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10 Aug 2016, 07:08
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Hello

I've given the actual test twice and i'm planning to give it again in Oct...my biggest challenge is DS.
Could someone please help me/guide me about how do i improve my DS score?
I am revising my concepts but somehow my approach for solving DS questions isn't good or is very time consuming.
Any tips, help is welcome.

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10 Aug 2016, 07:13
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Hi Saumya,

Your situation is common among people preparing for the GMAT. The truth of the matter is that EVERYONE struggles with Data Sufficiency (DS) questions at first. Keep in mind that this question type is unique to the GMAT, so it's totally foreign territory.

It just takes time for the concepts and strategies to become secondary, at which point you may come to find that DS questions are actually easier than Problem Solving questions.

I could start listing dozens of DS strategies and common mistakes (like confusing the answer to sufficiency question to the answer to the target question), but it's easier to just direct you to our free set of 16 videos that cover everything you need to know to tackle DS questions: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-data-sufficiency

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10 Aug 2016, 07:16
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Hi Saumya,

Your situation is common among people preparing for the GMAT. The truth of the matter is that EVERYONE struggles with Data Sufficiency (DS) questions at first. Keep in mind that this question type is unique to the GMAT, so it's totally foreign territory.

It just takes time for the concepts and strategies to become secondary, at which point you may come to find that DS questions are actually easier than Problem Solving questions.

I could start listing dozens of DS strategies and common mistakes (like confusing the answer to sufficiency question to the answer to the target question), but it's easier to just direct you to our free set of 16 videos that cover everything you need to know to tackle DS questions: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-data-sufficiency

Cheers,
Brent

Thanks a ton Brent for the quick response, really appreciate it
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10 Aug 2016, 18:03
Hi Saumya,

Your last series of posts were from back in April:

has-gmat-changed-the-verbal-and-quant-score-mapping-for-final-score-216278.html#p1669592

Since it's been several months since then, I'd like to know more about how you've been studying.

1) What type of studying have you done?
2) What materials have you used?
3) Have you taken any practice CATs recently (and how did you score on each?)?

The design and logic behind DS question is consistent (much as the rest of the Test is consistent), so you CAN take advantage of those consistencies and train to score at a higher level. If you're still stuck on DS questions though, then you might need to invest in some new materials that will teach you how to 'see' DS prompt in a new way.

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11 Aug 2016, 01:10
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Saumya,

Your last series of posts were from back in April:

has-gmat-changed-the-verbal-and-quant-score-mapping-for-final-score-216278.html#p1669592

Since it's been several months since then, I'd like to know more about how you've been studying.

1) What type of studying have you done?
2) What materials have you used?
3) Have you taken any practice CATs recently (and how did you score on each?)?

The design and logic behind DS question is consistent (much as the rest of the Test is consistent), so you CAN take advantage of those consistencies and train to score at a higher level. If you're still stuck on DS questions though, then you might need to invest in some new materials that will teach you how to 'see' DS prompt in a new way.

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

Hi Rich

I've been off gmat study for almost 2 months now. Had some professional commitments due to which had to take the long break.
I'm back to preparing for the test now. Since i have roughly 1.5 months I'll be doing a lot of tests and revising core concepts.
Will keep posting my updates and seeking help as i go along.

Thanks for checking back, cheers
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11 Aug 2016, 06:09
Hi,

As you have difficulty with DS, we think our course is a perfect choice for you.
When it comes to DS, regardless of your math skills, it is highly difficult to hit 48 or above due to the nature of the exam. You need logic to tackle DS questions, and you can learn the efficient logic with us.

From our course, you will learn Variable approach for DS and IVY approach for PS. With our unique approaches of, you can significantly save time, and will have 10 minutes to spare on exam. For instance, with our approaches, you can solve questions that normally take 4 minutes in 1 minutes and 30 seconds, and 2-minute question in 30 seconds. You can solve DS questions 100% with Variable approach and 30-40% of PS questions with IVY approach. We also would like to recommend studying and mastering DS first as DS is a quick win. Once you fully understand and master DS only, you can surely hit at least 49.

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11 Aug 2016, 09:49
Hi Saumya,

As it's been 2 months since you were in 'study mode', we need a better sense of how your overall GMAT skills may have eroded during that time. As such, I suggest that you take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) sometime soon (perhaps this weekend). Beyond your immediate self-assessed need for DS practice, that score result will help to define anything else that you need to work on. Once you have that score, you should post back here and we can talk about how best to proceed with your studies.

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22 May 2017, 18:17
Did you try Brent's advice, how much did you score later ? And what was your score before ?
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23 May 2017, 16:06
Hi chetan13386,

It's been over 9 months since the original poster last posted in this thread (and over 7 months since she last logged on), so you might not receive the response that you're hoping to receive. That having been said, I'm going to assume that you're currently studying for the GMAT - and that you might be 'stuck' in some way. 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) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
4) What is your goal score?

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21 Jun 2017, 06:00
I know this is a dead thread as the poster is not longer active but still reached here because of a similar DS concern.
Just gave the first GMAT Prep test without IR and AWA.
Started preparing a month back after a hiatus of a year.
Got 700 (Q49 and V35) and some serious doubts:
1. How can I push the DS score up (48)
2. Whether a month of practice is enough for a Q51 or do I need more time (postpone the date)
3. What to do in Verbal (scores were equally spaced around miserable 35 but accuracy in SC was super-pathetic)
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21 Jun 2017, 15:43
Hi gangeyyo,

To start, a 700 is a fantastic practice CAT score - assuming that you took this CAT in a realistic fashion, then this score implies that you have the capacity to score at a high level (the 90th percentile or higher) on Test Day - so referring to any part of it as "miserable" or "pathetic" makes you sound silly.

At this score level, if you're looking to score a lot higher, then you really have to 'nitpick' your performance to determine WHY you're getting questions wrong. If you're getting questions wrong because you don't understand the content, then that's one thing... but if you're getting questions wrong because of silly mistakes, then that changes what you need to work on.

While a full Mistake Tracker or Error Log would be more detailed, there are some basic questions that you should look to answer. After reviewing each section of this 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?

Also, since you mentioned that you had studied before, was this the FIRST time you took this CAT (or had you taken it before?)?

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21 Jun 2017, 20:32
Hi Rich,

Thank you for the prompt response.
I took the GMAT last year and got 680 (Q50 V32). I did not want to apply to schools with this score and hence I am planning to give the exam once again this year. Even last year, my scores in GMAT Prep hovered around 700-720 with verbal being the sole problem. I could get Q50 but had a great difficulty to increase the verbal score. But I came to this post as I wanted to some guidance in DS. I thought if I could improve my DS (in which I scored Q48), I can improve my overall Quant score to Q50-51.
But the black cloud of Verbal still covers the sky. I am clueless how to improve the verbal score and your guidance regarding the same is highly envisaged.
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22 Jun 2017, 11:38
Hi gangeyyo,

If your goal is to significantly improve over your prior 680/Q50, then you have to focus your efforts on improving your Verbal skills and score; at this level, performing better at DS wouldn't impact your score that match.

1) How long has it been since you restarted your studies?
2) What study materials have you used (recently and for your prior attempt at the GMAT)?
3) What is your goal score?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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