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720 GMAT score [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2006, 06:36
I just took the GMAT and got a 720.

On GMATprep I got:
1) 710 (4 weeks before test)
2) 740 (1 week before the test)
3) 760 (A retake of the first test 2 days before the test)

Princeton review scores (all taken between GMATprep test 1 and Gmat test2)
640, 650, 710

My experience:
I really did poorly on the math section of the actual GMAT compared to my practice tests. I'm not sure what happened, because I was really relaxed entering it, but once it got rolling I was thinking more about the time left, the time I was taking on a particular problem and why I didn't know how to do a problem right away, instead of just thinking about the problem at hand. Basically I cracked a bit under the time pressure

On the verbal, I relaxed big time, due to the fact that I felt I had just f*@ked the math section. I sailed through the verbal with 5 mintues left on the last problem... or so I thought. I sat there on the last problem soaking up the glory of whizing through the verbal only two push the next button with 5 seconds left and see..... that I was actually patting myself on the back, sitting on question 40, not 41. So 41 went unanswered :-). Pretty stupid.

My final score was:
46 math 80 percentile
44 verbal 97 percentile
720 overall 96 percentile

My feeling is, after seeing those results, that verbal has MUCH more weight on the overall score than math. I think this is due to that fact people prepare far more for the math and people taking the test who have english as a second language will tend to score much lower on verbal than math. Overall this means most people score high on math and low on verbal. Which means a high verbal will improve your overall position a lot. At least those are my thoughts.

Other than that, here is what I took away from it:

1)verbal is very important, practice a lot
2)don't spend all your time on combination, probability, etc, because at most you may get 1 or 2 questions on that. Percents, ratio's, exponents, etc make up a much greater proportion of the difficult math problems
3)Don't think about the time until the last 15 questions. Focusing on the time really messed me up in the math section.

Overall I am pretty happy and can say that GMAT club was a great help.

Thanks!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2006, 16:37
No replies? I give my feed back and nothing? I'm hurt, but I'll be ok.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2006, 20:15
hey CONGRATS!!! I agree, one can improve overall score significantly by raising the verbal one!!!

did you use Challenges for math practice?

go party tonight!!!

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2006, 20:42
Hey Congrats man....You did it..... :-D

Best of luck in your apps
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2006, 04:04
I didn't use the challenges for math practice. Err... I don't think. I'm not exactly sure what the challenges are. I did go into the math problem forum a few times on this site and answer some questions that people posted. But really, my feeling after taking the test is that people are practicing math problems that are different and more difficult than what is on the gmat. I think I could have done better if I had really gotten a number plugging strategy down for each DS question. If you look at the difficult math questions they give you, the majority are percents, geometery and exponents/prime factors. But I think since people feel those are less difficult than combinations/perm questions, that they study perm/combination question far too much. At most you will have one or two perm/combination questions on the GMAT.


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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 15:03
andrewnorway,
Congrats!! You rock!!

Thanks for sharing your valuable exp with us.
Good luck and all the best with your apps!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 17:06
congrats. good score.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 19:40
CONGRATS ANDREW ..GREAT SCORE !!!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 19:54
awesome score ...CONGRATULATIONS!!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2006, 12:37
andrew.. congrats on the score. good luck with the apps when you do them.
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