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20 DAYS TO D - DAY ( FEB 15th)

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24 Jan 2010, 18:38
Finally ..I have booked the exam and it is on FEB 15th ( actually rescheduled from FEB 11th)

20 more days is all I have got. I have been postponing the due date , but it seemed as if I would not take the exam seriously, until I book the exam

So far
MGMAT 1
Q 46 V 29 - 610
SC - 7/15 correct
CR - 7/14 correct
RC - 7/12 correct

MGMAT 2
Q 45 V 33 - 640 ( after spending some time in SC )
- Got 13/15 SC correct, but I felt asleep while reading the RC , it was terrible ( I started taking the exam by midnight and that played its part)
SC - 13 /15 correct ( God's Hand ? )
CR - 6 /14 correct ( still practising CR)
RC - 3/ 12 correct ( my eyes were paining and started guessing RC , but still, am very bad in RC)

I would like to see my scores in 700s and am cofident that I can push my Q score to 48/49 if I go through the basics again. but having 20 days in Hand ( and I will be working 1 more week), I need to plan my study plan.

Kindly help me in improving my verbal score. and also suggests some study plan for me .Like what should I concentrate from today etcetra..
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25 Jan 2010, 11:09
any taker ?
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25 Jan 2010, 11:50
The reason for no replies is that your question is very generic and will take hours/days to cover with the information you supplied. I would suggest you start here: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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25 Jan 2010, 12:03
Thanks BB .I would be more than happpy to provide specific details..

Apologies . I havent put my point correct and shouldn't have asked help on study plan blindly

This is what I would like to be clarified.

Since I have only 19 days to prepare, I would like to know whether there is any short term success story.How to improve verbal scores on concentrating the important things such as...where I could cover most of the part.

Honestly speaking , I thought this will be way of motivating myself and keeping myself turned in.I am not sure whether the suggestions will improve my verbal score dramatically , but surely will improve my confidence ( and you guys very well know that .
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25 Jan 2010, 12:36
I hear you.
There is not anything magic or fast - verbal takes time and effort.
I suggest spending time reading books (GMAT Fiction) and practicing strategies. That's it. Stick to a strategy, and don't deviate, not by a bit.

You can also start working on studying grammar using Doing Grammar or Kaplan Verbal Foundations. If you are not happy with your result at the end, you may want to try Knewton - they have a 50-point guarantee, so you either get your money back or score 50 points more.

Also, for the last 20 days, make sure you have the right verbal books: best-gmat-verbal-prep-books-reviews-recommendations-78094.html
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26 Jan 2010, 05:13
Thanks for that.

I have got Manhattan SC, Manhattan RC and Power Score CR .

SC -- will go through the Manhattan SC again
CR -have completed OG 12 questions.

As suggested I will try to get a basic grammar book also
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26 Jan 2010, 06:32
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First of all be confident. Rarely people score good in 1st attempt and there is no harm in scoring above 650 and then improving it to 700+.
So don't think your 1st attempt is the last attempt, m not demotivating you to give best shot in second but showing u the real picture.

try your best to get 700 + in 1st attempt but even if you don't get, you can still improve.
Do not think of any question after attempting it. You concentration should be on current question only.

Regarding RC, you seems to be weak in that. Make habit of reading 2-3 big articles daily and visualizing it.
And for the last few days donot learn anything new just revise all you have learnt . Losing point from the topics you already know is a big loss.

Good luck and keep us updated about your progress and FINAL SCORE.
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26 Jan 2010, 16:07
Thanks Gurpreet. (Boost is the secret of My Energy ! )

I accept the fact. I have not prepared anything for Reading Comprehension and am starting today with Manhattan RC . Hope it pushes me ahead ..

will keep you guys posted
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27 Jan 2010, 01:40
Good luck mate.
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31 Jan 2010, 11:06
- Am Loving It

Completed MGMAT RC and started workin on OG RC questions and my success rate is good now. But I should also consider the fact that the difficulty of RC questions in OG increases towards the end.. so far so good. will let you know the progress on other questions..

also I will be taking a MGMAT CAT today..Let me post the results..
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31 Jan 2010, 17:45
just finished my sample CAT exam ( Manhattan TEST III) and I have hurt myself

Q 43 V 33 - 630

Quant:
- Made a big blunder..couldnt stop the clock ticking..felt like the questions were tougher than before.lost against time.

Worst Part - DS ( 6 out of 9 correct)
Best Part - PS ( yeah , I know PS is the only other part) 14 out of 22 correct

Verbal :

RC
- Took more time for RCs, got 7 out of 9 correct (first 3 passages)
- RC IV ( didnt have enough time, just browsed through and picked the answer ( 0 out of 3 correct )
- Total 7 / 12
SC
- 9/15
- silly mistakes in S-V
- Need to work out more SC problems
CR
- no matter what I do, CR is becoming tough day by day
- 5/14 correct. can attribute few questions to timing , but still lacking by metre.

Things to do
Verbal
- Do some magic for CR
- Work on timing for RC
- SC - refresh the basics and work on more problems.
Quans
- Timing Timing Timing ( Time is Money )
- Work out more DS problems after refreshing basics ( months since I studied those MGMAT books) .
Long way to go !
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07 Feb 2010, 13:38
Took GMAT PREP Test today and scored 640 ( Q 44 V 34) and all I have got is only 7 more days..

Quant:
- messed with time ( didnt have enought time at the end..had to spend less time and had to guess few)
- 2 incorrect in first 10 ( 1 silly mistake)
- 17 incorrect in total
- last 6 questions are incorrect ( not sure if this reduced my score)

Verbal :
- 3 incorrect in first 10
- 15 incorrect
- had to guess few questions at the end..( but wouldnt attribute this to the score)

My Confidence level has gone down..

to break into 700+

with Q 44 atleast need a V 40
with V 34 atleast need a Q 50 . Not sure which one should I go after.

would be happy to see comments and suggestions .
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07 Feb 2010, 17:42
usually difference in performance is due to not following a clear strategy, esp for verbal (how to attack CR's, SC's and RC's).

You said nothing about your mistakes, but that's where you should be looking and finding a way to cut them as much as possible.
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07 Feb 2010, 18:12
thanks much bb

I have analysed my quant section and I should blame my timing and accuracy. so I will start working in that.

Verbal :
- 15 / 41 incorrect
- 8/16 SC incorrect
- 5/14 RC incorrect
- 2/11 CR incorrect

My weakness were CR and RC and I worked on some methods to improve RC and am comparably better now.
seems I have got a beating in Sentence Correction, which i was doing relatively better. I should start working on SC and CR.

Also I have not done anything to the essays, so I will be spending couple of days for that.
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