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06 Aug 2008, 02:56
Hi everyone. I have not been an active member of the board so far but I have been following you all the time, reading almost all the posts.

Just came from the test center and I was frustrated... Quant was really difficult but I 49 is not bad. But I really failed the verbal, don't know why.. I have another exac scheduled for November, 5th but cant wait that long. I think I'm going to reschedule it, and work hard on verbal.

I'm totally disillusioned right now and need to be motivated and I also need your advice...

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06 Aug 2008, 09:26
Can you tell how did you prepare for verbal.
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06 Aug 2008, 09:40

in fact, I focused on SC. Used manhattan SC and improved my SC skills beyond a certan point. After some time SC became my most powerful part in verbal.

I used Princeton Review's GMAT book for other parts, RC and CR. I have never been an expert of CR but I wasn't catastrophic either.

However, I'm really bad at RC. I could not develop a certain strategy for that. Many people suggest taking notes but I really can't take notes because whenever I try, I hurry, messing up all that I wrote such that even I cant understand what I wrote. When I try to write in a more understandable way, this time I lose so much time.

I'm really desperate for the RC now.. Can anybody please suggest some other way for RC ??

I also appreciate any suggestions related with CR

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06 Aug 2008, 10:34
Unfortunately, verbal is also my weak area and for me, improving verbal is time consuming and slow process. I score 35 in gmat prep 3 weeks back, but I think my level is around your since I saw couple of previously seen questions in the test. It would be helpful to hear from people who were at low 20's and pushed their score to low 40's or high 30's. Not sure how much I can help. I am also using manhattan sc book, probably the best in the market. I am using powerscore cr bible.I found it good as it make cr types easier to understands. I am trying to improve these two areas to my best level. I am also using 1000 SC/CR for practice since we dont have many good verval resources as compared to math. I am hoping that after doing so much of CR, RC should improving and strategy for myself will develop. Your Q score 49 which is very good and total 650 is not bad at all. I am sure you will score 38+ in just couple of months.
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07 Aug 2008, 03:05
I scheduled my new exam for September, 25th. Since I will be on vacation until the end of the August. Does anybody here believe that 25 days will be enough for a better Verbal score? I will have all that 25 days free and I can even study 5-6 hours a day.
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10 Aug 2008, 14:35
Hello,

Don’t get discouraged - nothing is impossible.

What were your verbal scores from various CATs? If they vary a lot, then your verbal on the real exam will be more a matter of chance, I’m afraid… If they were consistently higher than 28, then it is probable that the next attempt for you will be more successful.

As for RC - I’ve seen two strategies for RC, posted here. One was based on taking notes, the other one required 'involved' reading (i.e., creating a feeling that you are really interested in the subject). If the first didn’t help, perhaps the second will work for you. I, personally, never took notes for RC – because they distracted me rather than helped. I didn’t even read the first q in advance – I started with reading the entire passage. Moreover, I read a lot of fiction in English (more 'orthodox' way is to read the Economist) - and that, as I think, really helped me with the reading speed.

Also, don’t focus entirely on RC, even if it’s your weakest area. v28 means that you probably got the other types of q wrong too…

As for preps materials – I’d advice you to focus on original sources mostly. If you had done them several times, then you could refer to the 1000CR/SC documents, as the other poster suggested.

Good luck!
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10 Aug 2008, 16:54
Here is my experience.

I took GMAT prep CAT-1 a month ago after completing OG scored 640(48, V30). The next month I worked on about 800 SC's from the 1000SC's(GMATTER). My hit rate improved from 69% to 82%.

I took the GMAT perp CAt -2 today scored 660( M50, V29).

I am not trying to discourage you, just letting you know how hard I have worked and what the results are. Again, everyone is different. 25 days might be sufficient for you. I got no where is 25 days.

totally bummed right now
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