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Today i gave my gmat (second attempt, first attempt: 560, 2 months back) and scored 630. My scores are: V31 and Q45. I have been trying to improve my score since July as i was scoring around 650 in mocks. I completed all the free mocks available, OG19, OG review verbal and quants and then again started giving mocks. I started scoring 700-720 (few questions were repeated question that i had already done earlier) but today i got 630. I have no idea about how did i get this score. I was doing good in verbal then i got 4 para complex RC passage but still i managed to solve the rest of the questions carefully, though i am not sure whether i got that questions right or wrong. In quants, i struggled a bit initially (for the first 5 questions) but later caught up with my pace. Now i am left with hell lot of questions in my mind about how to improve my score. Can someone suggest me something on this. I am feeling frustrated and totally lost. Can someone please help me.

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Today i gave my gmat (second attempt, first attempt: 560, 2 months back) and scored 630. My scores are: V31 and Q45. I have been trying to improve my score since July as i was scoring around 650 in mocks. I completed all the free mocks available, OG19, OG review verbal and quants and then again started giving mocks. I started scoring 700-720 (few questions were repeated question that i had already done earlier) but today i got 630. I have no idea about how did i get this score. I was doing good in verbal then i got 4 para complex RC passage but still i managed to solve the rest of the questions carefully, though i am not sure whether i got that questions right or wrong. In quants, i struggled a bit initially (for the first 5 questions) but later caught up with my pace. Now i am left with hell lot of questions in my mind about how to improve my score. Can someone suggest me something on this. I am feeling frustrated and totally lost. Can someone please help me.

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In my opinion, you should order an ESR. If you attach it here, our experts will analyze it for you. It will help you to point out your weak areas. Then you can start working on them. For Quant, I would suggest to subscribe to Gmatclub tests. They are harder than the actual Gmat and will help you to scoe a Q50/51. For Verbal I would suggest to study from the MGMAT guides. If you have any doubts, you can post your query here.
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Hi Priayatam, there is absolutely no reason to get frustrated; in fact, quite the contrary, you should be proud, for you have already achieved something that most re-test takers only dream of: a massive 70 point difference (in the right direction) from your previous score!

The only way forward, is up! Analyze your ESR, try to re-live your examination experience and see where things might have gone wrong.
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Hi,

Today i gave my gmat (second attempt, first attempt: 560, 2 months back) and scored 630. My scores are: V31 and Q45. I have been trying to improve my score since July as i was scoring around 650 in mocks. I completed all the free mocks available, OG19, OG review verbal and quants and then again started giving mocks. I started scoring 700-720 (few questions were repeated question that i had already done earlier) but today i got 630. I have no idea about how did i get this score. I was doing good in verbal then i got 4 para complex RC passage but still i managed to solve the rest of the questions carefully, though i am not sure whether i got that questions right or wrong. In quants, i struggled a bit initially (for the first 5 questions) but later caught up with my pace. Now i am left with hell lot of questions in my mind about how to improve my score. Can someone suggest me something on this. I am feeling frustrated and totally lost. Can someone please help me.

Thanks in advance,
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In my opinion, you should order an ESR. If you attach it here, our experts will analyze it for you. It will help you to point out your weak areas. Then you can start working on them. For Quant, I would suggest to subscribe to Gmatclub tests. They are harder than the actual Gmat and will help you to scoe a Q50/51. For Verbal I would suggest to study from the MGMAT guides. If you have any doubts, you can post your query here.
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Thank you very much for quick response and the suggestion. Yes Sure, i will post my ESR very soon.

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Hi Priayatam, there is absolutely no reason to get frustrated; in fact, quite the contrary, you should be proud, for you have already achieved something that most re-test takers only dream of: a massive 70 point difference (in the right direction) from your previous score!

The only way forward, is up! Analyze your ESR, try to re-live your examination experience and see where things might have gone wrong.


Hi Ashish,

Thank you very much for that motivation. It really feels great to hear what you said. Now i am feeling good and motivated to achieve my aimed score. I really appreciate your comments.

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Hi Priyatam,

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:

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1) How long did you study before each attempt at the GMAT?
2) What study materials did you use for each attempt?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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Hi Priyatam,

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 did you study before each attempt at the GMAT?
2) What study materials did you use for each attempt?
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 apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for your response. Please find below my comments:

Studies:
1) How long did you study before each attempt at the GMAT? -- Usually two months. Before giving 1st attempt i had completed all the basic concepts as well as few mock tests but i was not pretty much sure on my rc. After getting low score in my first attempt, i started focusing on my RC and solved hundreds of questions. But still i would say my RC is not 100%. While doing RC, i kept doing sc, cr, and quants. I don't find CR very difficult. Mainly i am facing issue in RC and SC.
2) What study materials did you use for each attempt? -- Top One Percent, all the available free mock tests, and GMAT prep 3&4, 5&6.
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? -- 1st attempt: 560 (Q42, V23), 2nd attempt: 630 (Q45, V31)

Goals:
4) What is your goal score? -- Above 740 (i can do anything to get this score but right now i am unable to figure out the right path)
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School? -- By nov 2018. Planning to join B school by July 2019.
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to? -- I haven't decided on particular schools. Right now i am focusing on my score. My basic plan is to join Ivy league.

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Hi priyatamsoni7,

I am sorry that your scores were not in line with your expectations. However, the trend of your improvement is good and promising so you must not dwell too much on the demotivating thoughts but work towards your next improved score.
I would recommend that you use your ESR to plan your way forward. You may find this article on 3 steps to Analyze your ESR helpful to draw insights from your ESR. On completing this, you should look at this article on Retaking the GMAT – 5 step strategy. This article will help you create a plan to reach your target score. If you have any queries after going through these articles, please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We will be happy to help you create a plan for your GMAT.

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Sure Aditee. Thanks for the suggestion. I will follow the steps once i receive my ESR report.

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Hi Priyatam,

Raising a 630 to a 740+ will likely require at least another 2-3 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. It's also worth noting that NO Business School actually requires a 740+ as part of the admissions process, so you have to be mindful that the Score that you 'want' and the Score that you "need" are likely not the same thing.

From your prior posts, it sounds as if you are going to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

In addition, if you don't know which Schools you plan to apply to yet, then you don't know the various application deadlines (or the other aspects of your application that you'll need to work on, such as your essays). As such, I suggest that you take a day or two to research the Programs that best fit your career plans/goals, so that we can better define the timeline that you'll need to work under. Once you have that information - and your ESR - you should post back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Hi Priyatam,

Raising a 630 to a 740+ will likely require at least another 2-3 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. It's also worth noting that NO Business School actually requires a 740+ as part of the admissions process, so you have to be mindful that the Score that you 'want' and the Score that you "need" are likely not the same thing.

From your prior posts, it sounds as if you are going to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

In addition, if you don't know which Schools you plan to apply to yet, then you don't know the various application deadlines (or the other aspects of your application that you'll need to work on, such as your essays). As such, I suggest that you take a day or two to research the Programs that best fit your career plans/goals, so that we can better define the timeline that you'll need to work under. Once you have that information - and your ESR - you should post back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the suggestion. Sure i will think about it and, once i receive the ESR report, will get back to you.

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Hi priyatamsoni7,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that you have made some solid improvement (from 560 to 630) despite studying with only the OG and practice exams. However, to improve to a 740, you probably need to make some changes to your study routine. Looking at your current study routine, it appears that your prep is centered on doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. Thus, moving forward, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. 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. 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 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. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

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 can be created with the answer choices. 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.

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Hi priyatamsoni7,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that you have made some solid improvement (from 560 to 630) despite studying with only the OG and practice exams. However, to improve to a 740, you probably need to make some changes to your study routine. Looking at your current study routine, it appears that your prep is centered on doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. Thus, moving forward, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. 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. 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 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. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

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 can be created with the answer choices. 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 consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.


Hi Scott,

Thank you for the thorough explanation. I really appreciate your efforts. While going through the above mentioned steps to master on each section, i was able to find a few similarities between my strategy and yours'. But yes of-course, there are some areas where i have to focus on. Here are some points which i find similar and areas that need improvements:

1. Quants: As you said, i need to understand concepts more thoroughly. Yes i agree to that and in my strategies i follow some steps which you have mentioned above. My strategy includes find the mistakes, try to understand the question, try to simplify the equation, try to put values etc. I usually take a set of random questions from all the topics and start solving them. But i think i should practice some set of questions from particular topics and then start doing mixed sets. Sometimes i get confused whether to put values or to solve the equation. Could you please suggest me something on this.

2. Reading comprehension: Whenever i come across an RC passage, i start reading the passage actively and try to understand the passage structure. I try to find the relation between paragraphs, figure out the main idea, tone, contrast word to understand the flow of the passage. I never select the answer choice but eliminate the wrong ones. Few weeks back i was facing issue in inference questions. I used to get confused which answer choice is correct as i used to end up eliminating three answer choices but be left with two. Then i started focusing more on my reading part. After doing several questions, i was able to figure out the particular location of the answer from a particular paragraph from which i need to infer. But i would say sometimes i still find the inference question a bit difficult then the other ones. I think i should do more inference questions and should analyse each question properly.

3. Critical Reasoning: I think i am somewhat good at CR than i am at the other sections. I usually read the argument first and figure out the conclusion. In assumption question i try to fill the missing gap between premise and the conclusion. In strengthen/weaken question i try to find the extra information that strengthen/weaken the argument. In inference question i strike out the answer choice which is totally irrelevant and try to find an answer choice that can be inferred from the mentioned premise and conclusion relationship. In boldface question, i remember the keywords for premise and conclusion and on the basis of that i eliminate the answer choices. In paradox question, i make three buckets. Bucket #1: The information which helps to describe the expected conclusion. Bucket #2: The information which helps to describe the unexpected conclusion. Bucket #3: Irrelevant information. After categorising the answer choices into three buckets, i pick the answer choice.

4. Sentence correction: I am very bad at memorising idioms but after doing so many questions i am able remember a good number of idioms. I usually face difficulties in understanding the sentence, meaning clarity and some idioms which i have never come across. In sentence correction, i make 3:2 ratio in answer choices by scanning them. Then i decide which part is correct and after that i again start scanning the remaining answer choices and try to figure out the correct answer. In my experience whenever i answered any question wrong there was 2 choices left with minor differences. I think i should focus more on meaning clarity, should try to understand the sentence clearly and try to remember few more idioms.

I have mentioned above my strategies and opinions on improvements. Please correct me if i am wrong at my reasoning. And one more question i have, is i can work on my basics but it is difficult to find realistic questions as i have already done so many practice questions. Could you please suggest me a good source to get these good questions.

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Today i gave my gmat (second attempt, first attempt: 560, 2 months back) and scored 630. My scores are: V31 and Q45. I have been trying to improve my score since July as i was scoring around 650 in mocks. I completed all the free mocks available, OG19, OG review verbal and quants and then again started giving mocks. I started scoring 700-720 (few questions were repeated question that i had already done earlier) but today i got 630. I have no idea about how did i get this score. I was doing good in verbal then i got 4 para complex RC passage but still i managed to solve the rest of the questions carefully, though i am not sure whether i got that questions right or wrong. In quants, i struggled a bit initially (for the first 5 questions) but later caught up with my pace. Now i am left with hell lot of questions in my mind about how to improve my score. Can someone suggest me something on this. I am feeling frustrated and totally lost. Can someone please help me.

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Hi,

Today i gave my gmat (second attempt, first attempt: 560, 2 months back) and scored 630. My scores are: V31 and Q45. I have been trying to improve my score since July as i was scoring around 650 in mocks. I completed all the free mocks available, OG19, OG review verbal and quants and then again started giving mocks. I started scoring 700-720 (few questions were repeated question that i had already done earlier) but today i got 630. I have no idea about how did i get this score. I was doing good in verbal then i got 4 para complex RC passage but still i managed to solve the rest of the questions carefully, though i am not sure whether i got that questions right or wrong. In quants, i struggled a bit initially (for the first 5 questions) but later caught up with my pace. Now i am left with hell lot of questions in my mind about how to improve my score. Can someone suggest me something on this. I am feeling frustrated and totally lost. Can someone please help me.

Thanks in advance,
Priyatam Soni


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In my opinion, you should order an ESR. If you attach it here, our experts will analyze it for you. It will help you to point out your weak areas. Then you can start working on them. For Quant, I would suggest to subscribe to Gmatclub tests. They are harder than the actual Gmat and will help you to scoe a Q50/51. For Verbal I would suggest to study from the MGMAT guides. If you have any doubts, you can post your query here.
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Hi Priyatam,

Raising a 630 to a 740+ will likely require at least another 2-3 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. It's also worth noting that NO Business School actually requires a 740+ as part of the admissions process, so you have to be mindful that the Score that you 'want' and the Score that you "need" are likely not the same thing.

From your prior posts, it sounds as if you are going to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

In addition, if you don't know which Schools you plan to apply to yet, then you don't know the various application deadlines (or the other aspects of your application that you'll need to work on, such as your essays). As such, I suggest that you take a day or two to research the Programs that best fit your career plans/goals, so that we can better define the timeline that you'll need to work under. Once you have that information - and your ESR - you should post back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Hi priyatamsoni7,

I’m glad I could help! So, some further points:

Regarding your quant strategy, I AGREE that initially you should practice questions by topic, so that you can better find and fix your weaknesses. Once your weaknesses have been addressed, move on to random problem sets.

Regarding your verbal strategy, you seem to be taking a very thorough approach to Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction, so that's great. To continue your improvement, just ensure that you continue analyzing all mistakes with a fine-toothed comb, so that you can learn from each one and turn each found weakness into a strength.

If you need further support or advice, feel free to PM me, and we can have an even more detailed conversation.

Keep me updated, and good luck!!
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Hi priyatamsoni7,

I’m glad I could help! So, some further points:

Regarding your quant strategy, I AGREE that initially you should practice questions by topic, so that you can better find and fix your weaknesses. Once your weaknesses have been addressed, move on to random problem sets.

Regarding your verbal strategy, you seem to be taking a very thorough approach to Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction, so that's great. To continue your improvement, just ensure that you continue analyzing all mistakes with a fine-toothed comb, so that you can learn from each one and turn each found weakness into a strength.

If you need further support or advice, feel free to PM me, and we can have an even more detailed conversation.

Keep me updated, and good luck!!



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