Thanks for kind words.
Verbal has never been a problem as I have consistently scored more than 35 and in last actual gmat, I got 38. In fact, RC which was the weakest area had also improved this time with hit rate of 95% plus. CR and SC also never gave me trouble. Here also, my hit rate was more than 90%. In last three GMAT prep mocks, I scored 40 and 42. Its not my own assessment only which gave me confidence but my tutor (I joined some prep course back in 2008) also always praised my skills in verbal. Seeing so low score in verbal is what is bothering me the most because I was banking on exceptional verbal scores with 85th percentile in quant to cross 700 but a score of 29 is a shocker for me.
I have gone through Powerscore CR
, Manhattan SC
and more then 500 questions of each type from GMAT prep as well as OG and Verbal Review with consistent 90% plus hit rate in all sections. I know that I have to overcome this self pity if preparation has to start in right earnest again.
As far as Quant is concerned, I have gone through all section wise questions here at GMAT Club and also regularly follow Bunuel with his exceptional explanations. Although due to my under graduate and school background (I am 40 years old and did schooling in late 80's), I never felt very comfortable with quant initially however with a lot of help from this website and Manhattan books
, I overcome that difficult too with consistent 46-47 scaled scores. In GMAT Prep II, I hit 49 too under perfect exam conditions (I gave it in a closed room with some distraction from children making noise outside).
I gave 3 timed GMAT preps (never gave more because I thought with some of the repeat questions, the scores would be inflated and would give me over confidence). I also did 6 CAT of Manhattan but untimed.
Stamina and focus also do not give any problem. Having mentioned all above, I feel an error log
and specific focus on weaker areas will help me overcome the set back.
Rajeev: When you encountered a setback of 620's, how did you pick up the preparation again? I am finding it difficult to overcome the shock although I happened just yesterday. I have to come out of it sooner rather then later. I will appreciate your suggestions as to how to go about from here on. Should I focus specifically on practice or pick up the books on basics again.
Thanks again Gupta ji and Rajeev.
To boost your confidence you can check out my gmat debrief570-to-700-my-gmat-journey-133461.html
The very first thing which i want to ask is why you have taken only two timed first? I would suggest you to take atleast 6-7.
Secondly how to improve from here:
how to improve:
1. When you solve a question and you have already taken 2mins and you don't see yourself going anywhere in that question in next 1min. Then guess and move on! (its not necessary to get all questions correct to get a 50 or 51!)
2. Identify the weak areas (which i guess you have) and try the following:
Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic
3. Regarding the individual topics:
For i=1 to end
For i=1 to end
-> Study "chapter i"
-> go to grockit.com and schedule game for "chapter i" with difficulty level easy, If doing good then increase the difficulty to "medium" else go to next step
-> re-read the "chapter i" if you are doing bad
-> else goto next chapter and repeat the above steps.
4. Why grockit?
Because they have a timer for each and every question so it will help you improve your speed.
They have tricky questions which is what GMAT asks you!
5. General Advice
GMAT Quant is not tough - its tricky
Keep an eye on that then i guess you can help yourself out a bit.
Also, i read it somewhere that when you are doing good in Quant then you get either a probability or a PnC question. So if you get a question like that then its a plus for you!
6. Go to gmatclub and follow the discussions of the topics in which you are weak. Try to do the 700 level questions and try to follow the discussion which they have. It will help you in knowing how to think about the problem.
How to improve Quant :-- Register in grockit.com and practice, practice and practice!
Coming to the verbal part:
Am not a verbal guy so my advice might not be so helpful to you, but still i will try sharing my thoughts!
Have you tried powerscore CR
bible(which i had referred too!): Once you are done with reading the CR argument, are you able to predict what kind of question is going to come and what will be the possible answer? (I was able to do those things once i was done with powerscore CR
Also, did you try grockit for practice? It helps a lot in improving the speed. And am very sure that once you are with powerscore then you can get almost all CR questions correct.
Did you try reading articles from following siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/http://www.scientificamerican.com/http://www.economist.com/
Did you try Thursdays with Ron?
Good Luck for your prep!
Hope it helps!