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# My GMAT Experience - 600 Q44 V28

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21 May 2010, 11:14
My GMAT experience was probably very different from the practice tests that I had taken. I had mostly done well in the verbal section and the quant section varied. Towards the end of each section I would always get a feel of how I had done and knew that the next section had to done with much more concentration. My max score in verbal was 40 and that of quant was 38. So i walked into the exam room with a idea that I had to push myself just a little harder for the 680 threshold and if I get anything above that, well, then I would consider it my good luck!

During the week before the test I took a couple Kaplan Premier CAT's that came along with the book. In hindsight that was a very bad idea, for some reason my quant peaked in those CAT's and I consistently ended up with a section score between 42-44, but my verbal score went spiraling down from 39 to 26. I did identify my weak areas [RC and CR] and I would usually answer only 60% of these question types correctly. I would review my errors after the test and would understand that I got confused after zeroing down on the last two choices, I tried to tackle this by doing a lot more CR and RC, but now I think that the problem is more fundamental. So I'm now looking at options of doing CR and RC from scratch, any suggestions??

Quant has been the proverbial monkey on my back since highschool, so when i started with my gmat preparations, I was haunted by looking at the quant section. Predictably so, I did pathetically bad on my first CAT, a Kaplan online test, ended up with a score of 570 Q32 V36 (another mistake,i was later told that Kaplan's are counted amongst the toughest). I was dejected for a week after giving the test and trying to come to terms that math is back to haunt me. However, I did a lot of practice in quant and seems like i have managed to get the better of quant.

I'm now thinking of retaking the gmat in a month, although I haven't completely sold the idea to myself. My main concern is - how do I improve my verbal from 28 and get it at par with my quant......

One question - when the retake policy says one month, does that apply to the calendar month or 31 days from the last test date of the individual??

Resources Used:

- OG 10,11 and 12
- Kaplan Premier
- Misc. problem sets posted by fellow GMAT clubbers.

Looking for some advice on the retake time and also on how to get my verbal score at par with my quant score.

Best,

Roy

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21 May 2010, 14:06
Try Manhattan Gmat books (especially the SC books) I was getting mid to lower 30s in my verbal and was able to get it to 40. On par with your Quant is a bit difficult seeing how a quant of 44% i think is 99th percentile. For reading comprehension just read a ton of time, wsj, economist, and practice the question types. There is no right method to do reading comp. I read the entire passage and try to retain as much info and i go back to search and destroy if i need to. Critical reasoning is just practice and recognize premise, conclusion, and etc etc. Try to up your quant a bit as well with additional practice

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21 May 2010, 15:34
you need specialized books in each section
this thread lists the best books
best-gmat-books-reviews-recommendations-for-your-prep-77703.html?highlight=ml306

I suggest Powerscore SC and CR for foundation
and Manhattan books for Math and Reading Comp

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24 May 2010, 10:54
Thanks wonderland130 and DAYNE.

Things are looking pretty dull at the moment, need to get back the motivation to study for the gmat.

Best,

Roy

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27 May 2010, 03:31
Roy, thank you for sharing your experience. The only thing that comes to my mind is to analyze your weak areas and read some specialized books that cover them. Also, try to practice more.

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