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650 to 750, a 10-month journey to the score

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Could let us know the last RC book you used ?

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What do you mean by "last RC book"? I never used any other resource except OG and LSAT RC sets for practice.

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New post 09 Aug 2016, 09:08
That's a wonderful journey that finished on a very high note! Thank you for sharing your experience and tips.

I am intrigued that after using pre-think for CR questions you still relied on the process of elimination. When there is an answer choice that matches your own answer, what makes you hesitant to select that answer choice and ignore all others?

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That's a wonderful journey that finished on a very high note! Thank you for sharing your experience and tips.

I am intrigued that after using pre-think for CR questions you still relied on the process of elimination. When there is an answer choice that matches your own answer, what makes you hesitant to select that answer choice and ignore all others?

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Thanks for your message. I used POE even after prethinking as a matter of habit. Doing well in GMAT is all about finding those methods for every single different question type and then sticking to your method as and when you get a similar question. POE made me confident that the option chosen by me was the correct one. This also had an indirect effect on my thought process. I was not thinking too much about the last question(s) and concentrated only on the question at hand. This provided me a good rhythm and hence the good score.

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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your study experience in details. Could you share about your experience with critical reasoning practice more?

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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your study experience in details. Could you share about your experience with critical reasoning practice more?

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CR is actually present in both, CR itself and RC in GMAT Verbal. The best way, IMO, is to read the question/recognize the type of question (weaken/strengthen/assumption etc), read the prompt, understand the structure, break it down into general information/premise/counterpremise/assumptions etc and then do 'pre-think' as to what could ONE possible answer be to plug in the CR gap. This pre-think answer may or may not be present in the options but doing this will surely help you make sense of the question raised and the prompt given to you. Then use POE (process of elimination) with genuine reasons to eliminate all but 1 option. Doing this will make you confident of your choice.

I made sure to hit <2 minute mark while practicing and used OG (only medium and hard questions) and LSAT LR for practice. Exhausted all GMATPREP questions as well in my practice.

Hope this helps.

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kimrani wrote:
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your study experience in details. Could you share about your experience with critical reasoning practice more?

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CR is actually present in both, CR itself and RC in GMAT Verbal. The best way, IMO, is to read the question/recognize the type of question (weaken/strengthen/assumption etc), read the prompt, understand the structure, break it down into general information/premise/counterpremise/assumptions etc and then do 'pre-think' as to what could ONE possible answer be to plug in the CR gap. This pre-think answer may or may not be present in the options but doing this will surely help you make sense of the question raised and the prompt given to you. Then use POE (process of elimination) with genuine reasons to eliminate all but 1 option. Doing this will make you confident of your choice.

I made sure to hit <2 minute mark while practicing and used OG (only medium and hard questions) and LSAT LR for practice. Exhausted all GMATPREP questions as well in my practice.

Hope this helps.


Thank you for the advice! Is there anything that you find particularly useful to boost Verbal score by 10 points from GMAT 2 to 3? That's a really good result from 2-month studying.

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kimrani wrote:
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your study experience in details. Could you share about your experience with critical reasoning practice more?

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CR is actually present in both, CR itself and RC in GMAT Verbal. The best way, IMO, is to read the question/recognize the type of question (weaken/strengthen/assumption etc), read the prompt, understand the structure, break it down into general information/premise/counterpremise/assumptions etc and then do 'pre-think' as to what could ONE possible answer be to plug in the CR gap. This pre-think answer may or may not be present in the options but doing this will surely help you make sense of the question raised and the prompt given to you. Then use POE (process of elimination) with genuine reasons to eliminate all but 1 option. Doing this will make you confident of your choice.

I made sure to hit <2 minute mark while practicing and used OG (only medium and hard questions) and LSAT LR for practice. Exhausted all GMATPREP questions as well in my practice.

Hope this helps.


Thank you for the advice! Is there anything that you find particularly useful to boost Verbal score by 10 points from GMAT 2 to 3? That's a really good result from 2-month studying.


Getting ESR from mba.com to understand what were the areas of improvement, making sure to focus on a 'habit' for answering SC/CR/RC questions. Treating RCs as big CR prompts and pre-thinking for ALL CR/RC questions would be the ones I would say helped me the most.

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Congratulations on your result! Could you give me some advice for the AWA and what should a good essay look like?

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New post 22 Jul 2017, 22:39
Great score and amazing post! Looking at my mock results I will need a retake too I guess!


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