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720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 17:24
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Add me to the list of 700+ GMATs who are retaking the test. I took the GMAT in 2006 and got a 720. I felt a little disappointed with my score (especially verbal). I started studying hardcore in October and here are my practice scores since then:

PR CAT - 690, 690 (October)
GMAT Prep - 760 (December)
Paper GMAT- 740, 750, 760, 770, 770, 780, 790 (January/Feb)

I've changed my study plan since last time and am concentrating on paper GMATs (mostly for verbal) and challenges. During the last 10 days of studying, I plan to do 5 Manhattan GMAT CATs and 4 GMAT Preps (with reloads). Until then, I'm going to do the remaining challenges (verbal and quant) and 2 paper tests. Also, here are my results from the challenges (kept to time limits on all of them).

Test Correct Total % Correct Mean time msec Percentile
m01 30 36 83.3% 1m 55s 11529 95.4%
m02 33 36 91.7% 1m 36s 9666 97.8%
m03 32 37 86.5% 1m 48s 10836 92.5%
m04 25 37 67.6% 1m 38s 9825 55.3%
m05 31 37 83.8% 1m 54s 11472 94.7%
m06 23 34 67.7% 2m 04s 12484 75.9%
m07 30 36 83.3% 1m 57s 11754 90.5%
m08 23 35 65.7% 1m 58s 11834 81.8%
m09 27 35 77.1% 1m 07s 6781 92.6%
m10 26 37 70.3% 1m 25s 8526 75.7%
m11 28 37 75.7% 1m 55s 11529 76.7%
m12 25 36 69.4% 1m 53s 11336 73.3%
m13 29 37 78.4% 1m 17s 7786 88.0%
m14 28 37 75.7% 1m 33s 9395 81.8%
m15 26 37 70.3% 2m 01s 12151 66.7%
m16 26 37 70.3% 1m 45s 10600 46.2%
m17 28 37 75.7% 1m 39s 9999 50.0%
m18 27 37 73.0% 1m 40s 10053 60.0%
m19 30 37 81.1% 1m 27s 8783 70.6% <---- can anyone explain this?
m20 31 37 83.8% 1m 48s 10847 47.1% <---- can anyone explain this?

I'd appreciate any comments or tips.

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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 20:45
swbluedevil wrote:
The idea of doing a GMATPrep everyday is intriguing and I may consider it since I have about 30 days until my test date.


What do you mean by going GMATPrep everyday ? Are you going to take the GMAT prep test everyday ? Wont the questions start repeating then ?
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 20:51
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swbluedevil, any particular reason why you haven't applied already. I think you have a solid shot at all your target schools, even with a 720.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 21:06
Yeah, I had the same thoughts, but there is someone on this board is quite certain the question pool is very large.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 21:07
Thanks ncprasad, but I owe another 2.5 years to the military, so I'll have to fulfill my military obligation before I get out of the service and go to biz school.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2008, 21:58
Got it. Well, I am sure you will do well when you eventually apply. Good luck!

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Thanks ncprasad, but I owe another 2.5 years to the military, so I'll have to fulfill my military obligation before I get out of the service and go to biz school.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 07:28
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I have taken it 6 times already in the past month, 4 times in the past week

my score progression:


GMATPREP1 48M 42V 730
GMATPREP2 46M 44V 730
GMATPREP3 46M 42V 710
GMATPREP4 50M 37V 710
GMATPREP5 44M 48V 750
GMATPREP6 50M 42V 750

If I average my scores I should be expecting 47M 43V for around a 730. I'd take it !


As you can tell my numbers are across the board, at least with regard to Q/V breakdown.

I think there is less repeititon on the math than there is on the verbal and also it is easier to forget math problems. The SCs I always see at least 10 new ones in my opinion. More repetition among RCs and to some extent CRs.

Still, it is good practice in a testing environment on official questions.

Even if half is the same after a bunch of tries, you are still practicing on official questions you won't be able to find anywhere, besides searching this board, so I feel it is worth it. You will also be able to get your timing down. However if you do remember a question, solve it as if you were doing it for the first time.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 16:49
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More power to ya since you have to finish your military obligation...just make sure you strengthen every aspect of your application.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2008, 22:44
Thanks for all the support everyone.
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2008, 07:58
Don't you hate how the GMATclub test percentages fluctuate so much? I've had anywhere from 100% to 51.7%, the latter really freaked me out.
I'm getting a 49q, 40v consistently on practice tests. I really need to raise both to his my target 750.

good luck!
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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2008, 23:08
Just scheduled my test!

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Re: 720 shooting for 760+ [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2008, 14:07
hey devil... how are you scoring on the Q vs the V and have the challenges helped u at all?
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