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New post 13 Sep 2018, 07:29
Hi there,

I have taken two GMAT exams already and got two 710---not that bad, but not good either. I got Q47, V40 on the first one and Q49, V36 on the second one a month later. I'm not surprised that my verbal score drops significantly because I spent almost the entire month working on improving my quantitative score, which does get higher a little bit but is still unsatisfying. I'm going to take the exam for the third time in about a month, can someone please share with me some tips, strategies or study plans to boost my score to the target (750+)?

Background: have practiced OG 12-18, Manhattan (for SC), Kaplan (for CR). Scored 740 and 750 on Prep mock exam 1 and 2.

Any input is much appreciated!

Cheers.
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New post 14 Sep 2018, 17:31
Hi FloPlus,

First off, great job with the GMAT! 710 is an awesome score. That being said, to score 750+, 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.

Good luck!
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FloPlus wrote:
Hi there,

I have taken two GMAT exams already and got two 710---not that bad, but not good either. I got Q47, V40 on the first one and Q49, V36 on the second one a month later. I'm not surprised that my verbal score drops significantly because I spent almost the entire month working on improving my quantitative score, which does get higher a little bit but is still unsatisfying. I'm going to take the exam for the third time in about a month, can someone please share with me some tips, strategies or study plans to boost my score to the target (750+)?

Background: have practiced OG 12-18, Manhattan (for SC), Kaplan (for CR). Scored 740 and 750 on Prep mock exam 1 and 2.

Any input is much appreciated!

Cheers.
I think you should get the remaining (4) GMATPrep tests, the paid ones, if you haven't already done so. Because you're already at a very high score, any further improvement is going to come down to further practice and painstaking review (finding and then eliminating any weaknesses in your approach/concepts).

One quick point though: it's very likely that you're already capable of getting a 750. What you want to do over the next month is get more scores in that range, so it doesn't remain a one-off.
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Hi guys! Thank you for providing such amazing answers! Will try your tips and all the best for you as well.
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FloPlus wrote:
Hi guys! Thank you for providing such amazing answers! Will try your tips and all the best for you as well.


My pleasure! Please reach out if you need anything else.

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