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4 Solid Ways To Get A 50-51 Raw Score In GMAT Quant

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on October 27, 2017

At the outset, be warned that this article may make sense only if you have started preparing for the GMAT, and are already scoring at the 45 raw score level in Quant. You have of course read and understood everything there is to know about the conversion…

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A Guide to choosing the right MBA program

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT 101GMAT Study Strategies, on March 14, 2017
GMAT CrackVerbal Choosing the right MBA program

One question that frequently pops up in a MBA aspirant’s mind is – ‘How do I go about choosing the right MBA program?’ This is probably the second most important decision of your life, after the one you make about whom to marry! ☺   In terms of your commitment, an…

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A Guide to Integrated Reasoning

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT 101GMAT Study MaterialGMAT Study Strategies, on March 14, 2017
GMAT Crackverbal Integrated Reasoning

  In this article, let’s discuss about the GMAT Integrated Reasoning in detail,   Before getting into details of number of questions, question types etc. Let’s understand the GMAT Integrated reasoning.   I am pretty much sure below three questions would be going on your mind, before starting the preparation for GMAT Integrated Reasoning,   How…

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How to write your GMAT AWA Essay

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on August 16, 2016
GMAT AWA

INTRODUCTION   Hello there!   If you’ve found your way to this blog, we assume that you have begun to think about that often-neglected section of the GMAT – the AWA!   If wishes could come true, we’re guessing that GMAT aspirants would have wished away the AWA section away by now!   The AWA involves…

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How to score well on GMAT Reading Comprehension

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on June 07, 2016
GMAT Reading Comprehension Tips How to score well

“People have always been divided about whether Reading is an art or a science. Proponents of “Art-Reading” claim that reading is an art because they believe that any science should actually be measurable. Since one cannot “measure” how much one needs to read to reach a certain level of…

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The Ultimate Guide to GMAT Inequalities

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on May 19, 2016

Are you wondering, why an entire blog post on Inequalities?   Well, as you may have already found out, compared to other question types on the GMAT, inequality questions are an especially slippery slope! They have sent many a test-taker tumbling down on the path to not-so-great Quant scores.   By the time…

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3 Month Study Plan for the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesMust Read ArticlesPREP STRATEGIES, on September 23, 2015
GMAT Study plan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”, goes an anonymous saying.   We at CrackVerbal, believe that the most important part of the GMAT preparation is having a plan to it and following it to achieve the desired outcome.   A study plan usually is…

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Identifying GMAT Patterns

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on February 13, 2015
GMAT pattern

Let us first understand the GMAT before we delve deeper into the topic of “patterns”. We believe that the reader must first understand what the GMAT is.   GMAT is a standardized test. Think about it – within 78 questions (many of which are experimental so the actual number…

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7 Deadly Mistakes GMAT Test-takers Make

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesMust Read Articles, on February 06, 2015
GMAT mistakes

Here are some things we’ve heard GMAT test takers say time and again:   “I score well in practice sessions but I don’t know what happens in the test.”   “I lost track of time during the test.”   “I ran out of time and had to…

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How to Solve Fully Underlined Sentence Correction Questions

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on December 08, 2014

While attempting the questions in the Verbal section on the GMAT, one type of question that makes your hearts skip a beat is definitely the fully underlined sentence correction question.   In your mind, Sentence Correction is already full of gruelling grammar rules and exceptions –…

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Comparison Questions on GMAT Sentence Correction

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on September 30, 2014
GMAT SC

Comparison questions in GMAT SC can get a little tricky because they may test not just comparisons, but often, idioms and parallelism too. In this blog let’s see how to do comparison questions.   Basic Rules for Comparison:   Which is better – a rose or a mango?   You’re probably thinking, “What a stupid…

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Building Your Strength in Reading Comprehension

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on May 26, 2014
GMAT RC

Reading newspapers and books may improve your general reading habit, but not your ability to crack GMAT RC. This is because the subject matter and structure of GMAT RC passages are quite different, and therefore, the mindset with which you approach them must also be different.   The best way to…

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The 3 Mistakes Indian Aspirants Make on the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT 101GMAT Study Strategies, on January 01, 2014

  This week’s edition of Wednesday Wisdoms talks about the 3 classic GMAT mistakes Indian aspirants make, & how to modify your test prep techniques for a higher score.   Over the last couple of years, I have been teaching students both in India, and I have also…

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A 12 Step Plan for the New Year

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on December 31, 2013
GMAT plan

Last year, many of us must have aspired to earn more, get a better job or probably take up an MBA degree, but at the end of the year found ourselves pretty much in the same position as when the year started. With the New Year approaching…

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Top 5 Mistakes Indian Aspirants Make on the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on December 05, 2013
Gmat mistakes

Over the last few years, I have trained over 5000s of students for the GMAT. Some have scored spectacularly well , while some have not been able to score as much as they desired. Recently a student asked me what my observations were, on the top mistakes made by…

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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your GMAT Score

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on October 23, 2013

CrackVerbal presents the top 10 GMAT Prep tips from our top scorers. We’ve also added 9 other tactics that our students used to ace the test!   Our students have made it to top B-schools like Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, MIT Sloan, ISB and many more, and are delighted to share their…

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8 RC Tips from GMAT High Scorers

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on October 16, 2013
gmat rc

CrackVerbal presents the top 8 GMAT RC tips from our top scorers. Our students have made it to top B-schools like Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, MIT Sloan, ISB and many more, and…

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What differentiates High Scorers (760+) From the Rest?

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on October 11, 2013

There is 1 question that plagues most GMAT test-takers – especially when they seem to get “stuck” at a particular score –   Do I have it in me to score high on the GMAT?   The answer is YES! However, before you start looking for the…

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Reverse Causation in GMAT CR

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on September 17, 2013

Assumption-based questions make up about 40% of the questions in GMAT CR. They test you on your ability to identify and understand the relationships – if any – that exist between the premises and the conclusion. Some of the tricky logical traps that assumption-based questions may…

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8 Tips to Tackle GMAT Sentence Correction

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on September 11, 2013

“I am able to eliminate 3 options in GMAT Sentence Correction very easily, but when I choose between the last 2 options, I always pick the wrong one!”   You will not believe the number of times I’ve heard students complain about this. 🙂 My answer…

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Tackling the To-verb/Verb-ing Dilemma in GMAT SC

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on August 27, 2013

The choice between verb-ing and to-verb in GMAT Sentence Correction is something that has troubled test-takers forever. Though there are no blanket rules that will help you tackle questions that test this, there are certain guidelines you can follow to make the right choice.   General Usage…

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‘Because’ Versus ‘Due to’

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on August 09, 2013

Though these 2 terms are often used interchangeably in everyday speech, they are actually different and must be treated differently on the GMAT.   The use of ‘Because’   ‘Because’ helps answer the WHY question – why did something happen? For e.g.   The flight was cancelled…

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Retaking the GMAT?

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on July 12, 2013

OK. Stop sobbing, stop blaming the Universe and your neighbor’s dog; get out of bed and listen.   1. Over 20% of GMAT candidates are repeat test takers   This number is higher for non-white, non-native English speakers, and non-US citizens. According to the GMAC, most of…

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5 Things You Should Know Before Taking Any GMAT Practice Tests

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT 101GMAT Study Strategies, on June 27, 2013

I have spent over a decade in the test prep space in India – starting with CAT before going to the “dark side,” i.e. GMAT, in 2005. I want to give the readers the background about the birth of a species called MCT (patience please – the…

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GMAT Spot Fixing!

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on June 11, 2013
GMAT exam

Need 700+ on the GMAT? Don’t take more than 3 months to prepare.   No, I’m not trying to emulate Sreesanth. 🙂 But, just have a look at the data our Research Team came up with-   “18 of the 25 students who scored 700+, last batch, had study plans averaging 120hrs spread…

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5 Ways To Make Your GMAT Preparation More Effective – Starting Now!

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesPREP STRATEGIES, on February 12, 2013

Every few days, I get different versions of this question from students:   “I have completed all the questions from the OG and the Verbal & Quant Reviews. But I am still getting about 40% of them wrong. Can you suggest more material to practice from?”   This is a question that usually…

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Accelerate your GMAT preparation with GMAT practice tests!

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on September 27, 2012
GMAT pattern

Is your turn to crack the GMAT fast-approaching? I am sure you must be working hard to score 700+ to secure your admission to one of the top B-schools in the world. You are not alone – there are hundreds of other test-takers in the same boat…

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Time Management on the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT 101GMAT Study Strategies, on July 17, 2012
GMAT time management

How to effectively manage time on the GMAT?   On the GMAT, you are bombarded with 41 Verbal and 37 Quant questions to be finished in 75 minutes each! Suddenly you will realize that these 75 minutes are the shortest of all the 75 minutes you ever experienced!   Let us look at…

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GMAT Exam Essentials

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on March 17, 2012
GMAT exam

GMAT 101   The Graduate Management Admissions Test or the GMAT Exam is a 3½ hour standardized test taken by graduates who are keen to study MBA programs. This test is designed to evaluate the potential of students by assessing their mathematical, verbal and analytical writing skills.   To know more about the…

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GMAT Preparation Tips

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on February 28, 2012
GMAT prep

If you have already planned to do an MBA,taking the GMAT test is the first steps towards your MBA journey.   Heed these GMAT Preparation Tips first!     1. Research   * Do complete research on what it takes to do an MBA. Are you a good fit for any top MBA Program in the…

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GMAT Myths Debunked

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study StrategiesMust Read Articles, on January 29, 2012
GMAT myth

  Ever since the GMAT went the adaptive test way, every question became important in its own right. Every correct answer ensured you get a premium in scores for the next question and every mistake made your score go down.   This also resulted in conspiracy theories and notions. The key to…

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Best GMAT Books to prepare

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on January 28, 2012
GMAT books

Perhaps the first question any GMAT test-taker asks is this – Which are the best GMAT books to prepare?   Here are the only books you should need for solving questions:   The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 13th Edition containing 957 questions, including a 100-question diagnostic test…

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GMAT Sample Papers

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on January 28, 2012
GMAT prep

GMAT adopted the current computer adaptive format sometime around the early part of 2000 and hence remained that way ever since. Currently, GMAT is offered only in the computer format and paper-based tests are no longer conducted.   However, the retired GMAT sample papers are available directly on the mba.com site…

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Your “Sputnik Moment” on the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on April 19, 2011
sputnik moment

Way back in the 1960s, the United States was arguably the most advanced country when it came to space exploration (where do you think they picked up the term “This isn’t rocket science”). However, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, the Sputnik 1, and beat the…

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Nailed it, Missed it, Guessed it, Timed it, Screwed it

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on March 09, 2011
GMAT prep

What did you do – Nail it, Miss it, Guess it, Time it, or Screw it?   If you were to ask me the top reason why students are not able to improve on their scores it is this – INABILITY TO INTERNALIZE THE QUESTIONS (caps intended!). One of the key…

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Top 4 mistakes Test-takers commit on the GMAT

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on January 15, 2011
mistakes

Over the last decade I have spent countless hours with thousands of students, helping them understand why their scores were not going up. I have come to the conclusion that the root of all lies in the same four basic problems in our approach to test-taking.     1. Brute Force Approach:…

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OG 11th Edition v/s OG 12th Edition

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on January 01, 2011
GMAT OG

Done with the OG 12 and hunting for more material? Well, your search ends here. The Official Guides (OGs) are labeled the ‘Bible for GMAT’ with the latest edition being the OG 12, which was released in 2009 and contains 800+ retired questions from the GMAT.   Once…

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GMAT Scoring Demystified… partly!

Posted by GMAT CrackVerbal in Blog contentGMAT Study Strategies, on May 30, 2010
GMAT_OG_13

A common trouble for a lot of GMAT test takers is to figure out for given RAW scores what would be the corresponding scores ?   Here is a nice little table to compute your scaled scores, given that you have the sum of Q and V raw scores:   48-50 = 400 49-51…

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