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Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28)

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Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:26
I wanted to put my sob story here but I thought it will only duplicate some of the stories around here...but I need help and can't get one better than from our good ol' gmatclubbers. I gave my GMAT on 7/9 and scored a 640 (Q-49/V-28). My Quant score has generally been in this range (49/50) and I wasn't much worried about it ever. For the verbal section I have generally scored in the 35/37 range but somehow I bombed big time during the exam. As a matter of fact I finished my Verbal 3 minutes before time so I don't think I was under any time pressure. But retrospectively looking at the verbal part of the exam I am pretty sure I royally screwed up the first 10-15 questions. Also in the middle part of the verbal section I was feeling tired (It actually took me 5.5 hours to travel from my place to the test centre because of a local tube strike....grrrr...biggest tactical error). But hey...one should have been prepared for the worst over here so no qualms and no complaints for that. I think I just told you my sob story :D

Now coming to the constructive part of the learnings from the exam -
1) I obviously intend to be somewhere near my test centre a night before my exam so that I can reach the centre in 15 minutes. Also might take a morning time as opposed to the afternoon one.
2) Pick up the Power CR bible...I hadn't looked at that yet.
3) I have already looked at the Manhattan SC guide and find it extremely useful. But now I have run out of practice material (finished most of OG and verbal guide) so desperately need something to test my progress.
4) I have generally used the OG for my RC and in general I have a hit rate of around 10 right in every 15 question. Or generally speaking get at most 2 wrong in a given RC unless I absolutely don't understand the passage or the question which has been a bit rare. But again on a bad day (which just happened) I can go horribly wrong and fall for easy traps.
5) Lastly, I feel I don't need to over-engineer my quant skills and will be simply keeping them updated by practicing 15-20 questions every day. I also intend to post a message on few things that you should be on top of for your GMAT Quant preparation. Will post it in a day or two....

I have a gruelling work schedule and generally don't have more than 2-3 hours on a weekday for my GMAT preparation but can give 8-10 hours on each day of a weekend. I feel there's no substitute for practice but it has to be directioned to make it useful. I am not the one to lose hope nor the one to be demoralized by one failure and think that nothing can be more profitering then failure (not that I am advocating people to fail but can't deny the fact that one learns more from failure then from success :)). I am planning to take my gmat in 4-6 weeks and waiting for some advice from my dear clubbers...
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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 10:06
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I wanted to put my sob story here but I thought it will only duplicate some of the stories around here...but I need help and can't get one better than from our good ol' gmatclubbers. I gave my GMAT on 7/9 and scored a 640 (Q-49/V-28). My Quant score has generally been in this range (49/50) and I wasn't much worried about it ever. For the verbal section I have generally scored in the 35/37 range but somehow I bombed big time during the exam. As a matter of fact I finished my Verbal 3 minutes before time so I don't think I was under any time pressure. But retrospectively looking at the verbal part of the exam I am pretty sure I royally screwed up the first 10-15 questions. Also in the middle part of the verbal section I was feeling tired (It actually took me 5.5 hours to travel from my place to the test centre because of a local tube strike....grrrr...biggest tactical error). But hey...one should have been prepared for the worst over here so no qualms and no complaints for that. I think I just told you my sob story :D

Now coming to the constructive part of the learnings from the exam -
1) I obviously intend to be somewhere near my test centre a night before my exam so that I can reach the centre in 15 minutes. Also might take a morning time as opposed to the afternoon one.
2) Pick up the Power CR bible...I hadn't looked at that yet.
Definitely pick this one, and redo OG problems or LSAT material to implement the strategies demonstrated in the book.
3) I have already looked at the Manhattan SC guide and find it extremely useful. But now I have run out of practice material (finished most of OG and verbal guide) so desperately need something to test my progress.
Have you considered Knewton?
4) I have generally used the OG for my RC and in general I have a hit rate of around 10 right in every 15 question. Or generally speaking get at most 2 wrong in a given RC unless I absolutely don't understand the passage or the question which has been a bit rare. But again on a bad day (which just happened) I can go horribly wrong and fall for easy traps.
Try reading fiction/non-fiction literature daily to improve your RC abilities.
5) Lastly, I feel I don't need to over-engineer my quant skills and will be simply keeping them updated by practicing 15-20 questions every day. I also intend to post a message on few things that you should be on top of for your GMAT Quant preparation. Will post it in a day or two....

I have a gruelling work schedule and generally don't have more than 2-3 hours on a weekday for my GMAT preparation but can give 8-10 hours on each day of a weekend. I feel there's no substitute for practice but it has to be directioned to make it useful. I am not the one to lose hope nor the one to be demoralized by one failure and think that nothing can be more profitering then failure (not that I am advocating people to fail but can't deny the fact that one learns more from failure then from success :)). I am planning to take my gmat in 4-6 weeks and waiting for some advice from my dear clubbers...
Keep at it! Atleast you know your quant score is consistent and good for your next retake!


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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 10:14
if ur goal is ~700 then maybe knewton could help. they have the 50 pt guarantee so if you dont get 690+ they refund. i had 640 and took knewton and it certainly helped moi
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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 12:15
shaselai wrote:
if ur goal is ~700 then maybe knewton could help. they have the 50 pt guarantee so if you dont get 690+ they refund. i had 640 and took knewton and it certainly helped moi


OMG...just looked at your first GMAT score and it is quite similar to mine. Did you mean an online course or something at Knewton? I don't think classroom study is an option for me :( Either ways, can you share with me your strategy? As in how much gap did you take between the two GMATs? What was the difference in your approach to verbal between the two attempts?
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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 12:24
You need consistent practice. Working and loading yourself on the weekend can get hard. I am in a similar verbal boat as you... try doing the 1000 series. It helps improve your score.
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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 12:25
Please do open the Powerscore CR book... read it cover to cover. Great asset
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Re: Not quite right first time - 640 (Q/49, V/28) [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 15:06
zuperman wrote:
shaselai wrote:
if ur goal is ~700 then maybe knewton could help. they have the 50 pt guarantee so if you dont get 690+ they refund. i had 640 and took knewton and it certainly helped moi


OMG...just looked at your first GMAT score and it is quite similar to mine. Did you mean an online course or something at Knewton? I don't think classroom study is an option for me :( Either ways, can you share with me your strategy? As in how much gap did you take between the two GMATs? What was the difference in your approach to verbal between the two attempts?


Ok. i got 640 in february and during that time there was this valentines day Knewton promotion. I exhausted most tests etc. so I figured why not - especially i felt "content" with 690 so it was not a bad deal. I went with the accelerated program where we had 3 courses a week for little over a month. The knewton online class kinda "clicked" for me for verbal - especially SC which i was iffy about. I would suggest knewton if you dont mind a 690 and spend like 500$...
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