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Joined: 28 May 2012
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Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V35
GPA: 3.28
WE: Analyst (Investment Banking)
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Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 83

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700 Debrief From 600 in 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 07:08
Hi all,

I've just come back from the test center and got the decent score 700 (Q50, V35).
This score is exactly what my target is, even in the sub-scores. Because I am preparing for the CFA Lv1 in December and because the University (MSc) requires at least 700 to grant scholarship, I consider retaking the test in February . Hence 700+ may be more advantageous? Right?

Starting point: 5 August
GMATPREP 1: Q50 - V21- 600
Before this attempt, I had just finished reading Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR and had not prepared for Q.
Therefore, I knew that I had to entirely focus on Verbal.

Material Review:
Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR: yes, definitely.
Aristotle RC 99: tried about 20 passages during two first week in October: It is not exactly the same type of GMAT Questions but can improve reading comprehension ability.
Question pack 1: Absolutely worth purchase. I used it in order to become familiar with GMAC's fashion during the last week.
Gmatclub.com: Yes, without this forum, I would not touch 700. To have motivation, just go to "share experience". To pratice, just go to sub-forum :-D.
I found lot of brilliant reasoning in CR here. Thank you all.
GMAT Paper tests: Good CR and RC, but Ron does not highly recommend SC because of its old fashion.
Thursday with Ron: very useful videos. When Ron says, all things become crystal clear.

Test debrief:
AWA With chineseburned's template, AWA came smoothly without much loss of energy.
IR: I did not prepare for this section because for me, IR is unimportant. Hence, randomly ticked several questions. I don't know how it could be 7/8 :lol:
Took the first break.
Quant: Because I'm not so bad at Quant, I First question took me 4 minutes because of my silly mistake (like 1+ 1/3 = 4/9). Toward the end of this section, I noticed some very easy problems.
I managed to finish this section with 8 minutes remaining, guessing two ridiculously hard permutation/combination (data sufficiency) problems.

Verbal: This is the real party for me. During all this section, my heart was beating so hard :shock:.
CR's and SC's difficulty is between the hard and medium level in GMATPREP. Some SC questions are very ugly. I didn't have any boldface :(
RC, this is my weakest area I faced two lengthy RC, about 70 lines about law and T-rex.
I had to sacrifice accuracy of some SC to follow the timeline.

Result:
IR 7
Q 50
V 35
Total 700
AWA 5.5

Total study hours: ~200h because my comprehension in RC and CR premises is poor.


FYI, I include here my CAT score:

18/8 MGMAT 1 590 (Q46-V25)
23/8 GMATPREP 1 600 (Q50 - V21)
16/9 MGMAT 2 650 ( Q45 - V34) wow, a noticeable improvement in Verbal, so happy with this :-D
26/9 MGMAT 3 670 (Q46 - V35)
29/9 MGMAT 4 700 (Q47 - V37) touch the 7xx first time :)
2/10 GMAT PREP 1 retake 690 (Q50 - V33) no repeated questions.
6/10 MGMAT 5 670 (Q46 - V35)
12/10 MGMAT 6 690 (Q45- V37)
16/10 GMAT PREP 2 640 (Q50-V28) I was so shocked with verbal. So I decided to purchase Question Pack 1 to practice more :D
19/10 Booked the test
21/10 GMAT PREP 2 760 (Q51 - V42) Inflated verbal score with 4 questions repeated and some correct guesses :-D
24/10 GMAT PREP 1 720 (Q50 - V38) No repeated question. This result boosts my confidence before enjoying the real party :-D


I will be back to beat it.

Good luck to those who are fighting GMAT.

P/S: I am very poor at writing, so forgive me :o

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Re: 700 Debrief From 600 in 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 07:49
Congrats bro!
This is a decent score. Good luck with yr application.
Btw, what was yr approach for RC?
How did u overcome time pressure and stress on Verbal section?

Thanks and regards,
Hoan

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Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V35
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Re: 700 Debrief From 600 in 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 08:03
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vaodeanhem wrote:
Congrats bro!
This is a decent score. Good luck with yr application.
Btw, what was yr approach for RC?
How did u overcome time pressure and stress on Verbal section?

Thanks and regards,
Hoan

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Thank you for your kind words, a compatriot man :-D

As many experts suggest, I spend up to 4 minutes to read a passage to comprehend its content. Then, I spend 1 minute to answer each question.
In order to become more efficient in reading, you may try to pretend to be interested in the information mentioned in the passage, whatever it is (feminism, law, biotech, business, etc.)
In order to overcome time pressure on Verbal, I have a clear timeline and may sacrifice some ugly questions but I do not continuously guess.
Here is my Verbal timeline:

Q Minutes
1 75
11 55
21 36
31 18
40 1

For further information, you may refer to BB's compilation of timing strategies.
timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html

Good luck to your preparation,
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