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need to pass 'unknown' hurdle [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 15:13
hi,

I experienced 15 point decrease in my verbal score during my second GMAT attempt from my last GMATPrep score: V35 to V20. I've been trying to find where I went wrong and what/how do i need to attack, but i couldn't. Since some of you who are struggling or struggled with GMAT may find following questions familiar, please feel free to provide any feedback or answers or suggestions or new questions to consider.

What to do when:
    you find all strategies in your head or while practicing but can't implement the strategy or can't get the target score?
    you find all concepts or strategies familiar and don't feel like going through them again?
    you see vast difference in accuracy while practicing compared to accuracy or score in practice CAT?
    you experience big drop in real gmat compared to previous GMATPrep?
    you see that 'most' incorrect questions in practice could have been answered easily with no time pressure?
    you can't find a reason why you can't or didn't implement a strategy during the test?

I'm kind of confused and frustrated with GMAT and preparing for GMAT but definitely want to give another shot to give myself better chance to get into a B school.

Thanks
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Re: need to pass 'unknown' hurdle [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2011, 15:28
you see that 'most' incorrect questions in practice could have been answered easily with no time pressure?
you can't find a reason why you can't or didn't implement a strategy during the test?

- I also found the above 2 issues during my preperation and i guess, the answer to these are a) more practice b) more focus.

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Re: need to pass 'unknown' hurdle [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 12:26
There is always time and pressure. If we had unlimited time, the scores would skew even higher than they already do.

Also, what you're saying is very common for GMAT test takers "I know my weak areas but I don't know how to fix them." This is why we stress keeping a proper error log. An error log helps you identify the WHY aspect of timing/answering problems incorrectly. Overcoming this is key to getting past certain milestones.
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Re: need to pass 'unknown' hurdle [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 13:10
Focus, Time management and make learning fun!!!!
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Re: need to pass 'unknown' hurdle [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 13:19
Thanks guys.

I kept an error log of my verbal CR and SC while practicing questions from OG12 and Verbal 2nd edition. I did fairly well and didn't have one big weakness per error log. Moreover, 2nd GMAT attempt was really heartbreaking and has hurt my ego. It's painful to face the defeat from gmat, which i'm not accustomed to. Who would like to accept a defeat?

Probably, this is the reason I couldn't figure out what went wrong. Also, I somehow realized that RC isn't as learnable as CR and SC are. So I went with my average reading habit and skills for RC. Needless to say that i'm not a james bond when it comes to RC. So i performed consistently inconsistent with RC.

Also, i'm mentally tired after practicing/focusing for this monster test for about an year now and probably, have new syndrome called gmat fatigue. After discussing with BB, i'm planning to focus on veritas CR books to get additional fresh questions for about 10 days starting from the day when books arrive.

In the mean time, I'll work on SC questions from GMATPrep document and my own custom questions from error log.

I'm feeling that working on passages is not going to help much; therefore I need to work on RC in more non traditional way by reading business/science magazines. I also have to be cautious that I don't get overwhelmed and that I achieve something from each week's dedicated preparation.

The only thing to feel good about was an increase in AWA score from 4.5 to 5. :)

Any commentary is welcome.
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