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New post 17 Jun 2019, 07:43
So i started my gmat prep a couple of months ago and planning to give my first attempt at August. I have given 2 mocks from mba.com,first one before starting the preparation and second one today

Mock 1:620 (awful I know)
Q 47(14 incorrect)
v 29(11 incorrect)

Mock 2:660 (improved,but yet to go)
Q 49(11 incorrect)
v 31(16 incorrect)

First I would like to know how is my verbal score better in second attempt if more number of questions were incorrect ?
Second, I need some advice going forward. I am targeting 700,but I am facing issues in improving my verbal(especially rc and sc).i have already completed of 2017 and would like to know what materials would help me boost my verbal scores(I am talking about study materials and online courses). Any help will be appreciated.

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Powerscore has released a book specifically for RC named the powerscore GMAT Reading Comprehension bible. I haven’t used it yet( planning on getting it soon). You might wanna check into it to see if it might be helpful. I absolutely loved the way they tackled CR.

You can also use this link to find non repeated questions in the later OGs and verbal OG
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-officia ... 2#p1854935

For SC I have found MGMAT to be helpful. You can also check out egmat ( highly recommended on gmat club) as well Thursday’s with Ron.

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Hi piyushbadola,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 640 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize; it takes into account a number of different factors (far more than just the number of correct/incorrect answers). If you're looking to improve on these Scores, then you'll have to put some time and effort into defining WHY you're getting questions wrong (so that you can learn the proper content, Tactics and patterns to pick up those missing points).

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:

Studies:
1) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?

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3) When is your exact Test Date?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi piyushbadola,

Regarding your first question, your GMAT score is based on not only the number of questions you answer correct/incorrect, but also the difficulty of those questions. Thus, it’s quite possible that in your first practice exam, you incorrectly answered some “lower-level” questions, and that is likely why your verbal score was lower even though you correctly answered more verbal questions than you did on your second practice exam.

In addition to looking for advice on verbal materials, would you like some advice on how to improve your RC and SC skills? Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.
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New post 19 Jun 2019, 18:57
Thanks guys for your responses, much appreciated. Now in response to empowergmatrichc,
1)currently I am giving about an hour on work days and about 4 hours on weekend

2) till now, I have completed og 2017 and now I am looking for a different source of materials (searching practice questions on web for now)

3) I haven't booked it, but I am planning to give my first attempt on August beginning

4) I am planning to apply to mim courses for top Canadian colleges and will fill accordingly

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Piyush, what text material have you been using so far, for your prep (OG is largely a compilation of old questions, and not a text book).
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New post 20 Jun 2019, 10:03
Nothing else, just practicing questions from og and analyzing the questions. That's what I am asking, I need a good material or online course for my verbal prep

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Hi piyushbadola,

Depending on when - in August - you plan to take the GMAT, you could have another 6-10 weeks of potential study time. While you could potentially improve a great deal in that timeframe, these 2 Official Scores show that you continue to "see" (and respond to) the Verbal section in the same general ways. From what you describe, your studies have revolved primarily around working through lots of practice questions, but you have not spent much time (if any) learning the Tactics, patterns or little 'secrets' of the Verbal section.

There are Verbal-specific study materials that I can recommend that you try. Before we discuss those options though, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. "Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent 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?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

I won't be mentioning quant as I feel I'm on the right track there.
Now coming to verbal, in last mock, i got v31 16 incorrect
3 critical reasoning, 8 sentence correction and 5 rc. Given my practice sessions and my mocks I think my accuracy for rc and sc is about 50-70 And for cr it's about 60-80.cr think might be only part of verbal where I think I got at least the basics right. I do struggle a bit on harder questions or stuck with 2 options. Now for sc i think my basics and approach is not clear, so i feel like running in circles. And in rc, it depends from passage to passage, some being quite easy and other, can't even understand. And a bit unsure about approach for rc too. Overall, I also feel I'm taking too long and a bit less focused that I might have to read it twice, messing with timing in verbal. I know (or I think) my problem is but not sure how to tackle it, so I was wondering if there is a good material (or course,not too costly though) where I could get some guidance for basics and strategies for verbal

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Hi piyushbadola,

From what you describe, it sounds as if you are "winging it" in the Verbal section (meaning that you do not have an established series of 'steps' that you go through when tackling RC, SC and CR and that you are probably not taking the proper notes). Thankfully, the Verbal section of the GMAT is just as consistent and predictable as the Quant section is, but Verbal questions have no 'safety net' - meaning that if you make a silly/little mistake, then you'll convince yourself that one of the wrong answers is correct (and not even know it).

Based on everything that you have described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Verbal Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients finish that Study Plan in under a month, so it would fit your schedule perfectly. During that time, you'll also be able to access any of the Quant resources that interest you. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

If you have any additional questions, then just let me know.

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