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It's been over a year i have been doing GMAT. I know it's a really bad habit to study on and off but these past few weeks I have been studying every day. I discover from the day I started my gMAT Prep and today my CRnever improves at all.
I dont want to take the test anymore I feel like it's the end of the world forme to go to a dream business school. Others are on holidays having fun. Me studying the GMAT just for the sake of scoring nowhere near target score.
I have read the whole book of Powerscore and Done most of the E-GMAG critical reasoning but my CR in reality never improves. I don't know what to do anymore. I always got like 2-4/10 for every attempts I do. I can't focus on hard questions. The wording in the answer choices use too many abstract term I dont even know what it means. The only think i can understand and form logical expression from is the premise/conclusion indicator. From reading i know what is premise/ conclusion but my main problem is tackling the answer choice. For hard answerchoices, out of 5 choices, most of the time i read all the answer choices and found non as a potential answer, this is really frustrating. It's like the end of the world for me. I have no ambition to do anything anymore.
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It's been over a year i have been doing GMAT. I know it's a really bad habit to study on and off but these past few weeks I have been studying every day. I discover from the day I started my gMAT Prep and today my CRnever improves at all.
I dont want to take the test anymore I feel like it's the end of the world forme to go to a dream business school. Others are on holidays having fun. Me studying the GMAT just for the sake of scoring nowhere near target score.
I have read the whole book of Powerscore and Done most of the E-GMAG critical reasoning but my CR in reality never improves. I don't know what to do anymore. I always got like 2-4/10 for every attempts I do. I can't focus on hard questions. The wording in the answer choices use too many abstract term I dont even know what it means. The only think i can understand and form logical expression from is the premise/conclusion indicator. From reading i know what is premise/ conclusion but my main problem is tackling the answer choice. For hard answerchoices, out of 5 choices, most of the time i read all the answer choices and found non as a potential answer, this is really frustrating. It's like the end of the world for me. I have no ambition to do anything anymore.


I suggest you to pick up some CR questions on the forum and ask specific doubts - what happened in this question? were you able to identify the premises and the conclusion? what was the pre-thinking? what did you think about each option? why did you ignore the right answer? etc. (Feel free to tag me.)
That will help us see what is wrong with your approach and will help us guide you better. The more detailed your analysis, better insights we will be able to provide.
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Hi Nopointman,

Critical Reasoning is typically the 'smallest' portion of the Verbal section - and from your post, it's not clear whether you should actually be focused on CR or not. 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) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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Nopointman wrote:
It's been over a year i have been doing GMAT. I know it's a really bad habit to study on and off but these past few weeks I have been studying every day. I discover from the day I started my gMAT Prep and today my CRnever improves at all.
I dont want to take the test anymore I feel like it's the end of the world forme to go to a dream business school. Others are on holidays having fun. Me studying the GMAT just for the sake of scoring nowhere near target score.
I have read the whole book of Powerscore and Done most of the E-GMAG critical reasoning but my CR in reality never improves. I don't know what to do anymore. I always got like 2-4/10 for every attempts I do. I can't focus on hard questions. The wording in the answer choices use too many abstract term I dont even know what it means. The only think i can understand and form logical expression from is the premise/conclusion indicator. From reading i know what is premise/ conclusion but my main problem is tackling the answer choice. For hard answerchoices, out of 5 choices, most of the time i read all the answer choices and found non as a potential answer, this is really frustrating. It's like the end of the world for me. I have no ambition to do anything anymore.


Remember one thing, the goal of your life is not to succeed on the GMAT. you can very well do well without an MBA.
As for the GMAT, you can train hard to improve your scores. Try to drill down deep on the problem types:

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you.
CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
Quants: Again try to break the questions in topics such as Algebra, Number system (very important), Geometry, PnC etc.

As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.
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It sounds like you're frustrated and anxious about the entire GMAT process. The problem is, frustration and anxiety come from scoring poorly, but they also contribute to scoring poorly. If you aren't feeling positive, enthusiastic, and comfortable towards the test, you're going to get a lower score than you normally could with your level of ability. That's just a fact about how the human brain works - we don't perform well when we aren't feeling well, and this can create a vicious cycle where poor performance feeds into anxiety, which feeds back into poor performance, etc.

You need some way to break the cycle - maybe talk to a counselor or therapist who specializes in standardized testing? (There are a few out there). Or at least talk with an admissions counselor about the bigger picture of your applications? Or just try studying in a different way than you have been - or take a break altogether where you don't think about the GMAT at all. What won't work is continuing to force yourself to work on something that's making you miserable, in hopes that you'll just get better at it somehow.
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