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VivianKerr posted a reply to GPrep - For the farmer who takes care to keep them cool, in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi carnation, Let''s look at the differences between C and E: For the farmer who takes care to keep them cool, providing them with high-energy feed, and milking them regularly, Holstein cows are producing an average of 2,275 gallons of milk each per year. C. provided with high-energy ...”
September 28, 2017
VivianKerr posted a reply to Iguanas have been an important food source in the Sentence Correction forum
“In this sentence, "they" is correctly referring to animals. We can use both "they" and "them" to refer to plural animals. You''re right to be suspicious of pronouns when it comes to animals, though, since we would not use pronouns such as "who" and ...”
September 26, 2017
VivianKerr posted a reply to One of the most important decisions. . . . . . in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi Vincen, We wouldn''t use "if" in this way on the GMAT. "If" = a hypothetical situation For example, "If I were the Queen of the Universe, everyone would get Fridays off." If the Meaning is a choice between two things, "whether" conveys that ...”
September 26, 2017
VivianKerr posted a new topic called SC Challenge: The elaborate Christmas-themed cake... in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi guys, Working on a new batch of challenging questions, and curious to hear some thoughts about this one! The elaborate Christmas-themed cake that won the challenge in The Great British Bake Off, a popular British reality cooking competition, was, unusually, trapezoidal in design, its ...”
September 26, 2017
VivianKerr posted a reply to pronouns other than we, our and I always have an antecedent? in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi, Great question! Pronouns require antecedents, so you are absolutely correct that in (E), we have no antecedent for "they." Who are "they"? We have no idea. The other major error in (E) is the incorrect addition of the comma before the preposition "from." ...”
December 14, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to improving and growing populations and technologies in the Critical Reasoning forum
“What''s the source of this question? The question stem, tonally, doesn''t feel like the GMAT. Evidence: Pop + Tech ---> :-( Probs New Inst/New Arrang ---> Innov. Solutions Inst/Arrang = stable Conclusion: "extra effort" needed The author is assuming that ...”
December 13, 2016
VivianKerr posted a new topic called Factorials and Divisibility question in the Problem Solving forum
“Worked on this problem today with a student, and thought it would be a fun one to share. It''s amazing how something like a (!) point symbol can throw us all for a loop, when really we''re just looking at a very simple divisibility question. :-) Enjoy! Which of the following is an integer? ...”
December 13, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas SC-Although the fear last year in the Sentence Correction forum
“Regarding "that which," the GMAT certainly uses that construction. Check out this Verbal Official Guide RC question: "The author implies that which of the following was true of most feminist thinkers in England and the United States after 1920?" You''re correct to start by ...”
November 27, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to OG Verbal 17: CR (Weaken) in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey joealam1! With Weaken questions, we need some flexibility with the answer choices, since there are several ways to weaken an argument: -Provide an explanation -Prove the assumption is wrong -Undermine a piece of evidence I find the easiest "default" for a Weaken prediction ...”
November 27, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to OG 13: RC: Superior service competitive advantage in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hey Joe, So, in order to get RC questions correct, we need to understand what the question-type is, and what kind of expectation that sets up for the correct answer. Here, the phrase "according to the passage" tells us this is a Detail question. Detail questions are essentially ...”
November 27, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Thomas Henry Huxley (1825−1895), one of Charles_veritas in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Hi Mechmeera, You can see my breakdown of the passage and two questions below: http://s17.postimg.org/r0bmmt23f/RC_1.jpg We can say "consensus" because of the first paragraph: "Today, few scientists challenge not only the link between birds and reptiles in general, but ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to gmat apps vs books/study material?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Do NOT use apps to study for the GMAT. They will not suffice. If you''re spending 10-15 minutes on a GMAT app while waiting for the bus, in between classes, etc. then that''s great, but your actual serious study time needs to be spent with official material and high-quality practice tests, using ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to manhattan & official guides in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Definitely those versions are fine. Just make sure you get the Official Guide that aligns with your 5th edition MGMAT books, either the 13th or the 15th edition. Don''t buy the 2016 version. You might also want to consider Powerscore''s CR book: http://amzn.to/20Yvghm It''s pretty stellar. ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to In a museum X, a total entrance fee is $x plus$z each perso in the Data Sufficiency forum
“What is the origin of this question? It does not feel very "GMAT-like" to me, because there is ambiguity in the given information. "$x plus$z each person greater than 20" could be interpreted to mean "20(x + z)" or "x + 20z." Here''s how to set up the ...”
February 12, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to The results of the company's cost-cutting measures are in the Sentence Correction forum
“A Gerund is when the -ing is the subject doing the action. EXAMPLE: "Failing to get a high score is unacceptable." "Failing" is the gerund. "Falling" is just present continuous. You''re right on the money with the incorrect usage of "with." ...”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Notes or No Notes in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Could not disagree with Murray more!!! (Multiple exclamation points of disagreement! :-)) Notes are ABSOLUTELY essential to hold yourself accountable to breaking down CR arguments properly, and ensuring you are (1) not reading the argument too quickly, (2) not taking anything for granted, (3) ...”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Mayor Delmont's claim! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Sorry, just realized there''s a typo in my notes. The prediction should read "does" and not "doesn''t." #tutorfail :-)”
February 11, 2016
VivianKerr posted a reply to Mayor Delmont's claim! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is one of those question that really proves the point that if you don''t carefully analyze and break down the argument, you''ll probably get the question incorrect. Ask yourself: what are we meant to notice? Here, we are given facts about new jobs $, eliminated jobs$, and overall jobs $...” February 11, 2016 VivianKerr posted a reply to In Need of Advice plus Official Material vs. Testprep in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d recommend you really focus on learning ONE SC concept at a time. Here''s everything that is tested on SC GMAT: • SC: Noun-Verb Agreement • SC: Comparisons • SC: Run-on Sentences • SC: Meaning • SC: Idioms • SC: Modifiers • SC: Superlative/Comparative • SC: ...” December 16, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ... in the GMAT Strategy forum “i see. my apologies, i assumed you were an mba applicant.” December 4, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ... in the GMAT Strategy forum “i know of no such ''formulae'' (and would be constitutionally incapable of remembering them anyway). so... not really. the most important part is marty''s first line: you should play to your strengths. but you should not forget that this entire exam—start to finish—was designed specifically ...” December 4, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to Strategies for preventing careless mistakes ... in the GMAT Strategy forum “you have a 750. congratulations. in this case, i have exactly one piece of advice: don''t take the test again. why would you re-take with a 750?” December 2, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Because this is an EVALUATE CR, the correct answer will have a LOT to do with scope and the conclusion. Conclusion: If the population of these other species were increased, more of the larvae would be feeding on uninfected hosts, so the number of ticks acquiring the bacterium would likely ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to CR problem types in OG in the Critical Reasoning forum “Once you exhaust the OG questions, there''s also a nicely organized question directory over at GMATClub: http://gmatclub.com/forum/critical-reasoning-question-directory-topic-and-difficulty-128861.html” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate the Argument: Complicated Question - PowerScore in the Critical Reasoning forum “Also, I wanted to point out that just as this question type had a specific set of expectations around it, so do all CR questions types! I highly suggest you keep separate notes for EACH of the major CR question types, and jot down your unique approach for EACH of these. What are the common wrong ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Proliferation of television in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Sid, I think I get what you''re asking. But, technically, there are TWO verbs in the relative clause (starting with "that": "began" and "is continuing." This question is testing Verb Tenses. And we need to know the differences between "begun" and ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Proliferation of television in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Sid, I think I get what you''re asking. But, technically, there are TWO verbs in the relative clause (starting with "that": "began" and "is continuing." This question is testing Verb Tenses. And we need to know the differences between "begun" and ...” November 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate the Argument: Complicated Question - PowerScore in the Critical Reasoning forum “To me this question, as with most GMAT CR involving numbers, is less about math, and more about logic. This is an "Evaluate CR" so what do we know about this question type? -The CONCLUSION is the most important thing -The correct answer will be extremely relevant to the conclusion ...” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Jupiter’s gravity attracts comets and asteroids in the Reading Comprehension forum “This is a Function question, so it is not concerned with what the passage says. The phrase "serves primarily to" tells us the question is asking what ROLE this specific detail plays in the structure of the passage. Don''t confuse it with a Detail question. Rephrase: WHY did the author ...” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT800: Help with SC question in the Sentence Correction forum “I agree this question sucks, because I don''t think there is a fair, "GMAT-like", discernible grammatical or stylistic difference between the choices. But, if we''re gonna split hairs, "by increasing" is more precise than "increasing" since the word "by" ...” November 5, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Glad you enjoy it! :) It''s no substitute for reading the entire passage, but it does help show us where our focus and priorities should be when we deal with an Evaluate CR. Conclusion: Clearly, eating whole grains can have an appreciable effect on cholesterol levels. Simple Conclusion: ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Lanzillotti’s Pizzeria in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a Strengthen question, so it''s nice to remind ourselves of some common ways to strengthen: -remove possible weakening idea -add additional supporting evidence -prove unstated assumption is true There are others, but it''s always a good idea to read the Question Stem first to get a ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Evaluate in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hi Akash Singhal, You''re right, Evaluate CR can be challenging, so I want to show you something fun about them. What if we didn''t read the entire passage? What if we just read the Conclusion? Let''s check this cool shortcut out! :-) Conclusion: The industry claims that it is always cheaper ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to OG-15 Passage-6 Terrestrial environment in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Vishal, I think your confusion stems from the fact that passage compares "sea snakes" to "terrestrial snakes" and the word "arboreal" means "referring to trees" so they are the exact same thing as "terrestrial snakes." It''s pretty mean of ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need help with a question - The Debt Crisis in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Sid, To start, make sure you''re using a precise and valuable system of note-taking to help you break down the passage and draw inferences as you read. I extract the Topic, Scope, Function of each paragraph, Point of View of the author, and the Purpose of the entire passage as I read. ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Nietzsche in the Reading Comprehension forum “In order to fully understand any GMAT passage, I recommend breaking down the Topic, Scope, Function of every paragraph, Author''s POV, and Purpose AS YOU READ. That way, by the time you get to the questions, you have a full grasp of what the passage is about, and you''ve already drawn many of ...” November 3, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A recent court decision has qualified a 1998 ruling_OG in the Sentence Correction forum “Hi, The verb "are given" is confusing in terms of Meaning. Sentence: A decision HAS QUALIFIED a 1998 ruling that workers...if they HAVE BEEN GIVEN reason to believe that their jobs WILL be safe... The workers want reason to believe their jobs WILL be safe. It''s a guarantee. Why ...” October 29, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 730 but low quant, is variation with GMATPrep typical? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Dan, Got your PM. Your experience is typical. Many of my students experience a drop on the actual exam, and absolutely nerves and time management play a HUGE role. Finishing early is NOT a good idea. Managing your time well means USING the time you are given. If you''re more than 3-4 questions ...” August 16, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called Draw a Picture to Get More CR correct! in the Critical Reasoning forum “I had an interesting discussion with a student recently; she was doing such a good job breaking down arguments into their premises and conclusions that CR had become very "cut and dry" and boring for her. It was difficult to engage her mind in the "story" behind each CR argument, ...” July 28, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “BENEFIT #3 of translating CR into ''conversation'': you''ll have to simplify the language of the passage (= ''explain to a 9-year-old'', as i''m always saying). normal people don''t talk in the language of dense formal text; rather, they talk like ... well, normal people. our brains are ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “BENEFIT #2 of translating CR into ''conversation'': you''ll be able to anticipate where the passage is going. consider: When freelance writers are offered full-time staff positions, very few of them accept. Some people try to explain this by... if this is a conversation, you can predict ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “BENEFIT #1 of translating CR into ''conversation'': you''ll ALWAYS catch important transitions—even if they are ''tiny little words''. this is the issue in your posts here. in an actual conversation, there is NO WAY you would miss ''Some people think...'', and there is also NO WAY you would ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “you''re welcome. by the way, you may have noticed that i haven''t posted here regularly in some time—i''ve been too busy on our own (MPrep) forum. if you don''t hear from me here (and the source is allowed on our forum) you may want to try your luck over there. the best fix for this ^^ ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “forgot the footnote— **i can only think of two exceptions: 1/ a religious authority (e.g., if a Christian says Jesus said X, or if a Muslim says Muhammad taught that X, then (s)he is probably going to agree with ''X''); 2/ a beloved mentor/parent/etc (e.g., My father always ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “more directly... in EVERYDAY CONVERSATION, Some people say... is almost invariably** followed by something with which the speaker DOES NOT agree. (at the very least, the speaker will generally entertain the possibility that whatever ''some people say'' is false.) if this is not obvious, just ...” July 24, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “of these two ''arrows'', only the first is actually substantiated by the passage. as far as the second arrow, note that the passage says... It has been suggested that regular release of endorphins increases people’s longevity ...in other words, ''Some people say endorphins make you live ...” July 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need urgent advice for GMAT retake in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Patrick, Sounds like he did a lot of things right! OG questions are essential, Ron Purewal at MGMAT gives a lot of great advice and a 670 is a strong score, BUT a below 15% hit rate on RC is NOT a good sign. LSAT CR can be good to use for GMAT CR in certain specific cases, but in general it ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Can I go from a 500 to a 700 by September? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi alxmarie, I''d recommend you stop using Kaplan entirely. Magoosh, however, does have some quality material, but I think they work best as a supplement. If you''re looking to break 700+, you need to heavily emphasize official material (glad you''ve got the OG13 --- are you using this Error Log ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Tips to score 720+ in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Girish, I''d ditch the Kaplan books and go straight into the MGMAT guides. In addition, I would recommend a HEAVY emphasis on Official Material: • The Official Guide for GMAT Review (2015 edition): http://amzn.to/1HCICKb • The Official Guide for GMAT Review (2016 edition): ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Irregularity in GMAT scores in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Vaibhav, Just weighing in as well. Let''s look at your GMATPreps: GMATPrep1 - 660 (Q:48; V31) GMATPrep2 - 670(Q:48; V33) GMATPrep3 - 710 (Q:49; V:38) This makes total sense with what you described as your method of studying. A steady improvement in Verbal and a fairly steady Quant. ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need Suggestions in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi him12355, 1) What are your strategies for each Verbal question-type? How do you use your scratch paper for each SC, CR, and RC question? Do you have a snapshot from your most recent CATs so we can see visually what you''re doing? 2) Are you doing Pacing Drills for ALL 3 Verbal ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 640 in 1st practice test (750 aim). Strategy Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum “I also wanted to mention, in addition to the MGMAT books, which are arguably the best on the market, you may also be interested in the Veritas Prep Data Sufficiency book (which does a great job explaining how to play "devil''s advocate" with the statements), and the Powerscore CR book ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 640 in 1st practice test (750 aim). Strategy Help. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Jaiyeolab, You''re in a great starting position, and you''ve obviously covered some solid foundational work, so well done! Curious as to why you were only studying 1 hour a day. It''s hard to make serious progress with such light study -- even if you work full time, try to do at least 2 ...” July 20, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMATPrep Data Sufficiency - new one! in the Data Sufficiency forum “Nice job, Prachi! Great question for picking numbers! :-)” July 20, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “here''s how the problem works if you make the substitution i described above. * people who wear dresses live longer than people who don''t. (this is a statistical FACT. we want to explain it.) * it''s doubtful that wearing dresses actually extends a person''s life span, so we need another ...” July 17, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “if you are still confused, just replace ''volunteer'' with ''wear dresses'', and that should make the logic easier to understand. i will explain in more detail below. but, BEFORE YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT POST, actually make that substitution (take out ''volunteer'' and put in ''wear ...” July 17, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to When people engage in the Critical Reasoning forum “interesting... resurrecting a thread that''s almost 4 years old! nope. first, you should IMMEDIATELY reject this interpretation, because this is not how the GMAT operates. we''re trying to show that this is NOT a cause/effect relationship. so, NO answer choice will state (DIRECTLY) ...” July 17, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called GMATPrep Data Sufficiency - new one! in the Data Sufficiency forum “I hadn''t seen this l''il guy posted and discussed before, so I wanted to share it with you all! I believe it is from GMATPrep 3, just reviewed it with a student. Sharpen your knives... Of the numbers r+s, r-s, rs, and r/s, which is the greatest? (1) r = s = 1 (2) r - s is the least OA to ...” July 15, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Binit, My approach is similar, except I don''t try to find everything wrong with each choice. I don''t do a "Grammar Scan" of all choices. I do it like this: Step 1 – Read Choice (A) and Identify One Grammar or Meaning Error Since we know that a sentence with a grammatical ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to As algae spread in in the Sentence Correction forum “Because of the semi-colon, the second part of this SC is a completely separate stand-alone sentence. i think you might be confusing "algae" as the subject for the verb "enter." But they are in different independent clauses. The sentence is: Thus, reducing (subject) the ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Assistance Please... in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Here''s the basic tips I''d recommend: 1. Build your grammar skills first. You can ignore most of the challenging vocabulary on sentence corrections as long as you identify what part of speech each word is, and how it functions within the sentence. Where is your grammar knowledge still ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Tuesdays: Active Reading – Structure Words in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “This is a cool post, Kevin! I love this idea and wish it was given a bit more due in the world of RC. Non-native speakers especially should find this helpful. See an additional list of transition words attached!” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Important Tricks/shortcuts on GMAT Quant in the GMAT Math forum “It would depend, I suppose, on what types of problems you felt you needed the most help with -- I''d recommend attaining a high comfort-level with backsolving and picking numbers and doing the same problem solving question both ways (algebraically, then also backsolving/picking numbers) just to ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Problem solving in the GMAT Math forum “It might help you to visualize by drawing the vertices of the square. Remember this rule on the GMAT: you are given limitations on variables for a reason. Why would they tell us that c < 0 and d > 0? It must matter somehow. If c is always negative, then (c, d) will become (-c, d), ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to First attempt - 560. Advice for second attempt. in the GMAT Strategy forum “You are right on the money in your original post when you said you were not "getting to the core of my problems." THAT is what you need to change moving forward. How can you do this? Adjusting how you review and HOW you study. If you are aiming for a "low 700" score, then you ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT in two weeks in the GMAT Strategy forum “Congrats on the 720 (Q49 V39)! I''m not sure if you''re planning to re-take again, but if you are, there is some great anxiety-reducing tips here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/articles/managing-stress-techniques.cfm There is also this cool article from the NYTimes about the difference ways ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Bold faced CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “You''re very welcome, Prachi! :-)” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to HELP! High Quant - Very low Verbal in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Thomas, So you''ve done a ton of groundwork! Awesome! I think it''s time to step up your strategies, especially with CR and RC. I''d plan to do at least 45 min of each every day. It''s really hard being non-native, so get tough text in front of your eyes as much as you can. I attached the ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Which verbal section is easiest to improve on? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “It''s funny, because I was going to say Sentence Correction as well, but I recently worked with a student who had neglected doing any kind of Reading Comp strategy because she thought you were either "a good reader or not." Once she actually slowed way down and starting DOING a Reading ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Analyzing MGMAT CR Cat in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Kristina, The "average answer right" is not really what you should worry about. Add all your incorrect questions to this Error Log (see attachment). You need to identify what type of questions you''re missing the most often right now. For example, what TYPES of SC? How many ...” May 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Binit, You raise a good point. Could this sentence have been written in a more clear, concise manner? Absolutely. But sometimes with SC, we have to deal with a "best of the worst" strategy. These are the facts: 1) 1 answer choice is correct 2) 4 are wrong The 4 that are ...” May 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Time to book GMAT exam appointment? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Nikhil, A few quick thoughts: 1) I wouldn''t trust the "760" on the PR exam for all the money in the world. PR is a fine company, but is sort of in that "Kaplan"-land of middle-of-the-road GMAT prep. They do have excellent tutors, but however they score their practice ...” May 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical terminology in the Sentence Correction forum “Is this from a reputable source? It seems odd to me that "to medical" is underlined since it appears in every answer choice. This obviously isn''t an official SC. That said, (B) and (E) are out because it isn''t logical for "them" to refer to "gene flaws." The ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Sentance Correction Strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey schelljo, Knowing the parts of speech is helpful only to the extent that they help you identify potential errors (i.e. Subject-Verb Agreement, Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement, etc.) Here''s really all you have to know: There are 8 parts of speech in the English language: nouns, pronouns, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Practice Test 520..how to get to a solid 600 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Kristina! A solid 600 by the middle of July is 100% achievable, but here''s what you need to know: quantity of study does NOT equal quality. As mentioned, your plan seems very focused on simply completing books. The GMAT is way more than that. It''s a three-headed beast: content, strategy, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Scored a 530 on the first attempt, want to cross 550 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Zob, So you''re super-close, although I''m not sure you can 100% pull out an extra 20 points in less than one week. What is the exact date of your re-take? Could you postpone it by an extra week so you have time to formulate a solid 10-14 day study plan? I think the problem is that ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to how technology helps in gmat preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum “There''s a LOT of great apps out there that can definitely help you study, especially if you have a commute or can only squeeze in 5-10 minutes here and there. These are the one''s I''m into: 1. GMAT Toolkit - This is the most comprehensive GMAT app, with questions and information from MGMAT, ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 2nd Best Answers Given Any Credit? in the GMAT Strategy forum “While that would certainly be a cool test, if we were credited a little extra for choosing the "second-best," as Rich mentioned, wrong is just wrong. :-( For RC, we OFTEN see 3 plainly incorrect answer choices, 1 "second-best," and 1 that is the correct option. If you believe ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to What to infer from Kaplan /Manhattan /GMATPrep High scores? in the GMAT Strategy forum “As others have mentioned, you simply cannot put faith in any private company''s scores. The true value of a CAT isn''t in the score it churns out anyway, but in the way in which you''re allowed to flex your strategy muscles within test-like conditions and subsequently analyze each incorrect ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to taxpayers in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey J, This one comes down to Parallelism. The high costs were mostly a result of POLICIES...rather than COVERAGE. "result of X rather than Y" "Rather than" is a common GMAT idiom, so while I prefer it, there''s nothing inherently wrong with "instead of." ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Most people do not believe that the Mona Lisa in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Vipulgoyal, So let''s examine our CR: Strengthen strategy: 5 Steps to Get Every Strengthen Question Right Step 1 – Identify the Question Stem It’s not too difficult to know when you’re looking at a “Strengthen” question, but only if you remember to read the question stem ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Bold faced CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “What''s the origin of this question? Just curious, as it''s always important to be sure you are learning from reputable questions. That said, here''s the strategy to deal with Boldface CR: Identify whether each sentence or clause is a piece of evidence, a conclusion, or a stated assumption ...” May 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to corporate executives in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a Weaken question, so we must understand (1) the author''s Conclusion, and (2) the basis for that Conclusion (the specific Evidence). THE ARGUMENT: C: Ppl who are MORE "tc" than AVERAGE are MORE likely to be C.E. E: C.E. tend to be "tc" (3 traits) Notice the ...” April 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Worried and scared -Please help in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Saurav, In my opinion, the key to CR is recognizing the TYPE of CR question you''re looking at, and adjusting your approach accordingly. There''s a finite number of CR concepts tested: • CR: Bolded Statement • CR: Assumption • CR: Complete the Passage • CR: Argument Evaluation ...” April 24, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Tough CR Question: Choices seem pretty similar in the Critical Reasoning forum “That''s the problem -- it''s not asking anything. There''s no "question" at the end of the paragraph. If it was a fill in the blank, then the answer choices would make a complete sentence with the last sentence of the passage, but they don''t. Here''s the complete last sentence: ...” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GCD-Data Sufficiency in the Critical Reasoning forum “You''re very welcome, and "thanks" for the thanks! :)” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Tough CR Question: Choices seem pretty similar in the Critical Reasoning forum “What is the actual question-stem? Can you double-check the phrasing of the question. I can''t tell what it''s asking.” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called Today in Bad GMAT Logic: Mutual Exclusivity in the Critical Reasoning forum “A student I work with recently sent in this question: 1) The pioneering works of early fantasy authors contain almost all of the plot elements used by modern fantasy authors. Since these modern fantasy authors are merely reusing story elements that have already been written, there is little or ...” April 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Please help me in channelise my thought process for CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Strengthen and Weaken are different questions, so your approach should be slightly different. Since this one is a Weaken, I''d focus on that Q-type, and hone in on the CONCLUSION. Since that it what we ultimately want to destroy.” March 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Good health in the Critical Reasoning forum “Not GMAT, but let''s try it out for fun! :) The question here reminds me a lot of GMAT Method of Reasoning question. Yes, the "most vulnerable" part makes it like a Weaken, but really we''re being asked to identify HOW the reasoning proceeds. Method of Reasoning questions focus on how an ...” March 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GCD-Data Sufficiency in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hey Mallika, This is in the wrong forum. You''ll want to post Data Sufficiency questions here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/data-sufficiency-f7.html To answer your question, let''s first look at the construction: Let b and x be positive integers. If b is the greatest divisor of x that is ...” March 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A recent survey of the residents in Reytown showed in the Data Sufficiency forum “You pose an interesting question, "how to solve?" but remember this is a DS question, so our job is not to solve, simply to determine whether a statement is sufficient TO solve. :-) It''s some comfort that we don''t actually have to DO the hard work on DS. That said, here''s how I''d ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to First Diagnostic at 640 (w/ a twist), 2 month plan workable? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Centreright, Welcome to the wonderful (and slightly intense :-)) world of GMAT! Congrats on taking your first CAT. Here''s my initial impressions: 1) Congrats, you''re a high-scorer! If you''ve got a 640 with no prep, you know a lot of the base content already and you''re a solid ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Strategy Review in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey there, As I mentioned you need to dive deep on the review. Q47 is great, but when you say you primarily got DS wrong, that''s only the teeny tiny tip of the Review-iceberg. For EACH GMATPrep incorrect Quant log: -Question Number -Question Type (DS, PS, RC, CR, or SC) -Primary Concept ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to If x is not equal to 1 in the Data Sufficiency forum “I agree with you on zero, but you need to consider different fractions. Here''s how I''d break this one down: - This is a Yes/No question, sufficiency is attained if a statement allows us to answer 100% YES or 100% NO. It doesn''t matter HOW we answer it, but a statement should REMOVE the ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Future SAT Easy Math Problem in the GMAT Math forum “The format of this question is obviously not GMAT-like, since the Word Problem is quite long and the question posed does not mirror any of GMAC''s problems. In addition, the GMAT will not ask about "margin of error," and every GMAT PS question has 5 answer choices, not 4. I would say this ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to How to tackle problem review? in the GMAT Math forum “If you recall WHY you got a question incorrect (i.e. didn''t have time to attempt, didn''t know a Quant formula, misread a word in the stem, abandoned your strategy, etc.), then I would go ahead and add that to your Error Log before you read the explanation. Examine your scratch paper notes to help ...” March 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Set 1 Q4,5,6 in the Reading Comprehension forum “Good RC Strategy Step 1 - Read the Passage ---> Do a Passage Map! Step 2 - Rephrase the Question Step 3 - Write Down a Prediction (Go Back to the Passage!) Step 4 - Eliminate 3 Choices (Use "+", "-"", and "?" Symbols) Step 5 - Carefully Compare ...” March 13, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Strategy Review in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Kolkata, There''s two things I notice about your plan: 1) Prevalence of excellent material (your book choices ROCK, and IMO, there is NO such thing as too much official material!) 2) Emphasis on Quantity over Quality. This is where I think you may need to be careful. There is a HUGE ...” March 12, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to WaNT TO WALK THROUGH GMAT! in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Dave, So the awesome thing is that the Math on the GMAT is essentially Number Properties, Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. The only "statistics" stuff is mean, median, mode, and the occasional standard deviation-influenced question. There is NO super-advanced algebra! No ...” March 12, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Notepad Use in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi there, To address your specific question about "scribbling a lot of stuff." It depends what you mean by "stuff"! :-) Using the scratch pad to break down RC and CR passages in an effective manner is an absolute NECESSITY when it comes to conquering those two Q-types. But ...” March 12, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Set 1 Q3 in the Critical Reasoning forum “Just to add, I use a specific strategy especially for Boldface questions since they are such a unique CR question type. Here''s how I''d suggest you approach this type of problem in the future: Step 1 – Review Argument Structure Arguments have a tendency to follow predictable patterns of ...” March 9, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Ugh... parallel reasoning - always tough in the Critical Reasoning forum “Parallel reasoning questions CAN They combine two facts to make a conclusion. Even though the topic is different, they are similar because the LOGIC behind the arguments is similar. The WAY IN WHICH THE ARGUMENT IS MADE is the most important thing for “Similar Reasoning” questions. I recommend ...” March 9, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need Help - GMAT in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Chiru, As others have mentioned, an RC strategy boost is definitely in order. Here''s two of my fave strategy tips: Make a prediction for EVERY RC question(and write it down)! This is the most important strategy for RC. You’ve got to trust that you understand the passage enough to know ...” March 9, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to My first Six weeks of GMAT prep in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey, So, definitely sounds like you need some stronger strategy. Especially with RC as well. Yes, "practice" helps, but it''s HOW you practice that matters! When you answer problems, you are programming yourself and you will REPEAT what you practice. If you are not doing the problems ...” March 9, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Organizing help in the GMAT Strategy forum “To be honest (and again, this is entirely subjective), but I''d ditch Cracking the GMAT from Princeton entirely, and I''d use the problems from Kaplan GMAT Premier 2015 only as a supplement. The Veritas course will be great and give you excellent structure. In terms of books, I''d HIGHLY ...” March 9, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Retaking the Gmat in 40 days. Any advice? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey backup, I''d put some serious focus on RC. If you can move quickly and efficiently through RC, not only will you have extra time for CR, but you will be a lot less stressed for pacing! It''s amazing to me how people ignore RC, or think that simply because they are good readers in real life, ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Which test is a better indicator of my actual score? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d say GMATPrep 3 and 4, no competition. But if you''re taking a lot of practice companies CATs, this is a fun little generator to help guess at your actual score: http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/ Bottom line: If you''re scoring BELOW your target score on MORE than one private ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to How to Improve Your Reading Ability in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “This post rocks. To chart the "flow" of a passage, I use a specific template to make a Passage Map. This is a sample MGMAT passage: Measuring more than five feet tall and ten feet long, the Javan rhinoceros is often called the rarest large mammal on earth. Though the habitat of the ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Why You Need to do Verbal Pacing Drills OUTSIDE of CATs in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Thanks, Brian! Stacey''s article rocks!” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to the best strategy to enhance my score before June 2015 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Souma, Here''s four major tips I''d recommend for your Round 2 prep: 1. Diversify your materials. How did you study on the first go-round? Make sure you are using books like the OG, MGMAT, Powerscore, and other hard copy study guides and online resources. Studying online with Grockit, ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Error Patterns and Retake Strategy Help! in the GMAT Strategy forum “First off, congrats on all the progress you made! It sounds like you''ve come a long way on your own! You mentioned you identified CR as a weakness, but can you specifically rank ALL the CR question-types from your strongest to weakest? Your Error Log should help you get THAT specific! Same thing ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to My first Six weeks of GMAT prep in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Soccerstar (nice name you got there! big World Cup fan here :-)), So my suggestion is you need to divide your Study Time into 3 sections: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. "Content” can be subdivided into two groups: format and concepts. Obviously you know the format, so it''s time to ...” March 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Query regarding Mock Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Bilal, This is incredibly common. I would stay away from Kaplan''s CATs. They aren''t "bad," but I just don''t think they stack up next to the official CATs. The only four CATs you should put faith in score-wise are the GMATPrep 1, 2, 3, and 4. I''d stay away from that old ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Gmat Practice 700. Question on how to improve. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Assuming you''ve completed the GMATPrep''s, I''d go through these PDF files that have combined all the questions from those official CATs by Q-type. (The other ones are available too if you do a quick Google-search). That way, you can gauge: 1) whether you''re getting repeat official Q''s wrong ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 2 weeks, Veritas Course Alum, OG book 13th completed, tips in the GMAT Strategy forum “MGMAT SC is pretty bodacious and widely accepted as one of the best (if not the best) Verbal book on the market if you haven''t killed it yet, but since you have such a limited time, I think you REALLY need to hone in on what types of questions you''re still missing (and more importantly) WHY. Have ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to I need help. Score:490 in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Scott, In general, it doesn''t sound like your first go-round was particularly rigorous, so I think you could improve quite a bit! Since your studying was over a year ago, I think you really have to approach this new go ''round like you''re starting from scratch. There''s three aspects of ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Experts --Kindly help ..Just blew the gmat in the GMAT Strategy forum “It really looks like you need some serious RC strategy overhaul. HOW are you reading the passage? HOW are you dealing with the question-stem and answer choices? A good strategy will help you clearly navigate all 3 components of an RC: passage, question, and answer choices. Here''s how I''d ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to medical school in the Critical Reasoning forum “David did a nice job, I''ll just throw in a few cents in terms of Assumption CR strategy. Remember our equation: Evidence + Assumption = Conclusion For example, consider this argument: American Idol holds a televised talent contest for all eligible singers. Monica has a beautiful ...” February 6, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to metropolis in the Critical Reasoning forum “Method of Reasoning questions focus on how an argument is attempted, contradicted, or put forth. We can tell we need to focus on the Method of Reasoning because of the word "evaluating" in the question-stem. More specifically, this is an "Evaluate the Plan" question. Since we''ll ...” February 4, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to candy bars in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a Complete the Passage question; let''s start by paraphrasing the argument: Ad w/song boosts sales. Company to use songs in older/popular products to increase sales. What''s the assumption here? That it will WORK! The company is assuming using the classic rock songs on the ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Math question disguised as CR, please solve in the Critical Reasoning forum “Just to answer the specific question you posed, you will NOT be asked to do ANY math calculation in CR. Even questions that involve percents and numbers will be LOGIC based, and no crunching numbers will be necessary. In fact, if you find yourself doing too much math, you''re probably missing the ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a new topic called Why You Need to do Verbal Pacing Drills OUTSIDE of CATs in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey guys, This is something I''ve been seeing a LOT lately: students who have serious timing issues with Verbal questions on the CAT who don''t do groups of Verbal questions under pacing conditions outside of CATs. Sure, we all use various GMAT timers to see if we can do a Sentence Correction ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 48-22 --> 580 what a bad score with that math result! in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Nico, To be honest, it doesn''t sound like you used the best Verbal materials out there. I would actually recommend you STOP doing the following: (1) reading lots of non-GMAT material just to improve your English, and (2) answering tons of GMAT Verbal questions. Neither of those things ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Looking for serious help on Verbal Section in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hey Deepika, I think you''ve hit the nail on the head. It''s your APPROACH that isn''t working. It seems you know the content fairly well. I''d recommend you take a CLOSE look at your strategy for each of the 3 major Verbal question types. Here''s the strategies I''d recommend: Reading ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Verbal strategy in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Welcome to BTG! For Verbal, you need to MASTER Sentence Correction. No joke. Run, don''t walk to Amazon and purchase the MGMAT Sentence Correction book. I don''t even work for MGMAT, but I suggest their book to almost every student I tutor. It''s fantastic! You also need to get the OG15, and ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Reading material for Verbal in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “My recommendations, in order of value, would be: 1) ALL official material (GMAC OG, Verbal OG, GMATPreps, all online questions, etc.) 2) MGMAT - for SC and Number Properties, Word Translations, and additional Quant books as needed. Use their 6 CATs you get free with your books in addition to ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to advice and info needed in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hi Abhishek, I attached the 2015 deadlines for the big MBA programs. As you can see, you''ve missed most of the Round 2 deadlines, and while there are still some Round 3 deadlines, competition is generally much higher for Round 3 as most slots have been filled and schools tend to be extremely ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Please Suggest A Good Private GMAT Verbal Tutor in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Hi Aiming800, You can definitely benefit from a tutor, especially on the Strategy side of things. Remember that the GMAT is a three-headed beast: Content, Pacing, and Strategy. But you can also do a lot on your own to improve. Question to ask yourself: 1) Content -what are your three ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Inference/Assumption questions in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum “Remember, with Inferences: • Accept each piece of evidence as true. • Don’t worry if there’s no conclusion in the passage. • Pre-phrase your own answer BEFORE looking at the answer choices. Keep in mind that an "inference" on the GMAT is not like an ...” February 1, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Panicking about the clock is killing my score in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Miranda Sally Jean, Pacing is definitely a stressful aspect of the GMAT, so you''re totally normal to feel this way! I find the best way to overcome this is Benchmarks -- have a piece of paper with timing guidelines for both Quant and Verbal in front of you for EVERY CAT you take, and check ...” January 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Time and Distance please help! in the GMAT Strategy forum “Agreed, backsolving is definitely the way to go here! Plugging In (also known as Backsolving) is a MAJOR asset in many Problem Solving questions, especially helpful in difficult Word Problems. When we "plug in," we essentially avoid doing algebra by testing out the 5 answer choices AS ...” January 31, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Quant Section Pacing Problems in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi there, Just to add, I attached the pacing benchmarks I usually recommend to my students. It might help to check in just a little more often. It''s totally normal to get more behind as you go through a section, so it''s great you''re recognizing this and able to "walk away" from a ...” January 31, 2015 January 29, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Panicking about the clock is killing my score in the GMAT Strategy forum “Marty is right that you need to focus on getting questions right and stop thinking so much about the clock! Basically it comes down to this: The key to scoring as well as you are capable of is Focusing on the question in front of you. If you think you can get the question right in 3 minutes ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to RC: Difficult Question from Official GMAT in the Reading Comprehension forum “Hey Melanie, What was your breakdown for this passage/question? It would help to see that to pinpoint exactly what you may have missed here. Here''s how I''d breakdown the passage on my scratch pad: Topic: wages Scope: how it affects competition in dev. countries 1st chunk: to explain a ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need help in tackling the below mentioned RC's in the Reading Comprehension forum “I actually think note-taking is ESSENTIAL to RC, BUT the kind of notes you should be taking have NOTHING to do with the details in the passage. You might read a passage with 4 dense paragraphs and only see 1 "Detail" question accompany that passage, so why waste your time trying to ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Reading Comprehension .......... in the Reading Comprehension forum “This is from an old McGraw-Hill book for the IIM-CAT, I believe, so there''s probably an official explanation offered by the company if anyone has the full book. :-) BUT this isn''t a GMAT question, so I''m not sure if merits this much discussion.” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Hard RC Q - 8 paragraphs in the Reading Comprehension forum “I totally understand why we sometimes overuse the phrase "GMAT-like," but in this case, I really do think it''s important because TONALLY this passage is not within the realm of GMAT RC. GMAT RC passages are always scholarly and formal. You will never see a phrase such as, "But ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Tuesdays: What Active Reading Looks Like in the Reading Comprehension forum “Kevin, I love this idea of using NYTimes articles to model active reading! Here''s some other publications I''m into if students are looking for non-GMAT-specific material to practice: – Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/ – The Economist: http://www.economist.com/ ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to 700 & 1 month till test? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey RWedmore, Going forward, for sure take the IR and AWA, just to build that stamina (the GMAT is wicked long!). A CAT each weekend is a great idea, and emphasizing the GMATPreps are great. Here''s what I also think you need to do: - a thorough Error Log for EVERY CAT. Fill it in ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need to get from 460 to 550 in 5 months.. Possible? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Kevin, I''m curious as to what your prep was before you took the 460. What materials have you been using? What was the Quant and Verbal breakdown on your first prep test? And more importantly, what company''s practice test did you use? A 460 on a private company''s CAT does NOT necessarily ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to How many practice tests should I consider in the GMAT Strategy forum “Also, if you''re considering CATs outside the GMATPrep, there''s a pretty solid rundown over at GMATClub: http://gmatclub.com/forum/all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Improve score by 100 with limited time over 3 months in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi there, Just to add, as others mentioned, 100+ points is VERY do-able. Try to visualize where those points are actually going to come from -- what do you want from the Quant and from the Verbal? An even 50 point gain in both, or do you see a bigger jump happening in one or the other? A few ...” January 28, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to How many practice tests should I consider in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d actually recommend you take 4 CATs, since you''re sort of in "cram" phase with a major emphasis on the GMATPreps. In fact, I would plant to take the GMATPrep 1, GMATPrep 2, GMATPrep 3, and GMATPrep 4, with the last CAT 2 days before your exam date. Be sure to THOROUGHLY review all of ...” January 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Recommendation on # of tutoring hours? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Just to chime in, I wouldn''t just do a few hundred Sentence Correction questions until you can identify PRECISELY where your weak areas are in SC. Many of the students I work with come to me feeling frustrated after answering hundreds of questions without seeing a big score improvement, so I''m ...” January 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Best Basic Math iPhone Apps? in the GMAT Strategy forum “You''re welcome! :-) I think this is the app you''re looking for: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/store/mobile-apps” January 25, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Infinitive - Are they Verbs or not... in the Sentence Correction forum “Hi there, Yup, infinitives ARE verbs, so usually come up in sentences testing Verb Tenses (and occasionally Modification, Parallelism, and Comparisons). Some nice posts that go into the nitty-gritty of how they are tested: ...” January 25, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recommendation on # of tutoring hours? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Just a little help in Sentence Correction can go a long way. Even a couple of hours of tutoring can point you in the right direction. More work is a great idea but you just need to know what you are trying to learn from that studying. Sounds like most of your focus will still be on Quant?” January 25, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Manhattan GMAT Interact vs Veritas Prep On Demand in the GMAT Strategy forum “Peter - As you said the reviews for Veritas on Demand are great. But you want to see for yourself so you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity for a free trial to see what works for you. You can try Veritas on Demand for free at the link: ...” January 23, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recommendation on # of tutoring hours? in the GMAT Strategy forum “I am actually not sure about that. I think that your broker is going to be the expert to speak to for that!” January 23, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need fine tuning in Verbal CR in the GMAT Strategy forum “Just to add, as you review MORE thoroughly, you tend to get FASTER, because you are getting more VALUE out of each question you''re answering. So you may find it helpful to actually slow yourself WAY down in CR to improve accuracy BEFORE you do some pacing drills. There''s a great blog on MGMAT in ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Entered Phase-II of preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Aimhigh, I wouldn''t be disappointed, a 610 on your first CAT is a great start! Here''s what you need: 1) Solid strategies for CR, SC, and RC. By strategy, I mean a step-by-step approach and a way of breaking down each question on scratch paper that yields the correct result for you, EVERY ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Stuck in the low to mid 500s! Need advice. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Low 600''s is SUPER do-able. I''d perhaps migrate from Veritas Prep to MGMAT and perhaps consider a few sessions with a reliable tutor. MGMAT is slightly more challenging material, IMO, and there''s NO WAY your Verbal score won''t improve with some quality time with the MGMAT SC book. Here are the ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Best Basic Math iPhone Apps? in the GMAT Strategy forum “These aren''t Math-only, but these were some of my fave GMAT apps last time I scoped ''em all out! 1. GMAT Toolkit – This is the most comprehensive GMAT app, with questions and information from MGMAT, Princeton Review, Manhattan Review, and Knewton. 900+ questions from those aforementioned test ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Tuesdays: Mix Up Your Study Day in the GMAT Strategy forum “I like this idea Magoosh-ers! There''s also so much solid free study material out there. I''m always referring students to the BTG Blog Library, the GMATClub Math Book, and the MGMAT Thursdays with Ron videos. There''s also my own blogs all archived here: http://gmatrockstar.com/blog/. Happy ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT to GRE in the GMAT Strategy forum “I''d take a good hard look at the differences are try one of the www.gre.org practice CATs before you decide. If you''re looking at one of the more competitive programs, GMAT may still be your best bet, unless you have an EXCELLENT English reading ability and good familiarity with advanced ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to car pool in the Critical Reasoning forum “Agreed with the discussion here. Don''t LOVE the question, but you''re breaking it down well. Would work on refining your approach to every Assumption CR. Here''s what I''d suggest: Step 1 – Identify the Type of Assumption (Necessary or Sufficient?) Step 2 – Break Down the Argument (find ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Fine tuning required. Need help in CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Since Marty said Boldface is his enemy, I''ll jump in with my approach! :-) Step 1 – Review Argument Structure Arguments have a tendency to follow predictable patterns of organization and are always comprised of a conclusion, premise (or evidence), and assumptions. This is one of the core ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A good CR from OG10! in the Critical Reasoning forum “Just to add to the discussion, if you know some of the most common logical fallacies, it’s easier to spot some of ways a flawed argument can be weakened. Here are some common logical fallacies you may want to keep a look out for: • Necessary/Sufficient – Sometimes an argument will assume ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to OG- FLAW in reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum “This is a great example of a "Flaw" question -- a question-type that is so often overlooked! “Flaw” questions present you with a flawed argument. You must interpret exactly how the argument is flawed. Here are some common Logical Flaw question-stems: • Which of the following best ...” January 21, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to A Math question disguised as CR, please solve in the Critical Reasoning forum “The wording of this question makes me wonder what the source is, as it doesn''t sound like official or particularly high-quality material. I would NOT recommend studying from a question such as this, as it is not very GMAT-like. Notice how the question uses the word "cost" indiscriminately ...” January 21, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Recommendation on # of tutoring hours? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Your verbal score is fantastic and if you did not really study the first time around that score should still be great if you do a little practice. You might just be a natural on the verbal section. As for Quant, you asked: You can only score up to a 51 at this point on Quant. So you can ...” January 20, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to Tax on water bill in the Sentence Correction forum “on the other hand, "in which", "from which", "to which", etc. can appear either with or without a comma: I saw a play that was reviewed in the local newspaper. I saw a play in which one of my friends plays a starring role. ("in" + "that" = ...” January 19, 2015 lunarpower posted a reply to Tax on water bill in the Sentence Correction forum “if the modifier starts with "which", it should be preceded by a comma. (in the standard american usage endorsed by GMAC, "which" without a comma becomes "that".)” January 19, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Need fine tuning in Verbal CR in the GMAT Strategy forum “I really think the key will be in fine-tuning your Step-by-Step strategy for EACH specific CR question-type. For example, look for specific we can get just for WEAKEN questions! Step 1 – Identify the Question Stem Start by reading the question-stem. You can usually tell if it’s a weaken ...” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Scholars who once thought..... in the Sentence Correction forum “Hey Tmoni, The biggest mistake a GMAT student can make with Sentence Correction is spending time “weighing” answer choices. You do not have to identify every error present in a question to get the question correct. Here''s the steps I''d recommend you follow: Step 1 – Read Choice (A) ...” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Fine tuning required. Need help in CR in the Critical Reasoning forum “Hi Ujjwal, Increasing speed in GMAT is like increasing speed for running a marathon. Both require (1) slowing down to perfect form, and (2) regular pacing exercises. How successful have you been at doing both? In terms of "form" it doesn''t sound like your strategy is as concrete ...” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Weaken problem--Caterpillar in the Critical Reasoning forum “I think Rich might be confusing this problem with a similar GMAT OG 15 question. Also a good one! :-) http://s3.postimg.org/o2gyugvan/IMG_2895.jpg” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Doubt CR 2 in the Critical Reasoning forum “I agree with you in that the "not only" and "but also" imply 2 reasons why emergency response workers PREFER hydraulic tools. But we can''t just accept any old logical reason. The correct reason should have something to do with the first two sentences of the passage -- otherwise, ...” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Starting the GMAT Prep. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hi Vivek, Definitely the OG and the GMATPrep''s are key, but it''s also going to be SUPER important to identify your strengths and weaknesses as you go. I HIGHLY recommend you take one practice test each week and do a detailed error log for it, focusing on exactly WHY you''re getting certain ...” January 14, 2015 VivianKerr posted a reply to Anxiety over quant in the GMAT Strategy forum “Hey Cfleck, Does your anxiety come from worrying about not finding a way "in" to the problems, or just managing your pacing across the entire section. I think there are two powerful takeaways you need to keep in mind: 1. No individual Quant question is going to "make or ...” January 14, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Last three weeks of Prep.. in the GMAT Strategy forum “Try the Veritas Prep free exam. If you like it there is a package of 6 more questions available for purchase. These are the top of the line for non-GMATPrep exams. Fully adaptive based on 9.5 million (at this moment) responses from Veritas question bank. ...” January 9, 2015 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Don't register your exam until last minute! in the GMAT Strategy forum “You make some good points. However, the conditions in your area are not necessarily the conditions in other areas. People in other locations might find that they need to do something a little different. To your points: 1) You will probably not know 2 weeks ahead of time if something ...” December 30, 2014 lunarpower posted a reply to Tobacco SC in the Sentence Correction forum “good observation. in the context of the original sentence, the red "it" is the cigarette itself. that is an actual conflict (with the immediately preceding "it", which is used to refer to something else). notice that there''s no "vagueness"; the problem is that ...” December 24, 2014 lunarpower posted a reply to Tobacco SC in the Sentence Correction forum “^^ there''s no reason why they should be parallel, since they aren''t in a parallel construction. "slowing" is a modifier. modifiers NEVER have to be parallel to the stuff they modify. if we change "entering..." to "that enters..." (but leave "slowing" ...” December 24, 2014 lunarpower posted a reply to Tobacco SC in the Sentence Correction forum “in context, it''s clear that "it" = oxygen, and oxygen is a singular noun. for the GMAT, that''s good enough. more importantly, talking about "vague pronouns" sets a bad precedent for the GMAT, which tests no such thing. if the GMAT tests a pronoun error, that error will be ...” December 24, 2014 lunarpower posted a reply to Tobacco SC in the Sentence Correction forum “i received a private message about this thread. ^^ not really. clearly, oxygen does enter a cigarette at some point in time. and, in a different context, this sort of construction could totally make sense. e.g., This cigarette causes oxygen to cool rapidly when the oxygen enters the filter ...” December 24, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CAT vs. actual GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum “Congrats on a great practice test score! With that said, you never want to trust a single practice test score. It would be a great idea to take the GMATPrep official practice test @ MBA.com as well. If you get a similar score on that exam then you will know that you are in this range of scores. ...” December 9, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to MGMAT 5 | Assumption in the Critical Reasoning forum “I applaud this question for pointing to a very important issue. And I am talking about the subject matter. A recent New York Times article pointed out the importance of not eating anything within 3 hours of your bedtime. It turns out that eating late is a major cause of insomnia, allergies, nasal ...” November 26, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Bacteria in Washing machines in the Critical Reasoning forum “Although the question stem is a little different, this is an assumption question. On the actual GMAT nearly every assumption question will say "assumption" or "assumes." In this case "The argument above will not hold unless which of the following statements holds ...” November 24, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep CATS - Easy or Hard? in the GMAT Strategy forum “Jesse - When did you take that test? What time of day? What had you been doing before that? The decisions you make during the day are cumulative and trying to take an exam after any sort of long or stressful day can be a disaster. I know that this is going to sound a little unrealistic, but ...” November 24, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT - Where to begin? in the GMAT Strategy forum “You have given some important details. But there are some other things to consider before you choose your preparation strategy. Certainly you will need to take a practice test, that is a given. Do not study before this test beyond simply doing a few problems to familiarize yourself with the ...” November 24, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Verbal/Quant resources/recs to improve from 690 to 700+? in the GMAT Strategy forum “690 is a great score. I understand the desire to see what you are capable of (and improve your application profile as well). Have you used the GMATPrep Prep Pack 1? This delivers over 400 official GMAT questions and you can make quizzes that you take on the computer, which can be more useful for ...” November 18, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 40hrs a week? in the GMAT Strategy forum “To be honest, as you move up in hours you will likely move down in return for your time invested. 70 hours per work is too much. That is 10 hours per day. Rich mentioned burnout and this a big concern. But there is also the fact that with so much studying you may actually end up doing things ...” November 17, 2014 David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need help in the GMAT Strategy forum “You should also consider purchasing the two additional GMATPrep exams.$50 U.S. is expensive for just two exams, but they are official practice tests so they are worth it. These are in addition to the two free tests that you already used. Have you tried the Veritas Prep practice tests? You can ...”
November 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Canceling score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I totally agree with Rich. Some people may cancel a score and find after a couple of more real GMAT exams that it is the best score out of all their attempts. It is also true that you may get into a school with a score that you personally think is "not good enough." I would reserve ...”
November 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Canceling score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Well, since you have already seen your score that eliminates the major disadvantage that used to be there - not knowing what you scored. So you would only cancel your score if you got a low result. The school does know that you canceled but they do not seem to hold that against you - perhaps ...”
November 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Desperate to improve from 710 to 730+ in the GMAT Strategy forum
“As Rich mentioned, GMAC has two additional official tests for purchase. These are the newest and best option for two more tests. The price for those is currently about $50 US. You can access those through MBA.com and add them to your free GMATPrep software For$49 dollars you can get 7 total ...”
November 13, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Evaluating Argument! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“OA is A. Please see both of the Chris@VeritasPrep explanations on the prior page. The interesting thing about this question is that everyone seems to take it the wrong way. For example, many people go for answer choice C, but choice C is not even in the ballpark. The conclusion is a ...”
November 13, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep CATS - Easy or Hard? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“That can be the difference MGMAT tests generally score pretty hard (low). And if the Veritas test scored you a little high that could be 90 points right there. Have you taken the GMATPrep tests?”
November 5, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep CATS - Easy or Hard? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you scored 90 points higher than your other CATS on any exam I would consider that an outlier. If the other tests you have taken were pretty recent then something about this exam just really worked for you. You might have guessed well on the math questions where you guessed. It may be that ...”
November 5, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Think I Need A GMAT Prep Reboot in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You can get started right now. Be committed to getting your score by March. Get back to the skillbuilders from your Veritas materials. Schedule your free retake of the Veritas course. There is so much to learn that many people do take the course twice. I will contact you with a message ...”
November 5, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Think I Need A GMAT Prep Reboot in the GMAT Strategy forum
“theo - Here is hoping that tomorrow you rise up and get that score! But I want you to understand that if you do not, there is no need to worry. I have a plan for you to get that score by March. Your Veritas Course comes with a free retake. Since you were not able to get the most out of the ...”
November 4, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Does time counts as extra points if I answer fast? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Not only does time not matter in terms of the way the computer sees your answer, but trying to answer questions in 30 seconds will cause you to make LOTS of careless mistakes - and that WILL lower your score. Don''t "try" to be quick, be accurate, and as you become more efficient some ...”
November 4, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Kaplan Premier CAT tests vs real ones in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It is certainly true that not all practice Tests are created equal. And it is certainly true that if I was only going to take 4 practice tests those would be the two free GMATPrep Tests and the Two GMATPrep Exam Pack 1 tests for purchase. However, it is also true that not all third-party tests ...”
November 3, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Doubt CR 1 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a question that seems difficult as you are reading the stimulus, but only has one possible answer. Here is the key text: So, interfering with deep sleep can aggravate or cause fibromyalgia. How? Well the last three sentences tell us that normally during sleep the nervous system ...”
November 3, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Average adult in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The difference between D and E is that "height" - mentioned in choice E - has a direct to connection to Body Mass Index, ideal weight, being overweight etc. So a taller person could be 11 pounds heavier and not be overweight. However, an older person should actually weigh less do to the ...”
November 2, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Comparisons: when to add a word? in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is a great explanation Mitch!”
October 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Evaluate the argument in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The correct answer to a "Most Useful to Know in order to Evaluate" type of question will be a fact or question that can either strengthen or weaken the conclusion depending on the information. Here is an example. "Restaurant X has more customers per night than Restaurant Y, so X ...”
October 29, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Comparisons: when to add a word? in the Sentence Correction forum
“The first example is a echoing a verb. The verb being echoed is "spends." So you should read the second sentence in the first example as "The US spends more money on health care than Canada spends." The word "does" echoes the word "spends" and sounds ...”
October 29, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Criminals released from prison on parole in the Critical Reasoning forum
“No that is not correct. "Percentage arrested is the same" is always comparable. So it does not matter if you have 10,000 people under routine supervision and 100 people under intensive supervision. What matters is at what rate these people are arrested. So if the percentage ...”
October 29, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to doubt CR 1 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a great question with real life implications in the U.S. Many states are moving toward this type of voter I.D. law and the cite these same statistics. They say that there are deceased people whose names are still on the voter lists. But what does that prove? Voter fraud is the act of ...”
October 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Your opinion is highly appreciated - Please rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“This is a very good essay. I would say that it is at least a 5.0 if not a 5.5. It is a little too short to be a 6.0 and there are a few lapses in grammar, such as "Secondly, the argument fails to state if the company started to provide new types of services, fact which is relevant for ...”
October 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I forgot to include the link to the question bank where this question is found. Here is the link http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat-question-bank/ David”
October 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum
“So this is a Veritas Prep Question from the Veritas Question Bank. For access to that Question Bank follow the link. A couple of more facts: 1) I wrote this one! I had not looked at it for a few years but this is one of mine. I combined the logic from two official GMAT problems, one provided ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strengthen questions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The correct answer to a strengthen question does need to provide new information. I cannot strengthen your argument by repeating what you have already said. So new information is required, but that does not mean that it needs to be a new topic or a new discussion, rather it needs to relate to the ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to young working professionals in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This part of the stimulus takes out choice A Generally means "most of the time." So it appears that young professionals do in fact desire to buy real estate if they have a stable job and spouse. The conclusion of the argument is what points you to choice E. You see the ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Push my quant score from 50 to 51 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“At Veritas Prep we have a very well-regarded book dedicated to statistics, permutations/ combinations, and probabilities. It should give you all the practice that you need in those areas! These are the most difficult questions available for these topics. Here is the link to the newest edition on ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 720 but bombed on IR in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I would say that your previous IR score will count for something. You got 90th percentile before and this time although you score was very low - it was not a disastrous 0, 1 or 2. In your place I doubt that I would retake the exam. You have a GREAT score of 720 and your previous IR score in the ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Criminals released from prison on parole in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You have found a great CR question from the Veritas Prep Advanced Verbal Lesson. I understand why you may have some difficulty with this one as it is a difficult question. However, it is also a question that follows a certain form that is quite common to the GMAT. That form is the ...”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How in the world is it B? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is a previous discussion of this question. That explains why B is the answer. http://www.beatthegmat.com/hearing-t270016.html To be honest, I am not completely happy with B either. It seems a little too conclusive for something not proven. For example, what if the difference in the ...”
October 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“you''re welcome.”
October 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to BARRONS in the GMAT Strategy forum
“There is actually a newer version of the Barron''s out there that is better than the version Rich linked you to. That link is http://www.amazon.com/Barrons-GMAT-Bobby-Umar/dp/1438002319/ref=dp_ob_image_bk I would still recommend multi-volume GMAT study materials (or computerized materials) ...”
October 24, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“thinking more generally— the above is a good example of why functional thinking is superior to "classification" into rigid categories. namely, thinking about "actions" is better than worrying about whether said actions are technically verbs. in fact, in the "blue ...”
October 23, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“also, note that i''ve been careful to say that these modifiers describe "actions". i.e., i''m careful NOT to say "verbs"... because, in sentences like the blue one, they won''t always be verbs. e.g., I peeked into the workshop and saw the master watchmaker here, comma + ...”
October 23, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“nope, i wrote it correctly (although i do quite often reverse such things). the orange sentence is too hard to understand. when the reader sees the modifier, (s)he isn''t going to readily connect it all the way back to the orange stuff on the left. any reader''s natural instinct is to try to ...”
October 23, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Inference Question in the Reading Comprehension forum
“...let''s try that again. i''m 10 years old. in those choices, what do the words mean? e.g., choice (a) means... ...they''ll describe something people have thought for a while ...then they''ll describe a new way of thinking that goes against that one ...but will decide that the new way of ...”
October 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Score discrepancies during practice tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“That is not inconsistent! You got a 44 twice on the official practice exam and all three times on the unofficial ones you took. You scored a little better on one test with the 47 and a little less on another with the 42. A 47 is the 68th percentile and a 42 is the is 51 percentile while a ...”
October 16, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Very high verbal and low quant... V48 Q39 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Katherine, First of all, a 710 is super-respectable, so congrats!! It''s not uncommon for students to be "lopsided" in the way you describe. When you reviewed your practice CATs, did you do any type of Error Log to track specifically what TYPE of Quant questions you were getting ...”
October 16, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Controversial veritas Q in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Many unofficial questions are copies of official questions. This is not a copy of an official question. So I cannot share any official question that it is based on. You are free to disagree with the answer or with the entire question. I think that this question has a logical - if not difficult - ...”
October 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT and Mental toughness in the GMAT Strategy forum
October 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT and Mental toughness in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It is true that these things are not enough. Fortunately there are a couple of other things you can do. Make sure that you are not "multi-tasking" research shows that just knowing that you have an email waiting for you to read diverts your attention enough to lower you IQ by 10 ...”
October 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT and Mental toughness in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Here is one problem. You must eat during the breaks. Experiments have shown that the portion of the brain engaged during difficult decision making uses only glycogen. It is the only part of the body that only uses glycogen. Meaning that it needs to be fed constantly. In the New York Times ...”
October 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Official Questions Enough to prepare ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“gmat_winter - You ask an impossible question! For some (rare) people just doing the questions from one official book is enough to go in and get a score much higher than 710. Most people, however, will need some help with a combination of: 1) knowledge (formulas, equations, grammar, etc.) ...”
October 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Controversial veritas Q in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I see that a couple of people have posted this question here or on GMATClub and have disagreed with the answer. That is fine, it is not an official question and you have the right to disagree with it. I will say that on this question 75% of the over 1600 people who have answered this one on the ...”
October 13, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Because of the multiplier effect inherent in any unlimited-t in the Sentence Correction forum
“update: never mind the request for a link. as it turns out, * yes, that post is over 4 years old * someone else already pointed out the same issue to me * ... so i already edited the original post here''s the edited post: http://www.beatthegmat.com/soar-t62473-15.html#280069”
October 13, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Because of the multiplier effect inherent in any unlimited-t in the Sentence Correction forum
“yep, that''s not a thing. could someone please do me a favor and link to the original post, so that i can edit it? thanks. here''s the context: i almost certainly wrote that at least 4-5 years ago. at that point, the above principle correlated very well with GMAC''s correct and incorrect ...”
October 13, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Guidebook writer in the Critical Reasoning forum
“also— if the passage were discussing some part of the hotel through which everyone passes—e.g., how quickly the floor is worn down in the hotel''s exterior doorways—THEN "older hotels are smaller" becomes a factor. i.e., since everyone must pass through the doors of the hotel at ...”
October 13, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Guidebook writer in the Critical Reasoning forum
“prudhiviram— this is insightful, but it doesn''t apply here. "carpentry work" is mostly in the underlying frame of a building. if a building has a greater capacity, then, accordingly, it will be bigger, and will thus have more "carpentry work". The amount of carpentry ...”
October 13, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“In GMAC materials, you''ll routinely encounter sentences like the blue one. Although the orange sentence is technically ok, I very highly doubt that you would ever see anything like it in an official sentence, since it''s stylistically poor writing. So, if you need a guessing method, you''re ...”
October 13, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Controversial veritas Q in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I am happy to discuss this one. What is controversial about it? The subject matter or the official answer?”
October 13, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Should I keep studying or take a break? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Only you can make this call, but I can help you with some things to think about when you make this decision. 1) When you are trying to begin business school? If you want to go in the Fall of 2015 then you know you will need to have your applications in soon, even round two is coming right up in ...”
October 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Should I keep studying or take a break? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Why do you feel that you do not need to improve on Quant? A Quant 41 is right at the 49th percentile, while even a 34 on the verbal side is the 71st percentile and a 41 Verbal is the 94th percentile. The way the scores are scaled is confusing, but as you stand right now your verbal score is ...”
October 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Score calculator in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You should never do this. For a few reasons, #1 you do not know if this test gave you an accurate reflection as you were too tired and #2 when you retook the test it was not accurate as you saw repeated questions. #3 unless you typically go to sleep at 3AM you have actually disrupted your sleep ...”
October 12, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Inference Question in the Reading Comprehension forum
“If I were 10 years old, how would you explain to me what choices D and E say?”
October 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 760 on Official GMAT practice test??? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The official GMATPrep practice test is the closest to the actual exam. The question is, did you recognize any of the questions, had you seen them before? Maybe on a forum like this on. If so that may have inflated your score. Have you visited the location yet? It might be a good idea to do that ...”
October 9, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Gave gmat today in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I think that you have studied too many verbal sources. They are probably giving you different techniques that are not needed. For example, PowerScore is for the LSAT and for some students it is too much to take in for the GMAT and can lead to confusion. Ask yourself this, "Do you have a ...”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Trying to improve quant from v39 to v47 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“How is your data sufficiency? People that score well on the verbal, particularly on Critical Reasoning can often do well on data sufficiency without having to become math experts. If you are under-performing on Data Sufficiency you can probably make up some ground rapidly. David”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 700+ CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“In my opinion, this question does not have a correct answer. The listed OA is C. However, that does not rise to the level of an assumption. What if legislation had just been passed that made it easier to file for bankruptcy? People could still be filing for bankruptcy because the economy is ...”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Spinach factory!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is a great discussion of this topic from Karishma, a Veritas instructor and one of the top experts on GMAT Club. Here is what she had to say: We need to explain how spinach-growing facility near Chicago could be profitable. Note that the argument tells us that the production of factory ...”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Spinach factory!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is the question in a readable presentation. Please take the time to correct for line breaks. The original post is hard to read. "Near Chicago a newly built hydroponic spinach "factory," a completely controlled environment for growing spinach, produces on 1 acre of floor space ...”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to OG VR2 #7 Pls help in the Critical Reasoning forum
“There is a great discussion of the question on the Veritas Prep Blog. One of our veteran instructors, Antony Ritz, not only breaks down the causation assumption in this question, but also points you to several other official questions that you can practice causation on! here is the link: ...”
October 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Anxiety Relief: Lay the Groundwork for Stress-free Test Prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I ask this question not to be rude, but rather because I am genuinely interested. I have heard a few other instructors mention speed reading before, but I have never understood the logic behind it or evidence for it. I was hoping that you could shed some light on this particular recommendation. ...”
October 2, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Ice tea in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Showing that answer choice C is correct is a very simple matter. This is like a quantitative problem with two numbers that may not be comparable. The manager is basing his recommendation of ordering more iced tea on the basis of the number of drinks left at the end of the day. He or she is ...”
October 2, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Anxiety Relief: Lay the Groundwork for Stress-free Test Prep in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I wonder what the science is behind this recommendation. Do you have scientific research or other evidence that suggests that reading this fast is good for your score? Or is it just the general notion that faster is better...”
October 2, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to IR strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Schools are going to want to see that you at least attempted the IR section and as time passes your score on this section is likely to become more important. I would say that you would want to be at the 50th percentile or above in order to show your effort. That means getting a 5.0 out of 8.0. In ...”
October 1, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Extra Time? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I have worked with many students who received an accommodation of extra time on their GMAT exam. What I can tell you is this: 1) It is usually a lengthy process. Many if not most of the students I have worked with have been denied the first time by GMAC and have had to appeal. This process ...”
September 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strategy on SC Questions, Take notes? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“High scorers on the verbal section generally have a very thorough process for sentence correction that goes something like this: 1) Notice a word or phrase that seems questionable to you. 2) Look for other options for this word or phrase in the 5 answer choices. 3) Select the better of ...”
September 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Footwear in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Sure! The evidence is that the exotic prints are not more expensive to make and that they sold at a much higher price and their seems to be strong demand for these exotic prints. The conclusion is "de los Santos could earn a higher profit per unit by producing a greater percentage of his ...”
September 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Editorial: Companies worldwide have started adopting MAT (Ma in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is not in the format of a GMAT question. There are multiple problems with the language and the logic. This question was posted at GMAT Club and the consensus over there is that this is not a good question. What is this answer supposed to mean? This does not make sense. My ...”
September 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT query in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It depends on the application deadlines. You can certainly be ready for round 2 applications if you take the GMAT in November. However, the rest of your application needs to be done as well and that can take some time. So you will likely need to be working on your applications while you are getting ...”
September 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Kindly rate my essay in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“You make some good points. I would say that the main issue is that you seem to be relying on outside knowledge of one particular country and you are making definite statements that should only be phrased as possibilities. For example, you state the railroads are nationally owned and maintained. ...”
September 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to doubt 1 C/R in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is the text of an article I wrote for the Veritas Prep Blog. It is Called "Shift the Burden on Inference Questions" and it directly addresses the issue you have here. "The correct answer to an inference question is the answer that must be true based on the facts given in the ...”
September 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to doubt 1 C/R in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question is from the Veritas Prep Advanced Verbal book. It is an inference question. So you are looking for the answer that must be true! Your statement: Is exactly what makes C a great inference answer choice. With an inference question, generally the weaker the statement the ...”
September 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Strategy on SC Questions, Take notes? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“What kind of notes do you take? Can you give an example of what you write down that helps you? Sentence correction is 100% a process of elimination so it is important to keep track of the answers you have eliminated. You can do this by writing A B C D E vertically for each sentence correction ...”
September 26, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How many GMAT attempts ?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I have to agree with Rich here. Having spoken with numerous admissions officials (and former admissions officials who now work for Veritas Prep admissions consulting) the main theme is this: if you are not happy with your GMAT score, and if your score is not at least within the middle 80% for ...”
September 25, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Test in 3 days! Anxious! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“dshah9380 - I am glad to be able to help. Here is an article that I think you should read. Basically it tells you how to fake a little confidence early and have more confidence as you go! http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/06/10/laugh-your-way-to-success-on-the-gmat And here is one that ...”
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mental illness in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is an official GMAT question and it is a classic!! There are dozens of imitation questions based on this one. When dealing with cause and effect there are a couple of things to keep in mind. 1) When two items are correlated either of them can be the cause. For example, those persons ...”
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Test in 3 days! Anxious! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“As you said yourself, these two things are almost certainly correlated: You are correct to think that a lack of concentration - caused by thinking about something other than the problem in front of you - is a major source of silly mistakes. You job on test day is to focus on the ...”
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Easier way to understand the answer? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Actually the numbers in the problem are in percentages. And as you know the total is always 100%! So if we get 115% we know that something has been counted too many times. And remember that we do not have exactly 15% that are in the both category, but anywhere from 15 to 25% and that is why ...”
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Easier way to understand the answer? in the Critical Reasoning forum
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Easier way to understand the answer? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question is from MGMAT and many people consider it a difficult one. The OA is C. The explanation is thus: 90% of those employees who are working at home say that they are more productive. Yet, 25% of those working at home work less than 1 hour. Think of this as a Venn Diagram! ...”
September 24, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Chez Shay valet parking in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Yes but the problem is the exact wording of choice C. It says (one can reasonably conclude that Chez Shay customers) "are not deterred from dining at Chez Shay by the expense of valet parking." But this goes too far. Perhaps customers are deterred. Perhaps Chez Shay would be sold ...”
September 23, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to CR ques in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I really like this paradox question! Thanks for posting this one. It is a fun question and the answer is certainly beyond dispute.”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Calcium in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a very standard cause and effect set up. Be ready to see something like this on test day! So the question shows us the CORRELATION between two things: laryngeal polyps and low levels of calcium. Then they arbitrarily decide that one of the two caused the other. So in this case they ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Need to know the right time to schedule test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Do you mean how fan in the future should you schedule your exam? That depends on a few factors. Depending on your responses you could be a couple of months away from being ready for the exam or you could be ready to schedule it for the next opening * You say you have given two practice tests. ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to best book for verbal practice? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I am wondering why you "skimmed" those guides. You are looking for recommendations for books on verbal, but you have only skimmed the materials that you have. A 21 score gives you plenty of opportunity to move that score up. A 40 is the 90th percentile and indicates a real ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Mock Test score range from different tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I would not worry as much about the "score" on the Kaplan tests as what weakness it may point out. Clearly the official tests give you the most realistic prediction of your score. However, as Rich indicated that does not mean that you should dismiss the other exam without seeing if it ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Wage in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Choice D is not moving in the correct direction at all. Remember that you are trying to weaken the conclusion that the overall impact on wages of the increase in the minimum wage "will probably be negligible." Now how could a law that changes the minimum wage have a negligible ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to special mortgage offers in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is from the GMAT Club tests right? I went over to that forum and found that people over there do not think that any of these answers are correct. I might agree with them. The official answer (and the obvious one) is really focused several years into the future whereas the argument ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Chez Shay valet parking in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I am not sure that any of these can be reasonably concluded. What is the source of this question?”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Which CAT's to Buy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I am not sure that "People consider the Veritas CAT too easy." Some people have said that they think that the score they received was higher than expected (although others said it was lower and most seem to believe it is pretty close). However, a higher than expected score does not mean ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How the GMAT works on the RC passages in the Reading Comprehension forum
“If you check the Official Guide for GMAT Review (2015 or 13th edition, 12th edition, etc) you will see that there are many as 8 questions for a single passage. Clearly 8 questions will not be given to a particular test-taker for a single passage. You will also notice that there are pairs of these ...”
September 22, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT TEST TIME in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you mean 4:30 or 5PM...that is one of the starting times that is commonly offered. Therefore many thousands of people have taken an exam ending around 9PM. However, this time frame is not for me. I prefer the afternoon time, which is around 1PM. Now the time that works for you is something ...”
September 21, 2014
“I just checked out the critical reasoning 300 questions and there are a couple of issues with this document. 1) It contains a mixture of official questions and unofficial questions with no sources given. Some questions may be much better than others and there is no way for the non-expert to tell ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1997/1998- Is this even a valid GMAT question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“To answer your question vivekvijayan: The phrase "percentage of people suffering from hay fever" tells you how to set up this fraction. Whenever you have the word "of" "to" or "per" you should draw a fraction line and whatever comes after one of those ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 1997/1998- Is this even a valid GMAT question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“For the original question posted by akhilsuhag, there is a GREAT explanation on an earlier post of this question. Kudos to Ilyana for an great explanation. http://www.beatthegmat.com/not-convinced-with-the-answer-t271905.html It turns out that neither B nor E is well supported and E is even ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep with veritas in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The best source of course is the GMATPrep add-on pack or the Official Guide for GMAT Review 2015 (or 13th edition). That is because these are official problems that have been used on the exam and the retired. I would lean towards using the resources online. The GMATPrep pack 1 add-on is all ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Good GMAT Stragies in the GMAT Strategy forum
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning Sulutions in the Critical Reasoning forum
“What do you know already? Have you tried many critical reasoning questions? Are you identifying the evidence and the conclusion when working with strengthen, weaken, and assumption questions? Here are a couple of articles that might help you look at critical reasoning the "correct" ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Information about Online GMAT Exam Preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I generally give the following guidelines to people think about beginning on the self-study track or starting with a course. 1) How close are you to your goal right now? If your goal is a 700, for example. If you take a practice test now and you score within 100 points of your goal then you ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Information about Online GMAT Exam Preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“That is an extremely open question!! You can do what is called "self-study" which is probably misnamed since it generally involves using paid resources such as the Official Guide to GMAT Review by GMAC and any of the several strategy books written by GMAT experts, as well as the use of ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Should I wait to take the GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You are in a great position! Many people seem to decide that they want to apply to business school within a few months. This means packing in not only the GMAT but the rest of the application as well. It also can be difficult for people to know where to apply since their GMAT scores have a ...”
September 19, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Economist Tutor CR Q Pls explain in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This seems like a flawed question to me. I am not sure how being illiterate even relates to audio. These are different things. Are they suggesting that people say "Oh, I don''t want to be able to read, I can just listen to things on audio?" And then how does choice B relate to ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question is from the Veritas Prep free question bank (over 7 million questions have been served from the question bank so far!) Here is the link if you want to try the question bank for yourself http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat-question-bank/ The funny thing is that I actually wrote this ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#5 - Nutrition Nutrition is the most controversial topic because there is a lot of money in processed foods. Some things to possibly avoid if you have focus problems: 1) MSG 2) Artificial Colors and flavors 3) Simple Carbohydrates (white bread, etc.) 4) Sugar Let me say some ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#4 Sleep Sleep is essential to proper mental functioning for several reasons: First, sleep helps gently wash away the cares and concerns from the previous day. If you don’t believe me, try to remember what you had for lunch three days ago. Unless that lunch was a particularly memorable ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#3 - Exercise is a MUST! Exercise is everything for the brain. Without exercise you cannot create new brain cells and you cannot protect the ones you already have. Exercise is crucial for your ability to focus and for you emotional control. The importance of regular exercise cannot be overstated. ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#2 The second thing you can do is to stop multitasking! This goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness, but definitely deserves its own discussion. I have written several articles about this subject that I will reference in a moment, but I want to first mention a new book called “The Organized ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“#1 way to increase your ability to focus = Meditation and mindfulness practice. When I mention “meditation” people think that I am talking about sitting in an uncomfortable position and meditating for hours at a time. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Meditation and mindfulness ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Focus strategies? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I am so glad that you asked this question. This is something that I think and write about very frequently. Focus is one of the most underrated aspects of the exam. Basically there are several things that you can do to improve your focus. I will address each of them in turn but let me just ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR Tough to interpret? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I responded to that other thread. Let me know if you run into any other "interesting" CR questions! David”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Valid/ Invalid Veritas score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You always want to verify your improvement with official questions. But assuming that you have not seen similar questions before, you should be able to trust your improvement in CR. As for reading comp it looks like the questions that you faced were of similar difficulty but this time you got 10 ...”
September 17, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR Tough to interpret? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I am glad to help feel free to alert me anytime you have a posting that you would like a response to. You know looking at this one -- it is a tough question to interpret! We are always editing and improving the questions and this one may need a little editing to make it clearer.”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to SC in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is one of my favorite sentence corrections myths!! My other favorite is that you cannot change the meaning of the sentence from what is stated in choice A. Not only is "being" acceptable on the GMAT, the test makers know that people think it is unacceptable so they make sure that ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 690 to 730 in 2 months...crossing the 700 mark!! in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“dp26389 - Congrats on the score! Thanks for sharing your story. In addition to the links you just shared (GMAT Club and Veritas question bank) there is also the free Veritas Prep practice test at http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/ Hope others are able to achieve their ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to 600 -> 770! Advice: Practice, Practice, Practice in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“Congratulation lukedmurphy! That is an exceptional score. I am glad that the Veritas practice tests were a part of your success. I notice that there were a couple of questions from others about practice tests: The Veritas practice tests use Item Response Theory, which is also the basis for ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Prep course: Veritas vs. Manhattan vs. Kaplan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You should check out the verified reviews here on Beat the GMAT. These reviews are written by actual students who have enrolled in the course they are reviewing. The link is above at the top of the page, or click on http://reviews.beatthegmat.com/ Why not try out a session of Veritas to see ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Assumption or Strengthen Question? Why is D not correct? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“To answer your question - this is a STRENGTHEN question, not an assumption. The question stem is worded in a confusing way. The word assumption in this question merely indicates that we should take the answer choice as true, something that you always do on strengthen questions anyway. The key ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Valid/ Invalid Veritas score? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Again - this test is very consistent with your other Veritas tests and your GMATPrep test. You seem to have settled into the 710 to 720 range. You are very consistent, with the exception of one GMATPrep and one Veritas test that were below 700. I looked through your exam and I see nothing ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR Tough to interpret? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This question is a bit above average in terms of the difficulty rating, but it is a typical "questionable statistics" problem. I would stay that statistics in critical reasoning can be the most confusing. I have seen some official CR questions with statistics that are very confusing. ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to untimed diagnostic test. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I will tell you how to take an untimed "diagnostic" and that is to purchase the GMATPrep Tests add-on pack called the "Prep Pack 1." You can create quizzes with this question set and you can see how you do on a mix of questions on the verbal and on the quant. Now this will ...”
September 15, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep with veritas in the GMAT Strategy forum
“First let me say that a 680 is very close to a 710 or 720. It is certainly very different from a 610. So you are moving in the right direction! Two of your statements struck me! 1) You said, "Even in the Q section i almost knew when i was making a mistake but had to keep moving in ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Detailed topic breakdown of GMAT OG 13 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Brent is quite right... A CR question is not a strengthen and a weaken, a Word Problem is not a work/ rate and a venn diagram, but a sentence correction problem is often many things at once. Thanks Brent!”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a great LSAT assumption question. It fits well with the GMAT critical reasoning format. Start by finding the conclusion: "We must conclude that North American children can be made physically fit only if they participate in school calisthenics on a daily basis." What ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Can someone please rate my essay? It's my first try! in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“This is quite a good essay. There were a few grammar errors that seem to result perhaps from haste. Did you find that you were rushing? Did you use the whole 30 minutes? You could have done just as well on the score with more precise sentences and perhaps fewer words. For example, you said, ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Could anyone please review my essay? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“Nice Work here! I enjoyed reading this essay. I thought that the reasoning was good and I only caught a couple of grammar errors, (you can spot these if you just paste your essay into a Microsoft word document). I would rate this as a 5.0 or above. Certainly this is in the top half of essays ...”
September 14, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Organic food industry GMAT Prep Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“You''re welcome.”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Detailed topic breakdown of GMAT OG 13 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Unfortunately, a breakdown of the SC questions by topic would render them useless for students to use. You see, if you know in advance that you have a strengthen CR question that is no big deal because the question stem will tell you that it is a strengthen question! But if you know in advance ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Assumption question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I wrote a very popular article on this question. Here is the link to the article. http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2012/06/27/approaching-assumptions-questions-like-an-expert I have also excerpted just the part that explains this question and I am including that portion here: "Remember that ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to RC Time Allotment in the Reading Comprehension forum
“As for the time you should spend on reading versus answering the questions, we have incredibly experienced instructors at Veritas who different thoughts on this. I have taught well over 100 courses and was a contributing author to the latest edition of the Veritas books. I tend to take longer to ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to RC Time Allotment in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Unless I am mistaken, the GMATPrep timing is only based on taking the 75 minutes and dividing it evenly between either 37 questions on Quant or 41 on verbal. 75/ 41 = 1min 49.2 seconds. So it seems that at 1 min and 50 seconds on EACH verbal question regardless of question type, the GMATPrep will ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Question: Doubt in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Notice that the question stem says "Which of the following can be concluded from the argument above?" This is an inference question. Which means that you are looking for the answer choice that must be true. If we look at choices B and C that you favored, you can see that these are ...”
September 14, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Prep Question: Doubt in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is the text of the question: A new medical procedure replaces all three of the tiny bones in the inner ear with a single piece of ultra-thin fiberglass. The procedure has been found to greatly improve hearing in people who have experienced damage to these bones, though it is useless to ...”
September 14, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Organic food industry GMAT Prep Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Probably. As always, context matters.”
September 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Organic food industry GMAT Prep Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“No one is going to be able to answer this kind of question, because this isn''t how the human brain stores information. Think of a word, from your own first language, that is "exceptional" in some way. Now, ask yourself the same type of question ("What are the other words that act ...”
September 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“Too abstract for me. Can you write an actual example that looks like this? Thanks.”
September 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to soar! in the Sentence Correction forum
“Also, gmat62, those don''t look like official problems. Are they official problems? If not, ignore them.”
September 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to soar! in the Sentence Correction forum
“That statement is admittedly a bit too strong. If you see a helping verb in the second part of a comparison, you should look for (in order) 1/ the same helping verb; 2/ the main verb that the helping verb goes with; 3/ whichever choice looks most like the other part. All of this is, of ...”
September 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to soar! in the Sentence Correction forum
“That statement is admittedly a bit too strong. If you see a helping verb in the second part of a comparison, you should look for (in order) 1/ the same helping verb; 2/ the main verb that the helping verb goes with; 3/ whichever choice looks most like the other part. All of this is, of ...”
September 7, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Critical Reasoning Practice in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Here is a good, Free source of GMAT questions The Veritas prep question bank Here is a link to the Beat the GMAT review of the Veritas Question Bank (it received a 10/10 rating) http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2014/02/16/review-veritas-prep-free-gmat-question-bank And here is the link to the ...”
September 6, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Analysis of an Issue still possible AWA question? in the GMAT Essays (AWA) forum
“The Analysis of an Argument was the better essay of the two and I am glad that the analysis of an issue is the one they let go of. The analysis of an argument is much more predictable and can be approached in a consistent and even an enjoyable manner. Here are a couple of articles to read ...”
September 6, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Is it too late to start GMAT for 2015 admissions ? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“While your credentials are certainly impressive, I would still believe that you need to differentiate yourself from other candidates with a similar background. That means that a good GMAT score is indeed necessary. A 710- 720 (your goal) would certainly qualify for that. As to whether you ...”
September 6, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How do I handle abstract language? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a great question that you ask. The point is to simplify the process instead of making it more complicated. One of the easiest ways to simplify is to focus on what you do know. You have stated, You have forgotten a couple of other things that can make this process less ...”
September 6, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Guidebook writer in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I see... That is a big assumption though isn''t it? That hotel guests using a place would lead to the idea that the carpentry is bad? I mean I am no "guide book writer" but I think that when I rated the carpentry it would be the quality of the cuts made, how everything lined up, whether ...”
September 5, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Guidebook writer in the Critical Reasoning forum
“prudhviram - You said that option B - although clearly not the correct answer - seems to weaken the argument a bit and you went on to explain: Do you see how many assumptions you are making here? You are assuming that larger projects mean more carpenters (a logical assumption) and that ...”
September 4, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to HELP!! in the Critical Reasoning forum
“j_sheryans - Here are two postings that I have written that will help you with these subjects: Most useful to know in order to EVALUATE: http://www.beatthegmat.com/evaluate-what-does-the-test-want-t72335.html Assumption questions: ...”
September 4, 2014
“This is a strengthen question. We want to say that even though Smith made 80% of his shots (an exceptionally high percentage) that this does not mean he is a great shooter. Instead it is because he took most shots from close to the basket while the best shooters take shots from 20 feet away or ...”
September 4, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Allowences in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The answer is B. What we need to know is if the parents are using the same standard for what is frivolous. If they are using the same standard than this seems like a pretty good argument. However, if they are not using the same standard then the difference may not be in what the children spend ...”
September 4, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Organic food industry GMAT Prep Question in the Sentence Correction forum
“Two things. 1/ In general, you shouldn''t think of "using" as an __ing form. Like "including", "using" is allowed more latitude than other words spelled with __ing. In fact, it''s used more like a preposition (e.g., "with") than like a typical __ing ...”
September 3, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Heavy commitment in the Sentence Correction forum
“You''re welcome.”
September 3, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“In the problem you''ve cited, the whole issue is a non-issue, because NO modifier makes sense. In that context, "applying... is something that happens later. It''s not something that happens in the same timeframe as "moving in", and it is most certainly not a description of the ...”
September 3, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier issue expert in the Sentence Correction forum
“Have you ever seen this--or anything remotely like it--in an official problem? If not, it''s a non-issue (and thinking about it will have negative returns, in the sense of needlessly over-complicating the concept). If you have seen this sort of thing in an official problem, then point out ...”
September 2, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Heavy commitment in the Sentence Correction forum
“There are at least 2 more issues you can look at. • Choice C doesn''t convey the intended meaning explicitly. The intended meaning is that excessive commitment will cause an executive to make certain mistakes. This meaning is expressed explicitly in the correct answer (... is likely to ...”
September 2, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Self Stufy or take the course? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The reason to take a GMAT course - particularly on the verbal side of the equation - is not really for tips and tricks. It is much more fundamental than that. While on the Quantitative side of things there are particular shortcuts for various problem types - such as weighted average problems - on ...”
August 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Aiming for 740 - Strategy and books required?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Have you taken that first practice test? I echo what Rich says about taking the GMATPrep - just use one of the two free practice tests it will give you an indication of where you stand and if you do end up studying for several months you can retake that test since you will have forgotten the ...”
August 27, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT prep with veritas in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Different people perform differently on the various practice tests. The Veritas exam is based on real student responses and is one of the most realistic practice tests. However, I do like to know how my students have done on the GMATPrep official practice tests from MBA.com. Those are the ones ...”
August 16, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to GMAT Retake - AWA and IR in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Confused13 - Rich has said it. There is such a thing as pulling back and not shooting for a perfect 6.0 and 8.0, but you do need to do the work. And I am not sure that it benefits you to skip these things anyway. They can provide a nice warm up. This is just an anecdote but once when I took ...”
August 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to How to study in one hour per day? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If you have just one hour per day you need to get the most from that hour. You need to turn off the phone, lock the front door, and focus strictly on the task at hand. One hour of focused study is worth 2+ hours of distracted studying. Now you will need to have your one hour be very targeted. ...”
August 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Wow! Those are some great scores. It looks like the Veritas scores are consistent with what you are seeing on the GMATPrep. 750 is the 98th percentile on GMATPrep and then the 99th percentile on the Veritas exam. My bet is on you scoring at least a 750 on test day if you can carry this through. ...”
August 12, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to What to do if one falls behind by say, 10 minutes?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I assume you are speaking of the Quant section so that is the section I will address. If this is a practice test, take note of how you fell behind so that you can avoid doing this on the real exam. On the official exam the key is not to panic. You may not actually be behind. I once appeared ...”
August 8, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“the Veritas Prep CATs are based on the same principle - Item Response Theory - that the GMATPrep and the actual GMAT are based on. The Veritas Prep data base has millions of actual student responses so the level of difficulty of the questions is not something that we have guessed at or assigned, it ...”
July 30, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Selecting 5 schools on test day... What to do? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Actually the first question is not a matter of opinion, schools will see all the scores. So if you take the exam now and 1 month later they will see both scores.”
July 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas CR. Experts Please explain. in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a paradox question. "Why would the current faculty be opposed to a new rule that does not apply to them?" It is likely that someone this rule is going to impact them, somehow. So we look at this one and we see how it does impact the current professors. Choice B shows us ...”
July 28, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to OG - SC Question 1 in the Sentence Correction forum
“In any case, for readers who might be wondering about this distinction out of pure curiosity, here''s a brief explanation. • If you control a variable, then you actually exert influence on that variable. E.g., Smith''s data are questionable because he did not adequately control the ambient ...”
July 28, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to OG - SC Question 1 in the Sentence Correction forum
“I received a private message about this thread. Hm? You don''t even need to "bypass the issue". There''s no issue in the first place. "Control(ling) for..." is in every choice.”
July 28, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Cool, thanks. It''s most rewarding, to me at least, to post stuff that makes people think about life beyond just this exam. So, good to know that''s happening in the mind of at least one reader. The whole sisu thing needs to be tempered, though, by an honest evaluation of whether you''re ...”
July 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Tests Results: 710, 720, 660, TBD in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I misspoke when I said that question 16 was the hardest question. What I meant was that is where the exam had the highest estimation of your score. That does not mean that this was the most difficult question or even one of the top 3 most difficult, but rather this is when the computer was ...”
July 28, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Tests Results: 710, 720, 660, TBD in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The explanation for getting more verbal questions right, but getting a lower score is that you missed some easier questions early and never really faced the tougher questions. I was able to go into the exams and look at the computer''s estimation of your score throughout. At no point during the ...”
July 28, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Oh, and, I forgot two more things. • DO NOT label mistakes as "silly mistakes" or "carelessness". Both of these labels will prevent you from actually addressing the issue. The former just trivializes the issue, as though God just dropped mistakes on your head while you ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This one is simple. • Write EVERYTHING down. Absolutely everything. If there are conditions, write them down directly next to wherever you''re going to use them. (If you''re going to use them in multiple places, write them down multiple times. Do it.) Do NOT tell yourself that "this ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“When it comes to things requiring attention to detail, I''m just ... well, slow. Ridiculously, shamefully slow. If you saw how long it takes me to get through things that are entirely details, and that don''t really have a big-picture component (e.g., start-up instruction manuals for electronic ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“There are a couple of good ways to respond to this. 1/ First, I take issue with the "lots of words" thing. If you think about this test in a way that''s well adapted to it, the "lots of words" complaint doesn''t ring as true. The parts of the test with the most words are ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“It''s ok to write that the experiments investigated these effects. In some situations——such as this one——you have "compromises" in terms of the exact literal quality of a modifier. If... ... there''s no way to write a single sentence that''s exactly literal, or ... the ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“It''s ok to write that the experiments investigated these effects. In some situations——such as this one——you have "compromises" in terms of the exact literal quality of a modifier. If... ... there''s no way to write a single sentence that''s exactly literal, or ... the ...”
July 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Ah, yes. C is worded incorrectly. This is where you''ll discover that I''m "special". I am very severely dyslexic; I can''t read sentences in a straight line. Ever see those refrigerator magnets with words on them? That''s what every sentence looks like to me at first. I just see a ...”
July 24, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“"10 or more gallons" means "x gallons, where x ≥ 10".”
July 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Guide Update Includes 6 Months Online Access in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It''s pretty awesome! You can actually answer more OG problems now in the SAME manner in which you''ll take the actual GMAT exam: online! Be sure to use your scratch pad to practice effective strategies as you do these official problems! By strategy, I mean a written-out “Step 1 … Step 2 ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to adjusting to afternoon slot...feel so sleepy in afternoons in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I definitely would take practice CATs at the same time -- you may not think it made that large a difference, but I think it can subconsciously! Here''s my recommendation: change your sleep schedule to identify with your ideal time. If your ideal time would be 10am, let''s say, and you''ve got ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Assumption Based CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Mitch did a great job breaking this one down-- just wanted to add some extra info to help you deal with Assumption questions! An assumption is an unstated part of the argument on which the argument depends. Remember our equation: Evidence + Assumption = Conclusion For example, consider ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 1997/1998- Is this even a valid GMAT question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Percents/Numbers questions are kind of rare, but they DO occur. Usually they''re designed to be difficult and confusing, so you''re not alone! I think your time is best spent focusing on difficult Assumption/Strengthen/Weaken problems, but there''s some official percents/number questions you can ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Lumber company in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This IS an Inference question. Keep in mind that an Inference is not a matter of opinion. There are only a limited number of conclusions that can be drawn from specific, provided evidence. Inference questions can be tricky because they''re not as common as other GMAT CR, so students have a hard time ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to CR-Type-additional Info in the Critical Reasoning forum
“It looks like you missed the answer choices. I believe this is the Magoosh question you were meaning to post: The National Farm Administration (NFA) has been concerned over the last decade with the struggles of barley growers. Plan: In an effort to support these barley growers, two years ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Why is B wrong ? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“I believe this is the problem you''re asking about: Although fullerenes - spherical molecules made entirely of carbon - were first found in the laboratory, they have since been found in nature, formed in fissures of the rare mineral shungite. Since laboratory synthesis of fullerenes requires ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to mastodon in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Complete the Passage questions are the easiest questions to identify, because they end with a blank followed by a variation on the question, “Which of the following most logically completes the passage?” The blank can represent any number of different parts of an argument: • Conclusion ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Critical reasoning OG 13 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“You''re welcome! Notice the key to this Weaken question is the key to MOST GMAT CR: identify the question stem and the expectations that go along with it, take notes on your yellow scratch pad, then make a Prediction for what you think the correct answer should be! Most people miss CR when they ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Wasting time and energy - no improvement in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You HAVE to "assign" the concept to the question, otherwise you''ll never get the questions correct. You should have this list of concepts in front of you at ALL TIME. Go down the list and ask yourself WHICH of these the problem is testing. If you can''t tell, then you aren''t familiar ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need advice on whether it's too late! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Siri, So a 560 to a 700+ is a big jump. Yes, it''s do-able in 7 weeks, but it''s QUITE ambitious, even when you''ve got a good baseline. I''d ditch the Kaplan material -- Magoosh is fine for additional practice questions, but I think you need to go directly to the strongest material out ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need you help please in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The good news: You have the MGMAT materials, you''re only 20-30 pts away from your target score, you know the basics! The bad news: You have 4 weeks. Is your target score do-able? Yes! But let''s get SPECIFIC about what you need to do. #1: You need to KNOW what you DON''T KNOW. What ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Sentence Correction in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I''d recommend MGMAT SC and Veritas Prep SC. Both reliable, high-quality material, and they''ll provide you with different ways of looking at SC. For strategy, here''s the approach I suggest: Step 1 – Read Choice (A) and Identify One Grammar or Meaning Error Since we know that a ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Review of Veritas Practice Test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“This might be what you''re looking for: http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/ That said, it''s ALL conjecture. The closest scores to your ACTUAL GMAT score are the GMATPrep. I think it''s safe to "underestimate" your MGMAT and VeritasPrep scores by at least 20 points (if not ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need counselling in the GMAT Strategy forum
“So, what is "very good" according to your institute? There''s a different between a 600, a 650, and a 700+. Are you a non-native speaker? If you need to master the GMAT in 2 months, obviously it''s more likely you''re break 600 than 700, but if you aren''t working full time and can ...”
July 22, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need advice on improvement..taken it twice with 300's score in the GMAT Strategy forum
“So finishing 10 min and 13 min early in Quant and Verbal respectively is actually NOT a good thing (which is odd, right, because we''d assume finishing early would be good!). Ideally, you want to take ALL the time -- clicking in your last answer with 30 seconds on the clock. THAT is good GMAT time ...”
July 22, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Australian embryologists in the Sentence Correction forum
“And, finally, "descended" has the same problem as "has descended" or "had descended". It wrongly suggests literal downward motion, rather than lineal descent from an ancestor.”
July 17, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Australian embryologists in the Sentence Correction forum
“By the way, "has suggested" is also wrong. It implies that the evidence made this suggestion at one point but doesn''t anymore. I explained this here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/post100122.html That''s way, way, WAY too subtle to be necessary on the GMAT. But it''s a thing.”
July 17, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Australian embryologists in the Sentence Correction forum
“You''re going in the right direction here, but not quite reaching the right goal. This is a comma + __ing modifier. Comma + __ing doesn''t modify a noun. It tries to modify the entire preceding action/clause. E.g., I dropped the groceries onto the floor, scaring the dogs. This is a ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to VERITAS: TELL me WHY? in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The credit care issuers want to make . If the provinces USED to be like Lijau, but are now in debt, then it follows Lijau might go the same way. The phrase "three times the national average" is key because it indicates the provinces do NOT save.”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Types of Reasoning in CR in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Here’s how you can analyze a similar reading question and get this question type correct! • Count the Evidence. How many components are there to the premise? The correct answer will always have the same number of pieces of evidence as the original argument. • Look for Keywords. Words ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to How to improve verbal score? in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“To improve, I recommend honing in on those SC topics you still haven''t mastered. Grammar is the easiest way to eliminate incorrect choices in Sentence Correction, since a sentence with a grammar error will never be correct! These are the major grammatical errors tested on the GMAT: • Sentence ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Cant improve Verbal..1 month left for GMAT. pls suggest. in the Critical Reasoning forum
“How have you been using your practice scratch paper when you attack Verbal questions? The yellow “scratch pad” you use when you work on GMAT Verbal will be your greatest asset in following excellent strategy and staying organized through difficulty questions. Never attempt to do a Sentence ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Critical reasoning OG 13 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“This is a Weaken question. Before you can read the answer choices, write down your own pre-phrased answer. Since the argument is flawed, you might be able to think of 2-3 ways it can be weakened. Try to hone in on the BIGGEST flaw you can spot. What doesn’t make logical sense? Our notes: ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 1997/1998- Is this even a valid GMAT question in the Critical Reasoning forum
“An inference is not a matter of opinion. There are only a limited number of conclusions that can be drawn from specific provided evidence. With normal Inference questions, we''re used to finding the MOST LIKELY inference. Here we''re looking for the LEAST supported Inference. Question Rephrase: ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to How to practice timing for GMAT? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I''d have Benchmarks in front of your computer as you take EVERY practice CAT from now on. That way you can check in as you go and guess as necessary to "catch up" to where you should be. It may not be possible for you to finish all the questions within the timing. It''s MUCH better to ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Help Please: losing GMAT game in last 10-11 questions in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It''s tough to stay focused, so since RC is tiring you out, you may want to step up your RC strategy when dealing with those tough long-passages. Here''s the questions you should be asking yourself and notating as you read: 1. What’s the Topic? The topic should be obvious within the first ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Ten days out, 100 point drop... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“An Error Log CANNOT be optional if you really want a top score. Here''s a template. You should complete it and then USE it to learn about your own thinking immediately following EACH CAT. You can know ALL the content and still miss questions -- your Error Log will hold you accountable.”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMATPrep Software Question Bank Considered Too Easy? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I think you''re asking the wrong question. Official questions (even the "easy" ones) are worth their weight in GOLD because they are showing you patterns for how the official test-makers present concepts. It doesn''t ultimately matter if you get a question correct or incorrect, you should ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Seeking help on GMAT preparation strategy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Nishaant, I would NOT suggest just moving chronologically through materials. I would set a Study Plan that includes 1 practice CAT a week, a solid review strategy of all incorrect questions using an Error Log, and then BASED on the Error Log, selecting a maximum of 5-6 concepts to focus on ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Need help on VA - RC specifically! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“For CR, I really recommend adjusting your strategy based on the Question-type you''re looking at. For example, we''d approach a "Paradox" and a "Bolded Statement" question in two VERY DIFFERENT ways: GMAT "Bolded Statement" (or "Boldface") questions ask ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Wasting time and energy - no improvement in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You have SO hit it on the head. It sounds like you''ve emphasized QUANTITY of study over QUALITY of study. You took SO MANY CATs -- how did you review them? Did you log each incorrect question, asking yourself, what is this problem testing? Or did you just read through the provided explanations ...”
July 17, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Ten days out, 100 point drop... in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey there, So let''s be real: the GMATPrep 1 is the MOST accurate and you scored a 550 on it, so I think you''d be pretty unlikely to break a 600 at this point. If your plan is to take it in 10 days and you HAVE to get a 680, then I think it''s pretty dangerous to take the test until you''re ...”
July 17, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Choice C doesn''t really do anything, because "lower quantities" and "more frequently" are offsetting ideas. In terms of their effect on total sales dollars, they cancel each out.”
July 14, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to gasoline in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Right here you''re doing something you should NEVER do——focusing on an extreme (and very bizarre/counterintuitive) mathematical case, rather than thinking about the most likely or most ordinary interpretation of a statistic. Remember——This is not the quant section. It''s the verbal ...”
July 14, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to og cr 91 in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Always read very carefully for the exact nature of things like goals, purposes, objectives, etc. Choice B implies that the plan might ultimately have bad results for the government budget. But that''s not the point. It''s not a plan to balance/fix the government budget; it''s a plan to make ...”
July 9, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Tests Results: 710, 720, TBD in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You are most likely a little above 700 right now, but remember that even between official GMAT tests (not even GMATPrep but official exams) your score can move within a 30 point window. So even if you are capable of scoring a 750 you could still get a 720 on the exam day. This can be due to ...”
July 8, 2014
“There''s no such thing as a "Weaken" Q-type in Rc, but I can see what you mean in terms of the phrasing here. It sounds remarkably like CR! That said, this is an Inference question. We must 1st know what the author''s argument IS. Here''s my notes for this passage: Topic: sloth ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT RC Vocab - No nonsense(Only for GMAT) in the Reading Comprehension forum
“Great idea! That said, there''s also a LOT that can be gleaned from context, even when we don''t know the vocab. Think of those science passages that contain obscure Latin names, or bacterium we cannot even pronounce! In my opinion, your time with RC is best spent breaking down the passages, ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Matt Drives fast cars like his sister does in the Sentence Correction forum
“Let''s be clear: the GMAT does NOT expressly test the usage of "like" versus "as." That is NOT one of the diction errors. These words are used to form Comparisons, and "Comparisons" IS a topic the GMAT tests. Here''s the #1 rule of Comparisons: we must compare ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to advice me on choice of institute in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Neha, I''m not sure you really need to take an in-person course. If you have until early September, that gives you over 2 months to study. I''d buy MGMAT NP, MGMAT SC, Powerscore CR, and OG13 and start tackling the concepts. If you need a 720+, you''ll need some serious mastery -- I''d ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Please check my Gmat Game Plan. 8 Months Plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I just wanted to point out, I don''t see any benefit it waiting to tackle OG material. In fact, you should NOT plan your GMAT study by going chronologically "book by book," but rather "concept by concept," mixing in pacing drills, practice CATs, and strategy sessions (preferably ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to comparisons using "like" in the Sentence Correction forum
“"Like" is a keyword that indicates a comparison, but there are other common keywords, such as "whereas" that can set up a comparison. But yes, we see "like" used quite a bit on the GMAT to set up a comparison. Check out this Veritas question: Like the ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GPREP SC- 20 in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi there, The BIGGEST problem is the run-on sentence. We cannot start a new thought ("it is...") with only a comma. We''d need either a semicolon or we''d need to make one clause dependent. There''s also some awkwardness in the "more...older" construction. (A) - Run-on ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Which CAT package is the best? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey, Since your pacing isn''t the issue, then my guess is you are missing some harder concepts and have no solid strategies for each Q-type. As you said, "winging it" is pretty much a disaster-zone. Here''s an example of how I suggest you approach RC: ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Are the MGMAT tutors really worth the hype? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey M, Forgot to attach this Error Log template -- this is the kind of review I mentioned earlier. Good luck! :)”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to What to do next? Two weeks from the test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Bruno, Great! Since you mentioned some of these minor errors, I''d suggest you go back through your most recent 2-3 practice tests and do a thorough error log. You need to classify the precise reason you got each question incorrect, rather than generalizing by saying a "conception ...”
July 7, 2014
“You''re very welcome! Definitely go back and add these CATs to your Error Log! You''ll find the GMATPrep pack super helpful!!”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to What makes the best course? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Eliza, I believe the best courses have FLEXIBILITY. As a former Kaplan and Grockit teacher, and as someone who has worked for MANY smaller test prep companies, I found the biggest frustration as a teacher to be having to deliver the SAME material in the SAME way for EVERY student, regardless ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Insight on the Kaplan 800 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It''s not my go-to recommendation for practice, but if you''ve exhausted the OG 13, all the GMATPreps, and the MGMAT (esp. if you''re taking the GMAT for a second time), it''s not a bad source. Just wouldn''t be my first (or second) suggestion. Even if this is your 2nd go-round, NEVER underestimate ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Issue with GMATPrep software installation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If all else fails, I''d use a family member of friend''s computer. The GMATPrep''s are too valuable to pass up. If you really can''t install them -- you can find many files with GMATPrep questions available free online, such as the ones I''ve attached, but the actual timed tests are best.”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to What to do next? Two weeks from the test in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Bruno, Since extra time did not yield better results for you, that points out a strategy issue. HOW are you approaching each question-type, especially for Verbal?? Here''s what I''d suggest you do for SC: Step 1 – Read Choice (A) and Identify One Grammar or Meaning Error Since ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT exam date? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Aishwarya, Since your exam is August 27th, and you''re aiming for a 650+, I''d suggest you aim to score a 670 on a GMATPrep by August 17th to be on the safe side. My suggestion would be to move through your study materials concept-by-concept and NOT chronologically. Don''t try to do a ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Help...best GMAT coaching centres in CHENNAI, INDIA in the GMAT Strategy forum
“As others have mentioned, I''d actually suggest you do the bulk of your studying on your own and use a private tutor to supplement. Most programs adopt a one size fits all approach that may not get you to your highest possible GMAT score. When is your test date?”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 520 in second test. Quat-45 Verbal -8 IR -3 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Rohit, So now you''ve got the pacing handled, you need to dive DEEP on RC strategy. Breaking down the passages as I suggested above is only one part of it. You also need to be dealing with the questions effectively and efficiently. I''d suggest you follow this method: STEP 1 - Read and ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Analyzing questions in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I love Stacey''s article, and I share it with MANY of my students. Reviewing is the most overlooked component of a GMAT study plan. And it makes sense: who wants to look at our mistakes? Yikes! So while Stacey would be the person to ask, here''s how I interpret her "how well did I ...”
July 7, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Are the MGMAT tutors really worth the hype? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey M, So the 410 is not shameful at ALL, especially if you didn''t finish both sections. In fact, it''s to be expected. Pacing is a HUGE component of the exam, and you''re really docked when you don''t finish. Was this on the GMATPrep 1? That said, it sounds like what you''re considering is ...”
July 7, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Flight - Need clarification in the Sentence Correction forum
“When it comes to dealing with correct answers to official problems, you have 2 options: 1/ Complain about them and/or say why you think they''re wrong; 2/ Figure out how they work, learn from them, and retain these experiences as part of a growing "memory bank" of formal written ...”
July 6, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Tough one- Marcus Gavery in the Sentence Correction forum
“This looks like a solid understanding. You''re welcome.”
July 6, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“I think you''re right here. Remember, "__ed" is a passive construction, normally representing an action done on or to the subject. So, in most cases, it''s not possible for such a construction to be intimately connected to the subject+action of the preceding clause (which describes ...”
July 6, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Sure.”
July 6, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to The best practise books for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Shyam, I''d say the OG13 and Veritas RC would be great for RC passage practice, coupled with all the GMATPrep passages (don''t go through these attachments until you''ve finished the GMATPreps!). The main thing with RC is the strategy. Here''s what I recommend: ...”
July 2, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to The best practise books for GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“The GMAT OG 13 is non-negotiable. If you want a 700+ score, you have to know what official GMAT questions look like. DOWN COLD. For Quant, I think MGMAT Number Properties is a great book to start since this is not usually an area many students are familiar with -- beyond that it depends on your ...”
July 1, 2014
“100% YES! The GMATPrep 3 and 4 are challenging and AWESOME, in my opinion. If your target score if 650, I''d suggest you attempt to score a 670+ on these practice CATs to have a comfortable margin. This is not easy. These CATs are HARD (and awesomely so). If you have a 620 on the GMATPrep, ...”
July 1, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Which CAT package is the best? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, If you know you need to break 700, then my suggestion would be to wait until you''re regularly scoring a 720+ on practice CATs before you attempt the exam. Honestly, I think best case scenario today you''re looking at the low 600''s. It''s pretty darn rare to magically jump 100 ...”
July 1, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Is there such a thing as too many practice tests? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Eliza, There IS such a thing. The true value of a practice CAT lies in its usage as a diagnostic tool to tell you exactly WHAT types of content you don''t know, WHY you''re getting questions incorrect (strategy issues), and for WHAT questions you need to work through your pacing. If ...”
July 1, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT PREP 2-- quant score 41 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Neerabu, "Silly mistakes" is pretty vague -- I''d suggest you go back and classify your incorrect questions by 1) concept tested, 2) reason incorrect, and 3) action steps (what you can do NEXT TIME to get a similar question correct). For example, is a "silly mistake" ...”
July 1, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Serious timing issues in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Sophie, So my first question is, are you using benchmarks as you take practice CATs and regular check in with them? We know that a big component of the GMAT is pacing. In order for our score to stay on track, WE MUST be willing to guess as needed. That means following close benchmarks. I ...”
July 1, 2014
“It is worth it. With your exam in three weeks you want to get some more accurate information. Brent has given you the facts of it and here is one more - if you are not close to your goal score and you are still more than 7 days from your test date you can postpone. I imagine you will see a ...”
July 1, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to For JD/MBA candidates: which test should you take first? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“LSAT first. That way you only really have to study for the Quant and for the Sentence Correction in order to do well on the GMAT. Also, in many ways the LSAT is a tougher test (I know the GMAT is pretty tough, too.) So getting that one out of the way is probably the way to go. The LSAT is ...”
June 30, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Usage of - When in the Sentence Correction forum
“You''re welcome.”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Usage of - When in the Sentence Correction forum
“This is just the normal use of "in which". If it''s idiomatically correct to say "in NOUN", then you can also write "(a/an/the) NOUN in which..." E.g., Robert starred in this play. ... the play in which Robert starred ... I was born in 1975. In 1975, the ...”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Flight - Need clarification in the Sentence Correction forum
“An increase is a numerical quantity, so, like any other numerical quantity, it can theoretically be doubled. I.e., in 1989 ("the previous year"), this statistic went up by N percent. Then, in 1990, it went up by 2N percent (= twice the previous increase).”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Tough one- Marcus Gavery in the Sentence Correction forum
“Well... no. If that were non-essential, then you could eliminate it without any loss of specificity. If you try to eliminate that modifier, then you''re left saying that Africa is just "the land". That''s nonsense, of course; the sentence has to say that Africa is the land that ...”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Tough one- Marcus Gavery in the Sentence Correction forum
“In general, these aren''t the same. • "People ___ing" are people who are ___ing in the timeframe of the sentence. • "People who ___" are people who ___ in general. (If you were going to describe their habits/traits/tendencies, you would mention the fact that they ...”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to A Common Mistake or An idiom usage. in the Sentence Correction forum
“You''re welcome. You should always ask "Why?" about every type of question on this test. If you understand what is emphasized (and what isn''t) on this exam—in terms of both content and skills—you''ll find the whole experience much more circumscribed, and much less daunting.”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hi, Honestly, I can''t really come up with anything better than what I wrote the first time. So, I''ll just quote what I wrote the first time. (: • Describes Roberta • Must have a relationship to the whole idea of the sentence. I don''t really know the grammar terms (and don''t ...”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Nah. It describes "a technique". That sentence doesn''t imply a contrast. It just points out that the use of a certain technique has been extended beyond its original purpose. (This is just the diffusion of technology; there''s nothing anticlimactic or "unexpected" about ...”
June 29, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“I know I say this way too often, but, this sort of understanding (involving classifications/categories) shouldn''t be your end goal, because it''s awkward and clumsy. I.e., your goal is to distinguish correct usage from incorrect usage immediately. If you have to think in terms of grammar terms ...”
June 29, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Vasily Cat in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Although it does seem like LSAT, it wouldn''t be out of place to see this on the GMAT. I believe this is an experimental Veritas Prep question. Here''s how to break it down: Question Rephrase: Which conclusion is MOST supported? Given Info: No rain + No feral = Cat enjoys Rain = Cat does ...”
June 29, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Types of Reasoning in CR in the Critical Reasoning forum
“Hey Qwerty! Here''s how I liked to break CR down: - Weaken - Strengthen - Assumption - Conclusion - Bold Face - Inference - Must Be True - Cause and Effect - Paradox - Numbers/Percents - Flaw - Additional Evidence - Similar Reasoning - Complete the Passage - Method of Reasoning ...”
June 29, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to CR question : buying house in the Critical Reasoning forum
“The key to getting this type of question right is to hone your ability to predict what type of logical conclusion would follow from the given premise. Once you have your prediction written down, go through the answer choices carefully, asking yourself, “Is this the Conclusion?” You’ll be ...”
June 29, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Flash Card in the GMAT Strategy forum
“To flashcard, or not the flashcard, that is the question. :-) If you retain information easily via flashcard, then adding Sentence Correction facts and Quant formulas to flashcards are a great idea, but since so much of CR, RC, and DS is unflashcard-able, I wouldn''t say you''re shooting yourself ...”
June 29, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 650 to ? - Strategy Advice Needed in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Here''s the thing: there''s no such thing as "scaled properly" because all private companies can only guess at the exact algorithm used to score the GMAT. I don''t have a ton of familiarity with Magoosh''s product, but I wouldn''t equate their CAT scores to the GMAT in any way, shape, or ...”
June 29, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Getting frustrated, pacing problem, working sloppy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I agree with much of what the others have said - but I humbly disagree with the emphasis on keeping a close track on the clock. You are not suffering from "huge pacing problems" just because you had to guess at the last question. I had to guess at the last question on a test where I ...”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to SC in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Just to nitpick, there were a few typos in the question you posted, so here it is in the original form: In an interview last month, the rebels estimated that a few hundred of their fighters had been trained over the past two years, and they received close to two million dollars worth of ...”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Struggling with GMAT: Scores dropping in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Since MGMAT and GMATPrep score their practice CATs separately, we can''t really equate the scores. A "600" on a MGMAT CAT is not necessarily a "600" on the GMATPrep. On your GMAT Prep''s you went from a 490 to a 530 to a 610 (re-take), which is very encouraging! So your ...”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Kaplan Premier 2013 / Manhattan Strategy Guides in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I''d recommend hitting MGMAT first, doing your practice from OG13 first and foremost, and supplement with Kaplan -- the older book is fine, Kaplan 800 is good too, but no need to buy it if you don''t already have it. MGMAT and the OG will keep you plenty occupied!”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 2 Month Goal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“30 min per day to start with on the Verbal doesn''t allow for much progress at first, so I''d suggest starting by rotating the 3 Verbal types every day. So for example SC one day, CR the next, RC the next, then back to SC on Day 4. That way you''re at least "hitting" each type/day. For ...”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Getting frustrated, pacing problem, working sloppy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, So a few thoughts: 1) You''ve only been taking MGAT CATs lately, and while they make some great challenging questions, they scores they churn out aren''t going to be quite as on-par with your actual GMAT score as the GMAT Prep''s. I''d suggest taking the GMATPrep 2 next so you can ...”
June 28, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Advice needed!!! Urgent in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“Congrats on the 720! That''s a great score and you should be thrilled. You''d probably have more luck trying to specifically contact Melbourne Business School alumni. These are the three questions I think you need to answer before you come to a decision: 1. What is your dream job? Be honest with ...”
June 27, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Types of Reasoning in CR in the GMAT Verbal & Essays forum
“While it''s helpful to recognize certain patterns of arguments (causation/correlation, generalization, etc.), I think it''s MUCH more helpful to recognize the different CR question types and anticipate what they require of you strategy-wise. I tend to subdivide CR into: - Weaken - Strengthen ...”
June 27, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Best GMAT coaching in Mumbai in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Neha, I think the question you need to answer first is what GMAT score do you REALLY need to achieve? The way you prep will be different if you want a 750 versus a 650. Prep courses in my opinion can be exceptional for those students who are working full time and don''t have the discipline ...”
June 27, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Is a practice test 1 or 2 days before GMAT a good idea? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Just replied to the post you linked to! Hope you find it helpful! Feel free to review more free tips here: http://gmatrockstar.com/blog/”
June 27, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Retaking...exhausted most of my prep material!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, Sorry if I wasn''t clear. No, you SHOULD re-do old material absolutely. That actually goes hand with the focus on QUALITY, since obviously the OG and GMATprep are the closest to actual GMAT exams. So do both! I would 100% AVOID the "1000 SC" series. There''s no point. You ...”
June 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to modifier problem in the Sentence Correction forum
“Hmm—this discussion was dead for more than 5 years before that post. Interesting. -- Basically, common-sense understanding should resolve these issues. Just ask yourself whether the __ing modifier actually makes sense as a DESCRIPTION of each of these things. Possibility #1: They ...”
June 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Usage of - When in the Sentence Correction forum
“Yes.”
June 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“More generally——Your understanding of patterns and constructions should not be totally static. It should have some "kernel" of understanding——i.e., a "core" understanding that represents the essence of a particular concept——but you should be willing to tweak it / ...”
June 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“It can describe turns. They took turns. — Turns doing what? / What kind of turns? Turns drawing xxxxx stuff. If you really don''t like that, then you can just remember it as an "idiom". That works, too, although it''s a slippery slope. I.e., it''s easy to slip into a pattern ...”
June 27, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to Usage of - When in the Sentence Correction forum
“In all of the examples you''ve cited, "when" does refer to the actual timeframe when the following event happens. Look at this pair of sentences: When you return the goods, your money will be refunded. If you return the goods, your money will be refunded. The first sentence implies ...”
June 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to A Common Mistake or An idiom usage. in the Sentence Correction forum
“If you notice any constructions that are used in contradictory / opposite / significantly different ways in the two languages (spoken and written English), you should pay more than the usual amount of attention to them. (As another example, consider pronouns. In SPOKEN English, they''re not ...”
June 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“• These are wrong answers. • As noted above, the OG explanations are not infallible. If you see "seems to..." in one of the explanations, that often——not necessarily 100% of the time, but often——indicates that the authors are hedging; they''re not totally confident about ...”
June 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“"Including", when used in this way, is not actually a ___ing word. It''s a different word, that (coincidentally) happens to be spelled with __ing on the end. See here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/stone-age-t36393.html#296165”
June 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“Also of note—— If you peruse the OG explanations, it will become clear that they aren''t written by the same people who write the questions. Specifically, it''s clear that ... ... gmac''s best writers write and/or edit the questions (and don''t spend their time writing explanations); ... ...”
June 26, 2014
lunarpower posted a reply to COMMA+-ING Vs noun modifier in the Sentence Correction forum
“The whole point of the comma -ing modifier is that you don''t have to pin it specifically on one word. The point is that it''s talking about the entire idea in the preceding part. I think you''re thinking too much about rules here, and not nearly enough about examples that actually work. For ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas Statistics/Probability/Combinations Book in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I guess it all depends on what types of GMAT Quant questions you were getting wrong as you were prepping? Did you do a regular Error Log or keep track of all the Quant probs you got wrong on these CATs? If there was another Quant concept tripping you up on a more regular basis -- ie. Coordinate Geo, ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Is a practice test 1 or 2 days before GMAT a good idea? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Also: here''s some tips from my old buddies at Grockit for "week of GMAT" do''s and don''t''s I like a lot! Hope you find them helpful! One week before your GMAT Timed practice is really important at this point because you want your mind and body to be used to the pace of the test. ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Can you provide insight? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi SepticRevo, As I suspected, your strategies are NOT where they need to be. You can definitely make some big adjustments between now and July 23rd, but you really need to get on it ASAP. If you really need a 680, you should be scoring a 700+ on your practice CATs. A 60 point increase in 1 ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Quant 49 to 51 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“You also might find it helpful you focus on Word Problems -- they tend to slow down even the most advanced GMAT Quant students! I''d recommend getting the Veritas Prep Word Problems book as well as the MGMAT Adv. Quant.”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 720 in gmat prep 690 in GMAT...now what?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Have you tried to contact the schools individually? Admission experts can give you their opinion (and by all means seek them out), but I think you can probably look up the median scores for each school online. If not, if you contact the admissions dept for each school they can probably give you more ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Review or not to review in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Eliza has an excellent point -- many of my students create their own notes from their practice material (and there are many notes users have created such as these I attached). Your own personal set of "crib notes" can be incredible helpful!”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas Books vs. Veritas on Demand course. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“There is a great amount of effective GMAT material out there. I would only suggest a prep course if your diagnostic is below 550 and you''ve got no idea whatsoever to start and are not a particularly disciplined person. If you''ve got at least 3 months to study, I''d buy the OG13, as well as a ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Approach; Need 6 month plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“My suggestion from the CAT reviews (Error Logs) would be to follow a template such as the one I''ve attached. MGMAT can be great as a supplement, but OG and GMATPreps are your best friend. :-) Once you fill in the Error Log, look for commonalities in the types of questions you are getting ...”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Exciting Announcement from GMAC: NEW Score Reporting Policy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“This is so great! I know it will minimize the anxiety that many of my students face walking into the exam. Kudos, GMAC, and thanks for sharing here! :-)”
June 26, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas GMAT Practice Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Alejandro, Congrats on the 680 on the GMATPrep -- that''s incredibly encouraging! If you know you need a 680 on the actual exam, I''d aim to score a 700+ the remaining GMATPreps. When you did this CAT, did you do the Error Log? What types of SC, CR, and RC are you consistently getting ...”
June 26, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Veritas Books vs. Veritas on Demand course. in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Since you specifically asked about Veritas books versus ON-Demand... I will tell you that with the On-Demand course you get everything that you would get with a full Veritas course. That includes homework help desk, all the practice exams (at this point 7), the solution station and everything ...”
June 26, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Exciting Announcement from GMAC: NEW Score Reporting Policy in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I encourage everyone to read the article cited by "Official GMAT" in the posting above. There are some nuances to this policy. For example, even if you cancel your score you can reinstate the score within a given time for a fee. This is a positive development for anyone who has had ...”
June 25, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Which combination/permutation formulas are needed for GMAT?? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yes, 100% memorize the permutations and combinations formula. Most permutations will NOT require the formula, and most combinations WILL (esp. when combined with probability). I would also suggest you memorize how to deal with circular permutations. For example, there are 7 people and a ...”
June 25, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT tutor required in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Aditya, What are you hoping to get our of a class or tutor? When''s your Test Date? Depending on your needs, you may be able to set up an effective schedule and do the bulk of your GMAT prep on your own and then check in with a tutor 1-2 times a week. That''s how I work with most students, and ...”
June 25, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Which test to take to set a baseline for preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I would HIGHLY suggest you take the GMATPrep 1. People sometimes wait so long to "save" the official CATs that they get an inflated idea of what their actual GMAT score is based on some Kaplan or MGMAT exam. Those are necessary to incorporate during your studies, but GMATPrep 1 is a GREAT ...”
June 25, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Yo-yo Ma, whom according to the classical cellists of the in the Sentence Correction forum
“I actually am the author of this question so perhaps can shed some light. Mitch is correct that my intention was to use the word "employs" as "make use of" and not "gives a job." Since Yo-Yo Ma is described as the "world''s best" it should be implicit ...”
June 25, 2014
David@VeritasPrep posted a reply to Which test to take to set a baseline for preparation in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yes! Do take the GMATPrep CAT 1. It is your best baseline test. You can re-take it an a few weeks when you are closer to the exam and you should mostly get different questions so you will not have really "wasted" one of your tests. If you need more tests than the GMATPrep tests (you ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Review or not to review in the GMAT Strategy forum
“It''s not the AMOUNT you study, it''s HOW you study. So many of my students do the OG13 cover-to-cover and then are simply amazed their score hasn''t shot up. But why should it? If you''re just a GMAT question-monkey, then there''s no VALUE in each question you answer. Try to spend the MAJORITY of ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Approach; Need 6 month plan in the GMAT Strategy forum
“I''m glad you found the Economist GMAT useful! Anything that helps you quickly learn the Quant content is A+ in my book! That said, I worry that you are putting to much faith in the scores these non-official test prep companies are churning out. Remember, they are only weak approximations of the ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Is there such thing as a GMAT plateau? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Gabrielle, What a great question. Absolutely. We all "plateau" because we just don''t know what to do anymore. The problem is most GMAT-preppers equate time-spent, books-read, and questions-answered with automatic improvement. But I get a LOT of private students who are refugees ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Rescheduling my GMAT exam in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Honestly, I''d just call the school and point-blank ask. Sometimes school websites don''t offer a lot of information, but if you contact admissions directly and manage to speak with a real, live, knowledgeable human they can give you the behind-the-scenes ''real deal.''”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Official Guide for GMAT Review 2015: Identical to OG13 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Being able to use Official material in an online format is HUGELY significant. As a tutor, I often would email students compilations of OG13 questions I had copied/pasted together online rather than assign them the questions from the book itself. It''s a completely different test-taking situation to ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Sharing GMAT materials in the GMAT Strategy forum
“In the interest of sharing, here''s a collection of resources several of my former students have shared with me! I''ve also been posting free question explanations on my blog from a variety of sources: http://gmatrockstar.com/blog/ Hope you find them helpful! Rock on, GMAT-ers!”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Prep center in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Anyone looking for flashcards will probably also find this helpful: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/free-gmat-prep-flashcards”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT BOOK SALE! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Yup, not the exact forum for this. But I will say I''m impressed with your collection!”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Veritas GMAT Practice Tests in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey Alejandro, You may find value in re-evaluating your RC strategy. Most people get bogged with them when they don''t know HOW to read them or get lost in understanding all of the details (when there''s really only 1-2 "Detail" questions per passage max!). I suggest you read and make ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Quant 49 to 51 in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Since your already doing SO WELL in Quant (congrats!), you''ll only be able to improve in 3 ways: 1) Content. Honing in on exactly what you don''t know. What are the Top 5 Quant concepts you miss the most? For example: - DS: Exponents - PS: Rates and Work - DS: Odds and Evens - PS: ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Seeking guidance - Test day 10th July in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Sounds good! Use the CAT to make an Error Log, identify your weak concepts, then work on improving your Strategy!”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT verbal tutor in Delhi NCR in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, I do not offer online courses, but I tutor many non-native speakers of GMAT Verbal. Regardless of what tutor you choose, there''s definitely some set tips I''d recommend for ANY non-native speaker: Build your grammar skills first. You can ignore most of the challenging vocabulary on ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Help needed before test day (July 15) in the GMAT Strategy forum
“If your target score is a 700 bare minimum, I wouldn''t feel comfortable as a tutor suggesting you are ready to 100% knock that out of the park on Test Day unless you earned a 720 or above on a GMATPrep CAT. For tests such as MGMAT or Veritas, I usually ballpark an official score at 20 points ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Can you provide insight? in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Learning the "proper" way of attacking questions would never become detrimental, but you need to be honest with yourself. Do you REALLY know the proper way of attacking questions (i.e. effective strategy), because your scores don''t imply that. If your strategies were truly effective, then ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 2 Month Goal in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi Jesse, I don''t think your plan is unrealistic, but a Veritas score of 610 is not an accurate prediction of where you are at currently. Take the GMATPrep 1 and report back. My guess is you''ll be in the high 500''s. 2.5 months is do-able for most people taking the GMAT, but a 700+ ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to 30 days to GMAT in the GMAT Strategy forum
“July 22nd is SOON. I don''t mean to scare you off, but a 700+ is most likely off the table unless you''ve already got some amazing Quant skills and a good intuitive grasp of English grammar. I''m assuming you might be a non-native speaker? Check out this article first: ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Retaking...exhausted most of my prep material!! in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hey there, Just wanted to add, older material is fine BUT don''t underestimate the value of old material. I have students all the time who re-do old GMATPrep questions and find themselves getting the SAME questions wrong a month later!! It shouldn''t happen and it''s frustrating, but there''s a ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Comparing Different CAT Scores in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Since the GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test, no pen-and-paper exam will even come close to being accurate. The MBA paper tests are valuable because they are official questions, but have no accuracy when it comes to your actual GMAT score. So here''s the info we''ve got: Kaplan CAT - 580 ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to GMAT Prep Test results..not encouraging..Please suggest in the GMAT Strategy forum
“So let''s ignore the Economist CATs. They aren''t the best material out there, IMO, and since one of them was a re-take it''s not accurate. The GMATPreps are the best exams to tell you where you''re "really" at, so what we know if you went from 480 to 620 in 2 months. That is AWESOME. ...”
June 24, 2014
VivianKerr posted a reply to Seeking guidance - Test day 10th July in the GMAT Strategy forum
“Hi there, So first of all, if you know you want a 700, you really aren''t going to have that locked in until you''re scoring 720+ on the GMAT Prep''s. It''s rare that people jump on Test Day. If anything, the nerves of the actual test-taking experience drags your score down. That''s why I make ...”
June 24, 2014