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680 (Q:47,V:35) My reflections

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680 (Q:47,V:35) My reflections [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2005, 16:35
I am a software engineer, 53 years of age, and looking to enter an EMBA program. I took the test 2/28/05. I prepared rigorously, attending most of a Veritas class - time was cut short due to a B-school application deadline - and working through the Princeton Review and Kaplan GMAT books. I took the Powerprep practice tests and parts of various other tests.

I felt under stress throughout the entire test but particularly during the Quantitative section. I had the most difficulty with the word problems, not so much that they were difficult but that they were difficult to complete in 2 minutes. I felt more at ease during the Verbal section, and was surprised that my score wasn't higher. I scored 99th percentile in one of Powerprep verbal sections. I considered taking the test again but when I asked my interviewer if a better GMAT score would improve my chance of admission, I was told that it would make little if any difference.

My advice to those who will be taking the test is to take as many high quality practice tests as you can. Of the ones I took, I'd say the Peterson tests are the toughest. Actually, I think they're harder than the GMAT itself. Taking the tests helps you to hone in on your weaknesses in a way that no other activity can. Also, it's important to give yourself enough time to prepare; I'd start no less than 3 months before you are going to take the test.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2005, 17:45
Congratulations for getting a wonderful score
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Re: 680 (Q:47,V:35) My reflections [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2005, 17:58
Wow, gr8 score and wonderful job at this age. You must be insipiration to youngstars. But do you really need GMAT score for EMBA? For which school you are applying?

Congratulations and good luck.
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I am a software engineer, 53 years of age, and looking to enter an EMBA program. I took the test 2/28/05.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2005, 01:28
Congrats! Having the motivation to prepare hard at this age is commendable. You score is equivalent to 780!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2005, 06:29
(i think you are) Cool. 800% agree with you.
Wonderful complement. it is even more than 780.
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Having the motivation to prepare hard at this age is commendable. You score is equivalent to 780!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2005, 08:22
Impressive to have done the GMAT at such an age. I tip my hat and congratulate you on your great score! :woohoo
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2005, 07:43
Wow. I admire your courage for simply attempting this. And what a great score!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2005, 18:09
Standing ovation to you Sir. The score is amazing and more than enough for EMBA. Teach us the winning spirit in you Sir and the secret to such dirve and passion. Thank you so much for your post and rekindling our energies. :pray
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 22:06
abelden, congratulations!

You have fueled our thinking that GMAT is not unbeatable.

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