If you do see a repeated question then, yes, you get it wrong on purpose unless you are 100% certain that you would have gotten it right even if it really had been totally new.
If this happens too many times in one section, though, then this is still not representative of your current scoring level.
So part of it is: stop studying the CAT questions so extensively that you remember them all. :) Also don't take a ton of CATs. That isn't how you get better anyway - you get better from the study you do between
CATs. While you're still in "trying to raise my score" mode, taking a test more frequently than every 2-4 weeks, roughly, is a waste of time.
In most of the SC Q's, i wasn't confident of any choice
Was that different compared to your practice tests and OG practice? Or was that also true in practice?
If this was a difference, then I'm betting you saw a greater incidence of "long underline" sentences where large parts of the answer choices changed and moved around. This was that link I gave to you last time (I'll paste again for others reading this):http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... orrection/
If that was also true in practice, then you likely don't know the grammar well enough. I assume you've been studying from our SC book (because pretty much everyone uses our SC book :) - if so, then you may need some outside help in the form of a teacher or tutor. If not, then get it and start using it.
I am able to execute the above mentioned steps but total time to solve a CR and RC Q goes into 2 minutes plus.
Always? Or only sometimes? If only sometimes, on which question types? What are the patterns?
Are you losing that time on the readthrough of the argument / passage? Or on the question and answer choices? Or both?
For all of verbal, plan to do 2 passes through the answers.
On the 1st pass through answers: place answers into 1 of 2 categories, definitely wrong or maybe. DO NOT decide whether something is right at this stage. (Lots of people lose time trying to decide whether something's right when they haven't even looked at all the answers yet. Don't waste a second of time doing that. If it's a "maybe," then leave it in and immediately check the next one.)
On the 2nd pass through: look only at the "maybe" answers, compare
(don't just look at them separately), choose oneAlways:
when you are down to two answers on verbal, look at each answer ONCE more, then pick one and move on. (Again, lots of people lose time agonizing back and forth multiple times. Never do this - it's a waste of time.)
Overall goal is still 700-ish but as i have decided to give 70-80 more days to my second attempt, i am targeting to 90th percentile in both Verbal and Quant. IS that a realistic goal at my level?
That's a large jump for verbal in that timeframe, especially if you're doing everything on your own (without the help of a teacher or tutor). Outside help is expensive, of course, and there are no guarantees - but things can generally move faster if you're working with someone.
verbal its mainly timing :-( I can solve all the Verbal Q type with close to 100% accuracy in non-timed conditions. As soon as i have to push for timing all verbal concepts (specially SC) and strategies (Specially RC) goes for a toss.
See how much time you can save / shave using the answer-choice process I talked about above (2 passes). If part of the problem is reading speed, start reading every day - books, articles, anything that interests you but also has a decently high vocab, etc, level. It can take months to make a significant difference in reading speed. :(