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12 Jun 2003, 11:42
I studied pretty hard for this and I ended up with just a 520. This thing is such a bear and I'm a little frustrated to say the least.The breakdown was as follows:

35 Quant and 26 Verbal

It was too different from the practice test scores, which I scored at most a 530. I know I need to improve my scores if I want a realistic shot at any of the good schools. Any advice on what I can do to try improve? I know I have the work ethic to do this, but I may have lost focus a little through the verbal sections.

I have the Kaplan books from taking the course, and although some of the techniques helped, I continued to miss problems here and there for one reason or another.

Any suggestions to what I can do to move as a minimum into the 600's??? Is it realistic that I will do that much better?
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12 Jun 2003, 15:57
bradey, i'm in a similar bind, i took the exam and got a 500. i'm going to try the kaplan books this time around. my suggestion for you based on feedback is to concentrate on the quant - 35 is ok, so it seems like you can bump it up to the 40-mid 4o's. the reason is that first math is easier to improve on than the verbal (quanitifiable) and second alot ob business school require decentot good grasp of maths because their programs have several classes that are math based.

Verbal is hard to improve but if you keep on reading, things should improve.

I'm planning on taking an online exam from crack-gmat.com after the test they figure out your weak points and then you can focus on those. I don't know how good it is but we'll see.

And last don't fret - I was upset after the score, but I decided that I'm going to do much better on the next one and more importantly not let the next score ruin/make my life.
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12 Jun 2003, 16:29
Red Indian...

Name is Brian...I guess I never thought the name through too much, but I never really liked the bradey bunch...except...Marsha.

I had gone out and had a few beers after I took the test today so, when I read through the previous post it didn't make sense on something. I never scored over a 530 on the pratice test. That was it...

The Math part seemed easier than I thought, but then again I was only at a 35, while others are in the 40's...I think I could improve considering I had to guess on the last seven questions. I allowed myself to get bogged down on a couple of earlier problems in the test. I think I got more data sufficiency then expected, which during pratice, was a personal week point. The test seemed to pinpoint your weeknesses and drill you on that until you couldn't stand it. I live in DC and took the subway this morning...When I finished the test I went the wrong way on the Red Line, so to say the least I was mentally drained.

I never wanted to post here before because it seems that people on this site really don't need help. People actually complain about a 640. Mayon if I got that I would be happy. Think about it, you just scored better than 80% of the test takers!! Stop your complaining and apply already.
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12 Jun 2003, 17:14
I studied pretty hard for this and I ended up with just a 520. This thing is such a bear and I'm a little frustrated to say the least.The breakdown was as follows:

35 Quant and 26 Verbal

It was too different from the practice test scores, which I scored at most a 530. I know I need to improve my scores if I want a realistic shot at any of the good schools. Any advice on what I can do to try improve? I know I have the work ethic to do this, but I may have lost focus a little through the verbal sections.

I have the Kaplan books from taking the course, and although some of the techniques helped, I continued to miss problems here and there for one reason or another.

Any suggestions to what I can do to move as a minimum into the 600's??? Is it realistic that I will do that much better?

In fact, I have the same experience with you.
With practice pattern of ETS and keeping read long, hard articles makes your scores progress even thought it ineeds time to achieve.
For GMAT, I think it is difficult to do well on atual test, especially like me, non-native English, with poor reading skills and inadequate vocabularies.
Maybe, I can not advise much specific opinion because I have not great scores on GMAT.
But, I hope we can keep study hard on GMAT and then attain your goal scores.
Good Luck
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27 Jun 2003, 00:09
I studied pretty hard for this and I ended up with just a 520. This thing is such a bear and I'm a little frustrated to say the least.The breakdown was as follows:

35 Quant and 26 Verbal

It was too different from the practice test scores, which I scored at most a 530. I know I need to improve my scores if I want a realistic shot at any of the good schools. Any advice on what I can do to try improve? I know I have the work ethic to do this, but I may have lost focus a little through the verbal sections.

I have the Kaplan books from taking the course, and although some of the techniques helped, I continued to miss problems here and there for one reason or another.

Any suggestions to what I can do to move as a minimum into the 600's??? Is it realistic that I will do that much better?

Are you still around? I lose messages occasionally
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08 Jul 2003, 09:03
Still around BB. I'm picking up the books again and just trying to get motivated to start the study process all over again. Still looking for feed back if you have any.
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08 Jul 2003, 11:55
Still around BB. I'm picking up the books again and just trying to get motivated to start the study process all over again. Still looking for feed back if you have any.

Have you gone through the PP?

That would be a good evaluation tool after a month of NEW studies

Are you international?
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10 Jul 2003, 09:28
Not international, and yes I went through the power prep software.
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10 Jul 2003, 09:51
Not international, and yes I went through the power prep software.

What's wrong with Verbal? Is it SC and CR?

You need to go to 42 math, 31 Verbal to get 600, which is doable

The reason I asked about PP was to use it as progress measurement and improvement.

How much records do you have left from GMAT? I mean different sheets, print outs, study notes, etc?

If you don't have much, you probably know what you are missing.
I had a notebook with all the formulas I needed to know; I had a notebook for the questions I have made mistakes, and one for new words, but you don't need it.

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31 Jul 2003, 12:38
Ok...BB...I''m back. I've decided to pick up the books again and devote about 2 hours a night and 3 or 4 hours on Saturday's and Sunday's. I've decided to try and blow the quant section out of the water.

Verbal is not the best...Sentence correction seems to get the best of me....I ended up going with what sounds correct, rather than actually understanding all the rules, which is my own stupidity. Reading Comp was my strongest in the beginning, but after I took more and more tests... self doubt started to creep in and I started to do worse. Unsure when I'll decide to take the test again, but aiming for the beginning of September.

I need to get more involved with this site so my activity should pick up here soon.

Ciao
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31 Jul 2003, 12:50
"I had a notebook with all the formulas I needed to know; I had a notebook for the questions I have made mistakes, and one for new words, but you don't need it. "
I found this in the forum and this is a great idea and i suggest that u should mention this in bold letters in the Study Plan.
I've 18 days for my GMAT but I'm going to do this today.
I'll welcome more suggestions like this especially for Verbal-RC/CR/SC
Thanks
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31 Jul 2003, 13:02
Ok...BB...I''m back. I've decided to pick up the books again and devote about 2 hours a night and 3 or 4 hours on Saturday's and Sunday's. I've decided to try and blow the quant section out of the water.

Verbal is not the best...Sentence correction seems to get the best of me....I ended up going with what sounds correct, rather than actually understanding all the rules, which is my own stupidity. Reading Comp was my strongest in the beginning, but after I took more and more tests... self doubt started to creep in and I started to do worse. Unsure when I'll decide to take the test again, but aiming for the beginning of September.

I need to get more involved with this site so my activity should pick up here soon.

Ciao

Good to have you back.
I had exactly the same deal with Verbal, except I actually went ahead and studied grammar. I used this book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... s&n=507846 I am not sure if Amazon link will work here, but that's what I used. I still have not published it to the general book recommendations, but I will; I promise.

I hope you don't have a girlfriend cuase with that schedule you won't have one by September; I looked like a used tea-bag after I was done with the test. I studied early morning, then went to work, came back did some math and then read for an hour or longer till midnigth and the same game next morning. I thought reading was helpful. I am not native, so I don't have the "EAR" but I managed to "borrow" it for a while after beefing up on Steinback, Hemmingway, and James. By the way, these guys are supposed to be helpful with RC as well.
THink about it. It is nto as fast as studying grammar rules -there is no immediate improvement, but a month of reading or 3-5 books make a difference.

I am looking forward to talking more to you.
Let me know if you are having problems locating things - I have realized that I suck in usability, so I will pay for my sins

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