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GMAT 2nd Attempt in a week and still stuck at V24

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New post 21 Mar 2019, 05:58
Hello all,

I have been preparing for GMAT from last 2 months and it is my second attempt. Last september I appeared for GMAt and scored devastating 630 (V24, Q49).
Today after preparing for over 2 months I again took GMAT prep exam and stil scored V24.
Really feel I wasted my 2 months preparation.
I have my GMAt on 29th March.
Any suggestions or should I forget dreams of scoring 700+

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New post 21 Mar 2019, 08:54
Hi Manisha, you might want to appear in another official mock test asap and if you get a low Verbal score in that exam as well, might consider postponing.

Note that you are about to enter the 7 day period before the examination date, after which, postponement would cost you the entire exam fees ($250).

Also, which sub-section in Verbal is giving you most grief?
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Hi Manisha, you might want to appear in another official mock test asap and if you get a low Verbal score in that exam as well, might consider postponing.

Note that you are about to enter the 7 day period before the examination date, after which, postponement would cost you the entire exam fees ($250).

Also, which sub-section in Verbal is giving you most grief?
I am weakest in CR , regardless , my overall VA score is impacted . I cannot reconsider postponing for various reasons . Any last minute tips

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Hi Manisha,

If this is the only recent CAT result that we have for reference, then it appears that you're still responding to the Verbal section in the same ways as you did when you last took the Official GMAT. Assuming that's the case, then you are unlikely to hit 700+ in 8 days. As such, you should consider paying to push back your Test Date (although you will have to do that IMMEDIATELY, since GMAC's rules state that you have to log in to reschedule at least 7 FULL DAYS in advance of your current Test Date).

There's certainly no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but you mentioned in an earlier post that you did not want to spend the extra money on an ESR, so I have to assume that you really don't want to spend the money to retake the GMAT again (especially when you can pay to push back your Exam). With the extra study time, we can better define what you need to work on and put together an appropriate Study Plan.

1) What type of study routine have you been following over the last 2 months?
2) What study materials have you used during that time?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? Were any of these CATs ones that you had taken before?

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New post 21 Mar 2019, 17:27
Hi mbamm19,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, NO, I do not think that you should give up your dreams of a 700+; however, I do think that you need to reconsider your GMAT timeline, and push back your exam until you have truly mastered GMAT verbal. Since you have been unable to break a V24 after studying for some time, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes, right? Your score of V24 shows that you currently lack the GMAT verbal fundamentals you need for a high score, and thus you need to follow a study plan that allows you to individually learn each verbal topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each 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, 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, 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 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 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 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 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 be determined to see the differences and 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction 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 it helpful to read the following articles: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT and How Long Should I Study for the GMAT?

Good luck!
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New post 22 Mar 2019, 04:05
Hi mbamm19,

To achieve a 700+ score, you would need at least a V36 along with a Q50. Improving to a V36 from V24 would need quite a lot of work. Some more time in hand would have made the situation more comfortable. However, the focus right now is to make sure the time that you spend is effective. Here is what I would suggest you,

    1. Take a Verbal Ability Quiz in Scholaranium to get precise feedback on your performance in each topic and question type.
    2. Pick up top 3 weak areas, areas in which you are the weakest
    3. Improve upon these areas. It will probably require learning the concepts properly. In the first place.

Covering up the major gaps in your preparation in this limited time will help you score better. You can do so using the existing resources or using the resources shared below to help you with Verbal Prep. You can get access to a lot more of these videos and practice questions once you sign up for the Free Trial.


If you need further help feel free to reach out to us at support@e-gmat.com referencing this post or PM me your queries. We would be happy to help you.

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