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New post 22 Aug 2019, 12:13
Hi guys,

My name is Alex and currently I’m studying for my first GMAT ever.

The date of the exam: 13 September

Mocks(Official):
GMAT 1: 490( Q40; V17 ) – 4 august
GMAT 2: 530( Q44; V19 ) – 11 august
GMAT 3: 610( Q45; V28 ) – 18 august
I still have 3 more weeks(full weeks just for study) to prep for the test and I want to get a score over 700.

I just finished GMAT OFFICIAL GUIDE 2019 questions and here are the results according to my error log:

1. Reading Comprehension (34 wrong answers out of 139 questions):
- 38% Inference
- 21% Evaluation
- 18% Main idea
- 18% Supporting idea
- 6% Application

2. Critical Reasoning ( 35 wrong answers out of 124):
- 49% Argument construction
- 31% Argument evaluation
- 20% Evaluation of a plan

3. Sentence correction ( 29 wrong answers out of 120):
- 66% Rhetorical Construction
- 45% Logical Predication
- 31% Grammatical construction
- 24% Verb form
- 21% Parallelism
- 21% Diction
- 17% Idioms


(SC questions have more than one wrong problem, that’s why the percentages don’t add up to 100%)

For the quant section I don’t have to many concerns because I always been good on math and I think that in 3 weeks I can go very easily from Q45 to Q50. I will start with Advanced Gmat Quant from Manhattan next.

The most problems I have are on the Verbal section and I need some advices:
What can I do to break over Q35-40?
What can be a good study plan for the next 3 weeks?
What materials I can use( online and offline)?
Study materials for CR? RC? SC? ( I used Manhattan so far)
Any advices will be much appreciated!!!


I want to mention that I have access to the online question bank from the Official Prep, paper test, etc( I bought a big package from them). I will probably start with this next.

Best regards,
Alex
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New post 22 Aug 2019, 22:52
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Hi guys,

My name is Alex and currently I’m studying for my first GMAT ever.

The date of the exam: 13 September

Mocks(Official):
GMAT 1: 490( Q40; V17 ) – 4 august
GMAT 2: 530( Q44; V19 ) – 11 august
GMAT 3: 610( Q45; V28 ) – 18 august
I still have 3 more weeks(full weeks just for study) to prep for the test and I want to get a score over 700.

I just finished GMAT OFFICIAL GUIDE 2019 questions and here are the results according to my error log:

1. Reading Comprehension (34 wrong answers out of 139 questions):
- 38% Inference
- 21% Evaluation
- 18% Main idea
- 18% Supporting idea
- 6% Application

2. Critical Reasoning ( 35 wrong answers out of 124):
- 49% Argument construction
- 31% Argument evaluation
- 20% Evaluation of a plan

3. Sentence correction ( 29 wrong answers out of 120):
- 66% Rhetorical Construction
- 45% Logical Predication
- 31% Grammatical construction
- 24% Verb form
- 21% Parallelism
- 21% Diction
- 17% Idioms


(SC questions have more than one wrong problem, that’s why the percentages don’t add up to 100%)

For the quant section I don’t have to many concerns because I always been good on math and I think that in 3 weeks I can go very easily from Q45 to Q50. I will start with Advanced Gmat Quant from Manhattan next.

The most problems I have are on the Verbal section and I need some advices:
What can I do to break over Q35-40?
What can be a good study plan for the next 3 weeks?
What materials I can use( online and offline)?
Study materials for CR? RC? SC? ( I used Manhattan so far)
Any advices will be much appreciated!!!


I want to mention that I have access to the online question bank from the Official Prep, paper test, etc( I bought a big package from them). I will probably start with this next.

Best regards,
Alex


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120 point improvement in a fortnight is ridiculous. Well done!
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New post 23 Aug 2019, 09:45
Hi Alex,

Although you may need more than just 3 weeks to improve by 90 points, here is some general advice you can follow to improve your verbal skills. I’ll start with CR.

When studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, 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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to put in the necessary time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC 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.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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I am starting my GMAT preparation, planning to give my exam in Jan 2020. I have 10 years of work experience in an Fortune 500 company. What should be the ideal GMAT score and which online course shall be best for preparation?

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I am starting my GMAT preparation, planning to give my exam in Jan 2020. I have 10 years of work experience in an Fortune 500 company. What should be the ideal GMAT score and which online course shall be best for preparation?
Hi varunsharma001,

You could start by taking a look at this post.
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Hi varunsharma001,

Many GMATers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so planning to take the GMAT this coming January is a logical first step.

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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