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28 Oct 2018, 00:26
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Hello everyone,

I've been struggling a lot for GMAT for two months.
As I'm not an English native speaker, I couldn't really understand well the texts written in GMAT exam.
So what I've done for two months was just reading loads of articles on The Economist.
I guess it helped me a lot to improve my English so that I can understand better.
But I found out that reading articles was not enough to prepare the GMAT.
I just took a exam (not much prepared) and scored 440 which is terrible...
I'm kinda frustrated now cause I need to have at least 600 in a month.
I already bought the official gmat guide book and going through the exercises but still quite unsure about it.
Should I study like 10 hours a day to get that score from my current one?

If you guys have some good tips to study GMAT, it would be great.

Thank you!
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28 Oct 2018, 01:24
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It's definitely possible.

You deeply need to evaluate what is your weak area and you need to focus very well on that .

Also ,what's your quant score .If your quant score is low ..it's an opportunity to push ...since pushing score on quant will be easier than Veebal..

For verbal ,I would suggest you to disect every problem that you come across in Official guide ..review ..solve in timed manner and above all focus focus and take it super seriously..

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28 Oct 2018, 01:49
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Anything is possible. However no one can guarantee that you will be able to increase your score by 150+ in one month even if you study 16 hours a day.

My suggestion - do the OG diligently (or any other material that you find useful) and track your progress by taking official mocks. Have patience when it comes to appearing for the real GMAT test. Get your target score on the mocks first and then book.

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28 Oct 2018, 04:36
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nineninebrooklyn wrote:
Hello everyone,

I've been struggling a lot for GMAT for two months.
As I'm not an English native speaker, I couldn't really understand well the texts written in GMAT exam.
So what I've done for two months was just reading loads of articles on The Economist.
I guess it helped me a lot to improve my English so that I can understand better.
But I found out that reading articles was not enough to prepare the GMAT.
I just took a exam (not much prepared) and scored 440 which is terrible...
I'm kinda frustrated now cause I need to have at least 600 in a month.
I already bought the official gmat guide book and going through the exercises but still quite unsure about it.
Should I study like 10 hours a day to get that score from my current one?

If you guys have some good tips to study GMAT, it would be great.

Thank you!

Hi nineninebrooklyn,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. It is surely going to be a challenge to improve by close to 150 points in one month but you can surely try. It's a good thing that you have taken a GMATPREP Mock. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. You need to work on solidifying your base and clearing your concepts. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also use MGMAT guides for your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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28 Oct 2018, 13:34
Hi nineninebrooklyn,

To start, when you say that you "need" a 600+, what does that really mean? Is that a minimum GMAT score that a School would 'require' from you or is it the minimum Score that you would apply with? If you cannot get into your first-choice Business School unless you have a 600+, then an application deadline simply does not matter. Rushing in to take the GMAT if you're not likely to hit the 'minimum' Score that you need would be a waste of time and money.

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, but it's not clear what type of studying you have done over the last 2 months (and it actually sounds as if you have not been studying much at all). Raising a 440 to a 600+ 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. Unfortunately, the goal to raise your Score 160+ points in just one month is probably too difficult to be considered realistic.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine have you been following? Have you been studying a consistent number of hours each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) Is your goal score 600 or something else?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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30 Oct 2018, 10:13
Hi nineninebrooklyn,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Looking at your situation, I think the major issue is that you aren’t really following any sort of clear and organized study plan, right? Thus, you are setting yourself up for a losing battle regardless of how many study hours you put in. So, your first order of business is to begin following a study plan that will allow you to increase both your quant and verbal skills. After all, if you are scoring 440, you have more weaknesses than just Reading Comprehension, right? Specifically, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to improve your score by 160 points in just one month. Are you able to take your GMAT at a later date?

In either case, I see that you are looking for some tips to improve your GMAT skills, so I’m happy to provide some specific advice on how to do so. Let’s say you begin by studying quant. If you are learning about Number Properties, for example, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

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. 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 question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. 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.

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, you likely will have to work 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 just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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. 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.

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 quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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30 Oct 2018, 11:46
nineninebrooklyn wrote:
Hello everyone,

I've been struggling a lot for GMAT for two months.
As I'm not an English native speaker, I couldn't really understand well the texts written in GMAT exam.
So what I've done for two months was just reading loads of articles on The Economist.
I guess it helped me a lot to improve my English so that I can understand better.
But I found out that reading articles was not enough to prepare the GMAT.
I just took a exam (not much prepared) and scored 440 which is terrible...
I'm kinda frustrated now cause I need to have at least 600 in a month.
I already bought the official gmat guide book and going through the exercises but still quite unsure about it.
Should I study like 10 hours a day to get that score from my current one?

If you guys have some good tips to study GMAT, it would be great.

Thank you!

Hello,

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For tips on how prepare for the exam and access test preparation materials, please visit: http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/pre ... -exam.aspx.

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31 Oct 2018, 07:47
nineninebrooklyn wrote:
Hello everyone,

I've been struggling a lot for GMAT for two months.
As I'm not an English native speaker, I couldn't really understand well the texts written in GMAT exam.
So what I've done for two months was just reading loads of articles on The Economist.
I guess it helped me a lot to improve my English so that I can understand better.
But I found out that reading articles was not enough to prepare the GMAT.
I just took a exam (not much prepared) and scored 440 which is terrible...
I'm kinda frustrated now cause I need to have at least 600 in a month.
I already bought the official gmat guide book and going through the exercises but still quite unsure about it.
Should I study like 10 hours a day to get that score from my current one?

If you guys have some good tips to study GMAT, it would be great.

Thank you!
It could be that you need to work on the basics of quant and verbal. Do that first, and you'll most likely see a significant improvement in your score.
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Yes - we have students who follow the GMAT Pill 1 month study plan. A select few have been super aggressive, cramming the plan into 2 weeks - but this requires absolute focus with you doing nothing except eating, sleeping, and studying.

A 1 month study plan is entirely realistic and many of our students follow this to success: http://www.gmatpill.com/testimonials

Start off studying sort of "on-the-side" -- then once you commit to kicking things into high-gear -- then it's nothing but studying. Live, breath, and sleep the GMAT for full entire days. And then rest -- and then go at it again - then rest. Then review - and kickass on the exam.

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-plan

We also recommend a "Divide and Conquer" approach first.

That is - focus on specific sections - like Sentence Correction. Dedicate an entire day - heck, dedicate multiple consecutive days dedicated ONLY to sentence correction.

For example: tomorrow is "Sentence Correction Day" - and don't move on until you feel you've made a significant improvement and have results to show.

If you operate with that kind of work ethic - and apply that process to RC, RC, PS, DS, etc. -- then you will have individually made good progress in each section.

Then from there, it's about mixing and matching different verbal and quant questions - just as you would see them on the actual test. So take practice tests to simulate this mental switch between different question types under time pressure.

For practice, we recommend the practice tests from mba.com as was from supplemental resources such as this one from GMAT Pill:
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05 Nov 2018, 12:18
nineninebrooklyn wrote:
Hello everyone,

I've been struggling a lot for GMAT for two months.
As I'm not an English native speaker, I couldn't really understand well the texts written in GMAT exam.
So what I've done for two months was just reading loads of articles on The Economist.
I guess it helped me a lot to improve my English so that I can understand better.
But I found out that reading articles was not enough to prepare the GMAT.
I just took a exam (not much prepared) and scored 440 which is terrible...
I'm kinda frustrated now cause I need to have at least 600 in a month.
I already bought the official gmat guide book and going through the exercises but still quite unsure about it.

If you guys have some good tips to study GMAT, it would be great.

Thank you!

Should I study like 10 hours a day to get that score from my current one?

It is not a wise choice to study 10 hours/day. It will decrease your efficiency to learn and your effectiveness to retain the knowledge. You Should better study 4 or MAXIMUM 5 hours per day if you are 100% free from job or any other daily tasks. Did not Study more than 2 Hours in one sit.

don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice.

Good Luck
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