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500 GMAT Today and my utter frustration with Verbal... [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 17:45
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So today I took the GMAT at 12pm cst. Arrived at the test center 10 minutes early, calm and not anxious. No one was testing when I arrived, and there was not a wait to sign in. I read the disclaimer about cheating, the notepad, etc... A few moments later I was testing. AWA seemed to be going very well. Little if any mental energy was use to write the papers. Then there was Quan & Verbal.

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Returning from the break I lost 2 minutes due to taking too much time... The quant section seemed to be going very well. Some of the questions were like the MGMAT books. Nothing seemed overly challenging. So I felt fairly confident about how I was doing. I believe I may have guessed 3-6 questions overall. Thought my quant score was over 40 but less than 50. The unofficial was a 38 with a 50th percentile ranking. Seeing those numbers angered me, as a math student/teacher I know that my real ranking in math is much higher than this 50th percentile ranking computed from this standardized test. Just absolutely angers me that I would rank in the 50th percentile and I've seen much more difficult math than whats on this test.

Verbal:
After returning from the break for verbal I felt good and confident, ready to kill verbal. I didnt lose any time since I arrived with 1 minute remaining on the timer. I thought the verbal section was going well but being that I'm not great at verbal my feelings about how I'm doing is much less accurate. Probably guessed the last 3-5 questions since my timing was a little behind. I thought my verbal score was around 30 but it was a 22 with a 26th percentile ranking.

So with these numbers, 500 overall Q-38 V-22, I'm definitely not getting into the Alabama's MSF program. So there's no point in applying. Im thinking of taking a Knewton course and seeing if it helps get me over the 650 hump in 30 days. Any ideas of how to drastically improve SC in 30 days? I haven't felt this angered about a test in a while, but Im going to give it a couple of days and dive back in. I know Im capable of a better score overall, and particularly in math given my math background. Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it!
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Re: 500 GMAT Today and my utter frustration with Verbal... [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 18:44
Just curious, but what were you scoring on your practice exams?
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Re: 500 GMAT Today and my utter frustration with Verbal... [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 18:56
1. GMATPrep1: 490, Q(29) V(27) before kaplan test
2. Kaplan: 550, Q(34) V(33) 12/11/10
3. MGMAT1: 520, Q(41) V(21) 12/22/10
4. MGMAT2: 510, Q(32) V(28) 12/26/11
5. Princeton Review: 470, Q(34) V(22) 4/3/11
6. MGMAT3: 550, Q(37) V(29) 4/11/11
7. MGMAT4: 580, Q(44) V(26) 4/20/11
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Re: 500 GMAT Today and my utter frustration with Verbal... [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 19:15
Well it's pretty clear you need to improve your verbal. What tools did you use to prepare for the verbal?
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Re: 500 GMAT Today and my utter frustration with Verbal... [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2011, 20:02
For Verbal I have the Verbal Review 2nd Edition, OG11, Kaplan Verbal Wb, MGMAT SC, RC, and CR, & OG11. I got through MGMAT SC & CR and their corresponding questions in the Verbal Review. I'm thinking I need to review the SC guide & all problems. Practice more RC and harder PS & DS questions. Is there more that I can do to improve my fundamental understanding in Verbal?
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