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760 (Q-48/V-46) - Think I did the GMAT [#permalink]
14 Sep 2010, 08:43
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I've been a silent spectator on this forum all this while when i've been preparing for the GMAT so now that it's over and done with, just thought i should post my strategies so others like me could also benefit from these:
Brief background - Engineer from India, WE - 3yrs in IT
Preparation Time - Started preparing in July so roughly 2 and a half months
Additionally used the following material for verbal:
SC - Manhattan SC - The best book for SC as is universally acknowledged by all - Aristotle SC Grail - Found this surprisingly useful for SC.Very very helpful! After using both the books above, I was able to nail Sentence Correction questions easily.
RC - RC99 This book has a set of 99 passages across difficulty levels. Helped me improve my comprehension skill as I became familiar with passages from myriad areas. The passages and questions are quite on the lines of the those tested on the GMAT and the explanations are pretty good!
I was always depending on Verbal as my stronger area so worked very hard on improving the same.
Test Experience - Nerves really tend to get the better of you initially. Think I started badly in Quant but settled down after the 1st 8-10 questions. Had a candy bar during the break and started with verbal which went like a breeze. clicked on Report scores and was overjoyed to see a 760 on the screen
In case there are any specific queries would love to address those. Also in case any of you need any of the practice materials mentioned above just PM me.
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01 Dec 2010, 04:17
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Hi foofighter, As they say "where there's a will,there's a way". If you put the requisite amount of "smart" work and keep on improving yourself on the different areas,I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to improve. Since as you said that you have plenty of time to prepare, I'd suggest that firstly read as much good text as possible. Read the article from different areas in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times etc. The quality of articles in these newspapers is quite good and it'd help in making you familiar with complex sentence construction .As a result, you'll be able to tackle RC and CR with more confidence. I think this should also help in SC. By the way, when you do you plan to take the GMAT? _________________
Re: 760 (Q-48/V-46) - Think I did beat the GMAT [#permalink]
14 Sep 2010, 20:38
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Congrats.Please share your verbal strategy.How were Sc and Cr questions?46 is indeed great!All the best ahead for Applications.
As I had posted earlier I always fancied verbal as my strong point...its quant specially DS that I had a problem with....here are some specifics for each area on verbal:
SC - Was pretty comfortable with most grammar concepts which became even clearer after going through manhattan Sc book....what needed some finetuning was what works on the gmat and what doesn't...for example avoid 'being', and '-ing' in general, when to use 'would' and 'will', difference between 'due to' and 'because of', etc......this is where the SC Grail book came in very handy because it is very to-the-point amd summarises everything tested on the gmat beuatifully....would really recommend this to everyone
CR - The Powerscore bible is a good book to understand all the different question types....found the CR section on the Kaplan Advanced book to be very good specially some questions involving numbers which were rather tricky....also did some LSAT test papers but wouldn't really recommend these because some of the questions have very dubious answers which the GMAT will never give you.....and BTW i didn't get any bolded statement questions
RC - The only way to improve RC is by practicing more and more different types of passages....however make sure that the passages don't have too many questions because that will totally ruin your strategy in terms of timing.....Here I would highly recommend the RC99 book because it is very GMAt-like in terms of passages and question number and types.....Personally for me, since I have always been a voracious reader, RCs never became a big problem
Overall all the questions that I got on the actual test were pretty much similar to what I had done in the practice tests and the OGs....In fact I finished the verbal section in roughly 60 minutes and was kind of hoping for a 48-49.....but I guess I must have made some silly mistake somewhere
Let me know in case anyone has any specific queries about the above.