How to break the 700 barrier part 1

A lot of people set out with a 700+ as their goal score, but the truth is, not everybody can make it.  In fact, the GMAT is scored specifically so that only the top 10% get a 700 or more.   This doesn’t mean you should give up if a 700+ is your goal.  However, it does mean that you need to work hard to learn the content and practice.

If you’re already following the advice from earlier chapters, then you are already on your way to breaking that coveted 700 barrier, but there are some other things you need to do to get you there.

1) Eliminate your weaknesses

If you are aiming for a 700+, you cannot afford to have a gap in knowledge of any kind.  Getting a 500+ level question wrong will really hurt your score. This means, you can’t get away with not studying a specific topic and hoping that it never comes up for you.  You need to make sure that you have identified any potential weaknesses and eliminated them. 

In order to do this, you should be actively logging your errors and keeping track of what types of problems you are getting wrong the most, but more importantly what types of problems you are getting the easiest questions wrong.    It is absolutely essential to assure that you don’t get tripped up by the easiest level of questions.  Any time you get a really easy question right, make sure to analyze exactly why it happened.  Was it a silly mistake or was it because of a lapse in knowledge?  If it was a lapse in knowledge, then you need to correct it. 

2) Be wary of silly mistakes

If you are aiming for a 700+, then the stakes are high and you really can’t afford to make silly mistakes.  What I mean by silly mistakes is falling into the traps set for you by the test makers.  For example, if the problem asks for the value of x+7, and you get so answer happy when you get to x, that you select the option that matches up with x.   Not only are you getting the answer wrong, but you waste time doing all the work, and the most frustrating part is that you probably did all the work correctly and just missed it at the last minute.

One way to get around this is to write exactly what the question is asking for on your note-board to remind yourself.  For example, in for the previous problem, I would have written x+7=?.  You can also try to get into the habit of quickly checking the question before you enter the answer. 

Meet the Author

Eliza Chute

I was always just an average student, but with the right course prep I was able to score a 770 on my first try. I had to wade through a lot of material to find what was right for me, but luckily for you I've done all the research for you! See more on my GMAT courses page.

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