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# Restarting - Target 700 - GMAT Story

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Status: Upset about the verbal score - SC, CR and RC are going to be my friend
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18 Nov 2010, 11:39
Dreamy wrote:
I just want to cross 700 just like you did.

I think it should be "as you did" since "like" can only be followed by a noun

This is my everyday English. Now you know how much difficult it is for me to improve my verbal.
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19 Nov 2010, 05:43
By the way, is "I feel like going to the pool" correct?

I use that often, but now I'm wondering whether it is an improper usage of "like"

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19 Nov 2010, 07:14
Although I'm not expert at grammar, I think above usage is correct because 'going to school' is a gerund noun phrase. 'As' should be usage with clause having 'subject+verb'.

http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/usage/feel.htm
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19 Nov 2010, 08:21
That's right!

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21 Nov 2010, 09:36
Major revelation while analyzing my GMATPrep SC questions, there was a pattern of errors in my SC questions. I could not find the parallel construction tested in each question. To address this weakness I want to work on more parallel construction questions. The following are the few sources I can use - Grockit, Knewton and OG.
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MGMAT1 - 630 Q44V32
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MGMAT3 - 680 Q44V37
GMATPrep1 - 660 Q49V31
Knewton1 - 550 Q40V27

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 6

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Status: Upset about the verbal score - SC, CR and RC are going to be my friend
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27 Nov 2010, 14:22
I took Knewton Diagonostic today and scored 550Q40V27. I seem to be sliding faster and harder to reach towards may be a 500. Not sure what is going on with my Quant. In Knewton, I have got almost 70% of the RC questions wrong. I forgot to keep a tab on the number of RC passages seen and paid for that in the end. Question number 33 was a tough RC. I spent time reading it thoroughly and ended up not having time for any of the questions after that. I have got all the last seven questions wrong. I did not reach the 41st question.
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28 Nov 2010, 09:17
I wouldn't worry too much about Knewton verbal. From what I read on another forum their verbal section is considered harder than that of the actual GMAT. Good luck with your further studies!

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01 Dec 2010, 09:44
I don’t want to give up on the GMAT quest yet just because knewton test score has scared me. I am going endure this some more time with more intensity. I have identified my weaknesses as SC, RC and higher level quant questions.

For Quant, I will focus on more word problems, inequalities, fractions and percents as I seem to struggle with these sections.

For CR, I am thinking about getting PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning: Question Type Training book. If I find more time, I will buy and work on this too. As of now, I am working on veritas CR-2.

For SC, I will focus by question types. Ron’s video on the other site also seems to suggest this approach. For now, only parallel construction questions. I was working on Grockit easy questions for parallel construction as difficult questions were difficult for me to handle. I need to complete OG 12 and Verbal Guide for the same question type. Then I am going to focus on modifiers.

For RC, I got the LSAT rc book. I am going to go through that book this week. I came across the following text on reading comprehension and found it very useful.

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Read for the Passage's Structure, not its Content

I've said this in other posts, but it's worth repeating: the content of a LR stimulus or a RC passage is less important than its structure / argument. Always look identify the relevant portions of the argument (evidence or conclusion). "Speed-reading" techniques won't work because you're not reading for informational purposes.

You probably don't care about the regulatory, acclimatory, and developmental adaptive responses of overwintering macropterous/micropterous waterbugs (PrepTest 2). If you do, entomology's probably a more promising career path. If you insist on law, save your interest in the waterbugs for another time. The LSAT only requires you know these adaptive responses exist (after reading the passage) and where you can find them in the passage.

-the main points (conclusions)

-underlying facts (evidence)

-main players (supporters and critics)

-players' motivations / interests (if any)

Reading comprehension is a mechanical process, so treat it like a fact-finding mission. Search the passage for each of the things I've just listed.

Of course, it would be too easy if the answer to a main point (conclusion) question were worded exactly as written in the stimulus. For this reason, you need to be able to quickly find and identify each of these things so you have more time to recognize how they've been reworded in the answer choices. It helps if you're familiar with commonly-used terms in RC and their synonyms (covered in my previous RC post - linked above).

Don't pronounce words in your head as you read, and don't move your lips as you read. You can think faster than you speak, so if you cut off the connection between reading and speaking, you'll retain information even as you increase your speed.

How to Find the Main Point

First of all, it's the author's conclusion. Approach main point questions just as you would approach Logical Reasoning main point / conclusion questions. The main point is NOT the summary. It's simply what the author's trying to convince you is true. This will most closely resemble an opinion, rather than background info or undeniable facts. It can be at the beginning, middle, or end.

Depending upon the type of passage, the main point will take different forms.

If the passage is about a:

-problem, the main point is the solution.
-mystery (cause / effect), the main point should be the explanation the author advocates.
-person the author likes / dislikes, the main point is that the person is great / not great. Evidence will be reasons for opinion.
-study / experiment, the main point is that the study / experiment is good / bad. Evidence will strengthen / weaken study's validity by attacking study / people conducting it.

More information on this text can be found at http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/ls ... ricks.html
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01 Dec 2010, 09:48
stanford2012 wrote:
I wouldn't worry too much about Knewton verbal. From what I read on another forum their verbal section is considered harder than that of the actual GMAT. Good luck with your further studies!

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12 Dec 2010, 15:27
How is the preparation going?

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12 Dec 2010, 16:52
How is the preparation going?

Got caught with the RC book. I am improving on RC but seem to sliding on SC. I need to provide equal attention to both RC and SC.

I had to work 14 hours a day for four days. I lost few hours of preparation due to that. I am trying to catch up with my plan.
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MGMAT1 - 630 Q44V32
MGMAT2 - 650 Q41V38
MGMAT3 - 680 Q44V37
GMATPrep1 - 660 Q49V31
Knewton1 - 550 Q40V27

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 6

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Status: Upset about the verbal score - SC, CR and RC are going to be my friend
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12 Dec 2010, 16:53
How is the preparation going?

Thanks for checking. How is the application process going? Can you provide some insights? What are all the things i need to do if I plan for EA round next year?
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MGMAT2 - 650 Q41V38
MGMAT3 - 680 Q44V37
GMATPrep1 - 660 Q49V31
Knewton1 - 550 Q40V27

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13 Dec 2010, 17:15
I completed the first iteration of all my essays. Now I must rewrite them more nicely, and make sure everything fits in correctly.

You need to make a complete introspection, think of the TSA body scanner, you must put yourself naked in front of the admission committee, acknowledge your weaknesses and think about all the stuff done during your whole life and that make the person you are now.

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08 Feb 2011, 08:02
I couldn’t do consistent preparation for last few months due to work pressure and travel. I am going make two more major travels so decided to take the test in my second trip this time. New target date is 26th April 2011. Target score is 700+.

I am assuming my current score as 660 with 49 in Quant and 31 in Verbal. I want to get a minimum of 700 with minimum of 49 in quant and a minimum of 37 in verbal.

Areas to focus
1. Reading Comprehension – I am doing consistently bad in this section of the GMAT
2. Sentence correction – This section seems to be a hit and miss.
3. Critical reasoning – I feel I am doing great but not really in the practice tests.
4. Data sufficiency – Not really sure how not to fall for the traps. For me the easier answer seems to be C for all the DS questions.

How am I going to tackle?
1. Reading comprehension – Work on LSAT reading comprehension passages. Minimum 6 to 8 passages per week
2. Sentence correction – Manhattan GMAT SC book – OG SC questions – Memorize these two sources
3. Critical reasoning – for now I don’t have any other material than LSAT questions. So, I am going to go through the questions from this
4. DS – Use GMAT club. Going to follow Bunuel’s explanations for this.
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MGMAT1 - 630 Q44V32
MGMAT2 - 650 Q41V38
MGMAT3 - 680 Q44V37
GMATPrep1 - 660 Q49V31
Knewton1 - 550 Q40V27

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08 Feb 2011, 08:45
I was wondering where are you these days. Good to see you back. I'm feeling exactly the same as you're feeling for different areas for RC,SC,CR and DS. I don't think there's any comprehensive plan that will work on all areas and see big improvements. But, we can focus on one specific type of questions and see if it improves our score.
Good luck again.
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09 Feb 2011, 11:43
rg1 wrote:
I was wondering where are you these days. Good to see you back. I'm feeling exactly the same as you're feeling for different areas for RC,SC,CR and DS. I don't think there's any comprehensive plan that will work on all areas and see big improvements. But, we can focus on one specific type of questions and see if it improves our score.
Good luck again.

rg1, Thank you. Keep me posted of your progress too.
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MGMAT1 - 630 Q44V32
MGMAT2 - 650 Q41V38
MGMAT3 - 680 Q44V37
GMATPrep1 - 660 Q49V31
Knewton1 - 550 Q40V27

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 6

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02 May 2011, 08:57
What's up?

I was admitted to the IESE MBA program. I'm glad the GMAT is an old story now :D

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