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Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible

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Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2012, 19:16
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I had attempted GMAT last week and disappointingly ended up with a 640. I am targeting to appear for GMAT again in November. Can you please guide me as to how to pace the Verbal part.

I am not bothered about Quant as I had been scoring 50 but something wrong happened on the test Day.
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Re: Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2012, 21:57
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Re: Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 00:26
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Hello,
I had attempted GMAT last week and disappointingly ended up with a 640. I am targeting to appear for GMAT again in November. Can you please guide me as to how to pace the Verbal part.

I am not bothered about Quant as I had been scoring 50 but something wrong happened on the test Day.


Hi Buddy : Trust me, This indomitable spirit of urs will help u in sailing through the turbulent waters of gmatland.

U are almost there , V 28 is not a bad score but then there's no harm if it could be raised to ur expectation level.

Now the tripods of ur 2nd attempt can be the following ;( Though u will be a better judge )

1.Concepts : Anything in particular that's giving me jitters ( Modifier / Parallelism / Comparison / Tense / SV = Guess these are the main ones bxn which 70-80% of GMAT V revolves ); If yes, plz try n revisit the concepts from any material that suits u best = plz don't club too many materials to have a hang on the basics of same concept , it somewhat becomes disillusionary.

Once through now u can shift gears and try to search for the Advanced versions of the same topics / the shortcuts / the mind reading game : For this there are some very good materials on forums such as gmatclub/ BTG / MGMat etc = my personal opinion ( Search for RON PUREWAL aka lunarpower = he is a legend / he is magical ) / u can lay ur hands on thursdays with RON ( either live sessions or can download the recorded sessions - search vimeo / youtube/ mgmat site/ gmatclub 0

2. Pattern recognition : V 28 suggests that u must have exhausted all resources but still if u can, think of redoing OG / verbal review / GMATPREP docs = Practise with the official retired questions, mark the wrong ones = Search in forums to get a feel of how forum wizs / experts read the particular problem ; you won't find a single question that's unanswered = My humble suggestion, though a cliche , stick only n only to officcial questions . for fresh meat u can lay ur hands on GMATPREP question bank 1 @ 1000 bucks from mba.com ( 400 official retired Q's not found elsewhere )

3. Timing : u can realize that 90% of SC , in particular, can be solved from the cosy atmosphere of one's room but when that timer starts ticking, it becomes a completely diff ball game - things start to get tangential. So once through with 1 & 2 bring out ur error logs & practise in blocks of 40 (yes 40 and not 15 / 20, till 15/ 20 ur mind stays alert/ u stay agile but as the number increases fatigue creeps in and the GMAT beast unfolds itself ) under timed condition ( 1.5 for SC / 2-2.5 for CR ) ; once comfortable try n mix SC / CR , this will really help u in taking a stab under time crunching situations.

Take as many tests as u can till it becomes ur second nature; GMATPREP both older n newer version / MGMAT 6 tests :Don't fret too much over the scores, the tets should be taken with an intent to acclimatise urself with the gruesome grind of those 4 hrs, build up ur stamina/ energy level .

My learnings from 2 miserable attempts.
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Re: Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 04:03
There is a lot of juice that can be extracted from OG12 SC solutions, which you will not find anywhere. Spending 5-10 mins on tough questions, googling will help you a lot in identifying patterns. For example
- 'it' can break a parallelism if the same is not present at all places.
- more/less must be followed by than and not by "compared to/compared with"
- presence of 'had' is a red flag, check whether past perfect makes sense.
Try 1,2 line takeaway from each OG12 SC problems and revisit the problems.
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Re: Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2012, 07:14
hi, can you tell me the materials that you used for quants?
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Re: Gave GMAT last week...ended up with 640 (Q49,V 28) -Terrible [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2012, 09:36
vinzycoolfire wrote:
hi, can you tell me the materials that you used for quants?



No preparation man..............seriously Quant I haven't practised at all. You can subscribe GMAT Club Tests if you want to practise the same.
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