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New post 15 Jul 2017, 06:20
Hi,

Wanted to get some help on how to move forward in my GMAT preparation.

I have completed studying the theory of both Quant and Verbal sections, have practiced a few questions in both these section and have started giving mock tests too. I was week in a few areas such as DS and RC and have been working towards them.

The study material I have used till now:
1. All MGMAT books
2. OG 2016
3. GMAT Club Maths book
4. After finishing the above, I have now been solving the 600 and 700-level questions on GMAT Club

Here are my test scores (Ordered by test date, MGMAT being the first test):

MGMAT (Free Test): 640 (Q44, V33)
Veritas (Free Test): 660 (Q49, V32)
Kaplan (Free Test): 710 (Q47, V40)
GMAT Prep 1: 690 (Q49, V35) (15 wrong in Quant and 13 wrong in Verbal)

Could you please guide me, by looking at the above scores, as to which section should I focus to improve : Quant or Verbal?

Also, I rigorously analyzed the GMAT Prep exam and my mistakes there. For the Verbal section, I felt that the mistakes were a combination of tricky questions and a few silly mistakes caused by me due to tile pressure, towards the end of the exam. CR was good, but mistakes were equally split between RC and SC. The key thing that did me in, was time management. Else I could have reduced my number of mistakes by 2 - 3 questions. How do I take care of these 3 issues?

Maths was disastrous for me. All the 37 questions were ones which I could easily solve, I had no doubts about the concepts to use and yet I ended up making 15 mistakes. All these mistakes were extremely silly mistakes such as:

1.Not reading the question properly
2.Not knowing what exactly is asked in the question and marking the wrong answer, even after solving the question correctly
3.Not analyzing all possibilities in a DS question
4.Taking on time pressure and becoming unsettled
5. jumping to the "seemingly" right answer
6.After solving the question correctly, deriving the wrong conclusion from the data and picking the wrong option

I really really want to score above 720-730 and these silly mistakes are really frustrating as I'm not able to perform to my potential. I'm willing to put in the hours, please help me how do I improve

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New post 15 Jul 2017, 06:36
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If silly mistakes are hurting your score, then it's important that you identify and categorize these mistakes. Some examples might include:
- sloppy writing causes a 7 to mysteriously turn into a 1
- you forget that a question is an EXCEPT question.
- you fail to notice crucial information such as x is an integer or w < 0.
- you calculate Pat’s current age when the question asked for the Pat’s age 5 years from now.
- and so on

Once you have identified the types of mistakes that YOU typically make, you will be able to spot situations/questions in which you're prone to making errors.

I write about this and other strategies in the following article: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/articles/avoiding-silly-misteaks-gmat

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