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How to prepare for reattempt within 15 days? Target score 750

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New post 26 Sep 2018, 05:59
Hi Everyone!

I gave my GMAT attempt yesterday and got a score of 700 (Q50,V35). I am going for a reattempt on 14 October,2018 so effectively I have 15 days to improve my score. My Target score is 750, so assume my target verbal score should be V42-44 considering I score Q50 and above.

I have completed following so far:

GMAT prep 1 : 650 (Q50,V28)
GMAT prep 2 : 710 (Q49, V38)
GMAT prep 5 : 710 (Q50, V36)
GMAT prep 6 : 660 (Q50, V29) Here because of some technical glitch I lost 5 minutes so I panicked in the verbal section

Manhattan CAT 1 : 650 (Q45, V34)
Manhattan CAT 2 : 640 (Q47, V31)

I have completed following for verbal:
- OG
- GMAC 225 questions pack
- Jamboree blue book 40% approximately

It will be great if you could help me with my preparation strategy.

Looking forward to your responses. Thanks a lot.
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New post 27 Sep 2018, 00:14

Congratulations on scoring a 700 on the GMAT! On your journey to 750, you will need to work upon Verbal as you have rightly identified. Before sharing the preparation strategy, I would like to share some stories of students who like you aimed for a higher score despite getting a high score already as I think you will get some good insights from their stories:
    - Akshay improved from a 700 to 750 with 10 days of dedicated preparation. Click here to watch his video interview and learn how he achieved this.
    - Learn how Priyansh improved from 710 (V34) to 760 (V42). Click here to read her de-brief.
    - Raghav improved from 700 (V36) to 760 (V41). Click here to watch his video interview.


Since you are already at a 76% ability in Verbal you need to focus on fine tuning your preparation. You may follow the below steps to fine tune your prep in Verbal:
    1. Take a Verbal Ability Quiz in Scholaranium
    2. Isolate week topics in every section and work upon them using your current resources or e-GMAT Free Trial content
    3. Track your improvement by taking another Ability Quiz and repeat the process until you reach your target abilities in section. You may use GMAT Planner to get the target sectional abilities required for your target score

Hope this helps. Please feel free to write to us at for any further queries.

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New post 27 Sep 2018, 07:43
Going from 700 to 750 is going to be difficult. Can you take a look at your ESR and let us know which Verbal component needs the most improvement?
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New post 29 Sep 2018, 18:40

First off, 700 is a great starting point and a Q50 is awesome! That being said, to hit a 750, you will need to drastically improve your verbal score, and thus you probably will need more than two weeks to do so. Are you able to push your exam to a later date? Either way, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your verbal skills.

Although I’m unsure of how you studied for your previous GMAT, since you scored a V34, it’s clear that you still lack some of the skills necessary for a 42+ verbal score. To truly learn GMAT verbal, you need to follow a linear study plan that allows you to slowly build mastery of one verbal topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

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 Reading Comprehension 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, but 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, begin reading magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects, and it is also likely that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved because you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best verbal courses.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

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