GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 21 Nov 2018, 10:10

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel
Events & Promotions in November
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
Open Detailed Calendar
  • All GMAT Club Tests are Free and open on November 22nd in celebration of Thanksgiving Day!

     November 22, 2018

     November 22, 2018

     10:00 PM PST

     11:00 PM PST

    Mark your calendars - All GMAT Club Tests are free and open November 22nd to celebrate Thanksgiving Day! Access will be available from 0:01 AM to 11:59 PM, Pacific Time (USA)
  • Key Strategies to Master GMAT SC

     November 24, 2018

     November 24, 2018

     07:00 AM PST

     09:00 AM PST

    Attend this webinar to learn how to leverage Meaning and Logic to solve the most challenging Sentence Correction Questions.

Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 17 Sep 2018
Posts: 4
Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Oct 2018, 13:01
Hello dear Experts,

So I´ve just completed the first GMAT test, and scored 450 (Q21, V31) :shocked to see my "baseline" level. 5 Weeks ago, I started with my studies, I focused solely on the Quantitative part, refreshed some basic knowledge in geometry and algebra and arithmetic.

So I know have around 6 weeks remaining, to score at least a 650.

At the moment I feel quite disappointed, I have no clear structure in my study plans, because I dont really know what to do.
Right now my procedure is:

1) Doing the OG questions on Quant ~ 1-2hrs every day
2) Doing Verbal quetions on the "Ready4Gmat" App on my phone when I have traveling time etc.

Before, I read and revised the theory section about Quant on the OG.

Should I even continue to try? I got a 3.4GPA in my Bachelors, people assume I´m a smart person, but math just kills me..
I read a quant question and in 60% of the time have no idea what to do, 40% of the time I have an idea, so I calculate and then either get stuck or come up with a solution. In rare cases, at very easy questions, I can get straight to the answer.

How should I continue my preparations?

Thanks!
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
User avatar
V
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 12895
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: Q170 V170
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Oct 2018, 14:13
Hi rolledfaith,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you've been studying for just 5 weeks, then you should not expect to have mastered any of the concepts or question types just yet. That having been said, raising a 450 to a 650+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

From what you describe, your studies are focused on doing lots of practice questions - but it's not clear what Tactics (if any) you've been practicing. Continuing to practice in this fashion is probably not the most efficient use your time, so some changes to your study routine would likely be a good idea. 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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your exact Test Date?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
_________________

760+: Learn What GMAT Assassins Do to Score at the Highest Levels
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com

Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

Special Offer: Save $75 + GMAT Club Tests Free
  Official GMAT Exam Packs + 70 Pt. Improvement Guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

*****Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!*****

Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 17 Sep 2018
Posts: 4
Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Oct 2018, 14:33
Hey Rich,

1) 18.12.18
2) Deadlines are January
3) I need around 650 for my target schools.

Here my Quant weakness:
1) Number properties, aritmethic, Geometry to an extent,
2) Sticking to 2 min per question, when to drop question, how to handle first 10 questions?
3) Should I drop questions immediately which I dont understand first?

My study-plan so far is to work myself through the OG book.
So the real question is, what is the right gameplan for 5 weeks of remaining preparation? I dont have +3 more months
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
User avatar
V
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 12895
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: Q170 V170
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Oct 2018, 14:47
Hi rolledfaith,

Based on what you describe, if you really do "need" a 650+ (meaning that you will not even apply unless you have that type of Official Score), then the application deadlines really don't matter. You will have to put in the necessary time and effort to lock in that Score, otherwise the other aspects of your plan won't happen. If you would actually be fine with a lower Score, then that might change your potential study timeline, but the goal to raise your Score 200+ points in just 5-6 weeks is likely too difficult to be considered realistic.

1) What is the minimum Score that you would apply with?
2) What are the exact application deadlines for each of the Programs that you plan to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
_________________

760+: Learn What GMAT Assassins Do to Score at the Highest Levels
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com

Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

Special Offer: Save $75 + GMAT Club Tests Free
  Official GMAT Exam Packs + 70 Pt. Improvement Guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

*****Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!*****

e-GMAT Representative
User avatar
G
Joined: 02 Nov 2011
Posts: 2748
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 23 Oct 2018, 18:19
Hi rolledfaith,

Do not be disheartened with your progress. The good thing is that you have identified your weaknesses and can move forward plugging all the gaps. Here are a few students who improved from a low score to their target score. If they could do it, so can you.
    - Richa followed a methodical approach and improved from 470 to 720. Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.
    - Carrie improved from a Q35 (26 percentile) to a Q50 (85 percentile) in 3 weeks using the Quant Live Prep course. Click here to watch here video interview. Click here to read her amazing GMAT Club de-brief.

GMAT is a test of Ability and therefore your preparation should also be focused towards building your Ability. In this process Practice is the second step. First step is to be thorough with the concepts and processes required to solve a GMAT question. And the next thing, as you have correctly identified, is to have a goal oriented Personalized study plan. I am sharing a few Free Trial links below for you to assess if it suits your learning style and a Study Plan link so that you can create one for yourself.

Hope this helps. If you have any further queries, you can write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We would be happy to help.

Regards,
Aditee
_________________












| '4 out of Top 5' Instructors on gmatclub | 70 point improvement guarantee | www.e-gmat.com

Target Test Prep Representative
User avatar
P
Status: Founder & CEO
Affiliations: Target Test Prep
Joined: 14 Oct 2015
Posts: 4170
Location: United States (CA)
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Oct 2018, 18:03
Hi rolledfaith,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. I realize that you’re frustrated, but don't give up, my friend! As long as you’re willing to follow a realistic and thorough study plan, I’m confident that you can improve your GMAT score. That said, I’m going to be straight up with you: It’s quite unlikely that you will be able to increase your GMAT score by 200+ points in just 5-6 weeks. Is there any way that you could take your GMAT at a later date?

In any case, you’ve made the right first step by reaching out for help. For starters, I agree that your current study routine lacks any sort of structure. Furthermore, your prep appears to be centered on doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. So, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, let’s say you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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.

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.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully 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. 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 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 Reading Comprehension 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 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, it is likely that you 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 really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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. You have to put work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. 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 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 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. 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
_________________

Scott Woodbury-Stewart
Founder and CEO

GMAT Quant Self-Study Course
500+ lessons 3000+ practice problems 800+ HD solutions

General GMAT Forum Moderator
avatar
V
Joined: 29 Jan 2015
Posts: 1012
Location: India
WE: General Management (Non-Profit and Government)
GMAT ToolKit User Reviews Badge CAT Tests
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Oct 2018, 07:20
rolledfaith wrote:
Hello dear Experts,

So I´ve just completed the first GMAT test, and scored 450 (Q21, V31) :shocked to see my "baseline" level. 5 Weeks ago, I started with my studies, I focused solely on the Quantitative part, refreshed some basic knowledge in geometry and algebra and arithmetic.

So I know have around 6 weeks remaining, to score at least a 650.

At the moment I feel quite disappointed, I have no clear structure in my study plans, because I dont really know what to do.
Right now my procedure is:

1) Doing the OG questions on Quant ~ 1-2hrs every day
2) Doing Verbal quetions on the "Ready4Gmat" App on my phone when I have traveling time etc.

Before, I read and revised the theory section about Quant on the OG.

Should I even continue to try? I got a 3.4GPA in my Bachelors, people assume I´m a smart person, but math just kills me..
I read a quant question and in 60% of the time have no idea what to do, 40% of the time I have an idea, so I calculate and then either get stuck or come up with a solution. In rare cases, at very easy questions, I can get straight to the answer.

How should I continue my preparations?

Thanks!


Hi rolledfaith,

6 weeks may be good enough to improve your score. It's a good thing that you have taken your GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. You need to work on solidifying your base and clearing your concepts. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also use MGMAT guides for your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
_________________

If you liked my post, kindly give me a Kudos. Thanks.

GMAT Club Bot
Re: Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep &nbs [#permalink] 25 Oct 2018, 07:20
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Q21 (!!) V31 after 5/12 Weeks Testprep

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: souvonik2k



Copyright

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.