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Hey guys, so I have thoroughly covered all the concepts required for the GMAT.
My next step was going to be to solve all Official Guide Questions.
My query is should i start with "The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition" and move on to all the OG till "The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2020".
Obviously I will focus only on the new Questions that are available every following year in the OG, so that I don't end up repeating Questions.
My reasoning behind this is because I have been told OG questions are as good as they get, especially for the Verbal section.
But I wanted to know, if this is a good strategy or should I just solve OG 2020 questions and not waste too much time on the older OG's.

The second option is I could only solve OG 2020 and once I'm done I can focus more on 700+ level questions, which I've been told there aren't many in the OG.

Also I have been doing consistently well on 500-600 even 600-700 level range questions, which consist of a wide range of prep materials except haven't touched OG.
Saved the best for the last.

Would really appreciate a advice from some experts as I am on my final lap and I am hell bent on scoring a 700+ score.
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should i start with "The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition" and move on to all the OG till "The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2020".
Obviously I will focus only on the new Questions that are available every following year in the OG, so that I don't end up repeating Questions.
My reasoning behind this is because I have been told OG questions are as good as they get, especially for the Verbal section.
But I wanted to know, if this is a good strategy or should I just solve OG 2020 questions and not waste too much time on the older OG's.

The second option is I could only solve OG 2020 and once I'm done I can focus more on 700+ level questions, which I've been told there aren't many in the OG.



Older OGs have mix of easy, medium and some difficult level questions. If you do the older ones, you will encounter many easier-level questions. The newer OGs, e.g., anything from the 2000s to 2020 have somewhat higher-level questions, even if they are classified as "easy" by present standards.

If you have little time, it makes more sense to start in reverse order, i.e., with the newer ones. These are the most up-to-date materials.

Doing so-called "700+ level questions" is fine, but the final score will also be determined by how well a testtaker handles the easier to medium and then the higher difficulty questions. This approach reflects the adaptive nature of the test.
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Hi saviofernanz,

From this message, it's not clear how you've been studying for the GMAT over the last several months. Have you taken any practice CATs/mocks yet? Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, 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 have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
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5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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From this message, it's not clear how you've been studying for the GMAT over the last several months. Have you taken any practice CATs/mocks yet? Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, 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? I am studying 8 hours a day, as I have taken a month off to prepare and to give GMAT by November end.
2) What study materials have you used so far? Manhattan guides/Powerscore CR/Practiced Quant on Gmatclub.
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? 620 in my last mock(V27 Q48)

Goals:
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT? End of November.
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School? December
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to? ISB/LBS/Oxford/Insead

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Hi saviofernanz,

With a planned Test Date near the end of November, you have about 6 weeks of potential study time remaining - and that might be enough time for you to hone the necessary skills and hit your Score Goal. For this next phase of yours studies, you have to be careful about confusing "quantity" of study with "quality" of study. I've never asked anyone to study 8 hours a day - and while it's great that you might have the available time to study that much, you would run the risk of 'burning out' before Test Day if you try to study that much over such a long period of time (and that risk is something that we want to avoid). If you are going to try to study that much, then I suggest that you take one hour "off" for every two hours of study. For example, you could study for 2 hours, then stop for an hour, then study for another 2 hours, then take an hour off, etc.

In your prior message, you refer to your "last mock", but how many have you taken over all of your studies. On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you Score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? That data is important - as it may point out patterns in your performances that are worth noting.

In addition, "review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi saviofernanz,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that your quant score is looking very solid. My main concern is your verbal score. Would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills?

Also, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

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After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....(Since i am more concerned about verbal I'll emphasize on that section. Also sorry for the late reply)
I could answer only 26 questions on the verbal section. I did blindly answer the remaining 10 questions.
1) Because of a silly/little mistake? There was the pressure factor that made me rush a bit and not focus entirely like I do when I practice single questions on Gmatclub.
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard? Yes, mainly got all 700+ questions wrong.
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess? Yes, bingo that's my biggest problem. I am guessing practice should help me in this area.
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong? 9 questions
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that your quant score is looking very solid. My main concern is your verbal score. Would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills? Yes that would be great.
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that your quant score is looking very solid. My main concern is your verbal score. Would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills? Yes that would be great.


Moving forward, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT verbal topic, starting with the foundations and progressing to more advanced concepts.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, 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 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 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 answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to put in the necessary time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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