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Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 08:41
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I took GMAT today and I totally screwed up especially the verbal part. (GMAT 530 Q47 V17)
I think my poor score has something to with these factors: time management and stress. (Oh! my poor verbal, too.)
For the quantitative part, IMO the level of difficulty is pretty much the same as the gmatprep. I thought I did it quite ok
but it could be much better if I managed my time more efficiently. In the last five minutes, I still got about ten questions left. (I guess almost all of them)

For the verbal part, I totally screwed up. Generally, I am poor at verbal but today is the worst. I was stuck at the RC for a long long time.
I tried to read it and I was like OMG! I didn't get any of this. Real CR, SC for me too are much harder than the gmatprep. Although I tried to calm myself down, I knew my mind was already gone somewhere else. I spent quite a lot of time doing the first few questions. In the last ten minutes, I got 20 questions unanswered. I know this sucks and it shows how poor my time management is ... I had to guess half of the verbal part! I have never guessed so many as these in my entire life! So when I saw the score, I was not surprised. I knew it's gotta be like this since I guess half of the verbal part.

The thing is I'm gonna retake the test next month so I've got about a month to improve my verbal (also my quant). Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
FYI, I took GMATprep four times and here are my score (kinda vary though): 600 (Q48,V25), 540 (Q45, V20), (reinstalled)640 (Q49,V28), (reinstalled)700 (Q50,V34)
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Re: Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 10:10
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I think you know your solution - improve your verbal.
You need good materials and discipline to go through them. Verbal, also depends on your language skills and may take longer to master than quant (much longer if you are not as fluent).

Take a look at the MGMAT Verbal Foundations - it is a great book to start with and to reinforce the basics. If you are in a Rush, there are many inexpensive course options from eGMAT that focuses on Verbal (RS, SC, CR, or a whole bundle). They have a free trial and also a 4-point score guarantee: https://e-gmat.com/courses_pricing.php?source=gmatclub

You can also take a look at this post: how-to-go-to-v40-from-v30-142361.html
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Re: Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 17:22
Thank you bb. I need to fix my poor verbal and the MGMAT verbal foundation sounds great!
I'm interesting in buying the e-gmat too because I've got about one month left before my next appointment.
So my plan now is to finish reading MGMAT verbal foundation asap and take e-gmat (verbal online) course.
By the way, I would like to ask you for an advice about my quant. I knew q47 is ok (much better than my verbal :P) but I would like to, if possible, improve my q to 50. Any any suggestions about that?
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Re: Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 21:44
amm1206 wrote:
Thank you bb. I need to fix my poor verbal and the MGMAT verbal foundation sounds great!
I'm interesting in buying the e-gmat too because I've got about one month left before my next appointment.
So my plan now is to finish reading MGMAT verbal foundation asap and take e-gmat (verbal online) course.
By the way, I would like to ask you for an advice about my quant. I knew q47 is ok (much better than my verbal :P) but I would like to, if possible, improve my q to 50. Any any suggestions about that?


Verbal - Manhattan GMAT material should be sufficient for SC.
For RCs and CRs, practice is the key my friend. 3-4 RCs on a daily basis and 10-15 CRs (download 1000 CRs and 1000 RCs from web)

Quant - Again, practice! 47 indicates that your concepts are good and no need to go back for revision.
Try to practice more so that time management improves and you have more time for each question.
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Re: Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2012, 00:27
Thx buzzz85. I'm now reading the Mgmat foundations of verbal. My plan is to finish the seven chapters for the SC and go through the e-gmat course which I already purchased. I will download 1000RCs and 1000CRs as you suggested. Thank you once again. Your reply is highly appreciated. :)

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Re: Killed by GMAT 530 (Q47 V17) Need help! [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 07:20
Get the GMAT prep additional questions. It takes time to increase Verbal score. So i'd would wait a little longer than a month to do it again, especially with V17.
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