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# How to achieve 730+

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11 Aug 2017, 00:32
Hi,

I am scoring 700 in my GMAT prep exams (640, 680, 700, 710), however i aim at scoring somewhere around 730+. I have another 20 days to go for my GMAT (actual) can anbody help me how i should be studying for the remaining days to achieve my goal.

PS : I am better at quant than verbal. Scoring between 49-51 in quant consistently and somewhere around 34-38 in Verbal.

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11 Aug 2017, 11:55
Hi Sarthak.bhatt,

The score progression in your CATs certainly implies that you're close to your score goal. Before we can talk about how best to proceed, I'd like to know a bit more about how you took these CATs:

1) When did you take each of these CATS? What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each of these CATs?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take the sections in the same order as you will on Test Day?
4) Did you take them at home?
5) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
6) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
7) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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11 Aug 2017, 20:07
Hi rich thanks for the reply...I have appended my responses below to your queries :

1. All my CAT scores are from last month. Giving one CAT once a week, and focusing on analyzing my mistakes and improving on my weaker section during the remaining week.
2. The break up for my CAT exam is as follows :
EXAM1 : Q48, V29, IR-4 -640
EXAM2 : Q50, V32, IR-7 -680
EXAM3 : Q49, V37, IR-5 -700
EXMA4 : Q50, V37, IR-6 -710
3. The first two CATs i couldnot manage to give in one sitting and ended up taking longer breaks. But the last two CATs i gave diligently, with a timer in front of me and taking no longer than 8 minutes break between Verbal and Quant Section.
4. I gave the first two CATs in the original order, however the order of the sections for the last two CATs was the same as i intend to take during my actual GMAT. Verbal-Quant-IR-AWA.
4&6. All the mocks were given at home. Yes, i did skip AWA section in the first CAT
7. No, none of the CATs were taken more than once and as for the questions, i had come across few of them while practicing from other material, such as OG, GMAC Question Pack, 700-800 Dififculty questions.
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11 Aug 2017, 20:08
Hi rich thanks for the reply...I have appended my responses below to your queries :

1. All my CAT scores are from last month. Giving one CAT once a week, and focusing on analyzing my mistakes and improving on my weaker section during the remaining week.

2. The break up for my CAT exam is as follows :
EXAM1 : Q48, V29, IR-4 -640
EXAM2 : Q50, V32, IR-7 -680
EXAM3 : Q49, V37, IR-5 -700
EXMA4 : Q50, V37, IR-6 -710

3. The first two CATs i couldnot manage to give in one sitting and ended up taking longer breaks. But the last two CATs i gave diligently, with a timer in front of me and taking no longer than 8 minutes break between Verbal and Quant Section.

4. I gave the first two CATs in the original order, however the order of the sections for the last two CATs was the same as i intend to take during my actual GMAT. Verbal-Quant-IR-AWA.

5. All the mocks were given at home. Yes, i did skip AWA section in the first CAT

6. No, none of the CATs were taken more than once and as for the questions, i had come across few of them while practicing from other material, such as OG, GMAC Question Pack, 700-800 Dififculty questions.
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12 Aug 2017, 16:56
Hi Sarthak.bhatt,

Test Day is a rather specific 'event' - the details are specific and they matter, so you have to train as best as you can for all of them. The more realistic you can make your CATs, the more likely the score results are to be accurate. The more you deviate, the more "inflated" your practice scores can become - and that's likely what happened here a bit. By taking the CATs at home, seeing some 'repeat' questions, etc., you weren't properly training for the FULL GMAT 'experience.' By extension, your practice CAT scores are likely a bit inflated. As such, for your next CAT, you need to avoid the possibility of seeing repeat questions - so you should plan to take a NEW FULL-LENGTH CAT and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here.

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19 Aug 2017, 12:26
Sarthak.bhatt wrote:
Hi,

I am scoring 700 in my GMAT prep exams (640, 680, 700, 710), however i aim at scoring somewhere around 730+. I have another 20 days to go for my GMAT (actual) can anbody help me how i should be studying for the remaining days to achieve my goal.

PS : I am better at quant than verbal. Scoring between 49-51 in quant consistently and somewhere around 34-38 in Verbal.

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1. Try to overcome your weak areas
2. Practice 700 Level Questions
3. Review your mocks and error log
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20 Aug 2017, 10:14
Sarthak.bhatt wrote:
Hi,

I am scoring 700 in my GMAT prep exams (640, 680, 700, 710), however i aim at scoring somewhere around 730+. I have another 20 days to go for my GMAT (actual) can anbody help me how i should be studying for the remaining days to achieve my goal.

PS : I am better at quant than verbal. Scoring between 49-51 in quant consistently and somewhere around 34-38 in Verbal.

Hi Sarthak.bhatt,

Given that you are so close to your GMAT, you should focus more on verbal as it may benefit you more. You can consider E-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live are both amazing courses that can really help you improve your scores.

I personally do not think one should Focus on too many different things. It may be nice to give a couple of mocks (the official ones) and work on your weaknesses, but trying something new might not work in anyone’s favour. However if you want to improve on any individual area such as Sentence Correction, you may subscribe to the course as you can finish the whole course in 10 days (with proper dedication). If however you are only looking to identify and improve on your weak areas, I would encourage you to purchase the e-gmat scholaranium. It is without a doubt, one of the best practice tools for verbal and will indeed help you on the final leg of your preparations.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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