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# Need guidance on GMAT prep

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Manager
Status: Preparing Apps
Joined: 04 Mar 2009
Posts: 91
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 2: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
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17 Feb 2011, 05:00
Hi all,

My aim is to score 700+ on the GMAT but all my efforts have gone in wain as I have taken the GMAT twice and scored

590 and 650(Q48 V31). I am not sure what should be my approach now? should I retake the test or not and if i retake

should I enroll for a prep course? I have not taken any prep course till now.

Study material used for prep.
-OG 11
-OG 12 only the new questions
-MGMAT SC - 3rd edition
-Powerscore CR Bible
-Manhattan Test(both attempts), kaplan free test, Knewton free test, PR free test
-1000SC, 1000CR(only the GMAT question), 1000RC(first 64 passages)--> only during the first attempt.

Scores in all the practice tests:
GMATPrep1 - 690
PR free test - 630(Q44, V33)
Knewton free test - 650(Q47, V31)
Veritas free test - 640(Q49, V32)
MGMAT 1 - 650(Q47, V31)
MGMAT 2 - 640(Q44, V34)
Kaplan free test - 630(Q52, V27)
MGMAT 3 - 590(Q44, V29)
Kaplan CAT 1 - 600(Q50, V29)
MGMAT 4 - 700(Q49, V36)
MGMAT 5 - 680()
Actual GMAT - 650(Q44, V31)

Kindly suggest as to what should be my approach.. Any help is appreciated

Ali.
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Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 834
Location: India
Schools: Haas '18, Kelley '18
GMAT 1: 650 Q44 V37
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V40
GMAT 3: 750 Q51 V40
GPA: 3.5
WE: Education (Education)
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17 Feb 2011, 06:35
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17 Feb 2011, 07:10
Your quant looks fine so I'd focus on the verbal, especially sentence correction, where many people find they can most easily improve.
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17 Feb 2011, 07:13
I took a prep course (Kaplan), but studying on my own helped me more.
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Posts: 91
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 2: 710 Q49 V38
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17 Feb 2011, 21:28
Entwistle wrote:
Hi,

Did you use an Error Log?

Yea I did make an error log, but never got the time to analyse the error log..
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17 Feb 2011, 23:04
Okay!
I've read a few things about the benefits of using an error log and I endorse the view completely. From my own experience I've realized that the mere act of solving a problem does not add much to what you already know!
f you want to achieve excellent results, you must learn to do the following for each problem that you do:
1. Classify the problem into the main area and sub-area (e.g. Main Area - Word Translation Sub Area - Rate and Work)
2. Spot hidden traps and tricks involved.
3. Recognize any other question which has nearly the same elements as the current problem when you solve questions in the future.

This is why thorough analysis of the problems that you do is absolutely essential.

In my opinion 200 questions from each category of questions (PS, DS, CR, RC and SC) will sufficiently enable you to perform well on the GMAT, provided you rip-apart all the practice problems that you do and analyze them thoroughly!
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18 Feb 2011, 00:51
Your quant score is pretty good. What did you used to study for the quant section?

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Manager
Status: Preparing Apps
Joined: 04 Mar 2009
Posts: 91
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 2: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
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24 Feb 2011, 05:34
Samwong wrote:
Your quant score is pretty good. What did you used to study for the quant section?

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I used MGMAT cats and the various other tests only for my quant prep
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24 Feb 2011, 19:43
aalriy wrote:
Hi all,

My aim is to score 700+ on the GMAT but all my efforts have gone in wain as I have taken the GMAT twice and scored

590 and 650(Q48 V31). I am not sure what should be my approach now? should I retake the test or not and if i retake

should I enroll for a prep course? I have not taken any prep course till now.

Study material used for prep.
-OG 11
-OG 12 only the new questions
-MGMAT SC - 3rd edition
-Powerscore CR Bible
-Manhattan Test(both attempts), kaplan free test, Knewton free test, PR free test
-1000SC, 1000CR(only the GMAT question), 1000RC(first 64 passages)--> only during the first attempt.

Scores in all the practice tests:
GMATPrep1 - 690
PR free test - 630(Q44, V33)
Knewton free test - 650(Q47, V31)
Veritas free test - 640(Q49, V32)
MGMAT 1 - 650(Q47, V31)
MGMAT 2 - 640(Q44, V34)
Kaplan free test - 630(Q52, V27)
MGMAT 3 - 590(Q44, V29)
Kaplan CAT 1 - 600(Q50, V29)
MGMAT 4 - 700(Q49, V36)
MGMAT 5 - 680()
Actual GMAT - 650(Q44, V31)

Kindly suggest as to what should be my approach.. Any help is appreciated

Ali.

For a 700+ score you need a good verbal score too. As is apparent, you have always scored 44 and above in Quant (and a 52?) so you are reasonably safe there... Just keep practicing quant questions regularly and try and get into the habit of adopting time saving techniques... This will give you extra time when you face tough Quant questions and you will be able to better handle them...

As for Verbal, you need a focused approach. According to the section(s) you are particularly uncomfortable with, devise a plan... Read up a little on strategies that help many people tackle RC/CR/SC questions e.g. in RC, writing down a couple of words representative of each paragraph is particularly helpful... in SC, almost all errors can be clubbed into 8 types.... if you are lost, actively search for these 8 types of errors to ensure you are not overlooking something... etc.. Then start practicing lots of questions. And as pointed out above, when you solve a question, you don't learn anything new... you only apply what you already know... when you read the explanation for it, you might come across a faster method of solving it or a new concept you were unaware of etc... so analyzing is more important than solving questions...
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