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A Week left for Gmat. Help needed to improve score & timing! [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 12:03
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This is my first post on the gmatclub. I have been preparing for GMAT on and off for around 2 months. Being from engineering background in India, i find quant easier than the verbal. I have studied just OG and nothing else... :cry: I gave the practice tests at regular intervals and below are the scores. My main problem is running out of time which also happened in the last mock test where i scored a 660. I guessed last 4 quant and last 2 verbal questions in that test. Also in IR i run out of time and find that section difficult.

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GMAT Prep 1 => 480(Gave without any preparation, ran out of time badly)
Veritas Prep => 620
Manhattan practice test => 580
GMAT Prep 2 => 660 (Ran out of time badly)

My GMAT is scheduled on 23rd November. I wanted to know that as my scores have varied substantially in practice tests, will it be possible for me to get 650+ on the actual test? What can i do to improve my timing? and Whether the scores of IR are considered seriously in admissions as this is a new section in GMAT? I understand that there is very little time left but still i want to do everything that i can.

Thanks for reading the long post. Hoping some great suggestions from you guys.. Any and all advice for my d-day are highly welcome.... :)
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Re: A Week left for Gmat. Help needed to improve score & timing! [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 13:25
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A 650 is certainly possible. As for timing, I think that the best approach to handling that depends on how your timing typically breaks down. Are you spending 3+ minutes on some questions, or just 2m 30s on a lot of questions, for example. If you are spending over 3 minutes on any question, then you are really shooting yourself in the foot. The GMAT should be thought of in a holistic fashion. Whether or not you get #21 correct, for example, is unimportant. It's much more important that you finish the test and attempt every question. No individual question is that valuable.

If you are consistently spending 2m 30s per problem, then you can try to do more mental math and plan your approach better in the beginning. You are most likely being too mechanical in your approach, and need to work on being more flexible.

One tactic that Veritas teaches is the idea of "wild cards." Allow yourself 2-3 wild cards per section. This means that if you encounter a problem that, after 20-30 seconds, you don't at all understand, guess and move on. This will buy you time for future questions, rather than burning time on a question that you are probably going to miss anyways.

I hope this helps!!!
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Re: A Week left for Gmat. Help needed to improve score & timing! [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 21:39
Thanks Brandon. This surely helps..!!!
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