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Disappointed in my GMAT performance [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 07:10
Hello everyone:

I frequently visit GMATCLUB to help me prepare for GMAT. I want to say thank you to all of for your help. However, I am disappointed in my performance.

July 21 2006 590 (Q44, V27) AWA 5.0
Aug 21 2006 560 (Q44, V23)

I used OG, PR and Kaplan as study material for the first attempt. I took couple of Kaplan CATs and both of the GMAT prep exams. Obviously my verbal score is keeping me down. After my first attempt, I realized that I did not tackle the verbal section as aggressively as I should and I felt that I was struggling during the verbal section. This was obvious in my score. Then I started preparing for Verbal more intensely. I got Verbal OG, Kaplan 800, kept a log of my mistakes, tried to study the basic concepts of SC (Idioms, GMAT preferences for SC) and visited the GMAT club frequently.

I gave my exam yesterday and did poorly. The issue is that I am out of ideas how to tackle the GMAT verbal. Something is going inherently wrong during the exam since I never saw such bad scores on the Verbal section when I took the GMATprep exams. Also, on my second attempt of GMAT, I did not feel as if I was struggling during Verbal. I am not sure how to proceed.

Can you all give me an idea how to improve my Verbal score. I am not a native English speaker but I have gone through undergrad and Master program in the US. Written numerous technical papers as well as non-technical papers. I read newspaper very frequently. Therefore, its not that I am not familiar with the language. I think my basic English skills are decent. I will admit that for above difficulty questions, I have to read the CR questions twice and sometimes exceed the 2min mark. I am confused how my Verbal score went down as oppose to go up even though I concentrated on Verbal the second time around. I took only one practice exam after my first attempt that was a day before the second attempt. I got a 690 (Q48 V38), but there were questions repeated from before so the score was skewed. I am confused and a bit clueless as to how to proceed in my preparation. Should I take a Kaplan course, use a different strategy for my verbal prep or buy the MGMAT?

Will appreciate your response.
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Hey [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 09:15
How was the Math part of the test? WHat kind of problems were you mostly facing? How did you prepare for quant? And how long did u prep before giving the test.......What was your study routine like?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2006, 10:19
Math was not bad at all. A lot of D.S questions where I struggled na little bit. The problem solving was probably as tough as the GMATprep exams. For the first exam I, I spent two months and and for the second one I spent a month.

As for the routine, after the first exam, I was concentrating on the verbal section. I used the OG and OG Verbal and started working the problems and paying special attention to my mistakes and the explainations given. I also started making notes of things like the idioms I missed, tense shits, and other concepts GMAT likes to test on. As for the RC, I read the passage and made notes about each paragraph and tried to grasp the main idea. For critical reasoning, I did not do anything special, just tried to read as attentively as possible and before looking at the answer, tried to identify the assumptions etc. I did not do any practice CAT before the 2nd attempt except one GMAT prep exam. I got a good score but it was skewed because I had previosly attempted this practice exam. I studied most of the week nights (1.5 hours) and on the weekends (4-5 hours). I also did alot of practice problems from the paper exams from GMAT.

On the exam day, I encounted many more SC than CR or RC. There were four passages and the second one was the toughest. The CR got tougher during the middle but I did not feel challenged in SC. The weird thing is that I cannot identify which problems I missed, was it SC, CR or RC. If I was struggling or doing random guessing, then I can figure out where I was going wrong. However, I did not end up random guessing, maybe for two or three questions. I did realize during the middle of the Verbal section that I was short on time and at that time I picked up the pace and maybe there I got some questions wrong. Do you think that I should do more practice exams from Kaplan, PR or MGMAT since I have already done the GMAT prep exams? I studied one more month and it actually decreased my verbal instead of imrpoving it and thats what I cannot figure out.

Any thoughts?
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