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# 470 to 740 - Reward of Persistence and Hardwork

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I have seen many students ace the GMAT with ease. I am not one of them and have a learned a lot through this struggle from the people on GMAT Club as well as from my own introspections. Below are a few pointers that helped me. One key take away - you can do quite well on the GMAT even if you have forgotten the basics of english grammar and are confused between an Adverb and an Adjective. If I can improve from 470 (Q50, V17) to 740 (Q50, V40) so can you.

Background

I am your typical non native techie who aims to study at one of the top 20 schools and like pretty much everyone who is from the same background, I need a stellar GMAT score stand out. I started preparing for the test.

First Attempt - 470
Time spent: 2 months, 80% of time on GMAT Verbal.

I started of my preparation with MGMAT books. I got the entire set, started with Sentence Correction and then moved on to CR and RC. It took me 20 days to complete a significant portion of the SC book and while reading the book seems a lot of fun (the book contains a lot of information), at the end I felt that while I knew a lot of stuff I was still not sure about the same. I remember that I created this chart which was filled with grammar terms, many of which are still alien to me.

I then moved on the CR book. The CR book is much easier to comprehend and I was able to complete the same in 10 days. I took a mock test and scored 630 with a V29. Since I still had another month to go, I felt that I was in the right direction.

I then completed the RC book and doing the same was a breeze too. The RC book was more of a refresher. I did not feel that I learned a lot from it. I took a bunch of tests, and since I was scoring around 690 (Q50, V32) and I had read that Manhattan tests are more difficult, I felt that I had a good chance of scoring 700+.

The actual GMAT was very different. The SC, CR questions on the real test seemed somewhat different than those on the Manhattan tests. RC actually seemed easier. Yet, I was expecting a score of around V30 but was devastated to see a V17 on my screen. In fact, I never accepted the V17. The least score that I could live with was V25.

Second attempt - Improving to 740

Time Spent 2 months, 90% of Time on GMAT Verbal. Had the added advantage of vacation days in December.

I frankly did not know what to do. I was very angry with myself to have scored in the low 20 percentiles. I remember keeping to myself for that weekend. The MBA dream seemed to have faded. Then I read a few debriefs on GMAT Club in which students had improved in as little as a month and decided to go for e-GMAT since their courses are built for non-natives. It was one of the best decisions I made. Thank god for it.

e-GMAT completely changed my outlook towards GMAT verbal and made it methodical as Maths. Prior to e-GMAT I never knew that GMAT Sentence Correction could be so simple. Truly, sentence correction is the easiest section to master. The online courses and live sessions are truly amazing. You get to interact with others who are in the same boat. Here are a few tips that I learned that helped me improve:

Sentence Correction

It's important to know your basic rules very clearly - SVs, Modifiers, Comparisons, Lists etc. but beyond these, what matters is meaning. Its very important to spend time on the question stem and comprehend it fully before POE.

Fully underlined Sentences: Its paramount in fully underlined sentences or sentences which have confusing comparisons. Spend more time to understand the meaning for such sentences. Once you get the meaning then POE becomes very simple. If you don’t get the meaning, then simply mark the answer randomly (only in timed test, not in practice) and move on.

For long sentences (and you will see some long sentences) breaking the sentence down to get to its meaning is very important. You should be able to spot errors as you do so and then applying the POE works wonders. If you are unable to spot errors then re-read the sentence and focus on modifiers.

Critical Reasoning

Prethinking or thinking one possible answer before POE helped me do really well in CR. Initially even in my second attempt, I did not practice Prethinking since CR used to be my strength till I reached a score of V32 but could not improve my score beyond the same using traditional POE approach. Learning Prethinking took some time but if you follow the structured approach in which you first spend time to understand the conclusion, then ask the question "what would break the conclusion" or "under what conditions does the conclusion become invalid" then assumptions and weakeners will start to come in your mind. I am not super smart so the first 5 questions took a lot of time. I had to read the argument 3 times to come up with one candidate but once I understood how to read the argument and create the logical structure things became much more easy

RC is something that you can improve in a short amount of time provided you know the basics. The key here is to spend focused effort. There are three challenges that you need to overcome to do well in RC. They are

1. Ideal reading speed: We are all used to reading at a certain speed. Unfortunately that reading speed does not apply to GMAT RC since we need to comprehend while reading. Even in topics where I was more comfortable, I realized that to do well, I needed to recognize where the author was presenting cause and effect reasoning, contrasts and comparisons, drawing conclusions, sequential events etc. I had to slow down a lot more in topics that were more foreign to me. Initially, as I breezed through the passages, I drew a complete blank while attempting the questions and had to go back and refer to the passages. This took more time and I made more mistakes. I recommend using e-GMATs reading strategies while reading the passage. They helped me identify the ideal time to read.

2.Prethink in some Questions
: I found prethinking the answer in Main Point, most inference and most detail questions and most function questions. It is a super time saver and helps boost your accuracy as well.

3. Reading the answer choices in isolation: I initially found answer choices in RC to be very tricky just because the volume of information present in an RC passage would make every choice seem correct, even those that are out of scope for the passage. However I found that eliminating choices became very easy once you read them in isolation (thanks Rajat@egmat for suggesting that in CR) and then ask a question whether the passage talks about it. Similarly it is very important to understand the difference between evaluating, criticizing and contrasting, defining and presenting, author's viewpoint vs someone else's viewpoint etc.

The Mental and the Tactical side of the test

While it's important to master the various sections there a mental and tactical aspect that is truly important and which we need to master. Here are some things that I learned.

1. Leave ego aside: There are things that may come naturally to others which may be very difficult for you. I experienced that during my preparations and during some e-GMAT live sessions in which some students gave excellent explanations in areas where I had doubts. Initially I felt embarrassed but I told myself that I am here to learn. All of us have some super power or the other. For me, I realized that while I took longer than average to understand a concept, once I did the same, I made very few mistakes.

2. Accuracy First, Timing Next: This is a difficult one. I used to fret over timing during my first attempt and it did me no good. Get the method right. You only get marks for answering a question correctly. Another thing that you will notice is that increasing accuracy will sometimes lead to increase in time required as you start getting a greater share of difficult questions. It happened with me. This is a good thing as this means that your score is improving.

3. Its ok to skip some questions: If you cannot get the gist of a question in 1 minute, have the heart to mark it randomly Trust me, it is much better to spend time on questions that you are confident about.

4. Monitor Total Productive Time: This is an e-GMAT term that tracks the percentage of time spent in answering the questions correctly. Make sure that your total productive time for the first half and second half of the test is similar. If this is not the case then you are not attempting the exam as per your ability. Ideally, your total productive time should be better than 60%. My TPM in my first mock was 50% and towards the end was about 75%.

5. Recognize your mental state: As you approach the end of any section, your mind would start to go slow. In my case, I found that relaxing for 5 seconds by closing my eyes paid made me stay alert and commit fewer mistakes towards the end. Also taking more practice tests helps address this issue. In addition, make sure that you make good use of the breaks. Think about a happy memory (Harry Potter fans - cast a PETRONAS to scare away GMAT dementors)

6. Own your Weakness: This is very important. The key to improving is isolating your weakness. Spend time in isolating your weakness and use GMAT Clubs tagging system to solve problems in your weak areas. Focus on official questions and questions from reputed test prep companies such as MGMAT, Veritas, e-GMAT etc.

A list of useful references

I spent a lot of time on this forum both on my Tablet and on my desktop. Here is a list of a few posts that I bookmarked:

1. GMAT Sentence Correction Questions: the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-sc-140372.html -
One of the most valuable posts. Thank Souvik.

2. e-GMAT SC all topics consolidated: e-gmat-s-all-sc-topics-consolidated-2nd-edition-168892.html - awesome collection of articles and questions.

3. GMAT Reading Comprehension: The 7 most common passage types gmat-reading-comprehension-7-most-common-passage-types-168362.html . This is a super post that contains tonnes of free content. The content by MGMAT, e-GMAT, Magoosh and Veritas is most relevant.

4. e-GMAT CR all topics e-gmat-s-all-cr-topics-consolidated-168945.html

5. The most comprehensive collection for all things CR: the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-cr-140375.html

6. GMAT Scoring: Bunnels analysis: gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html This is a super mega thread where they prove that the first 10 questions are very important. Bunnel and the GMAT Club team should be awarded the Noble prize for GMAT for this research.

7. e-GMAT Strategy Session: https://e-gmat.wistia.com/medias/07r3z9lsh0 - talks about GMAT timing, Total Productive Time and the importance of first 10 questions. Super informative session.

8. MGMAT article on timing: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... anagement/ another excellent article by Stacey Koprince

9. GMAT 800 debrief: A debrief by a Ukrarian that you should read every so often. Warning, it may pursue you to take the test even when you have a good enough score. long-debrief-800-q51-v51-ir-8-awa-135335.html

10. Another very helpful debrief: never-say-never-gmat-4th-attempt-730-q50-v38-170499-20.html

I have learned a lot from this community and owe my success to you guys. Do let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to answer.

Simple an inspiration to me! There are those who tell me getting from 600 to 740 isn't possible in 1 month. This example gives me great courage to push on and prove them wrong!

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20 Jan 2016, 23:32
Hey,

I am currently preparing for Gmat. During my preps, I am realizing that my verbal needs a lot of practice. I have started with SC using Manhattan, however I feel its too technical to start with. Could you please suggest how can I improve on my basics in verbal (nouns,pronouns,adverbs, verbs etc) before actually being able to understand all the strategies mentioned in Manhattan? Seriously, at the moment I am getting really scared because the content in Manhattan is going way above my head since my basics aren't strong enough. Please help

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Today i gave my second attempt and scored a dismal 510. First attempt 580. The moment i saw the score i had given up on MBA. But posts like these give demoralized people like me a glimmer of hope. With Hard work and Persistence, 700+ is achievable.
Many congratulations for the awesome feat! :D

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23 Jan 2016, 12:20
Hi RedDevil007,

You might want to post your story in your own thread, along with all of the relevant details about how you studied, your CAT scores, etc. You'll be far more likely to get the advice that you're looking for if other users can focus on your story (and not on dozens of other posts in a larger thread).

Remember that however you've studied so far, the GMAT is still the same consistent, predictable Test that it's always been, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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23 Jan 2016, 22:45
RedDevil007 - Improving to 700 is definitely achievable. There are many students who have done the same. Click the links below to see more such examples:

Sudheshna improved from V19 (19 percentile) to V37 (83 percentile). Listen to her debriefing to learn how she modulated her preparation based on her weaknesses (and strengths).

Learn how Nikhil improved the GMAT Verbal Score from V19 to V38 over three attempts. Nitin articulates his struggles during this three GMAT Test attempts, outlining what worked for him and how was he able to finally improve to V38.

Tanay improved from 580, 600 to 710, improving his GMAT Verbal score from V28 to V40 in the process. Three things that led to improvement

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25 Jan 2016, 03:31
RedDevil007 wrote:
Today i gave my second attempt and scored a dismal 510. First attempt 580. The moment i saw the score i had given up on MBA. But posts like these give demoralized people like me a glimmer of hope. With Hard work and Persistence, 700+ is achievable.
Many congratulations for the awesome feat! :D

Yes, we can push on together RedDevil007!

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22 Apr 2016, 08:13
Superb dear... God bless U.

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25 Apr 2016, 00:09
It's awesome.....I really appreciate your hard work

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01 Jun 2016, 06:23
Hi Suren,

That's a really inspiring story. Kudos to your efforts and good wishes for your success. Did you improve your score while you were working full time? If yes, how did you manage your time? How many mocks did you give in all?

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01 Jun 2016, 15:56
This is an inspiring and enlightening story. The approach to Verbal is definitely worth noting and applying. Thank you for sharing!

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Congrats and thanks for such a detailed post with resource links.

I m evaluating which course to join, aiming to take GMAT in Oct Mid.

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Congratulations and tons of thanks for sharing your story and tips. I am in a similar situation too where I am trying to bring my Verbal score up.

I started my prep at 540 (Q31, V33) 3 months back and since I was weak in Quant I focused on that. 2 weeks back I took a couple of CATs and I got 620 (Q48,V27) and 580 (Q48, V24). Last Saturday I attended e-gmat's webinar on strategy which gave me a lot of clarity and now that I am trying their free trial, its already giving me a lot of 'enlightening' moments! Hope I can scale that Verbal mountain like you did. I am aiming for 720+ score and plan to take the test in next 35 days (have around 120+ hrs).

Thanks once again for sharing, posts like these are crucial to stay motivated.

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HI, I am new to this forum. Can anyone give any information on the application process to 5 Indian B schools which GMAT test allows to apply at the time when one finishes test. Actually, my ask is to
1. get clarity if selecting and applying (for free of cost) to the schools at that time is what all we need to do from application perspective or anything else is also needed for application processing.
2. If I choose 1/2 colleges whose deadlines will be in next 2-3 days, is there any possibility that my score will reach those colleges or not ( since I read somewhere that GMAC took 20 days to send ones score to B Schools ) ? If the answer is "NO", then If I apply separately to these 2 schools separately in these 2 days, will my score reach them by time or still it take 20 days ?

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Congratulations on the score and success with everything that comes next.

Thank for the detailed overview of useful prep resources!

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26 Oct 2016, 16:34
Hi

Congratulations on your spectacular improvement and awesome score. Could you tell me how I can improve my score from mid-600 to 700+? Also, I have my GMAT in a few days, are there any tips on increasing quant score from 48 to 50? Also my verbal hovers between 30-35... anyway I can bump up my score in the last few days?

Thanks, will check the links you posted too.

surenagastya wrote:
I have seen many students ace the GMAT with ease. I am not one of them and have a learned a lot through this struggle from the people on GMAT Club as well as from my own introspections. Below are a few pointers that helped me. One key take away - you can do quite well on the GMAT even if you have forgotten the basics of english grammar and are confused between an Adverb and an Adjective. If I can improve from 470 (Q50, V17) to 740 (Q50, V40) so can you.

Background

I am your typical non native techie who aims to study at one of the top 20 schools and like pretty much everyone who is from the same background, I need a stellar GMAT score stand out. I started preparing for the test.

First Attempt - 470
Time spent: 2 months, 80% of time on GMAT Verbal.

I started of my preparation with MGMAT books. I got the entire set, started with Sentence Correction and then moved on to CR and RC. It took me 20 days to complete a significant portion of the SC book and while reading the book seems a lot of fun (the book contains a lot of information), at the end I felt that while I knew a lot of stuff I was still not sure about the same. I remember that I created this chart which was filled with grammar terms, many of which are still alien to me.

I then moved on the CR book. The CR book is much easier to comprehend and I was able to complete the same in 10 days. I took a mock test and scored 630 with a V29. Since I still had another month to go, I felt that I was in the right direction.

I then completed the RC book and doing the same was a breeze too. The RC book was more of a refresher. I did not feel that I learned a lot from it. I took a bunch of tests, and since I was scoring around 690 (Q50, V32) and I had read that Manhattan tests are more difficult, I felt that I had a good chance of scoring 700+.

The actual GMAT was very different. The SC, CR questions on the real test seemed somewhat different than those on the Manhattan tests. RC actually seemed easier. Yet, I was expecting a score of around V30 but was devastated to see a V17 on my screen. In fact, I never accepted the V17. The least score that I could live with was V25.

Second attempt - Improving to 740

Time Spent 2 months, 90% of Time on GMAT Verbal. Had the added advantage of vacation days in December.

I frankly did not know what to do. I was very angry with myself to have scored in the low 20 percentiles. I remember keeping to myself for that weekend. The MBA dream seemed to have faded. Then I read a few debriefs on GMAT Club in which students had improved in as little as a month and decided to go for e-GMAT since their courses are built for non-natives. It was one of the best decisions I made. Thank god for it.

e-GMAT completely changed my outlook towards GMAT verbal and made it methodical as Maths. Prior to e-GMAT I never knew that GMAT Sentence Correction could be so simple. Truly, sentence correction is the easiest section to master. The online courses and live sessions are truly amazing. You get to interact with others who are in the same boat. Here are a few tips that I learned that helped me improve:

Sentence Correction

It's important to know your basic rules very clearly - SVs, Modifiers, Comparisons, Lists etc. but beyond these, what matters is meaning. Its very important to spend time on the question stem and comprehend it fully before POE.

Fully underlined Sentences: Its paramount in fully underlined sentences or sentences which have confusing comparisons. Spend more time to understand the meaning for such sentences. Once you get the meaning then POE becomes very simple. If you don’t get the meaning, then simply mark the answer randomly (only in timed test, not in practice) and move on.

For long sentences (and you will see some long sentences) breaking the sentence down to get to its meaning is very important. You should be able to spot errors as you do so and then applying the POE works wonders. If you are unable to spot errors then re-read the sentence and focus on modifiers.

Critical Reasoning

Prethinking or thinking one possible answer before POE helped me do really well in CR. Initially even in my second attempt, I did not practice Prethinking since CR used to be my strength till I reached a score of V32 but could not improve my score beyond the same using traditional POE approach. Learning Prethinking took some time but if you follow the structured approach in which you first spend time to understand the conclusion, then ask the question "what would break the conclusion" or "under what conditions does the conclusion become invalid" then assumptions and weakeners will start to come in your mind. I am not super smart so the first 5 questions took a lot of time. I had to read the argument 3 times to come up with one candidate but once I understood how to read the argument and create the logical structure things became much more easy

RC is something that you can improve in a short amount of time provided you know the basics. The key here is to spend focused effort. There are three challenges that you need to overcome to do well in RC. They are

1. Ideal reading speed: We are all used to reading at a certain speed. Unfortunately that reading speed does not apply to GMAT RC since we need to comprehend while reading. Even in topics where I was more comfortable, I realized that to do well, I needed to recognize where the author was presenting cause and effect reasoning, contrasts and comparisons, drawing conclusions, sequential events etc. I had to slow down a lot more in topics that were more foreign to me. Initially, as I breezed through the passages, I drew a complete blank while attempting the questions and had to go back and refer to the passages. This took more time and I made more mistakes. I recommend using e-GMATs reading strategies while reading the passage. They helped me identify the ideal time to read.

2.Prethink in some Questions
: I found prethinking the answer in Main Point, most inference and most detail questions and most function questions. It is a super time saver and helps boost your accuracy as well.

3. Reading the answer choices in isolation: I initially found answer choices in RC to be very tricky just because the volume of information present in an RC passage would make every choice seem correct, even those that are out of scope for the passage. However I found that eliminating choices became very easy once you read them in isolation (thanks Rajat@egmat for suggesting that in CR) and then ask a question whether the passage talks about it. Similarly it is very important to understand the difference between evaluating, criticizing and contrasting, defining and presenting, author's viewpoint vs someone else's viewpoint etc.

The Mental and the Tactical side of the test

While it's important to master the various sections there a mental and tactical aspect that is truly important and which we need to master. Here are some things that I learned.

1. Leave ego aside: There are things that may come naturally to others which may be very difficult for you. I experienced that during my preparations and during some e-GMAT live sessions in which some students gave excellent explanations in areas where I had doubts. Initially I felt embarrassed but I told myself that I am here to learn. All of us have some super power or the other. For me, I realized that while I took longer than average to understand a concept, once I did the same, I made very few mistakes.

2. Accuracy First, Timing Next: This is a difficult one. I used to fret over timing during my first attempt and it did me no good. Get the method right. You only get marks for answering a question correctly. Another thing that you will notice is that increasing accuracy will sometimes lead to increase in time required as you start getting a greater share of difficult questions. It happened with me. This is a good thing as this means that your score is improving.

3. Its ok to skip some questions: If you cannot get the gist of a question in 1 minute, have the heart to mark it randomly Trust me, it is much better to spend time on questions that you are confident about.

4. Monitor Total Productive Time: This is an e-GMAT term that tracks the percentage of time spent in answering the questions correctly. Make sure that your total productive time for the first half and second half of the test is similar. If this is not the case then you are not attempting the exam as per your ability. Ideally, your total productive time should be better than 60%. My TPM in my first mock was 50% and towards the end was about 75%.

5. Recognize your mental state: As you approach the end of any section, your mind would start to go slow. In my case, I found that relaxing for 5 seconds by closing my eyes paid made me stay alert and commit fewer mistakes towards the end. Also taking more practice tests helps address this issue. In addition, make sure that you make good use of the breaks. Think about a happy memory (Harry Potter fans - cast a PETRONAS to scare away GMAT dementors)

6. Own your Weakness: This is very important. The key to improving is isolating your weakness. Spend time in isolating your weakness and use GMAT Clubs tagging system to solve problems in your weak areas. Focus on official questions and questions from reputed test prep companies such as MGMAT, Veritas, e-GMAT etc.

A list of useful references

I spent a lot of time on this forum both on my Tablet and on my desktop. Here is a list of a few posts that I bookmarked:

1. GMAT Sentence Correction Questions: the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-sc-140372.html -
One of the most valuable posts. Thank Souvik.

2. e-GMAT SC all topics consolidated: e-gmat-s-all-sc-topics-consolidated-2nd-edition-168892.html - awesome collection of articles and questions.

3. GMAT Reading Comprehension: The 7 most common passage types gmat-reading-comprehension-7-most-common-passage-types-168362.html . This is a super post that contains tonnes of free content. The content by MGMAT, e-GMAT, Magoosh and Veritas is most relevant.

4. e-GMAT CR all topics e-gmat-s-all-cr-topics-consolidated-168945.html

5. The most comprehensive collection for all things CR: the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-cr-140375.html

6. GMAT Scoring: Bunnels analysis: gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html This is a super mega thread where they prove that the first 10 questions are very important. Bunnel and the GMAT Club team should be awarded the Noble prize for GMAT for this research.

7. e-GMAT Strategy Session: https://e-gmat.wistia.com/medias/07r3z9lsh0 - talks about GMAT timing, Total Productive Time and the importance of first 10 questions. Super informative session.

8. MGMAT article on timing: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... anagement/ another excellent article by Stacey Koprince

9. GMAT 800 debrief: A debrief by a Ukrarian that you should read every so often. Warning, it may pursue you to take the test even when you have a good enough score. long-debrief-800-q51-v51-ir-8-awa-135335.html

10. Another very helpful debrief: never-say-never-gmat-4th-attempt-730-q50-v38-170499-20.html

I have learned a lot from this community and owe my success to you guys. Do let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to answer.

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Seriously i have seen lots of such reviews on GMAT Club and all are tailor made to favour some company and it always....e-GMAT although I too like eGmat

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26 Jun 2017, 22:10
Hi ,

Thanks for this. My story is somewhat similar.

My score range in the Manhattan/Kaplan mocks was 630-720 and so I expected a score above 700.

But got a 540 on the actual test. I was really disheartened and after a year of sobbing I've finally gathered the courage to give it again.

Took my first mock(Veritas). Still scored a 650. I think I'm still not getting it right.

My second attempt is in September. Just can't bear another failure.

Thanks,
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Hi,
congratulations on our massive success. i'm studying from last 3 months for GMAT and yesterday i gave my first mock and scored V18 and Q47. i took eGMAT's course but failed. during test i was so panicked that i could't get any simple SC questions. i scheduled my GMAT on 14th September ( one more month to go). one big mistake i have encountered with, i didn't timed my practice exams.
it will be really greatful if some one can guide or suggest to improve my verbal score.

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I do not think there is a better source than e-GMAT for preparing for the Verbal section, especially for the non native applicants. With respect to timing, the sequence is always accuracy first and then timing. If you have hit your accuracy then practice solving questions in a timed manner. These could be like sectional tests, Topicwise Tests etc. Hope this helps.

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egmat wrote:
Dear Minwoswoh - let me address your original question. Your original question that you posed was to address the scenario in which you are falling behind on time. We recommend skipping questions in that scenario and preferably in the areas that are not your strengths. In this case, you would not spend even 1 minute on the question to evaluate whether you need to skip this question on not; you would blindly skip. This strategy more of a fix you are late and you are trying to catch up. If you view the recording of Strategy Session 2 (also shared by the student in his debrief) you would see the strategy with an example towards the end of the session along with the discussion about Total Productive Time.

The skipping strategy that the student recommended is not a fix but a prevention strategy. By following the student's strategy, you would ensure that you dont fall behind on timing. If you look at the example that I take in Strategy Session 2, you would notice that the test case there spent a bunch of time on questions that he had little clue about and consequently fell behind on timing. Had this test case followed the strategy that Surenagyastya advised, he would not have fallen behind and consequently scored much better.

So both strategies are viable strategies but they are meant for different purposes.

# of questions that can be safely skipped: I would say that this number can be 3-4. Now a lot will depend on how consistent you are otherwise. You can make 10 mistakes and still score 95 percentile on GMAT Verbal provided you make the test throw difficult questions at you. Below is the recording of Strategy Session 2.

https://e-gmat.wistia.com/medias/07r3z9lsh0

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http://gmatclub.com/forum/e-gmat-s-all- ... 68945.html

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