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I am not an active participant in the club, but I have gone through a lot of discussions that were very useful to me. Thanks for those who helped me in clarifying some of the concepts.
I ended up with 48Q,28V(630). Though my target is 700+, based on my mental condition just before the test, I expected atleast 670-680, but was not lucky enough.
Just for those who are going to take the test:
-- Quantitative is exactly like the GMATPrep. Not hard but each question involves a bit logic. A lot of number property questions. Couple of easy probability. Also, some of the questions involve computations. So, we really need to practice to do the question in 2 minutes.
--Verbal. I felt sentence correction questions a bit hard. There were few questions for which answers were very close(I remember one question testing on 'focus on economics' vs focus in economics' ). Though I was hitting 80-90% on most of the practice questions, I was not sure why I felt so hard in GMAT. I felt CR questions very straight forward. First RC(short) & last RC(long)'s were easy. I had no clue on what were presented on 2nd & 3rd RCs[I think that is when I lost my score in Verbal](btw, there was a RC on something to do with Pakistan in 1530s-- i don't even remember the topic now).
I did a stupid mistake of reviewing grammer points and going through AWA topics etc the day before the test. I think that had a huge impact on my verbal score. Though I was able to concentrate during Quant section, I had no clue what I was doing during the verbal, especially, in the first 10 questions[which we all know is very important]. I really felt that my eyes and brain were not connecting enough to comprehend the content. May be that is why I felt verbal was hard.
I am planning to take the test one more time:-
I want to focus especially on the below:
-- Improve the grammar
I think I need to start with the basics before attempting GMAT SCs. Though I was able to answer in many occasions during the practice, I had never felt confident in choosing the right answer. I really appreciate if anyone has any suggestion on some good grammar books/online resources
-- Improve RC.
Planning to practice 1000RC.
Ofcourse, I need to keep up with my Quantitative & CR skills.
I welcome any suggestions.
All the best for those who are planning to take the test. Keep your minds cool before the test.
I had that Indian writer question too! Something about a story written around the turn of the last century, where it was a microcosm of Indian political life, and she was influenced or possibly copied Emily Bronte and Jane Austen?
That was my longest RC on the real test. The only confusing part was the use of all of the Hindi words...thought I got that passage correct...
Eventhough I'm not so sure about the answer but after that Indian lady RC
I met with boldface CR so I assume that I'm still on right track at that point
but overall score still be very low. I might answer second half nearly all wrong
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