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#### GMAT 400 and not increasing

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 Post subject: GMAT 400 and not increasing  Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:57 am
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 Hi Stacey,I'm working for more than 6 months on GMAT. Before GMATPrep 1st and 2nd test I studied following books along with instructor's guidance:OG 11,and 12,Manhattan Verbal books: SC,RC and CRThen my GMATPrep 1 score was:310 (Q 20 & V 12)Then I worked on my weaknesses So my GMATPrep 2 score was:340 (Q 21 & V 16)Then I read KAPLAN 800 (for both Verbal and Quant) and did OG10 (Quant only)And took MGMAT CAT 1. This time the score was:400 (Q 21 & V 20)Reviewed both wrong and right answersAnd took MGMAT CAT 2380 (Q 25 & V 13)Again, Reviewed both wrong and right answersAnd took MGMAT CAT 3400 (Q 26 & V 17)I took many breaks only in first test GMATPrep 1 All other test are 95% GMAT test environment(5% : I took little longer breaks among sections)My target score is 550, which seems impossible to achieve. My score is not increasing from 400. Last month, when my score GMATPrep 2 score was 380. I didn't feel confident and reschedule my date. Now I have left with 15 days to my GMAT exams. (It's on March 26th, 2012)I can't reschedule my date as the deadline to my admission is in the end of April 2012.What should I do to get 550? Please help

 Post subject: Re: GMAT 400 and not increasing  Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:19 am
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT 400 and not increasing  Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:42 am
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 Thanks for the reply Stacey,Guess what? 2 days back I took the MGMAT CAT 5and I scored 550!Quantitative 32 (Percentile 35 %)Verbal 34 (Percentile 72 %)I have noticed that I can't improve much on Quant.On the other hand; It is easier for me to improve score in Verbal.How? I have noticed that If I give 2 min to SC and 2:30 min to CR, I can correct most of the 600 to 800 level questions.I'm not very good a RC, again If I can give more time to RC, I can make up to 35% correct. But RC is my least priority while doing exam.What's your thought on that?

 Post subject: Re: GMAT 400 and not increasing  Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:33 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT 400 and not increasing  Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:56 pm
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 Thanks,Perhaps, the best advise I have ever received.Related to CR,SC and RC, I never took notes of CHOICES given. I just eliminate or keep them in mind. Please give example of the following statement of yours:"If you see something that *might* be right, just make a note on your scrap paper next to the corresponding letter and keep going."

 Post subject: ~  Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:50 am
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 Oh, that's really important!Okay, for every verbal question, you need to keep track (on your scrap paper) of what you think as you review the answers. You can do one of two things: write down ABCDE for each problem and keep track right on top of the letters, or write down ABCDE once at the top of a page, with some space between each letter, and then go down the page using a new row for each problem (where you just put the symbols that I'm going to describe below).You need symbols for 4 circumstances. I'll tell you the symbols I use; you can use any you want as long as you're consistent.1) This is definitely wrong and I'm never looking at it again. X2) This could be it; I'm not sure yet. ~3) I have no idea. ?4) This is the right answer! (circle)So, on your first pass through the answers, you'll have some combination of symbols 1, 2, and 3. When you realize it's a 2 or a 3, just write the symbol down and STOP thinking about it! Move on to the next answer.Then, ignore all of the Xs. If you have multiple ~, compare them, then pick. If you only have one ~ and no ?, pick the ~. If you have no ~ and 1 or more ?, pick a ?. If you have any mix of ~ and ?, ask yourself whether the ~ is pretty close or whether you feel like you're "forcing" it because you really don't have anything else. If it's the former, pick the ~. If it's the latter, pick a ?.See? :) _________________Stacey KoprinceInstructorDirector of Online CommunityManhattanGMAT

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