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# A tough Journey from 520 to 730

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25 Jan 2012, 10:31
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26 Jan 2012, 12:55
Hi cvsmech! Congratulations!!!

I would really like to know how did you study in the last three days? I have my GMAT on 30th Jan. and I keep going blank while giving GMATPrep mock test. but when I look at it again after the test, I am able to solve it in 1 minute! Help!!!

What all should I do in order to get score arnd 700?

Thanks in advance

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26 Jan 2012, 16:20
congrats cvsmech and all the best towards applications - admission.
i belong to math background, perhaps this is the reason i find it difficult to focus on verbal sec
SC questions , i find them very tough, always chosing wrong one. i m using MGMAT SC.
to create interest with passage reading(RC) and critical reasoning is more difficult.
i appreciate your suggestion, if anything else could be added by you will be nice,

thanx
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26 Jan 2012, 16:46
cvsmech,
Thankyou so much for taking time to write such a detailed reply. Your post was very helpful and encouraging .I will definetly start working on the OG problems. I also like your idea of writing down examples.It's definetely a great approach.
So I did google SC1000. I found all the questions but can't seem to find the answers . Oh and before I forget, what did you do with the Idiom chapter in Mgmat SC? Did you memorize all of them? Did you come across a lot of those on G day? Do let me know.

Again, thank you for all your help.
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26 Jan 2012, 21:19
congrtaz on you score
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27 Jan 2012, 13:26
Thanks for sharing
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27 Jan 2012, 13:35
Eagerly waiting for reply from cvsmech!!!
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27 Jan 2012, 20:05
Deat cvsmech,

My hearty Congragulations on your sucess!!!
I am planning to give my GMAT on March 14...
Can you please throw some light on SC 1000...
I am not able to find the solutions or explanations for SC1000

Thanks,
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29 Jan 2012, 15:47
Shampatwardhan,

Been really busy with work and business. I guess I am too late to reply. Hope you had enough time to review your mistakes.

Be confident and do well on your GMAT tomorrow.
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29 Jan 2012, 16:00
kashishh wrote:
congrats cvsmech and all the best towards applications - admission.
i belong to math background, perhaps this is the reason i find it difficult to focus on verbal sec
SC questions , i find them very tough, always chosing wrong one. i m using MGMAT SC.
to create interest with passage reading(RC) and critical reasoning is more difficult.
i appreciate your suggestion, if anything else could be added by you will be nice,

thanx

Kashish,

Thank you.

I understand how you feel. You can improve SC a lot with practice and make sure you review your mistakes. And you know one thing I did was that I tried to find my own mistakes on my own before checking the official explanation. Doing so helped me finding mistakes in answer choices and therefore eliminating those choices.

I was good at pretending that I wanted to learn about criminology or what not for RC because it helped me to learn more about the subject and always pay attention to key words such as however, on the contrary, etc. Try to write important dates and names.

Most importantly, your confidence on the exam day or during the practice exam plays a big role in your performance. So be sure to practice enough so that you feel confident about the exam before you take it.
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29 Jan 2012, 16:06
aisha12 wrote:
cvsmech,
Thankyou so much for taking time to write such a detailed reply. Your post was very helpful and encouraging .I will definetly start working on the OG problems. I also like your idea of writing down examples.It's definetely a great approach.
So I did google SC1000. I found all the questions but can't seem to find the answers . Oh and before I forget, what did you do with the Idiom chapter in Mgmat SC? Did you memorize all of them? Did you come across a lot of those on G day? Do let me know.

Again, thank you for all your help.

Np. I'm glad I could help.

I didn't study the idiom chapters at all and it was a good decision to ignore it altogether. Anyway, I didn't see any question that required the knowledge of idioms anyway.

Check your inbox!!!
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30 Jan 2012, 11:39
cvsmech wrote:
aisha12 wrote:
cvsmech,
Thankyou so much for taking time to write such a detailed reply. Your post was very helpful and encouraging .I will definetly start working on the OG problems. I also like your idea of writing down examples.It's definetely a great approach.
So I did google SC1000. I found all the questions but can't seem to find the answers . Oh and before I forget, what did you do with the Idiom chapter in Mgmat SC? Did you memorize all of them? Did you come across a lot of those on G day? Do let me know.

Again, thank you for all your help.

Np. I'm glad I could help.

I didn't study the idiom chapters at all and it was a good decision to ignore it altogether. Anyway, I didn't see any question that required the knowledge of idioms anyway.

Check your inbox!!!

got it, thankyou!!!!
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30 Jan 2012, 16:30
Awesome Man! An inspitational story after long. Just started pumping blood in my veins due to similarity of score of 620 earlier I guess. BOL

I am huge fan of SC1000 though have been ridiculed of using them. You reinforced my belief.

I suck at RC. Is Kaplan’s Mastery the LSAT really effective in improving RC? I mean you mentioned that it helped but I would like to know how much improvement did you felt after going through this book and how much time did you spent in wrapping up this book. Is there another book which I should consider for practising RC?
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01 Feb 2012, 19:41
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Awesome Man! An inspitational story after long. Just started pumping blood in my veins due to similarity of score of 620 earlier I guess. BOL

I am huge fan of SC1000 though have been ridiculed of using them. You reinforced my belief.

I suck at RC. Is Kaplan’s Mastery the LSAT really effective in improving RC? I mean you mentioned that it helped but I would like to know how much improvement did you felt after going through this book and how much time did you spent in wrapping up this book. Is there another book which I should consider for practising RC?

Haha, thanks. Are you planning a re-take as well?

Kaplan's book helped me in improving my focus. I noticed that in RC I was doing worse in the biology and sociology passages. over the period of time, I improved on biology passages because GMAT usually used the same terminology in all the passages that I practiced. Kaplan's book helped me stay up while reading (boring) passages on law, sociology, criminology. Some of the questions are very tricky and it helps you shape your brain to tackle GMAT RC questions well. After doing those passages, I found GMAT passages were much easier. I hope it helps you as well if you plan on using it. But remember, one size doesn't fit all and you might not find it as useful as I did.

Time: There were about 4 sections in the book with about 9 passages in each sections, each passage was 60 lines long and had about 6-7 questions. I did a passage from each section every day and I was able to finish it in 9 days (9 different days, not 9 days in a row).

Another book: I did OG 10, 11 and 12 and verbal review 2nd edition other than Kaplans. For me that was more than enough. But if you wanna practice more, RC99 isn't bad either.
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10 Feb 2012, 16:13
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joshnsit wrote:
Awesome Man! An inspitational story after long. Just started pumping blood in my veins due to similarity of score of 620 earlier I guess. BOL

I am huge fan of SC1000 though have been ridiculed of using them. You reinforced my belief.

I suck at RC. Is Kaplan’s Mastery the LSAT really effective in improving RC? I mean you mentioned that it helped but I would like to know how much improvement did you felt after going through this book and how much time did you spent in wrapping up this book. Is there another book which I should consider for practising RC?

Haha, thanks. Are you planning a re-take as well?

Kaplan's book helped me in improving my focus. I noticed that in RC I was doing worse in the biology and sociology passages. over the period of time, I improved on biology passages because GMAT usually used the same terminology in all the passages that I practiced. Kaplan's book helped me stay up while reading (boring) passages on law, sociology, criminology. Some of the questions are very tricky and it helps you shape your brain to tackle GMAT RC questions well. After doing those passages, I found GMAT passages were much easier. I hope it helps you as well if you plan on using it. But remember, one size doesn't fit all and you might not find it as useful as I did.

Time: There were about 4 sections in the book with about 9 passages in each sections, each passage was 60 lines long and had about 6-7 questions. I did a passage from each section every day and I was able to finish it in 9 days (9 different days, not 9 days in a row).

Another book: I did OG 10, 11 and 12 and verbal review 2nd edition other than Kaplans. For me that was more than enough. But if you wanna practice more, RC99 isn't bad either.

Hey cvsmech
I am definitely planning. GMAT has proved to be the biggest mental block. So I have to get over it. he he

From your quote above, you meant you were doing 4 passages daily till all of them got over? So can I say that there were 36 passages in toto? How much time were you taking on an average to get through them? Did you timed your RCs on daily basis?

I have purchased RC99 to get through[partly on your reference and some research of my own]. I am looking for soft copies for Kaplan's Mastery now. If I will not get them, I will order it from Amazon.

When you said "other than Kaplans", did you mean any other book of Kaplan?

BTW, Where are applying?
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

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