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530 -> 650 GMAT Debrief. Need Advice for 700+

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530 -> 650 GMAT Debrief. Need Advice for 700+ [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 07:46
MGMAT CAT1A - 600 Q35 V36 (Did not finish Q on time)
MGMAT CAT2A - 690 Q48 V36
MGMAT CAT3A - 710 Q48 V38
MGMAT CAT4A - 680 Q47 V36
MGMAT CAT5A - 680 Q48 V34
MGMAT CAT6A - 730 Q48 V41

MGMAT Retakes

MGMAT CAT1B - 730 Q50 V39
MGMAT CAT2B - 730 Q48 V42
MGMAT CAT3B - 760 Q49 V45
MGMAT CAT4B - 770 Q50 V45
MGMAT CAT5B - 740 Q47 V45
MGMAT CAT6B - 710 Q48 V39

GMATPrep #1 - 710
GMATPrep #2 - 710
GMATPrep Retake #1 - 640
GMATPrep Retake #2 - 710

Official GMAT 3/27/10 - 530 Q36 V27 (bombed-my-gmats-today-need-advice-91931.html)
Official GMAT 9/23/11 - 650 Q48 V32

Length of study: 5 months. Spent 3 months on all books/problems and 2 months on CATS.

For my 2nd test, I used all 8 MGMAT books along with all OG books. I can say the MGMAT books definiately helped me achieve a much higher score than my 1st try. I know 120 point increase is very good, but it is not good enough for me. I want to apply to top 15 schools and I feel that I need 700+ to be competitive with my profile (26 male, asian american, 3.41 gpa, comp engineering, 4 yrs IT consultant). During test day, I felt very confident about my Q score, and the 48 is more or less what I expected, it is even along the lines of my CATs. I had about 2.5 minutes left for my final question, and that last question came straight out of MGMAT, so I was able to answer it in 30 seconds, felt very good. Took my 8 minute break and ate a banana and drank some water :) For Verbal, I was also feeling VERY confident. When I reached about question #31, I was getting excited/nervous to see my score because I was feeling good. I know I should not even remotely think about my score, but that's just where my mind was drifting towards. Even with all the anxiety and excitement in me, I was able to finish the last 10 questions with confidence. I was doing very good on time, maybe I was going too fast for my own good. I had about 4-5 minutes left for my final V question. However, after seeing the score, I was disappointed, especially in my verbal. During the practice CATs I took, I could usually predict how well I did. I felt that I had answered 80-90%+ correctly on my verbal, but apparently I did not. I really wish I could see what I got wrong!! I was baffled - not even sure where I screwed up exactly, whether it was rc, sc, or cr, I felt equal confidence in all areas. Also I JUST noticed a thread talking about SC changes, so I wonder if that affected me.

I plan to retake in 1-2 months. I was originally hoping to apply to Round 1s, but it doesn't seem realistic now and I would have to aim for Round 2. It looks like I need to really work on my Verbal and that's where I need advice on what other books I should use for both strategy and for problems. Also I will need different CATs since retaking MGMAT/Prep will give me a biased score. I need some recommendations on how to improve 50+ points!!

Thanks for listening!
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Re: 530 -> 650 GMAT Debrief. Need Advice for 700+ [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 23:34
Friend, your second roll of MGMAT CATs is simply overstated about 40 points b/c of repeated questions. I think you need to generate a total report using the last 3 or 4 CATs of your first roll. So you can focus on types you are weak at. You can do it in the MGMAT site.
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Re: 530 -> 650 GMAT Debrief. Need Advice for 700+ [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 01:12
The best and the surest way of improving is to spot your weakness and then strengthen the weakness. Like the previous poster suggested, generate the report for the last few tests you took to recognize your weaknesses. Work on those areas. Aim for a score of 41 in your verbal and a score of 49 in quant. It will give you a 730 ;)
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Re: 530 -> 650 GMAT Debrief. Need Advice for 700+ [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 12:26
Thanks I didn't even know you could generate a report. And yes I agree that my 2nd retake is inflated of course. Any suggestions for additional material for studying after I generate the report? I used MGMAT and all the OGs. I'm thinking about that knewton course, although it's a bit pricey, but the 50 point guarantee is nice since that is exactly what I need!
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