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24 Dec 2018, 06:04
Hi,

I have solved questions from GMAT EP 1 and EP 2 from gmatclub, and now I want to purchase GMAT Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 (and possibly 5 & 6 in the future). Will some of the questions that I solved from EP 1 and EP 2 (or even QP1) show up in these official practice exams???

If it does, I have made a huge mistake in preparing..

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24 Dec 2018, 10:03
Hi hongg7,

No I don't think they would be repeated. GMATclub tests are way tougher than the real GMAT tests.

mba.com mocks are still the only real source of judging your actual GMAT score so you can go ahead and buy the exam pack 3 & 4.
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24 Dec 2018, 20:43
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Hi,

I have solved questions from GMAT EP 1 and EP 2 from gmatclub, and now I want to purchase GMAT Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 (and possibly 5 & 6 in the future). Will some of the questions that I solved from EP 1 and EP 2 (or even QP1) show up in these official practice exams???

If it does, I have made a huge mistake in preparing..

1. It's certainly possible. Tests 3 & 4 are EP1, and tests 5 & 6 are EP2. The paid exam packs have relatively small question pools.

2. You won't see QP1 questions in the GMATPrep practice tests.

I guess this will come down to how many questions you have already done. The GMATPreps are your best tests, so I'd limit the damage by not solving any more of those questions if I were you.
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24 Dec 2018, 21:18
[quote="AjiteshArun"][quote="hongg7"]Hi,

I have solved questions from GMAT EP 1 and EP 2 from gmatclub, and now I want to purchase GMAT Official Practice Exams 3 & 4 (and possibly 5 & 6 in the future). Will some of the questions that I solved from EP 1 and EP 2 (or even QP1) show up in these official practice exams???

If it does, I have made a huge mistake in preparing..

Thanks in advance!! [/quote]1. It's certainly possible. Tests 3 & 4 [b]are[/b] EP1, and tests 5 & 6 [b]are[/b] EP2. The paid exam packs have relatively small question pools.

2. You won't see QP1 questions in the GMATPrep practice tests.

I guess this will come down to how many questions you have already done. The GMATPreps are your best tests, so I'd limit the damage by not solving any more of those questions if I were you.[/quote]

Thanks for responding,

In that case, can you suggest some other free GMAT tests I can get from other sites such as Kaplan, Veritas, which are almost as reliable as the Official GMAT Practice tests in mba.com?

I've heard that Kaplan and Veritas are alright. I've already done MGMAT free test though.

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24 Dec 2018, 22:06
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Thanks for responding,

In that case, can you suggest some other free GMAT tests I can get from other sites such as Kaplan, Veritas, which are almost as reliable as the Official GMAT Practice tests in mba.com?

I've heard that Kaplan and Veritas are alright. I've already done MGMAT free test though.

There are no non-official tests as good as the GMATPreps, but the ones you mentioned (all three) are valid options.

There is a more comprehensive list of tests here.
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24 Dec 2018, 22:52
AjiteshArun wrote:
hongg7 wrote:
Thanks for responding,

In that case, can you suggest some other free GMAT tests I can get from other sites such as Kaplan, Veritas, which are almost as reliable as the Official GMAT Practice tests in mba.com?

I've heard that Kaplan and Veritas are alright. I've already done MGMAT free test though.

There are no non-official tests as good as the GMATPreps, but the ones you mentioned (all three) are valid options.

There is a more comprehensive list of tests here.

Thanks a ton for this! Should have seen this a lot earlier.
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28 Dec 2018, 13:07
Hi hongg7,

The questions are not repeated. What is your GMAT score goal?

Once you take your first practice exam, free to report back here with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.

Good luck!
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01 Jan 2019, 06:18
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Hi hongg7,

The questions are not repeated. What is your GMAT score goal?

Once you take your first practice exam, free to report back here with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.

Good luck!

I actually have been preparing for GMAT for a couple of months. My GMAT score goal is definitely in the range of 650 and above (or hopefully above 700!). The problem lies in Verbal as I am getting a Verbal score near 29. My Quant score is always above 45, and recently got a 50 in the Economist GMAT Test (I am still keeping my head down in Quant though). I want to get my verbal score at least to a 35, but it is challenging.

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04 Jan 2019, 11:05
Hi hongg7,

Thank you for the response. Would you like some detailed advice on how to improve your verbal skills?
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04 Jan 2019, 12:14
Hi hongg7,

Back in August, 2018, you posted that you had taken the Official GMAT and scored Q44/V21 after scoring higher on your CATs/mocks. Since that was over 4 months ago, before you start working on a new set of practice CATs, it would help to know a bit more about how you have been studying since then.

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2) Which "brands" of CATs/mocks have you used so far? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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05 Jan 2019, 02:36
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Hi hongg7,

Thank you for the response. Would you like some detailed advice on how to improve your verbal skills?

Hi!

It would be great if you did!

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10 Jan 2019, 19:10
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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 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.

how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:

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 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.

how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!

This is great! Thank you so much for your help and insights!

I have a problem in Reading Comprehension. Although I do have a certain strategy and read articles every day on Bloomberg Businessweek and etc., I tend to do rather poorly when I take a CAT. I also practice GMATPrep Questions of RC and score decently (at the most I would get 1 Question wrong per passage), but when it comes to the real thing, my RC takes a tumble. I don't think I panic too much during CAT but that is the current situation. Should I be practicing more or if you can suggest anything, it would be great. Also, one of my weak area in RC is inference questions..

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14 Jan 2019, 19:15
Hey hongg7,

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!
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14 Jan 2019, 22:12
Hi ScottTargetTestPrep,

I will reach out if I do need any help.. Thanks again
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06 Feb 2019, 23:59
Hi ScottTargetTestPrep,

I recently took the GMAT, just to see where I stand. I also purchased the ESR after the exam. Is it alright if you could have a look at my ESR?

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07 Feb 2019, 11:43
Hi hongg7,

While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). Since you've purchased the ESR, I'll be happy to analyze it for you. If you don't want to post it publicly, then you can feel free to PM or email it to me.

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10 Feb 2019, 20:46
Sure, hongg7! Feel free to send it my way.
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