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# Help needed Giving GMAT again

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23 Apr 2003, 18:56
Hi all,
I gave GMAT last month and scored a horrible 640 . I was aiming for 700+ . I did ok in quant i guess . i scored 45 in it but the verbal was horrible. Till the time i reached verbal i was so bored that i was not even reading the questions and just clicking answer and going thru it.
In verbal actually till the 9 question i was able to concentrate. I got a RC from question 6-9 and immediately after that another new RC (10 - 13) . This was the turning point and i got bored. I scored 33 on verbal.
Can anyone tell me what i should do? Also i was wondering if i was doing good in the verbal section last time i gave the GMAT. If someone gets 2 consecutive RC in the first 15 question what does it mean? Does it mean that i was doing well till then or was a complete sucker?
I used power prep, kaplan,OG and Princeton for preperation. Kaplan range was 590 - 650 and princeton was around 690 - 720.
Also any tips regarding improving verbal score would be greatly appreciated especially dealing with RC.
I am thinking of giving it again in the next 2 months. Any suggestions on how i should approach this second stint at GMAT..
Thanks in anticipation..

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30 Apr 2003, 15:01
You stated the problem yourself - you got bored and let your attention wander. You need to stay focused. You prepped with the right materials, but did you take practice tests from start to finish, or do a section here, a section there? It's hard to stay focused that long, but that seems to be your problem.

Don't eat a lot of carbs before the test (especially sugar) - they affect concentration. Eat more protein and fat the few days before and less carbs, and get a good night's sleep. Stay focused and you'll do much better.
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01 May 2003, 12:18

When i used to give mock tests i never wrote any essays, i used to skip that part and go directly to the quant. section. Maybe that was the problem.

Any suggestions about how to increase to my verbal score.
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13 May 2003, 14:19
shobhit_g wrote:

When i used to give mock tests i never wrote any essays, i used to skip that part and go directly to the quant. section. Maybe that was the problem.

Any suggestions about how to increase to my verbal score.

hey, I sort of lost track of time for a while and some messages got lost.
I just ran across your message as I was reviewing and catching up with posts. I saw you were irritated after nobody replied...
It happens... but the worst is not to ask the question at all.
GMAT is very exhausting - it is long and keeps one nervous. I was as good as dead after mine.

Anyway, I think the best use of your time is to read - to try to get used to long passages and be able to stay focused. This was my main problem - I lost any attention and did not even try to finish reading the passsages - it did nto make sense anyway, so why bother? This was my approach on several pracrtice test, but then I decided this was stupid and I had to actually READ things to answer the questions. I got a bunch of fiction. I tried reading philosophy, history, and the Bible, but that was not effective - I did not have an urge to continue reading any of these things, so instead I got some fiction. I have a list of Hard/Average books to read on this site. Check them out. I won't comment much, but Henry James can fry some brain.

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15 May 2003, 16:52
Hi Shobjit,
You experience with the GMAT is no different from mine.
I got 650 ( 44/35). I was very confident while taking the exam, but after I was half way through the Verbal section I could not concentrate. I hit a couple of difficult CR and that ate up a lot of my time. I ended up guess the last RC (total of 5 questions).
I have decided to take the test again.
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16 May 2003, 06:04
Guys Guys Guys!!!
650 is an excellent score!! Nothing to be ashamed of. I can say with confidence that with a 650 you will be considered for decent schools with the caveat that your other statistics (work exp, refs, etc..) are not lacking.
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