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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 23:25
bmillan01 wrote:
Sorry to learn about your tough day, willigetmylifeback. Your math scores are strong, so this is obviously not a big obstacle. The challenge clearly lies within the verbal section. Could you elaborate on your study for this section?

For now, though, take at least one month off. I believe that you are capable of a better score. We all just have to find out what specifically went wrong and form a solution. But, as already stated, it's time to rest.


Thank you bmillan01. For verbal I have studied MGMAT SC, PowerScore CR bible and MGMAT RC guide. RC was always a headache for me. I hardly gets 4-5 questions correct on RC out of 13-14questions. Accuracy on SC and CR was about 70% I believe. May be all this wasn't enough for the good score. I didn't practiced much on RC.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 23:32
heygirl wrote:
I agree to what bmillan says and I think the same too - your Q scores are pretty decent. Just improve your verbal and you will be fine. I got a terrible 490 on my last GMAT attempt and I'm dreaming for a 700 this time haha!
What is your target score? Depending on that put more effort into Quant, if your target score is in the 700+ range. If not, my personal opnion, concentrate on Verbal alone and tackle it. I think 1-2 months of verbal prep should be good for you. I loved the MGMAT CR book, although many here have said that Powerscore is the best book. But, I used to get pretty confused when I read that book. MGMAT CR book is very concise and crisp. Again, your strategy and effort depends on your target score. If you need a 700+ then may be a Powerscore and MGMAT CR will help you. For RC - I just practiced and also read through some strategies in the OG. SC is something that I'm still working on and I use the MGMAT SC book. Good Luck!



Thank you heygirl for the reply and words of encouragement! My target score always varied with the practice tests results! 1st I was targeting 700+, but I never scored this much in any of my practice tests scores. So, I changed this to 670+. I think this is another mistake what we people do generally. We should believe ourself and God or whatever that we can do it. Be firm to your target score and not to set target score beyond your reach and your capabilities. Oops, I don't know what's I'm writing. :) Anyhow, thanks for the reply.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 23:34
desiaggie1980 wrote:
Unfortunately, its all about that day, but thats the way it is for every exam. You can try a shot at GRE too because some b-schools here accept GRE also in case GMAT is not your forte'; ultimately it is a similar exam, but given a choice i would give GRE again and not go thru the fire of GMAT!
But again if you are targetting the best schools, there is no other way, GMAT is totally geared towarda a business school and it is amazing how prepping up the right way sharpens your vitals.



Thanks desiaggie1980 for the reply but I can't think of GRE at the moment as I have spend more than a year in preparation of GMAT.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 23:35
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Yes! Its true, many good school accept 500 range score.I think you should definitely research on it and maintain a regular communication with the advisor of the colleges that you are interested in. Infact,some school don't require any GMAT score at all but I wouldn't recommend those schools to you.I'm mentioning about those cause I have seen many people come to US by getting into those school , and later on they try to transfer their credits or try and get into the school of their choice.There are millions of options if you want to go abroad and build a new life.But if your motive is to get into one of the top colleges in the world, then you should hang in there , be patient, and keep trying till you win!!


Thank you msneemo.

I will be patient and keep trying. Thank you for motivating me.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 23:36

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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 07:51
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Thank you bmillan01. For verbal I have studied MGMAT SC, PowerScore CR bible and MGMAT RC guide. RC was always a headache for me. I hardly gets 4-5 questions correct on RC out of 13-14 questions. Accuracy on SC and CR was about 70% I believe. May be all this wasn't enough for the good score. I didn't practiced much on RC.


Okay, then. Now we have a rough idea. First thing to do (after the rest) is to really focus on RC. Try to read about 1000 pages of GMAT fiction. For specifics, though, heavily rely on LSAT passages. These are more challenging and will help you to improve. Use the same time limits as you would for a GMAT question.

For SC preparation, purchase the SC Holy Grail and use that first. After that, move on to the Manhattan SC guide. You already covered this book, but it's important to keep on reading it. As soon as you finish it, read it again. And answer as many SC questions as possible. Become a very active member on the SC forums. Make sure to fully read every explanation, even for the ones you answered correctly.

For CR, read the Powerscore CR Bible one more time and do the same thing as for SC (read explanations, fully answer questions on forums, etc.).

Your AWA is fine, so the main challenge here is to maintain your current level. For quant, stay fresh with the GMATClub tests and maybe Jeff Sackmann's Extreme Challenge set.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 10:13
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willigetmylifeback wrote:
Thank you bmillan01. For verbal I have studied MGMAT SC, PowerScore CR bible and MGMAT RC guide. RC was always a headache for me. I hardly gets 4-5 questions correct on RC out of 13-14 questions. Accuracy on SC and CR was about 70% I believe. May be all this wasn't enough for the good score. I didn't practiced much on RC.


Okay, then. Now we have a rough idea. First thing to do (after the rest) is to really focus on RC. Try to read about 1000 pages of GMAT fiction. For specifics, though, heavily rely on LSAT passages. These are more challenging and will help you to improve. Use the same time limits as you would for a GMAT question.

For SC preparation, purchase the SC Holy Grail and use that first. After that, move on to the Manhattan SC guide. You already covered this book, but it's important to keep on reading it. As soon as you finish it, read it again. And answer as many SC questions as possible. Become a very active member on the SC forums. Make sure to fully read every explanation, even for the ones you answered correctly.

For CR, read the Powerscore CR Bible one more time and do the same thing as for SC (read explanations, fully answer questions on forums, etc.).

Your AWA is fine, so the main challenge here is to maintain your current level. For quant, stay fresh with the GMATClub tests and maybe Jeff Sackmann's Extreme Challenge set.



Thank you bmillan01. I have picked some books and have started reading them. I'll follow your advice religiously and will keep everyone update time to time.

Can you please let me know from where I can purchase blank flashcards? I have also planned to keep flashcard this time.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 10:21
Your username is too long to type, so I'm gonna call you "Willy"
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Well, Willy... I reside in India and I had a lot of trouble finding blank cards suitable for making flashcards. In the end, I purchased an A1 size sheet of chart paper and got it cut into smaller cards. However, people in the United States could purchase "Index Cards", from any stationary store, to serve the same purpose...
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 14:41
willigetmylifeback wrote:
Can you please let me know from where I can purchase blank flashcards? I have also planned to keep flashcard this time.

Willigetmylifeback, I had this EXACTLY same question a few weeks back. I had even posted my question here, finally it iwas entwistle who helped me realize that they are actually called index cards.
Are you in the US? If in US, you will get it at any departmental or grocery store : walmart,walgreens, sears, amazon etc.
Trust me, I am currently using this method of flashcards and I find it really useful.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 09:40
Thank you but I'm also from India! So, I think I won't get these blank flashcards easily. Hence, I will cut A4 side pages and use them as flashcards.
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Re: I did not get my life back! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 09:47
willigetmylifeback wrote:
Thank you but I'm also from India! So, I think I won't get these blank flashcards easily. Hence, I will cut A4 side pages and use them as flashcards.


Willy Bhai, don't use normal A4 size paper... I tried that first and realized that normal A4 size papers don't make good flash cards...

I used chart paper instead... Yellow and White colour... Yellow for Quant and White for verbal ;)
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