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Today I have appeared for the GMAT for the first time. In fact I had preponed the examination(!) by almost one month (this is exactly the opposite generally people do ), but I thought I was gradually loosing the enthusiasm(this is the strongest we...
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Hi Ponds_Gnn,

Thanks for a great post. I would agree with one of the above comments; Manhattan GMAT SC and RC books really helped me.

They are two separate books (and are a bit expensive), but I highly recommend them. They really do a good job of explaining GMAT strategy on how to tackle the problems.

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Today I have appeared for the GMAT for the first time. In fact I had preponed the examination(!) by almost one month (this is exactly the opposite generally people do ), but I thought I was gradually loosing the enthusiasm(this is the strongest weakness that I have!) after I sincerely prepared for almost 2.5 months!). During this period I have studied and practiced for 1 to 4 hour every day.
Now about the real thing, the score, well it was a bit disappointing - 660 (Q-48, V-33). Though I never expected it to be 720+ keeping my practice exam scores in mind (certainly I don't fall into the category '720 and disappointed!' , but I sincerely expected it would be 690-700 range.
In brief, my journey goes like this,
Study Duration: 2.5 months
Books: I studied only two books and NOTHING ELSE. Kaplan GMAT Premier and OG 12. Solved all the questions (except Kaplan RC).
Practice exams those I have taken by increasing order of date,
GMATPrep-1 - 640 (after 1 month of preparation)
GMATPrep-2 - 670
Kaplan Test-2 - 610
Kaplan Test-3 - 590
Kaplan Test-4 - 600
Kaplan Test-5 - 710
GMATPrep-1 (Retake) - 680
GMATPrep-2 (Retake) - 710 (Taken just yesterday, 1 day before the actual test)
On the real test day, nothing was extraordinary. In different forums I have read difficulty level of GMAT is increasing. NO WAY! Trust me, the GMAT prep is just like real GMAT, both look and feel and difficulty levels are same with the actual test.
Essays were not that difficult (please go through the essay topics from OG12). Quant section was Ok, I think I had to guess at few questions. I finished the section before 2 mins. Now comes the verbal which is my weak point. I knew I will definitely do well in CR and bad in SC AND MY RC PERFORMANCE IS NEVER CONSISTENT, so I tried to be as careful in RC but later I realized, that was a very bad strategy! I spend almost 2.5-3 mins per RC questions and later had to rush to finish and this time I am sure I have made some simple SC/CRs wrong in time pressure. So friends, PLEASE DON"T DO ANY EXPERIMENT IN YOUR FINAL TEST! Learn from my mistake as somebody rightly said one's life is too short to learn from his own mistakes J.
So I am not sure with this score whether I qualify to provide any advice to the GMAT aspirants , but still want to mention few important things about quant section which may help somebody,
1) Please read the questions very carefully, at least twice. Trust me it sounds very silly, but if you can avoid the silly mistakes you can raise your score more than 50 points. For me, I used to do such mistakes often, but then I started being more careful and that really helped me.
2) Never assume anything, for e.g. if you get something like x, y, unless it is explicitly stated in the question, never assume that x,y are integers.
3) 2 is Even and Prime, 0 is neither positive nor negative; trust me, there is very high chance you will get a question (or more?) which will test these simple concepts.
4) Coordinate Geometry, I think the most neglected chapter in Gmat books, but I feel you will get at least 3-4 questions from here (more than the probability)
5) Please don't do maths in your head, write down the equations, you will find you can avoid many mistakes specially in DS part.
About the verbal sections, well here I can not add much L because I myself need expert advice! I knew I was weak on verbal (except CR), that's why solved all OG and Kaplan Premier questions, carefully tried to understand the categories but it seems that did not help much. Also, in CR I often loose concentration. Unfortunately the same was true even in the real GMAT. I will try to attack GMAT one last time after 1.5 months with special attention to verbal section. Please wish me luck and let me know any good book for improving my SC basics and guide me how can I improve RC accuracy.
Last but not the least, I am sincerely thankful to the forum where I have learnt a lot and I will be grateful to all the great people here for their kind help and guidance.



Hey,

Don't forget to buy Manhattan SC, 4th Edition......yes buy coz, one would get 5 tests apart from one free test of MGMAT, One would rate GMAC's gmatPrep(2 tests) and than, MGMAT tests. Which helps to replicate actual GMAT environment & the most authentic one and ...... don't forget to Practice in actual computer is the key.

All the Best !!
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I think u can go for manhattan review for having the SC basics and practise in Og12 and kaplan for improving ur Sc's.Note the only thing which u can improve is on ur Sc's.As u have good confidence on Cr's could u suggest me wats to be followed to be confident in Cr's.Pls do rly bcoz though I am reading Bible of Cr i am not confident in it.rly me @ .


Hi Harsha,

Ple edit your post and remove the email id.it's against PG forum rules to post your phone number and email id.
you can use the PM to tell your email id/phone no.
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Hi

I think u can go for manhattan review for having the SC basics and practise in Og12 and kaplan for improving ur Sc's.Note the only thing which u can improve is on ur Sc's.As u have good confidence on Cr's could u suggest me wats to be followed to be confident in Cr's.Pls do rly bcoz though I am reading Bible of Cr i am not confident in it.rly me @ harsha_theja@yahoo.com.

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Hi,

Have you read tank_I's GMAT Post?
if not, ple read it and you'll get to know what to do for RC accuracy.

Here's the link:
http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/gmat-780-q50-v47-kept-my-date-with-destiny-25034251

Best of Luck for next attempt :)
Regards,
Neha

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Today I have appeared for the GMAT for the first time. In fact I had preponed the examination(!) by almost one month (this is exactly the opposite generally people do ), but I thought I was gradually loosing the enthusiasm(this is the strongest weakness that I have!) after I sincerely prepared for almost 2.5 months!). During this period I have studied and practiced for 1 to 4 hour every day.
Now about the real thing, the score, well it was a bit disappointing - 660 (Q-48, V-33). Though I never expected it to be 720+ keeping my practice exam scores in mind (certainly I don't fall into the category '720 and disappointed!' , but I sincerely expected it would be 690-700 range.
In brief, my journey goes like this,
Study Duration: 2.5 months
Books: I studied only two books and NOTHING ELSE. Kaplan GMAT Premier and OG 12. Solved all the questions (except Kaplan RC).
Practice exams those I have taken by increasing order of date,
GMATPrep-1 - 640 (after 1 month of preparation)
GMATPrep-2 - 670
Kaplan Test-2 - 610
Kaplan Test-3 - 590
Kaplan Test-4 - 600
Kaplan Test-5 - 710
GMATPrep-1 (Retake) - 680
GMATPrep-2 (Retake) - 710 (Taken just yesterday, 1 day before the actual test)
On the real test day, nothing was extraordinary. In different forums I have read difficulty level of GMAT is increasing. NO WAY! Trust me, the GMAT prep is just like real GMAT, both look and feel and difficulty levels are same with the actual test.
Essays were not that difficult (please go through the essay topics from OG12). Quant section was Ok, I think I had to guess at few questions. I finished the section before 2 mins. Now comes the verbal which is my weak point. I knew I will definitely do well in CR and bad in SC AND MY RC PERFORMANCE IS NEVER CONSISTENT, so I tried to be as careful in RC but later I realized, that was a very bad strategy! I spend almost 2.5-3 mins per RC questions and later had to rush to finish and this time I am sure I have made some simple SC/CRs wrong in time pressure. So friends, PLEASE DON"T DO ANY EXPERIMENT IN YOUR FINAL TEST! Learn from my mistake as somebody rightly said one's life is too short to learn from his own mistakes J.
So I am not sure with this score whether I qualify to provide any advice to the GMAT aspirants , but still want to mention few important things about quant section which may help somebody,
1) Please read the questions very carefully, at least twice. Trust me it sounds very silly, but if you can avoid the silly mistakes you can raise your score more than 50 points. For me, I used to do such mistakes often, but then I started being more careful and that really helped me.
2) Never assume anything, for e.g. if you get something like x, y, unless it is explicitly stated in the question, never assume that x,y are integers.
3) 2 is Even and Prime, 0 is neither positive nor negative; trust me, there is very high chance you will get a question (or more?) which will test these simple concepts.
4) Coordinate Geometry, I think the most neglected chapter in Gmat books, but I feel you will get at least 3-4 questions from here (more than the probability)
5) Please don't do maths in your head, write down the equations, you will find you can avoid many mistakes specially in DS part.
About the verbal sections, well here I can not add much L because I myself need expert advice! I knew I was weak on verbal (except CR), that's why solved all OG and Kaplan Premier questions, carefully tried to understand the categories but it seems that did not help much. Also, in CR I often loose concentration. Unfortunately the same was true even in the real GMAT. I will try to attack GMAT one last time after 1.5 months with special attention to verbal section. Please wish me luck and let me know any good book for improving my SC basics and guide me how can I improve RC accuracy.
Last but not the least, I am sincerely thankful to the forum where I have learnt a lot and I will be grateful to all the great people here for their kind help and guidance.

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