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I had purchased e-GMAT GMAT online course in January but didn't start my preparation just 2 weeks before the exam. I was overwhelmed with the course and looked at the lectures really fast. I had scored 560 ( Q-45 V-28) before in January, but on 27th February 2020, I just scored 540(Q-39, V25). 
On 25th, in my official test, I had scored 680 ( Q-49, V-34). I need help on how to proceed further with my studies as I have to give my GMAT on 15th or 16th due to the application deadlines and I need to score above 600 anyhow. Please let me know at the earliest.

On 25th, in my official test on GMAT Prep, I had scored 680 ( Q-49, V-34). I need help on how to proceed further with my studies as I have to give my GMAT on 15th or 16th due to the application deadlines and I need to score above 600 anyhow.

Originally posted by videepsinghal on 28 Feb 2020, 20:01.
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Hi videepsinghal,

Almost 2 months ago, you posted that you had taken the GMAT on December 16th and scored 520/Q41/V20 (that post can be found here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/520-q-41-v-2 ... 13634.html) - and that you had often paused your practice CATs (which is likely a significant factor in why you scored higher on those CATs - including the 680 you referenced in your recent post).

Some of the information that you have presented is unclear, so 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 study materials have you used over the course of ALL of your studies? What "brands" of practice CATs/mocks have you used?
2) In 2020, on what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) What is your exact goal score? When you say that you "need" a 600+, what does that mean exactly? Will you only apply if you score 600+?
4) What are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

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Hi videepsinghal,

Since you scored V25, it’s clear you need to improve in all aspects of verbal in order to improve your GMAT verbal score. Here is some advice you can follow to do so. I’ll start with CR.

Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken The Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice, so that 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.

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. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that 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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 logical meanings. 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 until you start to see the differences that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to take the time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 skills improve, you will want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.
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I had purchased e-GMAT GMAT online course in January but didn't start my preparation just 2 weeks before the exam. I was overwhelmed with the course and looked at the lectures really fast. I had scored 560 ( Q-45 V-28) before in January, but on 27th February 2020, I just scored 540(Q-39, V25). 
On 25th, in my official test, I had scored 680 ( Q-49, V-34). I need help on how to proceed further with my studies as I have to give my GMAT on 15th or 16th due to the application deadlines and I need to score above 600 anyhow. Please let me know at the earliest.

On 25th, in my official test, I had scored 680 ( Q-49, V-34). I need help on how to proceed further with my studies as I have to give my GMAT on 15th or 16th due to the application deadlines and I need to score above 600 anyhow.


That's a substantial growth in your score and I congratulate you for the same. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours. :)
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Hi, thanks for the reply. Actually I gave the GMAT exam on 20th January and scored 560 ( Q-45 and V-28), after my previous post. I couldn't study anything and only solved some questions from GMATClub 3 days before the exam.

I only gave GMATPrep tests and gave my last attempt on 27th Feb, but didn't put any work, just used e-GMAT course for SC. I only solved 50-60 questions. I gave this test on 25th Feb-2020 and received a score of 680, but without any pause and gave the test at the same time.

I have submitted my applications with a 560 score but these universities require 600 scores. I have told the admissions person to improve my score and submit it in March as the last deadline is 31st March. I am giving the interview now.
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Hi videepsinghal,

Given what you’ve described, it does not seem like you put in much study prior to your most recent GMAT. Is that correct? Between now and your next GMAT, will you be able to put in more study hours? Also, would you like some general advice on how to improve your GMAT verbal skills?
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Hi, this is my ESR report too - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vi-Vf7 ... sp=sharing

Yes, I didn't put many hours and didn't solve questions. I would be able to dedicate a lot of time now to GMAT. Please provide me some tips for verbal. Thanks
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