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Exam in a Week - Seeking Guidance

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15 Nov 2017, 23:24
Hi all,

I am writing the exam next week. I need some time management tips and guidance for the verbal section.

My accuracy during practice drills:
90% SC - 1 min 45 sec (Avg time)
80% CR - 2 min 20 sec (Avg time)
90% RC - 2 min 15 sec (Avg time) - per question, including reading

During practice test, I tend to run out of time and start to rush through question. As a result, accuracy falls down.

My accuracy during practice tests:
75% SC - 1 min 30 sec
75% CR - 1 min 30 sec
80% RC - 2 min 40 sec

I will be grateful for your guidance.
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16 Nov 2017, 02:14
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mh88 wrote:
Hi all,

I am writing the exam next week. I need some time management tips and guidance for the verbal section.

My accuracy during practice drills:
90% SC - 1 min 45 sec (Avg time)
80% CR - 2 min 20 sec (Avg time)
90% RC - 2 min 15 sec (Avg time) - per question, including reading

During practice test, I tend to run out of time and start to rush through question. As a result, accuracy falls down.

My accuracy during practice tests:
75% SC - 1 min 30 sec
75% CR - 1 min 30 sec
80% RC - 2 min 40 sec

I will be grateful for your guidance.

Although I am no expert, I have been in a similar situation and happy to share how I managed.
If I am not wrong, I think you are not setting small time targets (like @55mins pending - you should be at 11th questions..and so on) during the practice tests and in case you are already setting such targets, you are NOT able to achieve those targets (that used to be the case with me).

I suggest you start doing that and try to follow that religiously. And Let's say you are missing those targets by a question or two, I suggest that you leave that one question to help you catch up with your timings.

Here are some of the timing schemes that are suggested by various experts and GMAT Tutors :

Quant : (I didn't had much trouble with quant so this was my ONLY strategy)
Time Question No
65 5
55 10
45 15
35 20
25 25
15 30
5 35

Verbal :
Strategy-1 (For slow starters like me)
Time Question No
65 5
55 10
46 15
37 20
28 25
19 30
10 35
0 41

Strategy-2 (a bit extra cushion in the middle)
Time Question No
65 5
56 10
47 15
38 20
28 25
19 30
10 35
0 41

Strategy-3 (If you are confident that 1st 10 questions in verbal would be way easier than what you have been practicing)
Time Question No
60 10
42 20
24 30
0 41

Select the one you fill best for yourself based on your test experience so far and stick to it.

Hope it helps.
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16 Nov 2017, 13:34
Hi mh88,

Many Test Takers face pacing problems while dealing with either the Quant or Verbal section (or both), so you're not alone. However, pacing problems don't exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER problems. "Your way" of approaching SC and CR questions is inefficient, which is why you take too long during practice and why you're scoring at a lower level when you take your CATs. Unfortunately, 'tips' are going to make a significant difference right now; you really have to change the way you 'see' (and respond to) the Verbal section of the GMAT to 'fix' this issue.

Before we can talk about how best to proceed, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) What is your exact Test Date?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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17 Nov 2017, 11:35
Thank you Mihir for the response.

Thank you Rich.

Cheers!
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