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Analysis of my GMAT prep progress [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2009, 23:34
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Hi All,

Took my GMAT Prep CAT 1 - 650 (48Q/31V)

- 15 Wrong in Quant (so many errors! never ever happend to me in Quant)
- 12 Wrong in Verbal
(When started the Verbal section, wasn't comfortable with my responses on first 5questions, then saw a very short RC, so decided to retake the CAT, and skipped next 5 problems, then thought of completing the CAT, anyways! :| )

Learnings:

Analysis:

- Never try to assess the difficulty level of problems
- Stay focused on the test
- Some problem (from your strong area) might be easy for you but possibly be difficult as per GMAT standards

Experience:

Quant
- Read the question fully
- GMAT prblems are tricky not difficult
- Avoid doing silly mistakes
- On an average, one can spend 1.5 min/problem
- PS: Some weak areas: Circular P&C, Number Theory
- DS: Problem try to solve through equations, don't go by gut, which i usually do :x

Verbal
- Got 12 wrong with 71% accuracy; But got them wrong at wrong places rather skipped those problems, which i got wrong
- 1 Liner SC could be difficult: Don't try to assess the level of the problem
- 3-4 liner CRs could be difficult: Don't try to assess the level of the problem
- Small RC passages could be difficult: So don't assess
- Throughout CAT1, i saw very small 1-2 liner SCs; 3-4 liner CRs; And 4 short RCs & 1 Long RC

Attaching here quant problems, which i got wrong.....still seeking answers! Will try re-attempting....

Verbal - analysis yet to be done. Will come back.

Will come back with overall detailed analysis of CAT1.

Thanks

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Dated: 8th Sept 2009

Took GMAT Prep 2 - 640 (48Q/29V) with 3 missed in Verbal

- 11 Wrong in Quant (Not happy with my Quant performance)
- 15 Wrong in Verbal with 3 missed (Quite demotivating)

Will come back with the analysis.....I personally feel i can do better than this.

1 observation, i never timed myself on any of these tests

1. Need to time myself:
- Quant: By 15th minute i should be on 31 question
- Verbal: By 45th minute i should be on 15th Question / By 15th minute i should be on 32nd problem

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Re: Analysis of my GMAT prep progress [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2009, 00:23
Thanks for sharing your experience.

Now I have the oppurtunity to ask a few queries, :)

1. You got 15 questions wrong & still got 48 & only 12 wrong in verbal & got 31, what is this myth?? Also Can any one tell me that if I get 10 quant questions wrong & 12 verbal questions wrong then as per your experience how much score should I expect??? (Assume that I didn't get the consecutive questions wrong).

2. Did you achieve the 1.5 min/question for SC??

3. How many guesses were there in your take?

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Re: Analysis of my GMAT prep progress [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2009, 02:38
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Thanks for sharing your experience.

Now I have the oppurtunity to ask a few queries, :)

1. You got 15 questions wrong & still got 48 & only 12 wrong in verbal & got 31, what is this myth?? Also Can any one tell me that if I get 10 quant questions wrong & 12 verbal questions wrong then as per your experience how much score should I expect??? (Assume that I didn't get the consecutive questions wrong).

2. Did you achieve the 1.5 min/question for SC??

3. How many guesses were there in your take?

Thanks in advance!


Let me try to explain....

1. On GMAT, It's important wher u get the problems correct. In Verbal since i got my 4 problems wrong in first 15 problem set so 31 while my Quant is 48 instead of 15 wrongs

2. I completed my Verbal section in 65mins, so wud b safe to say 1min to 1.5min/SC.

3. I will say not many guesses i took, very few, especially couple of them on RC. Otherwise, more or less the verbal portion seemed to b manageable.

I hope this will help.

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Re: Analysis of my GMAT prep progress [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2009, 04:25
Hussain15 wrote:
1. You got 15 questions wrong & still got 48 & only 12 wrong in verbal & got 31, what is this myth?? Also Can any one tell me that if I get 10 quant questions wrong & 12 verbal questions wrong then as per your experience how much score should I expect??? (Assume that I didn't get the consecutive questions wrong).



In general, I have noticed in all the GMAT debriefs that Verbal is penalized more than quant, like a person who got 7 wrong in quant and 5 wrong in verbal had for Q50 and V41 respectively.
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Re: Analysis of my GMAT prep progress [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2009, 14:09
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Good job with PDF'ing the questions!

Make sure you do understand which answer is correct and why you picked one you did. You can search in teh forums, chances are, they have been explained.
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