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How to know where i lack

by vikram4689 » Sun May 01, 2011 5:10 pm
In GMAT i got 30 in Verbal though in all my MGMAT tests i got 35. I want to improve my Verbal Score to at least 42. I am not able to find where i lack and because of this i am not able to improve. Hard work is not an issue, can anyone tell me how should i put my efforts in most productive way.
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by vineeshp » Sun May 01, 2011 6:40 pm
Buddy,
have you reviewed your tests?

Also, have you used the right guides like Powerscore CR and MGMAT SC? These are your starting points.
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by frank1 » Sun May 01, 2011 8:22 pm
I think MGMAT does provide you the section,the question was asked from such as parallelism,modifier and so on.
I think the best think to do will be,manually classify things and identify in which area you are lacking.
You may be getting verbs questions wrong all the time or may be idioms questions...and so on
and many site do provides features to categorize question
I have seen that feature in beatthegmat practice questions section last time

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by vikram4689 » Mon May 02, 2011 6:04 am
@vineeshp : I started my preparation with Powerscore CR but then i find it too much descriptive so i thought it was not that much useful. Since CR is logical based i tried to apply logic and used the same technique for all question (weaken/strengthen/inference/assumption). But now i find that in some questions i am taking too much time. Should i use Powerscore CR, if yes i request you to please explain how to tackle those 9 type. Do i need to remember the technique for each. Please elaborate , this question about using Powerscore CR has been haunting me lately.

@frank I found an error log at www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-error-log . I will read to find out how to use it. If you are using one, it will be helpful if you can advise me something.

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by vineeshp » Mon May 02, 2011 8:14 am
When you solve a few problems using the techniques, you will see that you are applying the concepts pretty well without realizing. I know it is hard read but I personally think that CR Bible is better than the likes of MGMAT and Kaplan when it comes to CR.
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by vikram4689 » Mon May 02, 2011 8:31 am
Thanks, i will do that, in case i have any doubts in gaining the momentum i will disturb you :).
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by David@VeritasPrep » Mon May 02, 2011 8:38 am
Vikram -

You are right that 9 different techniques is too many to try to remember!

I recommend you employ 4 main techniques only. For Inference questions it is process of elimination based on those answer choices that "could be false." For Paradox questions you need to explain how the surprising fact could coexist with the other side of the paradox. For Assumption questions you have the Assumption Negation Technique and you are always focused on what happens if you take the answer choice away. For S/ W/ and all of the minor types of questions you want to begin with the conclusion and put together the argument from there.

Do not over think or over analyze. Your instincts are correct that some people (some books) make this more complicated than it is...it is not easy of course but it can be understandable.

attached is a word document with various of my critical reasoning posts. I am not sure if you have seen these but it might help you to take some of the complexity out of critical reasoning by developing good habits.

also there is this article of mine that talks about how only certain parts of the argument are actually important and how to simplify things. https://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2011/02/ ... duncan-way

Oh and here is a Veritas Prep Blog entry on Sentence Correction that Brian Galvin wrote - I think it is pretty good! https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/04 ... orrection/
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by vikram4689 » Mon May 02, 2011 9:39 am
Thanks David :)
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by AIM GMAT » Tue May 03, 2011 5:33 am
Thanks David , the document is an incredible effort .
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