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Retake Strategy... Confused where to start Now. [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 23:31
Hi,
I gave GMAT in 2012 Jun and could score only 610 (Q=45, V=29). I prepared for almost 4+ months then. My Profile : IT Indian Male

Now I am planning to retake GMAT exam. I need to work more on verbal part.
I scored good in MGMAT mock tests but on test day I got screwed in verbal.

In MGMAT Mock Test-1 : 650 (Q45,V34)
MGMAT Mock Test-2 : 670 (Q47,V34) (accuracy 67% in SC,50% in CR)( No Essays)
MGMAT Mock Test-3 : 740 (Q47,V44) (SC-only 2 ques wrong, improvement in CR)(Wrote Essays also)
Though most of the ques in quant were from 700-800 difficulty, i still received the 47 in quant)

GMAT Software-1 Test : 620 (Q47,V27) - Taken just before exam
it is worst score i ever get in verbal, i got the same on my 1st diagnostic)

What i analysed :
1. I don't had any strategy for RC questions (In RC my accuracy was approx 50-60%)
2. FOR SC, i selected wrong out of 2 best. most of the questions tested 2-3 concepts and used confusing language..

Resources Used:
1. MGMAT SC Guide for SC
2. MGMAT Advanced Guide for quant
3. Power score CR Bible for CR
4. I did approx each ques in OG twice


Now I want to restart my preparation. Should I join any course directly or should I go through old study material once ?
I prepared my best but could not perform well on test day...
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Re: Retake Strategy... Confused where to start Now. [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 04:04
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him1985 wrote:
Hi,
I gave GMAT in 2012 Jun and could score only 610 (Q=45, V=29). I prepared for almost 4+ months then. My Profile : IT Indian Male

Now I am planning to retake GMAT exam. I need to work more on verbal part.
I scored good in MGMAT mock tests but on test day I got screwed in verbal.

In MGMAT Mock Test-1 : 650 (Q45,V34)
MGMAT Mock Test-2 : 670 (Q47,V34) (accuracy 67% in SC,50% in CR)( No Essays)
MGMAT Mock Test-3 : 740 (Q47,V44) (SC-only 2 ques wrong, improvement in CR)(Wrote Essays also)
Though most of the ques in quant were from 700-800 difficulty, i still received the 47 in quant)

GMAT Software-1 Test : 620 (Q47,V27) - Taken just before exam
it is worst score i ever get in verbal, i got the same on my 1st diagnostic)

What i analysed :
1. I don't had any strategy for RC questions (In RC my accuracy was approx 50-60%)
2. FOR SC, i selected wrong out of 2 best. most of the questions tested 2-3 concepts and used confusing language..

Resources Used:
1. MGMAT SC Guide for SC
2. MGMAT Advanced Guide for quant
3. Power score CR Bible for CR
4. I did approx each ques in OG twice


Now I want to restart my preparation. Should I join any course directly or should I go through old study material once ?
I prepared my best but could not perform well on test day...


The average score obtained by Indian IT males is quite high. You need to aim for an improvement of 150 points. Most of it will come from Verbal (V40+ will be essential)
What you should do to improve your score depends on how you study best. Some people believe in self study and are able to improve their score by going through a set of prep books. Others favor a more visual medium and choose to take an On-Demand package with videos of study sessions. Still others like to go in for instructor led interactive sessions. If self study is not working for you (since your actual GMAT score was close to your diagnostic score), you might want to look into other options. Going through the same set of books again and again will not give you different results. Also, since you have already taken GMAT once, you don't need to review basics before starting a class.
Also, here is a post on lower than expected Verbal scores that you might find interesting: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/08 ... bal-score/
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