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before preparation 690, after prep 650,....please help

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before preparation 690, after prep 650,....please help [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 01:03
I took GMAT in August in India .Scored 650 (Quant=50,Verbal=28 ).

I prepared for 4 months full time
wheni had given teh test before starting my prep without reading or doing anything, my score was 690
so i was targeting 770.
i am suprised how is this possible, that with 4 moths dedicated prep, my score went down by 40 points

i am from engineering background, hence maths was not a very big problem, i worked on verbal for all thsi time.

I went through Manhattan SC, powerscore CR bible in verbal and also went thorugh OG 12.Verbal review 2.My accuracy was almost 85% in all these books.

Before actual Test I took 7 tests .( 4 MGMAT,1 KAPLAN,2 GMATPREP)

and other 16 gmatclub tests ( individual quant and verbal)

In all these tests i scored average 49 in quant and average 28-32 in Verbal.

In Verbal Section----
1) mostly I get stucked between 2 choices.Very often I select the wrong Choice.
2) reading comprehension is my weakest area. i was counting upon sc and cr to pull my socre up.

3) In real exam I was not well, but that cannot be teh reason entirely as i was already scoring low on practise tests
but may be I got exhausted with all tough Questions. according to me all the verbal questions were more difficult than anything i have seen in
manhattan or OG

4) In verbal tests one reason of low score is that I get around 8-10 consecutive questions wrong in the middle of the test, and this pattern has been consistent.

5) What can I do to improve my verbal to 40 level?? Plz suggest.I am in dire need of your suggestions.

i also i cannot take anymore offs in office. and i have just 20 days at hand to prepare and give the gmat again

How can I learn the art of choosing the right among the 2 answers where I usually get stucked.

after the debacle in aug i was so much depressed that i have not been able to pick my books again for more than a month now.

please please plz suggest a detailed strategy for me..
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Re: before preparation 690, after prep 650,....please help [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 21:11
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I took GMAT in August in India .Scored 650 (Quant=50,Verbal=28 ).

I prepared for 4 months full time
wheni had given teh test before starting my prep without reading or doing anything, my score was 690
so i was targeting 770.
i am suprised how is this possible, that with 4 moths dedicated prep, my score went down by 40 points

i am from engineering background, hence maths was not a very big problem, i worked on verbal for all thsi time.

I went through Manhattan SC, powerscore CR bible in verbal and also went thorugh OG 12.Verbal review 2.My accuracy was almost 85% in all these books.

Before actual Test I took 7 tests .( 4 MGMAT,1 KAPLAN,2 GMATPREP)

and other 16 gmatclub tests ( individual quant and verbal)

In all these tests i scored average 49 in quant and average 28-32 in Verbal.

In Verbal Section----
1) mostly I get stucked between 2 choices.Very often I select the wrong Choice.
2) reading comprehension is my weakest area. i was counting upon sc and cr to pull my socre up.

3) In real exam I was not well, but that cannot be teh reason entirely as i was already scoring low on practise tests
but may be I got exhausted with all tough Questions. according to me all the verbal questions were more difficult than anything i have seen in
manhattan or OG

4) In verbal tests one reason of low score is that I get around 8-10 consecutive questions wrong in the middle of the test, and this pattern has been consistent.

5) What can I do to improve my verbal to 40 level?? Plz suggest.I am in dire need of your suggestions.

i also i cannot take anymore offs in office. and i have just 20 days at hand to prepare and give the gmat again

How can I learn the art of choosing the right among the 2 answers where I usually get stucked.

after the debacle in aug i was so much depressed that i have not been able to pick my books again for more than a month now.

please please plz suggest a detailed strategy for me..


First, a question: In which test did you score a 690? (the first one you took without prep)

Mock tests are not perfect simulators of the actual GMAT.

You Verbal score in the mocks has been around 30. You need it to be around 40 to get to the desired range. Even if you get Q51, you will not break the 700 barrier if your Verbal doesn't go up. Whatever you did to improve your Verbal, it was clearly not sufficient.

Generally, people with strong Quant have strong CR skills too. I assume you would have done well on CR. As for SC, I don't know whether you noticed - actual GMAT SC questions look very similar to OG12 SC questions but they are trickier. At higher levels, you get many full-sentence-underlined questions and 2-3 options differ from each other at only a single point. In OG 12 questions, options differ from each other at multiple points so you can choose the correct one even if you are unsure of the correct usage at one place. Also many GMAT SC questions incorporate 'meaning errors' i.e. an option would change the intended meaning even though it would look correct. Most of us don't train ourselves to look for meaning errors in SC questions which brings our score down. Also, since you want V40, you cannot be weak in any section. You must be strong in two and at least average in the third. Hence, you need to work hard in RC too. Develop a strategy and practice it so that you will intuitively follow it during the test e.g. read the passage and take 3- 4 word notes on every paragraph. A quick re-read might be very helpful. Then go on to the questions. You wouldn't need to revisit the passage for universal questions. For specific detail questions, a look back would be good etc. Practice to see what works for you. Practice passages from various different topics. You can use the Veritas RC book as a source of ideas for strategies, discussion on various question types and high level practice passages. Any other book with GMAT relevant high level passages from various topics could also serve the purpose.
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