Well ...GMAT has got the good of me the second time around too.
Though I have been a long standing member of this forum,my participation has come down drastically because of other comittments.
You can read about my experiences from my 1st attempt here:
About the Test:
Got an easy topic for argument ..so took off on a bright note.
Topic for issue was not straight forward so had to slog a bit but overall a pleasant experience.Satisfied with my effort I took the optional 5 min break.
Nothing could have prepared me for the kinda shock I was going to experience in the quant section.There is no doubt in my mind that the difficulty level of this section has been raised by quite a few notches.Forget Kaplan
...no generic prep material is gonna prepare you for the questions you will be encountering in this section on the test day.I think there has been a radical shift in the way ETS devises quant questions nowadays.The first 10-12 questions gave me nightmares...I had to guess 2 q's and was way off my stipulated time after the first 12 q's.But suddenly the difficulty level dropped, which made me think that I must have failed miserably in the earlier questions and so the system is dishing out some low end crap.But this helped me regain some lost ground w.r.t time and then after that the level remained the same till the end.Some questions were unbeleivably easy making you wonder that you have heavliy botched up the first part of the test.I got 1 mean,1 SD(DS) and one combination question.All were relatively easy and in my case timesavers too.IMHO...prob & combination and SD have been unnecessarily given higher importance even though ETS almost everytime just checks the basics.I have hardly read any experience where any person has missed a P & C question.Ofcouse,we should be well versed with the basics but lets not go overboard by lapping up tough questions.Instead,we should concentrate more on questions invloving number properties and parallel line properties.The last mentioned topic is very important cos I got 2 questions in the first 12 questions which tested parallel line properties and I barely scraped thru (or maybe not).Opted for the 5 min break.
What can I say ...it has never failed to surprise me and it did not disappoint me this time either.Started off with 3 SC's ,an easy RC (4-6),SC again and then 40 line RC (7-10) followed by 2 CR's.I was 7 mins off my set time limit and this made me hurry up on the next few questions.Thereafter,got SC's and CR sporadically till the 24 th question...then was hit by a 40 line RC...followed by a series of CR's and SC's.By this time I was way off mark w.r.t the stipulated time.Infact in the last 30 mins I answered 21 questions.And then as is the norm now, got a 55 line RC for the questions 34-37.I just managed to complete the section in time.Like last time I was having a ok feeling about the verbal section and a bad feeling about the quant section.But as the scores above suggest my hunch was wrong.For the second time in a row verbal has got me ...the only difference is this time its SC and not RC,which I thought was the main culprit for botching up my scores last time.SC's were
long and checked many things apart from idioms.I had prepared for long SC's by studying GMAT800 but it does not seem to have helped me.
I am in serious quandary now...I'm unable to take a decision as to whether I should go for a third attempt.I need your help in chalking out a plan to iron out the inadequacies I have in SC.I'm done with PR verbal workbook,Kaplan verbal workbook
2004 and the OG.So can anyone suggest me some good basic grammar books and any other additional material I need to look into to improve me SC skills.
Special thanks to Praet,Paul and BB for all their efforts and thanks to bunch of other guys who provide this site with the needed firepower.
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