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I am looking for tips/resources to further improve my scores, both quant and verbal. I realize they are pretty good, but I need to to much better given my demographic I feel.

So, I have taken 2 CATs till now:
1. Official GMAT Preptest - 740 (V42, Q49)
2. MGMAT - 720 (V40, Q48)

Quant: I basically make a lot of silly mistakes. Any inputs on how some of you were able to overcome that? More Practice? (I have already almost finished OG and Quant Review)
Verbal: I have covered the Manhattan Material and the OG/Verbal Review. I am still struggling to improve my score higher than 40-42. What can I do?

I am just looking to improve my score to 750+, so all help/advice will be appreciated.
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I am looking for tips/resources to further improve my scores, both quant and verbal. I realize they are pretty good, but I need to to much better given my demographic I feel.

So, I have taken 2 CATs till now:
1. Official GMAT Preptest - 740 (V42, Q49)
2. MGMAT - 720 (V40, Q48)

Quant: I basically make a lot of silly mistakes. Any inputs on how some of you were able to overcome that? More Practice? (I have already almost finished OG and Quant Review)
Verbal: I have covered the Manhattan Material and the OG/Verbal Review. I am still struggling to improve my score higher than 40-42. What can I do?

I am just looking to improve my score to 750+, so all help/advice will be appreciated.


Hi VinayGanagi,

You are already doing great in your Mocks. I think you are quite close to your target score. 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 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 GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. The Questions in this pack particularly in Verbal are great!

Hope this helps. All the best!
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Hi VinayGanagi,

First off, 740 on an official practice test is awesome! Great work. That being said, to improve your score, you need to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. 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 at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you 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. By using the above process, you should be able to score at least 2 to 3 points higher in quant.

Verbal is a different animal, and GMAT verbal is trickier than many people think it is (your hit-or-miss results in SC are one sign of this trickiness). To consistently score above the mid-30s in verbal, you have to more clearly see the tricks and trap answers in the questions, and learning to see those things takes more than quickly learning a few strategies or patterns. You will have to do a lot of slow, careful practice in verbal, and learn to carefully define EXACTLY why each wrong answer is wrong and each correct answer is correct.

As you go through verbal questions, do a thorough analysis of EVERY choice in every question that you answer. Learn to see the logic, the key details, and the traps in the questions. Also, if you miss a question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what, if anything, you would have needed to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, for both quant and verbal, 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.

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

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VinayGanagi wrote:
I am looking for tips/resources to further improve my scores, both quant and verbal. I realize they are pretty good, but I need to to much better given my demographic I feel.

So, I have taken 2 CATs till now:
1. Official GMAT Preptest - 740 (V42, Q49)
2. MGMAT - 720 (V40, Q48)

Quant: I basically make a lot of silly mistakes. Any inputs on how some of you were able to overcome that? More Practice? (I have already almost finished OG and Quant Review)
Verbal: I have covered the Manhattan Material and the OG/Verbal Review. I am still struggling to improve my score higher than 40-42. What can I do?

I am just looking to improve my score to 750+, so all help/advice will be appreciated.
Congrats on getting a 740 on your very first practice test. What that shows is that you might already be capable of the 750+ that you are looking for. Continue taking tests and working on the weaknesses that you find.

A 50 on quant would really help (it'd also take some of the pressure off your verbal, as V42 is a much better score than Q49).
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Hi, VinayGanagi

Congratulation! You got a pretty high score on your test. And I’m glad to see that you are close to reaching your goal. To hit the score over 750, there are two ways: get Q50-51 / improve your verbal score. I don’t know which part is much easier for you to improve, so it is difficult to assure that you should work on Quant or Verbal. It depends on your decision. But, given that your quant score is around Q49, raising quant score could be easier and time-efficient.

If you constantly make mistakes on your test, I recommend you to check whether your physical condition was bad or not and whether you are suffering from test anxiety, since these are the main cause of making mistakes. However, if your problem is not rooted in these and you constantly make mistakes especially in particular section or topic, then you should keep in mind that those part could be weaknesses.

Particularly, Q50-51 is the highest score and you need to strategize. Especially, the hardest DS questions determine a score of Q51. These questions are much more time-consuming than solving the other questions, and still hard to get them correct, if you solve them in conventional ways. You can learn our unique Variable approach with ease, speed and accuracy. In our course, these hard questions are so called "CMT 3,4 (common mistake type). Refer to this article featured in GMAT Club "How to Achieve Q51" : https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-ultimate ... 09801.html

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