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For some odd reasons i have chosen to take GMAT exam to pursue my carrier in management but i am stuck at a crossroads either to give away GMAT or fight the beast of quant. i haven't had my maths classes since 10th grade which is a big fear factor. To cover that up i went through all the MGAMT quant book and made notes about formulas and tactics but when i started to practice at GMAT club the fear of maths again crept in. I am currently solving 600-700 level questions but the dilemma here is that I am taking 6-7 minutes to solve the question which are on low difficulty of 600-700. I have talked to no of people here on gmat club all of them have advised me to keep practicing as the concepts will get absorbed over period of time and question patterns will start to develop i have solved 100 question from PS but still i haven't been able to map the pattern and to reduce the overall time of my solution.

If some expert could guide and help me out of my dilemma and solve this myth of pattern in GMAT. i would be very thankful. My target is 700
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Hi bangalorelover,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you are currently taking 6 to 7 minutes to answer questions, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high score. Thus, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. Looking at your current study routine, it appears that your prep is centered on doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. Moving forward, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning using a resource with which you can FIRST learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and THEN practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby 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 Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read, so to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, 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, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects, and it is also likely that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved because 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 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. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that can be created with the answer choices. 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. 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. For instance, 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 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with Sentence Correction questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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New post 12 Sep 2018, 02:52
Hey bangalorelover

Welcome to GMATClub!

I think you should be fine as far as concepts are concerned if you have completed them using
the Manhattan Quant guides. Whenever you practice questions, try to understand if you are
able to apply your learning to the problems. Whenever you make a mistake or aren't able to
solve a question - go through the thread(where the question has been discussed). Some of the
methods that have been used to solve the problems, will help you save some time. Try and adapt
these methods while you solve similar questions during practice.

Some additional links at GMATClub to improve your Quant score are as follows:

1. GMATClub Quantitative Mega-Thread
2. ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !
3. PS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
4. DS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
5. Timing strategies

The third and fourth links are for practice only.

As an additional resource, you should buy the GMATClub Quant tests. I would recommend you to
take the tests diligently and prepare an elaborate error-log(at least the topics you face problems in)
Work on maintaining this error log and go through this from time to time. This retrospection will
definitely help you improve your scores. Last but not the least, go through the below-given post
(which details the strategy to improve Quant score to Q50)

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html

Hope this helps you
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New post 27 Sep 2018, 23:43
bangalorelover wrote:
For some odd reasons i have chosen to take GMAT exam to pursue my carrier in management but i am stuck at a crossroads either to give away GMAT or fight the beast of quant. i haven't had my maths classes since 10th grade which is a big fear factor. To cover that up i went through all the MGAMT quant book and made notes about formulas and tactics but when i started to practice at GMAT club the fear of maths again crept in. I am currently solving 600-700 level questions but the dilemma here is that I am taking 6-7 minutes to solve the question which are on low difficulty of 600-700. I have talked to no of people here on gmat club all of them have advised me to keep practicing as the concepts will get absorbed over period of time and question patterns will start to develop i have solved 100 question from PS but still i haven't been able to map the pattern and to reduce the overall time of my solution.

If some expert could guide and help me out of my dilemma and solve this myth of pattern in GMAT. i would be very thankful. My target is 700


You must do official tag 600-700 range and do specific topic eg do tag of rate, 600-700, official
there is lot of practice material learn from official guides. GMAT club is gold specially its question banks that's all you need. and keep practicing till you start to solve problems in your dreams. till you get a nightmare and when you wake up you figure it out that you were solving math problem. wonderful links shared by push go through it.
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