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720 and satisfied!!! (45Q,44V) [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 14:34
I really didn't even need the score. I'm going to go to a part time MBA program at a local university (Eastern Carolina), while continuing to work full time. I think the average GMAT there is in the 500's. I know many of you are trying to get into the great schools - wish I was 25 again and could do that, too! But the reality is I couldn't even go to B-school if it wasn't for my company's tuition reimbursement program. (At 50-something, there's no way I'm going to take out a student loan!) Besides I love my job - my motivation is to rise within the company I work for.

When I started studying for this test, my first practice test (paper, not CAT) was about 550. I have been out of school for a LONG time! I didn't even imagine at that point that I could have scored a 720. Then I found this forum. You guys really raised the bar for me. I have always pushed myself. When I saw the difficulty level of the problems in the math forum, I really got serious about studying. At first I didn't even attempt to answer questions on the forum. After a bit, though, the light started coming on, and my confidence started going up. I purchased many of the study materials that people here were recommending. I really focused my studies on math, since verbal is my strong point. My first practice CAT (GMAT Prep 1) was 35Q, 49V. (That was the highest my V ever got, btw, ending with a 44 on the real thing!) I would never have guessed that my final score in quant would be higher than the verbal.

I used OG 11, Princeton Review, PR Math Workout, and a 9th grade homeschool algebra course (which was very helpful). I learned some of the best tips, tricks and techniques here on this forum, including the great one on mixtures which I got to use on the test!

My test was at 9:00 a.m. this morning, and was about an hour's drive. I got plenty of sleep - went to bed before 9 last night. I got up 2 hours before I needed to leave, had a light breakfast and took a snack with me for the break. I spent about a 1/2 hour solving problems this morning, just to wake up my brain. Reviewed a couple formulas, etc. Last night I didn't even look at the math - I was afraid of burnout. Instead I wrote a practice essay.

During the test, I almost ran out of time on the math. I had to guess on the last 2 - 3 questions. I think I started the last question with something like 20 seconds on the clock. That guess was random. The last few before that were "educated" guesses based on POE. I think the Princeton Math Workout teaches some good guessing strategies.

Funny thing is, I was very, very confident during the verbal. I really thought I had a shot of getting them all right. Can't really remember any of them that I didn't feel pretty good about my answer, and I finished with 13 minutes to spare (guess I should have taken more time, maybe reread the questions) So I was somewhat disappointed in the verbal score, but it was still 97th percentile. Math was 77th, overall 95. With where I'm going to school, no way I'll consider a retake.

I didn't need to push myself as hard as I did this summer, but it became a personal goal. And like I said, you guys raised the bar.

Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 15:02
Congrats !!. That's awesome. Just curious, how long was your preparation time?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 15:09
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Congrats !!. That's awesome. Just curious, how long was your preparation time?


Congrats, that's a nice score. u gotta go to Wharton or HBS

As a human being get older and older, the thinking(mainly analytical) thing gets older than his age. I think yours is too young.
What is your profession?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 15:36
Awesome... Congratz robin.

Putting in the effort to scre 700+ knowing well that 500 odd is going to be enough is an inspiration in itself to others.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 16:03
wow..congrats...an awsome score
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 16:06
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tinman1412 wrote:
Congrats !!. That's awesome. Just curious, how long was your preparation time?


Congrats, that's a nice score. u gotta go to Wharton or HBS

As a human being get older and older, the thinking(mainly analytical) thing gets older than his age. I think yours is too young.
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I'd love to go somewhere like that! Unfortunately there's the mortgage, son in high school, daughter in college.........like I said, if I was 25 again....

I don't know about the analytical thinking getting older than your age, tho. I think it's a "use it or lose it" phenomenon. I think a person with a well-exercised brain will continue for most of his life to increase in reasoning ability, until he reaches a point where pathological aging sets in. The key here is to use it!

As for my profession, my B.S. (which I got at age 40) is in horticulture, and I'm currently working in a middle-management position (propagation department manager) at a large wholesale nursery. My goal is to become a GM or higher.

I started my GMAT prep in May.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 17:38
:P Kudos Robin!

I am both in awe and absolute admiration. In roughly 2 months, you have managed to do what many of us younger folks have been striving for quite a while. My heartiest congratulations once again. I'm in a similar situation from a scoring perspective, my verbal is consistently stronger (39-44) but my quant needs polishing up (currently at 31-33). Any advice or suggestions I should undertake in the next 13 days? :-D

Congrats once again on your fantastic achievement!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 17:43
Well done Robin. Great Score. Congrats :)
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 17:47
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:P Kudos Robin!

I am both in awe and absolute admiration. In roughly 2 months, you have managed to do what many of us younger folks have been striving for quite a while. My heartiest congratulations once again. I'm in a similar situation from a scoring perspective, my verbal is consistently stronger (39-44) but my quant needs polishing up (currently at 31-33). Any advice or suggestions I should undertake in the next 13 days? :-D

Congrats once again on your fantastic achievement!


Thanks for the kind words!
Because of the nature of the CAT, it's hard to predict what kinds of problems you're likely to get on the quant. I think the book that helped me the most was Princeton Math Workout - got it at the local bookstore. You might also look for a quick, basic algebra review (I used a 9th grade homeschool course, but the bookstores might have something) If I were you I would really try to get a handle on number properties (odd/even, positive/negative). This forum is a great place to find a wide variety of problems, but many that you will see here you are not likely to encounter unless you're headed for a very high quant score. I spent a lot of time learning probability/combinations/permutations - only saw 1 very basic probability question on the actual test. So I wouldn't even worry about that if I were you, at least not until you have a good handle on number properties and basic algebra/geometry. (You definitely will need to know how to find the area of a circle!)
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 18:12
Nice job Robin! Did you notice anything about the difficulty of the verbal? Did they start to test for split infinitives and the like?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 18:35
I just thought of something. I don't know where I heard it from, maybe some movie.

"Hats off gentlemen. What a genious!"

Congrats on your score. You really inspired me and motivated me.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2007, 21:01
That's an awesome score !!! :woohoo
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 01:04
All credit to you, hats- off Robin!

At 25 I am struggling with my motivation to prepare for the test :)
a few things to learn form you...:)
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 01:29
HUGE congrats Robin in NC!!! Wow, I didn't know you were going for 500+ pts, part time, and had two kids! That's a very inspiring story and a wonderful score! I wish you would consider a full time MBA, but you're right, it would be very hard for you to do so in your situation. But I'm sooo proud of you! Great work!
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 05:25
Congrats, well balanced score :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 06:15
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Nice job Robin! Did you notice anything about the difficulty of the verbal? Did they start to test for split infinitives and the like?


The SC's covered a pretty wide gamit. Honestly at this point it's hard for me to remember specific questions. But I know they went beyond the basics of tenses and pronoun reference. There were some pretty long SC's.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 06:22
720 and You make it sound so easy :-D

Congratulations !!
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 07:51
Robin in NC wrote:
StartupAddict wrote:
Nice job Robin! Did you notice anything about the difficulty of the verbal? Did they start to test for split infinitives and the like?


The SC's covered a pretty wide gamit. Honestly at this point it's hard for me to remember specific questions. But I know they went beyond the basics of tenses and pronoun reference. There were some pretty long SC's.


I just would like to note, that I had an SC question were I am 99% sure "being" was in the correct answer choice. so it just goes to show you once you hit the 40 mark in V you need to know more than just the basic tricks.

Also, some of the hardest SC questions (IMHO) can be the ones where only a few words are underlined... as you don't get many clues as to what could be wrong in the answer choices. so don't freak out if you see an SC on the test with only a few words underlined.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2007, 09:12
Awesome Robin !!! Congrats !
My verbal speed is very slow.Can u give me some tips to improve it ?
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