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GMAT 1: 700 Q48 V38
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27 Dec 2018, 12:00
Hi,

I took the GMAT in October, 2018 after 3 months of prep. My two official mock scores were 740 (q50,v40) and 720 (q50,v38). I scored 700 (q48, v38) on the actual test. I worked on a few weak quant concepts after 15th December and took 2 mocks including 1 economist mock. My latest score is 730(q51, v39). I feel stuck between v38 to v40. Any advice to help break this barrier will be appreciated.

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27 Dec 2018, 21:43
vinayakvaish wrote:
Hi,

I took the GMAT in October, 2018 after 3 months of prep. My two official mock scores were 740 (q50,v40) and 720 (q50,v38). I scored 700 (q48, v38) on the actual test. I worked on a few weak quant concepts after 15th December and took 2 mocks including 1 economist mock. My latest score is 730(q51, v39). I feel stuck between v38 to v40. Any advice to help break this barrier will be appreciated.
There is very little difference between a V38 and a V40! In fact, you are already capable of getting a V40, though you should aim for a higher score to increase your chances of getting a 760. That will also take some of the pressure off your quant (with a V40, you will need a Q51 to have any chance of hitting 760). Keep in mind that Q51V40 can also lead to a 750.
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27 Dec 2018, 23:34
Thank You Ajitesh. Can you guide me on how to break into the V42-44 league? I have gone through the OGs and 700+ questions on gmatclub.
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Hi vinayakvaish,

A V38 is an awesome starting point! Given that you have done limited practice to hit that score, with some more dedicated prep, you should be able to improve. Just make sure you are taking a thorough approach to your studies. For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice, so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answer a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly. Follow a similar process for Reading Comprehension.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, 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 really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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 that you have to do is be very careful. The main thing that you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, 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 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 that would have resulted in your extending 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’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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

Regarding quant, although your quant score is better than your verbal score, you may consider improving your quant score as well. To improve in GMAT quant, you can follow a study routine similar to the one I suggested for verbal. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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30 Dec 2018, 01:55
vinayakvaish wrote:
Thank You Ajitesh. Can you guide me on how to break into the V42-44 league? I have gone through the OGs and 700+ questions on gmatclub.
A V38 is 85%. The V40 you got on the GMATPrep is 90%.

Your scores mean that you are almost certainly not making any major mistakes. They also mean that there is going to be no quick or easy answer here. Find those small weaknesses in your approach and work on them. Also, don't ignore quant. Moving from Q48 to Q50 would in fact be better than moving from V38 to V40.

Very few people get 700, let alone 700 on the first attempt. You're in a great position to improve your score.
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