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05 Nov 2006, 18:13
My scores:
Actual GMAT 2003: 530! (47%) 29Q 34V (No studying at all)

After studying Q: 8/06: PR 640 twice around 40/40 split both times

GMATprep: 610 and 630 ( 9/06) from memory

Actual GMAT 9/06: 590 (67%) 37Q 35V (No verbal studying)

Recent October/November:
PowerPrep: 640 (80%) 38Q 38V (month ago)
PowerPrep: 700 (93%) 45Q 41 V (week ago)
GMATPrep: 670 (88%) 41Q 40V (today)

I am getting close!!! I have a bit of optimism still. Just have to publicly profess my progress. My final G-Day is December 9!!
It is all about the Q for me. As the Q goes up, so does my chance for a 700... it can be done.
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05 Nov 2006, 18:38
Absolutely - it can be done.

What are the areas that bother you the most? I would advice working on them for some time. Also, it seems that you have given gmatprep too many times now, so you may be seeing some repeated questions, which can up your score. GMATPrep is a good indicator of the score, but don't regard it as gospel. Work on your weak areas, improve on them, and you are on track for 700+

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06 Nov 2006, 10:10
PP had some math repeats, but GMATprep had one.. but I still got it wrong!

Problem areas: mid level qauant! Little tricky algebra problems that require you to know special number property rules. For example:

4^11=2^22

Makes sense, but not if you don't know it ahead of time. Or setting up some word problems makes me crazy (my brain just doesn't think that way). I get 90-100%(sets of 15) of the CR from OG and Sup, so reading isnt my problem... Just lack of exposure to a wide range of word problems.

I definately don't usually get factor, remander questions right, but I am improving. I get most algebra stuff otherwise. And of course, DS. Easy DS I get 100%, mid level, 80%+, hard DS 45%... (Based on OG) But, GMAT DS are way harder than OG, as are most PS... so I have a long way to go. But I have gone from 25% to 64% in Q. My goal is 70% Q. I figure, I need to get 4-5 more Q questions right to achieve this. It is possible!

cheers.
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06 Nov 2006, 13:49
Josh478 or someone else, I was wondering where you got your % goals. Is there a post somewhere that talks about % correct goals in OG.

Also, how do you define easy, medium, hard in OG? Do you just do it based on thirds?
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06 Nov 2006, 13:57
josh478 wrote:
My scores:
Actual GMAT 2003: 530! (47%) 29Q 34V (No studying at all)

After studying Q: 8/06: PR 640 twice around 40/40 split both times

GMATprep: 610 and 630 ( 9/06) from memory

Actual GMAT 9/06: 590 (67%) 37Q 35V (No verbal studying)

Recent October/November:
PowerPrep: 640 (80%) 38Q 38V (month ago)
PowerPrep: 700 (93%) 45Q 41 V (week ago)
GMATPrep: 670 (88%) 41Q 40V (today)

I am getting close!!! I have a bit of optimism still. Just have to publicly profess my progress. My final G-Day is December 9!!
It is all about the Q for me. As the Q goes up, so does my chance for a 700... it can be done.

Keep at it buddy!!! Don't lose your concentration!
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06 Nov 2006, 14:12
Well, I can say that i have literally kept track of all my OG answers, each time I have gone through them (Q 2.5x, V 1.5x). So, I know exactly my hit rate. I use an error log/answer sheet I got off of this website... It is amazing! It has timers, % right, time, time per question and more. Search for it, it is worth it.

I take notes and review the questions I got wrong, plus during the practices I jot down my thoughts.

In the OG, you should (IMO) be above 85% in all sections.

Easy questions in OG are about first 2/5, next 2/5 are medum, and maybe last 1/5 are "hard." <--this is my opinion. (THis is for OG 11 where they are in order of difficulty.) However, the "hard" OG 11 questions are medium or easy in the GMATprep and GMAT. So, you should get 90% right in all OG 11 Q... others might feel differently, but that is my goal.
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06 Nov 2006, 14:26
cmns18 wrote:
Josh478 or someone else, I was wondering where you got your % goals. Is there a post somewhere that talks about % correct goals in OG.

Also, how do you define easy, medium, hard in OG? Do you just do it based on thirds?

Find the practice grid here, about mid-way down the page for the "latest version"... It is pretty sweet... file is called Testgrid4Gmat.xls

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=11448

I then created a separate spreadsheet with all my % right broken down by question type and date. This then gives me a total % right for all the questions for the whole OG broken down by practice sets (mine are 23 PS and 14 DS at a time, and 19 SC, 16 CR, 5-6 RC; I do less RC because I don't struggle with them much). I break them down like this to have ~11 even sets in Q and~ 8-9 in V. I adjust the last set for the uneven numbers left over.

ok, thats it!

Enjoy!
06 Nov 2006, 14:26
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