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How to win the battle? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2006, 08:21
Hi everyone,

I'm new to this club, though not new to GMAT. I took GMAT a couple of times only to get around 530. I took Kaplan classroom course and thought that I improved a lot when my Kaplan CAT scores increased a bit in each test upto 690! Though, I should mention that my verbal scores (around 34) were not as good as my quantitative scores (51 twice). When I took GMAT powerprep, my scores were only around 630. Still, I happened to take the GMAT last month, as planned earlier. I scored 530 again!

I felt too low to think of anything at all. Only recently, I read through many of your postings, which increased my spirit to fight again. Though, I don't know how. I made a note of my errors and concentrated to correct them. I don't understand what could have been wrong, and how could I fix it?

I understand that Kaplan CAT is not an exact simulator of GMAT. However, I see that those who have scored this much in Kaplan, have scored more in GMAT.

I appreciate suggestions and tips to find out my fault and win GMAT. After all, I realize that, GMAT is not invincible. Thank you.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 05:57
You need to analyze yourself a little. First, how was your G-Day performance? Were you nervous? Tired? Out of time? Did you under-perform? Second, what are the section scores? What's your biggest challenge, math or verbal? Then break it down even more to SC, CR, RC, DS and PS. Which areas are your weak spots and which ones are the strong areas? What is your preparation style? Have you simply done a lot of practice questions without analyzing them? Do you tend to make careless mistakes or are there questions you just don't know how to solve? Are you picking answers based on how they feel and sound, or do you have to make a random pick between two possible answers and pray you pick the right one?

Stay around in the club and read some posts. There are quite a few valuable posts here discussing preparation strategies and problem solving skills. Also try to participate in solving problems posted here, and compare your approach with others, see if there's room for improvements.

Study hard and study smart, I'm sure you can conqure it.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2006, 07:14
Thank you HongHu.

During my preparation, I spent time analyzing my answers, both right and wrong, and concentrated not to repeat my mistakes. In Q, I struggled with inequalities, but was able to do probability, permutation and combination and other hard questions well. I was weak in V, especially in RC. After working with Kaplan, I was able to answer OG passages. So I thought that I would do better. Apparently, I was wrong.

I am learning from the club. I see that I have more to learn. I should also figure out why I scored worse in the real test (even in Q) than my least score in practice tests. This would mean a lot, because, I think, it is equally important to know 'why I'm not scoring' and to know 'how to improve my score.'

Thank you again, for your inspiration and reply.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2006, 10:12
Whats your score break up like
How much in quant and verbal like

say 50 in quant and 40 in verbal

The OG math level is not good enough and can be disasterously misleading

search in google for manhattan GMAT archive and you will get a word doc whose difficulty level is one level above the actual GMAT's most difficult questions

If u dont get i will forward u the same


while verbal skills are hard to develope, OG level seems to be represntative

I think you need to do deeper introspection for ur strengths and weaknesses
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 07:05
venky1979 wrote:
Whats your score break up like
How much in quant and verbal like

say 50 in quant and 40 in verbal

The OG math level is not good enough and can be disasterously misleading

search in google for manhattan GMAT archive and you will get a word doc whose difficulty level is one level above the actual GMAT's most difficult questions

If u dont get i will forward u the same


while verbal skills are hard to develope, OG level seems to be represntative

I think you need to do deeper introspection for ur strengths and weaknesses


This is the sad truth. The fact is, the OG and its supplement only test math up to the Q40-42 level. I know this because I have virtually memorized the OG cover to cover only to max out around the low Q40s on any GMATPrep or official Test. There is a plateau between Q42 and Q45+ that requires a certain amount of math ability that cannot be learned through any "test prep" book available.

MGMAT archives and GMAT Club challenges are the new standard if you are aiming for Q45+.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 07:25
Thank you Venky.

My GMAT score was 43Q and 21V.

I used OG 10th, and found that there weren't many difficult questions for Q. Since I scored 50,51 in Kaplan tests I didn't worry much. But, when I see my GMAT score and some questions here, I see that I have more to learn.

For V, I'll check with MGMAT. I should work more on it. I see that, even if I manage to get around 50 in Q, I need atleast high 30's to get a good score.

I understand that I should not become weary. And I should not skip any concept.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 07:31
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My impression was the same. Working on GMAT club challenges. Thank you.
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