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730 in GMATprep and 650 in real GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 08:58
Hello Experts,

In June 2011 (last year), I was scoring 680 (V38, Q48) in GMATPrep & Manhattan tests..
I took my first GMAT then and scored 610 (V49 and Q28).

I studied Verbal again, and started scoring 720~740 in GMATPrep2.0 and Manhattan tests consistently with V38~44 and Q49.

On June 2, 2012, I took real GMAT (2nd attempt) and scored 650 with V29 and Q50. :|

I am sure that I did well RC and CR. During my first attempt, I knew I was bit weak in SC.. Before 2nd GMAT exam, I studied Manhattan SC, Powerscore SC Grail, Official Guide 12th edition, Official Verbal workbook 2nd edition. Also studied Manhattan RC guide and Powerscore CR bible. I saw the improvement in GMATPrep and Manhattan tests, scoring 720+ consistently, but no improvement in real GMAT.

Can someone throw some light on what is going wrong here? I am not a native speaker. Is there a way to improve verbal. Problem is even if I prepare using some new material for verbal, there is no way to confirm that I am doing better in Verbal as I already consumed GMATPrep and scored V40+ consistently.

Please help!
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Re: 730 in GMATprep and 650 in real GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 18:41
@mrkanth,

First of all I would like to say that 650 is a decent score. so don't beat yourself up for that. Depending on the schools you are targeting it may be considered a competitive score.

Clearly you need some work to do on verbal. From what you described I can conclude that the methods you used to prepare for verbal are not working. so you need to reinvint the way you are preparing for verbal.

I will try to address the apparent discrepancy in your GMAT Prep score and the actual GMAT score. On your GMAT Prep tests did you skip the two essays? Because part of the reason why you scored low in verbal on the actual GMAT may be that you are exhausted towards the end of the exam. Lets not kid ourselves but GMAT is a pretty long test. It certainly happened to me the first time I took it. So if you have been skipping the essays in the prep tests then stop doing that. Next time you take a prep test make sure that you write the essays and then see how you perform the verabl section. If you scored poorly that is an indication that your losing your energy or concentration towards the end of the exam.

If you think that didn't play any role in your not so stellar verbal performance then you need to stop doing what you have been doing. Clearly it didn't work. you seem pretty confident that you did well on CR & RC. So that leaves us with Sentence Correction. take 10 questions from the OR at random and answer them. categorize the questions you got wrong and read those categories' chapters from the MGMAT SC book. Another exercise to test your understanding of the SC topics is to read news article and try to identify the GMAT SC topics. For example, everyday during your lunch time print two or three news articles from good news websites such as NYT (notwithstanding its left leaning :)), Reuters, The Telegraph (UK) & The Gaurdian (UK). In each article underline the parts of the sentences which have parallelism, comparisons, subject-verb agreement and tenses and other GMAT SC topics. Identify each one and cross check whether they conform to the rules described in MGMAT SC book. By doing this exercise you will train your brain to read the way GMAT wants you to read. You will be constantly reviewing those topics and your fundamentals get stronger.

Hope this helps. if you have questions or more information to share let me know.

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Re: 730 in GMATprep and 650 in real GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 23:09
mrkanth wrote:
I already consumed GMATPrep and scored V40+ consistently.


That may be part of your problem. You might be memorizing the answers, and not really understanding the fundamentals on why the answers are the correct ones.

Also, don't forget the adaptive nature of the exam (vs prep tests). If you never get out of the simple questions, then you may never get a higher score.
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