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Went through OG questions, wondering if I'm in decent shape

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Went through OG questions, wondering if I'm in decent shape [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 13:24
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So basically, I've been prepping for 4 weeks and wanted to get an idea of where I stand. I know that you're supposed to do the OG first and then go through manhattan, but I wasn't aware of this and instead went through all the MGMATs, went through the problems in Princeton Review/Kaplan and then went through the official guide (woops). So over two weeks, I did the MGMAT, did all the problems at the end, and then went over the study guide I made and after doing all this, I crushed through the verbal problems the last 2-3 days. Based on pseudo-timed conditions (i.e. I kept track of time and tried to pick up the pace whe I was lower than 1.8 mins a question), I'm getting 80% of CR, and 75% or more of the RC and SC questions correctly.

My goal for the short-term (I take the GMAT in 2.5 weeks) is to get at least a 650, but longer term, I'll probably need a 720+. I know I'm nowhere near 720 level, but for my short-term 650 goal, do I look to be in good shape for the verbal part? If not, what else can I do to improve, because I'm not sure how much more practice I can get or where to turn? I find CR pretty easy (even in the ones I miss, I usually get down to 2 and get unlucky a lot), RC should improve as I work on engaging with the passage more (I either completely ace passages with nothing wrong, or I just crash and burn getting 1/2 wrong which is why the average is low), and I'm working hard on SC rules, but I just don't know how much more I can improve or what I can do to do better? 720 requires more work than I have time for, but IMO, 650 should be very obtainable, so I need to get it together if I'm not on target.
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Re: Went through OG questions, wondering if I'm in decent shape [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2012, 12:48
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So basically, I've been prepping for 4 weeks and wanted to get an idea of where I stand. I know that you're supposed to do the OG first and then go through manhattan, but I wasn't aware of this and instead went through all the MGMATs, went through the problems in Princeton Review/Kaplan and then went through the official guide (woops). So over two weeks, I did the MGMAT, did all the problems at the end, and then went over the study guide I made and after doing all this, I crushed through the verbal problems the last 2-3 days. Based on pseudo-timed conditions (i.e. I kept track of time and tried to pick up the pace whe I was lower than 1.8 mins a question), I'm getting 80% of CR, and 75% or more of the RC and SC questions correctly.

My goal for the short-term (I take the GMAT in 2.5 weeks) is to get at least a 650, but longer term, I'll probably need a 720+. I know I'm nowhere near 720 level, but for my short-term 650 goal, do I look to be in good shape for the verbal part? If not, what else can I do to improve, because I'm not sure how much more practice I can get or where to turn? I find CR pretty easy (even in the ones I miss, I usually get down to 2 and get unlucky a lot), RC should improve as I work on engaging with the passage more (I either completely ace passages with nothing wrong, or I just crash and burn getting 1/2 wrong which is why the average is low), and I'm working hard on SC rules, but I just don't know how much more I can improve or what I can do to do better? 720 requires more work than I have time for, but IMO, 650 should be very obtainable, so I need to get it together if I'm not on target.


you seemed to be in good shape, just take a mock and see where you stand.
what about the quant part?

i suggest you use Aristotle RC99 for tackling the RC, really helped me.
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Re: Went through OG questions, wondering if I'm in decent shape [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 06:05
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The previous poster is correct, you need to take a practice exam to see how you stand. The GMATPrep software (from the makers of the GMAT) will give you the approximation of your probable score [http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-free-test-preparation-software.aspx]. You can also take a MGMAT practice test and get great diagnostic data to show you where to focus your efforts in the short time you have left [http://www.manhattangmat.com/free-gmat.cfm?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=frontpage-link&utm_campaign=home].

BTW, if I were a betting man I would bet that you score above 650 on your practice exam.

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Re: Went through OG questions, wondering if I'm in decent shape   [#permalink] 05 Nov 2012, 06:05
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