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# Need urgent expert advice for GMAT on 12th march

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06 Mar 2012, 08:25
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Hello,

I have been following many posts in gmat club and infact using a lot of resources here. I started my prep somewhere in jan and booked the date of 12th march for my exam. I took one gmat prep test and got 680 then. I am giving thr break-up of all the tests i have taken so far-

14 Jan--- 680 Q49 V28 (GMAT prep 2)
2 Feb--- 600 Q48 V28 (MGMAT 1)
18th Feb--- 640 Q38 V38 (MGMAT 2)
26 Feb--- 690 Q46 V38 (MGMAT 3)
29 Feb--- 680 Q51 V 35 (Veritas Prep free test)
5 Mar--- 680 Q 47 V 35 (Knewton free test)
6 Mar--- 690 Q49 V 35 (MGMAT 5)

(wasted mgmat 4 and gmat prep 1---had to leave them in between so wasted them altogether)

My target had been atleast 740 but even after rigorous prep and consulting gmat club and doing OG-10,11 & 12, I am not able to improve the score. Though I do feel that I have improved and i now have clear concepts than i had before. but still I am not able to improve upon the score.

Except for MGMAT, I have been finishing quant section 30 mins before the time. I end up doing silly mistakes in quant and have tried to minimize them as much as i can and still doing.

For verbal, I am never able to complete the section, Though i do wild guesses at the end when i am left with 1 min and 5 questions. No matter how much I try to finish on time, I am never able to finish the verbal section. Also, I have realized that i lose focus and tend to get lost in RCs in the verbal section. I dont think concept-wise there is some problem now. One more thing, I mostly get hyper while attempting verbal section specially when i see the clock ticking and the number of questions I am left with.

Please advise how to overcome this. I really want to get my desired scores but my mocks say otherwise. I have my test next Monday. I am writing here as a last resort as I couldn't get enough insights from friends.

Priyanka
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06 Mar 2012, 12:29
Hi Priyanka,

I think Magoosh can definitely help you with your test jitters regarding the clock. Each one of our questions, including of course the really long, thorny reading passages, is accompanied with a clock, just like the actual test. You will have access to 100 reading questions.

Of course we offer a lot more than just practice questions. Our excellent lesson videos provide indispensable advise, on anything from how to crack difficult reading comprehension passages to evaluating various kinds of critical reasoning argument types.

Check out the list of our lessons videos. I know you only have one week till the test but you can always sign up for the free trial .

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06 Mar 2012, 21:29
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prishkam wrote:
Hello,

I have been following many posts in gmat club and infact using a lot of resources here. I started my prep somewhere in jan and booked the date of 12th march for my exam. I took one gmat prep test and got 680 then. I am giving thr break-up of all the tests i have taken so far-

14 Jan--- 680 Q49 V28 (GMAT prep 2)
2 Feb--- 600 Q48 V28 (MGMAT 1)
18th Feb--- 640 Q38 V38 (MGMAT 2)
26 Feb--- 690 Q46 V38 (MGMAT 3)
29 Feb--- 680 Q51 V 35 (Veritas Prep free test)
5 Mar--- 680 Q 47 V 35 (Knewton free test)
6 Mar--- 690 Q49 V 35 (MGMAT 5)

(wasted mgmat 4 and gmat prep 1---had to leave them in between so wasted them altogether)

My target had been atleast 740 but even after rigorous prep and consulting gmat club and doing OG-10,11 & 12, I am not able to improve the score. Though I do feel that I have improved and i now have clear concepts than i had before. but still I am not able to improve upon the score.

Except for MGMAT, I have been finishing quant section 30 mins before the time. I end up doing silly mistakes in quant and have tried to minimize them as much as i can and still doing.

For verbal, I am never able to complete the section, Though i do wild guesses at the end when i am left with 1 min and 5 questions. No matter how much I try to finish on time, I am never able to finish the verbal section. Also, I have realized that i lose focus and tend to get lost in RCs in the verbal section. I dont think concept-wise there is some problem now. One more thing, I mostly get hyper while attempting verbal section specially when i see the clock ticking and the number of questions I am left with.

Please advise how to overcome this. I really want to get my desired scores but my mocks say otherwise. I have my test next Monday. I am writing here as a last resort as I couldn't get enough insights from friends.

Priyanka

Looks like your biggest problem is time management in Verbal. (In my opinion, time management in Quant is also an issue - you need to slow down. You have enough time so double check before marking the answer to avoid any silly mistakes)

Check out this post on time management:: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2010/10 ... for-field/

It discusses a strategy called 'quick punt' which is perfect for you since you only have 5 days left. When you come across a question which looks sinister (perhaps really long question stem or leaves you confused after the first read which should take 15-20 sec), guess on it immediately and move on. The point is to spread your guesses across the test rather than guessing the last 5 questions in a row. Take GMAT prep test 1 using this strategy right away and see if it gives you some comfort. You can re-take GMAT prep test 1 even if you left it in the middle before. You will not get the same questions this time.
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07 Mar 2012, 01:41
Thanks Karishma. Yes, my issue is with time management. Your advice seems like apt for me as I sometimes end up spending more than 4 mins on a question and then get that nervousness feeling that I am going to do the rest bad. I think spreading is a good option. However, though the OG guide says that the first 10 questions matter equally as the remaining, but many other forums talk abt maximizing in the first 10 questions. do u think if i came across a weird question in first half (first 10 qs.), I can still make a guess and be safe with a good score?
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07 Mar 2012, 01:43
Thanks Christopher! I will go through the videos and get myself signed for the free trial. I am trying bits of advice on time management also. I'm sure together it should be helpful.

Thanks again!
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07 Mar 2012, 03:51
Hi Priyanka

Since sept 2009 you have only 8 posts , 3 of which are here. So you are only receiving help and not giving back to community.

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07 Mar 2012, 04:00
PTK wrote:
Hi Priyanka

Since sept 2009 you have only 8 posts , 3 of which are here. So you are only receiving help and not giving back to community.

dear PTK, i totally agree with ur concern as a moderator but then isn't it that giving back starts once one has achieved something...may be a good score and one gives back a good bebrief and so on...
Though i don't want to take priyanka's side but then you seemed to be little too harsh on her.. and no offences please.
All i meant to say there are no conditions apply (IMO) as to what u have mentioned above..n plz again no offences.
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07 Mar 2012, 04:15
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Thanks Karishma. Yes, my issue is with time management. Your advice seems like apt for me as I sometimes end up spending more than 4 mins on a question and then get that nervousness feeling that I am going to do the rest bad. I think spreading is a good option. However, though the OG guide says that the first 10 questions matter equally as the remaining, but many other forums talk abt maximizing in the first 10 questions. do u think if i came across a weird question in first half (first 10 qs.), I can still make a guess and be safe with a good score?

It would be great if you could get first 10 questions correct, but if you can do that, then please get the rest of the 31 questions correct too! Don't you see - it is not necessary that if you want to get questions correct, you will get them correct; secondly, you will end up investing way too much time trying to get the first few questions correct which means you will rush through the last few questions. Therefore, any advantage you gain will be nullified (and more, possibly!). Hence, give equal respect to every question and try to get every question correct in the stipulated time. If you want to skip a question in the first 10, go ahead but try to skip only 1 question in every batch of 10.
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07 Mar 2012, 06:01
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@ PTK- Thanks for showing concern but though I had joined gmat club in 2009, I could not get the opportunity to use it before Jan this year. I just started preparing in Jan this year and as Rajeev suggested, once I have something to contribute in a good way, I would.

@ Rajeev, thanks for understanding.
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07 Mar 2012, 06:05
@ Karishma: Thanks...I think that makes complete sense! I would do it that way. I'll give one mock this way and would get back to you in case I face any issues. Thanks a ton for the advice!
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07 Mar 2012, 08:11
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
It discusses a strategy called 'quick punt' which is perfect for you since you only have 5 days left. When you come across a question which looks sinister (perhaps really long question stem or leaves you confused after the first read which should take 15-20 sec), guess on it immediately and move on. The point is to spread your guesses across the test rather than guessing the last 5 questions in a row. Take GMAT prep test 1 using this strategy right away and see if it gives you some comfort. You can re-take GMAT prep test 1 even if you left it in the middle before. You will not get the same questions this time.

hi, i totally agree with what Karishma mentioned above. you must give the trick a try and i am sure it will work.
all the best
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A WAY TO INCREASE FROM QUANT 35-40 TO 47 : http://gmatclub.com/forum/a-way-to-increase-from-q35-40-to-q-138750.html

Q 47/48 To Q 50 + http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html#p1064367

Three good RC strategies http://gmatclub.com/forum/three-different-strategies-for-attacking-rc-127287.html

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08 Mar 2012, 06:57
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Hi Karishma,

It seemed to have worked! I got 730 today on MGMAT 6. Though i did not space the guesses evenly as you suggested (i in every 10) but i was a bit alert that and decisive on what needs to be skipped.

I went slow in quant got 51. Went at my pace in verbal and for the first time I was able to read through all the questions. I completed verbal section for the first time! but couldn't improve the score enough. Got 38 in verbal.

Most importantly, i gave it with a positive mind and was saying to myself to relax and keep calm

I am going to write the gmat prep 1 tomorrow. I hope this keeps on working. Thanks for the cool advice!

Rajeev, it seem to have worked!

Thanks all. I really really hope it works on the day of my exam )
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08 Mar 2012, 07:24
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It will work on test day also, keep the positive momentum going.
I am happy for you.
PTK can you hear..??? lol
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Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.

A WAY TO INCREASE FROM QUANT 35-40 TO 47 : http://gmatclub.com/forum/a-way-to-increase-from-q35-40-to-q-138750.html

Q 47/48 To Q 50 + http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html#p1064367

Three good RC strategies http://gmatclub.com/forum/three-different-strategies-for-attacking-rc-127287.html

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08 Mar 2012, 07:43
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PTK wrote:
Hi Priyanka

Since sept 2009 you have only 8 posts , 3 of which are here. So you are only receiving help and not giving back to community.

dear PTK, i totally agree with ur concern as a moderator but then isn't it that giving back starts once one has achieved something...may be a good score and one gives back a good bebrief and so on...
Though i don't want to take priyanka's side but then you seemed to be little too harsh on her.. and no offences please.
All i meant to say there are no conditions apply (IMO) as to what u have mentioned above..n plz again no offences.

Nothing against the user in question however on a broader level I think PTK has hit a nerve. Sometimes people post 1 thread: GMAT success debrief, it usually contains no nuggets of wisdom, only bragging rights. On the other hand i read a 550 debrief on GC and it was way better than some of 750+ debriefs.Maybe we can have a separate thread for : appreciated qualities of GM Clubbers.
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08 Mar 2012, 08:46
AbhiJ:
I completely agree with you on the point you made. Since we are here to discuss GMAT then let me begin by pointing out a logical flaw in PTK's statement.

So if I enrolled to gmat club in 2009 thinking I would give gmat then. It is not necessary that I would get the opportunity to use gmat club. I got busy in my job and continued to advance and opted differently and hence never got the opportunity to visit gmat club. Now assuming that I had been using GMAT club and not giving back just because I have GMAT club's membership, which i guess ~2 lakh people across the world have, is flawed . Now that I got the opportunity of using it, I do think and have plans to share my own experience at the right time.

I am sorry but the way PTK had put it across was a bit unprofessional and filled with assumptions. I understand he is the moderator but if there was something like this, he could had msged me separately to check the reason for such less number of posts or responses.

Also, another thing, in my view, the number of posts doesn't matter but what matters is what you post is relevant and important. I would rather focus on quality than quantity.

Again, I am saying all this not to offend anyone but to explain you that if you feel the way PTK felt, it is better to clarify first and then post about it than vice versa.

Regards,
Priyanka

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08 Mar 2012, 08:48
@ Rajeev: Thanks, I am going to give it my best! <fingers crossed for tomorrow's mock also>
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08 Mar 2012, 09:59
prishkam wrote:
Hi Karishma,

It seemed to have worked! I got 730 today on MGMAT 6. Though i did not space the guesses evenly as you suggested (i in every 10) but i was a bit alert that and decisive on what needs to be skipped.

I went slow in quant got 51. Went at my pace in verbal and for the first time I was able to read through all the questions. I completed verbal section for the first time! but couldn't improve the score enough. Got 38 in verbal.

Most importantly, i gave it with a positive mind and was saying to myself to relax and keep calm

I am going to write the gmat prep 1 tomorrow. I hope this keeps on working. Thanks for the cool advice!

Rajeev, it seem to have worked!

Thanks all. I really really hope it works on the day of my exam )

Glad about that! Since you always got 48-49 in Quant with half an hour to spare, you just needed to cool down. Great! Try and keep a positive attitude in Verbal too. Hopefully, things will work out well.
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09 Mar 2012, 06:39
All the best for 12 March, looking forward to a wonderful debrief
P.S- please take full time on quant
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Q 47/48 To Q 50 + http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html#p1064367

Three good RC strategies http://gmatclub.com/forum/three-different-strategies-for-attacking-rc-127287.html

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09 Mar 2012, 10:39
Thanks Karishma and Rajeev. Took gmatprep 1 today. got 720 Q50 V39. Though 10 score less than yesterday but what I saw positive here was the verbal score which for the first time crossed 38. I am going to relax and revise some old mocks in the next two days. Fingers crossed for Monday.

Thanks again for the great help and yes, in case you have some last minute advice do share it with me
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09 Mar 2012, 11:41
prishkam wrote:
Thanks Karishma and Rajeev. Took gmatprep 1 today. got 720 Q50 V39. Though 10 score less than yesterday but what I saw positive here was the verbal score which for the first time crossed 38. I am going to relax and revise some old mocks in the next two days. Fingers crossed for Monday.

Thanks again for the great help and yes, in case you have some last minute advice do share it with me

Go to the exam with a bit of swagger, like this exam is tough but i am tougher, i am going to give GMAT run for the money. Take chocolates for the break, they quickly replenish the decision making faculty, which gets fatigued.
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