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# 560 (Q48, V19) in 'The Economist' GMAT Practice Test

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12 Oct 2019, 03:34
560 (Q48, V19) in 'The Economist' GMAT Practice Test

I recently gave The Economist's GMAT Practice as a diagnostic test to see where I am standing. I did not have any prior preparation, though I knew some approaches for certain type of question by reading from here and there. In Quant, my weakest section, as per the results, is Data Sufficiency while in Verbal, it is CR (though I was hoping it to be SC). One thing I noticed while giving the practice test was that I panicked during the last few minutes (say 10) of the exam, so I guessed a lot. I want to push my quant scores to 50 and verbal to at least 40 by the end of 3 months of preparation. The overall goal is to get at least 720.

1. Let me know how achievable this goal is.
2. Shall I buy the Powerscore CR bible to increase my CR? (I only own OG 2020 as of now)
3. What can I do for improving my DS section?
4. How do I handle my anxiety during the last few minutes of a particular section?

I will also give one practice test in the next week or after I finish evaluating the current practice test.
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12 Oct 2019, 06:53
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560 (Q48, V19) in 'The Economist' GMAT Practice Test

I recently gave The Economist's GMAT Practice as a diagnostic test to see where I am standing. I did not have any prior preparation, though I knew some approaches for certain type of question by reading from here and there. In Quant, my weakest section, as per the results, is Data Sufficiency while in Verbal, it is CR (though I was hoping it to be SC). One thing I noticed while giving the practice test was that I panicked during the last few minutes (say 10) of the exam, so I guessed a lot. I want to push my quant scores to 50 and verbal to at least 40 by the end of 3 months of preparation. The overall goal is to get at least 720.

1. Let me know how achievable this goal is.
2. Shall I buy the Powerscore CR bible to increase my CR? (I only own OG 2020 as of now)
3. What can I do for improving my DS section?
4. How do I handle my anxiety during the last few minutes of a particular section?

I will also give one practice test in the next week or after I finish evaluating the current practice test.

Hi anishbhola,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. 3 months is good enough to achieve your target score. It's a good thing that you given a GMAT mock once. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase Official GMAT practice Question form mba.com for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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12 Oct 2019, 15:20
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Hi anishbhola,

To start, a 560 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). Assuming that that Score is an accurate assessment of your current skills, raising a 560 to the point that you can consistently score 720+ will likely require at least 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.

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) Do you currently have any other study materials besides the OG20?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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16 Oct 2019, 11:15
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For quant, i strongly recommend you to take gmat club tests. or ttp if you want to start right from basic. for verbal, I think egmat is great for SC, empower gmat is good for CR, CR bible is a worthy investment, but if you're going to enroll in a prep course i don't think the bible will be needed. goodluck
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17 Oct 2019, 18:02
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Hi Anishbhola,

First off, 560 with no prep is a pretty solid start. I see that you have a number of questions; however, since you are starting from scratch, would you like some general advice regarding your GMAT study plan?

Hey ScottTargetTestPrep

Yes, I would like someone to assist me on how to go about the preparation since I have only 3 months. I get confused sometimes about what and where to start, whether or not I am spending more than required time on something.

Anish

Since you’ve already taken an initial practice test, you will next need to devise a solid preparation plan. Since you’re starting from scratch, you should follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. Following such a plan will allow you to methodically build your GMAT quant and verbal skills and ensure that no stone is left unturned.

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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.

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, it is likely that you 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 answers were always the ones 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 will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using an online self-study course. For quant, as has been mentioned, TTP will be perfect for you. We are the top rated GMAT quant course here on GMAT club and offer a full-access, 5-day trial.

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12 Oct 2019, 06:51
bb souvik101990 I would really appreciate if I get to know something on this from you guys.
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12 Oct 2019, 06:59
Thanks, Rohan I would do some research on the Prep Courses, but I wanted to do it on my own since my work life is very unpredictable. I wouldn't know if I would be able to give a Prep course required time or not.
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13 Oct 2019, 00:28

1) Do you currently have any other study materials besides the OG20?
Yes, I am using an older version of Manhattan GMAT Guides as my brother appeared for GMAT in 2014. Along with that, I have OG20 and planning to buy Practice Exams from 3 to 6 from the Official GMAT website and Powerscore CR Bible.

2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
I am planning to apply to Business Schools right after my GMAT, which I am planning to take on 18th January 2020. I will be applying mostly in the 2nd round of admissions of most of the Canadian B-schools.

3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
I am targetting Rotman (University of Toronto), Alberta School of Business and Sauder School of Business(University of British Columbia). All these are top Canadian B-schools. The reason why I am targetting such a high GMAT score is that I would like highly increase my chances of admission with a good amount of scholarship.

I hope my answers help. Thanks once again for offering your help!
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13 Oct 2019, 20:27
Hi anishbhola,

From what you describe, your immediate study plan is 'book heavy'; unfortunately, many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. There's no harm in starting off your studies in that fashion, but you'll likely end up needing to invest in some additional, non-book resources at some point. If you'd prefer to work with the study materials that you current have, then I suggest that you study as you like for the next 1-2 weeks, then take a new, FULL-LENGTH CAT - and make sure to take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results and how you might adjust your studies going forward.

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15 Oct 2019, 20:25
Hi Anishbhola,

First off, 560 with no prep is a pretty solid start. I see that you have a number of questions; however, since you are starting from scratch, would you like some general advice regarding your GMAT study plan?
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16 Oct 2019, 10:41
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi Anishbhola,

First off, 560 with no prep is a pretty solid start. I see that you have a number of questions; however, since you are starting from scratch, would you like some general advice regarding your GMAT study plan?

Hey ScottTargetTestPrep

Yes, I would like someone to assist me on how to go about the preparation since I have only 3 months. I get confused sometimes about what and where to start, whether or not I am spending more than required time on something.

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16 Oct 2019, 14:04
Have you taken the office gmat prep test? If No,kindly do that
anishbhola wrote:
560 (Q48, V19) in 'The Economist' GMAT Practice Test

I recently gave The Economist's GMAT Practice as a diagnostic test to see where I am standing. I did not have any prior preparation, though I knew some approaches for certain type of question by reading from here and there. In Quant, my weakest section, as per the results, is Data Sufficiency while in Verbal, it is CR (though I was hoping it to be SC). One thing I noticed while giving the practice test was that I panicked during the last few minutes (say 10) of the exam, so I guessed a lot. I want to push my quant scores to 50 and verbal to at least 40 by the end of 3 months of preparation. The overall goal is to get at least 720.

1. Let me know how achievable this goal is.
2. Shall I buy the Powerscore CR bible to increase my CR? (I only own OG 2020 as of now)
3. What can I do for improving my DS section?
4. How do I handle my anxiety during the last few minutes of a particular section?

I will also give one practice test in the next week or after I finish evaluating the current practice test.

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