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Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 3: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 4: 710 Q45 V41
GPA: 4
WE: Sales (Investment Banking)
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730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:08
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Time to give something back to the forum (I was sneak peeking up til today)

730 (Q44, V47, AWA 5.0) on August 20 2010 - early in the morning and doped with a triple espresso (ONLY do this if you´re experienced - otherwise you´ll be )

Materials:
- Official GMAT prep guide - must buy (it´s heavy, but it´s good)
- Official tool from mba website - free, hence must use
- GMAT Focus Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool - Bundle of 3 - not worth the $IMO (fewer than 25 questions per test and some are the same as in the other official materials) - 5 full tests and study guide ($40 bundle!) from 800score - definitely worth the \$ even though the answer explanations are not always that clear. The tests provide a pacer, which I found quite helpful. DON´T buy or rent the offered timer watch - they´ll confiscate it on the day of the exam...

Review:
Started late June, had a few weeks of true vacation during the period. I studied evenings (~3 h per night) and ~10 h per weekend.

Tests:
Started out not getting anything right - especially not on the Q´s (Chapter 3 in the official guide is a diagnostic test - do it before you do the electronic first time)
First electronic practice test: after some 200 questions in the official guide. Got a 690.
Next 7 tests were spread over the summer and yielded results between 670 and 710 - no tendency for increase and the average was 690

Timing:
With the practice tests I was always running behind with the Q´s (speeding through 5-7 Q´s in last 2 minutes and finishing verbal 10-15 minutes ahead). On the day, timing was perfectly matched - guess this is the strength of an adaptive test.

Conclusion:
Great experience and apparently my brain works better immediately after sleep Should maybe have spent more time on my essay writing skills but I was focused on dealing with understanding the Q´s.

The anecdote:
I submitted the unofficial result to "my" B-school just after the sitting - they called me for an interview 10 minutes after Now, I am awaiting the result of the interview... Impatiently...

Remember to do something else than cramming all day, your body will love you for it
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:11
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Let me be the first one to congratulate you !
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Status: Nothing comes easy: neither do I want.
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Location: Malaysia
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
Schools: ISB '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 670 Q49 V31
GMAT 2: 710 Q50 V35
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Kudos [?]: 1221 [1] , given: 235

Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:16
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wow !! Everything went so smoothly. Congrats you have a great Verbal and Overall score.

How many Boldface, method of reasoning, and parallel reasoning questions you got.?
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:18
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swissfrau wrote:
The anecdote:
I submitted the unofficial result to "my" B-school just after the sitting - they called me for an interview 10 minutes after Now, I am awaiting the result of the interview... Impatiently...

Good for you. If i may ask, Which school are you talking about?
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 3: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 4: 710 Q45 V41
GPA: 4
WE: Sales (Investment Banking)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 111 [1] , given: 89869

Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:24
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gurpreetsingh wrote:
wow !! Everything went so smoothly. Congrats you have a great Verbal and Overall score.

How many Boldface, method of reasoning, and parallel reasoning questions you got.?

Thanks! And for the question: One boldface, I think (hate those!). I didn´t really focus on the composition of the exam to be honest. When I was asked what the topic for the essays were - totally blank! I now remember it had something to do with cars
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 3: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 4: 710 Q45 V41
GPA: 4
WE: Sales (Investment Banking)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 111 [0], given: 89869

Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:25
dokiyoki wrote:
swissfrau wrote:
The anecdote:
I submitted the unofficial result to "my" B-school just after the sitting - they called me for an interview 10 minutes after Now, I am awaiting the result of the interview... Impatiently...

Good for you. If i may ask, Which school are you talking about?

No secret - it´s IMD in Switzerland. Only one I looked at so far.
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 10:27
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GREAT SCORE!!! Thanks for the debrief and giving to the community!
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Concentration: Strategy, Finance
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 11:11
another to the 700s club!
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 11:19
shaselai wrote:
another to the 700s club!

yes 700's are showering these days !!
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 21:28
swissfrau wrote:
dokiyoki wrote:
swissfrau wrote:
The anecdote:
I submitted the unofficial result to "my" B-school just after the sitting - they called me for an interview 10 minutes after Now, I am awaiting the result of the interview... Impatiently...

Good for you. If i may ask, Which school are you talking about?

No secret - it´s IMD in Switzerland. Only one I looked at so far.

Great...Wish you all the luck !
Hope to see you more often on GMAT CLUB
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 21:56
Great score man!!! especially the verbal 47 monster!!!!!!!!!

wish you luck for IMD....its superb ...in my list of top 5 too.........
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 00:37
Wait a minute...
" V-47 " ???!!!
And all this while i was thinking its Q-47 !!
It isnt a typo, right ?

Man, you should definitely share your Verbal preparation strategies with us.

IMD is a great school but with niche crowd of just 90 ppl in one class (correct me if i am wrong here)
Do you mind sharing your profile and background with us ?
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 10:23
Many Many swissfrau for great score....
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 3: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 4: 710 Q45 V41
GPA: 4
WE: Sales (Investment Banking)
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Kudos [?]: 111 [0], given: 89869

Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 10:34
dokiyoki wrote:
Wait a minute...
" V-47 " ???!!!
And all this while i was thinking its Q-47 !!
It isnt a typo, right ?

Man, you should definitely share your Verbal preparation strategies with us.

IMD is a great school but with niche crowd of just 90 ppl in one class (correct me if i am wrong here)
Do you mind sharing your profile and background with us ?

No typos - I was also - and then

My strategy for the verbal was basically as described in the debrief - did all questions in the OG12, read the solutions when I got something wrong - discussed with my poor husband until I understood the solution for the bold faced ones. Words that kept appearing, and that I did not feel comfortable using, I looked up to make sure I got the meaning right. I normally never look up words - I just infer the meaning. (Infer is a word that was not in my vocabulary until a few months ago ) To be honest, I spent much more energy on the Q section. Which is a bit strange since I come from an engineering background

Profile: Engineer turned project manager - 8 years experience whereof last 4 have been in very international environments. I am not a native English speaker and never lived in an English speaking country.

BTW: IMD is a very small school but I REALLY liked it there and I am particularly attracted by the small class. Now, it´s just to wait and see - if I get in I´ll have to work on patience skills with the personal coach, I think
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 13:05
my oh my...you have made it look so easy !!!
congrats on the amazing score
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  14 Sep 2010, 22:47
swissfrau wrote:
dokiyoki wrote:
Wait a minute...
" V-47 " ???!!!
And all this while i was thinking its Q-47 !!
It isnt a typo, right ?

Man, you should definitely share your Verbal preparation strategies with us.

IMD is a great school but with niche crowd of just 90 ppl in one class (correct me if i am wrong here)
Do you mind sharing your profile and background with us ?

No typos - I was also - and then

My strategy for the verbal was basically as described in the debrief - did all questions in the OG12, read the solutions when I got something wrong - discussed with my poor husband until I understood the solution for the bold faced ones. Words that kept appearing, and that I did not feel comfortable using, I looked up to make sure I got the meaning right. I normally never look up words - I just infer the meaning. (Infer is a word that was not in my vocabulary until a few months ago ) To be honest, I spent much more energy on the Q section. Which is a bit strange since I come from an engineering background

Profile: Engineer turned project manager - 8 years experience whereof last 4 have been in very international environments. I am not a native English speaker and never lived in an English speaking country.

BTW: IMD is a very small school but I REALLY liked it there and I am particularly attracted by the small class. Now, it´s just to wait and see - if I get in I´ll have to work on patience skills with the personal coach, I think

you seem to be one lucky lady
wish you luck !
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  15 Sep 2010, 03:38
Congratulations especially on you high verbal score. Was SC difficult for you?
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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  15 Sep 2010, 10:28
nonameee wrote:
Congratulations especially on you high verbal score. Was SC difficult for you?

Thanks - and no, SC was not that difficult for me once I got the knack of not choosing -ing and wordy constructs. I don't think the score was pure luck but I did have a good day
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  15 Sep 2010, 11:00
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Re: 730 debrief [#permalink]  15 Sep 2010, 11:06
Hey great score! Good luck with your apps.
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