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21 Oct 2007, 02:00
Dear friends, my real GMAT date is 4th Dec. So far its been 3 weeks that I am preparing for GMAT. Initially when I taken dignostic test I realised that I have forgotten most of the math concept. Hence I studied just basics of all sections of GMAT. Today on Sunday, I took first GMATPrep test. In math section I could solve only 25 questions out of which 8 were incorrect answers. Hence I scored 31 in math. I did not realise I am falling short of time. In verbal section, same thing happened. At the end of 28th questions I had just 5 minutes left. Hence I have to do guess work from 28th till 41st questions. In math I did not get time even to do guess work. Overall my score is just 430. I am pretty much depressed.

I guess I have to improve a lot on speed. Whatever I prepare if speed is low my efforts will not pay me right result. Hence please help me on improving pace..speed of GMAT.

I wanted to ask you gous - how was ur first experiend when you take GMATPrep first time? Did you take any other test before GMATPrep.?

thanks..

Yash

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21 Oct 2007, 10:57
yash500 wrote:
Dear friends, my real GMAT date is 4th Dec. So far its been 3 weeks that I am preparing for GMAT. Initially when I taken dignostic test I realised that I have forgotten most of the math concept. Hence I studied just basics of all sections of GMAT. Today on Sunday, I took first GMATPrep test. In math section I could solve only 25 questions out of which 8 were incorrect answers. Hence I scored 31 in math. I did not realise I am falling short of time. In verbal section, same thing happened. At the end of 28th questions I had just 5 minutes left. Hence I have to do guess work from 28th till 41st questions. In math I did not get time even to do guess work. Overall my score is just 430. I am pretty much depressed.

I guess I have to improve a lot on speed. Whatever I prepare if speed is low my efforts will not pay me right result. Hence please help me on improving pace..speed of GMAT.

I wanted to ask you gous - how was ur first experiend when you take GMATPrep first time? Did you take any other test before GMATPrep.?

thanks..

Yash

I took Kaplan diagnostic test first. and ended up with 480. mostly guessed i guess

then took Powerpre, guessed at the end 2 or 3 questions.
took Gmat prep. i think i did well on it. just met the time.
only problem i got is Verbal. it takes me too long to read the passage and figure out what i am reading.
now i hope i have some improvement. but have not taken any test yet.

do not worry about the time for the first attemtp or the first ones. you have to do practice on no-time mode first and then try with timed mode.
initially everyone does have problem with time and speed. you improve it as you go through GMAT prep process

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21 Oct 2007, 18:13
Thanks brother.

I have not seen any option for time or no-time mode. Otherwise I would have chosen no-time mode. I will take same test again and I will mark same answers which I marked y'day so that I will get remaining questions which I could not get y'day.

For me verbal section was too tough even to understand what are they asking. But I noticed that reading it over and over one will understand their question and information provided in it. But time is the major resource here .. which needs to be utilised carefully.

May I ask you whats ur first GMATPrep score?

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Yash

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21 Oct 2007, 22:01
don't know if this helps but the first time I took Powerprep (or was it Gmatprep I am not sure), I was in such a rush that I finished 20 minutes earlier in each of the two sections Quant and Verbal.

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21 Oct 2007, 22:16
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don't know if this helps but the first time I took Powerprep (or was it Gmatprep I am not sure), I was in such a rush that I finished 20 minutes earlier in each of the two sections Quant and Verbal.

It means your speed is too much than expected whats the secret behind achieving such a great speed?

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22 Oct 2007, 04:56
Timing is a huge issue. From this point forward, use a stopwatch for each and every question you do. This way, you will build an internal clock where you'll know the 100-110 second mark.

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22 Oct 2007, 19:35
yash500 wrote:
GMAThopefull wrote:
don't know if this helps but the first time I took Powerprep (or was it Gmatprep I am not sure), I was in such a rush that I finished 20 minutes earlier in each of the two sections Quant and Verbal.

It means your speed is too much than expected whats the secret behind achieving such a great speed?

haha, well I never mentioned how bad I did. I guessed about the same number as you did and got a 520 or something.

the point I was making was that the real reason why I did Gmatprep wasn't to get familiar with the questions. that's what OG is for.

I took it to get my timing right and boy was it off. Create a chart for yourself and make sure you are on track while doing the test. If you find yourself unable to adjust, then at least you know what you are doing wrong = you need more practice.

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