I could use some study advise for non-native speakers. I took the GMAT exam twice. The first time was in July 2013 (540, Q36 V27). After this exam I took a break and started studying again in September 2013. I started with rereading all Manhattan quant guides and took a verbal course which existed of 6 sessions of 3 hours. I felt like my verbal was getting better and better. When the course finished I was also done with reviewing the quant guides. I decided to plan a new GMAT exam a month from this point in time. With one month to go I went trough the entire OG 13th
edition. Every day I was doing a couple of questions of every kind of type (PS, DS, SC, CR, RC) and I reviewed the ones I answered wrong. The scores I got for the CAT's were getting better:
MGMAT CAT 3: 590 (Q 41, V 31) 10/25/2013
MGMAT CAT 4: 610 (Q 44, V 31) 11/07/2013
MGMAT CAT 5: 630 (Q 42, V 34) 11/19/2013
MBA CAT1: 620 (Q45, V31) 11/29/2013
I'm aiming for a 600+ score so I was pretty confident when I went to the test centre on 12/07/2013. During the quant part I was running too fast, when I was half way I was 5 minutes ahead. So I slowed down during the last 10 questions. During the break I wasn't quite sure about the quant part but I tried to focus my mind on verbal. During the verbal section it was really hard for me to concentrate and to achieve a fast enough pace. RC texts took me so much time that I had to scan some parts of the texts to leave enough time for CR and SC questions. Test result was disappointing 560 (Q42, V25)! Verbal even worse than during my first attempt!
As you can probably understand I was really done with the GMAT so I took some time off to work and make some money. Now is the time for me to start again and to reach my 600+ goal. I'm aiming for the end of January 2014 or the beginning of Februari 2014 to take the test for the 3th time. Do you guys have any tips or strategies for me in my situation? How can I improve my verbal and maintain a 42+ level on quant? I'm able to study about 4 days per week at least a couple of hours a day.
Thanks a lot!
I'm sorry to hear about your struggles, and I am happy to help.
Here's a free idiom ebook:http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/
Here's a free one-month study plan:http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/1-month-gm ... -schedule/
My big advice, which I always give to non-native speakers who want to improve in GMAT Verbal. If you want to improve, READ. Read every day, for at least an hour a day, over and above any GMAT preparations. Read hard, challenging material in English. Here are some recommendations about what to read:http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
The only way you will get better at reading is to practice, not just little GMAT passages, but full length articles in a publication such as the Economist
magazine or the Wall Street Journal
. If you want an MBA, those two publications are excellent reading for expanding your familiarity with the international business scene.
Finally, I think Magoosh
can really help you. Here, for free, is a practice SC question:http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3563
Here's a practice RC passage:http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3623Magoosh
also has a score guarantee, which guarantees a 50-point increase above your highest GMAT score, so that would be a 610 or your money back.http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-guarantee
Even if you decide not to use Magoosh
, please get everything you can from the ebook, the study guide, and everything else on that free blog. There's a lot there that can help you.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
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