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Hi,
I scored a 710 on my first gmat (Q48 V 39), I am really looking to push my score up to a 730+.

I took my gmat a second time and scored a 690 (really poor performance day as I was mentally exhausted).

What tips do you have for me to increase my score? My main weaknesses are in Sentence Correction on the Verbal side (Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue) and on Quant I feel overall confident just get tripped up by the occasional question related to algebra and geometry.

Any preferred study material or online solutions to help raise my score would be very helpful.

Thanks!
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Hi,
I scored a 710 on my first gmat (Q48 V 39), I am really looking to push my score up to a 730+.

I took my gmat a second time and scored a 690 (really poor performance day as I was mentally exhausted).

What tips do you have for me to increase my score? My main weaknesses are in Sentence Correction on the Verbal side (Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue) and on Quant I feel overall confident just get tripped up by the occasional question related to algebra and geometry.

Any preferred study material or online solutions to help raise my score would be very helpful.

Thanks!
SC involves a lot of concepts, and knowing these concepts will make it much easier for you to do well on SC questions. Go through the concepts you've done and check whether you are comfortable with them. Plug any gaps you find. With a Q48, it's not easy to point to any one thing that you need to do, but you are well placed to get that 730+ score you want.
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vincitygialam wrote:
Hi,
I scored a 710 on my first gmat (Q48 V 39), I am really looking to push my score up to a 730+.

I took my gmat a second time and scored a 690 (really poor performance day as I was mentally exhausted).

What tips do you have for me to increase my score? My main weaknesses are in Sentence Correction on the Verbal side (Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue) and on Quant I feel overall confident just get tripped up by the occasional question related to algebra and geometry.

Any preferred study material or online solutions to help raise my score would be very helpful.

Thanks!


IMO you should try to reach Q49 or 50 as you may find it easier than Verbal improvement.

If you Verbal weakness is SC, then rest assure that you can improve quickly.

Following links may help you :

https://magoosh.com/gmat/all-posts-by-category/

https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to- ... -on-gmat/#

https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/tag/qu ... -wisdom-2/

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-definiti ... 69705.html
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vincitygialam wrote:
Hi,
I scored a 710 on my first gmat (Q48 V 39), I am really looking to push my score up to a 730+.

I took my gmat a second time and scored a 690 (really poor performance day as I was mentally exhausted).

What tips do you have for me to increase my score? My main weaknesses are in Sentence Correction on the Verbal side (Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue) and on Quant I feel overall confident just get tripped up by the occasional question related to algebra and geometry.

Any preferred study material or online solutions to help raise my score would be very helpful.

Thanks!


Hi

You should better concentrate on your weak areas and master them all, Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

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Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue

Hi vincitygialam, since you mention SC as your specific area of concern, thought I would mention that our sentence correction book Sentence Correction Nirvana is perhaps the only book that offers a score improvement guarantee, and is especially designed for non-native speakers.

After reading the book twice (yes! it's an academic book, and so must be read twice in all seriousness, to reinforce the concepts), you will start looking forward to solving SC questions!

The book is available on Flipkart and Amazon.in. You might want to refer to these sites, to also read testimonials of how readers have benefited.

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Hi vincitygialam,

To start, a 710/Q48 is an outstanding score (it's right around the 90th percentile overall), so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest is probably not necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

There's certainly no harm in retesting though. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
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2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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vincitygialam wrote:
Hi,
I scored a 710 on my first gmat (Q48 V 39), I am really looking to push my score up to a 730+.

I took my gmat a second time and scored a 690 (really poor performance day as I was mentally exhausted).

What tips do you have for me to increase my score? My main weaknesses are in Sentence Correction on the Verbal side (Sentence correction is by far my biggest overall issue) and on Quant I feel overall confident just get tripped up by the occasional question related to algebra and geometry.

Any preferred study material or online solutions to help raise my score would be very helpful.

Thanks!


Hi vincitygialam,

If you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi vincitygialam,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that 710/690 is an awesome starting point. That being said, it's possible to score 710 or 690 without fully understanding some topics or refining certain skills. To score 730+, your preparation is going to have to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. 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.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you had to know to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.
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