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21 May 2019, 06:32
Hello everyone. I gave my GMAT today and scored just 710 when my actual target is 750+.
I am planning to give it again in 1 month by June end. I have completed all the basic resources like OG, verbal OG , GMAT prep questions. Past gmatprep questions. Can anyone help me to reach this level?
Also my quant is good, ranges from Q49 to Q51 but my verbal is not that great.

My thought process is that I need to solve only difficult and 700+ level questionsfor1 month and work on my timing.
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21 May 2019, 07:45
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I think you should revise your ESR to know exactly your detailed performance, mainly on the verbal section.
For verbal, Manhattan Prep would be the best next source to practice with, but more importantly you have to work on refining your strategy in solving each type of questions on verbal.

And if you can share your ESR here, Experts would be able to provide you with accurate advice based on it.

Also if you are aiming for 750+, covering the slightest weakness in quant would be crucial.
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21 May 2019, 08:04
You can try egmat also for verbal , they give free trial, just check if that suits you.

for Quant , try gmatclub tests , they are way above the 700+ gmat maths questions , you will have enough practice.

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21 May 2019, 10:24
Hello,

Firstly, congrats on the 710 score. It is a great score. Since you have identified verbal as your weak area, I would suggest you review your mocks in order to identify the specific verbal topics that cause issues. For example, for SC, let’s say you find out you are weak in subject-verb agreement, pronouns, and comparison. Review subject-verb agreement concepts, and then practice 30-50 questions in this area before moving on to your next weak area. I think you should be okay resolving official verbal questions, since you meant just learn something new while reattempting them.
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21 May 2019, 23:31
Mahmoudfawzy83 Thanks a lot for the suggestion.

1) I think ESR report takes about 2-3 weeks to come. Given that I have to take my exam in 4 weeks and plan right now, 2 weeks is a long time.

Having said that, I am actually aware of my weak areas. RC and CR are giving me trouble. 60% RC 40% CR. SC is good. So Anything on this?

2) Manhattan Prep is really costly just for verbal. You meant the books or Manhattan's GMAT Self-Study Toolkit?

3) Definitely for Quant I will keep on practicing PS/DS parallely everyday, just to stay in touch with quant too.
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21 May 2019, 23:36
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Yes I practiced from E-gmat. Their SC is too good. My SC is actually strong because of that.

But for RC and CR it was just decent. Not a big value add. Also I think this note taking strategy for RC backfires in terms of time. Practice is the key. Rigorous solving of 4-5 difficult passages a day.

For Quant this gmatclub tests are again paid right?? I was thinking more of 70% and above difficulty level questions that are free.
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21 May 2019, 23:40
bebs Actually in Verbal my SC is the only thing that is strong. I need advice on RC and CR. These two are my major practice areas for next 3 weeks.
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22 May 2019, 00:54
For RC,

notes should be so efficient that you do not need to go to passage again

So taking notes is crucial as well as their efficiency.

Notes efficiency will increase over time

but you need to work in such direction that you do not need to look at passage again for answers

Otherwise , reading question and going to passage again , read and make some sense out of it will again be too much time consuming

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22 May 2019, 08:35
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hi ntoma2

I saw your other post related to your daily plan and I have no objections on it.

I want to emphasize on the quality as well.
A) Generally, don't answer too hard questions and don't practice on unknown source questions.

B) For the RC and CR, set for yourself a strategy that you think it is best for you.
for example, Many recommend that you should be reading the passage in RC and summarize it efficiently that you don't need to return to it again (like m1033512 already mentioned). Others recommend that you read certain parts of the passage and skim or ignore the rest until you face a detail question (as Ron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOjYInVuvu4)
Both are good, but you have to decide which one you prefer.

C) stick to your strategy throughout the month and make sure that each day, you implement the present strategy in a systematic and timely manner.

D) Common Mistakes with RC:
1. Not following a strategy or changing it on the test - biggest issue
2. Poor English vocabulary/skills - if you don't know what you are reading, how do you expect to answer the questions?
3. Taking too much time to answer each question
4. Having to re-read the passage multiple times

for RC materials and strategy:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/books-to-rea ... ml#p572735
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... ml#p622849

E) for CR, I prefer the pre-thinking strategy (I heard about it from e-gmat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSxmY-FW8Jc, but many sources recommend it as well).

In summary, put a strategy and practice on it.

(note: I mentioned Manhattan as a good source for verbal questions after the official guide to pick your daily questions from)
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22 May 2019, 10:23
Hi ntoma2,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So first off, a 710 is a great start! That said, to improve your score to a higher level you need to go through go through GMAT quant and (especially) verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For example, let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, Find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what, if anything, you would have needed to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure. This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answers were always the ones that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently that would have extended your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a
particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Although your quant is stronger, you can follow a similar process for that section. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type.

As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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Hi there my CR improved greatly after using Empower GMAT. Manhattan RC book helped me with RC.

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23 May 2019, 07:46
Hi ntoma2,

First off, a 710 with a Quant Scaled Score in the Q49-Q51 range is an outstanding score, so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest is probably not necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

There's certainly no harm in retesting, but 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) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this 710?
2) How long have you studied in total?
3) What study materials have you used so far?
4) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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