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# Guys, need inspiration (V31, Q42)

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28 Feb 2006, 13:16
Guys,

Yesterday I gave GMAT for the first time and what can I say, I was flat out defeated by the beast

My scores are as follows
GMAT: 600
Math: 42
Verbal: 31

Agreed I had certain weaknesses in Math (especially probability), however, even in Kaplan tests my math score was at least 45 and Verbal 28.

As far as the exam is concerned I can not blame any body but myself. Every thing went very smoothly. Test center was very good and the staff was very courteous. I reached there well ahead of time and when I asked they gave me the exam about 45 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.

My weaknesses are as follows.
Math: Probability, Permutation & Combination
Verbal: Sentence Correction

I am so frustrated that I am thinking of droping the idea of doing MBA from ROSS michigan.

Please help me by suggesting how should I acheive my dream goal of 700 and if you could please also suggest me how can I evaluate my progress as now I have already tried GMATPrep, PowerPrep and Kaplan exams.

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28 Feb 2006, 14:01
what were your Kaplan practice scores???
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28 Feb 2006, 14:13
bewakoof wrote:
what were your Kaplan practice scores???

My test exam scores wre as follows.
kaplan
Test 1 - 640
Test 2 - 650
Test 3 - 630
Test 4 - 690 (The day before my actual exam)

GMATPrep
Test 1 - 680
Test 2 - 670

PowerPrep
Test 1 - 650 (Just when I had started preparing for GMAT)
Test 2 - 690

I hope this will help.
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28 Feb 2006, 16:04
Hi mbahopeful. Sorry to hear about your experience but what you mentioned can be learned. If you do a search on the math forum about combination/permutation/probability, there will be a bunch of posts that will show up. When I first started studying for the GMAT, I knew next to nothing about it but in order to break the 45Q level, you have to know those topics and I did learn it.

The best is that I learned it all from gmatclub and nowhere else. I started explaining very simple combination problems and my explanations evolved to suit more complicated questions. I eventually ended up writing some combination questions myself! You can definitely be trained to learn this thing for the GMAT and this thing, I forgot it almost all by now. If you look up posts by Stolyar, you will find a bunch of such questions.

As for SC, you will have to start explaining all answers in your own words: there is no shortcut around this. Once you can explain them in your own words and teach it to others, it means that you grasped the concepts. Many concepts will be used for the GMAT eg:
-parallellism
-misplaced modifier
-verb tense agreement
-pronoun agreement
-idioms
However, there are also more "advanced" such as:
-parenthetical elements
-phrases vs clauses
-ellipsis
-run on sentences
-restrictive vs non-restrictive clauses
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm
The above is perhaps the best website for SC and I learned all of what I needed for the GMAT SC there. I would also strongly suggest you to print out most of the discussions in the "best of verbal" forum as many of the above concepts I explained in many of those threads.
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28 Feb 2006, 18:38
Paul wrote:
Hi mbahopeful. Sorry to hear about your experience but what you mentioned can be learned. If you do a search on the math forum about combination/permutation/probability, there will be a bunch of posts that will show up. When I first started studying for the GMAT, I knew next to nothing about it but in order to break the 45Q level, you have to know those topics and I did learn it.

The best is that I learned it all from gmatclub and nowhere else. I started explaining very simple combination problems and my explanations evolved to suit more complicated questions. I eventually ended up writing some combination questions myself! You can definitely be trained to learn this thing for the GMAT and this thing, I forgot it almost all by now. If you look up posts by Stolyar, you will find a bunch of such questions.

As for SC, you will have to start explaining all answers in your own words: there is no shortcut around this. Once you can explain them in your own words and teach it to others, it means that you grasped the concepts. Many concepts will be used for the GMAT eg:
-parallellism
-misplaced modifier
-verb tense agreement
-pronoun agreement
-idioms
However, there are also more "advanced" such as:
-parenthetical elements
-phrases vs clauses
-ellipsis
-run on sentences
-restrictive vs non-restrictive clauses
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm
The above is perhaps the best website for SC and I learned all of what I needed for the GMAT SC there. I would also strongly suggest you to print out most of the discussions in the "best of verbal" forum as many of the above concepts I explained in many of those threads.

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