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# GMAT in 20 days - Need help !

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24 Feb 2019, 09:41
Hello All,

I have been preparing for GMAT from past 5 months, have finished all the 3 OG's, e-gmat verbal scholaranium and gmat club tests. I gave few mocks GMAT Prep 2- Q 49, V 26 (pretty less), Kaplan free Mock Q 45, V 34. I am now planning to revise the error logs and the OG's. I have 9 mocks left in total, 2 veritas, 5 Kaplan and 2 GMAT official prep. I am planning to give these as well ad analyse them thoroughly. I am not sure if i should go about with some additional material, since I feel 20 days is a good time to brush up my concepts that will help me to improve in my weak areas and strengthen my strong areas. I am doing really poor at verbal at times because of poor strategies for solving RC questions that takes ample amount of time and causes an havoc at later questions of the verbal section.
While analysing my previous 3 mocks I have also noticed that when I attempt maximum right questions in first 10-11 questions, the test throws better questions and scale up my score.

Thanks,
Sheetal
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Updated on: 13 Oct 2019, 06:41
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Here are my suggestions:

1) First of all, decide your overall target score, and then accordingly decide your sectional target scores. You need to do this to decide how much improvement you need to make, and then to accordingly put in effort and frame your strategies.

2) Identify your all sorts of your conceptual, physical or mental issues. I listed 13 issues with myself after my first GMAT attempt. Working towards those issues improved my score later. You do the same.

3) No need to try any new material for problem solving. Simply spend quality time on filling conceptual gaps by going back to concept modules and by thoroughly analyzing the solutions of questions you've attempted so far. This is the best way to maximize learning. Given the number of questions that you've tried so far, it's enough to cover most concepts that are required.

4) Best way to up your score is to improve in Verbal section. Target SC section as it's easier to improve SC score in short time than is in the other two sections. This is true in general, but you can decide better for yourself.

5) Read my response at https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-timin ... s#p2231716 to know how to better manage your time.

6) Don't try to revise all the questions attempted so far. Pick topics and questions to revise that are either your weakness or frequently tested in GMAT.

7) Evenly split final 14 days before GMAT for learning, testing and revising. Revision is more important than new learning at this stage.

8) For the last 6 days, simply go back to your concept modules and Error Log.

9) Do not take any mock test 3 days before the exam.

10) Don't overwork yourself. Take sometime out to chill everyday so that your mind can absorb all the learning.

11) Enjoy the process of learning and improving.

You can make significant improvements in your GMAT preparation provided you improve your conceptual understanding of the topics, devise your improvement plan and learn to execute your time management strategies that work for you.

Feel free to reach out to me with any specific queries.

All the best!

Originally posted by iamsiddharthkapoor on 24 Feb 2019, 13:00.
Last edited by iamsiddharthkapoor on 13 Oct 2019, 06:41, edited 1 time in total.
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24 Feb 2019, 13:16
Hi Sheetal15,

Each CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not.

In addition, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically should not take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. By extension, taking 9 CATs in 20 days is NOT a good idea. You have enough time to take 3-4 additional CATs, but that's it.

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24 Feb 2019, 22:44
Sheetal15 wrote:
Hello All,

I have been preparing for GMAT from past 5 months, have finished all the 3 OG's, e-gmat verbal scholaranium and gmat club tests. I gave few mocks GMAT Prep 2- Q 49, V 26 (pretty less), Kaplan free Mock Q 45, V 34. I am now planning to revise the error logs and the OG's. I have 9 mocks left in total, 2 veritas, 5 Kaplan and 2 GMAT official prep. I am planning to give these as well ad analyse them thoroughly. I am not sure if i should go about with some additional material, since I feel 20 days is a good time to brush up my concepts that will help me to improve in my weak areas and strengthen my strong areas. I am doing really poor at verbal at times because of poor strategies for solving RC questions that takes ample amount of time and causes an havoc at later questions of the verbal section.
While analysing my previous 3 mocks I have also noticed that when I attempt maximum right questions in first 10-11 questions, the test throws better questions and scale up my score.

Thanks,
Sheetal
Taking so many tests in such a short period of time is probably not going to help much. If you do go ahead with your testing plan, try to give yourself at least a few days to recover before your actual exam.

How close are you to your target score?
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26 Feb 2019, 11:33
Hi Sheetal15,

I have two important questions: What is your latest practice test score from an official practice exam and what is your goal score? I ask because 20 days is really not a lot of time, so before I provide advice, I’d like to make sure that hitting your score goal is feasible in just 20 days.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-sente ... 89360.html

I agree; there is no such tool. Are you looking for advice on how to improve your GMAT Sentence Correction skills?
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