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Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 08:04
Hi All,
I took GMAT on 20th Nov and scored a disappointing 590 (Q:48, V:23). I was scoring in the range of 33-38 in Verbal in my practice tests. I am planning to retake the GMAT again around (8-15) February 2011. I have 2 months which I think is ample time to improve my verbal (Please correct me if I am wrong here.)
I am trying to gather my broken dreams and have put together study materials which will get me to at least 700. If you can please review the list and let me know your comments/suggestions as it will improve my confidence a bit....

Quant: I bought GMAT club tests before first attempt. I think I will solve them again along with OG12 PS/DS questions (repeat). I dont think I have anything new to learn there. Just need PRACTICE....

Verbal:
RC: I have RC-99 which I will solve over the next two months.

SC: I have read Manhattan SC but I am still making mistakes in SC. I did maintain an error log. I think I will read SC Grail book and then go over the Manhattan SC again. Then I will solve 1000 SC, OG12(repeat) and OG Verbal (repeat).

CR: I thought my accuracy was higher for CR but my disappointing Verbal score doesnt reflect it. I have read PowerScore CR but it was too dry for me. The strategies were too long and sometimes inapplicable. Do you guys think I should try Manhattan CR for my second attempt? I will also solve 1000 CR (LSAT).

Practice:
What do you guys think about Grockit? Is it worth to spend $80? I will be mostly practicing Verbal questions.

Practice tests:
I have exhausted my practice tests collection by giving Manhattan CATs (1 to 6), Princeton 1, GMAT Prep 1 and 2. I can give Kaplan this time and if I buy Grockit, it comes with 5 CATs. I can also take 800Score.com tests.

Guys, Please advise me. I will really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!!
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Re: Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 08:41
Hi,

Well, I am going to try to answer point by point. You do have a strong quant part, so let's just forget about that, you don't need to study this anymore. Let's focus on the verbal then.


-practice test: have a look at that, it will give you some ideas:
all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html?highlight=ml502
from what I heard, GMAT Club test are quite good and challenging. Maybe you could use them to improve your verbal

-as far as books ar concerned, I think you do have pretty much everything. Maybe you could have a look at "SC grail, aristotle", which tend to be a good complement to MGMAT SC.

Try to read as much as you can (the economist is pretty good for that), this will defnitely help you improve the verbal.


Maybe you should try to work on your stamina too, as the verbal is the last part, that might be the resaon for yoour score: try to do a lot of questions with fewer pauses and no distractions: this definitely helps.

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Re: Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 08:45
by the way, I think all the MGMAT books are worth it, so just use them for your areas of weaknesses... I think this will help you.

for the practice tests, have a look at this thread:
gmat-prep-power-prep-official-free-gmat-tests-77548.html

it will give you a couple of extra tests, this is helpful for training, and simulating real gmat conditions.

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Re: Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 08:52
Thanks for the quick reply..
Actually I have GMAT Club tests but they are good for Quant only I feel. They do have 6 verbal tests but it seems like I need more than that.
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Re: Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 09:03
In my opinion, MGMAT are the best for verbal... you can always try to reset them and do them again.
otherwise, there are sites that do practice, have a look at that:

http://www.800score.com
http://www.gmatscore.com
http://www.educationindex.net
http://www.testmagic.com
http://www.manhattangmat.com
http://www.collegejournal.com
http://www.gmatbuster.org
http://www.columbusdirect.com
http://www.onestopmba.com
http://www.mba.com
http://www.english-test.net
http://www.freegmatcourse.com
http://www.urch.com
http://www.psu.edu
http://www.degree.com
http://www.kaptest.co.uk
http://www.uiaa.org
http://www.dialcampus.com

some of them are better than others, and I noticed that you already used some .

I think you already have quite a good amount of prep material, I do not think it is very useful to practice with more than what you have. Try to create an error log to see where you have problems, and to remember your mistakes. That is better than doing hundreds of tests.
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Re: Study material for Retake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 10:43
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