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Timing Map for Verbal?

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Hey guys!

I just took Gmatprep 2 and scored a 600 (v27,q45),and I think the reason why my score dropped so much is because of my poor time management in the verbal section.

I scored a 640 on GMATprep1 with a verbal score of 33.The only thing I did differently was to try and solve the SC;s in 1 min time,and I guess this affected my accuracy a lot.

This is the timing map I've been trying to stick to:

Question Number---------Minutes Left
10 55
20 37
30 19

Although I can stick to it for the first 10 questions,it gets messy around the 18th question and usually I am on the 30th question with only 15 minutes to spare,and from there on its just a mad rush.

Could someone please give me some tips on how to manage my time efficiently?I would also love a timing map...

Also,I have already read articles such as "In it to win it" and a bunch of other time management strategies. I've also listened to ron's videos(which btw are awesome) but I still can;t seem to nail the timing bit.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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I used the same map for verbal. Worked out well for me.
If you are completely off on timing, tweak the map for a few tests and see how it goes. The only thing that can get you through the timing mess is practice.

1.) take full length CATs with AWA and IR
2.) practice the ques. in a bunch of 10-20 (according to the difficulty level)

After sufficient practice, even if you are not able to nail down each CAT you take, you will get progressively better.

Also take a look at this post. might help. : question-pacing-146982.html#p1180682

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Your timing map is off, and it looks like the differences would be causing the timing problems you describe. Here are my recommended changes:

Question/Minutes Remaining

You should look at the time when you arrive at the question, not when you complete it. You can see that you have about 18 minutes to complete each 10 question section, but the first block only has 9 questions so the time is 16 minutes. If you can follow this chart, you should have adequate time to complete the last few questions instead of having to rush (and guess) to the finish.

If this chart doesn't seem to work, you can try a chart that is driven off time instead of question:

Minutes Remaining/Question

The best way to improve timing is to practice "timed sets". These are the groups of problems referenced in the previous post. You can complete a set of the same problem type making sure your average time is in line with the recommendation (i.e. 10 SC problems in 12:30). You definitely should complete sets that include a mix of all problem types, making sure to stay within the recommended average time (10 problems in 18 minutes or 20 in 36).

In timing, practice really does make perfect. Good luck!


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