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GMAT 680 ( Verbal 31 & Quant 50) , Target 750+

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Hi,

I Got 680 in my first attempt at GMAT with 31 in verbal & 50 in quant.
My target is 750+ score.

I have roughly 20 days , Completely for GMAT, as i have taken break from work.

In last attempt i didn't give any practice tests.
I did OG11, 450 Qs of SC1000. I didn't practice RC at all.
My Quant is decent and i believe i can make it 51 in my next attempt but verbal is such a mystery.
please suggest me how can i work to meet the target, or how should i plan my work in coming weeks.
I can dedicate my 20 days completely to GMAT so time is enough for the cause.
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Re: GMAT 680 ( Verbal 31 & Quant 50) , Target 750+ [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 20:31
hello, I didn't want this thread to go to the bottom of the food chain before someone realizes. Since you've already had a grasp on the quantitative part, I figure I'd give some suggestions regarding the verbal section.

I, too, have been struggling with the verbal section. Just like you said, the V score has been pretty unpredictable for me. My suggestion would be to do a practice test, one that you are able to go back to and review your mistake. GMATPrep is a good source, though there's no explanation for questions (a google search might just do the trick). Figure out what your weak points are (you can do this by tallying up how many type of questions you missed for the types of verbal questions -sentence correction, critical reasoning, and reading comp). Once you do this, you have a pretty good grasp as to what you need to work on. Having taken the real GMAT already, I assume that you kind of already know what your weak point is. Almost always, verbal section just requires meticulous practice and reviews. For sentence correction, I recommend you get the Manhattangmat book on sentence correction (it has helped many people here, including myself). For reading comprehension, just got to do practice - and practice - and practice. For critical reasoninig, I personally recommend the PowerScore GMAT Verbal Bible, for which it goes into details of each section of the verbal part, and I found the critical reasoning to be pretty helpful. My score, prior to practice and studying, has been hovering around the 27 to 30-ish for verbal. After some time practicing, I've improved to a solid 40 now. I find myself getting a lot of sentence corrections right and SC used to be my weakest topic. With just 20 days left (probably just 17 days left), I'd recommend just doing as much practice as possible and make sure you review your mistakes...ask yourself, why did you get it wrong?

I wish you the best of luck and I hope you achieve your target score (though 680 is already an awesome score)
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Re: GMAT 680 ( Verbal 31 & Quant 50) , Target 750+ [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2009, 03:12
Thanks for your suggestions.. i am implementing this only.. time-bound study and notes for each mistake..
And keeping my fingers crossed..
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Re: GMAT 680 ( Verbal 31 & Quant 50) , Target 750+ [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2009, 05:45
Hello punoo23,

I would not spend any time on math. There is little to no benefit in moving from 50 to 51.

You will have much better success boosting your score by getting your verbal score up.

My advice:

Take a full practice exam (see the thread for practice tests):
all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html

Use this practice test to
1. Make sure your 50 in math was not a fluke (make sure you score within a small range). If this is the case, your math is solid and should not more prep time.
2. Go through the different questions in verbal and come up with an action plan. Focus on your most deficient areas (RC, CR, SC) and then take another practice test when you feel you've improved.

Best of luck,
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Re: GMAT 680 ( Verbal 31 & Quant 50) , Target 750+   [#permalink] 16 Dec 2009, 05:45
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