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New post 06 Dec 2019, 09:11
Hey guys

Just want to know what should the next step be now I have finished verbal concept wise and simultaneously practising section wise from OG2020 and OGvr 2020 with 80-90 percent accuracy , I have however been doing the verbal only not under accurate timing but under 22.5-30 minutes timings

Should I move on the quant concepts now and then practise with og for quant the same way ? Or do timed condition practising for verbal first under test conditions before moving on to quant ?

Also I have been studying from the egmat course and I don’t know but the egmat course questions I am really stuck at 60-70% accuracy for medium questions , but OG questions i really get it properly .

Please suggest the path moving forward also , I don’t think I should waste more time on concepts as already given almost 2 months to verbal only .

Will accuracy improves with proper understanding through error analysis and should I be moving on to doing the questions now u der times circumstances, or again spend all time doing concepts

The best path forward would be greatly appreciated preferably from fellow students who have done the test recently and can help a brother out

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Hey guys

Just want to know what should the next step be now I have finished verbal concept wise and simultaneously practising section wise from OG2020 and OGvr 2020 with 80-90 percent accuracy , I have however been doing the verbal only not under accurate timing but under 22.5-30 minutes timings

Should I move on the quant concepts now and then practise with og for quant the same way ? Or do timed condition practising for verbal first under test conditions before moving on to quant ?

Also I have been studying from the egmat course and I don’t know but the egmat course questions I am really stuck at 60-70% accuracy for medium questions , but OG questions i really get it properly .

Please suggest the path moving forward also , I don’t think I should waste more time on concepts as already given almost 2 months to verbal only .

Will accuracy improves with proper understanding through error analysis and should I be moving on to doing the questions now u der times circumstances, or again spend all time doing concepts

The best path forward would be greatly appreciated preferably from fellow students who have done the test recently and can help a brother out

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Hello, Nitish. I would not beat a dead horse, as the idiom goes. There is no need to test conceptual understanding over and over when you are getting the concepts right at an 80-90-percent level. I also think it is wise to center your practice on official questions, as opposed to spending the majority of your time working through e-GMAT questions or any other third-party material. GMAC™ does not license GMAT™ questions, so you can only get an accurate feel for actual questions by practicing official ones. This is not to say that you cannot learn grammatical concepts or strategies from e-GMAT or any other source. Again, just make sure to apply your knowledge to official questions the majority of the time. You should consider working through timed practice sets to simulate an actual testing environment, as time will not be unlimited when you go to sit for the exam. I like to say that accuracy should come first, then timing, and finally you will get the marriage of the two, efficiency. If you abandon your Verbal studies now, you might find yourself quite slow and a little more inaccurate in the future.

As for Quant, if you are eager to begin studying, then by all means do so. You can always work in some timed Verbal sets on alternating days or every so many days. If you do not start Quant soon, then you will risk burning out on Verbal and growing increasingly anxious about Quant. To be honest, you will probably never feel 100 percent ready to shift your focus, or to take the test for that matter, but you want to create and maintain momentum as much as possible during a course of study, which means finding ways to engage with the material on a day-to-day basis. Think to yourself how much better you might feel if you were to spend an equivalent amount of time focusing on Quant in the near future. Just remember that Quant questions work the same way: always come back to official questions to practice.

Good luck.

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New post 06 Dec 2019, 10:22
Hey Andrew

Thank you so much for taking out the time really you pumped me up

I have been doing the E. Gmat course and their questions have been really putting me off , so as you say I’ll start quant Monday onwards and then every alternate day keep practising let’s say set of 20 questions to keep the verbal mind ticking right ?

Thank you , sometimes we just need some sound advice as the test is full of anxiety
Also in how much time from now should I write the test realistically given that I need to spend a considerable amount doing practise tests , error analysis and entire quant section

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New post 06 Dec 2019, 10:38
Glad you feel encouraged, Nitish. Yes, working in a 20-question Verbal set here and there can be enough to keep you sharp for a while. Just relish the opportunity to take official questions. If you look at it as a chore, then you will go through them blindly and not get as much from the experience. Once you get into Quant and have reached a point at which you consider your gains acceptable, and your performance has plateaued or stalled somewhat, then it will be important to practice full-length tests to get a feel for how you will be likely to perform on test day. Some students start this process months in advance, others just weeks. It depends on how prepared they may be and on what their target scores may be, how well they are performing relative to that target. I think your Verbal prep is nearing its logical conclusion (in terms of content, maybe not in terms of timing). When you feel as though your Quant understanding is reaching a similar level, and with at least one practice test under your belt, you might want to consider setting a test date. (Just keep in mind, once again, that you will likely never feel fully prepared. You are just playing probabilities, after all, and your practice exam scores will give you a good range for predicting your actual score, nothing more.)

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New post 06 Dec 2019, 10:51
Thanks Andrew you really did put spirits high , I’ll get started accordingly

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New post 05 Jan 2020, 00:11
Dear guys

I started my prep with EGMAT on october 24th and finished verbal with all concepts and practise around 10th december.
I solved OG not timed with good accuracy . I started studying math a week ago as i have been on a business trip to china as well, I have finished almost half of the math topics with simultaneously solving OG

EGMAT helped clear my concepts alot but then when i practised i didnt score high, i however always had the fear of giving the mock as my first mock i abandoned and i just gave one today provided i know quite alot about the GMAT now ,but horrific are my first free test results offered by the two free mocks in the mba.com page.

I am totally devastated my current prep is that i have been out of touch with the GMAT verbal practise wise for 20 days now and currently working on quant with half math syllabus over.

The only positive right now is that the fear of test taking has gone away and i have clarity in where i stand in my prep .

I am really lost and really need some guidance with what can i do forward as i really really wanted to get a 650+ by february ending

I think i know concepts well but have been out of practise with verbal and havent finished quant ?

I also do not wish to renew EGMAT course as its too lengthy and detailed and i feel that has cost me alot more time on unnecessary note taking and revisions which didnt help much as revising or not i landed at the same point with wasting two months more ..

I have recently purchased the experts global 15 mocks tests
and I have 2020 og
2019 og
2020 verbal and quant for review
and the gmat club

can someone please help me with the most effective way to improve my score at my current 450 level which stated 16 incorrect questions in verbal and 10 incorrect in math

do you think i can get a 650+ by feb ending

i am totally shatered please any advice would be a life saver , i dont want to purchase more material etc as i have already wasted enough money , just someone with a genuine advice would help alot , i am willing to put 8 hours a day of prep if that is what it takes to get me the 650+ i need

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Hello again, Nitish. Sorry to hear that your preparation has not been going to plan. All is not lost, though. I suspect that the time you are putting in is not as qualitative as it could be. You are missing a lot of questions in practice, for example. Are you looking up every single question to see if you can arrive at a better understanding of how it is put together, what makes each response either veer off-target or hit the mark? The OGs you mentioned and your GMAT Club subscription will provide you with enough high-quality material, but you have to know how to use it all in conjunction to make gains. Take your time to work on comprehension over cranking out X questions a day. As well as you can, seek to put a finger on exactly what is causing you to miss questions. Is it specific types of grammar points in SC questions? Silly mistakes in Quant, even when you understood the problem? Keep a detailed error log and be honest with yourself about why you think you missed any given question. Then, look to rectify that issue so that it does not become a problem the next time around.

Can you earn a 650+ in two months? Sure, it can be done. But at the same time, that is going to take a disciplined approach to getting to the bottom of just what is holding you back, step by step. If you take another official practice test in a week or two and earn, say, a 550, then do not see that as a defeat. Rather, appreciate what it took to get to that point, and then go back to the drawing board to meticulously map out all the questions you missed once again. Seek advice from the community if you cannot find the answer to a question you have. We are here to help you reach your goals.

As always, best of luck to you in your studies.

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New post 05 Jan 2020, 11:00
Hey Andrew do you offer tutoring as well , I am going to revise all verbal and then start and take the steps you have highlighted once again thanks a lot for your response and if you do offer tutoring then please let me know as you understand what’s happening with me and it would be great to work under supervision as well else it’s okay I’ll take everything you have mentioned to heart and get started

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