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# 710 - but not like everyone else.....

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10 Aug 2009, 15:31
Took the GMAT this morning and results (710 Q44 V44) are good I think. However, looking at the other scores posted, I couldn't find anyone else with identical quant and verbal scores. All the higher overall scores seem to be correlated with higher quant scores. Odd thing is I have an engineering degree. Not sure what this means when I actually apply. I do have pretty substantial and varied work experience.

Only decided to take the GMAT about 6 weeks ago, and really was only able to study hard for the last two weeks. I actually made a decision to concentrate more on verbal - based on the assumption that my engineering degree would carry the day on the quant side. I should have factored in that I graduated 14 years ago. My practice tests were somewhat similar:

GMATprep1 (10 days prior) 700 q44 v41
Kaplan CAT4 (2 days prior) 680 q39 v51
GMATprep2 (1 day prior) 720 q44 v44

I liked the Kaplan premier live online 2010 book/internet stuff for studying over the OG12. But it's hard to argue with using the OG questions and the GMATprep software based on my scores.

First impulse is that with some effort I should really be able to improve my quant score, on the other hand, I don't really have any interest in taking the test again. I also have no intention of applying to Stanford.
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10 Aug 2009, 16:34
great score for the amount of time you've put there. You are obviously brilliant and if applications are worked out in similarly brilliant fashion, I am pretty sure even the greatest of schools would be more than happy to take you in. Good luck.
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10 Aug 2009, 16:58
Congratulations! That's a solid score. Not sure that you are telling the truth about being an engineer with 44 44

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10 Aug 2009, 17:56
Yeah, 44 is a 70th percentile on Quant and some times it shows the disparity in your Q and V scores. One in 70th and one in 99th percentile. It is said that many schools would like to see a 80/80 minimum on both sections. If you haven taken much time to prepare for Quant thinking that your engineering background will carry you through, then this must be a surprise. But thats very common for folks with engineering back ground such as myself and yourself. I graduated from Grad school 7 years ago and the way the Quant questions are, a very good test taker is error prone.

But the good thing is you hit a home run on V. Given that you have a Engineering background and that you are already at 44, one month solid work will get you past 49 easily and you are looking at 760. If you have the time and will, go for it. Take a look at the median and 80% mean scores of the schools you want to get into. If you are above by 10-20 points, then most probably GMAT scores are in place and will not contribute to an eventual ding. Some thing else should, if it were to happen.
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10 Aug 2009, 20:04
Congratulations! Well done in Verbal section!
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10 Aug 2009, 23:14
Solid score for the time spent on studying.

Did i see - Kaplan CAT4 (2 days prior) 680 q39 v51

I was told Kaplan verbals are tougher!
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11 Aug 2009, 16:54
Solid score for the time spent on studying.

Did i see - Kaplan CAT4 (2 days prior) 680 q39 v51

I was told Kaplan verbals are tougher!

Thanks. Yeah that kaplan score was right. I just looked at it again. ran off 14 of the first 15 than got this brutal RC passage that I missed 3 of 4 on. Finished strong with 12 of the last 14. Looking back at it, of the 9 I missed, 7 were RC. Reading them again I'm still not sure what they were saying, even with the explanation

Didn't intend to make it sound like I didn't study, I probably spent 50+ hours in the two weeks before the test. Also spent 10-15 in the 3 weeks before that reviewing high school math. I appear to have had the most trouble with the DS questions and getting bogged down on the math - forced me to have to rush through some to catch up.
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