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Study plan for last 20 days (Improve from V33 to V40)

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I am taking GMAT on 23rd of August, which is in roughly 25 days from today. I have completed all theory and questions from OG. Done some online questions from various sites including those available on gmat club.
    My quant is pretty okay (scoring a consistent 48/49 in mocks) but am facing problem in verbal.
    I scored V33 in OG Exam 1, around V30-V33 in Veritas prep and Manhattan Prep mock GMATs.
    My overall score varies from 640-680.
Today I gave OG GMAT Mock 2 in which I scored 710 (Q48,V39)
I am targeting top colleges in Europe for MIM, and hence aiming a score of 720/740.

Can someone please guide me on how to go further?

I currently have the following plan
    Give GMAT mock every 2/3 days
    Buy OG 404 questions series, and complete all questions
    Focus on common mistakes in quant, try solving 700-750 level difficulty questions
    Focus on SC, revise questions I get wrong that day every night

Please tell me if this is enough, is there anything else I should do? What other material would be helpful and is doable in 20 days.
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Hi Sonam02,

Happy to share my perspective.

I am not sure how helpful would it be to take mocks every 2-3 days. What you need in the last 25 days is a concentrated effort on just your problem areas. In case you are somebody who definitely needs to take a lot of mocks before the actual exam, then go ahead. But, frankly, I feel its a waste of your 4 hours (during the test) and the subsequent 3-4 hours you will take to review it.
Instead, you can take a custom quiz consisting of questions of your weak areas and focus on revising them. You can take such quizzes easily if you have access to GMAT Club tests or e-GMAT's scholaranium. In case you don't have access to either, don't worry, you can go to Quant and Verbal Directory on GMAT Club and access questions that have been separated by tags. I will add some links regarding this below.

In my opinion, it makes more sense for you to concentrate most of your energy on Verbal at the moment as you have a better chance at increasing your score with higher points in Verbal than in Quant. So, keep consistently practising Quant, however, the bulk of your time should be spent on Verbal

Next, a score of V33 shows that there are some fundamental gaps in your prep or you are taking more time than needed to answer the questions. Either way, it boils down to the intensity of your preparation, how much you have ingrained the concepts in your mind and if you have a confident structured approach to answering questions. So, my suggestion would be to analyse why exactly did you get a question wrong in mock/practice? Was it because you didn't know a concept, you didn't pay attention to a word, you took too much or too less time, you got overwhelmed etc. When you have most of the reasons for getting the wrong questions in place, you can start working on solutions. For each of these, I have tried to combine articles below that you can read.

My last suggestion would be to consider buying the e-GMAT Verbal Online package. This is purely from personal experience. E-GMAT's Verbal helped me shoot my points massively. However, if you can't study for at least 6-8 hours a day, I am not sure how convenient this step would be.

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Happy to share my perspective.

I am not sure how helpful would it be to take mocks every 2-3 days. What you need in the last 25 days is a concentrated effort on just your problem areas. In case you are somebody who definitely needs to take a lot of mocks before the actual exam, then go ahead. But, frankly, I feel its a waste of your 4 hours (during the test) and the subsequent 3-4 hours you will take to review it.
Instead, you can take a custom quiz consisting of questions of your weak areas and focus on revising them. You can take such quizzes easily if you have access to GMAT Club tests or e-GMAT's scholaranium. In case you don't have access to either, don't worry, you can go to Quant and Verbal Directory on GMAT Club and access questions that have been separated by tags. I will add some links regarding this below.

In my opinion, it makes more sense for you to concentrate most of your energy on Verbal at the moment as you have a better chance at increasing your score with higher points in Verbal than in Quant. So, keep consistently practising Quant, however, the bulk of your time should be spent on Verbal

Next, a score of V33 shows that there are some fundamental gaps in your prep or you are taking more time than needed to answer the questions. Either way, it boils down to the intensity of your preparation, how much you have ingrained the concepts in your mind and if you have a confident structured approach to answering questions. So, my suggestion would be to analyse why exactly did you get a question wrong in mock/practice? Was it because you didn't know a concept, you didn't pay attention to a word, you took too much or too less time, you got overwhelmed etc. When you have most of the reasons for getting the wrong questions in place, you can start working on solutions. For each of these, I have tried to combine articles below that you can read.

My last suggestion would be to consider buying the e-GMAT Verbal Online package. This is purely from personal experience. E-GMAT's Verbal helped me shoot my points massively. However, if you can't study for at least 6-8 hours a day, I am not sure how convenient this step would be.


Hope this helps!


Hi GMATin

Thank you for taking the time to answer my queries. I will go through the links you have mentioned. I usually prefer to give mocks as it adjusts my body clock and also helps me practice all type/difficulty level of questions But I will try taking personalized tests.

I am considering buying the e-GMAT Verbal online package as I understand verbal is an area I can try improve. I can easily devote 8-10 hours of studying each day, so completing this course would not be an issue.
But do you think e-gmat would be more helpful than OG 404 questions? Because I would prefer to practice more IR questions too.

The questions I get wrong in verbal are due to

    In CR I first determine the question type, make short notes on premise, conclusion, assumption if I can. Then if my assumption directly matches an answer choice, I select that or I use elimination method. I get those questions wrong where I am left with 2 answer choices and end up guessing between them.

    In SC, I get nervous as soon as my timer shows more than 50 seconds, and then "skip" the question. I also feel my foundations aren't very strong.
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Hi Sonam02,

Glad you found this helpful! Continuing with your questions, I understand the need to continue taking mocks, it certainly does help in building an appetite to sit in the test center for 4 hours. :)

As for e-GMAT vs OG's 404 pack, I think at this point it makes more sense for you to strengthen your concepts rather than solve hundreds of questions. My understanding is that if your approach or conceptual knowledge is somewhere lacking, then it makes less sense to keep solving more of similar questions in the wrong way instead of taking time to correct the approach and then solve a handful of questions to ensure you have imbibed the new correct approach. I hope that makes sense?

As for IR questions, the number of questions available in existing OG and other official questions discussed on GMAT Club is more than enough to help you in your practice.

For CR, I think your approach is similar to that of e-GMAT's pre-thinking. Again, personally, pre-thinking was a game-changer. I rarely get CR questions wrong because I have usually already thought what the correct answer should be like. If you go ahead with e-GMAT, I would urge you to spend a good amount of time on fully understanding the pre-thinking approach. In terms of the time you should spend on prep of each section: prioritise SC & CR, practice a couple of RCs every day and don't waste too much time on IR. It really doesn't have that much return.

In SC, I understand the nervousness, I think I used to feel the same in my initial stages. First of all, stop looking at the timer for a few days of your prep, it is not helping you and only creating added pressure. Second, it may seem like I am getting paid by e-GMAT to promote them, but their meaning approach totally changed the way I approached SC. :)

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GMATin wrote:

Glad you found this helpful! Continuing with your questions, I understand the need to continue taking mocks, it certainly does help in building an appetite to sit in the test center for 4 hours. :)

As for e-GMAT vs OG's 404 pack, I think at this point it makes more sense for you to strengthen your concepts rather than solve hundreds of questions. My understanding is that if your approach or conceptual knowledge is somewhere lacking, then it makes less sense to keep solving more of similar questions in the wrong way instead of taking time to correct the approach and then solve a handful of questions to ensure you have imbibed the new correct approach. I hope that makes sense?

As for IR questions, the number of questions available in existing OG and other official questions discussed on GMAT Club is more than enough to help you in your practice.

For CR, I think your approach is similar to that of e-GMAT's pre-thinking. Again, personally, pre-thinking was a game-changer. I rarely get CR questions wrong because I have usually already thought what the correct answer should be like. If you go ahead with e-GMAT, I would urge you to spend a good amount of time on fully understanding the pre-thinking approach. In terms of the time you should spend on prep of each section: prioritise SC & CR, practice a couple of RCs every day and don't waste too much time on IR. It really doesn't have that much return.

In SC, I understand the nervousness, I think I used to feel the same in my initial stages. First of all, stop looking at the timer for a few days of your prep, it is not helping you and only creating added pressure. Second, it may seem like I am getting paid by e-GMAT to promote them, but their meaning approach totally changed the way I approached SC. :)

All the best!


Again thank you for your help. :)
Quality over quantity does make sense. I will focus more on my weak areas now instead of just solving questions. And will look into e-GMAT.
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