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Re: 2 Odd weeks left - -- Help [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 21:44
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Hello mohit11,

What do you mean by "The MGMAT analysis throws out random results"? There are many different raw score combinations that can result in the same overall score (i.e. I have a 48/38 and a 710, and I have seen many people iwth a 49/39 and a 710).

Also remember, strike rate on its own is worthless. Your score depends on strike rate AND the difficulty of the problem. Getting an easy problem incorrect will impede your ability to score a 700 more than getting a harder problem incorrect.

Have you gone through and read debriefs to figure out what has worked for others? This should help you establish some sort of game plan to overcome these shortcomings.

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Re: 2 Odd weeks left - -- Help [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 22:24
Hi Mohater,

Many thanks for replying, I do go through the debriefs and have learned a few tricks from them. I've taken two Manhattan Tests so far, and my Verbal score is pretty consistent with and so are my mistakes.

For the Verbal part,

I. When i am practicing SC offline (timed) i tend to get approximately 80 percent of SC correct. However, on verbal tests, i tend to get easy SC questions right, however, my strike rate drops considerably in 700- 800 level questions. and when i go back to some of these questions i feel i could have got the question right, but then its too late.

I've gone through Manhattan SC bible, I've done Kaplan 800, I have made notes, i have noted down errors i tend to make in SC. I have practiced a lot. Perhaps all i can do is continue to practice and eventually get better.

2. For RC, i am pretty good at RC, for MGMAT tests, i ended up rushing through the last RC and thats why i got those RC's wrong. But i am still comfortable with RC questions.

3. For CR, I initially went through Manhattan CR book, had a hit rate of 85 percent on OG10 CR questions. However, MGMAT's CR stumped me, i realized that perhaps there is some gap in my logical reasoning, and i have started reviewing Power Score CR bible, having gone through the initial chapter i do realize that i was committing some logical errors and perhaps i can get better at them. After completing the PR CR bible i plan to do questions in OG12.

Another problem is that on most of the SC and CR questions, i am never sure if my answer is 100 percent right or not.
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Again, strike rate on its own is WORTHLESS.

When you're doing practice problems, they tend to be in ascending difficulty order (with the OG and math/verbal review). Therefore, having an excellent strike rate doesn't really mean much.

When you begin to do well on GMATPrep or MGMAT tests (among others), you will see a larger % of more difficult questions. Thus, when you say you have no issues on practice problems and then suddenly have issues on the test, this leads me to think you have a timing issue and an issue with dealing with 650+ problems.

Regarding CR/RC:
There is always a right and wrong answer on the GMAT. Yes, answers appear ambiguous at times, but there is always an answer that is correct vs an answer that uses some language that makes it more far fetched.
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Re: 2 Odd weeks left - -- Help [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 23:23
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this leads me to think you have a timing issue and an issue with dealing with 650+ problems.


Yup, these two seem to be the 2 major suspects. I'll work on these, Thank you appreciate the reply.
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Re: 2 Odd weeks left - -- Help [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2010, 13:54
With only two weeks left, its really important to use any error log you may have kept wisely, focusing most of your time on those areas that hurt you the most. If there you have to prioritize according to a general standard, I'd suggest focusing on sentence correction first, Data Sufficiency next, then Problem Solving, then Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. This sequence is based on the likelihood of actual improvement within a short period of time.

For improving sentence correction, look at your most common errors and break them down into some of th most common types the GMAT uses: pronoun errors, misplaced modifiers, parallel construction errors, tense errors, subject-verb agreement errors, comparison errors, quantity errors, idiom errors, etc. Focus on those error types that are your weakest. Learn to quickly scan the sentence looking for these types of mistakes and also learn to scan the answer choices to see what error they are trying to make you think it is.

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