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Hi, Everyone. I have given gmat 4 times and all in vain. I gave my first gmat in October 2017 and scored 570 and then a month later I reappeared. I scored only 610. So after that i took some break and started studying again in June,2018. I joined a gmat academy. After preparing for 2 months i gave GMAT prep-1 and scored 640 on it. After three days gave Gmat prep-2 and scored 710 on it. I took Kaplan mock as well and scored 680 on it. I was pretty confident that I could get around 680. I registered for the test on 22nd Sept, 2018. I did not sleep well and scored poorly on verbal and ended up scoring 610. After that i took veritas exam and scored around 640-660 in all 7 exams. I gave GMAT prep 3 and 4, and scored 680 and 660 accordingly. I registered again and gave gmat today. I ended up scoring only 540. I don't know what is wrong with me. i feel so hopeless now. Any help will be appreciated
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Hi, Everyone. I have given gmat 4 times and all in vain. I gave my first gmat in October 2017 and scored 570 and then a month later I reappeared. I scored only 610. So after that i took some break and started studying again in June,2018. I joined a gmat academy. After preparing for 2 months i gave GMAT prep-1 and scored 640 on it. After three days gave Gmat prep-2 and scored 710 on it. I took Kaplan mock as well and scored 680 on it. I was pretty confident that I could get around 680. I registered for the test on 22nd Sept, 2018. I did not sleep well and scored poorly on verbal and ended up scoring 610. After that i took veritas exam and scored around 640-660 in all 7 exams. I gave GMAT prep 3 and 4, and scored 680 and 660 accordingly. I registered again and gave gmat today. I ended up scoring only 540. I don't know what is wrong with me. i feel so hopeless now. Any help will be appreciated


Hey buddy,

sorry to hear about the discrepancy.

Did you give all of your prep tests under realistic conditions (e.g. break times, no pauses during the test etc.)

Furthermore, did you write your actual tests at around the same time of the day as you took the prep tests?
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Welcome to GMATClub!

GMAT can be a brutal test at times. I can understand how hard it must be
on you for not being able to do well despite having studied as hard as you
did. As a first step, you should order the ESR for your last attempt.

It is imperative to understand what scored the score drop(from 640). Once
we have a reason which topics need help, we can work on ways to fix that.
Once you have the ESR for your attempt, you should report back with the
report on this thread to understand what the best course of action is.

Don't lose hope :) I have seen cases of people on this forum who managed
to clear their GMAT on their 8th attempt. IMO, it is about understanding what
you are lacking at and working on that.

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bilalh wrote:
Hi, Everyone. I have given gmat 4 times and all in vain. I gave my first gmat in October 2017 and scored 570 and then a month later I reappeared. I scored only 610. So after that i took some break and started studying again in June,2018. I joined a gmat academy. After preparing for 2 months i gave GMAT prep-1 and scored 640 on it. After three days gave Gmat prep-2 and scored 710 on it. I took Kaplan mock as well and scored 680 on it. I was pretty confident that I could get around 680. I registered for the test on 22nd Sept, 2018. I did not sleep well and scored poorly on verbal and ended up scoring 610. After that i took veritas exam and scored around 640-660 in all 7 exams. I gave GMAT prep 3 and 4, and scored 680 and 660 accordingly. I registered again and gave gmat today. I ended up scoring only 540. I don't know what is wrong with me. i feel so hopeless now. Any help will be appreciated


Hey buddy,

sorry to hear about the discrepancy.

Did you give all of your prep tests under realistic conditions (e.g. break times, no pauses during the test etc.)

Furthermore, did you write your actual tests at around the same time of the day as you took the prep tests?


Hi, I tried to replicate the testing condition. My test was at 1.30pm and i used to give mocks around 11.30am or 12pm. I used to take 8 minute breaks in between the sections.
When i am doing mocks I am very calm and relaxed. But when i go for the real GMAT i get all nervous.
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Welcome to GMATClub!

GMAT can be a brutal test at times. I can understand how hard it must be
on you for not being able to do well despite having studied as hard as you
did. As a first step, you should order the ESR for your last attempt.

It is imperative to understand what scored the score drop(from 640). Once
we have a reason which topics need help, we can work on ways to fix that.
Once you have the ESR for your attempt, you should report back with the
report on this thread to understand what the best course of action is.

Don't lose hope :) I have seen cases of people on this forum who managed
to clear their GMAT on their 8th attempt. IMO, it is about understanding what
you are lacking at and working on that.

Hope that helps!


Hi, Thank you for your reply. Once i get the ESR i will post both the reports here.
The exam that i gave on 22nd September i got 49Q and 26 V and today i got 43Q and 21V
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Hi bilalh,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Since you've taken the GMAT 4 times, did you ever take a practice CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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Hi bilalh,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Since you've taken the GMAT 4 times, did you ever take a practice CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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Hi, Thank you for your reply.
1) No I only used to take quant and verbal only
2) Yes, i took them at home
3) My GMAT was around 1.30pm and I used to take mocks around 11.30am-12.30pm
4) No I tried to replicate the original testing conditions
5) When i took GMAT Prep-2 some questions did repeat. This inflated my score to 710
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Hi bilalh,

I've sent you a PM with some additional questions.

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Hi bilalh,

To begin with, don’t lose hope. A lot of students take multiple attempts to reach their target score. Here are some such examples to motivate you:
    • Prawee (550 to 740) used all the books and local coaching classes but was unable to improve her GMAT score beyond a certain point. She finally scored 740 in her 5th attempt and got a $180,000 fellowship cumulatively from 3 top business schools. She is currently pursuing MBA from Kellogg. There was a time when Kellogg was not even on her radar. Click here to know about her GMAT journey.
    • Rohit Bansal scored a 740 (Q51 V40) in his fifth attempt which allowed him to secure admits from Kellogg, ISB and interview calls from Tepper as well as UCLA. Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.
    • Arjun was unable to cross V26 in his last 3 attempts. Click here to learn how he improved to V41 in his 4th attempt

It seems that anxiety gets the better off you in the actual test. It could be because you are not very confident of your preparation or something else. Going forward you must make a structured study plan and see it through. You may find this article on Retake Strategy to be helpful in preparing for your next test. If you need any further help, you can write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We would be happy to help.

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Hi bilalh,

To begin with, don’t lose hope. A lot of students take multiple attempts to reach their target score. Here are some such examples to motivate you:
    • Prawee (550 to 740) used all the books and local coaching classes but was unable to improve her GMAT score beyond a certain point. She finally scored 740 in her 5th attempt and got a $180,000 fellowship cumulatively from 3 top business schools. She is currently pursuing MBA from Kellogg. There was a time when Kellogg was not even on her radar. Click here to know about her GMAT journey.
    • Rohit Bansal scored a 740 (Q51 V40) in his fifth attempt which allowed him to secure admits from Kellogg, ISB and interview calls from Tepper as well as UCLA. Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.
    • Arjun was unable to cross V26 in his last 3 attempts. Click here to learn how he improved to V41 in his 4th attempt

It seems that anxiety gets the better off you in the actual test. It could be because you are not very confident of your preparation or something else. Going forward you must make a structured study plan and see it through. You may find this article on Retake Strategy to be helpful in preparing for your next test. If you need any further help, you can write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We would be happy to help.

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Thank you so much for your reply. It does give me some hope. The problem is I do not have much confidence especially in verbal part and when selecting an answer in verbal I am never 100% sure.
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Hi bilalh,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. First off, you’ve shown some amazing perseverance by keeping with the GMAT despite not achieving your score goal in many attempts, so I applaud you for that. That being said, since you have been prepping for so much time without achieving your desired results, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes, right? Since you scored 540, it’s clear that you lack some fundamental quant and verbal skills necessary for a high score. Thus, it’s imperative that you follow an organized and linear study plan, so that you can methodically improve your quant and verbal skills. Within each GMAT topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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. 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 the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

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. 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 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 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. 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. 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 questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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The problem that you have described arises when the student does not have conceptual and process clarity. I would like to invite you to the free Strategy webinar that we are conducting this weekend to understand this in detail. In addition, I would also like to invite you to try out our Free Trial to evaluate if our teaching methodology helps you gain conceptual and process clarity. I am sharing a few direct links below, you can get access to more files and questions by signing up for the Free Trial.

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Hi bilalh,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. First off, you’ve shown some amazing perseverance by keeping with the GMAT despite not achieving your score goal in many attempts, so I applaud you for that. That being said, since you have been prepping for so much time without achieving your desired results, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes, right? Since you scored 540, it’s clear that you lack some fundamental quant and verbal skills necessary for a high score. Thus, it’s imperative that you follow an organized and linear study plan, so that you can methodically improve your quant and verbal skills. Within each GMAT topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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. 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 the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

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. 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 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 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. 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. 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 questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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Thank you so much for taking out your time. It is really nice of you to provide such a thorough answer. I will surely try to focus on these things

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Thank you for your reply. Actually after my fourth attempt I started watching egmat videos. And some of my SC confusions have been cleared.
I have one query if you can please advise me on. Do you think the next time when i give my official gmat should i change my order section. I always do quant verbal IR and AWA first. But I believe if I do IR AWA quant and verbal, it will be better for me. I will be in the testing phase and feel pretty relaxed.
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Thank you for your reply. Actually after my fourth attempt I started watching egmat videos. And some of my SC confusions have been cleared.
I have one query if you can please advise me on. Do you think the next time when i give my official gmat should i change my order section. I always do quant verbal IR and AWA first. But I believe if I do IR AWA quant and verbal, it will be better for me. I will be in the testing phase and feel pretty relaxed.



Hi bilalh,

Changing the order could help, however, you must first test out the new order in practice test. Changing the order without first making sure it works for you would not be a good idea. So try out the order in some mocks before the GMAT.

Hope this helps!

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