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# 700 40Q/46V

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13 Sep 2003, 17:15
I took the test this afternoon (my first time), got a 700 overall. It was the minimum I was aiming for, so I'm feeling okay about it, but my quantitative was low enough that I'm planning on retaking next month.

So, a bit about the test. The timing really threw me on the quantitative. I spent too long at the beginning, and ended up guessing (literally, 30 seconds left) on the last 4 questions of the test. Now, I probably hadn't been doing that well even before the last 4 questions but still... I'm a bit annoyed at myself for that, I was hoping to get a 42/43 on Quant (judging from practice tests).

As far as the difficulty level on the quantitative section: the last few weeks I was getting annoyed at/ scared by the doomsday reports from other test takers, along the lines of "it's sooooo much harder than the OG, it's impossible, the test has mutated, etc." After taking the test, I feel that the OG really IS quite representative of what you are likely see on the test day - with the exception, of course, that you haven't seen those questions 20 times before

This might not apply for people who are doing very well on the quantitative (ie. most people on this site!), I think it only applies for people who are doing average. For the people who are getting 50Q and saying that it's much harder than the OG, maybe the problem is that the questions in the OG are not representative of the most difficult questions on the test. But the OG is certainly representative of the average questions.

So, I would recommend mastering the OG (with a stopwatch, which is what I'm going to do next, before I retake the test, since my timing was off!). If you can do all the questions on the OG, you should at least be able to see some of the difficult questions (you know, those that I didn't get a chance to see) on the day of the test. At my level today, I only had 2 combination/probability questions, and they were WAY easier than anything on this site.

The verbal also seemed a lot like the OG, to the point where I wonder if it's really CAT - the questions didn't seem to increase in difficulty and seemed very similar to those in the OG.

Good luck to everyone! If anybody has any suggestions to help me improve my quant score, I'd be grateful to hear them!
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13 Sep 2003, 20:57
Congratulations Toujours28 on the great score!

Thanks for sharing the piece about the quant expereince. Thats been my suspicion for a long time, that the OG does not contain questions that a test taker who scores say above 650-700 can expect to see on the actual test.

Did you encounter any questions on statistics?
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13 Sep 2003, 21:03
Ohh yeah..and I just noticed that you scored a 46 on the Verbal! This is one of the highest I've ever seen actually! Most internationals struggle on this section and a score of 40 is considered pretty good.

Can you share some tips and strategies on how to perform better on the verbal section? How was your timing on this section?
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14 Sep 2003, 06:25
hi lazerbud,

as far as the quantitative, i saw 2 statistics questions, yes. one very easy and one i'm still not sure i figured out what exactly it was asking.

for the verbal, i don't have any advice for the sc section (i just read the sentence and go with my hunch as to which one "sounds better").

but for the reading comprehension, there are definitely tricks to make it easier. what i do is read the first paragraph of the passage first, and then the first sentence of the next paragraph(s) to see what the text is actually about (without worying about details). then i look at the question and see what i'm looking for. so i'm never actually reading for information but always "looking" for something specific in the text. i don't know if this is the way most people approach it or not, but it is much faster for me (and less tiring) than having to absorb 3 paragraphs of information and then going to answer questions about it.

my timing on the verbal was much better than on the maths. i only had 2 minutes left at the end, but i pretty much spent as much time as i needed on each question, never rushed it. the reading comprehension passages were shorter than i expected, so that's probably why.

when are you taking the gmat lazerbud? what are you aiming for? i wish you good luck! and if you have any tips for quant, let me know!
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14 Sep 2003, 21:34
Hi Toujours28,

Thanks for sharing your methods on RC, I pretty much apply the same technique in SC, ofcourse GMAT Verbal is peculiar in that it consistenly tests the same "idiomatic phrases" "parallelism" etc. Anyways, the SC paragraphs must've been larger than in the OG?

About Quant, with the score that you've achieved, I presume you've got the basics mastered, what you probably need is a good workout on the topics that the OG doesn't cover thoroughly, Perm & comb, std. deviation, I would suggest you pick up a high school Math textbook and cover these topics vigorously and I'm sure you'll notch up a higher score. International students from India and China consistently hit a score of 50 on the GMAT, a good many of them refer to school textbooks and strengthen the basics in the "harder" topics on the GMAT.

I have my test on the 8th of October, I'm just looking to do the best that I can don't really have a score in my mind, I'll take what I get
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16 Sep 2003, 23:58
Good work Toujours!
Great score!

Thanks,

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30 Sep 2003, 09:34
I tihnk ure onto something it makes sense that OG would aid you in getting a low to mid 700 at best, i think the hard hard 760-800 level questions are kept hidden to keep the integrity of the scores.

But theres prolly some preps out there that focus on hard hard questions, i think manhattan gmat has that for 79$. Those are killlller. They give a free hard hard one daily. U prolly can only get a 760, if u study really hard and memorize how to do the problems in the OG. Just for integrity sakes. If a bunch of people got 800's it wouldn't be able to dstinguish peoples abilities. Eternal Intern Joined: 22 Sep 2003 Posts: 51 Location: Illinois State University, Normal, IL Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 hi [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Sep 2003, 09:38 I tihnk ure onto something it makes sense that OG would aid you in getting a low to mid 700 at best, i think the hard hard 760-800 level questions are kept hidden to keep the integrity of the scores. But theres prolly some preps out there that focus on hard hard questions, i think manhattan gmat has that for 79$. Those are killlller. They give a free hard hard one daily. U prolly can only get a 760, if u study really hard and memorize how to do the problems in the OG. Just for integrity sakes. If a bunch of people got 800's it wouldn't be able to dstinguish peoples abilities.
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