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# Giving the GMAT another try.

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23 May 2019, 09:53
Hello!

As mentioned in the topic name, I plan to give the GMAT another try.

In my last attempt, I was all over the place primarily because I didn't have a strategy/plan to follow and it didn't go well.

I would really like to start from scratch {leaving no stone unturned} and then give the GMAT another try.

I would really appreciate a strategy or plan to follow to help develop my scores for the better.

Thank you!
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23 May 2019, 10:30
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24 May 2019, 05:27
kingcrimson282 wrote:
Hello!

As mentioned in the topic name, I plan to give the GMAT another try.

In my last attempt, I was all over the place primarily because I didn't have a strategy/plan to follow and it didn't go well.

I would really like to start from scratch {leaving no stone unturned} and then give the GMAT another try.

I would really appreciate a strategy or plan to follow to help develop my scores for the better.

Thank you!

Hi
First of all, based on your last Gmat score, find out whether you need to work more on Quant or Verbal or both. Then you can start preparing accordingly.
You can study from the MGMAT books if you want to do self study or take an online/classroom based course, whichever suits you better. But before zeroing on any course attend trial sessions to see i you are comfortable with the teaching methodology.
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24 May 2019, 07:00

Some introspection would help ensure that your efforts in your re-attempt are optimal.
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24 May 2019, 08:38
What is your target score? Based on personal experience, I’d recommend TTP for quant. It is a very comprehensive quant course that will help you get to your target quant score. You can checkout Manhattan verbal books or e-gmat verbal online for verbal. Empowergmat (quant and verbal) is also worth mentioning if your fundamentals are strong. Empower will teach the tactics you need to beat the GMAT.

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24 May 2019, 09:45
Hi kingcrimson282,

Although I do not know how much about your situation with the GMAT, I’m happy to provide some general advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills.

First off, since you seem to need a major score improvement, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT quant and verbal from the ground up. In other words, follow a study plan in which you individually learn each topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts. Let me expand on this idea further.

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.

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.
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. 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 logical meanings. 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 until you start to see the differences 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 take the 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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials. So, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for various GMAT courses. That said, for quant, as bebs mentioned, TTP would be a gamechanger for you. We are top rated GMAT course on GMAT club and offer a 5-day trial.

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 will want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for various GMAT courses. That said, for quant as bebs mentioned, TTP would be a gamechanger for you. We are the top rated top rated GMAT course t and verbal courses on GMAT club and offer a 5-day trial.

You also may find it helpful to read the following article about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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26 May 2019, 14:10
Hi kingcrimson282,

In early 2018, you asked about how to improve from a 440 to a 700+. That type of improvement would require a significant amount of focused, guided study - probably at least 3 months - and you would have to make significant improvements to how you handled BOTH the Quant and Verbal section. Now that a year has gone by, it would help to know a bit more about how you've studied during that time and your goals:

Studies:
1) How have you studied over the last year? Were there times that you took "time off" from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used so far over the course of ALL of your studies?
3) When was the last time you took a practice CAT/mock and how did you score (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

Goals:
4) Is your goal score still 700+?
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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