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Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score?

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Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 19:10
So with no previous preparation, I took a practice test from the Official Guide 12th edition and managed a 46 in Verbal, which I'm completely happy with as a starting point, but in Math, I literally couldn't even come up with answers for 2/3 of the Problem Solving Questions. I don't get it at all. I got a 670 on Math on the SATs and was led to believe that GMAT Math would be very similar. Maybe I'm just out of practice, but I was just flabbergasted that I couldn't even answer most of the questions.

Maybe it'll take getting some more exposure to these concepts again and practice and I'll get to a decent score, but as someone who's looking for a 700+ score, this is leaving me feeling pretty dejected at the moment.
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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 09:24
Your verbal score is at a great starting point. You may not know this but a high verbal score can really boost your overall score. I can elaborate on this if you wish.

Since you took the test without much preparation, I am sure you were rusty on your math skills. Pick up a good set of quant stratgey books and you will build the foundation that you need.
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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 10:22
Thanks for the reply. Could you elaborate on a high verbal score helping more? What quant strategy books are the most effective in your opinion?
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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 10:59
My verbal was higher than my math as well not as drastic as yours, raw score wasn't too different(Q30/V34) but percentage it was a big difference(Q29%/V69%). But it will give me room to improve my score a lot on math which I think is good cause its the area you can really learn the most on.

Most of what I've read around here is that MGMAT books are the best to use for learning the GMAT Quant stuff. I've purchased them and have just started studying and so far they're great. Haven't taken any tests yet to see the resultts but definitely at least worth looking into. There are also a few good threads on here if you look for them(slyfox is one...I forget the other I found) with people who posted up "cheat sheets" of information they found helpful to have memorized. I've also downloaded those and started making flash cards for myself.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-math-prep-books-reviews-recommendations-77291.html?highlight=ml307

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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 11:32
I read an article written by Ron Pruewal (MGMAT) about how a high verbal score can boost the overall score. I can't seem to find the exact article but a user on here (Entwistle) quoted the text in one of his posts:

With increasing number of non-native English speakers, who are much better at quant than at verbal, taking the test, the combination of good performance in Quant and average-sub average performance in Verbal has become common.
However, the combination of a good verbal score and average-sub average quant score is not very common. Thus, GMAT rewards such a combination with a higher total percentile.



As for effective quant books, I would have to echo the post above and recommend using the MGMAT books. I have used them as the basis for my preparation and have benefited from them greatly.
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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 12:41
Thanks for the input, guys. I'll definitely look into these MGMAT books. Has anyone else found the GMAT Problem Solving to be significantly harder/different from the SATs or is it just me?
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Re: Anybody start with a good verbal and a terrible math score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 12:51
I took the SATs four years ago so I don't remember the math section that well. From what I understand, the SAT tested a single concept in each problem. On the GMAT, especially in 700+ questions, several concepts are tried up into a single problem. This is why you need to have a really solid grasp on the fundamentals. Also, the SAT quant section didn't have Data Sufficiency. I find this problem type to be the hardest for me.
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