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FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 03:25
Guys...
I am very disappointed :cry: , i have given my test today.
my verbal score was devastating.
i think the scaled score 20 was from CR questions which i am confident.

i completely lost SC and RC.

i have attempted verbal section as if my preparation was zero.
when i saw the SC questions, i couldnt figure out what was the error?
i know the rules, but when i am trying to apply, i couldnt figureout quickly what the error was..and started looking answer choices to eliminate...reading 2 or 3 times..the whole choices...still no clue...selected one or the other...

i lost my confidence, after attempting few questions in verbal...


i have prepared Manhattan SC, OG12, Powerprep.

but how to attack a SC and RC?
please help me guys...i am trying to figure out what went to wrong?


i am very much aware that i dont have proper strategy to attack an SC and RC questions.
but i am clueless how to improve? what should i do now..??


I havent Lost my Hope...
i am giving one more trial in one month from now.

help me how can i improve my score.
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Re: FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 05:24
What were your practice test scores going into the exam? Was your result well below what you were scoring?

In terms of preparation, the MGMAT guides are always a great start for any specific topic. Even if you already used the SC guide, going through it again slowly and carefully and doing the relevant OG questions will be useful given your baseline score. Review the explanations for BOTH questions you get wrong and those you get right until you can explain exactly why an answer is the way it is.
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Re: FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 19:41
I feel you need to give a little detailed plan that you followed. That said for SC- I found SC grail very useful (after reading this moving to MGMAT SC would be a better choice). For RC- nobody but you need to figure out what works best for you..please search the forum you will get few good strategies...
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Re: FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 20:15
There are no failures ..but only experiences
Few tips
If you are not native English speaker, read "Doing grammar" or "English grammar in use" books.
SC:
1) Read again and again the MGMAT SC book, you will be amazed that you keep finding the new information/rules.
2) Practice OG SC and record your answers and explanations for each questions. Cross-Verify with OG explanations
3) Read the MGMAT SC book again - or - go to specific topics those you did incorrectly in OG SC.
4) Practice OG SC and record your answers and explanations for each questions. Cross-Verify with OG explanations
Repeat the above process until you feel comfortable.
Try MGMAT / GMATPREP questions
Check if you become comfortable now. If not repeat the process 1 to 4 .
RC
1) Build some basic vocabulary if you are not good.
2) Practice OG RC and record your answers and explanations for each questions. Cross-Verify with OG explanations
3) Check all the answer options explanations and understood why they are wrong.
4) Try reading GMATCLUB RC Techniques those are posted by whiplash or some other.
5) Record your answers.
6) Repeat the steps from 2 to 5 , Check whether u r making the same mistakes or not
7) If you make the same mistakes, practice those concepts until you become master.
8) While reading passage, Don't read like newspaper.
9) while reading passage, ask questions "what is the main point?" , "what is the purpose of the passage" , why author mentioned anybody's name ? ..etc.
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Re: FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 21:07
Thanks Guys...for your detailed suggestions...

1 week before Actual Test, my verbal soore in GmatPrep is 28.
but, i studied hard for the last week, and expected a huge improvement in my score...

any way..i have started it off again....back to basics....
Practice..Practice...and more practice.....
Re: FAILED IN GMAT 540 (Q45 V20)   [#permalink] 23 Aug 2011, 21:07
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