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# Totally stuck between 550-600

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06 Jan 2019, 01:28
I have been preparing since 2 years, i am a working professional and office timing is 9.30 to 7.00
I regularly study in morning and evening hours but i am stuck between 550-600 given all Manhattan tests and Gmat prep score lies between 550-600 V 25-28 and Quant 38-42 i am getting depressed day by day it seems like i wont be able to enhance myself , My RC is the weakest point accuracy about 20-30%.
Again time is running out and no improvement in me. please help gmat experts i do not want to be like this any more.
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06 Jan 2019, 07:11
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rashal wrote:
I have been preparing since 2 years, i am a working professional and office timing is 9.30 to 7.00
I regularly study in morning and evening hours but i am stuck between 550-600 given all Manhattan tests and Gmat prep score lies between 550-600 V 25-28 and Quant 38-42 i am getting depressed day by day it seems like i wont be able to enhance myself , My RC is the weakest point accuracy about 20-30%.
Again time is running out and no improvement in me. please help gmat experts i do not want to be like this any more.

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06 Jan 2019, 12:33
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Hi rashal,

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:

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1) When you say that you've been studying for 2 years, what does that mean exactly? How many hours do you study in a typical week? Have you taken "time off" from your studies at any point?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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06 Jan 2019, 14:10
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1. Take a deep breath. It takes time to crack it.
2. Your Quant and Verbal scores show that you are not ready for a mock yet. If you are stuck then you need to take a step back and spend more time in figuring out on what is wrong with each of the sections. More number of Mocks will depress you more if you score less.
3. Since you are not doing good at any of the sections, start with Quant first and do not touch anything else until you start scoring more than Q47. It won't take much time. It'll take a couple of weeks to do so.
4. Once you are done with Quant study, start taking VeritasPrep Mocks and try only Quant section to check your knowledge.
5. If your exam date is approaching, better postpone it.

Let's finish the Quant first and then I'll tell you how to approach Verbal.

PM me for the approach I followed for Quant.

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07 Jan 2019, 07:33
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Hi rashal,

Students get stuck at a score when they fail to do focused practice i.e. they do not work on the core skills or they work on the core skills in which they are already good and not the ones in which they are weak.To ace the GMAT, students must systematically work on their skills to bridge the gaps between their current and target score. Your scores suggest both conceptual and process gaps. I would recommend that you spend sometime to analyse the mistakes that you make to identify the topics in which you are weak and work on them. You can also take Ability Quizzes (Quant Ability Quiz | Verbal Ability Quiz) to leverage the analytics in Scholaranium to identify the weak topics. I also invite you to attend the free CR and Algebra webinars that we are conducting this weekend to evaluate if you benefit from the approach taught in the sessions. Register on the below links to reserve your spot.

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07 Jan 2019, 08:25
psrehal wrote:
1. Take a deep breath. It takes time to crack it.
2. Your Quant and Verbal scores show that you are not ready for a mock yet. If you are stuck then you need to take a step back and spend more time in figuring out on what is wrong with each of the sections. More number of Mocks will depress you more if you score less.
3. Since you are not doing good at any of the sections, start with Quant first and do not touch anything else until you start scoring more than Q47. It won't take much time. It'll take a couple of weeks to do so.
4. Once you are done with Quant study, start taking VeritasPrep Mocks and try only Quant section to check your knowledge.
5. If your exam date is approaching, better postpone it.

Let's finish the Quant first and then I'll tell you how to approach Verbal.

PM me for the approach I followed for Quant.

Thanks,

Thanks a lot please check PM
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09 Jan 2019, 18:31
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Hi rashal,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although I do not have too much information regarding how you have been studying or your score goal, since you have been scoring between 550 and 600 on your practice exams, it’s clear that you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals you need for a high score, right? Thus, regarding how to study moving forward, the main key will be to follow a linear and structured study plan, so that you can methodically and gradually learn each GMAT topic one by one. Ideally, you want to start with the foundations of each topic and progress to more advanced concepts. Let me expand on this idea further.

Let’s say 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.

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, it is likely that you 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.

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