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Planning to retake the GMAT-Low score- Help! [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2009, 15:39
Hello, let me give you some background information firstly- I am going to be a senior this year and earlier last year I decided I would like to go to Grad School and began studying for the GMAT. I would study off an on until the beginning of June when I was 6 weeks out and began taking my studying seriously. My practice tests ranged from 510 to 580 (510,540,560,580) which I was pretty satisfied with considering the schools I would like to get into have an average GMAT of 550 (I live in Ohio, and my main schools that I am looking at are Akron, Xavier, and Cleveland State- mainly for location reasons). During the practice GMATs, my verbal scores were solid and consistent (pretty much between 70-80 percentile) and my math was slightly low, but after concentrating my studying towards the Quant section, improved to an area I was happy with.

Anyway, yesterday I took the test and the whole time I was taking it, I thought that the real thing was easier than the CATs, but when I got my score I saw to my dismay that I scored a 480- with my quant score being higher than my verbal score! This shocked me because, while my Quant score was consistent with what I averaged on the CATs, my verbal score was waaayyy off track. I plan on taking the rest of the week off and then getting back into studying again and would like to shoot for the retake Mid-September.

Finally, I was wondering if I could get some studying advice. My weaknesses for Quant seem to be Data Sufficiency and putting word problems into algabra equations. Near the end of my studying, I noticed my verbal scores slightly suffered (but not much) from dedicating my time to Quant, so during that time it seemed like my weaknesses were RC (seemed like i had problems with the scope of the passage) and CR.

I have a GPA of 3.5 so I know my GMAT score doesn't reflect what I can do and it really frustrates me- especially since I know I can do so much better on the GMAT. I just feel like this score was a fluke.


P.S. I used mainly the KAPLAN book and materials and the GMATPrep software.
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Re: Planning to retake the GMAT-Low score- Help! [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2009, 09:13
Hi Fabio,

I've posted this before. Here it is again:

mohater wrote:
DS Strategy
Select the "easier" of the two options and set up your solution option as follows:

If you option 1 is the easier of the two options:
AD
BCE

If you option 2 is the easier of the two options:
BD
ACE

Solve the easier option. If you can conclude yes or no (remember, sufficiency = can you come to a conclusive answer, the answer can be yes or no) on the easier option, cross out the other three options.
i.e.
AD
[strike]BCE[/strike]

or

BD
[strike]ACE[/strike]

Or, if the easier option is not viable, cross out the top two:
i.e.
[strike]AD[/strike]
BCE

or

[strike]BD[/strike]
ACE

Then solve between the remaining options.

The reason this works is as follows:

If you can conclude that one option is 100% viable, then three options go right out the door (only the other is sufficient, only together are sufficient, together are NOT sufficient). If you conclude the easier option is 100% NOT viable, then the top pair of options go right out the door (only this one is sufficient, each alone are sufficient). This creates a systematic way of eliminating options in DS problems, and increasing your chances of getting more difficult problems correct (when you can't come to a conclusion overall but can eliminate certain options). It also helps streamline processing to reduce the time spent on DS problems.


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Re: Planning to retake the GMAT-Low score- Help!   [#permalink] 22 Jul 2009, 09:13
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