questions. It is an estimate of the time that you would need to reach the Milestones(target abilities) in each sub-section you set for yourself given the current scores. These milestones will help you understand how much proficiency is required in each sub-section. You must ensure that you reach those milestones before you move on to the next sub-section. The time suggested here would be spent in

    1. Learning the concepts and their application process
    2. Practicing on OG questions and other questions
    3. Tracking your improvement and ensuring you achieve those milestones

I hope this clarifies the confusion. If you have any more questions or would like to have more discussion around the plan or its execution, please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

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payalpathak wrote:

Thank you ma'am, I checked out your website and there I followed the personalised study plan answerd all the required questions and at the end they came up with a plan where they suggest to do 7 hrs each day SC Questions for a week then CR Questions for the next week and so on.. but its practically impossible to follow this method for anyone.
I request you to give me a better plan. Or at least a brief method to plan out my 2.5 months.


Hi payalpathak,

There seems to be some confusion. The tool by default suggests you 2 hours of study time on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends and not 7 hours. And this value can be changed as per your convenience. In the GIF below you will notice the following:

1. The tentative GMAT date as per the default estimate of daily study hours is 8th of June. Since you intend to take the test by 15th June, this plan seems to be good for you.

2. Since you can spend close to 4 hours on weekdays and 7 hours on the weekend you will be able to complete your preparation by 7th May and can then utilize the remaining time for fine-tuning your abilities and making yourself test-ready by taking mock tests.


Image

Another thing that I think did not come across properly is that the time shown is not just for solving questions. It is an estimate of the time that you would need to reach the Milestones(target abilities) in each sub-section you set for yourself given the current scores. These milestones will help you understand how much proficiency is required in each sub-section. You must ensure that you reach those milestones before you move on to the next sub-section. The time suggested here would be spent in

    1. Learning the concepts and their application process
    2. Practicing on OG questions and other questions
    3. Tracking your improvement and ensuring you achieve those milestones

I hope this clarifies the confusion. If you have any more questions or would like to have more discussion around the plan or its execution, please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

Regards,
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I got it .. thanks a lot ma'am :blushing
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Hi payalpathak,

Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and since your studies have been book heavy so far, it's possible that you might get stuck too. By extension, you will likely end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources at some point. Considering your Score Goal, you would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options.

Regardless of how you choose to continue studying, it's important to not get too 'emotional' about what you are working on. The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. The key word there is "train" though - that does NOT mean "work through lots of practice questions"; it means learn the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' of the Test and properly train to take advantage of all of them.

1) You defined what you thought was your availability to study. Will that hold true for the next 3+ months (for example, will you be taking any lengthy amounts of 'time off'?)?

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Hi payalpathak,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although I cannot give you an exact daily study schedule, I can provide you with some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills. The first thing to understand is that since you recently scored 440 (260+ points from your score goal), you’ll need plenty of time to improve your skills, likely more than 3 months.

To ensure that you get the most out of your studies each day, you need to follow a structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, 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, 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 Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze 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.

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 logical meanings. 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

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Hi payalpathak,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although I cannot give you an exact daily study schedule, I can provide you with some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills. The first thing to understand is that since you recently scored 440 (260+ points from your score goal), you’ll need plenty of time to improve your skills, likely more than 3 months.

To ensure that you get the most out of your studies each day, you need to follow a structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, 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, 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 Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze 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.

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 logical meanings. 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles:
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how long should I study for the GMAT?

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Thanks a ton for your valuable time and good tips !.. Well I have started my prep
I do the Manhattan sentence correction book 1 chapter each day and each chapter has about 15 questions
and the same applies to critical reasoning ( Manhattan critical resoning book 1 chapter each day )
I have not touched R.c yet
for quant I am doing the Manhattan word problem book 1 chapter each day ( truly speaking I could find out my point where I was lacking in quant .. it was the core GMAT testing tricks and patterns which I was unaware of ) that book is working great for me.
on an average it takes 2.5 hrs for me to complete a chapter (takes a lot of time to understand my mistakes in the questions I go wrong ) so in totality I end up with 7-8 hrs on the preparation for weekdays .. I plan to start the R.Cs the coming weekend.
I'LL take a mock after 2 weeks to check my progress. I hope this works out for me.
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Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and since your studies have been book heavy so far, it's possible that you might get stuck too. By extension, you will likely end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources at some point. Considering your Score Goal, you would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options.

Regardless of how you choose to continue studying, it's important to not get too 'emotional' about what you are working on. The GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. The key word there is "train" though - that does NOT mean "work through lots of practice questions"; it means learn the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' of the Test and properly train to take advantage of all of them.

1) You defined what you thought was your availability to study. Will that hold true for the next 3+ months (for example, will you be taking any lengthy amounts of 'time off'?)?

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Thank you so much for motivating me and sharing the key points to my problem and yes I recently discovered those tricks and patterns to the quant and S.C part and I am working on it.
1) Yes I am completely dedicated to GMAT for the next 92 days until my exam and there is no kind of break whatsoever. ( or I guess 1 Sunday off a month won't harm)
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As a general rule, I typically advise our Clients to take 1 day 'off' per week. While it might be tempting to study every day, you have to pay careful attention to how you're feeling (since you do NOT want to 'burn out' from too much study before Test Day).

Given everything that you've described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat 3-Month Study Plan to be quite helpful. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

If you have any additional questions, then just let me know.

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Hello everyone ! I would like to give a short introduction of myself . I hold a degree in Bachelors in Commerce (Bcom ) 2018 May pass out . Since June 2018 I'm working in Celogen Pharma company at the post of trainee finance officer. I have my GMAT Exam on 15th June 2019, Since 1st march I had started working on my maths school basics , I completed the Manhattan foundation quant book yesterday and today I appeared for the official gmat practice exam my score was 440 (quant 30-verbal21).
I aim for a 700+ score and I am positive I can achieve it. I require guidance from you guys. how should I plan my coming months, I can give 4 hrs on week days and 7hrs on weekends to my preparation.
I am very nervous for my exam .. I really get panic when I look at my calendar but somewhere in my heart I know I can do it.
please help me out.. how should I go about dividing the time to various sections each day.


440 to 700+ will not be an easy journey and will require immense dedication and self discipline. Therefore, I would highly recommend to do the following:

1. Invest in an online course. (E-gmat, TTP, Magoosh etc)
2. Form a serious study group.
3. Read high quality articles everyday. (Economist,New Yorker, Guardian etc)

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payalpathak wrote:
Hello everyone ! I would like to give a short introduction of myself . I hold a degree in Bachelors in Commerce (Bcom ) 2018 May pass out . Since June 2018 I'm working in Celogen Pharma company at the post of trainee finance officer. I have my GMAT Exam on 15th June 2019, Since 1st march I had started working on my maths school basics , I completed the Manhattan foundation quant book yesterday and today I appeared for the official gmat practice exam my score was 440 (quant 30-verbal21).
I aim for a 700+ score and I am positive I can achieve it. I require guidance from you guys. how should I plan my coming months, I can give 4 hrs on week days and 7hrs on weekends to my preparation.
I am very nervous for my exam .. I really get panic when I look at my calendar but somewhere in my heart I know I can do it.
please help me out.. how should I go about dividing the time to various sections each day.


440 to 700+ will not be an easy journey and will require immense dedication and self discipline. Therefore, I would highly recommend to do the following:

1. Invest in an online course. (E-gmat, TTP, Magoosh etc)
2. Form a serious study group.
3. Read high quality articles everyday. (Economist,New Yorker, Guardian etc)

Best wishes!

Thanks a lot.
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