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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2011, 19:59
Thanks for debrief. I'm about to begin studying the SC section. Many people on the forum have recommemded Mgmat SC, but it seems like you attributed your improvement to SC Grail. Is SC Grail sufficient by itself, or do I also need to use Mgmat SC? Thanks.

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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2011, 21:57
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Thanks for debrief. I'm about to begin studying the SC section. Many people on the forum have recommemded Mgmat SC, but it seems like you attributed your improvement to SC Grail. Is SC Grail sufficient by itself, or do I also need to use Mgmat SC? Thanks.

Ii actually depends on where you are coming from. In my case I had already gone through MGMAT and found it too detailed so the SC Grail summarised all the important concepts very succinctly. But if you are very weak in grammar then it might be a good idea to go through MGMAT as well since the Grail does not drill too deep into any of the concepts. Ideally go through both.
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2011, 11:04
nice story!!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 07:28
Thanks for mailing across the files and good luck to you for your apps :)
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2011, 01:27
Hey how much did you get in the AWA?
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 03:41
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Hey how much did you get in the AWA?

5.5 :-D
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2011, 11:46
Thanks so much! This is very helpful!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2011, 01:04
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Thanks so much! This is very helpful!


Am glad that you found the post helpful! All the best!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2011, 22:29
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I used to first spend around 2-3 minutes on the passage to get an idea of what each para was speaking about broadly. Then I used to hit the questions and keep moving to and fro between the passage and the questions.


I did the 20th first texts and am finding problems with this strategy :s. I don't really know what to read and what to not read in 2-3 minutes and I have problems with the EXCEPT questions and other questions that oblige you to resee all the text looking for the correct answer. Also I don't know if I should take notes or not.
This RC is making me nervous !
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2011, 22:55
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See here: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html?highlight=ml301
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 16:37
Congratulations! Excellent score!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 22:23
thats a great score , quant is 51 wow. my gmat is scheduled @feb end , i do get verbal around 40 in most of the prac tests, but quant is the real issue , not getting over 42-43 :( . what specifically shall i do to get the quant score in the 50 range ?
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2011, 21:13
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thats a great score , quant is 51 wow. my gmat is scheduled @feb end , i do get verbal around 40 in most of the prac tests, but quant is the real issue , not getting over 42-43 :( . what specifically shall i do to get the quant score in the 50 range ?

42-43 in quant is very low. In my experience even if you get 8-10 questions wrong, as long as you get some difficult ones correct you can easily go up to 47-48. Before I give any suggestion I need to know how have you studied from quant? Did you use any of the Manhattan guides? Also is your problem PS or DS?
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2011, 22:54
Awesome improvement +1.

Kindly elaborate more on verbal, especially SC and RC, not in the terms of material you have used but in the terms of strategy.
Eg. how differently you approached the SC and RC questions.
how you solved RC99? in time mode?
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 21:31
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Awesome improvement +1.

Kindly elaborate more on verbal, especially SC and RC, not in the terms of material you have used but in the terms of strategy.
Eg. how differently you approached the SC and RC questions.
how you solved RC99? in time mode?

Thanks.

SC- In my first attempt I was paying a lot of attention to pinpointing what was the error in the original question and what was wrong with each option. While this helped in building my concepts the flip side was that I ended up reading every option completely and my timing went for a complete toss. In some cases even though I was sure of the answer I still ended up going through all the options, at times confusing myself in the process. The SC Grail actually introduced me to the idea of 'Reading Vertically' and I think it worked brilliantly in terms of saving time and staying focussed. I am absolutely convinced now that if you are reading all the options in a SC question you are wasting your time.

RC - In my first attempt the problem was simple lack of practice. I found RC too boring so did very few passages and that too from my comfort area. As a result I was completely flummoxed by some of the passages in the actual test. As I have mentioned in my first post on this thread the best and perhaps the only way to improve RC is to practice as many passages as you can and from across subject areas. Just make sure the passages and the questions are representative of those on the GMAT.

Let me know in case you have any specific queries.
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2011, 05:49
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For RC do you think it would be helpful to go through those American History Journals? Apart from practicing passages what other books should I read so as to generally improve my reading skills?
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2011, 09:35
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For RC do you think it would be helpful to go through those American History Journals? Apart from practicing passages what other books should I read so as to generally improve my reading skills?


You can go through American History books or anything which you think will expose you to complex text. I'd also advise that you go through the "GMAT Fiction" forum and pick a couple of posts suggested there.
Here's the link to the forum
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2011, 08:37
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congrats dude


It was so idiotic of you to write the same thing on tens of different threads. We don't need your congratulations if the only thing you can do is spam the threads so that you can increase your post counts!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 20:50
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You can go through American History books or anything which you think will expose you to complex text. I'd also advise that you go through the "GMAT Fiction" forum and pick a couple of posts suggested there.
Here's the link to the forum
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Thanks a lot for your help. Good luck with your apps!
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Re: From 630 -> 730 - Mission Accomplished....Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 02:10
woow...congrats... great score!!
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