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# Starting GMAT Fight officially

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09 Mar 2011, 08:33
I am gonna re-appear for GMAT. There was lots of preparation and sweat more than two years back in GMAT. Mahanttan scores touched 730(best).
GMAT Prep touched 760(best), though skewed .

The main intention of this thread is to keep myself motivated, observe the improvements and get inputs on flaws of my preparation strategy.

GMAT Goal: 50+ Q, 45+ V, GMAT 770+
My GPA is around 3.4. I have a Computer Sciences background.

Books completed:
Manhattan SC
Princeton Review - Verbal

Analysis:
Verbal is Achilles' heel in my case and that is what my full concentration would be on.
Quantitative is good, It flows naturally out of me being an engineer and analytical background. Though DS sometimes create a problem, but nothing in comparison to any of Verbal sections.
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The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

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09 Mar 2011, 20:43
Good Luck Man

I'm also writing the GMAT again to take my score over the 760 mark. My Target Scores are similar to yours. Interestingly, verbal is my area of focus too! I'm cool with quant
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09 Mar 2011, 22:58
First Target --> Finish last 500 questions of SC 1000 with full reviews.

900 - 950 completed with 62% accuracy.
Gosh, It is an eye opener. But, that is how you rise. Faced concentration issues. Will focus a lot on Review with Manhattan SC.
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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10 Mar 2011, 05:55
Be cautious of SC 1000 Series though

Some of the Original Answers are debatable!
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10 Mar 2011, 08:26
Yeah I thought the SC1000 and CR1000's were frowned upon as not completely accurate or legal?
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10 Mar 2011, 08:39
Wishbone wrote:
Yeah I thought the SC1000 and CR1000's were frowned upon as not completely accurate or legal?

I don't know but I've been told that the 1000 series consists of copyrighted questions

I've seen some topics in this forum being locked because of the reason

Some of the moderators would shed some light in this area!
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10 Mar 2011, 13:12
Well didn't the document originate over on the beatthegmat and they are property of someone over there, so just be careful when discussing / handing these out, also DO NOT take the answers as OA, they are mixed from a variety of sources, all of which are NOT verified, best of luck, I would just stick to official GMAC and other prep programs guides but that is IMHO.
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11 Mar 2011, 07:12
But I need to set into the prep. I liked SC most as it can get you started + I hugely need to stretch long for stamina purposes.
I am extremely rusty now. Need to add fuel and I thought only SC1000 can do that.
I prepared comprehensive notes on SC1000 last time. So, I am not running around that much this time on forums for answers.
I fully agree that there are debatable questions, but the question list is impressively comprehensive and covers almost all the topics in GMAT SC.

Entwistle wrote:
Be cautious of SC 1000 Series though

Some of the Original Answers are debatable!

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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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11 Mar 2011, 07:46
Wishbone, It is my last score, that I frown right now. Accuracy is definitely a concern, but it is not greater than 2-3%. Moreover, such debates clear your fundas, if you go slow.
If you are going recklessly in just finishing it without reviewing the questions, then I guess it would be a waste with OG as well.

Wishbone wrote:
Yeah I thought the SC1000 and CR1000's were frowned upon as not completely accurate or legal?

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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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11 Mar 2011, 07:51
Entwistle wrote:
Wishbone wrote:
Yeah I thought the SC1000 and CR1000's were frowned upon as not completely accurate or legal?

I don't know but I've been told that the 1000 series consists of copyrighted questions

I've seen some topics in this forum being locked because of the reason
Some of the moderators would shed some light in this area!

I would obviously refrain from such discussions. But, can you let me know of any links to locked topics due to copyright issues?
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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11 Mar 2011, 07:52
@Josh,
Well you can use the 1000SC series if you want but make sure that you don't just keep on practising without analyzing the questions well. I think one of the mistakes what people do in SC(and even I was a victim of this when I prepared for the first time) is that we practising too much without understanding the explanations . That is ,as others who have done well on the GMAT will also concur, is a bad strategy. You should be reading the explanations diligently and should make sure that you read the explanation NOT only when you get a question wrong but also when you get a question CORRECT. Each question should give a takeaway which you should be able to apply in future.
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11 Mar 2011, 07:53
950-1000 completed with 65% accuracy.

joshnsit wrote:
First Target --> Finish last 500 questions of SC 1000 with full reviews.
900 - 950 completed with 62% accuracy.
Gosh, It is an eye opener. But, that is how you rise. Faced concentration issues. Will focus a lot on Review with Manhattan SC.

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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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12 Mar 2011, 17:41
800-850 completed with 74% accuracy.
First taste of 70s is rejuvenating. Need to crash into 80s asap atleast in SC and it will be next target.

Finished TPR SC questions + Analysis today.

joshnsit wrote:
950-1000 completed with 65% accuracy.

joshnsit wrote:
First Target --> Finish last 500 questions of SC 1000 with full reviews.
900 - 950 completed with 62% accuracy.
Gosh, It is an eye opener. But, that is how you rise. Faced concentration issues. Will focus a lot on Review with Manhattan SC.

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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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13 Mar 2011, 16:21
good going...
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13 Mar 2011, 18:16
850-900 completed with 76% accuracy. Hitting lots of new concepts.
Need to do analysis in more details.
One must read TPR SC once in conjunction with MGMAT SC. It opens up many doubts, which can be corroborated from internet side by side.

joshnsit wrote:
800-850 completed with 74% accuracy.
First taste of 70s is rejuvenating. Need to crash into 80s asap atleast in SC and it will be next target.
Finished TPR SC questions + Analysis today.

joshnsit wrote:
950-1000 completed with 65% accuracy.

joshnsit wrote:
First Target --> Finish last 500 questions of SC 1000 with full reviews.
900 - 950 completed with 62% accuracy.
Gosh, It is an eye opener. But, that is how you rise. Faced concentration issues. Will focus a lot on Review with Manhattan SC.

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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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20 May 2011, 15:39
Hi Guys
I finished SC 1000 sometime back and could not update this thread due to loads and loads of work in between and a good dirty break .

1-100 73 %
100-200 80 %
200-300 74
300-400 81
400-500 83
500-600 71
600-700 82
700-800 73
800-900 75
900-1000 64 %
Overall Accuracy ~ 76%

Nonetheless, I am now concentrating on CR. Going through PowerScore right now. Any one has ideas till what chapters should one to go through this book??????
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

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20 May 2011, 16:38
well quant is more important so that's a great start
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Updated on: 20 May 2011, 18:16
Hey joshnsit, I think finishing 1000 document is a feat. I'd suggest to keep note of each and every incorrect question and what you learnt from each question.
If possible, keep log of all incorrectly answered question and those for which you took longer than 2 mins.
Why am I suggesting this? I'm facing a situation in which I'm finding hard to decide what to review. So, please spend extra time now by keeping a log to save time and frustration later.

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Originally posted by rg1 on 20 May 2011, 17:14.
Last edited by rg1 on 20 May 2011, 18:16, edited 1 time in total.
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20 May 2011, 17:41
rg1 wrote:
Hey joshnsit, I think finishing 1000 document is a feat. I'd suggest to keep note of each and every incorrect question and what you learnt from each question.
If possible, keep log of all incorrectly answered question and those for which you took longer than 2 mins.
Why am I suggesting this? I'm facing a situation in which I'm finding hard to decide what to review. So, please spend extra time now to keep a log to save time and frustration later.

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I am done with first level review and log for the SC 1000 questions. But, I understand where you are coming from. We repeat our mistakes.... and that is what I would be looking for "Where is that happening". Doing too many questions has just one intent. I am a marathoner and the purpose behind doing so many questions is building Stamina.. I feel OK but not good. I will not stop hitting SC 1000 till I cross 90% accuracy because I feel ,then only, I can be certain of executing them faster in actual exam. I will come back to them once my CR first level is done.

I have prepared one document of SC1000 which has explanations for almost every question from not only the standard material like grammar books and GMAT notes, but also various forums, so that I dont have to run around for explanations while error reviewing at any later stage.

I am not sure how I will achieve this with CR. So, I am quite flustered with CR and RC. Any comments on that.. What is the best you have got your hands on for CR and RC?

BTW, rg1, BOL for 27th
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If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of anybody! Cowards do that and You're better than that!
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short; the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.
Failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/1000-sc-notes-at-one-place-in-one-document-with-best-of-explanations-192961.html

Press +1 Kudos, if you think my post gave u a tiny tip.

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20 May 2011, 18:20
Thanks joshnsit.
I don't have command over RC and CR and am still struggling. You can see my scores vary a lot. One day I'll have 8 RC questions incorrect and on another day only 2. The story is same for CR.
I think you should visit this section. I think you can get pretty much every strategy/material on this thread.
gmat-study-plan-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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