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I have been preparing for gmat for a very long time. I have a full time job and squeezing time in between the hectic schedule to study for gmat. I’m doing well on individual questions given on gmat club forum under quant and verbal sections respectively . But I do exceed the time limit and come to the answer. Recently I took free scholaranium verbal test on egmat. I got most of the answers incorrect and couldn’t finish it on time. I’m not sure if I have a time management issue or I’m
Applying concepts incorrectly . Also many of them in this forum have given good reviews on egmat prep. I attended a webinar of egmat on algebra. It was actually an eye opener for me and made me realize that I know lot of basic concepts but don’t know when and where to apply.
Could you please advice on rectifying my problem ? Also which is better - egmat online or egmat live courses? Do they provide explanation for each of the test question as they provide in their webinars ?


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Hi aepmk,

Here is some information that will help you understand the difference between our Online and Live Prep courses.
Online courses are designed for those students who can study on their own and do not need any guidance other than getting their doubts cleared. Think of it as a course that is 5X more effective and comprehensive than the best book out there and that allows you to get your doubts addressed by the course creators themselves.
Live Prep courses are designed to instil a discipline in students that helps them work more efficiently towards their target score. The course helps you at every step, starting from defining your GMAT strategy (through our strategy session) to learning all the concepts (through our GMAT Online component of the course) and corresponding application (through the live sessions) and culminating at sessions that help you put your best foot forward as you take the exam (through our Verbal workshop, Scholaranium and tactical strategy sessions).
Essentially, the difference between a Live Course and an online course is Live Sessions. What the instructors emphasize on in Live sessions is application. Also, for re-takers (folks who have taken the GMAT before), Live courses also offer a score improvement guarantee.

Benefits of Live sessions

• More application: The teach about 30% more application that is there is the Online course . (Note Online course already provides 4X as much application as a standard book would)
• Faster improvement: A live dynamic environment – When you work with instructors they can point out your mistakes while you are working through the solutions. This can be very beneficial to students.
• Tighter adherence to schedule: Note, to follow live sessions you do need to complete the course in time. Hence, you naturally work towards completing the course in 45 days.
• Being a part of a community: When you become a part of our live batches, you join a cohort that keeps you motivated throughout your entire prep. Many students have found this very helpful.

I want to tell you one thing – our live courses are very different from a typical live course in which maximum amount of learning takes place in the live sessions. e-GMAT Live sessions account for only 15% of the offering. The online course is 85% of the offering which are self-paced audio-visual files and quizzes. Recordings the live sessions are also available for viewing at your own pace. These are 99% as effective as the sessions themselves.

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You can go through one of the recordings of our free live sessions conducted earlier and understand how the live sessions can help you.
• SC webinar – (Recording)
• CR webinar- (Recording)

Hope this helps! Please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com for any further queries. We will be happy to help.

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Hi aepmk,

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) How long have you studied?
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) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Egmat,
I went through the webinars sent by you. Thank you so much for sharing those videos with me. I would like to take up Gmat comprehensive LIVE prep course which includes both Quant and Verbal.
I have few concerns regarding that:
In this comprehensive course (online/Live) do they include Analytical Writing Assesment and Integrated Reasoning
For Live prep GMAT comprehensive, how are the classes scheduled? Since I'm having a busy schedule in my job pattern wanted to see if it will work according to my flexibility. How will be the classes divided in that case since it is comprehensive. Thanks much again and thanks in advance.
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Hi Empower Gmat,
I have not given full length CATs as such. I have just given few short tests. Like assessment tests which are time based. When i do tests which aren't time specific, I find my scores better rather than time specific ones. I'm planning to give my GMAT next year and aiming to apply to the top 20 B schools in the US.
I have been studying concepts through Manhattan prep books. Also doing a min of 5 questions from SC , CR , and quant - PS and DS per day basis and RC I do 1 or 2 passages. I do not have a specific time table as such due to my job schedule. I completed studying Quant and Verbal concepts intermittently.
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Hi aepmk,

If you really have been studying for some time, then you really MUST take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT/mock Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

Beyond that, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far besides the books that you mentioned?

Goals:
3) What is your goal score?
4) When you say that you're planning to take the GMAT "next year", does that mean early in 2019 or later on in the year?

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Hi aepmk,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, I’d like to address your timing issue. Timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skill improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds. He may have you run up and down the stairs at the football stadium. He may have you run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you running the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Can you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed right at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

Thus, when you are just starting out, you should not be so focused on timing. For now, focus on simply improving your GMAT skills by engaging in linear learning that allows you to 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. Once you learn each individual topic, you should then engage in focused practice, which will help improve your timing.

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have a mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a particular question. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Answer: A

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. So, no matter what resources you use for your prep, ensure that you are able to follow a linear and structured study plan so that you individually learn each quant and verbal topic BEFORE jumping into random practice. By studying in such a way, you will improve your quant and verbal skills, and thus improve your timing.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about How to score a 700+ on the GMAT, How to get faster at solving GMAT questions, and How to study for the GMAT while working a demanding job.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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Hi aepmk,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, I’d like to address your timing issue. Timing on the GMAT, as in life, improves as your knowledge, understanding, and skill improve. Timing does not improve simply by “trying to go faster.” In fact, when people try to force speed before they’re ready to go faster, they tend to end up making a significant number of preventable mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes badly erode people’s test scores. In addition, when people rush learning -- a common pathology of those trying to force speed -- they actually never end up developing the speed they seek. One of the great paradoxes of learning is that to develop speed, a student must slow down to ensure that he or she masters the material. Consider the following examples, which hopefully will bring you some more clarity:

Imagine your goal were to run a mile in four minutes, a difficult feat even for professional athletes. So, you get yourself a running coach. You show up on the field and ask, “Coach, how do I get faster?” The coach responds, “Well, just run faster.” So, you try your best to “run faster,” but you can't; you’re running a 12-minute mile. Out of breath, you come back to the coach and say, “Coach, I stink. How do I get faster?” Again, he says, “Just run faster.” So, you try again, but this time you fall and skin your knees. You keep trying to run faster. On the tenth attempt, you pull your hamstring, falling to the ground in pain. Over your next four months of recovery, you ponder why you couldn't run faster.

That situation would be insane, right? No qualified running coach would ever provide you with that advice, because the coach would understand that no one gets faster merely by trying to run faster. Instead, the coach would set you up on a linear, comprehensive plan to make you a BETTER runner. He may have you run progressively longer distances at relatively slow speeds. He may have you run up and down the stairs at the football stadium. He may have you run up and down hills. He even may have you engage in strength training, yoga, or Pilates to make you a more fit athlete. After all of that training, he finally would bring you back on the field and time you running the mile. At that point, he’d coach you on how to push yourself through the pain of sprinting and help you to understand what a four-minute-mile pace feels like. He now could help you with those things because you would be in the necessary shape to be receptive to them. So, you begin your run, and BOOM! You run a 6-minute mile. What happened? Well, you became a better runner. You became a fitter athlete. You became stronger. Although you’re not yet at the four-minute-mile mark, your training has yielded considerable improvements.

Now imagine your goal were to play a complicated song on the piano. The tempo at which a pianist plays greatly impacts the way a song sounds. To make songs sound the way they should, often a pianist must play at a fast pace. But your experience with the piano is limited. Can you imagine trying to play the complicated song at full speed right at the outset? Doing so wouldn't be possible. Instead, you first need to master many aspects of the piano -- without really trying to get faster. In fact, you need to proceed slowly at first, sometimes very slowly. As you master the piano, you find that you’re able to play your song at progressively faster tempos. With time and dedicated, proper practice, you’re able to recreate the sound you seek. If in the early days of practicing you had tried to force speed instead of mastering your technique, you never would have become truly accomplished at playing the song.

The process of getting faster at solving GMAT questions is quite analogous to the process of improving one’s running speed or ability to play the piano at the proper tempo! To get faster, you must get better. As you further develop your GMAT skills, you will get faster at a) recognizing what a problem is asking and b) executing the necessary steps to quickly attack the problem.

Thus, when you are just starting out, you should not be so focused on timing. For now, focus on simply improving your GMAT skills by engaging in linear learning that allows you to 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. Once you learn each individual topic, you should then engage in focused practice, which will help improve your timing.

The key takeaway is that once your GMAT knowledge improves, better timing will follow. In fact, a great way to know how well you have a mastered a particular topic is to be cognizant of your reaction time when seeing a particular question. For example, consider the following simple question with which many students who are beginning their prep struggle:

14! is equal to which of the following?

(A) 87,178,291,200
(B) 88,180,293,207
(C) 89,181,294,209
(D) 90,000,000,003
(E) 91,114,114,114

Upon seeing this question, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Grabbing a calculator to add up the values in the expression? Or are you able to quickly recognize that using the “5 x 2 pair rule” will allow you to efficiently attack the problem? (See the solution below.)

Solution:

14! = 14 × 13 × 12 × 11 × 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1.

Notice that there is at least one (5 × 2) pair contained in the product of these numbers. It follows that the units digit must be a zero. The only number with zero as the units digit is 87,178,291,200.

Answer: A

Although this is just one example of many, you see that you must have many tools in your toolbox to efficiently attack each GMAT quant question that comes your way. So, no matter what resources you use for your prep, ensure that you are able to follow a linear and structured study plan so that you individually learn each quant and verbal topic BEFORE jumping into random practice. By studying in such a way, you will improve your quant and verbal skills, and thus improve your timing.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about How to score a 700+ on the GMAT, How to get faster at solving GMAT questions, and How to study for the GMAT while working a demanding job.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!

Hi Scotttargettestprep,
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My pleasure. Good luck!
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