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I am an IT professional with 8 years of experience. I have prepared for GMAT before but was not successful in the exam. I am not sure if I should give this exam one more (and last) serious attempt due to failure before. I have 2 months in hand and would be preparing simultaneously alongwith my job.

I have 2016 material for OG and Princeton. Not sure if it would still help in preparation.

Any suggestions and references for preparation would be highly appreciated.
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Hi Priyanka, if you could tell us more about your last attempt (sources of preparation, duration of preparation and the scores along with splits, in case you remember), it would help us give more customized advice.
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You should better focus on a solid study plan with sound strategy. Here is a study plan for you

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Manhattan Quant Guides
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For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

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The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-19
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You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day


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Hi,

I am an IT professional with 8 years of experience. I have prepared for GMAT before but was not successful in the exam. I am not sure if I should give this exam one more (and last) serious attempt due to failure before. I have 2 months in hand and would be preparing simultaneously alongwith my job.

I have 2016 material for OG and Princeton. Not sure if it would still help in preparation.

Any suggestions and references for preparation would be highly appreciated.

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I joined Princeton Review for classes and prepared using their material and 2016 official GMAT guide. My score was 570(Q42,V23)(Split would be +-2 as I don't remember exact number but score was 570)
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kitipriyanka wrote:
Hi,

I am an IT professional with 8 years of experience. I have prepared for GMAT before but was not successful in the exam. I am not sure if I should give this exam one more (and last) serious attempt due to failure before. I have 2 months in hand and would be preparing simultaneously alongwith my job.

I have 2016 material for OG and Princeton. Not sure if it would still help in preparation.

Any suggestions and references for preparation would be highly appreciated.


Hi,

You got a great list of resources in the above thread. I can only suggest you few points for your preps.

1. Keep in hand at least 3 months for dedicated studies without much distractions, otherwise this may be an endless journey without a fruit. It may take more than 3 months though.

2. Never ever ingore revision of concepts during your preps. Consistency is the key here. Revise your concepts within a weeks time every week. This will give you confidence that you remember something worth.

3. Don't ignore RC at any cost. At least 2 passages every day is a must.

4. Work on quality rather than quantity of study.

5. Use timer with every question. Does not matter how much time a question takes. Even if it takes an hour, keep track of time.

Understand what you read,

Remember what you understood,

Implement correctly what you remember.

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Hi Priyanka,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) How many times have you taken the actual GMAT? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken the GMAT, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

2) How many practice GMAT tests did you take? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).

3) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months?

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

6) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

8) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

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Hi ScottTargetTestPrep,

Please find my answers inline:

1) How many times have you taken the actual GMAT? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken the GMAT, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.
P: I have taken the exam once in Oct2016. My score was 570(Q42,V23). I was very nervous while giving the exam an messed it up completely

2) How many practice GMAT tests did you take? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).
P: I took almost 8-10 practise tests of Princeton and scored max I could score in their exam was 640(Q46,V33)

3) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months?
P: I studied for almost 2 hours a day on weekday and 4 hours on weekends. I prepared for almost 6 months

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?
P: I am planning to apply for 1 year MBA program and deadlines would be starting October 2019

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?
P: As mentioned this would be my last attempt for GMAT. I want to give exam latest by July 2019

6) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?
P: 2 hours a day on weekdays and 4-6 hours on weekends(20 hours a week)

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.
P: I consider myself weak in Verbal. Quant is good but there is lot scope of improvement. If I talk about Verbal i.e. my weakest spot till date. And I am also forward for tricks which would help me enhance my time and thinking capabilities.

8) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?
P: I have a 9 hour job and its responsibilities to take care of. Please do let me if what I am thinking is achievable and not setting an unrealistic target for myself.
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Hi kitipriyanka,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so with just 2 months of potential study time, there might be a limit to how much you could improve. In addition, since it's been almost 2.5 years since you took the GMAT, it's not clear if that old Score properly defines your current test-taking skills. In April, 2018, GMAC actually changed the GMAT a bit (the Quant and Verbal sections are shorter - in both time and number of questions per section). As such, it would be a good idea for you to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

Beyond that, I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your goal score?
2) Do you have an exact Test Date yet (and if so, then what is it?)?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I joined Princeton Review for classes and prepared using their material and 2016 official GMAT guide. My score was 570(Q42,V23)(Split would be +-2 as I don't remember exact number but score was 570)

Hi Priyanka, following are few questions that you need to introspect:

i) Did you do justice to the material last time around?

ii) Were you scores consistently in this rage in the mock tests as well, or was exam day an exception

iii) While your scores show significant scope for improvement in both Quant and Verbal, the Verbal score is especially low

iv) In Quant, which topics gave you most grief? Similarly, in Verbal, which sub-section (RC/CR/SC) bothered you the most?

v) Do you have a ESR from your earlier attempt that you can share with us?

Answers to all the above questions, will help you focus your energies in the right direction, for this attempt.

Good luck!
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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

I agree about 3 months timeline and would reassess my timelines. I am aware about the GMAT exam getting shorter and am planning to take practice exam this weekend ,will share the score.
1) What is your goal score?
P: 700+
2) Do you have an exact Test Date yet (and if so, then what is it?)?
P: Want to take exam by June 2019
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
P: ISB,IIM A,IIM B,IE Business School, HEC Paris, NUS

EducationAisle:
i) Did you do justice to the material last time around?
P: I resolved complete verbal section of OG 2016

ii) Were you scores consistently in this rage in the mock tests as well, or was exam day an exception
P: The max I was able to score was 640(Q46,V33)

iii) While your scores show significant scope for improvement in both Quant and Verbal, the Verbal score is especially low
P: Agreed

iv) In Quant, which topics gave you most grief? Similarly, in Verbal, which sub-section (RC/CR/SC) bothered you the most?
P: Quant : Geometry, Number System Verbal: ALL esp RC

v) Do you have a ESR from your earlier attempt that you can share with us?
P: Sorry, I don't have
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Hi kitipriyanka,

I guess my only other question is, how important is going to business school? If business school is something that will be a game changer for your life and career, then let’s get it done! Right?

Regarding your goals, if you can take your exam at the end of July, you’ll have almost 4 months of study time. So, if you can work your butt off and study smart, you probably can achieve your GMAT score goal. That said, since it has been 3 years since you last studied for the GMAT, I’ll provide advice as if you are starting the GMAT from scratch. Thus, you should first take an official GMAT practice exam. Your experience taking that test will give you a good idea of what to expect on the GMAT, and the results will serve as a baseline score.

After completing your initial practice test, you will need to devise a solid preparation plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. 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 topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. 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, 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, 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 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 logical meanings. 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 be determined to see the differences and 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 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
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