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Hi Everyone,

I need your valuable feedback on my plan for cracking the GMAT. Sorry for my long passage

First to give a brief about myself. I had a Bachelors in Instrumentation Engineering from Anna University Main Campus, India and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from NUS, Singapore. And I have been working for 5 years in Singapore as an Electrical Engineer in a well known Oilfield industry. I got PR and am planning to leave for Canada by end of next year 2019 and pursue my MBA then. I have chosen list of colleges already including ROTMAN, HEC MONTREAL, JOHN MOLSON, SAUDER, ALBERTA and DESAUTELS with preference in that order. I have researched on average GMAT scores in these colleges and it was around 650 - 700. So I am targeting a score of 700.

I have started preparation two weeks back (from 1st December). Anyway, I am not tightly constrained by time as I have about a year to finish up GMAT and to initiate application processes. But I plan to finish GMAT and get my target score by mid of next year (May or June 2019).

This is how I started prep.
1. Chose the colleges where I wanna go and its average GMAT score, setting which as my target score
2. Started reading OG 2016 (Only book which I have now which I got from my friend and hence never bought OG 2019)
3. Took diagnostic test got "Excellent" in PS and DS however as I suspected got only "Average" and "Above Average in RC, SC and CR.
4. Made some clear decisions on Way Forward for QUANT:
Brush up of quantitative concept and shortcuts
Practice to improve calculation speed
Avoid silly mistakes with improved concentration
Regular practice with question to understand pattern and common pitfalls
5. For Verbal, I am not so sure about how to proceed.
6. This is what I currently do and plan to continue doing:
1. Take ~20 PS, ~20 DS, ~10 RC, 10 SC, 10 CR from OG 2016 practice questions daily. (~ 2 to 5 hours incl. review of correct + wrong answers)
2. Will reduce this number of questions when I am tight on work but never skip practicing.
3. I am planning to take first diagnostic test after finished reviewing OG 2016 full.
4. Then depends on diagnostic test score planning to prepare further buying additional materials (if necessary)

And side by side I started reading some journals including The Economist, now and then. Also using cue cards to build vocabulary.

Will my approach work?
And I need your feedback on how to plan after Step 4 in case Verbal never kicked up for me.

While taking Quant section from practice questions, I sometimes get one or two silly mistakes which I will try to learn and avoid moving on with prep. Time comes up about 2 mins for each question.

In RC, finding difficulty reading passages and time usually exceeds slightly above 2 mins per question. And getting at-least 20%to 40% wrong. Some silly due to less concentration and most I really don't know why.Only after reading explanation it is revealing to me.

In CR, I get at most 40% wrong by choosing wrong option over right option (always confuse between two choices). It is only the choices that is messing me up and sometimes miss key points.

SC is comparably better than others getting one or two mistakes (may be I am trying only easy questions)

Any suggestion on improvement or change in approach are welcome.

THANKS A LOT IN ADVANCE.
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Any suggestion on improvement or change in approach are welcome.
It's hard to say at this stage whether your plan will work. It's light on test prep resources, but those are not necessary. Get started with your prep. As you move forward, you will be in a better position to see which changes are necessary.

You can also take a look at this post and see whether any of that could help in your prep.
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Hi vigneshnus,

To start, you've given yourself plenty of time to study - which is good. The OG books are great sources for practice questions, but they're not designed to teach you Tactics, patterns or the little 'secrets' behind the GMAT - for those, you'll need Course-oriented materials. To that end, you might consider working on the OG a little later on in your studies. Since you have put in some study time already, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

1) Assuming that you would potentially need at least 3 months of study time, how many hours do you think you could consistently study each week?

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for your reply.

I will take your advice and will do the diagnostic test this weekend when I can allot a continuous 3.5 hours to finish everything. I will share the scores once I have done it. May be after that you experts will be in a better position to guide me on what material to purchase and how to proceed with study plan.

On this note, do I need to get a intro to AWA and IR as well before writing the Practice CAT test. Because I haven’t seen the type of question in these sections at all.

Answering your questions. I can comfortably allot a time of 15 to 20 hours per week in any week throughout three months period.

Thanks a lot.
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Hi vigneshnus,

You must take the diagnostic to understand the amount and kind of practice you need to do. In the meanwhile I would like to invite you to the free GMAT Strategy webinar that we are conducting this weekend. In this webinar you will learn how to create a personalized study plan to reach your target score by focusing on only those aspects that need to be worked upon. Register here to reserve your spot. On registering for the session you will also get access to 25+ video lessons and 300+ practice questions.

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Hi vigneshnus,

You shouldn't worry about your knowledge of the Essay and IR sections yet; just do your best as you work through those sections.

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As per your request, I will write a diagnostic full length CAT test and update the scores here for your feedback.

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I will try to attend the webinar this weekend.

Rich,
Sure will give my best in AWA and IR.

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Hi Vignesh,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Looking at your study routine, I see that you are following a plan that I call “practice first and figure out the rest later.” In other words, you are doing practice problems before understanding the concepts on which those problems are based, and thus you are trying to learn solely from reading solutions to problems. Following such a study plan will lead to disorganized studying and ultimately hold you back from improving your quant and verbal skills. Thus, in addition to using your current resources, you may consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

If you decide to use some new prep materials, check out the reviews here on GMAT Club of the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
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Hi Experts,

I have written the GMAT diagnostic test using the Free Test #1 from GMAT Official website.
The main difficulty I faced was with timing as I have more than 8 questions each in Quant and Verbal remained when time had already reached 2 mins. So guessed answers for 7 of them with all being wrong in Quant and 5 being wrong in Verbal and one question left out in each section.

Here are my scores:
IR
Scaled Score: 7
Percentile: 82

Verbal (Most mistakes in RC)
Scaled Score: 33
Percentile: 69

Quantitative (All mistakes in DS and guessed questions)
Scaled Score: 49
Percentile: 75

TOTAL 670 with 81 Percentile.

MY TARGET SCORE IS 700 +.

Could you please help me with further plans and study materials to reach my goal and a better time management.
As of now I have completed all practice questions in OG 2016.

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Hi vigneshnus,

I responded to your other thread with the following message. For the sake of simplicity, you should probably focus on just one of the threads - and keep all of the discussion in that one thread.
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Assuming that you took this first practice CAT in a realistic fashion, this 670 is a fantastic initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 each year). From what you describe, you have worked through lots of practice questions, but it is not clear how you approach prompts in the Verbal section.

1) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical RC, SC or CR prompt?
2) how many hours do you think you could consistently study each week?

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Hi Rich,

First of all, I will stick with this thread itself to avoid confusion.

Yes this is my first CAT full length test and I took it so studiously on one sit without any interruptions.

Yes I worked through practice questions and reviewed them once.

1) For RC, I will read thru passage once slowly to understand the content and mostly topics like history, business and arts make me read the passage twice. Then I will proceed with answering questions. If needed, I ll look through the particular section of passage to get correct choice. Most probably I will get the answer right for question asking about central idea of passage. But all others not always right. Arts and history are my highest difficulty passages.

2) For SC, 90% of time I use elimination process. I ll find mistakes in answer choices and then will shortlist the mistakeless ones. And most of the time, I ll end up with two choices to choose from, which seem to me like right. I m good at finding parallelism errors but very bad at grammatical and rhetorical construction errors.

3) For CR, the questions I find extreme difficulty is when none of the answer choices seems right. I couldn’t go deep into passage, interpreting the hidden meaning. Timing is another thing as I will read the passage once and go thru choices one by one understanding it.

4) I can commit atleast 15 to 20 hours a week for studies. Daily minimum an hour and weekends minimum of 6 hours.

Really worried about completing entire questions on time as I experienced the real stress that time gave me while taking the test mainly in quants DS questions.

Please let me know if I haven’t answered your questions completely.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi vigneshnus,

Since you're not facing any immediate deadlines, you can proceed with your studies however you like. If you want to be efficient going forward, then you might find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). That having been said, you appear to already be scoring at your 'Goal level', so you might just be fine continuing to study as you have been. From what you describe, since you had to guess on so many questions at the end of each section, there are clearly some 'inefficiencies' in terms of how you approach the Quant and Verbal sections. It's unclear how 'lucky' you may have gotten on this CAT, nor how those issues might improve over time as you continue to study. As such, I suggest that you continue studying as you choose, then take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) in about 2 weeks. With that data, we'll have a better idea of your current skills and how effective your current way of studying is.

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Hi vigneshnus,

670 is a great score to begin with! Your score suggests that there are specific gaps which need to be plugged. An efficient way to do that is to identify the topics in which you are relatively weak and work on those. You can take Ability Quizzes (Verbal Ability Quiz | Quant Abiltiy Quiz) in Scholaranium Free Trial to do so and then improve upon the weaknesses through your existing resources or e-GMAT Free Trial files.

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