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19 Feb 2018, 04:28
Hi Guys!! I am planning to appear for GMAT in mid of April.2018. Knowing the fact, i am not left with much ample time & having a tough routine with full time job, i need an advise so that i can score around 620-650. My QUANT prep is going pretty good however i am facing bit difficulties in DS techniques ( advise regarding DS please). Secondly i am worried about my Verbal scores since English is not my native language. Would appreciate any tips so that i can ace both verbal & quant (620-650 score)

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19 Feb 2018, 09:46
You might find this reading material useful for DS:

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... fficiency/

https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... ms-part-1/
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19 Feb 2018, 11:12
imtisalsiddiqui wrote:
Hi Guys!! I am planning to appear for GMAT in mid of April.2018. Knowing the fact, i am not left with much ample time & having a tough routine with full time job, i need an advise so that i can score around 620-650. My QUANT prep is going pretty good however i am facing bit difficulties in DS techniques ( advise regarding DS please). Secondly i am worried about my Verbal scores since English is not my native language. Would appreciate any tips so that i can ace both verbal & quant (620-650 score)

Thanks

Imtisal

Hi Imtisal,

Around 2 months is good enough to improve your score. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 3 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. 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 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 and they are both within your budget. 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 try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus 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 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.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

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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19 Feb 2018, 12:28
Hi Imtisal,

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 exact goal score?
5) What is your exact Test Date?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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For DS problems it is important to never assume anything. It is often helpful to approach problems like you are the TEST MAKER. There is almost always a trap and you need to be able to spot it. Also consider EVERY piece of information they give you in the question stem and in each prompt and ask yourself why that info is there. I was able to go from consistently hitting q46 to consistently hitting q48 just from changing my approach and thinking like I was the test maker.
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20 Feb 2018, 23:18
As for below mentioned question asked , please find below details mentioned in closed brackets.

Studies:
1) How long have you studied ( I have been studying from last 1 & a half month)
2) What study materials have you used so far? ( I have signed up for Magoosh GMAT Premium Plan plus OG Gmat 2013 version for both verbal & Quant)
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? ( Haven't scored yet)

Goals:
4) What is your exact goal score? ( 630)
5) What is your exact Test Date? (15th April.2018)
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School? (4th May is the last date to apply for my business school so before that)
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to? ( Its top management school in Pakistan namely Lahore University of Management Sciences)
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Hi imtisalsiddiqui,

If you've been studying consistently for 1.5 months, then you really MUST take a FULL-LENGTH CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) sometime soon - perhaps this weekend. That initial diagnostic CAT is important - it helps to define your strengths and weaknesses and gives you a basis for comparison as you continue to study. Most Test Takers are not happy with that first CAT result, but that's not a big deal - the extra months of available study time are there so that you can IMPROVE on this initial practice result.

'Ace-ing' the GMAT is neither a realistic goal, nor a required one. Your goal score (630+) is likely a reasonable and absolutely attainable goal, but right now we have NO IDEA what your actual ability level is, and that's a big problem. Once you take that CAT, you should report back here with your results and we can talk through your upcoming studies. You can download 2 CATs for free from www.mba.com.

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21 Feb 2018, 21:06
Thanks guys! will get back to you once i am done with my practice test on coming weekend!
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imtisalsiddiqui wrote:
Hi Guys!! I am planning to appear for GMAT in mid of April.2018. Knowing the fact, i am not left with much ample time & having a tough routine with full time job, i need an advise so that i can score around 620-650. My QUANT prep is going pretty good however i am facing bit difficulties in DS techniques ( advise regarding DS please). Secondly i am worried about my Verbal scores since English is not my native language. Would appreciate any tips so that i can ace both verbal & quant (620-650 score)

Thanks

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Learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full length CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions.
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