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New post 11 May 2017, 19:19
Hi all,

I'm relatively new to this forum, but have been soaking in some solid info from here. This is actually my first post. My goal is to get a score higher than 700 and you can see my progress I made so far in the file attached. I'm wondering if I can get some specific advice based on my current situation.

I'm a non native speaker and have spent about 80 hours into my prep and will be giving the exam on August 12th (exactly 3 more months to prep). I've made some progress on Quant as you can see but little progress has been made on verbal based on my latest score from earlier today. Manhattan's quant is much harder than gmatprep's and Manhattan's verbal grading seems to be more lenient than gmatprep's. As in I can get more questions wrong on Manhattan and still get a higher verbal score.

As far as verbal resources go, I read through Manhattan's SC 6th edition guide and honestly felt much better on SC, but there's a lot of room for improvement still. I've tried the egmat's free trial and read through some articles from egmat that have been circulating on this forum. You can see my % accuracy for the past 5 CATs for verbal as well.

I was able to get more questions right on the 5th CAT than the 2nd one (28 vs 31) but I got a score 3 points lower. Not particularly worried about the specific score at the moment but more concerned about not seeing improvements. I guess my question is what's the best approach from here?
I'm also open to online courses but not sure which one would be best.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions :)
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Caden111 wrote:
Hi all,

I'm relatively new to this forum, but have been soaking in some solid info from here. This is actually my first post. My goal is to get a score higher than 700 and you can see my progress I made so far in the file attached. I'm wondering if I can get some specific advice based on my current situation.

I'm a non native speaker and have spent about 80 hours into my prep and will be giving the exam on August 12th (exactly 3 more months to prep). I've made some progress on Quant as you can see but little progress has been made on verbal based on my latest score from earlier today. Manhattan's quant is much harder than gmatprep's and Manhattan's verbal grading seems to be more lenient than gmatprep's. As in I can get more questions wrong on Manhattan and still get a higher verbal score.

As far as verbal resources go, I read through Manhattan's SC 6th edition guide and honestly felt much better on SC, but there's a lot of room for improvement still. I've tried the egmat's free trial and read through some articles from egmat that have been circulating on this forum. You can see my % accuracy for the past 5 CATs for verbal as well.

I was able to get more questions right on the 5th CAT than the 2nd one (28 vs 31) but I got a score 3 points lower. Not particularly worried about the specific score at the moment but more concerned about not seeing improvements. I guess my question is what's the best approach from here?
I'm also open to online courses but not sure which one would be best.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions :)


Hi Caden111 ,
Raising your score from early 600's to 700+ will require some effort and 3 months of dedicated study should suffice. Firstly analyze how did you perform in the verbal sub-sections and then accordingly you can dedicate time.
Also, accuracy is not a reliable indicator of ability in the GMAT since two people with similar accuracy might have vast differences in their scores depending on the questions they got correct/incorrect.

-SC - e-GMAT, Manhattan SC. It is the easiest sub-section in verbal and can be improved in the least amount of time. Since you have already have used MGMAT SC guide, you can try e-GMAT SC course.
-CR - Powerscore, e-GMAT
-RC - Manhattan or Veritas reading strategy - RC is the most difficult section to improve.
- Stick only to GMAT Prep tests - there are 6 of them. Use other test prep company practice tests only for additional practice.
-e-GMAT's Scholaranium - a decent tool for additional practice.

For Quant , since you are already at a pretty decent level, you should try the GMAT Club tests.

Hope this helps!! :)
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Thank you for your advice. I just got the powerscore CR bible in the mail today. Will read through it carefully
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Thank you for your advice. I just got the powerscore CR bible in the mail today. Will read through it carefully

Your welcome :) , you can also watch Thursdays with Ron for SC and CR and that might give a different perspective altogether .
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New post 21 May 2017, 11:51
Caden111 wrote:
Hi all,

I'm relatively new to this forum, but have been soaking in some solid info from here. This is actually my first post. My goal is to get a score higher than 700 and you can see my progress I made so far in the file attached. I'm wondering if I can get some specific advice based on my current situation.

I'm a non native speaker and have spent about 80 hours into my prep and will be giving the exam on August 12th (exactly 3 more months to prep). I've made some progress on Quant as you can see but little progress has been made on verbal based on my latest score from earlier today. Manhattan's quant is much harder than gmatprep's and Manhattan's verbal grading seems to be more lenient than gmatprep's. As in I can get more questions wrong on Manhattan and still get a higher verbal score.

As far as verbal resources go, I read through Manhattan's SC 6th edition guide and honestly felt much better on SC, but there's a lot of room for improvement still. I've tried the egmat's free trial and read through some articles from egmat that have been circulating on this forum. You can see my % accuracy for the past 5 CATs for verbal as well.

I was able to get more questions right on the 5th CAT than the 2nd one (28 vs 31) but I got a score 3 points lower. Not particularly worried about the specific score at the moment but more concerned about not seeing improvements. I guess my question is what's the best approach from here?
I'm also open to online courses but not sure which one would be best.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions :)



what's the best approach?

3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or
Aristotle Verbal Guide
for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Start with Verbal, learn the concepts tested on GMAT
After learning, practice your learned section with times practice
You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT

Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score
Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis
trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know
your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best CATs

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

above Mock exams are as important as ranked

I'm also open to online courses but not sure which one would be best.

It depends upon the price you are willing to pay also

IMO
Magoosh is good with most economic price
E-GMAT is also good option for non english verbals

Good Luck
Cheers :)
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New post 22 May 2017, 00:56
You should dedicate around 2 months to improve your score. If you study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. 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.

In addition 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.

However Note that the Powerscore CR guide is a great prep book for your CR preparation and you will feel quite confident after going through the book.

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.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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hi to all
i have worked on GMAT verbal through various links
i'm relatively new to this forum, but have been soaking
in some solid info from here. This is actually my first post. My goal is to get a score higher than 700 and you can see my progress I made so far in the file attached. I'm wondering if I can get some specific advice based on my current situation.
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New post 22 May 2017, 05:14
Thank you all for the advice!
I finished reading through the powerscore CR book. I'm not sure if I got much out of it since I already knew about the question types and certain strategies just from reading through the forum, etc.
In the meantime, I also finished all CR questions in the OG and a few free online trials.
I think what I have to do now to simultaneously improve CR and RC is to read a lot (aka improve reading comprehension/speed) and practice more questions. It's not gonna be a drastic change overnight so I'm glad I have a little over 2 months to prep.
Learning about strategies can only take me so far.
Will keep this post updated about my progress
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