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Hi guys, Finally gave my GMAT yesterday and ended with a 700(89%ile overall) after 2months of prep i was hoping to do much better in verbal but ended with a dismal 34
quant was a breeze but true to say, i struggled on verbal as i found it difficult to spot the right answers and ended up answering the last 8-9 question in about 10-11 mins. i cant throw up excuses on verbal being a weak link in my preparation but the actual exam exposed my weaknesses in RC and CR. i ended up wasting a whole lot of time in comprehending and analyzing the answer choices .
Prep: Quant: did almost all problems in OG twice.did the first 10 GMat CLUB challenges. the challenges are good because they teach you to have an eye for detail.even on the actual test, almost all questions involve a trap.the sooner you spot the trap, the better it is.
Verbal: well, i did 200 odd questions from Both 1000Sc and 1000 CR and all the problems in OG. also studied the manhattan SC guide(2003 edition) and its good for grammar basics.the SCs in the real GMAT ,however, require application of multiple concepts and test more than the usual grammar traps.
i must thank GMATCLUB and all its members who have helped and inspired me to achieve this score in such a short period of time.but i dont think it ends here. im totally convinced of a retake and score in the mid/ high 40's in the verbal section. please post your suggestions and tips on how i can improve upon my verbal score.
Thanks... i do believe GMAT is just the starting step of the entire process but a good GMAT score definitely gives a edge going into the application process. I'm targeting the European schools(LBS,INSEAD,HEC) and will apply by 2010. Prep scores debrief: diagnostic: 550(Q47,V28) Gmatprep1: 660(Q47,V35) Gmatpep2 : 680(Q49,V34)
hey Prasun, Congratulation for a good score especially 51 in Quant. But I am afraid that if you are apply by 2010 then some business schools ask for a fresh GMAT score. So keep an eye on that factor. For verbal so far I have heard from lot of verbal guru that for SC, Manhattan SC is the bible. And for CR, Powerscore CR bible is the best one that i have come across. For RC it all depends on practice. So start practicing RC from good resources that you do come across.
I fall into same category as yours. But, I have observed CR falls in place with practice, which I have given in. I am much better in CR now. Try to finish CR 1000 doc + CR Bible. It will be enough to kill it
As far as RC is concerned, it is a nemesis for me also. I am struggling with it and will try my best till my exam. It all depends on the concentration. So better to have as much concentration on passage while reading. Try not to put up things on paper. Do atleast 5 RCs daily from RC 1000 doc.
I think you should try to apply to some colleges. Atleast one in your reach and one out of your reach. It will give you good exposure to whole application cycle. Moreover, your score is above par for some univs.
Not really...i made sure i did all OG problems twice:-once with multiple approaches to the same problem and second under timed conditions. My tip :acquaint urself in spotting the usual traps in DS questions and know your shortcuts well for PS.formulas help a lot as long as you are aware of their applications.fine-tuning your own techniques,IMO, is the way to go in quant.