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# CR Strategy Time Management and 750 Score

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16 Mar 2017, 09:45
Hello Guys,
I am preparing for GMAT since the last 4 months.
Have gone through official questions,various concepts and techniques.
I see improvement and am more confident in Quant,SC but still have a long way to go as far as CR is concerned.
I am struggling somewhat ,especially with the harder questions.
Can't seem to apply any strategy and learn from mistakes as well.
For patterns like Causal,Statistics,Analogy I can identify but in general the 700 level questions are so confusing that even after reading the OE I find it hard to agree with the reasoning.It is like a visualization which I am missing.
Strategy wise I have gone through many methods,but none seem to work in context.
Main thing is figure out the meaning and attack the question.
I am **** up in CR as far as confidence goes.
Also,I take over 3 minutes per question in a CR and sometimes end up with wrong answers.

I keep posting here my doubts on CR 700 + questions asking experts to explain why a choice which is not the OA is not correct and end up not really learning in a pattern approach .

Any help and tips for time management will be appreciated.
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16 Mar 2017, 10:45
Hi sakshamgmat,

From your post, it's not clear whether CR is your biggest 'issue' or not - so it's possible that there are higher-"value" areas that you should be working on. 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 how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) When you say you've studied for 4 months, what does that mean exactly? What type of schedule are you on? How many hours do you study each week?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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16 Mar 2017, 22:13
Hi,

I struggled with CR too initially, but my accuracy has improved a lot with the following technique. Picture one person who you really enjoy disagreeing with, or simply someone you listen to with a lot of disapproval, the kind you want to prove wrong. Whenever you attempt a question, think that the CR prompt is being spoken by this person. When you do this, apart from grabbing your full attention, you will also be able to instantly find faults in the said person's argument. After that, read the question and pre-think the answer without checking the options, you will be able to eliminate answers more easily and this should also help in spotting the correct answer.
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17 Mar 2017, 00:44
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi sakshamgmat,

From your post, it's not clear whether CR is your biggest 'issue' or not - so it's possible that there are higher-"value" areas that you should be working on. 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 how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) When you say you've studied for 4 months, what does that mean exactly? What type of schedule are you on? How many hours do you study each week?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hello,

1) 4 months include inconsistent preparation including a month of classroom coaching.But yeah have covered most of the official questions and also done self study.
Now I am practicing 700+ questions from topic wise directory.

2).Manhattan SC and Quant,Institute material ,flashcards

3)Score has been around 600 (590-610)
Quant - 45 Verbal 28 IR 5 (610)
Quant- 40 Verbal 31 (590)

4) Yes

5) This year ,in around 45 days from now

6) Not very specific,but definitely a good score will get me a decent school so focusisng on that
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17 Mar 2017, 00:45
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Hi,

I struggled with CR too initially, but my accuracy has improved a lot with the following technique. Picture one person who you really enjoy disagreeing with, or simply someone you listen to with a lot of disapproval, the kind you want to prove wrong. Whenever you attempt a question, think that the CR prompt is being spoken by this person. When you do this, apart from grabbing your full attention, you will also be able to instantly find faults in the said person's argument. After that, read the question and pre-think the answer without checking the options, you will be able to eliminate answers more easily and this should also help in spotting the correct answer.

Looks interesting.Will try.
But questions that require strengthen argument and conclusion might not work this way.
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17 Mar 2017, 17:38
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Hi sakshamgmat,

Assuming that your practice CAT scores are accurate (and that you're taking your CATs in a realistic fashion), then "700 level" questions are NOT what you should be focusing on right now. With average CAT scores around 600, and a score goal of 750, you're missing out on LOTS of points in most of the major Quant and Verbal categories. From what you describe, you seem comfortable with most of the content that the GMAT focuses on, so your focus should be on Tactics, patterns and using all of the little 'secrets' to the GMAT to your advantage. Based on your prior studies, it does not sound like you have been training any of those areas.

All things considered, you will likely need at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study to raising your score to 700+, so a planned Test Date in 45 days is probably not going to give you enough study time to get to that level.

1) Do you have the flexibility to push back your Test Date?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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