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660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2013, 04:23
Hello guys

Although I am not so regular on the forums, I have been a silent observer of recommendations and best ways to get a great score.

About 45 days back , I scored a 660 (Q48, V33) with 6/6 on AWA and a 5 on IR . I wasn't devastated but I knew I am someone who deserves a better score.

After the first performance , Phase II of preparation:

I strictly started focusing on my weak points: CR and RC. I had so much confidence on my sentence correction that I actually got used to spending more than the usual time on CR and RC questions because I knew I would save time on SC Questions. My SC Accuracy throughout Mock CAT's remained in 85-90% or even more sometimes. I would mostly thank the e-GMAT team for preparing an amazing SC Lesson Pack. The UGE ,as part of the SC deal, was amazing too.

I always faced a problem knowing my exact accuracy on CR as I had done all the Mock's during the first GMAT experience. In Phase II , I always used to encounter 2-3 CR questions I had seen before. Frankly , even after giving my second GMAT , I still do not have any idea my CR Accuracy.

For RC , I did Aristotle RC , about 50 passages in 20 days. I think my RC accuracy improved from 50 to about 70% which was good enough for me to cross 700.

So with a strong SC, a fairly good CR and an average RC , I was ready to cross the 700 mark on Verbal.

For Quant, I didn't practice ANYTHING at all. Just the regular Mocks . I learned fairly good tricks from MGMAT CAT's. I scored 48-50 range in MGMAT Quant. So I knew I was good.

Here are my CAT Scores in Phase-II Study . All of them are inflated by 10-20 points as I frequently encountered questions I had already seen.

Kaplan CAT (which come with Kaplan Premier Book)

Scores: 760, 720, 740 , 720, 720
MGMAT: 730, 690,700 , 720 , 710
GMAT Prep : 750 (gave only 1 and encountered 4-5 questions I had already seen before)
Real GMAT: 710 ( Q50, V37)
Most Important Learning of my preparation: If you want to score >700 , you should be 1) confident and 2) Know when to LEAVE a question and move on

I sort of feel my real GMAT score is still not my potential but I am running out of time for applications. So I will stop here and starts with essays.

Because this was my second attempt , I would say it takes courage to prepare second time + I was working full time and of-course other personal commitments. I am satisfied (not happy) with my score and I would say "GMAT builds character" because this was the first time I had to give something in life again to get better at it. :)
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Re: 660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 11:09
Also guys , if you need second hand books or other resources , please feel free to get in touch. Thanks!
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Re: 660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 12:09
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Most Important Learning of my preparation: If you want to score >700 , you should be 1) confident and 2) Know when to LEAVE a question and move on


Not only should you know when to leave a question in the test, you should know when to drop a section during prep.
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Re: 660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 02:44
krr15h wrote:
injotb wrote:
Most Important Learning of my preparation: If you want to score >700 , you should be 1) confident and 2) Know when to LEAVE a question and move on


Not only should you know when to leave a question in the test, you should know when to drop a section during prep.


I think that would depend on your target score. You can reach 700-720 without acing all sections in verbal. For example , I was weak in RC and still could manage. But if your target score is 740 and above , you cannot afford to leave any section during your prep.
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Re: 660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 02:48
Also happy to report AWA: 5.5 /6.0 and IR : 8 (93%) !! :wink:
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Re: 660 -> 710 in 45 Days! [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 09:24
injotb wrote:
I think that would depend on your target score. You can reach 700-720 without acing all sections in verbal. For example , I was weak in RC and still could manage. But if your target score is 740 and above , you cannot afford to leave any section during your prep.


Well I didn't mean that you should give up right away. You need to stop working on sections that aren't adding value to your final score, no matter how much work you do on them. I dropped RC when I observed that I was getting about 7 questions right out of 10 ( up from 5/10 ) and that there had been no improvement over the past 2 to 3 sessions. I diverted the time to SC and CR.
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