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3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V)

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3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 22:26
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I just took my final GMAT(as far as I can tell) on Saturday and walked away with a score that I'm completely satisfied with.

The first GMAT exam I took was in January --- I scored 710 and 690 using GMATPrep CAT and 700 using Manhattan GMAT CAT so I was a bit disappointed when I got 690(47q 38v) instead of breaking the 700 mark.

I isolated my weakness as sentence correction and went through 1000 SC in span of about 3 weeks. Unfortunately, although I improved in verbal the second time in March(from 38v to 39v), my quantitative score suffered a bit from 47q to 44q(I chalk that up to the sleep deprivation --- I was so nervous about the exam that I only got 4 hours of sleep the night prior)

I realized that my verbal score may have reached the plateau and decided to concentrate on quantitative problems instead. I finished the OG12 front to back and I purchased the GMATClub tests and finished 20 out of 25 available tests. Learning from my mistakes, I tried to relax myself as much as possible and actually postponed the exam for 2 weeks because I did not want GMAT to get in the way of my social life.

I honestly expected around 690 as I did in the first retake and I just hoped for anything in the 700. Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the score that I did. I did GMATPrep two weeks prior to my final retake and I got 750(50q 41v) but I treated that score as an anomaly as I saw a few questions that I've seen from the GMATPrep before.

I'm content with how I did and although I can potentially increase my score a bit more, I cannot foresee myself going to GMAT yet again.

It was a blessing in disguise that I did not perform adequately on my first exam. If I had received 700 on my first attempt, I would've been content and not attempt to retake. Do not be discouraged that you do not receive the score that wanted. With more concentrated effort you may walk away pleasantly surprised as I did.

I hope other people have similar luck!

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OG11, OG12, Official Verbal Review, Manhattan GMAT Guides 1-8(I thought guide 6 and 7 were not very helpful)

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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 01:35
wow congrats on the great score bro ....this is really inspirational .....i think quant can not be given without prep no matter how good you are .....keeping the maths concepts refreshed helps a lot in a lot of ways
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 02:57
Congratulations. How did you deal with frustration (if you had any) and how did you avoid burning out?
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 03:58
Congrats Dude
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 04:40
nonameee wrote:
Congratulations. How did you deal with frustration (if you had any) and how did you avoid burning out?


I was extremely frustrated after the second GMAT. I knew that the score from the two attempts did not reflect my true ability, I more or less resigned myself to going to schools within my score range and prepared accordingly. Fortunately, the schools within my score range were nothing to be too depressed about.

In order to avoid burning out, I convinced myself that learning new concepts is an interesting endeavor to take.

I think all in all, the positive attitude definitely contributed to my result.
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 05:14
dc3828102, thanks for your reply. How many CAT's did you take during preparation?
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 05:35
nonameee wrote:
dc3828102, thanks for your reply. How many CAT's did you take during preparation?


I did a lot of CAT's prior to first exam (4 Manhattan GMAT and 2 GMATPrep), none prior to second, and 1 Manhattan GMAT and 1 GMATPrep prior to last.

I did not focus in so much in on the CAT once I got used how the test is formatted.
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 10:53
congrats
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 13:53
Congratz bro!
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 11:53
Hey congratulations man. Just a quick question. Did you not do the OG before your 1st exam? Or did you do it before your first exam and then re-do it before your final one? I'm asking this because I already finished the OG prior to my first exam and got a 690, so I'm debating whether I should go through it again.

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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 12:22
Congrats !!! Definitely very well deserved! Good luck for the application process :)
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 14:40
osdihg wrote:
Hey congratulations man. Just a quick question. Did you not do the OG before your 1st exam? Or did you do it before your first exam and then re-do it before your final one? I'm asking this because I already finished the OG prior to my first exam and got a 690, so I'm debating whether I should go through it again.

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I did do the OG11 before my 1st exam but I did it while I wasn't really focusing in on the exam much.

I went from cover-to-cover on the OG12 about 3 weeks before the 3rd exam.

If you do not mind the stress of preparation, I don't think it's going to hurt you in any way by taking the exam once more. Personally for me after two tries, I was planning on being done after the 3rd try whether I get a score that I can be happy with or not.
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 05:31
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Congrats with perfect result!

Could you please share you opinion about 1000SC material? Was it valuable for you? Was it worth time spending?

Thank you.
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 05:39
jake wrote:
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Congrats with perfect result!

Could you please share you opinion about 1000SC material? Was it valuable for you? Was it worth time spending?

Thank you.


jake,

Personally, I thought the 1000SC material was helpful. There are definitely some sentences that are suspect. However, the ability to test myself in myriad of different ways definitely improved my sentence correcting ability.

Good luck in your journey!
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Re: 3rd and Final 740 (49Q 41V) [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 00:18
Excellent score :)
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