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NEED HELP!!!!
I am preparing for my GMAT for the last two months.However,after going through all the Manhattan GMAT staetegy guide and doing OG,my score is not improving from 480 to 670 which is my target score.
I am facing problem in RC passages as it takes me so much time for mapping the passages.On the other hand ,I am failing to maintain time during Exam.
Please,help me out.As I am going to sit for my exam on 17th November,I only have 1 month left.
I hope you people will help me to figure out the best strategy to improve my time management skills as well as RC reading skils.
PLEASE HELP ME OUT ?

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If u stuck at 480 or in and around it , go through concepts first . Look at time only when u can acheive accuracy .

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New post 11 Oct 2018, 08:47
Hi there!

I feel you still have some time in hand if you use it judiciously.

Work on basic concepts. Develop a clear strategy on how to tackle each and every question type. This will help you in saving time.

Kindly share your split between Verbal and Quant, source & date of mock. Maybe we could help you further once we some more information regarding your latest score.

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New post 11 Oct 2018, 09:46
Hi,
Thanks for your response.Here are my test scores-
I have given practice test1&2 from Gmat official practice.
1st-450(q37,v17)-10th Sep
2nd-480(q35,v21)-10th Oct

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Hi Humira,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 460 +/- a few points). This means that you continue to 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT in the same general ways. Raising a 480 to a 670+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

In addition, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you listed?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Humira,

Your scores suggest significant gaps in concepts as well as processes. You must work towards strengthening these before taking the test. While it may seem like you are stuck and it is difficult to improve further, it is very much possible. Here are a couple of stories of students who were in your shoes:
    • Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720 (V16 to V39). Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.
    • Askul improved from 520 (Q44 V17) to 710 (Q48 V40). Click here to read his inspiring GMAT journey.

I am sharing a couple of articles that you may find useful for the issues that you are facing currently. You can sign up for the e-GMAT Free Trial to get access to some RC files that will help you in acing RC section of the GMAT. In addition to this, I am also sharing a recording of the Free RC webinar, that we had conducted recently. In this webinar, we discussed how to approach RC passages.

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Hi Humira,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, since you have been studying for two months and are stuck at a 470, it’s clear that you have been unable to progress past the foundations of verbal and quant, and thus there likely are flaws with your current study routine. Additionally, it’s unlikely that you will improve your GMAT score by 190 points in just one month. Are you able to take your GMAT at a later date?

So, to address your two questions, let’s start with your question about time-management. The first thing to understand is that timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skill improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds. He may have you run up and down the stairs at the football stadium. He may have you run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you running the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Can you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed right at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have a mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a particular question. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Answer: A

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. As you gain these skills, you will get faster.

Now, although it appears you really need help in ALL aspects of GMAT quant and verbal, I’ll address your concern about Reading Comprehension. 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 Reading Comprehension, 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 answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice. However, keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

If you’d like further advice regarding how to improve your study plan for both quant and verbal, feel free to reach back out to me. You also may find my article with more information on
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Lastly, if you find that you need additional prep materials, check out the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

Good luck!
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