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Hey guys I am going to give my gmat in March 2019. I have been preparing since December 2018. Earlier I used to practice from the OG, verbal and quant reviews. Later on I started practicing on gmatclub. So currently I am solving around 5-10 questions for each topic of verbal and quant everyday from gmatclub. I plan to give my gmat in the first week of March. I have also given a couple of mocks where I am scoring in the range of 490-540. I don't know where I am lacking behind. I really want to get a good gmat score. Can someone help me with better techniques in terms of practicing. Furthermore I have 6 Manhattan Mocks and 9 other mocks of a private coaching institute. Can anyone please guide me as to how should I schedule my mocks and how can I improve my accuracy and atleast get a 700+ score. My target score is 730. I would be really grateful if I could get some valuable inputs from all of you. Thanks for hearing me out!
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Hey guys I am going to give my gmat in March 2019. I have been preparing since December 2018. Earlier I used to practice from the OG, verbal and quant reviews. Later on I started practicing on gmatclub. So currently I am solving around 5-10 questions for each topic of verbal and quant everyday from gmatclub. I plan to give my gmat in the first week of March. I have also given a couple of mocks where I am scoring in the range of 490-540. I don't know where I am lacking behind. I really want to get a good gmat score. Can someone help me with better techniques in terms of practicing. Furthermore I have 6 Manhattan Mocks and 9 other mocks of a private coaching institute. Can anyone please guide me as to how should I schedule my mocks and how can I improve my accuracy and atleast get a 700+ score. My target score is 730. I would be really grateful if I could get some valuable inputs from all of you. Thanks for hearing me out!


Hi 24ymk96

I suggest that you identify the split (Quant and verbal score) that is required to get 730. It helps to identify how much ground needs to be covered before the final gmat exam.

Also, have a look at this post.

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Hey guys I am going to give my gmat in March 2019. I have been preparing since December 2018. Earlier I used to practice from the OG, verbal and quant reviews. Later on I started practicing on gmatclub. So currently I am solving around 5-10 questions for each topic of verbal and quant everyday from gmatclub. I plan to give my gmat in the first week of March. I have also given a couple of mocks where I am scoring in the range of 490-540. I don't know where I am lacking behind. I really want to get a good gmat score. Can someone help me with better techniques in terms of practicing. Furthermore I have 6 Manhattan Mocks and 9 other mocks of a private coaching institute. Can anyone please guide me as to how should I schedule my mocks and how can I improve my accuracy and atleast get a 700+ score. My target score is 730. I would be really grateful if I could get some valuable inputs from all of you. Thanks for hearing me out!


Hi 24ymk96

I suggest that you identify the split (Quant and verbal score) that is required to get 730. It helps to identify how much ground needs to be covered before the final gmat exam.

Also, have a look at this post.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-to-do-3 ... 52506.html





Hey thank you so much for sharing your views, will take a look at the post!! :)
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I have also given a couple of mocks where I am scoring in the range of 490-540. I don't know where I am lacking behind. I really want to get a good gmat score. Can someone help me with better techniques in terms of practicing. Furthermore I have 6 Manhattan Mocks and 9 other mocks of a private coaching institute. Can anyone please guide me as to how should I schedule my mocks and how can I improve my accuracy and atleast get a 700+ score.
Are any of those scores GMATPrep scores?

1. Don't focus too much on that 700 number right now. This is because there are relatively few things exclusive to a 700 target, so most people aiming for a 700 will (mostly) be doing the same things that someone who is aiming for (say) a 650 will.

2. Analyze the tests you've taken. Just taking a test and looking at the score is not the best use of that test. If you're unable to figure out where you are going wrong, get help from someone who can.

3. You've been preparing for more than a month now. If you already have a reasonably good idea about what all the GMAT tests, go ahead and make sure that you have at least those things locked down. That is, work on getting the basic concepts in place.
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Hi 24ymk96,

Assuming that your current 'ability level' is in the low-500s, raising a low-500s score to the point that you could consistently score 730+ will likely require at least another 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. That having been said, a planned Test Date in early March would give you just 5 weeks of potential study time, so you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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:

1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I have also given a couple of mocks where I am scoring in the range of 490-540. I don't know where I am lacking behind. I really want to get a good gmat score. Can someone help me with better techniques in terms of practicing. Furthermore I have 6 Manhattan Mocks and 9 other mocks of a private coaching institute. Can anyone please guide me as to how should I schedule my mocks and how can I improve my accuracy and atleast get a 700+ score.
Are any of those scores GMATPrep scores?

1. Don't focus too much on that 700 number right now. This is because there are relatively few things exclusive to a 700 target, so most people aiming for a 700 will (mostly) be doing the same things that someone who is aiming for (say) a 650 will.

2. Analyze the tests you've taken. Just taking a test and looking at the score is not the best use of that test. If you're unable to figure out where you are going wrong, get help from someone who can.

3. You've been preparing for more than a month now. If you already have a reasonably good idea about what all the GMAT tests, go ahead and make sure that you have at least those things locked down. That is, work on getting the basic concepts in place.


Hey AjiteshArun thank you for your inputs. Yes I agree with what you said. I will analyze my mocks more properly the next time and get my basic concepts in place. I liked your first point on not focusing the number right now, instead I'll focus more on my prep. The mocks are gmatprep. They are provided by a coaching institute so Im assuming they are non adaptive.
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Hi 24ymk96,

Assuming that your current 'ability level' is in the low-500s, raising a low-500s score to the point that you could consistently score 730+ will likely require at least another 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. That having been said, a planned Test Date in early March would give you just 5 weeks of potential study time, so you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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:

1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hello EMPOWERgmatRichC sir thank you for replying. Below are my answers

1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
Sir I had given a kaplan free practice test mock in which I had score 540 with a V32 and Q32 respectively. I took this mock two weeks ago. Apart from that I had given a mock provided by my coaching institute and scored a 490. I don't think that mock was adaptive.

2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
Sir I am planning to apply next year but I want clear gmat out of the way so Im giving it now and I plan to work for a year or two.

3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
Sir till now I have shortlisted 3 business schools.
first is Northwestern University: Medill School of Journalism: Full time Masters in IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications)
Second is Duke University: Fuqua School of Business: Masters in Quantitative Management.
Lastly Schulich School of Business: Masters in Marketing and Masters in Business Analytics. I am considering both the programs for this one.

Looking forward to your response :)
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Hi 24ymk96,

Choosing to study for the GMAT now - years before you would actually need a Score for your applications - is a smart move. While it's understandable that you would want to lock up the high Score sooner rather than later, you shouldn't try to 'rush' through any part of this process (especially if it's unnecessary). Since you know the specific Programs that you're planning to apply to, I assume that you've done some research to define some of the statistical Score data at each of those Schools (re: average GMAT Score, median Score, "middle 80", etc.). By extension, if you're currently not scoring close to those numbers, then you should consider changing your schedule. While there would be no real "harm" in taking the GMAT in 5 weeks, you would almost certainly have to take it again later (and spend that extra time, effort and money to do so) - so you can save some aggravation and money by proactively putting together a new plan now.

1) When does your current coaching/instruction end?
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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Looking at your current study routine, it’s not surprising that you are stuck between 490 and 540. You must keep in mind that most folks need to study 4+ months to achieve a 730 GMAT score, and you’ve been studying only since December. Thus, in addition to making some other adjustments, you really need to reassess your GMAT timeline. Furthermore, to improve from a 490+ GMAT score, you probably need to adjust the way you’ve been studying. Right now, you are taking the approach that I call “practice first and figure the rest out later.” In other words, you are doing practice problems before understanding the concepts on which those problems are based, and thus you are trying to learn solely from reading solutions to problems. Following such a study plan will lead to disorganized studying and ultimately hold you back from improving your quant and verbal skills. Thus, in addition to using your current resources, you may consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions. Also, I’d hold off taking further practice exams until you’ve substantially improved your quant and verbal skills. Here is some more detailed advice on how you can improve those skills:

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction 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.

Regarding what you know, 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 clearly refer to nouns? 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 answer were always the one 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, 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. 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 to extend 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
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Hey AjiteshArun thank you for your inputs. Yes I agree with what you said. I will analyze my mocks more properly the next time and get my basic concepts in place. I liked your first point on not focusing the number right now, instead I'll focus more on my prep. The mocks are gmatprep. They are provided by a coaching institute so Im assuming they are non adaptive.
The GMATPreps are adaptive. Just to clarify: the tests that people call the GMATPrep tests are these tests. If you have been taking some other tests, you really should take an official test ("GMATPrep") sometime soon, as official practice tests generate the most reliable scores.
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Hi 24ymk96,

Choosing to study for the GMAT now - years before you would actually need a Score for your applications - is a smart move. While it's understandable that you would want to lock up the high Score sooner rather than later, you shouldn't try to 'rush' through any part of this process (especially if it's unnecessary). Since you know the specific Programs that you're planning to apply to, I assume that you've done some research to define some of the statistical Score data at each of those Schools (re: average GMAT Score, median Score, "middle 80", etc.). By extension, if you're currently not scoring close to those numbers, then you should consider changing your schedule. While there would be no real "harm" in taking the GMAT in 5 weeks, you would almost certainly have to take it again later (and spend that extra time, effort and money to do so) - so you can save some aggravation and money by proactively putting together a new plan now.

1) When does your current coaching/instruction end?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hello EMPOWERgmatRichC sir sorry for the late response
1) When does your current coaching/instruction end?
It is ended now.
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
I have taken a break now so I am at home for the entire day. I can easily give 8 hours a day.
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Hi 24ymk96,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Looking at your current study routine, it’s not surprising that you are stuck between 490 and 540. You must keep in mind that most folks need to study 4+ months to achieve a 730 GMAT score, and you’ve been studying only since December. Thus, in addition to making some other adjustments, you really need to reassess your GMAT timeline. Furthermore, to improve from a 490+ GMAT score, you probably need to adjust the way you’ve been studying. Right now, you are taking the approach that I call “practice first and figure the rest out later.” In other words, you are doing practice problems before understanding the concepts on which those problems are based, and thus you are trying to learn solely from reading solutions to problems. Following such a study plan will lead to disorganized studying and ultimately hold you back from improving your quant and verbal skills. Thus, in addition to using your current resources, you may consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions. Also, I’d hold off taking further practice exams until you’ve substantially improved your quant and verbal skills. Here is some more detailed advice on how you can improve those skills:

Let’s say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction 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.

Regarding what you know, 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 clearly refer to nouns? 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 answer were always the one 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, 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. 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 to extend 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how long to study for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!



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Firstly I am really sorry for replying late. Secondly thank you so much for giving me such a detailed explanation. I can truly relate to all the points you have mentioned. I really need to spend time analyzing my mistakes, after knowing where I lack, then solving more questions on the same topic. I have been practicing a lot but I think I have not been able to give my time to analyze my mistakes. I will keep all the above points in mind and make sure to use them while I'm studying. I am really inspired after seeing your response and it has motivated me even more to crack gmat. THANK YOU SO MUCH :heart
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Hey AjiteshArun thank you for your inputs. Yes I agree with what you said. I will analyze my mocks more properly the next time and get my basic concepts in place. I liked your first point on not focusing the number right now, instead I'll focus more on my prep. The mocks are gmatprep. They are provided by a coaching institute so Im assuming they are non adaptive.
The GMATPreps are adaptive. Just to clarify: the tests that people call the GMATPrep tests are these tests. If you have been taking some other tests, you really should take an official test ("GMATPrep") sometime soon, as official practice tests generate the most reliable scores.


Hey AjiteshArun I'll keep these points in mind. Sorry there was a typo in my reply. The mocks given by the institute are not gmatprep, they are non adaptive. I'll make it point to solve the adaptive ones from now. Thanks again :)
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Hi 24ymk96,

40-50 hours of study each week is probably too much study time - that type of 'volume' (especially over the length of weeks or months) would greatly increase your chance of "burning out" before Test Day (and that is something that we want to avoid). You have to be careful about confusing "quantity" of study with "quality" of study. Given your CAT Scores and Score Goal, you need to significantly change how you "see" (and respond to) the Exam - and that process will take time and a commitment to focus on training for the GMAT in a new way.

Given everything that you have described, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a full GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options. When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. 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 website (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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