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29 May 2006, 06:43
Well I have been using the forums for a while now - but I have been off them while I hit OG11 and did every question in the book.

My first Official GMAT was a 640 and I would like to score a 700 - it is a tough goal. However I just took the seconf powerprep test and I have made some moderate improvement in my score - up to a 660 now (practice test). I have 2 more weeks until my second test - I can delay if I choose but I would love to get this quest over with.

I am wondering if there is any last 2 week suggestions to push the score up even further. At this point my weakest links are Sentence Correction and Word problems in the math section.

Anyone have tips?
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29 May 2006, 07:17
For word problems use challenges! Everything in challenge is word problem! I am just exaggerating a bit, but most of questions are quite nicely constructed. I will suggest do one or two challenge a day and analyze each and every question, should take around 2 hour per challenge. But if you feel after doing some challenge itâ€™s too hard for you donâ€™t get disappointed.

About SC I will strongly recommend to stick to OG understand how they explain each and every answers. And do SC-1000. I would strongly advice again using other source to do SC because they may or may not be align to OGâ€™s grammar.

I would suggest you do 20-30 SC at stretch and than analyze why did you make mistake? If you donâ€™t understand simply search key word in GMATClub to see how different people are explaining it! While reading explanation on club, rely on explanation of people with large number of post.
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03 Jun 2006, 07:18
How did your scores break down?

Here was my strategy for a 4 week period:

I broke up the math into weekend work and homework. Homework was stuff I did during the week, weekend work was what I called the "master list".

Homework for week 1:
* Math Supplement book, page 62 questions 1-80
* Verbal Supplement book, page 234, questions 1-100

Homework for week 2:
* Math Supplement book, pages 62, questions 81-120
* Math Supplement book, page 149, questions 1-70
* OG Guide, Verbal, questions 1-80 (I forget page numbers now, these are SC)

Homework for week 3:
* OG Guide, Critical Reasoning page 468, questions 1-102
* One practice exam

Homework for week 4 (week prior to the real exam):
* One practice exam early in the week, i.e. Tuesday
* OG Guide, Verbal, questions 80-whatever the last one is (I forget page numbers now, these are SC)
* Review Manhattan SC Guide
* One practice exam late in the week, i.e. Saturday.

Day before the exam:
* 10 SC
* 10 DS
* 10 CR
* 10 RC (questions, not 10 passages)
* 10 PS
* Doesn't seem like a lot, but it takes a while

Master List: (Work I'd do on Saturdays and Sundays)
* OG Guide Page 152, questions 1-249
* OG Guide Page 278, questions 1-155

Its about 150 per weekend (over 3 weekends). You'll find that you slow down a lot on some problems and can take a good 20 minutes understanding their solution. At least I can. So that worked out fine in terms of pacing for me.

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03 Jun 2006, 11:05
hey rhyme,

what is this supplement math book that you were using? is it something new? never heard of that one before.

also for math, did you you use challenges from this website and if yes how many were you able to finish?

thanks
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05 Jun 2006, 08:40
Just retook GMATPrep #2

Overall 680
Q: 42
V: 41

I didnt feel there was that much overlap from the first test but there were a couple of questions that I had seen in the OG.
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05 Jun 2006, 14:21
u2lover wrote:
hey rhyme,

what is this supplement math book that you were using? is it something new? never heard of that one before.

also for math, did you you use challenges from this website and if yes how many were you able to finish?

thanks

The math supplement is just the Math supplement to the OG11 guide:

"The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/097657 ... e&n=283155

There's also a verbal one.

"The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/097657 ... e&n=283155

You can buy both together for $22. In my view, the supplement books have easier questions than the OG overall, but if you need extra practice in a particular area, they are helpful, and anyway whats$20?

I never tried the challenges. I'm just not good enough. I know my limitations when it comes to math - I've never been that good at it, always only average . Thats reason #1 I didnt bother - reason #2 is that I get enough of the medium questions wrong to know that the odds of ever getting a true challenge problem are slim.
05 Jun 2006, 14:21
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