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First Mock GMAT Score : 600(Q46,V28)

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First Mock GMAT Score : 600(Q46,V28) [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2014, 00:50
I took this test on Manhattan GMAT (CAT Exam #1) today and scored a 600(Q46, V28) with a 68%ile and 50%ile in Quant and Verbal and an overall 60%ile.

My Preparation level

For the past month i have browsed through the verbal part of OG (excluding sentence correction) and about half of QA.


My Hurdles during the exam.

I faced two major problems while attempting the exam.

1) I was not able to use the same techniques and strategies as i was while casually solving questions. For instance when i am solving a CR question I categorize the question and then target it. But nothing like this happened during the exam. The same with RC. While i am solving RC questions i generally summarize each paragraph before moving on, but failed to do so during the Mock test.

Any suggestions on how can this area be worked ?

2) I also felt i was worked out in the mid way of Verbal section. Concentration just kept falling with every question i advanced in verbal and was unable to complete it. I was very skeptical against guessing because i feel it will translate into negative marks and hence chose to leave questions towards the end.

Did this translate into a huge loss ? Does an incomplete GMAT paper attract more penalty than guessing questions towards the end ?


I have also attached my Argument essay. Please feel free to evaluate.

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AWA ESSAYS: Analyze Argument
ESSAY QUESTION:
The following appeared in The Homebuilder magazine, a local publication with a focus on construction and sale of real-estate properties:

“According to the most recent survey of our readers, nearly 70% of the respondents indicated that they are planning to build or purchase a new home over the next 2 years. These results indicate that the growth in the construction industry is likely to accelerate in the near future. Therefore, this industry continues to offer lucrative opportunities for investment.”

Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. Point out flaws in the argument's logic and analyze the argument's underlying assumptions. In addition, evaluate how supporting evidence is used and what evidence might counter the argument's conclusion. You may also discuss what additional evidence could be used to strengthen the argument or what changes would make the argument more logically sound.

YOUR RESPONSE:
The argument is dependent upon a small sample space and has extrapolated information from the opinion of only it's readers. The magazine is a local publication and very likely the readers are geographically confined but the conclusion has been applied on the industry level. We cannot trust the veracity of the survey unless we are offered an insight into the people who were surveyed. It might be that the people surveyed are of a relatively young age and plan to invest in buying a home in the next two years which has no relation to an increase in the investment opportunities in the future. Also the argument fails to mention current market trends in terms of number of vacant houses. Maybe, at this point of time there are a lot of houses lying vacant and people will chose to buy them rather than build new houses. The conclusion also falls apart when we assume that people willing to build or buy new houses have the necessary finances to do the same. We also have to keep in my mind the ease with which financial aid is available to the prospective buyers of these new homes.

The premise and the conclusion would be better linked if we were to mention the missing facts like age group of buyers and any other such data about the readers that makes the conclusion universal. The argument would also be well supported if were to discuss current market trends and draw a comparison with the past trends so that we can eliminate any growth arising purely out of regression. The argument also needs to mention about the ease with which other factors are available so that the building and buying of new homes is facilitated. The argument would be more sound if it published data about how well the situation in the region truly reflects the world wide scenario.
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Re: First Mock GMAT Score : 600(Q46,V28) [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2014, 17:58
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mayank760 wrote:
I took this test on Manhattan GMAT (CAT Exam #1) today and scored a 600(Q46, V28) with a 68%ile and 50%ile in Quant and Verbal and an overall 60%ile.

My Preparation level

For the past month i have browsed through the verbal part of OG (excluding sentence correction) and about half of QA.


My Hurdles during the exam.

I faced two major problems while attempting the exam.

1) I was not able to use the same techniques and strategies as i was while casually solving questions. For instance when i am solving a CR question I categorize the question and then target it. But nothing like this happened during the exam. The same with RC. While i am solving RC questions i generally summarize each paragraph before moving on, but failed to do so during the Mock test.

Any suggestions on how can this area be worked ?

2) I also felt i was worked out in the mid way of Verbal section. Concentration just kept falling with every question i advanced in verbal and was unable to complete it. I was very skeptical against guessing because i feel it will translate into negative marks and hence chose to leave questions towards the end.

Did this translate into a huge loss ? Does an incomplete GMAT paper attract more penalty than guessing questions towards the end ?



Once you are comfortable with a strategy, you should use it for all questions. Also, from now on, whenever you attempt CR/RC questions, you should do them timed. You will get used to working on them under time pressure. Categorizing and attacking should become second nature to you. The moment you should lay eyes on a CR question, you should jump to its question stem.

And yes, GMAT is a long test - keeping your concentration toward the end gets to be a challenge. You will need to build stamina. This means study in blocks of at least 2-3 hrs with perhaps very short breaks in between. Also, munch on some energy rich foods during the break to keep your concentration up. You will see an improvement as and when you take more full length tests.

Yes, an incomplete GMAT paper attracts heavy penalty. Even if you guess blindly on some questions, chances are that 1 or 2 of them will be correct. If you guess intelligently then more could be correct.
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Re: First Mock GMAT Score : 600(Q46,V28) [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2014, 10:01
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
mayank760 wrote:
I took this test on Manhattan GMAT (CAT Exam #1) today and scored a 600(Q46, V28) with a 68%ile and 50%ile in Quant and Verbal and an overall 60%ile.

My Preparation level

For the past month i have browsed through the verbal part of OG (excluding sentence correction) and about half of QA.


My Hurdles during the exam.

I faced two major problems while attempting the exam.

1) I was not able to use the same techniques and strategies as i was while casually solving questions. For instance when i am solving a CR question I categorize the question and then target it. But nothing like this happened during the exam. The same with RC. While i am solving RC questions i generally summarize each paragraph before moving on, but failed to do so during the Mock test.

Any suggestions on how can this area be worked ?

2) I also felt i was worked out in the mid way of Verbal section. Concentration just kept falling with every question i advanced in verbal and was unable to complete it. I was very skeptical against guessing because i feel it will translate into negative marks and hence chose to leave questions towards the end.

Did this translate into a huge loss ? Does an incomplete GMAT paper attract more penalty than guessing questions towards the end ?



Once you are comfortable with a strategy, you should use it for all questions. Also, from now on, whenever you attempt CR/RC questions, you should do them timed. You will get used to working on them under time pressure. Categorizing and attacking should become second nature to you. The moment you should lay eyes on a CR question, you should jump to its question stem.

And yes, GMAT is a long test - keeping your concentration toward the end gets to be a challenge. You will need to build stamina. This means study in blocks of at least 2-3 hrs with perhaps very short breaks in between. Also, munch on some energy rich foods during the break to keep your concentration up. You will see an improvement as and when you take more full length tests.

Yes, an incomplete GMAT paper attracts heavy penalty. Even if you guess blindly on some questions, chances are that 1 or 2 of them will be correct. If you guess intelligently then more could be correct.


I would definetely use all that advice. I straightaway started with CR problems and looked at their question stem before reading into the situation. It is indeed helpful and prepares my mind for what is expected.
Re: First Mock GMAT Score : 600(Q46,V28)   [#permalink] 21 Apr 2014, 10:01
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