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16 Jul 2004, 08:53
Folks: I need some advice from you guys about the GMAT verbal Section:

BACKGROUND:

I've took the GMAT thrice and scored a 26,27,25. I've used the PR Cracking the GMAT, Kaplan Verbal Workbook and the OG and PR Online Material. During my practice tests i've scored scores as high as 42 and my "mean" score was around 35-36. I've took more than 10 tests (PR Online Tests, PP, PR CR-ROM).

During the real test i ALWAYS run out of time. I feel like the GMAT Verbal section (ive took the test thrice) is harder than the tests i've practised. I get easily frazzled with RC with lots of technical jargons/'words that i dont understand. During normal conditions (2 minutes per question for CRand 1.5 mins for SC I get atleast 80% of the questions right). But during the "real test" i run out of time and this has a "snow-ball" effect on my CRs and SCs.

HELP NEEDED:

What kind of material can i use to improve my RCs & CRs (something harder than the real GMAT test) so my timings get better; Would you recommend the LSAT RCs and CRs? My principles/conceptual workingsof CR and RCs is good. I just run out of time........During my practice i ALWAYS go back and figure out why i got something wrong and analyze my "train of thought" and see where i went wrong.

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16 Jul 2004, 13:06
Some say LSAT CR's are tough and good for preperation.However I have not looked at LSAT CR's yet and donot know much.I will leave it to others for better advice.
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16 Jul 2004, 22:25

I'm looking for advise on what can i do to improve my speed while maintaining my accuracy. Should i practise LSAT material?

I've pretty much run out of material. I need something that is somewhat tougher than the GMAT material. That way atleast when i take the test the next time it will be easier coz i've practised with the tougher material.
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17 Aug 2004, 13:17
Improving speed is always the toughest part or preparation. Last year I took the LSAT (trying to do JD/MBA), and I used the testmasters prep class. I recieved a great deal of help with critical reasoning, and have been able to propagate my success onto the GMAT critical reasoning. The more CR's you do, the easier they get. The reason for this is the basic repetition of flaws that questions use. A good deal of the time, I'll read a CR and know what the answer is basic on the question stem before even considering the answers. In this respect, LSAT questions (which usually adhere to a type) are good practice.

LSAT questions normally follow 5 broad categories. (This is courtesy of Testmasters, aka proprietary)

1. Must be true (Not usually an argument, just a set of facts. You just need to find the answer supported by the stimulus)

2. Strengthen an argument (you need to find the weakness of the argument before you look at the questions)

3. Weaken

4. Parallel reasoning (not sure if these are on the GMAT)

5. Reconcile an inconsistency

By practicing these problems in like groups, you become stronger in general at attacking the problems in general.
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17 Aug 2004, 13:19
BTW, forgot to mention, always work with a timer, and cut yourself off after you run out of time. This is necessary to get your mind in "scramble" mode.
17 Aug 2004, 13:19
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