1. Buy the Manhattan GMAT sentence correction book. It is by far the best sentence correction book on the market (at least for the money)
2. The sentence correction questions and reading comprehension passages (in our opinion) are more difficult on the actual GMAT vs. GMATprep. In addition, OG 11 and OG 12 questions are pretty much maxed at the 650 level.
3. When dealing with critical reasoning questions, try reading the passage first and the question stem second. 90% of test prep companies will tell you that you can save a lot of time doing it the other way around, but we disagree. The problem is that if you read the question stem first and the passage second, you tend to “skim” the passage and look for certain information. Wrong answer choices hurt those who “skim” the passage. Try it and see if it works. It does for a lot of people. In addition, try some critical reasoning questions from various LSAT prep materials–LSAT questions are more difficult than you will see on the GMAT.
4. READ DENSER WORKS than you would normally read. You will improve your reading comprehension a ton if you start doing this. The resources mentioned below will also help you in the sentence correction section. Read 3-5 passages per week from each resource below:
- The Economist (magazine)
- The Wall Street Journal
- Any deep Philosophy book
As you study/read with these resources, begin asking yourself some questions:
1. What is the topic (subject)?
2. What is the scope of the topic (subject matter)?
3. Why is the author writing about this?
4. What is the overall structure of the passage?
5. What is the author trying to say?
As you do this, use a laminated board and marker and begin writing down the answers to these questions. This will help lead you to the most correct answers on the GMAT. In addition, studying with these resources will help train your brain to understand confusing subjects that you may know nothing about.
A few more tips:
1. Read actively and don’t “skim” over passages
2. Find the conclusion statement. This is usually in the first or last paragraph.
3. Paraphrase confusing subjects/statements in your own words. This will help you stay focused on what you really need to know.
Stay tuned for quant tips!