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I have been preparing for GMAT since Jan 2018.
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After preapring for 6 months, I started taking Mocks:-
Mock 1 GMAC - 510 Q44 V16 Jun 18
Mock 2 Veritas - 560 Q46 V 20 Jul 18
Mock 3 MGMAT - 610 Q44 V31 Aug 18

I am very much worried as I need atleast 100+ points improvement to score above 700.

Please help. I am very much disappointed after my last Mock.

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Please elaborate your weaknesses as well as your strengths so that others know where you are lacking and give u advice according to that.
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Please elaborate your weaknesses as well as your strengths so that others know where you are lacking and give u advice according to that.
I lack in SC and RC. CR is manageable. And I want to improve in quant so as to reach Q49/50.

I also face problem in time management in Verbal section.



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imemanik wrote:
GMATbuster92 wrote:
Please elaborate your weaknesses as well as your strengths so that others know where you are lacking and give u advice according to that.
I lack in SC and RC. CR is manageable. And I want to improve in quant so as to reach Q49/50.

I also face problem in time management in Verbal section.



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For SC ,If you know all the rules and basics (revise them once if u still have active e-gmat account), Then you can practice questions above 700 level on the forum .
For RC , you should read Harvard magazine ,it will give you idea of atleast the types of articles which come in GMAT.
Again practice makes man perfect , if you need any material please feel free to PM me.
For Time management I would suggest please concentrate 1st on getting answers correct. Time can be managed once you can get atleast first 8-10 questions correct in Verbal.

For quant I will recommend you buy GMAT club Tests for practice purpose not for evaluation (as they are generally +1 level in comparison to Gmat)
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Hi imemanik,

To start, improving 100 points in 2 months is a noteworthy achievement. The next 100 points that you're looking for will be a bit more challenging though - and you'll have to make improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

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:

1) Did you take the FULL CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) each time?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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GMATbuster92 wrote:
imemanik wrote:
GMATbuster92 wrote:
Please elaborate your weaknesses as well as your strengths so that others know where you are lacking and give u advice according to that.
I lack in SC and RC. CR is manageable. And I want to improve in quant so as to reach Q49/50.

I also face problem in time management in Verbal section.



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For SC ,If you know all the rules and basics (revise them once if u still have active e-gmat account), Then you can practice questions above 700 level on the forum .
For RC , you should read Harvard magazine ,it will give you idea of atleast the types of articles which come in GMAT.
Again practice makes man perfect , if you need any material please feel free to PM me.
For Time management I would suggest please concentrate 1st on getting answers correct. Time can be managed once you can get atleast first 8-10 questions correct in Verbal.

For quant I will recommend you buy GMAT club Tests for practice purpose not for evaluation (as they are generally +1 level in comparison to Gmat)
Thanks a lot for your valuable feedback. I don't have e-gmat subscription now. But I don't think e-gmat has helped to the greatest extent, especially the verbal part.

I will do all that you mentioned. Could you please share your materials that u mentioned. imemanik@gmail.com

Thanks again

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Hi imemanik,

To start, improving 100 points in 2 months is a noteworthy achievement. The next 100 points that you're looking for will be a bit more challenging though - and you'll have to make improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

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:

1) Did you take the FULL CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) each time?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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1) Did you take the FULL CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) each time? Yes I did.
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT? In early Oct 18
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School? I am targeting MBA programs that will commence from Jan 2020 onwards
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to? Stanford MsX, MIT Sloan Fellow, IMD, Rotman, I've and Queen's.
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9 years Work Ex
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Hi imemanik,

Raising a 610 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and to reiterate a prior point - you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. This is meant to say that you might need more study time than you have currently allotted. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before we discuss how best to proceed, I have a few follow-up questions about how you took your CATs:

1) Did you take them at home?
2) What time of day did you begin each CAT? Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
3) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
4) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi imemanik,

Raising a 610 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and to reiterate a prior point - you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. This is meant to say that you might need more study time than you have currently allotted. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before we discuss how best to proceed, I have a few follow-up questions about how you took your CATs:

1) Did you take them at home?
2) What time of day did you begin each CAT? Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
3) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
4) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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1) Did you take them at home? No. I took them in my cabin at office.
2) What time of day did you begin each CAT? Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT? Yes 10AM
3) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)? No. I strictly followed the test pattern
4) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)? No

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Hi imemanik,

It sounds as though you really attempted to make each CAT as realistic as you could - which is good. That commitment is essential to consistently scoring at the 700+ level. The next logical step is examine your most recent CAT in more detail.

"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 imemanik,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you have been studying for 7+ months but are still 90 points away from your score goal, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. Since your GMAT score has plateaued in the low 600s, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high GMAT score.

To improve your skills, you will want to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to 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 incorrectly answer a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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 Reading Comprehension 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 easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland 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. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely 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 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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. For instance, 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 that would have extended 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’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

You can follow a similar process for quant. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

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