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# 690 (Q41,V42) and damn proud of it

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11 Sep 2007, 11:14
I know a 690 for some here is way below what they are looking for, but for me it was way above expectations and I couldn't be happier that this is my score. It is higher than any practice test I've taken to date. I have been struggling heavily with quant and, initialy, could get no higher than 610, 620 when I first started. Thanks to all the posts here on combinations and DS, which were the two hardest topics for me. I can't believe it's all over and I got the score I did.

As for the test, after getting signed in, it started out fine. The two AWA sections were just as expected. Nothing new there. But then the dreaded quant section started. After the first four questions, I though I it was all over. For me, they were really hard, (2 DS and 2 PS), but I kept plugging away. By the end I was sure I had spit the bit and was pretty discouraged. Verbal section was tough - almost ran out of time at the end and the CRs were tough, but after the quant section I wasn't expecting much. When I finally got my score, I was blown away. I know the scaled quant score is low, but I never got above 40 in any of the practice tests so a 41 made me pretty happyc. The verbal score was way above expectations, and I chalk that up to some pretty good guessing on a few hard questions and reading a lot of posts on the boards.

Study summary:
4 months prep
GMATPrep 1 - 620
GMATPrep 2 - 610
Kaplan CAT 1 - 550
Kaplan CAT 2 - 520
Kaplan CAT 3 - 540
Kaplan CAT 4 - 500

Didn't know being done with a test could fee so good. This site really helped, couldn't have done as well I did (for me at least) without it. Now to figure out these applications. . . . :wink:
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11 Sep 2007, 11:41
gnr646 wrote:
I know a 690 for some here is way below what they are looking for, but for me it was way above expectations and I couldn't be happier that this is my score. It is higher than any practice test I've taken to date. I have been struggling heavily with quant and, initialy, could get no higher than 610, 620 when I first started. Thanks to all the posts here on combinations and DS, which were the two hardest topics for me. I can't believe it's all over and I got the score I did.

As for the test, after getting signed in, it started out fine. The two AWA sections were just as expected. Nothing new there. But then the dreaded quant section started. After the first four questions, I though I it was all over. For me, they were really hard, (2 DS and 2 PS), but I kept plugging away. By the end I was sure I had spit the bit and was pretty discouraged. Verbal section was tough - almost ran out of time at the end and the CRs were tough, but after the quant section I wasn't expecting much. When I finally got my score, I was blown away. I know the scaled quant score is low, but I never got above 40 in any of the practice tests so a 41 made me pretty happyc. The verbal score was way above expectations, and I chalk that up to some pretty good guessing on a few hard questions and reading a lot of posts on the boards.

Study summary:
4 months prep
GMATPrep 1 - 620
GMATPrep 2 - 610
Kaplan CAT 1 - 550
Kaplan CAT 2 - 520
Kaplan CAT 3 - 540
Kaplan CAT 4 - 500

Didn't know being done with a test could fee so good. This site really helped, couldn't have done as well I did (for me at least) without it. Now to figure out these applications. . . .

congrats! that is an awesome score! i think the GMAT's are the worse part of b-school apps.. i can't wait to be at that stage too with a satisfactory score
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11 Sep 2007, 20:45
Congrats. I take my test sept 17. Any advice. I took princeton review practice tests and scoring in the lows 500s. I am having a hard time with verbal grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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12 Sep 2007, 07:31
I didn't use princeton review, just Kaplan and OG. In hindsight, I didn't like Kaplan for CR studying - they seemed more like LSAT CRs than what I saw on the GMAT. The Manhattan books are apparently the bible for SC. I looked it over and it had plenty of good practice in there, so I would recommend that as well. Whatever practice book you go with though, the best practice is just to do tons and tons of verbal questions. Best of luck with it.
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06 Nov 2007, 10:33
If you think that, then you are in for a shock during the application period. The GMAT is the easiest bit.

beckee529 wrote:
i think the GMAT's are the worse part of b-school apps.. i can't wait to be at that stage too with a satisfactory score
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06 Nov 2007, 11:20
If you think that, then you are in for a shock during the application period. The GMAT is the easiest bit.

beckee529 wrote:
i think the GMAT's are the worse part of b-school apps.. i can't wait to be at that stage too with a satisfactory score

gmat's a breeze compared with the rest of the application.
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06 Nov 2007, 12:13
Believe it or not, I've actually enjoyed the application process (not so much the waiting - that is truly the worst part of this whole thing).

As I see it - the GMAT is the hardest part. The entire Bschool application basically has 3 parts: your undergrad GPA, your GMAT score, and your essays (+ other short/random application responses). There's nothing you can do about your undergrad GPA at this point, and your GMAT score is entirely dependent on what questions you get during the exam. You have one shot at the GMAT (each time you take it that is), you have 3+ hours to complete the test, and your only crutch is the prep work and studying you have done prior to getting to the test center.

The essay process is entirely different and absolutely less stressful. Keep in mind that the questions are released months before the app is due, the only time constraint is the submission date, you can write as many drafts as you want, and you are even encouraged to have other people review them from comments. How this is more stressful than answering 34 tricky math problems at a 2 minute/problem clip is beyond me. Sure you have to get recommendations and find your transcripts - but really - that's more stressful than the GMAT??
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06 Nov 2007, 12:19
I think this totally depends on the person. If you're a great test taker, and a poor writer, the essays will be very stressful. If you can't take a test to save your life, but you can write an excellent novel in 5 days, you're going to stress over the GMAT.

For myself, I didn't stress over the GMAT except for the 20 seconds waiting on my score. And really, I didn't stress over the essays until I had some people read them over and tear them apart. I'm more stressed now with the waiting than anything else.

Of course, I didn't apply to 7 different places for R1 and I didn't apply to the top 7 schools either. So, there's always different points of view.
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06 Nov 2007, 12:30
Congratulations! That is a great score. Now concentrate on those apps!
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06 Nov 2007, 12:39
just out of curiosity - seeing as I've already submitted a bunch of apps and now I playing the soul-crushing waiting game - what are people's thoughts on how my low quant/high verbal scores will be viewed by Adcoms? A 690 overall score falls within a lot of schools 80-20 range, but the split( 63%Q/95%V) isn't exactly balanced . . .
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06 Nov 2007, 12:51
I think you'll be fine. If you read the Cornell chat posted in that string, they quoted they look for 60% and above. Looks like you've hit that to me.
06 Nov 2007, 12:51
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