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14 Feb 2005, 01:34
Help!

I can't complete the verbal section in time. Usually I find myself in early 30's after 70 minutes and guess the remaining ones. I wonder whether this is a common thing happens to eveyyone? And how this will affect my verbal score? Can you advise me any strategy to cope with this problem? Thank you..

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14 Feb 2005, 20:11
It sounds obvious, but the best way to avoid the surprise of little time left is to keep a close watch the time in each section. Another good way to avoid this problem is to develop a sense of when you are spending too long on a problem (this often happens with long reading passages).

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15 Feb 2005, 09:26
Hi bro
recently when i took my practice test i felt i was really slow too, my problem is the SC cause i will sit and gaze at it forever...the only answer for that (of what i hear from the grapevine) is doing alot of SC and timing your self while you do it.
For the Reading Comps, someone who took the Manhattan GMAT course actually told me to perfect the art of Skimming (I know many may disagree with this technique-alot of LSAT people think i am mad) but if you chart out in diagrams a process of mapping key things (that always seem to be asked) then you will in time be good to go.
I usually map Assumptions, Tone, Objective [there may be others but usually those are detail specific]
At first i almost took 20 minutes per Read... but after awhile i didnt even need to do the diagrams, they were in my head. Now i automatically look for them. Yesterday i finished both my read sections in 10 minutes flat and got em right.
This may not work for you but trust me trying it will do you no harm. Also it speeds up your reading ability [and i know cause i read really slowly, struggled on the SAT with it also]
Tell me how it goes, and if anyone feels i may be wrong about something do post it, so i can hone my technique too
Cheers

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19 Feb 2005, 23:49
Rupster,
would you mind sharing more details on the method and diagrams that you are talking about.

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20 Feb 2005, 07:27
For Quant keep
You can just keep a close on the time as
12 questions - 50 minutes left
24th question - 25 minutes left
37th question - 75 minutes.

For Verbal
14 questions - 50 minutes left
28 questions - 50 minutes left
41st questions - complete .

I am sure that you are knocking off all the questions in Quant part.

For verbal, I believe that the pullers would be RC and CR. I would strongly suggest you NOT to spend more than a minute(one an average to each SC question). You can compensate that gain of time in CR and RC.
Try completing the first 14 questions in 25 minutes whatever it takes. The next set from 15 - 25 is going to be decider in the exam for your score. The toughness would be relatively same for you.
In verbal, always expect atleast 2 RC passages in the first 14 questions, sometimes back to back also. So, equip yourself for all the surprises from ETS. A lot of concentration and perseverance is needed.
If I were you, I would practice myself with all the RCs separately as a set of 25 - 30 questions in 40 minutes( Sort of mini tests). Same thing would be applicable for CRs too.
One small suggestion that I have over here is, READ STATEMENT of the question first in CR, rather than reading the STEM. This would reduce your time a lot. Its my personal experience.
I understand your frustration in SC too. But, as you practice more, you can always knock off 3/5 choices easily and even sometimes 4 easily. Just practice more. Thats the only key. Understand the answer behind every answer given in OG. Its my personal experience in SC too.
All the best.

Aryan

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