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610!! Re-Take Strategy : Need Help

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GMAT 1: 610 Q49 V23
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GMAT 3: 770 Q50 V47
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610!! Re-Take Strategy : Need Help [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 08:35
Dear All,

I took GMAT on Sep 1, 2012 and got a very disappointing score of 610 Q49 V23.

Though I had set-up my mind from the very beginning to give GMAT only one shot, but here I am back again because I have no other option than going for MBA. So after a month now, I have decided to re-attempt. I am planning to re-take on Jan,2013. But very unsure on how to restart my preparation, as I have already completed most of the materials and more importantly I have no clue where I went wrong in Verbal section. Yes, I know what did cost me in Quants.

My 1st time Prep score as follows.

GMATPrep 1: 2 April,2012: 770
Kaplan 1: 15 July, 2012: 720
MGMAT: 15 Aug, 2012: 740
GMATPrep 2: 25 Aug,2012: 750
GMATPrep 3: 26 Aug,2012: 730 (2 Repeats in Quants, 3 In Verbal)

Actual GMAT:1 Sep,2012: 610

Study Materials:
1. GMAT OG 10, 11, 12, 13
2. OG Verbal 2
3. 1000 SC
4. PowerScore CR
5. Kaplan Math Workbook
6. Kaplan Verbal Workbook
7. Kaplan Verbal foundation
8. SC Grail
9. 100 RC (Only Sec- III)

Definitely my focus is verbal. Please let me know, which one of the above to skip and which one to repeat.
Also, please suggest any additional work material or study plan.

The biggest problem I have is: once I do a question, it gets into my memory and I can't retry. And finding new questions is difficult.

I guess, I need additional practice on CR and may be that is the section where I went wrong in actual Test.

Please help me!
Thankful forever.
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Dear All,

I took GMAT on Sep 1, 2012 and got a very disappointing score of 610 Q49 V23.

Though I had set-up my mind from the very beginning to give GMAT only one shot, but here I am back again because I have no other option than going for MBA. So after a month now, I have decided to re-attempt. I am planning to re-take on Jan,2013. But very unsure on how to restart my preparation, as I have already completed most of the materials and more importantly I have no clue where I went wrong in Verbal section. Yes, I know what did cost me in Quants.

My 1st time Prep score as follows.

GMATPrep 1: 2 April,2012: 770
Kaplan 1: 15 July, 2012: 720
MGMAT: 15 Aug, 2012: 740
GMATPrep 2: 25 Aug,2012: 750
GMATPrep 3: 26 Aug,2012: 730 (2 Repeats in Quants, 3 In Verbal)

Actual GMAT:1 Sep,2012: 610

Study Materials:
1. GMAT OG 10, 11, 12, 13
2. OG Verbal 2
3. 1000 SC
4. PowerScore CR
5. Kaplan Math Workbook
6. Kaplan Verbal Workbook
7. Kaplan Verbal foundation
8. SC Grail
9. 100 RC (Only Sec- III)

Definitely my focus is verbal. Please let me know, which one of the above to skip and which one to repeat.
Also, please suggest any additional work material or study plan.

The biggest problem I have is: once I do a question, it gets into my memory and I can't retry. And finding new questions is difficult.

I guess, I need additional practice on CR and may be that is the section where I went wrong in actual Test.

Please help me!
Thankful forever.


Sorry to know that you did not score as expected in the actual GMAT. I would have certainly taken a bet on an above 700 score considering how well you performed in the prep tests.
Anyway, it seems that your Verbal needs a revamp. Considering that you scored pretty well in Quant, I don't think that nerves played a big role in your score. You might want to take a fresh perspective. If you feel that CR let you down then that's great! (Let me explain...)

CR is much like Quant (something you are very strong in). It is very analytical once you know how to approach it properly. You go step by step - identify the type of question, focus on the conclusion, think what you are looking for, go on to the options, discard the obvious ones, revisit the contenders with the conclusion in mind. SC and RC questions can be about 'degree of correctness' i.e. this is more correct than that but CR is more black and white. If it is a strengthen question, 4 options will either weaken or be neutral. Only one option will strengthen. You don't have 'less strengthen'/'more strengthen' complication.
For examples, check out these posts:
cr-doctors-in-britain-have-long-suspected-that-patients-68935.html?hilit=conclusion
parasitic-wasps-lay-their-eggs-105879.html?hilit=conclusion

As for SC and RC, the more you practice, the better it is for you. You can check out the Veritas verbal books. They will give you a fresh perspective, lots of strategies and new questions from different topics for practice.
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