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21 May 2010, 12:38
I am preparing for my second attempt on the GMAT. I was greatly disappointed the first time around with a 620 47q and I forget the verbal. This time around I have been focusing more on the verbal concepts since that was an obvious area of weakness. Here are my recent cats:

Mgmat
1: 590 (43,29)week 1
2: 650 (45,34)week 2
3: 640 (41,36)week 4
4: 660 (44,36)week 5
5: 640 (44,34)week 7
6: 650 (44,35)week 8

GMAT Prep
1: 660 (47,36) in week 3
retake: 700 (46,40) in week 6

PR
590 (45,26) also in week 8: not sure what happened here or if it is a reliable exam.

Need advice ASAP. I plan to take the exam in the next couple of weeks and I need to break 700 because of my undergraduate GPA.
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22 May 2010, 03:30
Hi Arctic - welcome to GMAT Club!

What materials have you used?
What is your weakest area/section in verbal?
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22 May 2010, 08:22
The first time around in my test prep I mainly used kaplan and OG10 (two years ago). This time around I have been using mgmat books, GMATclub, and OG12.

On the verbal sections my weakest areas seem to change depending on the test. SC was my weakest area at the beginning of my prep and it has improved a lot since my prep began two months ago; however, it is still most likely my weakest link. CR is probably my strongest area on the verbal section.

On the Quant section, I have timing issues. I just cant complete all of the problems with accuracy in the time given. Maybe that is just because the mgmat quant is tougher than the actual gmat?

I am pretty confident I can score a 45-50 on the quant section on the actual gmat since I have done so on the Prep software. I just need to boost my verbal a few points higher to 40+ and I will be golden.

Thank you for the help!
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22 May 2010, 09:56
You decide what you do.
You can improve in several areas a little or focus all of your attention on one area. Keep in mind - verbal takes a while to get there and you must follow each strategy in the book exactly as it is written - exactly to every detail, step, etc. You have the right books - MGMAT. Go through a few sections again and take notes this time - see if that makes a difference. Also, look at what mistakes you make the most and either print them out or save somehow to go over at a later time - never leave a question you missed. You may encounter a similar one on the GMAT. Most people use some sort of an error log.

I would also try to spend as much time in the evenings reading as I could - that was my strategy to get my verbal up: gmat fiction.

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22 May 2010, 10:18
What reading material would you recommend?
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23 May 2010, 01:36
Hi everybody.Since i have been working (for 20 years in fact) I did not have the luxury of a long prep time for GMAT. I took one month's leave. I studied entirely from the OG and Quantitative Review and studied exclusively from these two. Initial brushing up of basic skills was from GMAT for Dummies especially since I had studied math a long time back. I also purchased the previous years papers from the GMAT site.These papers are worth it. In the twenty two days that I could study, I used to revise OG in the forenoon and give tests in the afternoon session. The questions that I got wrong in the OG I used to mark for further revision. That strategy is useful if you are hard pressed for time, like I was. I got a decent score, 710 and 6 for AWA.Am applying for INSEAD, ISB, SAID,Queens, Ivey and Judge

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