Help! Strategies required for 700+

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Help! Strategies required for 700+

by Arunima01 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:43 am
Hello Members,

I appeared for GMAT for the first time in October, 2016 and scored 550.
Too much procrastination and lack of a proper strategy lead to this dreadful score.

Now, I plan to reappear on 23rd July (in 6 weeks).

Yesterday, after 2 weeks of preparation, I attempted the GMAT Prep Test 2 and scored a 600 (Q 44 V 28) :(

After updating the error log, I observed the following things :

Quant Section : Need to devote time to Combination, Probability, Geometry, DS Equation Questions.
I was stuck in 2 back to back Combinations questions and hence, ran out of time. Guessed the last 6 questions (Only 1 out of the 6 was correct)
With some more efforts, I can certainly pull up the Quant score to 48-50! :)

Verbal Section : Even though I am an avid reader, I zoned out reading the RCs. Guessed all RC questions after skimming through the passage. Almost all of them were wrong! :|
90% accuracy in SC questions and 60% in CR.

Study material used:
  • 1. Completed the OG 2016 earlier. Now attempting the tough questions using GMAT Wiley.
    2. Kaplan CD
    3. GMAT Club question bank (Bunuel for Quant, Ron SC Tips, Idioms list and, several other for Verbal)
    4. Princeton Review books for theory
    5. MGMAT CAT and Practice Questions, still untouched.
Since, I do not have a high CGPA a really good GMAT score is needed to slightly offset the low CGPA.
I sincerely feel that my biggest issue is lack of concentration (fidgety mind) :roll:

It would be very helpful if anyone can suggest me few RC strategies (how to make it less painful) and a definite road map which leads to the 700+ milestone! :)

Thank you in advance.



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by [email protected] » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:07 pm
Hi Arunima01,

Given your prior Official Score and your score goal, you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. In that same way, you have to make sure to take your CATs in a realistic fashion that 'matches up' with what you will face on Test Day (so that we have accurate information to properly assess your current skills and define what you need to work on to improve). As such, I have a few questions about this recent CAT:

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take it at home?
3) Did you take it at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during this CAT that you can't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you take this CAT before? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (such as in the forums)?

Assuming that this 600 is accurate, the goal of raising a 600 to a 700+ in just 6 weeks might be too difficult to be considered realistic. While you don't have to decide right now, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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