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Hello,

I have been preparing gmat for the past 6 months. As i am working, i am not able to fully spend time for preparations. However i am spending 2 to 3 hrs a day. I am scoring 560 in mock tests. Q39, V18. As my verbal is poor, I studied mgmat books and improved my verbal. I finished mgmat CR, did all og problems and was able to solve with ease even for most of hard questions in 2 weeks. I studied SC mgmat and i was able to solve 600 level questions easily in 2 weeks. But now I am not able to solve even 500 level CR question because i did not touch CR at all for past 2 weeks.

Due to work pressure, I didnot study for a week. Now I am not able to solve both CR and SC questions. I seem to have forgot all the concepts and i am in same stage as i was before 1 month. It is really stressful.

Please help what is should do? I have my gmat on May 27, 2017. I am desperate to score above 720. So Please guide me

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It sounds like you're putting a lot of stress on yourself! First, take a deep breath, and remember:
a) the GMAT is a very forgiving test - you don't have to aim for perfection
b) you can take the test multiple times. In fact, you should plan for it (budget permitting).

As for your study plan, here's what I recommend:

- if you're studying 2-3 hrs a day, spend 1.5 hours diving into a particular topic, then 30-60 min of mixed review every day. That could just mean 2 problems each of PS, DS, RC, CR, and SC every day. Or you could mix it up: 5 PS and 5 CR Monday, 5 DS and 5 SC Tuesday, etc.

- You only mention CR and SC. Even if those ones need the most work, make sure you're doing a little bit of everything!

- Don't just do NEW problems every time. A considerable chunk of your study time should be spent redoing OLD problems. My colleague explains why here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/2017/03/09/why-you-should-be-redoing-gmat-problems/

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Hi ceilidh,

Thanks for the reply. And the article was really great. I could just relate each line to all my issues. To be frank, I have not maintained any error logs till date. I will start reviewing all the problems. I was practicing all the topics and solving a lot of quants which i could solve easily. I did not learn topics on my weak areas. But i felt i did not concentrate on verbal. Now i discovered another mistake that i ve not maintained error logs but just did random practice.

Is there anything more that i should keep track? Please let me know how to analyze my weak areas and attack them. Because i get one question correct and another one wrong in all the topics. my accuracy is around 60% only. What should i do to improve on this?

Thanks in advance!!

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VIVEK12602 wrote:
Hello,

I have been preparing gmat for the past 6 months. As i am working, i am not able to fully spend time for preparations. However i am spending 2 to 3 hrs a day. I am scoring 560 in mock tests. Q39, V18. As my verbal is poor, I studied mgmat books and improved my verbal. I finished mgmat CR, did all og problems and was able to solve with ease even for most of hard questions in 2 weeks. I studied SC mgmat and i was able to solve 600 level questions easily in 2 weeks. But now I am not able to solve even 500 level CR question because i did not touch CR at all for past 2 weeks.

Due to work pressure, I didnot study for a week. Now I am not able to solve both CR and SC questions. I seem to have forgot all the concepts and i am in same stage as i was before 1 month. It is really stressful.

Please help what is should do? I have my gmat on May 27, 2017. I am desperate to score above 720. So Please guide me
Hey Vivek, I am in the SAME exact situation as you. I took MGMAT Class, Empower 6 months, and I am scoring high 30s/low 40s Quant and 20's in verbal, my test is on may 20th, its driving me INSANE i cannot get my verbal score up!

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