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# EDIT: Got my 700!

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26 Jul 2009, 20:28
EDIT: I got my 700!!!!! today on 09.09.09!!!

YES!!!!

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I think I have an issue.

On my test days, I'm either good at math or good at verbal--never both.

Taken the GMAT three times so far:
(1) 8/18/2007: 640 - Q48, V29
(2) 1/26/2008: 680 - Q44, V39
(3) 7/25/2009: 660 - Q39, V40
(4) 9/09/2009: 700 - Q48, V38

???? Every time I run the GMAT Prep, I score between 48 and 49 and Verbal is around 40-42.

I have NO clue why I'm actually getting worse at Quant. I have a solid foundation but maybe not???

I saw the post on advice to make the jump to 700 but I'm just so frustrated!!! If I could only keep my Q48 and maintain my V40, I'd be done. Instead, the disconnect is DRIVING ME INSANE!!!

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26 Jul 2009, 21:18
AndersonBound wrote:
I think I have an issue.

On my test days, I'm either good at math or good at verbal--never both.

Taken the GMAT three times so far:
(1) 8/18/2007: 640 - Q48, V29
(2) 1/26/2008: 680 - Q44, V39
(3) 7/25/2009: 660 - Q39, V40

???? Every time I run the GMAT Prep, I score between 48 and 49 and Verbal is around 40-42.

I have NO clue why I'm actually getting worse at Quant. I have a solid foundation but maybe not???

I saw the post on advice to make the jump to 700 but I'm just so frustrated!!! If I could only keep my Q48 and maintain my V40, I'd be done. Instead, the disconnect is DRIVING ME INSANE!!!

This must be maddening. The only thought I have is that your tests are 6 months, and 18 months apart - that's really long by GMAT standards.
So, I have to compliment you on the Verbal improvement - fantastic job going from 29 to 40 - very few are able to do it.

Did you put most of your focus into verbal and crossed off Math? or did you practice them equally?
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27 Jul 2009, 11:24
Thanks--the verbal improvement was all RC. I was able to figure out that my SC and CR was pretty sound but I was missing a LOT of RC questions (in a row).

Once I figured that out, my verbal jumped dramatically.

I always practiced both verbal and quant, focusing mostly on my DS--since I typically miss 7 or 8 DS and only 2 or 3 PS.

I'm stuck. My last quant score means I'm missing really easy stuff--which could be the case but man...what a bummer. I think I'll take yet another pass at this test in hopes to get my quant back up and maintain my verbal.

New approach: Study Quant to Verbal in a 3:1 ratio. Starting back to the basics, working my way up until I can score in the 90% on the Quant tests posted here.

(Sigh).
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27 Jul 2009, 11:38
AndersonBound wrote:
Thanks--the verbal improvement was all RC. I was able to figure out that my SC and CR was pretty sound but I was missing a LOT of RC questions (in a row).

Once I figured that out, my verbal jumped dramatically.

I always practiced both verbal and quant, focusing mostly on my DS--since I typically miss 7 or 8 DS and only 2 or 3 PS.

I'm stuck. My last quant score means I'm missing really easy stuff--which could be the case but man...what a bummer. I think I'll take yet another pass at this test in hopes to get my quant back up and maintain my verbal.

New approach: Study Quant to Verbal in a 3:1 ratio. Starting back to the basics, working my way up until I can score in the 90% on the Quant tests posted here.

(Sigh).

By the way - you are definitely capable of getting a great score - we have proof!
I would not spend more than a month or 2 max on prep - you are ready and have been ready. Just need to get strategies and routine in place. Keep taking timed tests over the next month and polishing things such as pace, double-checking math answers, and error log. Keep the question traps fresh. Don't wait another 6 months - that would be too long.
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27 Jul 2009, 13:21
Thanks, BB!
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09 Sep 2009, 21:36
Quote:
I think I have an issue.

On my test days, I'm either good at math or good at verbal--never both.

Taken the GMAT three times so far:
(1) 8/18/2007: 640 - Q48, V29
(2) 1/26/2008: 680 - Q44, V39
(3) 7/25/2009: 660 - Q39, V40

???? Every time I run the GMAT Prep, I score between 48 and 49 and Verbal is around 40-42.

I have NO clue why I'm actually getting worse at Quant. I have a solid foundation but maybe not???

I saw the post on advice to make the jump to 700 but I'm just so frustrated!!! If I could only keep my Q48 and maintain my V40, I'd be done. Instead, the disconnect is DRIVING ME INSANE!!!

UPDATE: I got my 700!!!

Just got back from the testing center and FINALLY got both sides of my brain to synch up!

Q-48
V-38

Sure, I'm bummed my verbal dropped slightly, but I'm stoked my Quant went back up. Who cares.

Truthfully, I didn't study that much--I bought the books suggested by BB and went through it but I felt that the GMAT prep was really the most realistic practice.

Ahhhhhhhh, feels like the biggest weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I think my wife is happier than I am because now I can go to bed at a normal time instead of my usual time of 1-2am.

Many thanks to GMATClub!!!

I love you!!!

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09 Sep 2009, 21:50

Congratulations - we are happy for your too!
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10 Sep 2009, 07:11
Congrats!! Your perseverance is commendable and an inspiration to many of us.
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10 Sep 2009, 08:15
Congrats!
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10 Sep 2009, 16:25
Thanks, especially to you, Rhyme.

The biggest hurdle I had early on was figuring out why my verbal was so bad. Using your approach to RC helped me jump from 29 to 38-40 on my verbal!
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10 Sep 2009, 18:43
Rhyme -

Would you mind sharing your appriach to RC for me? I am non native english speaker and have been struggling with RC. Any help will be appreciated.

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10 Sep 2009, 19:06
congrats AB... i am in a situation similar to yours (previously, that is). thanks, your success provided me inspiration!
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10 Sep 2009, 20:43
Boeinz, don't ever give up!

I always knew that I could reach 700, but I just needed everything to come together.

I don't know if taking the test in the evening (vs. early in the morning) helped at all since I always did most of my studying late at night.

I always knew I could get 700 since I was getting 740 and 750 on GMAT prep (some repeat questions though). I would just say keep on it.
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