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Hello ,
Congrats for your score !
Could you please share you individual mock scores ( with sectional raw score as well) ?
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New post 17 Jul 2015, 10:35
Hi, congrats on the score! Great debrief and tnx a ton for the insights.
Could you tell me what was takt time for each question type individually when u started and how you worked through it efficiently to improve and what was it for each type when you were ready for your big day?
Also, pls tell me what you think is the best takt time for each type
to finish the exam with a good score? My timing is way off!
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New post 17 Jul 2015, 10:47
Hi, great debrief- very helpful insights and congrats on your score!
Could you tell me what your takt time was originally for each question type and how you efficiently worked through it to improve and what was it for each type again when you were ready for your big day?
Also, tell me what you think is a doable takt time to finish the test and get a good score? My timings are way off and they kill my score everytime!
Thanks in advance! :)

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Hey can you suggest a study plan for a beginner with timelines. Have done bachelors in business studies. Better with math than with English. 3-4 months. Thanks a ton and congratulations

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Congrats on the completion of your journey!

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jeelezaraa, you identified Princeton Review: Cracking the GMAT and Kaplan Premier as being "not worth it." Do you mean not worth your time? Not worth your money? Or both? Also, could you elaborate on why they were not worth it, particular in comparison to the other resources you mentioned?

I've got the opposite situation you did--my first test score resulted in a great verbal (V43) and a poor quant (Q42). So I'm looking at your story and thinking about how to apply it to my scenario. Knowing which prep resources to avoid is as important as knowing which ones to focus on!

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Thanks for a great debrief! definitely very motivating. Could I ask how long the whole study took you? And also I've been stuck in the 500s for a month now. Kinda worried I'll be forever stuck at 500s and go no where. Were you ever stuck at a score?

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Hi and thank you so much...my story slightly different! have taken the test twice, scored 49 at math both times and 29 at verbal. I was stable at RC 70th percentile but did bad around 50th percentile at CR and SC. I am not a native speaker and actually I struggle with RC, thus run short of time for the SC, average 1,10 seconds and like that I also lose the SC questions. I scored 640 both times, everybody says that jumping to 700 will be the toughest..

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Fantastic debrief! Congratulations!

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Hi Mira,

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have a quick question for you. I am at a Q51, V31 score range and have my exam in 20 days with an opportunity to retake it before the end of September. I have a Magoosh membership, all OGs, and SC for Manhattan prep. Do you think I will find value in purchasing the egmat verbal? I haven't been studying much and been stagnant with my V31. I would appreciate if you let me know what you think! :)

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melisa1 - I dont believe that Mira is active on the forum. To answer your question, Magoosh and e-GMAT are very different in their respective approach to GMAT Verbal. For example, at e-GMAT we focus on meaning in Sentence Correction rather than grammar. Similarly, we focus on Prethinking in Critical reasoning. Join this webinar on prethinking this weekend. You can also take a look at our free trial and decide yourself.

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melisa1 - I dont believe that Mira is active on the forum. To answer your question, Magoosh and e-GMAT are very different in their respective approach to GMAT Verbal. For example, at e-GMAT we focus on meaning in Sentence Correction rather than grammar. Similarly, we focus on Prethinking in Critical reasoning. Join this webinar on prethinking this weekend. You can also take a look at our free trial and decide yourself.

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Great debrief and congrats on the score!! I think another good habit to consider through the journey of GMAT is to look out for for your health by working out as a mind break. I did a lot of yoga, which helped my mindspace as well, and I think contributed to my confidence/zen-ness when walking in the test center :)

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LittleMoW - Absolutely true. Its very important to workout to keep the mind fresh and agile. Also, its important to do recreational activities things with your loved ones to make the most of the reduced time you spend together. One of our students started playing ping pong with his wife in the little time they had left after this GMAT studies. It not only rejuvenated him but also made sure that his wife supported him throughout the GMAT journey.

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I got done with the GMAT some days back. I must say that it was a very humbling experience – much more than what I anticipated. I scored a decent 750 (Q49, V44) The entire prep from the initial stumbles to the final success made me rediscover myself. I learned a few lessons which I want to pass on to you. Here is a description of my journey

Background

I am an accounting professional with one of the majors. I have a reasonably demanding profession (9 hours daily, not crazy like bankers) which does give me time to study.

Stage 1: The initial struggle

My goal when I started preparing was to score 720-730. My goal was to score (Q50, V38-40). My first mock score was 520 (Q47, V21). I had anticipated that I would need to work on Verbal but had never imagined that I would start with 25 percentile on Verbal. I immediately purchased the entire MGMAT set, Princeton review guide and the Kaplan books (we have a natural tendency to believe that more is merrier). The V21 was such a shock that I put in every available hour outside of work studying for the GMAT. I would wake up at 5 in the morning and study till 8, giving myself a mere 20 minutes to have a shower and eat breakfast (mostly at McDonalds). While this did help improve my Verbal score to V28-V31, I was exhausted within 1 month. I gained 7 pounds during this time, which added fuel to fire. What bothered me most was that I was not able to improve. I had finished 5 out of 6 mocks and my verbal score fluctuated between 28 and 31. My Sentence Correction was killing me. It was at that time, a friend advised me to take a backseat and take a break. I can tell you that this was the single best advice I received during my prep.


Stage 2: Meaning clarity comes to aid
A couple of weeks into my break, I attended the free session by e-GMAT (thanks to GMAT Club for the invite). While I always knew the importance of meaning, the session demonstrated how to employ meaning to get to the right answer. The method outlined in the session was very methodical and yet very simple. Without the use of complex grammatical terms, we were able to solve some very challenging questions. This was interesting. I signed up for the e-GMAT free trial and did a couple of concepts (I was still on a break). Then I received an invite for a CR session. Even though I was quite good in CR, I decided to attend the session (may be because I was itching to get back). I thoroughly enjoyed the session and decided to purchase Verbal Live Prep. It was the turning point in my prep.

I started with the Sentence Correction section on e-GMAT. My Verbal score went up as I did well in my Sentence Correction. I completed the section in 10 days (the online course is excellent and gives you the flexibility). I took my first GMAT Prep 15 days after purchasing the e-GMAT course and scored 690 with V36. This was a huge relief. However, as I did better in SC, I realized that I needed help with RC, especially in passages related to American history and biotech. So I moved over to RC. Again followed the same approach in RC – completed the online course, viewed the recording of one session and attended the other. The reading strategies really work wonders for boring passages. They make you understand the passages which makes them semi interesting. Once you understand the passage then picking out inferences or answering details questions becomes easier (more later). Improving on RC pushed my Verbal score to 39 to 41 range (GMAT Prep and free VERITAS Prep test) and I was all set.


Stage 3: V40 to V44 – Attention management
I was actually quite happy with a 730 (Q49, V40) and thought that I was all ready for the test. I had taken 8 mocks (1 initial, 5 MGMAT, 1VP and 2nd GP), so had enough exam practice. However, I had booked the test in March and still had 25 days to go. Also, I had 2 GMAT Prep tests left. Then I got invited to some workshops from e-GMAT where I learned some very interesting things. I scored 85 percentile in the SC workshop, however I realized that I could have scored better than 90 percentile had I focused my energy on fewer questions. The workshop had 10 questions – easy, medium, and difficult and I tried to attempt all 10 and could solve only 7 correct. Had I tried to solve 9, I could have gotten at least 8, probably all 9 correct. Payal proved by discussing the performance of three students. From then on, my time management strategy included either focusing on questions or randomly answering them and moving on (if I was more than 2 minute short on time).
My verbal score improved to V43 on my next GMAT Prep as I applied this strategy (I still had 9 incorrect answers, 4 skipped). As I did three more workshops and 1 more mock, I noticed that my score in both Quant and Verbal improved.



My strategies for various questions types

I believe that these strategies have been discussed on the forum many times. However, here is a summary of my strategies for various question types:

Critical Reasoning
Know the Conclusion: You should know the conclusion 110%. This means that what the conclusion talks about and what is does not. You will be able to weed out 3/5 or even 4 answer choices if you understand the conclusion. For example, if the conclusion talks about the possibility of rain tomorrow, i.e. is predictive in nature then an answer choice that talks about what causes the moisture to rise up is not likely to be an assumption.

Understanding the possibilities with the conclusion: This is a huge time saver. If the conclusion says that if X then Y, then it does not mean the X is the only path to Y. For example, a conclusion that says if you vaccinate, you will have fewer cases of malaria does not imply that you must vaccinate to have fewer cases of malaria. If you know these possibilities then you will save a lot of time analyzing answer choices.

Understand the scope of choices: Understand the keywords, know your relative pronouns and understand the structure of choices. Note choices become more difficult as you score higher on the GMAT. Do not rush through while reading answer choices at this point unless you know that the answer choice is talking about something irrelevant.

Prethinking: This was something that was big at e-GMAT in Rajat’s CR lessons. Even though I did not follow this completely I did benefit from the approach. I spent the 15 seconds allocated for Prethinking to understand the scope of the conclusion. This helped me in a big way in difficult questions.


Sentence Correction
This was a biggie for me. As stated above, I struggled in SC initially. Here is what I learned:

Read slowly: Do not rush through the original sentence and move on to looking for splits – YOU WILL GET SLAUGHTERED. Rather, read the given sentence slowly and understand its meaning by focusing on sentence structure. Sentence structure = knowing and accounting for all the noun, pronouns, verbs, modifiers, and parallel lists. Once you do that you should know the meaning. Once you know the meaning, identify faults in sentence structure. Example of faults would be SV errors, modifier errors, lists that don’t make sense (classical for 700+ questions) etc. Once you have found 2 or three such errors, look for splits and get to the right answer.
Even though this method seems longer, in reality it is much more efficient than rushing to the answer choices directly.

Know your rules well: You show know the grammar rules, be absolutely familiar with Verb-ed and Verb-ing modifier usage and the logic behind parallel lists. The usage of idioms such as Like and As should be crystal clear in your mind. There are tons of great article by e-GMAT on these topics.

Reading Comprehension

Master reading strategies: Read slowly initially and understand the passage. To do this you need to follow transition keywords and practice predictive reading. Here is what I did - I made note of transition keywords and memorized them (there are like 15 of them). I was able to recite them out cold. Then I took 5 articles from economist and underlined all the transition keywords. This helped me master the keywords. Then I read 5 more articles and practiced predictive reading. I was able to predict the flow of the article ~50% of the times. Predictive reading habits are great time saver. GMAT reading is very different from reading reports or financial statements.

Know question types: Know the various kind of inferences, and detail answer choices. Know how the GMAC makes incorrect answer choices. The thing with RC is that because passages are longer and there is no conclusion, it is more challenging to weed out answer choices. However, if you understand the passage well, you will be able to see answer choices that have nothing to do with the passage or are inconsistent with the information given in the passage.

I had two back to back RCs on the test (Q7-10, and 11-13). Yet, my timing did not mess up because I followed the above approach.


Quant Questions


I had no specific strategy here. Just tackle the question head on, solve it and move forward.I spent 15% of my time on quant, mostly to solve questions.

My Prep resources
Here are the various prep resources I used
1. OG 13 and Verbal Review – Excellent questions, good explanations for CR and RC. Passable explanations for SC.
2. Exam pack 1: Excellent questions – go to e-GMAT forums or MGMAT forums for explanations.
3. E-GMAT courses: Excellent value for money. Very helpful for folks like me who need help with Verbal.
4. MGMAT Verbal books: decent value for money but not so great.
5. MGMAT quant books: Good refresher and value for money if you need help with quant
6. MGMAT exams: Good value (these are free with books). Average questions but great analysis. I wish that GMAT Prep had such analysis. Again, the solutions could be better.
7. Veritas Prep test: Good test, good explanations. I liked the interface.
8. Princeton Review: Cracking the GMAT – not worth it
9. Kaplan Premier: Not worth it.


Good habits
One thing that I want to stress is that GMAT is not as much about being brilliant as it is about being methodical. Here are a few things that helped me:

1.Do not study all day: I did this mistake early on when I studied all possible time that I had – bad strategy. Remember that you mind need time to absorb information. Study no more than 90 minutes on a weekday, even if you have time. The best thing- make a study routine and study the same time every day.
2.Make notes: I am a pen and paper person. I like to write things down. However, digital notes are much more efficient and searchable. I leveraged both. Take notes on pen and paper while studying and type them into Evernote at the end of your study session. It’s a great revision which helps retention.
3.Use the tagging system in Evernote: Evernote is a great study tool. You can grab any webpage and put in to Evernote and find it easily. Once you have all the notes and reference solutions (which you need to revise) in a single tool, you can access them on the go. This is a huge time saver, especially when you have just 90 minutes. Here is a helpful video.
4.Attention management: You do not need to solve all the questions correctly to do well. Just make sure that whatever you do, do it well. Keep things black and white while managing time well.


I know that the above has been a long debrief. I apologize for the same. I hope that it is helpful. I will be happy to answer any questions.



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No intention to offend anyone.

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Hi, English is not my first language and sentence correction part of gmat looks everest to me. Any suggested course for SC... something which starts from basics with good number of questions?

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Great advice. I wish that I had seen this earlier in my studies haha.

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I got done with the GMAT some days back. I must say that it was a very humbling experience – much more than what I anticipated. I scored a decent 750 (Q49, V44) The entire prep from the initial stumbles to the final success made me rediscover myself. I learned a few lessons which I want to pass on to you. Here is a description of my journey

Background

I am an accounting professional with one of the majors. I have a reasonably demanding profession (9 hours daily, not crazy like bankers) which does give me time to study.

Stage 1: The initial struggle

My goal when I started preparing was to score 720-730. My goal was to score (Q50, V38-40). My first mock score was 520 (Q47, V21). I had anticipated that I would need to work on Verbal but had never imagined that I would start with 25 percentile on Verbal. I immediately purchased the entire MGMAT set, Princeton review guide and the Kaplan books (we have a natural tendency to believe that more is merrier). The V21 was such a shock that I put in every available hour outside of work studying for the GMAT. I would wake up at 5 in the morning and study till 8, giving myself a mere 20 minutes to have a shower and eat breakfast (mostly at McDonalds). While this did help improve my Verbal score to V28-V31, I was exhausted within 1 month. I gained 7 pounds during this time, which added fuel to fire. What bothered me most was that I was not able to improve. I had finished 5 out of 6 mocks and my verbal score fluctuated between 28 and 31. My Sentence Correction was killing me. It was at that time, a friend advised me to take a backseat and take a break. I can tell you that this was the single best advice I received during my prep.


Stage 2: Meaning clarity comes to aid
A couple of weeks into my break, I attended the free session by e-GMAT (thanks to GMAT Club for the invite). While I always knew the importance of meaning, the session demonstrated how to employ meaning to get to the right answer. The method outlined in the session was very methodical and yet very simple. Without the use of complex grammatical terms, we were able to solve some very challenging questions. This was interesting. I signed up for the e-GMAT free trial and did a couple of concepts (I was still on a break). Then I received an invite for a CR session. Even though I was quite good in CR, I decided to attend the session (may be because I was itching to get back). I thoroughly enjoyed the session and decided to purchase Verbal Live Prep. It was the turning point in my prep.

I started with the Sentence Correction section on e-GMAT. My Verbal score went up as I did well in my Sentence Correction. I completed the section in 10 days (the online course is excellent and gives you the flexibility). I took my first GMAT Prep 15 days after purchasing the e-GMAT course and scored 690 with V36. This was a huge relief. However, as I did better in SC, I realized that I needed help with RC, especially in passages related to American history and biotech. So I moved over to RC. Again followed the same approach in RC – completed the online course, viewed the recording of one session and attended the other. The reading strategies really work wonders for boring passages. They make you understand the passages which makes them semi interesting. Once you understand the passage then picking out inferences or answering details questions becomes easier (more later). Improving on RC pushed my Verbal score to 39 to 41 range (GMAT Prep and free VERITAS Prep test) and I was all set.


Stage 3: V40 to V44 – Attention management
I was actually quite happy with a 730 (Q49, V40) and thought that I was all ready for the test. I had taken 8 mocks (1 initial, 5 MGMAT, 1VP and 2nd GP), so had enough exam practice. However, I had booked the test in March and still had 25 days to go. Also, I had 2 GMAT Prep tests left. Then I got invited to some workshops from e-GMAT where I learned some very interesting things. I scored 85 percentile in the SC workshop, however I realized that I could have scored better than 90 percentile had I focused my energy on fewer questions. The workshop had 10 questions – easy, medium, and difficult and I tried to attempt all 10 and could solve only 7 correct. Had I tried to solve 9, I could have gotten at least 8, probably all 9 correct. Payal proved by discussing the performance of three students. From then on, my time management strategy included either focusing on questions or randomly answering them and moving on (if I was more than 2 minute short on time).
My verbal score improved to V43 on my next GMAT Prep as I applied this strategy (I still had 9 incorrect answers, 4 skipped). As I did three more workshops and 1 more mock, I noticed that my score in both Quant and Verbal improved.



My strategies for various questions types

I believe that these strategies have been discussed on the forum many times. However, here is a summary of my strategies for various question types:

Critical Reasoning
Know the Conclusion: You should know the conclusion 110%. This means that what the conclusion talks about and what is does not. You will be able to weed out 3/5 or even 4 answer choices if you understand the conclusion. For example, if the conclusion talks about the possibility of rain tomorrow, i.e. is predictive in nature then an answer choice that talks about what causes the moisture to rise up is not likely to be an assumption.

Understanding the possibilities with the conclusion: This is a huge time saver. If the conclusion says that if X then Y, then it does not mean the X is the only path to Y. For example, a conclusion that says if you vaccinate, you will have fewer cases of malaria does not imply that you must vaccinate to have fewer cases of malaria. If you know these possibilities then you will save a lot of time analyzing answer choices.

Understand the scope of choices: Understand the keywords, know your relative pronouns and understand the structure of choices. Note choices become more difficult as you score higher on the GMAT. Do not rush through while reading answer choices at this point unless you know that the answer choice is talking about something irrelevant.

Prethinking: This was something that was big at e-GMAT in Rajat’s CR lessons. Even though I did not follow this completely I did benefit from the approach. I spent the 15 seconds allocated for Prethinking to understand the scope of the conclusion. This helped me in a big way in difficult questions.


Sentence Correction
This was a biggie for me. As stated above, I struggled in SC initially. Here is what I learned:

Read slowly: Do not rush through the original sentence and move on to looking for splits – YOU WILL GET SLAUGHTERED. Rather, read the given sentence slowly and understand its meaning by focusing on sentence structure. Sentence structure = knowing and accounting for all the noun, pronouns, verbs, modifiers, and parallel lists. Once you do that you should know the meaning. Once you know the meaning, identify faults in sentence structure. Example of faults would be SV errors, modifier errors, lists that don’t make sense (classical for 700+ questions) etc. Once you have found 2 or three such errors, look for splits and get to the right answer.
Even though this method seems longer, in reality it is much more efficient than rushing to the answer choices directly.

Know your rules well: You show know the grammar rules, be absolutely familiar with Verb-ed and Verb-ing modifier usage and the logic behind parallel lists. The usage of idioms such as Like and As should be crystal clear in your mind. There are tons of great article by e-GMAT on these topics.

Reading Comprehension

Master reading strategies: Read slowly initially and understand the passage. To do this you need to follow transition keywords and practice predictive reading. Here is what I did - I made note of transition keywords and memorized them (there are like 15 of them). I was able to recite them out cold. Then I took 5 articles from economist and underlined all the transition keywords. This helped me master the keywords. Then I read 5 more articles and practiced predictive reading. I was able to predict the flow of the article ~50% of the times. Predictive reading habits are great time saver. GMAT reading is very different from reading reports or financial statements.

Know question types: Know the various kind of inferences, and detail answer choices. Know how the GMAC makes incorrect answer choices. The thing with RC is that because passages are longer and there is no conclusion, it is more challenging to weed out answer choices. However, if you understand the passage well, you will be able to see answer choices that have nothing to do with the passage or are inconsistent with the information given in the passage.

I had two back to back RCs on the test (Q7-10, and 11-13). Yet, my timing did not mess up because I followed the above approach.


Quant Questions


I had no specific strategy here. Just tackle the question head on, solve it and move forward.I spent 15% of my time on quant, mostly to solve questions.

My Prep resources
Here are the various prep resources I used
1. OG 13 and Verbal Review – Excellent questions, good explanations for CR and RC. Passable explanations for SC.
2. Exam pack 1: Excellent questions – go to e-GMAT forums or MGMAT forums for explanations.
3. E-GMAT courses: Excellent value for money. Very helpful for folks like me who need help with Verbal.
4. MGMAT Verbal books: decent value for money but not so great.
5. MGMAT quant books: Good refresher and value for money if you need help with quant
6. MGMAT exams: Good value (these are free with books). Average questions but great analysis. I wish that GMAT Prep had such analysis. Again, the solutions could be better.
7. Veritas Prep test: Good test, good explanations. I liked the interface.
8. Princeton Review: Cracking the GMAT – not worth it
9. Kaplan Premier: Not worth it.


Good habits
One thing that I want to stress is that GMAT is not as much about being brilliant as it is about being methodical. Here are a few things that helped me:

1.Do not study all day: I did this mistake early on when I studied all possible time that I had – bad strategy. Remember that you mind need time to absorb information. Study no more than 90 minutes on a weekday, even if you have time. The best thing- make a study routine and study the same time every day.
2.Make notes: I am a pen and paper person. I like to write things down. However, digital notes are much more efficient and searchable. I leveraged both. Take notes on pen and paper while studying and type them into Evernote at the end of your study session. It’s a great revision which helps retention.
3.Use the tagging system in Evernote: Evernote is a great study tool. You can grab any webpage and put in to Evernote and find it easily. Once you have all the notes and reference solutions (which you need to revise) in a single tool, you can access them on the go. This is a huge time saver, especially when you have just 90 minutes. Here is a helpful video.
4.Attention management: You do not need to solve all the questions correctly to do well. Just make sure that whatever you do, do it well. Keep things black and white while managing time well.


I know that the above has been a long debrief. I apologize for the same. I hope that it is helpful. I will be happy to answer any questions.




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This is an amazing journey and congrats on your super score :-)

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