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New post 18 May 2019, 19:17
Hello all,

All time lurker, first time poster here. I just gave my first GMAT attempt today, and got 720 (V38 Q49). I was completely thrown off in terms of time management: I was on time at Q10, but at Q19 I had only 24 mins left when my goal should be 33 mins. I’ve almost completely given up at this point, ended up guessing 3-4 CRs and didn’t read at all my last RC article.

RC was what I ended up spending WAY more time, and having done all official GMAT preps (including exam packs) and OG2019 I really felt the articles and questions on the real test felt VERY different.

Does anyone else feel the same way? Or is it just my nerves getting to me? More importantly, as I need to re-gauge my RC levels, what are some quality RC materials?

My goal is V42 and I plan to retake in a couple of months. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t study RC too much as it never occurred to me I should—I almost always get 0-1 RC question wrong in one mock. But now I will put the majority of energy into RC.

It’s just frustrating when you’ve never been told you suck in this area but it’s a million miles from reality... please help, I really appreciate any suggestions.

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New post 19 May 2019, 07:33
Hi shulalawoolala

congratulations for your score, and wish for you more improvement.
From your performance in your mock regarding the RC, one can perceive that you are doing great. You may just need to organize a strategy to deal with RC, and train yourself on it till you find yourself executing it in a mechanical way.

An important advice to highlight is regarding the common Mistakes with RC:
1. Not following a strategy or changing it on the test - biggest issue
2. Poor English vocabulary/skills - if you don't know what you are reading, how do you expect to answer the questions?
3. Taking too much time to answer each question
4. Having to re-read the passage multiple times

for RC materials and strategy:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/books-to-read-improve-verbal-score-and-enjoy-a-good-read-76079.html#p572735
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s-reading-comprehension-strategy-guide-83101.html#p622849
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New post 19 May 2019, 08:22
Congratulations on that stellar score!

I would recommend developing a reading habit in particular areas of topics that seem off-putting. This will help familiarize yourself with dry passages and give you the opportunity to give the exam with a new perspective.
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shulalawoolala wrote:
Hello all,

All time lurker, first time poster here. I just gave my first GMAT attempt today, and got 720 (V38 Q49). I was completely thrown off in terms of time management: I was on time at Q10, but at Q19 I had only 24 mins left when my goal should be 33 mins. I’ve almost completely given up at this point, ended up guessing 3-4 CRs and didn’t read at all my last RC article.

RC was what I ended up spending WAY more time, and having done all official GMAT preps (including exam packs) and OG2019 I really felt the articles and questions on the real test felt VERY different.

Does anyone else feel the same way? Or is it just my nerves getting to me? More importantly, as I need to re-gauge my RC levels, what are some quality RC materials?

My goal is V42 and I plan to retake in a couple of months. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t study RC too much as it never occurred to me I should—I almost always get 0-1 RC question wrong in one mock. But now I will put the majority of energy into RC.

It’s just frustrating when you’ve never been told you suck in this area but it’s a million miles from reality... please help, I really appreciate any suggestions.

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Hi shulalawoolala

First off, a 720/Q49 is an outstanding score, so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest is probably not necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 20 May 2019, 18:52
Hi shulalawoolala

First off, great work with the 720! That said, based on your post, it seems as though you may need to improve your RC skills. Would you like some general advice on how to do so?
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