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Intern
Joined: 08 Nov 2016
Posts: 21
Location: United Arab Emirates
GMAT 1: 610 Q45 V28
GMAT 2: 620 Q44 V32
GMAT 3: 640 Q49 V29
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GPA: 3.76

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15 Jul 2017, 05:55
Hi all,

I'm taking my GMAT next week and on my most recent GMATPrep exam I scored a 660 (Q48 V34). This would be my 3rd attempt for the GMAT so I really want to get into that 700 range.

Below are my most recent scores from GMATPrep. I think my scores seem to improve but I have a hard time staying on time with verbal and tend to guess a few questions at the end. I'm trying to nail down on what I can work on this next week in order to give me the boost I need to get to 700.

GMATPrep 1: 690 (Q47 V38)
GMATPrep 2: 700 (Q48 V38)
GMATPrep 3: 660 (Q49 V32)
GMATPrep 4: 660 (Q48 V34)

My quant scores have been relatively consistent but my verbal scores have been fluctuating quite a bit. When I'm practicing with OG questions I tend to do well but I'm definitely spending more time with SC questions than I should be.
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Joined: 15 May 2017
Posts: 33
GMAT 1: 770 Q51 V45

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15 Jul 2017, 07:41
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Hello Apurve,

Over this final week, focus on the basics of sentence correction and prioritize meaning over grammar. Even the hardest sentence corrections are more concerned with clear intent than obscure idiom. Remember meaning dictates grammar, not the other way around. In every sentence prioritize identification of the intended subject-verb agreement, subject-object agreement, subject-modifier agreement, pronoun-subject agreement, and any other issues of parallelism and comparison over arcane memorization of idiom, because these discrepancies will be easier to identify. Simultaneously focusing on these issues should speed up your sentence correction time.

Once you have less time spent on sentence corrections, you should see your CR and RC scores improve a bit just because more time = greater accuracy on those question types. Remember the exam expects you to be spending <1:30 on your average sentence correction question. Lastly, I encourage you to not take any full practice exams within five days of the exam or any prep at all within 24 hours of the exam to avoid burnout on test day.

I hope this helps and good luck as you continue your GMAT journey!
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Joined: 19 Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Marketing, Sustainability
GPA: 3.83

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16 Jul 2017, 14:29
Smaisnier - this is insightful: less time on SC - allows less time pressure on CR and RC. More time - more accuracy. Thanks !

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