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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
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Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 4

Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 660 Q45 V35
GMAT 2: 720 Q47 V42
GPA: 3.53
WE: Business Development (Investment Banking)
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New post 03 Mar 2012, 09:21
Hi all,

I took the GMAT last week and my score fell from my average GMAT Prep score of 700-710 (Q48-49 V37-40) to real GMAT score of 660 (Q45 V35). The night before my GMAT, I took some head ache pills without realizing that the pills contained a great amount of caffeine. I felt miserable the entire night and couldn't get any sleep.

So I went to the test center after consuming a lot of Red Bull and caffeine pills. I couldn't focus and just wanted to get it over with: guessed more than 5 quant questions, which I otherwise could've solved, and a couple of questions in verbal.

I believe now that I am going to retake the exam, I should spend more time on Verbal and try to score 740. I have already covered the MGMAT SC book, OG 12th ed, Kaplan Premier, Kaplan Math workbook, OG Quant and Verbal 2nd Ed. I am still struggling with SC and average 1 mistake every 3.5 questions. So I have recently purchased Aristotle SC Grail, Questionbank, and Jeff Sackman's Verbal Bible. Can someone recommend how I should use this material to get the most out of it?

Also, inequalities is my weakest area in quant and I sometimes have trouble with modulus and geometry problems. Any advice to improve that?

Since I have already spent over 200 hours preparing for the GMAT, I am not sure how many more hours of prep I need. I essentially need to try and raise my practice score by 30-50 points, and verbal is probably the best way to do that.

Any help/advice on how to study for the second time would be highly appreciated.

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First and foremost, don't try to collect too much of material
you may consider doing mgmat SC and aristotle SC grail, however supplementing them with Jeff Sackman's Verbal Bible will be too much ( again it's my opinion).
Try to identify ur key weakness areas in SC, for eg, if ur not comfortable with modifiers or pronouns...just identify the topics for all the subjects..
thereafter address the topics one by one using the books u have.
understand the concepts and the governing principles behind them.
prac easy questions on that topic, graduate to middle difficulty questions and finally the hardest 700 + questions ( you may consider using gmatclub forums to practice questions based on topic and difficulty)
rinse and repeat for other topics
take a CAT to gauge ur performance/improvement.
hope this little helps

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.


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