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Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2008, 09:36
Hello Everyone,

It great to be a part of this forum. Our past few months I have been posting queries and thanks to all of you for helping me out. I have been preparing for gmat for an year though but that was in patches. My work takes a lot of time so my study pattern was awkward. I am in my mid twenties and want to pursue in MBA.

Two months ago, (April) onwards I started studying seriously and am off from work. My verbal & quant both was on weaker side so I did put in lot of effort. I have completed OG 11th edition (quant full), verbal partly. And I have also completed kaplan 800, princeton review and Gmat Sets 20-30 (thus 10 sets). I have also practiced other material here & there. I did refer to manhatten sentence correction guide. My major area of weakness in verbal is CR & RC.

I have my exam date after two weeks and still I feel something is not right. I did give few 800score full length tests and scored have been around 550-600.

Today I gave powerprep test 1 and scored a miserable 530. Quant Score: 43 (75%) & Verbal 20 (18%). I am surprised as to how come my verbal score is so low. I havent ignored verbal.

I am puzzled, what should I do ?? My aim is to score close to 700 but it seems so distant. My exam is not too far.

Moreover can anyone tell me how close is powerprep to actual gmat. In the mid verbal section I was completely drained. I will soon give GMATPrep also but I mean this cant be happening.

If anyone can help me out I would be grateful.

Thanks a lot,

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Re: Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2008, 13:59
powerprep is reasonably accurate. Perhaps you should delay your test date if you are not feeling confident.
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Re: Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2008, 10:18
Powerprep tests are too old to be reliable anymore, and they aren't truly adaptive. I wouldn't bother with them. Start working on the GMATPrep tests -- they're much better. The Princeton Review tests are great too, and they are adaptive like the real test. I liked PR best for verbal. If you don't have the OG verbal guide, PR's verbal guide is good too.
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Re: Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2008, 20:52
My exam is in 10 days. Should I give a shot and see how it goes or should I wait or what. I dunno, I will give a gmatprep soon and see what to do? Where do you get PR tests from? I did buy a princeton review book and got a CD.
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Re: Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2008, 21:20
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Greatchap,

I've been in your position before... Take it from me, if your scores on the GMATPreps (or any other diagnostic exam) for that matter, are not even remotely close to where you need to be, then you need to reschedule your exam. I believe if you do it 7 days before, you only have to pay a USD 50$ change fee; otherwise you lose your whole test fee. Your quant score is pretty good; you really need to work on verbal. Other members have had great success with the Manhattan Gmat Prep series for verbal (SC, RC, CR). However, the OG 11th ed should give you a strong starting point. Find out where your weaknesses are in verbal.. SC, RC, or CR... then you can focus your efforts more effectively. My advice for improving RC.. read high level publications in your spare time (the Wall St Journal, the Economist magazine, etc)... and get acclimated with those types of dense passages. CR and SC can be learned through practice, practice, and practice.

You also mentioned you were drained halfway through the verbal... pardon my bluntness, but get used to it... practice more to start building up your mental stamina... we've all had the exact same issues at one point or another during our prep... you'll quickly find out the GMAT is a test of confidence, mental stamina, attention to detail, and some common sense... I have no doubt that if you start to focus on the verbal fundamentals in the OG book, and do more practice exams or sets to build your endurance, you'll start to see significant improvements in your verbal score...

Hope this helps mate... Cheers,

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Re: Advice needed please, exam in 2 weeks [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2008, 20:59
Thanks a lot AK for your advice. I think you are right and I should focus on verbal & its fundamentals.

I gave GMATPrep test yesterday and although did not get an overall high score but I got a Quant section score of 46 and verbal score of 21. (overall 550)

As you see the reason my score is dropping is becoz of verbal. Now I want to raise this verbal score which is in twenties to at least close to 40. Moreover analysis indicates that in verbal my SC is okay, CR is not good and RC is worst.

Though I have re-schedules my exam, I have little less than a month to take it. Can I reach my verbal score of 40+. I have started to focus more on OG 11th ed verbal. I also have powerscore book on CR. I hope I do improve, just worried about RC.

I will be taking more practice tests so that I can build up stamina. One of the reason I mess up verbal is by the time I reach the middle of the section, I know I am not doing well and get kinda irritated. So all in all, just pushing myself as much as I can.
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