I thought today would be the last day I would ever need to study for GMAT. I was not aiming for high score or anything. 650 was what I was aiming for. I gave prep test and scored 650. Q44, V35. Even if I had scored 600 today I would have been happy.
I am not good in Quants at all so spent 75%+ of my time doing quants. The only verbal I did was OG V and few questions from GMAT prep. My hit rate was around 90% in OG V and 75-80% in GMAT prep so I was confident that scoring at least 30 was possible. During exam I had no idea how the quants is going because some questions seemed very easy and some I even couldn't understand what they were asking. After doing Quants I thought I might end up scoring 38-39 so I had to put a lot of effort on the Verbal.
verbal started alright. First RC was easy and 2nd one was easier. I knew this is a bad sign so spent a lot of time in middle questions. Before I knew it I had 33mins and 21 questions to go. To make things worse 2 more RC passages. Got a very long RC science passage which I didn't understand a single word. So guessed all the 4 questions. Finally came down to last 3 questions with 2mins.
All in all, Q46 and V24. Had I managed to do little better in Vebal, things would have been very different. I have no idea where to begin again now.
I'm sorry to hear about your challenges, and I'm happy to respond.
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The biggest recommendation I have for your retake is: READ
. Read every day, at least an hour a day, over and above any GMAT preparations. Read hard challenging material in English. Since you want an MBA, the Wall Street Journal would be excellent reading for you --- it would prepare you to be highly informed on your B-school interviews. Because you found a science passage particularly difficult, I would highly recommend reading Scientific American
articles. Here are some more recommendations:http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
When you read, try to identify main ideas; try to discern the purpose of each paragraph; figure out why details are mentioned where they are; pay attention to arguments --- their assumptions as well as strengtheners and weakeners; analyze the structure of complex sentences --- the grammar, logic, and rhetoric. A regular habit of reading, sustained over months, can have a tremendous impact on your GMAT verbal performance.
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