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I have been preparing gmat for the past 6 months. As i am working, i am not able to fully spend time for preparations. However i am spending 2 to 3 hrs a day. I am scoring 560 in mock tests. Q39, V18. As my verbal is poor, I studied mgmat books and improved my verbal. I finished mgmat CR, did all og problems and was able to solve with ease even for most of hard questions in 2 weeks. I studied SC mgmat and i was able to solve 600 level questions easily in 2 weeks. But now I am not able to solve even 500 level CR question because i did not touch CR at all for past 2 weeks.

Due to work pressure, I didnot study for a week. Now I am not able to solve both CR and SC questions. I seem to have forgot all the concepts and i am in same stage as i was before 1 month. It is really stressful.

Please help what is should do? I have my gmat on May 27, 2017. I am desperate to score above 720. So Please guide me
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Hello,

I have been preparing gmat for the past 6 months. As i am working, i am not able to fully spend time for preparations. However i am spending 2 to 3 hrs a day. I am scoring 560 in mock tests. Q39, V18. As my verbal is poor, I studied mgmat books and improved my verbal. I finished mgmat CR, did all og problems and was able to solve with ease even for most of hard questions in 2 weeks. I studied SC mgmat and i was able to solve 600 level questions easily in 2 weeks. But now I am not able to solve even 500 level CR question because i did not touch CR at all for past 2 weeks.

Due to work pressure, I didnot study for a week. Now I am not able to solve both CR and SC questions. I seem to have forgot all the concepts and i am in same stage as i was before 1 month. It is really stressful.

Please help what is should do? I have my gmat on May 27, 2017. I am desperate to score above 720. So Please guide me


Hi Vivek

We understand the situation you are in. Take this step by step.
- You need to understand that simply going over the concepts once will not be enough. When you began, your verbal score was quite low. This means that you need to go over the basics and then keep revising them again and again.
- Create a schedule for yourself involving regular practice as well. Work pressure is understandable, but it is unpredictable and continuous. Therefore create a 'mini' plan (e.g. 10 CR questions) for days when work pressure is high, and a 'normal' plan (e.g. 20 CR questions and SC questions) on days when it is not. Try and compensate by working harder on weekends.
- While the Verbal part is a challenge for you as of now, your Quant performance is not very strong either. You need to push up your Quant score by at least 8 points more, and if aiming for 720, by 10-11.
- You are in this for the long haul and it will take time. However, you have 2+ months available, and if you can use them well, you should certainly be able to improve your performance. Consider GMAT classes/personalized coaching if you feel that is needed. Also, when you are closer to the test date, honestly evaluate whether the 720 looks realistic. If you need another month or 40 days even after May 27, so be it. The deadlines for Fall 2017 will be sufficiently later, so you do have that time available.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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How to identify my weak areas? how to maintain error logs. Should i copy and paste the question in the error log?
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How to identify my weak areas? how to maintain error logs. Should i copy and paste the question in the error log?


We find the weak areas with practicing the questions and doing the CATs.

Read topics and do questions:
First with Timer and then without timer and then see the answers and thoroughly review the question.

DO CATs and review thoroughly after you think you have revised the weak areas.

Place a question in your error log for following reasons:
1. If you got it wrong
2. If you got it correct but took more than allocated time
3. If you got lucky
4. If you got it right but you found out that it could be solved by another method

Error Log's:

What is an error log:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-error-log-129501.html

Best error logs to choose from:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-error-log-86232.html

Error log by gnpth:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-error-lo ... 23252.html

Harley's Error Log
https://gmatclub.com/forum/740-q50-v40- ... 03593.html

Success mantra:
Revise -> Practice -> Review -> Revise -> CAT -> Review and go on.

This requires followig things:
1. Consistency
2. Patience
3. Good food and excersise
4. Research before studying from a source
5. Calm mind
6. Determination

There is not much to. It's all hard work but with Calm and confidence.

happy Studying :)
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Thank you so much
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Are the books you are using helping you?

Not everyone learns in the same way, so I would encourage you to see whether videos help.

For example: http://www.gmatpill.com/sentencecorrect ... ythons.mp4

http://www.gmatpill.com/criticalreasoni ... Estate.mp4

are some that take a thought-process approach that may change things up a bit. See if that helps.
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