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need advice and help [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2012, 20:41
I am a MS in Biotechnology. I have been preparing for GMAT since a year. I have to improve my score.
I am not able to understand where I am wrong. I took GMAT twice and both the time I got 560. My recent practice tests after the first GMAT are

GMAT PREP . 640 (48Q/28V)

At this point I prepared a lot on SC part. I have studied from Manhattan SC and did some practice using Kaplan verbal workboook. After this I was working in Manhattan practice tests.

Manhattan GMAT 1 670(47Q/34V)
Manhattan GMAT 2 660(44Q/37V)
Manhattan GMAT 3 670(45Q/37V)

Even in GMAT magoosh, I am better, I have 100% on easy problems, 85% on medium and 79% on hard problems.

seeing these good scores, I took GMAT and again I scored 560 (40Q/27V), earlier it was 560 (42Q/26V)

I live in Houston, TX, can any one suggest me a tutor. I am aiming at 650 and above. I am an international from India.

Thanks in advance
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Re: need advice and help [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 03:46
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gmat03gre wrote:
I am a MS in Biotechnology. I have been preparing for GMAT since a year. I have to improve my score.
I am not able to understand where I am wrong. I took GMAT twice and both the time I got 560. My recent practice tests after the first GMAT are

GMAT PREP . 640 (48Q/28V)

At this point I prepared a lot on SC part. I have studied from Manhattan SC and did some practice using Kaplan verbal workboook. After this I was working in Manhattan practice tests.

Manhattan GMAT 1 670(47Q/34V)
Manhattan GMAT 2 660(44Q/37V)
Manhattan GMAT 3 670(45Q/37V)

Even in GMAT magoosh, I am better, I have 100% on easy problems, 85% on medium and 79% on hard problems.

seeing these good scores, I took GMAT and again I scored 560 (40Q/27V), earlier it was 560 (42Q/26V)

I live in Houston, TX, can any one suggest me a tutor. I am aiming at 650 and above. I am an international from India.

Thanks in advance


Did you work only on SC? What about CR and RC?

Here is my advice on these two sub sections from a previous post:

CR: You need to go through one set of CR material completely. It's your call which one. It is very important to know the various question types, the focus points of each question type, the variations in the question types etc. e.g. in the Veritas CR1 book, 2-3 pages are dedicated to each question type - SWIMMER (Strengthen, Weaken, Inference, Method, Mimic, Explain the paradox and Role) - along with some examples. In CR2, variations of these question types e.g. assumption questions etc are discussed. Once the students go through these thoroughly, they get assorted questions. It doesn't take very long to go through 20-30 pages of 2 books, does it? At the end of it all, you will be thankful for the clarity you get. Your approach is fine though it might take quite a bit of time. I would suggest you to read the question, make a mental note of the premises and the conclusion, think of what kind of an answer you would be happy with and check out the options (to hopefully find what you were looking for).

RC - There is very little theory here though it is still a good idea to know the question types and the various strategies you could use. The important thing here is to find which strategy works for you and then practice lots of questions using it. It is important to take a note of scope, tone, organization and purpose of the passage after your first full read. Thereafter, you can jump to the questions. Also, don't do 10 passages in 1 day and then none the next. Work on 2-3 passages everyday to fine tune your strategy and get the best results. Veritas RC book has a lot of high level passages from subjects ranging from History to Science to Economics etc etc

You should see a lot of improvement after some focused work in these two sub-sections.

As for a tutor in Houston, I think we have Valerie there. Check out this link for Houston prep courses:
http://www.veritasprep.com/houston-gmat-prep-courses/
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Re: need advice and help [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 20:12
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I'm a bit puzzled by how you scored 640-670 practice test yet drop down to 560 on the real test. That is quite a noticeable difference.

The problem can be two-fold. First I would say is your psychology and thinking changed on the day of the exam - probably panic, adrenaline rush, etc. Some people's brains go blank and then they freeze when they start the exam and can't recover.

There needs to be a change in your psychology and strategy on test day - http://www.gmatpill.com/about/studying- ... trategies/

Second, to help prevent brain freeze - your mind needs to know what exactly to do when you start reading the first question on the exam. If you have a clear attack strategy, there is almost no chance that your brain will freeze on exam day.

This is what people mean by "focus" - once you know where your eyes should be looking and what your mind should be thinking - you'll be able to focus.
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