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Desperate with verbal section at official exam [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2014, 14:49
Hi everyone,

I'm going to retake the GMAT another time and I'm actually analyzing the reasons of my previous failures. I know that I face some difficulties with sentence correction since i'm a non native but it si not the reason of my post. My problem come from the difference I see between my prep tests results and the officials ones in the verbal section. I explain : I've done something like eight prep tests (4 kaplan, 3 MGMAT et 1 Gmat Prep) and I was regularly scoring between 28 and 36 in the verbal section. However, for the two Official test, I scored only 22 in the same part. In my analysis of the reasons for this under-performance, it became clear to me that the loss of concentration was the cause of my first failure. But for my second try, I learn the lessons of the first failure and I was quite correctly concentrated. At the break between quant and verbal, I ate some fruits and stay focus on which strategies I will aplly later on verbal but it didn't work. Now, i'm questionning myself about the reasons of these failures and i have no more certainty. Can someone help me to understand?

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Re: Desperate with verbal section at official exam [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2014, 18:23
Heyyyy

First of all, were you nervous ? It may have been the reason. If you think you couldn't really concentrate well, I recommend buying a self-help book about concentration. It happens to me also due to Facebook, and the internet that keep me easily distracted :o But I try to stay calm and focus. I downloaded an app on my iPhone called "Take a Break" (it's free) to soothe me from stress. Lastly, I just want to tell you everything in this world is half your effort and half luck. Maybe you saw questions that you couldn't do but next time questions that you have seen before? Just do your BEST and let the result be. Don't be discouraged :D
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Re: Desperate with verbal section at official exam [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 10:41
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Were you aware of psychological aspects of the test and did you come in prepared for it?

I am referring to the tips provided here: http://www.gmatpill.com/about/studying- ... trategies/

Also, you took 8 practice tests? That's quite a lot! In fact, if you had the time to go through that many tests - then it probably means that you did not spend enough time reviewing your mistakes. This is where the real learning is - so you really should be spending more time practicing and thinking of better, more efficient ways of approaching test questions---than doing 8 practice tests without reviewing thoroughly.
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Re: Desperate with verbal section at official exam [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 00:52
Thanks a lot for your answers

I understood that i was really spending too much time on doing tests than reviewing my mistakes. In other hand, after reading the paper about psychological aspects of GMAT, I notice that I'm a little bit affected by the format of the GMAT because I'm a perfectionnist and I need to master every question I see. Considering that, I sacrifice too much time and ultimately am forced to guess the last several questions. So, for my next retake, I think I will focus on sections stratégies, timing strategies and review of my mistakes. I am also planning to take entire tests (With AWA) in my preparation to verify whether or not my concentration is affected by the duration of the exam.

Do you think it will be sufficient or do I need something more?
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