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V40 Retake strategy [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 07:28
Hello, I recently took my first GMAT attempt and scored 620 Q35( :x ) V40. Nearly ALL of my prep time was focused on Quant, and I was consistantly scoring Q40-45 in MGMAT and GMATPrep tests; however, I lost track of time on the actual GMAT and got down to 11 minutes with 10 questions remaining :evil:. So, if I would have scored my average quant score with the 40 verbal I would be in the high 600s. I hope to join the 700 club, so my question is: should I spend more time prepping for Verbal this time in hopes of raising that 40 to a 42 or 43 on the retake? I ask because I barely did any verbal prep for my first attempt and just went off of instinct. I plan to continue to drill quant in hopes of 45 or higher, but I'm not sure if it will be worth the time to drill verbal.
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Re: V40 Retake strategy [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 09:42
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Hello, I recently took my first GMAT attempt and scored 620 Q35( :x ) V40. Nearly ALL of my prep time was focused on Quant, and I was consistantly scoring Q40-45 in MGMAT and GMATPrep tests; however, I lost track of time on the actual GMAT and got down to 11 minutes with 10 questions remaining :evil:. So, if I would have scored my average quant score with the 40 verbal I would be in the high 600s. I hope to join the 700 club, so my question is: should I spend more time prepping for Verbal this time in hopes of raising that 40 to a 42 or 43 on the retake? I ask because I barely did any verbal prep for my first attempt and just went off of instinct. I plan to continue to drill quant in hopes of 45 or higher, but I'm not sure if it will be worth the time to drill verbal.


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If your weak area is verbal is better to concentrate on this part, but at the same time do not disregard the quant part.

For SC use the new guide by aristotle prep. for Cr idem. For Rc is enough OG but you have to understand each questions, both right and wrong. Practice, practice. There is not a magic formula.

Only after several time that you spend on verbal part you can achive a plateau, strong

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Re: V40 Retake strategy [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 11:39
Well, verbal isnt really my weakness. I scored a 40 on it first attempt, BUT I did not study verbal much at all. Would it be worth the time of studying verbal in order to gain a point or 2 in that section or just focus on quant (which is my weaker section)
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Re: V40 Retake strategy [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 06:03
Hi,

In general, a few points improvement on the Verbal could help you lots. Here is Zeke at GMAT Pill's analysis of the stats (which basically says: ace Verbal and get 700+, ace Quant and not as clear cut...)

http://www.gmatpill.com/the-gmat-pill-m ... -strategy/
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Re: V40 Retake strategy [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 04:06
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Hello, I recently took my first GMAT attempt and scored 620 Q35( :x ) V40. Nearly ALL of my prep time was focused on Quant, and I was consistantly scoring Q40-45 in MGMAT and GMATPrep tests; however, I lost track of time on the actual GMAT and got down to 11 minutes with 10 questions remaining :evil:. So, if I would have scored my average quant score with the 40 verbal I would be in the high 600s. I hope to join the 700 club, so my question is: should I spend more time prepping for Verbal this time in hopes of raising that 40 to a 42 or 43 on the retake? I ask because I barely did any verbal prep for my first attempt and just went off of instinct. I plan to continue to drill quant in hopes of 45 or higher, but I'm not sure if it will be worth the time to drill verbal.


To increase your overall score, every point increase in Verbal will go further than a one point increase in Quant. That said, it is always advisable to have a balanced score. Try to make it Q45+ and V42. Considering that you were scoring above Q40 in GMAT prep tests, it shouldn't be hard if you time it right.
A V40 without much prep is good. If you put in some effort, V42 should be no problem either.
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