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I gave GMAT on Jan 3 2017 and secured 630. Q49 v23. For this exam, i prepared for about 2 months, 4 hours a day.
I used to get decent score in e-gmat sectionwise tests in Verbal too. However i have not taken full length test for the fear of loosing confidence.

My weak link is verbal. I want to restart my prep so that i can write gmat by JULY 2017. I aim to get 720/730 score. Please help me how i can change my strategy. How do i cover the topics which i studied before but not very strong.

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I gave GMAT on Jan 3 2017 and secured 630. Q49 v23. For this exam, i prepared for about 2 months, 4 hours a day.
I used to get decent score in e-gmat sectionwise tests in Verbal too. However i have not taken full length test for the fear of loosing confidence.

My weak link is verbal. I want to restart my prep so that i can write gmat by JULY 2017. I aim to get 720/730 score. Please help me how i can change my strategy. How do i cover the topics which i studied before but not very strong.


First of all, I think that you need to take the full length test for better estimation. When you get your overall score, you will know which part is your strength and which part is your weakness. From this information, you could draw a suitable strategy for you.

Do not feel fear for taking the full length test, because you must be familiar with the stress as you must face during the actual test. Also, managing time and controlling feeling are the must have things in your strategy.

You could use OG books for studying as OG books are the best available resources. Also, you needn't cover every GMAT section, just focus on which one that you are weak in.

To start with GMAT section that you are weak in, you fist need to learn the basic concept of that section. You could find it in OG books, or other GMAT books, such as Manhattan, Vertias, or any online study courses, such as e-gmat, Magoosh,... Just choose which one that you feel comfortable and interested.
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hi nguyendinhtuong,
Thanks for the reply. Taking your advice, i just started with taking my first exam to check my weak areas. I got a score of 670 (Q49, V32). I think since i did not face exam pressure (took the test at home), i could score much better than the actual exam that i gave on Jan 3 2017. Will carefully analyse what my weak areas and fix it.

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hi nguyendinhtuong,
Thanks for the reply. Taking your advice, i just started with taking my first exam to check my weak areas. I got a score of 670 (Q49, V32). I think since i did not face exam pressure (took the test at home), i could score much better than the actual exam that i gave on Jan 3 2017. Will carefully analyse what my weak areas and fix it.


Great score, you know. Such a good start for you. Good luck :-D
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kalian wrote:
Hi.

I gave GMAT on Jan 3 2017 and secured 630. Q49 v23. For this exam, i prepared for about 2 months, 4 hours a day.
I used to get decent score in e-gmat sectionwise tests in Verbal too. However i have not taken full length test for the fear of loosing confidence.

My weak link is verbal. I want to restart my prep so that i can write gmat by JULY 2017. I aim to get 720/730 score. Please help me how i can change my strategy. How do i cover the topics which i studied before but not very strong.


Hi

Best Material For Verbal is

SC: Manhattan guide
CR: Cr Critical Reasoning Bible
RC: Manhattan Guide/Aristotle Guide

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

1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal
when completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice
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. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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kalian wrote:
Hi.

I gave GMAT on Jan 3 2017 and secured 630. Q49 v23. For this exam, i prepared for about 2 months, 4 hours a day.
I used to get decent score in e-gmat sectionwise tests in Verbal too. However i have not taken full length test for the fear of loosing confidence.

My weak link is verbal. I want to restart my prep so that i can write gmat by JULY 2017. I aim to get 720/730 score. Please help me how i can change my strategy. How do i cover the topics which i studied before but not very strong.


Hi Kalian,

You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for Three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they 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 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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