I am not very happy, but I am relieved
I am a little bit disappointed with my low verbal score (only 35) - usually I got about 39-41 when practiced at home.
For those who interested in my previous experience - please refer to post http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2205
About the test:
was AWFULL!!! I do not want to horrify those who are trying to improve their quant score, but my situation is a way to different. I am proffessional mathematician (I even got DIPLOMA to prove that
) and since GMAT tests only very basic math concepts I feel PAIN when I am answering question without 100% assurance that I am right. I have to do so (applied GUT FEELING - if you understand what I mean) answering 7 or 8 questions this time. I was almost sure that I will not cross 49 in quant section - I was shocked when I saw Q 51
Either they were experimental questions or my GUT FEELING very good.
So much for that!
Verbal was not so bad as I expected. I expected long and convoluted SC, vague CR and lenghthy RC.
SCs indeed were long and convoluted but not unapproachable. (At the end of the section they became shorther)
CR were OK, but I've spent too much time reading stimulus and too less time choosing right answer - I almost sure that if I had had more time invested in picking right answer, I would have certainly done better than 35 in verbal.
RC were surprisingly short (except for the last one), but hard. I've spent too much time trying to comprehend them. Questions were managable if you understood info in the text (quite strightforward questions)
I do not feel enough qualified to advise you guys in how to improve verbal score, since I score only measerable 35. But I can tell what worked for me.
I've done OG (2 times), Kaplan
2003, Kaplan Verbal
Workout, SC in Kaplan 800
, PR, PR Verbal Workout
(40% of that), all ETS's PBT.
When I've done all these - my biggest problem was the speed of perception of verbal information. What REALLY helped me - READING A LOT!!! I've read "Great Gatsby", Asimov's books, Pere Le Mure, Economist (paper as well as on-line edition) and various articles in internet.
So much for the verbal section.
So much for the GMAT (maybe I'll take it again - to cross longed-for 750 (to cross V 40 at the end), but I am not obsessed with GMAT anymore)
I'am targeting at H/S/W + Chicago and Columbia, I hope that 720 will do for those schools (Although, I understand that my score is not fantastic)
I'd like to express my warm gratitude to stolyar, vaka, vicky, chihao, jaydi8 and many many those who participated in my verbal posts.
Hope, that I will contribute to this site in the future (but not so extensively), since I've not forsaked idea to hit 750 (for the possibility of obtaing stipend in Chicago)
One last idea, ANYONE CAN BEAT GMAT
I've progressed from 4% in the verbal (4 year ago) to 77%. Really, I've spent 5 month (real studying time) to cross 700 border. I am IN.
I could manage it! -> ANYONE with enough perseverance can manage it!!!
GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!