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720 in 1998... / 720 on 9.04.2004 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2004, 11:39
Took the test before I was ready to apply to Business School. This was 1998, the summer before my senior year of college.

That score is expired now and I'll be taking the test again on September 4. I'm afraid I've only gotten dumber since graduating from college, but I plan to prepare much more for this test.

Any tips for getting your head back into the game after a period away from academia?

Here's what I need to work on:

- better stamina (for three-hour test sessions)
- math basics and tips and tricks (this forum's great)
- awa (scored a 6 my first time, but am worried that I'm rusty now)

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2004, 00:55
it would certainly be a good idea to take a test prep course. it will get you started and then you can take it from there. also, you will definitely have to make some changes to your schedule and balance work ,gmat, your social and personal aspects. its going to be a totally different thing when you factor in 8 hours of work and then gmat prep.

gmat club also runs challenges every week/10 days. after you get your basics right and practice for a week, register for these challenges and make it a point to take it every week. http://gmatclub.com/tests has more info.

you had a 720 and its an excellent score. maintain a good prep discipline and i am sure you will do just fine.

for stamina, i think the best thing to do is take full - length tests.

for awa, there are a set of topics given in the Official Guide. practice with those and i am sure you will do fine.

sorry i couldnt reply to you earlier.

hope this helps
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2004, 10:16
Update ...

I took the test again this morning.

Score: 720
Math: 43
Verbal: 47

I didn't prepare as much as I would have liked to prepare. I did work through 390 quant questions from the 10th official guide and tried to study what I did wrong, but there are some topics that just flummox me, combinations and permutations in particular.

I did a very, very poor job pacing myself on math. On the last question literally half a second after I clicked an answer choice (no chance to confirm) the time ran out.

Do you know what happens when you do this?

A pop-up window comes up that says, "would you like to record your answer?" There are two buttons in this pop-up: "Record" and "Discard". That was pretty nifty! It probably saved me that last question, because I'm sure I got it right.

I probably should have taken more time and care on verbal as well. I finished the test with 18 minutes to spare. I probably could have increase verbal by at least three points by taking more time, but would that have necessarily translated to a higher overall score?


Anyway, my quant score is so low that I'm sure I could bump it up a few notches with some practice, but I think I'd rather spend the time working on the actual application.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2004, 03:33
Congrats, man!

U are amazing! 47 in verbal is not heard of often.

"They" say that an ideal score is 40+ in both. U are well-above that score.
Unless u have an Engineering background, 43 keeps u in good stead.

Good luck with ur applications.
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CONGRATS!!! [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2004, 07:18
Boy! You are one smart test taker. Any tips for the rest of us (the dumb pac)?

Also, may I ask why you decided not to apply to Business School when you scored so high the 1st time around???? Is there any good test materials or strategies you would recommend???? Currently, I score in the 600s after 2 weeks of prep. I feel so stupid and rusty after getting out of college. I can't believe I can't do the basic math (believe it or not I used to be an A student in Calc). Also, do you have any good tips on increase reading speed. I seemed to do well on piece that I am interested in.

Thanks in advance!

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2004, 17:33
Thanks guys -- it's a nice boost to hear you say that I'm good at the test, because to tell you the truth I felt awful about my quant performance. (I still feel awful about it.) And really, my score is merely average considering that I'm applying to top five schools only.

Anyways... tips?

Umm...

I've got the native speaker's advantage for English, so it's not fair to compare your own performance to mine if you're a non-native speaker (as many people on this board are). But having taught English to non-native speakers I know one thing that students of English always fail to do: READ.

If you want to improve reading speed and comprehension, you're going to have to find a lot of good books and read them. I'd recommend authors with slightly more complex grammar and longer sentences. Hemingway is out. Read every novel you can find by Dickens and George Elliot. Read the New Yorker weekly from cover to cover and you'll be doing really well. There's simply no substitute for building your "ear" for proper English. (I'd recommend avoiding publications like Business Week, Time, and Newsweek. These are not going to help you develop a feel for rhythm and idiom. In fact, they're riddled with errors.)

Anyways, I know that's probably the opposite of what you wanted to hear. There's really no substitute for lots of reading.

But you did include one really neat hint in your own response:

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I seemed to do well on piece that I am interested in.


When you're reading those passages, you have to convince yourself that this is the most interesting stuff in the entire world as you're reading it. The way I get myself excited about these passages is to think of them as mini-lessons on a topic that may come up at a cocktail party. If I can read and understand the passage closely, I tell myself, then I'll be able to participate in the conversation and learn even more. Maybe that wouldn't work for you, but you can construct your own "fantasy" to get excited about the passages.

Again, reading various material about topics that are probably outside your comfort zone will help tremendously. This is why I recommend that you read the New Yorker (or Atlantic Monthly). These magazines are well written and they'll challenge you on topics that you might have avoided under normal circumstances.




As for why I didn't app to b-school after taking the test... I didn't graduate from college until 1999. I wanted some work experience to get the most out of my b-school experience. I believe that people who go to b-school directly from undergrad are shortchanging their education.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2004, 06:03
Congrats..I suggest you just submit the verbal score to schools. See how ad coms fall from chair. :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 19:03
Took it again.

Composite: 730
Q: 47 (81%)
V: 44 (97%)

I thought I BOMBED the Q, so I didn't really try at all on the Verbal. I wasn't even planning on keeping the score, but at the end just said to myself, "screw it." Hmm... interesting. I really thought I had done poorly.

At any rate, this was the score I needed. Q is above the 80% mark now.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 19:32
Oh boy, You rock man. 8-)
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