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Hii i just started my prep i have prepared for aptitude exam( cat Indian entrance test) and scored 82 percentile now im preparing for gmat gave a mock and scored 570 I’ll be giving my exam in December moreover i have no other commitments other than gmat and will be targeting mim im weak in verbal
My strategy
Start with verbal manhattan foundation
Then manhattan sc and cr
And 1 hour daily reading(novels,articles) for rc
For quant I’ll be following ims cat quant material
In total i can devote 6-8 hours daily
Is this the right approach?

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Hi manjot123

Welcome to GMATClub!

Most of what you have decided to do is a decent plan, to begin with.
I don't understand the rationale of doing Quant questions from CAT,
unless you are looking to give the CAT again. The Math book which
can be downloaded here might be a good starting point.

An alternative strategy as far as Quant is concerned is to diligently
go through the entire syllabus using the Manhattan Strategy guides.
Once you have completed this, you should take tests to understand
your current level. Preferably take a GMATPrep test(whose score will
be closest to the real tests) If you are satisfied with the overall score,
you should try and plug the holes which you might have(specific topics
which are kind of weak). If you are not satisfied with the progress, you
must work on the concepts again. The GMATClub Quant Mega-thread
might be able to help you with this concept deficiency.

Hope this helps you!
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Hii i just started my prep i have prepared for aptitude exam( cat Indian entrance test) and scored 82 percentile now im preparing for gmat gave a mock and scored 570 I’ll be giving my exam in December moreover i have no other commitments other than gmat and will be targeting mim im weak in verbal
My strategy
Start with verbal manhattan foundation
Then manhattan sc and cr
And 1 hour daily reading(novels,articles) for rc
For quant I’ll be following ims cat quant material
In total i can devote 6-8 hours daily
Is this the right approach?

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Hi
MGMAT guides are very good and will help you to reach a good score. Also, study the strategies of RC from MGMAT. For Quant also, I would suggest to follow the same. Gmat quant is quite different from CAT. Also, 1 hour daily reading is more in my opinion. 30min may be sufficient. Utilize the remaining time in practicing RC daily.RC section is generally difficult to improve for most.
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manjot123 wrote:
Hii i just started my prep i have prepared for aptitude exam( cat Indian entrance test) and scored 82 percentile now im preparing for gmat gave a mock and scored 570 I’ll be giving my exam in December moreover i have no other commitments other than gmat and will be targeting mim im weak in verbal
My strategy
Start with verbal manhattan foundation
Then manhattan sc and cr
And 1 hour daily reading(novels,articles) for rc
For quant I’ll be following ims cat quant material
In total i can devote 6-8 hours daily
Is this the right approach?

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Math is very basic if you have already done CAT preparation , just revise it once and have a look at GMAT CLUB MATH book ---> your quant is done
for english , read RC from US newspaper not Indian.
I think rest depends upon your next test , how you performed in your verbal section to do path correction
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Hi manjot123,

With a planned GMAT Test Date in December, you have plenty of time to study - which is good. This 570 is also a solid initial practice CAT/mock Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). Studying 6-8 daily would likely be too much though - and over a long period of time, that could lead to 'burn out' (which is something that you want to avoid). 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 your timeline and goals:

1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this first practice GMAT CAT/mock?
2) What is your goal score?
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4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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570(Q41 V 27) need to score 720+
I’ll be applying for masters in management probably round 1 or 2
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Hi manjot123,

Raising a 570 to a 720+ will likely require at least 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Again, you have given yourself plenty of time to study, so at this point it's a matter of how 'efficient' you want to be going forward.

Since your Score Goal is above the 90th percentile (meaning that 90% of Test Takers either CAN'T or WON'T do what it takes to get to that level), you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some kind (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). In that way, you could learn all of the patterns, tactics and 'secrets' of the GMAT (without having to try to figure out all of that stuff on your own). Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our site (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

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Hi manjot123,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that you have a solid 4 months to study for your GMAT, and you are able to study 6 to 8 hours a day.

Since you are starting out at a 570, you will need a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, if you are learning about number properties, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about number properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer number properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from number properties. As you practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you get a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, assume you are learning about Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you first learn the necessary concepts of Critical Reasoning questions, and then practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the argument, Resolve the Paradox,Find the Conclusion, Must Be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a weaken 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.

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 at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

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 courses and verbal courses.

Also, you may find this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Please reach out with further questions.
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