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New post 23 Jan 2014, 17:26
Hi all,

I write this with mixed emotions. On one side I am really upset and on the other I still hope that I still can crack the GMAT. My score - 510 (Q36.V23).
It has been nearly 4 or 5 years since I last studied for anything competitive and I come from a Commerce background but I have always had my interest in Mathematics. I would not have gone through the academic rigors which a science undergrad would have but I still believe with hard work I can crack it.

I had 3 or max 4 months before registering for my GMAT which I took in the month of December 2013. I do not know if this time is considered sufficient for a decent GMAT score but I found it short and English with its complexity was exceedingly overwhelming. All through my schooling, though I conversed and was taught in English language the GMAT's English was completely new to me. So, I was kinda hopeless even before the exam when it came to English. I paid for the E-GMAT course offered online and boy was it even more complex and time consuming. I felt that their method of analyzing a sentence in sentence correction , though being exhaustive, was not practical in a real exam situation where one has to essentially solve it in under 1.6seconds (1.8 but considering RC questions). Apart from the E-GMAT I did go through the OG twice but still did not have a command over it. I completely lost it as I was nearing exam date and went into a freeze. Quants was pretty ok though I scored only 36, I can with more time understand better and also learn a couple shortcuts to tackle it within the time limit.

So, I request all the members to kindly give your inputs keeping the following in mind!

1. How should one approach quant problems?
2. Books or classes for both Q&E?
3. Is it a good idea to give GMAT again? (can I really improve)
4. English - what are the most effective and efficient ways of learning English for GMAT (not time consuming ones)?
5. For me the order of difficulty would be - SC, RC, CR.
6. If I have missed out anything please let me know.

Also, I have only 2 years of work experience and another 2 years of internship training in the areas of accounts and audit. Would I profile hold good if I apply for a decent B-School. I have a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Madras, India and in all my enquiries with most B Schools in the US, 3 years of Indian Bachelors is not considered a US Bachelors equivalent unless it is from a division A University in India and mine is not. I am rather in a hopeless situation right now.

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Hi there,

Of course you can improve if you devote more time to studying! You mentioned that the 3-4 months you spent studying for the GMAT the first time around, so if you still felt not fully prepared for the test, I am guessing that you would feel more prepared had you spent more time with the material. There are stories all over GMAT Club of people improving their scores several hundred points and then being admitted into their dream school, so I have no doubt that you can improve as well. Just persevere -- don't give up!


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New post 25 Jan 2014, 11:21
Get hold of the Manhattan GMAT's SC booklet. That is said to be the best resource around for SC. Make sure that you cover all the content before you delve into questions. Also taking mock CATs is a good way to iron out any issues with timing and mining out weak areas.

All the best.


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