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First time taking the test without any studying.. good/bad?

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First time taking the test without any studying.. good/bad? [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 03:45
hello,
I have started a course this week in my country (which is not the US) and had 1 verbal class and 1 quantitative class.
Our teachers told us to take GMAT Prep test 1.
I took it and got 36Q/18V.
I am very disappointed with my verbal score. I never had problems with the English language and aced all exams (High-school, SAT's, University exams/assignments).
I am planning to take the GMAT at the end of December (19 or 24) means I have 2.5 months to improve.
I am an engineer working in a high-tech company but can study at least 6 hours a day plus more during weekends.
I did a long research in this forum and acquired: all MGMAT books (used but for a great price!) PowerScore CR and I can access Kaplan's website (via the course im taking)

do I have enough time? what should be my strategy?
For verbal I plan to go threw the MGMAT books, then PowerScore.
any thoughts, suggestions or help is highly appreciated!!!
thanks in advance,
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Re: First time taking the test without any studying.. good/bad? [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 12:31
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Sounds like a plan. If the books aren't working for you, try watching video tutorials online. You can, for example, see video explanations for OG13 quant questions (free) here http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... -questions. Also a good idea is to record your responses on the site to track your performance and revisit the ones you get wrong as you study. If you have the GMAT Pill HD iPad app - you can download these videos and view them on-the-go.

The good news is there's room for improvement and you have time - so make good use of what you have. Focus, then rest, then focus. Good luck!
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Re: First time taking the test without any studying.. good/bad? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 06:17
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Sounds like a plan. If the books aren't working for you, try watching video tutorials online. You can, for example, see video explanations for OG13 quant questions (free) here http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... -questions. Also a good idea is to record your responses on the site to track your performance and revisit the ones you get wrong as you study. If you have the GMAT Pill HD iPad app - you can download these videos and view them on-the-go.

The good news is there's room for improvement and you have time - so make good use of what you have. Focus, then rest, then focus. Good luck!


thanks for the above!
what about a comment on the score?
is it normal? below average?
regards,
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Re: First time taking the test without any studying.. good/bad? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 19:03
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roygush wrote:
thanks for the above!
what about a comment on the score?
is it normal? below average?
regards,
Roy


Hi roygush,

The 18V is a bit low roughly at the 15th percentile. 50th percentile is at roughly V28 so you should definitely focus your attention on verbal.

The quant section can improve as well. With 36Q, you're roughly in the 43 percentile. For top bschools, you should shoot for 80th percentile and above for both sections.

But not to worry - many people who end up scoring in the target zone didn't start off like that. With the strategy, dedication, focus, and preparation - you can move in the right direction.

For more info on GMAT scoring, go to: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-prep-about ... ile-score/
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