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10 GM A T SECRETS
THA T CA N GET YOU
FROM 600 TO 700+
OURINSTRUCTORS
Arun Jagannat han
Verbal Facul t y
Founder and CEO at CrackVerbal, Arun brings to the table valuable
insights into the GMAT and MBA world. Much of his knowledge he
accrued over the years, as a trainer and admissions mentor to
thousands of students who have walked the MBA and MS path. At
CrackVerbal, he has designed the GMAT curriculum from ground-up, to
address the specific challenges of Indian test-takers as they sit for an
American test.

Saikiran Dudyal a
Verbal Facul t y
Saikiran has six years of experience in the teaching industry and has
trained hundreds of students for a plethora of courses ranging from
spoken English and communication skills to GMAT, GRE, SAT, PSAT,
ACT, IELTS, and TOEFL. An alumnus of the prestigious Guindy
Engineering college in Chennai, and an engineer by qualification, he
chose to heed to the call of passion and switched tracks to the
education industry.

Al Ameen

Verbal Facul t y
Al-Ameen is an alumnus of ISB Hyderabad. He is a digital marketing
enthusiast who has worked with a lot of top brands in helping them
re-target their audience. He has backpacked to more than 10 countries so
far, and is a rapper, karaoke artist, and an emcee who has been featured in
the Economic Times.

Shrikant Singh
Verbal Facul t y
Shrikant is an alumnus of ISB Hyderabad and IIT Kharagpur. He had 4+
years of experience in Analytics before his MBA and is currently
working with Amazon as a Planning Manager. He loves teaching and
interacting with students as he believes this keeps him on his toes.
Mohammed Junaid
Quant Facul t y
Junaid is the quintessential quants guy; a person who solves GMAT and GRE
quant questions as part of his day-job, and solves puzzles and problems in
his free time for fun. He has an M.Sc. in Mathematics, and 5 years of
experience in training students across Test Prep courses for the GMAT, GRE,
SAT, etc. When he?s not living and breathing Math, Junaid enjoys playing
volleyball and cricket.

Adit ya Kumar
Quant Facul t y
Aditya is an engineer by qualification, and an alumnus of the famous M.S
Ramaih Institute of Technology. His foray into the education industry was a
serendipitous accident; but teaching soon turned into a calling as he
discovered how good he was at it. He has 3 years of experience training
students for test-prep courses for the GMAT, GRE, and SAT. His
super-power is his ability to uncomplicate a tangled mess of information
into simple, byte-sized facts.

Arit ro Bhat t acharya

Quant Facul t y
Aritro has 8+ years of experience in business technology consulting. An
alumnus of Jadavpur and Indian School of Business, he is currently a senior
technology advisory consultant at Cognizant. He worships Steve Jobs, Jeff
Bezos, and Jan Koum.

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INTRODUCTION

Why is it t hat 89% of al l GMAT t est -t akers get stuck at sub-700 scores?

Think about it..89% ! That?s an overwhelming majority of GMAT aspirants.


This in itself would not be a problem..except that most top B-schools are
looking for a 700+ score, especially from Indian candidates!

So why were these people not able to crack the 700 barrier?

Did t hey not work hard?


Not likely ? As a test-prep company, we?ve seen that GMAT aspirants are a
pretty committed lot. Most people who write the GMAT are professionals
who have made a conscious decision to do an MBA ( unlike the CAT,
which attracts many ?timepass?candidates who later fall by the wayside).

Did t hey not f ind t he right guides t o prepare f rom?


Again, not likely. Spend just half an hour on an MBA forum, and you will
realize that there are just a few guides that are considered the gold
standard in GMAT preparation.
Did t hey not f ind good t ut ors?
Look around..there are enough test-prep companies to bewilder you
when you try to make a choice. There is also enough high-quality prep
advice on test-prep sites and forums.

So, what gives??

Here?s the thing!

Most students make one costly mistake.. they do not make the effort to
really understand the GMAT. They just study hard and expect it to pay off.

We believe ( in fact, we know) that understanding the GMAT thoroughly,


and learning all its secrets, can boost your scores bigtime!

Are you ready to learn the secrets that can get you from a 600 to a 700+
score?

Read on!
1. Why GMAT is not a t est of skil l al one

The first thing you need to do is stop thinking of the GMAT like it?s a
bag of tricks you can master to crack the perfect 800. Like it?s a
bunch of rules that you can mug up and get done with.

How many formulae do we have in math?

100?
150?
200?

Let?s assume that you spend some time understanding them and
solving 2-3 questions based on each. It should take you not more
than two months to assimilate these formulae completely.

Is that enough to score a full 51 on the Quant section?


Using similar logic, if you mug up a bunch of grammar rules, you
should be able to crack any Sentence Correction question.

But reality proves otherwise.

This is because GMAT is a test that does not ride on knowledge and
skill alone. There is a component of raw intelligence and innate
ability too. Knowing theory/ rules/ formulae can only take you a
certain distance.

Yet students each year tend to think of the GMAT only in terms of
?completing X books?, ?solving N questions?, etc. And once they go
through the ritual they expect (rather demand) that their scores be in
the rarefied realm of 700+.

This a very common refrain we?ve heard from students: ?I have done
the Official Guide, Manhattan SC Guide, Powerscore CR bible and the
Kaplan Verbal Workbook. However my score is still in the 500 +
range. What do I do next??

The first thing you need to do is ?unlearn?the belief that there is a


sureshot way to a 700+ based on the acquisition of new knowledge
and skill.

This is not to discourage you, but to give you a realistic idea of the
GMAT.
2. Why GMAT is not a t est of int el l igence
al one

So, is it about intelligence alone?


Here is a classic question: How many in a room of 100 smart people
would be able to solve a really tough 800-level GMAT question?
5?
10?

Now, how many in a room of 100 monkeys would be able to do that?


The law of probability would say ? 20! :)

The truth is - t he GMAT t est s you at t he conf l uence of your


int el l igence and your skil l s.

Yes, there will be a certain base level of ability you will bring to the
GMAT, but you do have a lot of control over your final score,
depending on how much skill you are able to build.
One key skill is to think like the GMAT test-setter. With enough
practice from official sources, you will realize that the GMAT
test-setter can think only in very specific patterns to confuse/ trick
you.

If you can expose yourself to the various areas that are tested, the
various forms that are used, and the various traps that you need to
avoid ? you will eventually hack the GMAT test-setter?s mind.

A classic trap, for example, is causation-correlation in Critical


Reasoning.

I wake up at 6am and the Sun rises just after I wake up.
This happens everyday.
Hence from this I can conclude that the Sun rises because I wake up.

This sound ridiculous right?

Now how about this?

Akash scored 770.


Akash studied from a coaching institute called CRIME (Complete Ripoff
In Management Education).
Hence if you want to score high then you should join CRIME as well.

Would you fall for this one?

As unbelievable as it may sound ? a lot of us do!


3. Why Time Management is more
import ant t han you t hink

Here is some food for thought. On the GMAT, it is better to get a


question WRONG in 30 seconds than get it right in 5 minutes.

On the GMAT, the wrong question to ask yourself is, ?Can I solve this
question?? The right question to ask is, ?Can I solve this question in
under two minutes??

However, a word of warning here. Within the two minute limit, do not
try to rush it further and try to get it right within seconds.

Giving one minute more per question will not greatly increase your
chances of getting it right.

However, giving it one minute less will almost certainly dramatically


reduce the chances of getting it right.
4. Why making Educat ed Guesses is right
(Even if it f eel s wrong)

You can follow this advice only if you develop (at the cost of
sounding like a shrink) an ability to ?let go?.

Unfortunately, right from your school days, the bigger virtue was
always ?knowing?stuff.

Guessing was a crime.

You never told a teacher, ?I don?t know the answer but can guess
what it could be.?

On the GMAT, you cannot live in such a binary Right/ Wrong, Yes/ No,
0/ 1, Black/ White world.
You need to be comfortable living in between ? Partially (in)correct,
Maybe, 0.5, Grey area!

Take enough tests to develop this ability and to ease into that
nagging sense of discomfort.

If you do, you will learn to understand how to sense the probability
of a certain option being right, after which you should go for the
guess!

However for this to happen, you need to fine- tune your strategy
and not have a cookie-cutter approach for each question.

When you solve a question, ask yourself hypothetical questions -


what if I had two minutes less for this passage, what if I did not spot
this error on SC, and so on.
5. Why t he Brut e-Force Approach wil l f ail
you on GMAT prep

One more crucial thing you need to do is change the way you think
Quant problems should be solved on the GMAT - So far as GMAT
Quant is concerned, more is not necessarily better!

There are some competitive exams that still test your math the
?Indian?way ? for example, the Bank PO places an emphasis on doing
basic math. Fast.

However, on the GMAT, you are expected to be managers ? not math


jocks.

As Indians, we tend to remember our own tryst with school and


college level exams ? the guy who solved the most problems ended
up scoring the highest. This doesn?t work on the GMAT.
If you end up practicing using the wrong techniques then instead of
getting more than your current score of 600 ( for example) ? you
might end up being the expert at scoring a 600.

Not a 590. Not a 610.

But a 600 each time ? Bingo!

Because now you have just managed to get better at being bad!

Solving more questions will also land you in a scenario where you
don?t really analyze your mistakes. Because you are running short on
time. Because you need to solve the 50 million other questions in
this new source/ book/ website you just found.

You need to be conscious of the fact that GMAT Quant is a different


beast.
6. Why 'Accuracy' is a misl eading met ric t o
abide by on t he GMAT

Is the ?average?beauty of the country measured by the number of


Miss Indias who go on to win the Miss Universe title?

You will quickly say that this is an absurd metric to base the
conclusion on.

Then why do people end up picking ?accuracy on the Official Guide?


as the measurement of how well they are doing on the GMAT?
Here's why this metric is inaccurate -

The OG is graded from easy to hard. So the average is really the


weighted average.
And how can you tell how much weight you must attach to each
question?
Messy, isn't it?

If you have been able to solve each question, understand clearly why
it is right (or wrong), and remember the structural elements to use in
your own practice ? you will be rewarded much more than someone
who has a higher accuracy but has mindlessly practiced without
learning anything.

Analysis is the key to improving on the GMAT, and how much time
you devote to analyzing each question can vary from section to
section.

If it takes you X minutes go through a Quant question during


analysis, it should take you 4X minutes to go through an SC question.

This is because, for each right answer choice in Quant, the other four
answers don?t mean much.

However, in SC, there are four different ways in which the GMAT
test-setter has tried to confuse you.
7. Why a t ough quest ion doesn't come up
wit h a red beacon on t op

Tough questions are tough because they are tough to spot.

They look very easy and you will jump at what you think is the right
answer.

However, the minute you start analyzing it deeper, you will realize
that you have been tricked.

In practice, most students don?t really expose themselves to very


tough GMAT problems.
One way to expose yourself to tough questions is to solve GMATPrep
questions.

Take the test enough times, so that you get all the easy answers
right, and so that you can confront the real puzzlers.

However, do remember that because of the repeats, your score gets


?inflated?.

GMATPrep questions at a higher level, (after the 40 raw score and


above in Verbal, and 48 raw score and above in Quant) are good
representations of how the GMAT will test you at a higher level.

Some test-prep companies provide tough questions, which are


tedious-tough. GMAT is elegantly tough.

You will always be a bit unsure after each question.

That is the hallmark of a truly great question.


8. Why buil ding your ment al st amina is
crucial t o your perf ormance

The GMAT is not a sprint. It is a marathon. For four hours, your


brain is going to be subjected to immense pressure (internal and
external).

You don?t practice for a marathon by running a kilometer and then


resting your limbs.

You practice knowing that endurance is as important, in fact, even


more important, than speed.

When you practice for the GMAT, ensure that you take a sufficient
number of practice tests in the same time duration and in similar
circumstances as the real test.

It is also very important that you take the AWA/ IR sections along
with it. You need to do this to ensure that these sections don?t wear
you down before you come to the crucial Quant and Verbal
sections.
9. Why you need t o pract ice Monday
t hrough Sunday (and not just on weekends)

Most diets are given up while reading the dessert menu.

Most GMAT plans are given up when you have an extra tough day at
work!

The logic is the same ? ?What difference does it make if I start


tomorrow? I?ll go easy on myself just today! Anyway, I practiced
extra hard last week ? I deserve a break?.
However, the GMAT rewards diligence over everything else. You
need to be consistent for the 2-3 months that you are preparing for
the test.

More so, because the GMAT is like a root canal operation ? you want
to do it once and you want to do it right!

Either you are an early morning person or a late evening person.

If you are the former, then just wake up an hour in advance and
make sure that you get your practice for the day out of the way.

If you are the latter, then make sure you do it after you return from
work. Do not depend on weekends.

Stop accessing your mobile every time it beeps, stay away from
Whatsapp, and please, please, please for heaven?s sake unplug the
Internet.

Here is a classic path of defocus:

Solving an SC question -> Checking forums for answer -> Reading a


related thread on GMAT -> Viewing a related article on MBA ->
Viewing a Youtube video on Harvard -> Watching a video on
Leadership -> Reading an article on ?How to manage distraction?on
Harvard Business Review!

See how easy it is to get off track?! :)


10. Why l earning f rom t he wrong mat erial
coul d cost you your MBA dream!

The Internet is the biggest bane of GMAT test- takers. Not because
material hitherto inaccessible is now just a click away, but because
there was a good darn reason that the material was inaccessible in
the first place!

GMAC, the creator of the GMAT, spends $2,000 on a single question


(a clearly inflated number, but we picked it up from a copyright suit
they had filed against a company).

However, many test-prep companies spend much less! In fact, some


companies create books for a specific test and then try to remarket
them for GMAT. A classic case is the LSAT ? the test for law. A good
amount of material from LSAT CR books have found their way into
GMAT books.
One more problem with the ?wrong?material is that many techniques
in these books sound good.

They look easy, and they promise results. A lot of this is just clever
marketing. When you use any technique, ask yourself if you can use
it within two minutes on the test.

If not, it is of no use. To anyone.

We do not mean to tell you that there?s no good material out there.
There are a lot of test-prep companies doing good work. But, when
you make a choice about a particular guide, be wary, and check with
people who have used the guide and taken the test.

At CrackVerbal, we have our own set of guides, which we?ve modeled


closely on the real deal ? that is, on the GMATprep questions!

We also understand that no technique is worth a dime if it hasn?t


worked on the real test! Our techniques have been ?field- tested?
countless times over by our students who have achieved fantastic
scores!

Congrats! :)
You?re now well on the way to GMAT enlightenment.

If you internalize these ?secrets?and act on them, you can expect to see
your scores soar into the 700s!

Read the next section of this book for specific tips that worked for our
top-scorers.
TIPS FROM TOP SCORERS
Gurpreet Singh I think no one should hurry while
solving the OG questions just to get
GMAT 770 the homework done. Each question is
very important and even if you do a
question right you should look at that
the explanations given in the OG.
If the OG explanations do not satisfy
you (happened a lot with me), then you
can look for external sources that
provide better explanations. There
were days when I did just 10-15
questions a day because the post
question analysis took a long time.
Read more here!

Apurv Manjrekar
GMAT 760 The following helped me -
1. Diligently following POE
2. Solving difficult questions only after
all classes and OG/ Verbal Review
material
3. Relaxing while solving questions
4. Application of rules and pattern
recognition is more important than
definition of the rules.
5.Taking 8 practice tests
Read more here!
Priyadarsh Sharma
GMAT 750
Each preparation session should be
timed! No exceptions. Even if you are
attempting a set of questions for the
first time, time the effort. I used to
solve questions in sets of 10 and time
each set on my cell phone stop watch.
As a result, at the end of each prep
session, I would know exactly how
much time was I averaging for
particular question types.
Read more here!

Raveesh Mayya
GMAT 750 I want to quote Arun's wonderful
statement, "Good score comes not
by solving infinite questions. It
comes by solving finite questions
but analyzing each of them
thoroughly.
I solved the questions from OG,
maintained an error log. At the end
of every round, I analyzed my
mistakes.
Read more here!
Karan Virani
1. Do not skip AWA whenever you
GMAT 740 give full tests. Everything before
Quant and Verbal takes a toll on you
and you need to be ready for that.
2. Last day Jitters: These are the
most painful. Have a strategy and
tell yourself "GMAT is not the end to
the world".
3. Last but not the least, please stop
double checking and doubly
reassuring that you have marked the
right answer. A huge waste of time.
Read more here!

Sanmeet Jasuja
GMAT 740

According to me it is important to
know the fundamentals of the Verbal
sections because it is very easy to go
astray. You should work on your
mistakes more and understand the
underlying concepts to this.
Read more here!
Kaushik Subramaniam
GMAT 730
Ensure that you reach your required
proficiency levels in each sub section
and maintain that.
You need to start loving the exam. Love
how the questions are framed; love how
the next question?s difficulty is
determined, and how it will grade you.
I cannot stress enough on this ? USE
ONLY GMAC MATERIAL ? nothing else
comes close.
Read more here!

Ashwin Bal ivada


GMAT 720
I redid all the questions I learnt until
it became muscle memory, and if
were woken up at 3 in the morning I
would be able to answer that
question.
I got myself the official guide,
started doing my research and learnt
all the questions in the OG. I would
say that the GMAT is a test of
stamina and strategy.
Read more here!
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