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710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 15:27
At some point between 2 and 3 pm today I was staring at the screen at the end of the exam at the test center at 100 Williams Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. I was unsure if I was reading it right: "Overall: 710". I still feel the need to go online and verify if this was true, or were my eyes deceiving me.

I did not feel that I was doing well throughout the exam. I remember thinking during the bathroom break after quant that I screwed this up, but that I should go forward with the verbal anyway. I felt very stiff, unrelaxed, and unable to work out multi-step equations.

My GMATprep scores were 620 on the first, and 690 on the second. I took the first one 8 days before my originally-scheduled test date, and postponed it 2 weeks because of the low score. I took the second one a week after the first one. I stepped things up after getting those low scores and really beat my brow at this.

My primary issue during practice was that I was never able to finish any 37 quantitative questions within 75 minutes. I did not have this problem with verbal, but with quant it was a persistent problem. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get the pacing down. I did manage to finish a 37-question trial of easy questions on the day before the exam; I needed to deceive myself into thinking that I can actually do it. Guess what? On the actual exam it was the reverse: I finished quant on time, but had to do random guessing on the final 3 questions of verbal. Bizarre!

Overall this was a stressful journey, though it was rewarding and challenging. I learned a lot of math that I didn't know before in the process, and I learned interesting ways to apply it to real life situations. I also learned to write better and think more critically.

This site was a major resource for me, and I appreciate the help of all the brilliant users here who helped make this happen.

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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 16:06
hi mendelay, congrates on the fabulous score.
i have heard from forums and from some of my frnds that such fortunate incidences actually happened with them.
so just relax nd start for the next step.
btw,whst were the breakups ?

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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 16:11
congratz on the excellent score. I am on my road there as well :)
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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 16:32
congrats. that happened to me, one of my MBAprep scores just 5-days before the big day was a 620 and my highest practice test was a 670, but I lucked up on the day of. staying relaxed and having a plan for time management is key.

now onto your essays!
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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 16:57
Congrats Mendeley - u pulled a rabbit out of the hat....

leave some more rabbits in there, I wanna pull one soon :)

Great score...
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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 18:00
great job pulling it together on d-day. also that's the same place where i took my GMAT! lol. good luck on your apps
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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 19:02
vibhaj wrote:
hi mendelay, congrates on the fabulous score.
i have heard from forums and from some of my frnds that such fortunate incidences actually happened with them.
so just relax nd start for the next step.
btw,whst were the breakups ?

best,

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I honestly don't remember. I did not really pay attention to anything other than the "hundreds digit" of the overall. I do remember vaguely that they were in the upper 40's each. I will post when I get the full score.
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Re: 710 on first try! Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 19:34
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Congrats!!!
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