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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 06:42
If MGMAT tests are close, then I think I should practice them. But I do agree on the part that the Quant is quite difficult. In my last mock, all the 37 questions were of 700-800 level and some questions were very difficult. Especially DS. I had major timing issues. Guess my quant is all right.

My major concern is Verbal, which still troubles me. I have access to all 3 OGs + Supplements. But I read around to find that these days GMAT throws SCs which are very complicated.

Does real GMAT SC difficulty go beyong OGs ?
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 06:52
I wouldn't say that it goes beyond what you'd find on GMATPrep and the OGs. Keep in mind the OG is organized in order of difficulty though, so make sure you review the last block of questions in each section (there's a guide posted on the forums for the OG12 which gives the difficulty of questions).

There are tons of other resources around on the forum for more challenging SC questions, but I would stick to MGMAT and OG as much as possible because they include good explanations of the answers. The best way to improve SC in my opinion is to do questions in small batches (maybe 5-10) and immediately review the answers and read the explanations. At the beginning you should be reading the answers to both the questions you got right and the ones you got wrong.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 07:02
gmatkoopa wrote:
I wouldn't say that it goes beyond what you'd find on GMATPrep and the OGs. Keep in mind the OG is organized in order of difficulty though, so make sure you review the last block of questions in each section (there's a guide posted on the forums for the OG12 which gives the difficulty of questions).

There are tons of other resources around on the forum for more challenging SC questions, but I would stick to MGMAT and OG as much as possible because they include good explanations of the answers. The best way to improve SC in my opinion is to do questions in small batches (maybe 5-10) and immediately review the answers and read the explanations. At the beginning you should be reading the answers to both the questions you got right and the ones you got wrong.



Yea that's the plan now. Thanks for your insights. Congrats once again and all best for your apps and career :D
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 08:43
Got the official score today. 6.0 AWA =D
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 09:52
gmatkoopa wrote:
Got the official score today. 6.0 AWA =D


Hey gmatkoopa,

Congrats for a great score !!

If you remember, I replied to you when you had 1st posted your mock score.

Further, I had also posted my score on GMAT Prep 2 for your reference: 700

Now my test is on 9th July (Sat) and my recent scores are:

MGMAT 2: 740 (Q49,V42)
MGMAT 3: 730 (Q49, V40)
GMATPrep1: 730 (Q50, V38) (this is d score 4m d test I took today at home)

My target score is >=760 .. What do you should I do in the coming week?

I have till now completed following material:

1. MGMAT SC guide
2. CR Powerscore bible
3. OG 12 SC and CR sections

Further, I have been doing the below points regularly:

4. Practicing RC from Aristotle book RC99
5. Following discussions on various forums such as GC, Manhattan GMAT, Urch, and Pagalguy

From tomorrow, I am planning to revise my SC and CR notes, do KAPLAN 800 book, continue to practice RCs, and take 1 mock (3 MGMATs and 2 GMAT Preps (re-installed) - 5 days) everyday and analyze my mistakes...


You think I am on the right track ??

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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 04:59
I took the GMAT this monday and scored a dismal 710.
Quant:50 & VA:36
I a planning on reattempting the GMAT in about 40 days.
Could you please give me some pointers on how to improve my speed & accuracy in VA.
Especially as SC is really killing me.
My aim is for >=760.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 06:22
Congratulations and thanks for the encouraging brief and great advice.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 08:29
amazing score..and thanks for the debrief
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 10:36
Congratulations. Wish you the very best.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 20:10
Awesome score!! Such debriefs motivate a lot of people.

Congrats :o
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 21:24
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Hi guys,

10 Pieces of General Advice


1. Get the MGMAT guides and the OG
2. Sign up for a Kaplan Real Test Day Experience
3. Study smart, don't just take CATs
4. Review the questions you do slowly, not just the ones you get wrong
5. Take a day or two off before the exam
6. Ask for an extra pen at the exam center if they don't give you one
7. Take all of the breaks even if you don't think you need them
8. Think positive thoughts going in and promise yourself a reward at the end
9. Do not slack off at the end of Verbal
10. Try to enjoy the experience, but always respect the test and don't cut corners

I'm indebted to this forum for all of its help, so I'd be more than happy to answer any questions. I'll definitely be around for the next couple years as I get ready to apply for business school (class of '15 probably).

Thanks and Cheers!

hi, Thanks for your experience for preparing the gmat test especially your "10 Pieces of General Advice". It helps me alot in changing the strategy.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2011, 22:46
Wow. Good job. Excellent pointers.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 00:52
gmatkoopa wrote:

The biggest piece of advice I can give people on this section is focus on your timing because unlike in Verbal, you can't quickly eliminate bad choices when you need to solve an actual problem. Read this post and try to be ahead of schedule coming into the last 3 questions. The added time pressure of the section ending can throw you off your game. I didn't develop a "1-minute sense," but I did try my best to check the clock every couple questions and make sure I had 2 * (number of questions left) minutes remaining.

I took another break before Verbal and began work on the section. I had generally finished Verbal 20+ minutes ahead of time in practice (compared to having to rush the end of Quant a couple times), so I consciously worked slower to avoid stupid mistakes. Midway through the section I felt like I was rocking it, but I was working a bit too slowly so I sped up. If you are early in the section you can try to wait for SC questions to make up time, but if you are in the last 15 questions or so, DO NOT WAIT to fix a timing problem. Near the end I was feeling good about my performance, but I thought to myself, "wow, imagine what your score would be if you got the last 10 questions of Verbal wrong." That helped me to regain focus.


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9. Do not slack off at the end of Verbal


Excellent timing tips - thank you Koopa!
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 08:40
Great score!..I am aiming for 750+

I have started my prep from the last week of june and wish to write the CAT somewhere 1st week of Sep. I know I started quite late. I need to work a lot on my verbal and quant. I gave a mock and realized that I lack in speed. I left like 10 questions in verbal and 5 in quant. score was mere 45 in quant and 30+ (don't remember exactly) in verbal. I need to improve a lot a lot in terms of my speed of answering. though it was the first preliminary test i took but I really really want it to improve..I want nothing less than 50 in quant and atleast 46-47 in verbal.

Can you suggest something on the practice tests? I am currently doing Kaplan premier and OG. I plan to buy Manhattan guides. But is there anything more I should do to improve speed. I get very slow while attempting RCs.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 10:04
please tell me how you had planned for the RC section...what strategies u applied in the actual exam...
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 10:18
Hi Ruturaj,

I am experimenting with a couple of methods. I am usually in a habit of starting reading the whole passage till the end and if the passage is complicated, I end up spending like 10 mins only on reading it. I have realized that I get lost in between, while reading the passages. Recently, I started using Kaplan strategy but cant say I've improved much in RC section. Can you tell me if reading question stem first would help? I'm not sure it'll work in RC as it does in CR questions.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2011, 02:08
please tell me how you had planned for the RC section...what strategies u applied in the actual exam...
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2011, 02:15
prishkam,Actually I am too skeptical abt how to go about with Rc..just bcoz of this section my score is going down
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 06:02
prishkam: In terms of CATs I would stick to the MGMAT tests and the GMAT Prep tests, with a Kaplan Real Test Day Experience mixed in if possible. MGMAT and GMAT Prep are the most accurate predictors of your actual GMAT score. In terms of timing, I had some trouble timing for Quant as well at the beginning. You have to learn to realize when you've spent too much time on a question and how to speed up when you're behind on time. In terms of Verbal RC, read the strategies in the MGMAT book, but also search these forums for tips from other users. I'm probably not the best person to ask because I didn't follow any specific method for RC (I tended to read the passage once, then refer back as I did the problems). Some people find note taking or selective reading a better strategy. You just need to find a way of tackling the problems that works for you. What kinds of issues are you running into exactly? Do you read the passage and not absorb the information? Or do you understand the passage, but have trouble answering the questions?

ruturaj: See my comments for prishkam.
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Re: GMAT Debrief - 770 (Q50, V47) [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2011, 16:28
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