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# 1st Practice Test 560 Q:37 V:29 2nd Test: 500 Q:40 V19....

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14 Feb 2017, 14:27
Hey Guys,

As you could imagine I'm disappointed in my 2nd practice test.

I feel like I was off today doing it, and only gained momentum during the Quant Section.

During the Verbal section I feel like I got lazy and skipped an entire RC problem to gain time, and didn't treat the next few seriously enough, because I felt I had less time and needed to skip.

The funny thing is on my first attempt, I was running out of time during my last 8 Verbal questions and still scored better.

I have 2017 OG Review, Quant Review and Verbal review questions on Wiley. - I was wondering if I should start studying the Verbal section in a 75 minute interval of questions via exam mode, and then rest of day reviewing? This way I build stamina in a testing situation, but have access to solutions afterwards to review. I know its better to review a problem immediately after you've done it for learning sake, but for building stamina and comfort in test situations I feel like 41 questions straight via exam mode will help.

Anyways any advice to go from here will be of great help!

1st Test - 2 weeks into studying: 560 Q:37 V:29
2nd Test - 4 weeks into studying: 500 Q:40 V19
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14 Feb 2017, 14:58
Hi EliMan,

Based on this score result, your 'endurance' isn't the primary issue impacting your performance - it's your knowledge and 'comfort level' with the material. As such, working through 75-minute practice sets will likely NOT help you to improve.

Since you've been studying for a month, it might be worth defining how you approach the major question types in the Verbal section:

1) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical SC, RC and CR prompt? What type of notes do you take?
2) Do you know the major questions types for RC and CR - and the work that you have to do to answer them?
3) Do you know the major grammar rules for SC? How well do you know the common idioms that can show up on Test Day?

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14 Feb 2017, 15:17
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi EliMan,

Based on this score result, your 'endurance' isn't the primary issue impacting your performance - it's your knowledge and 'comfort level' with the material. As such, working through 75-minute practice sets will likely NOT help you to improve.

Since you've been studying for a month, it might be worth defining how you approach the major question types in the Verbal section:

1) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical SC, RC and CR prompt? What type of notes do you take?
2) Do you know the major questions types for RC and CR - and the work that you have to do to answer them?
3) Do you know the major grammar rules for SC? How well do you know the common idioms that can show up on Test Day?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

1) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical SC, RC and CR prompt? What type of notes do you take?

For SC I typically look for splits, check for parallelism, see if the underlined portion flows with the beginning and ending parts of the sentence (when available), and check if the modifiers are being used correctly.

I review the solution to the problem, while making notes of idioms I didn't notice. I also review why I picked the incorrect one, and what mistakes I didn't notice with it, and what I didn't notice in the correct answer that would have made it the better choice.

With RC and CR, I'm familiar with the problem types. I haven't taken notes on these sections, but review thoroughly why the right answer was correct and how I choose the wrong answer.

2) Do you know the major questions types for RC and CR - and the work that you have to do to answer them?

In general, but maybe not well enough.

3) Do you know the major grammar rules for SC? How well do you know the common idioms that can show up on Test Day?

I think I know them fairly well.

I think the main that got me was stamina, lower energy and lack of focus for some reason. I was wired when I took my first one. The second I spent less time with each question, which created a chain event of poorer and poorer results with the questions. Whereas last time I spent more time per problem, despite running out of time, scored better.
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15 Feb 2017, 10:41
Hi EliMan,

From everything that you've described, it sounds like you're simply working through lots of practice questions without necessarily learning/practicing the proper Tactics. In effect, you're trying to 'teach yourself' how to improve by reading the given explanations for the questions that you get wrong. While that could potentially lead to improvement, it's a rather inefficient way to study. With a score goal of 650+, you're going to have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

1) When are you planning to take the Official GMAT?

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15 Feb 2017, 10:54
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi EliMan,

From everything that you've described, it sounds like you're simply working through lots of practice questions without necessarily learning/practicing the proper Tactics. In effect, you're trying to 'teach yourself' how to improve by reading the given explanations for the questions that you get wrong. While that could potentially lead to improvement, it's a rather inefficient way to study. With a score goal of 650+, you're going to have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

1) When are you planning to take the Official GMAT?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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1) When are you planning to take the Official GMAT?

I haven't set a date yet, but was planning hoping for end of March
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15 Feb 2017, 11:28
Hi EliMan,

Based on your two CAT scores, you will likely need another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study to hit your score goal, so a late-March Test Date is probably too soon (and you should consider pushing back when you plan to take the GMAT). All things considered, I think that you would benefit a great deal from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

As far as the stamina 'issues' are concerned, you have to pay attention to the physical way in which you take the GMAT. Taking the Test in the morning would likely help - and getting a good night's sleep before and eating the proper breakfast will almost certainly improve your overall energy levels. Beyond all of that, you have to take proper advantage of the two 8-minute breaks. They represent a significant opportunity to 'recharge' for the next 75 minutes of the Test.

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15 Feb 2017, 11:47
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi EliMan,

Based on your two CAT scores, you will likely need another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study to hit your score goal, so a late-March Test Date is probably too soon (and you should consider pushing back when you plan to take the GMAT). All things considered, I think that you would benefit a great deal from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

As far as the stamina 'issues' are concerned, you have to pay attention to the physical way in which you take the GMAT. Taking the Test in the morning would likely help - and getting a good night's sleep before and eating the proper breakfast will almost certainly improve your overall energy levels. Beyond all of that, you have to take proper advantage of the two 8-minute breaks. They represent a significant opportunity to 'recharge' for the next 75 minutes of the Test.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

I think I was just off, and need a break, on the weekend my I did a set of problems for example SC, via Wiley 2017 Verbal Review, so a random set of questions and got 75% correct. Today did another similar set and scored 40%, and I had the same feeling as the test, I was worrying more about time than getting the question correct.

How bad is it to leave a few verbal questions unanswered on the exam, vs trying to get more correct - that means spending sometimes 2-3 minutes on a SC question? For me I found spending a bit more time yields better results, though some questions are left unanswered at the end.
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15 Feb 2017, 20:10
Hi EliMan,

Any questions that is unanswered is 'penalized' - and that penalty is WORSE than if you had simply gotten the question wrong. This is meant to say that you really must make sure to answer every question in each section (even if you're just taking a guess). With a score goal of 650, you don't have to correctly answer any questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to nail the 'gettable' questions (and that means keeping the silly/little mistakes to a minimum). While you could certainly dump a few SCs along the way, the work required to correctly answer an SC is relatively minimal and should never take 2 minutes - so thinking in those terms (re: spending 2-3 minutes PER SC) will eat up so much of your clock that it will almost certainly limit how high you will score on the GMAT.

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