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1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 14:53
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It's 1month since I started my preparation for GMAT and I have covered mainly Kaplan Math Workbook and DS section of OG11. On Verbal part, I have finished Manhattan SC guide and PowerScore CR bible. Still, I haven't touched RC part from any book.

My split for today's practice test was V28 and M40 (570). While attempting Math section I was much more confident that I'll cross the 40 mark but anyhow could just touch the mark! As, I said in my previous posts that I'm confident on DS part, today I scored 87% on DS and 64% on PS part!! I'm feeling so bad that I couldn't solve more problem on PS section, time was running and I was exhausted!!

I haven't done well on Verbal part, I committed so many mistakes on CR section. I have already mentioned in my posts that CR ghost is haunting me! Scored worst (58%) in CR section, then in RC section (64%), but I'm happy to see my performance on SC section (80% correct!). I'm not worried about RC also, I haven't touched that section yet, but CR ghost is giving me headache! I have finished PowerScore CR bible, which people advice for better scores in CR section. Any suggestion friends what else should I try for my CR section?

I know that Princeton Reviews tests are considered not at par with real GMAT, but I still have to go through almost all the official guides (OG10, OG11, OG12 and Math, Verbal Reviews)! I hope official guides will help me to improve further.

50 days to go for real exam, I think, I need to rework again on my strategies. Any suggestion to improve on CR section?
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 15:42
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my friend suggests me to read the wall street journal and the articles on economist.com and analyze the arguments. hope this helps!
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 23:18
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Going through Official Guides should be a good option.

Do you keep an error log? You have to analyze closely what question types in the CR section give you the most trouble. This can be done if you have an error log. I assume you've covered all the CR basics, but here are some notes just in case:
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When you're sure you're strong in CR basics, practice good CR questions from Official Guides. Keep analyzing the questions you get wrong and don't forget to time yourself when you practice.

Good luck with your prep!
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 23:33
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Take a look at this forum as well: gmat-critical-reasoning-cr-139/

There are quite a few resources for CR.

The key is:
1) Use the PowerScore strategy exactly as it is written (exactly)
2) Understand why you made every single mistake

If you follow these 2 rules - you have nothing to be concerned about it. If you deviate - you are wasting your time.
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 05:20
Thank you everyone. I'll try to keep error log and visit this forum frequently..

Also, I need one suggestion, should I buy PowerScore LSAT LR Bible?? I read here on this forum that this book is good for CR..
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 07:19
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kissthegmat wrote:
Thank you everyone. I'll try to keep error log and visit this forum frequently..

Also, I need one suggestion, should I buy PowerScore LSAT LR Bible?? I read here on this forum that this book is good for CR..


I would say why not, but in reality it is not needed - you should be able to handle CR with what you have, so it is not a lack of material but there is a disconnect somewhere else.
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Re: 1st shock!! Practice Test-1 = 570/800 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 07:33
Are you understanding the argument before you go ahead with the answer choices. What helped me improve was ensuring I understood the argument before I rushed off to pick an answer choice.

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Also try and formulate an answer in your head... so if it is an assumption question, I think up quickly what the possible assumptions could be. Don't waste your time thinking too much.. it will come to you with practice.
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Practice more and more on CR section..
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