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Boggled by my score -600

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Joined: 27 Aug 2013
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Location: India
Concentration: International Business, Entrepreneurship
Schools: MBS '17 (A)
GMAT 1: 670 Q47 V38
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I was doing self preparation for a couple of months mainly from OG and Kaplan.
In the two pearson mock's i got 670 & 660.
Gave my Gmat today and scored 600!

Here's what i think went wrong.

AWA: Did pretty well i guess, 4-5 paragraphs and as per the templates everyone follows.

IR: Attempted all questions and was fairly comfortable.

During my mocks i was constantly getting 2-3 question wrong in the first 10 questions,my instructor told me to get the first 10 right and i ll improve 10-20 marks. So i spent good amount of time on the first 10 and tried not to answer any of them incorrectly.And suddenly i realized ii had 15 questions to do in 25 odd minutes.Also i got a lot of questions from the number system [even/odd,ineaulities,modulus] and frankly i did not had a good control over them. Maybe it was just my bad luck i got so many of them [12-15 i guess].

For sentence correction i had read Manhattan Sentence Correction like a bible and had a fairly good command over this section.
But in my practice tests i made a lot of mistakes in RC and SC, narrowed down to 2 options and then most of the times chose the wrong one.So again i made sure i dint repeat that in the actual test.So as a result again lost crucial time and had to rush through my final questions of verbal.

What to do now:

One part of me says forget it now, thats the best you could do

The other part says,i need to hit back at Gmat, i cant be that bad.

So, i decided to hit back.

Now i need some advice as to what to do this time so that i dont fall on my face again.

My weaknesses:
DS questions involving number system, P&C and probability[they scare me,hopefully i got only 1 question from this and that too fairly easy one].
Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehensions.

Kindly help
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Dear nitishbks,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

I would suggest, for your retake, follow study schedule. Here's a three-month study schedule: ... beginners/

Here's an article on number properties:
Here's a series on probability: ... ity-rules/ ... -question/ ... echniques/ ... -the-gmat/
a couple on counting techniques: ... binations/ ... binations/

Here's a general article on CR strategy, with links to specific articles: ... questions/
Here are some articles on RC strategy: ... ully-once/ ... g-answers/ ... rehension/ ... n-success/

If you sign up for Magoosh, you would qualify for the score guarantee:
At least 650 or your money back! In fact, with Magoosh and solid practice on your part, you easily could break the 700 threshold.

Even if you decide not to use Magoosh, I hope you get the most out of the resources on the free blog. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Mike :-)

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Magoosh Test Prep



Re: Boggled by my score -600   [#permalink] 30 Aug 2013, 16:33
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