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730 (Q:50 V:39) [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 09:07
Hi guys,
today I tamed the beast and ended up with a score of 730 for me and 70 for it...didn't feel pressure at all, took all the breaks and everything went fine...

Quant Part: way harder than the OG, anyway no different from GMATPrep, I think there were some questions really similar.

a lot of tricky DS on number properties, remainders, odd/even, prime
a difficult PS involving series, some geometry not so tough but still tricky
no work rate problems, no probabilities, no standard deviation, no impossibile median/average questions (only some basic ones)

Don't expect the test to be always ADAPTIVE: I got some very stupid questions about exponents in the end of the section and was actually doing pretty well...so don't freak out!

Verbal part: 4 Reading comprehension passages, all of them about scientific topics (planets, dolphins, What THE HELL!!) maybe this dragged my score down a bit
CR: got 2 boldfaces. One was very complicated, the bold part was a piece of evidence supporting a conclusion that supported the bolded conclusion!
The only problem with them is that you cannot practice them at all...
SC: similar to the OG...

My scores;:
Kaplan: 670, 610, 610
PowerPrep: 700, 710
GmatPrep: 720, 750 (taken two and one day before the test)

I welcome questions from anyone, in particular those taking the test in Milan! I'll post more about my experience later if I am not sleeping already :) (about the contribution of GMATClub to my score for example)
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 09:13
wohoo! Good job! Congrats.

Go and Party dude!
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 10:57
thats a great score thearch!! you went :2gunfire: and tamed the beast!

Let us know about your future plans!!
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 11:08
great score!!! congratulations!!!

can you talk a bit about your preparation?

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 11:36
thanks guys...my plans for the future are not linked to any MBA program, as I'm taking the GMAT for a scholarship and not to enrol in an MBA...so nothing to say about that :)

As far as my preparation is concerned, there are some very important principles I learned from other people in these forum and that I'd like to underline once again:

1. Learn from your wrong answers, why are they wrong? Carelessness? Concepts need better understanding?

2. Learn why you get an answer RIGHT! This is more important than the previous point! What you get right for a stroke of luck you'll not get right on the real thing! So review carefully also the right answers.

3. Material: the OG is fundamental for Verbal and for getting comfortable with some math you might have forgot.
Kaplan 800 can be useful. Kaplan CAT tests are awful, verbal and scores not representative, options provided unclear and confusing...waste of time but still needed to build your stamina.

4. Practice with the ESSAYS! ALWAYS! So boring but rewarding, trust me guys...I felt very well at the end of the verbal section...

5. The most important thing: how to benefit from GMATClub?
Okay here's how I did:

a) The guys here are smart: just learn from them....

b) Need to focus on remainders/probabilities/Permutations/whatever? Just search the forum for posts that contain the word Remainder and some 1000 questions will pop up and PRACTICE THEM TILL YOU UNDERSTAND! This is better than anything...

c) Once you're done with both gmatprep tests, search the forum again for gmatprep! you'll notice that maybe only 1 question in 20 is the same you got on your practice test! and I assure you guys that a lot of questions are really representative, so understand the concepts and if you master them you'll crack the math section

d) Participate! When I post a solution to a problem my line of reasoning gets clearer in my mind and next time I can come up with a solution in half the time I needed before.

Okay that's all comes to my mind now...I'll give you some other suggestions if my brain starts working again after such an effort...
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 11:41
Congrats great Score !!!
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 11:47
thanks thearch,

another :?:
were you natural in quant when you started? you have an excellent score in it... you also practiced with challenges? all of them? and how lond did you study?

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 11:57
u2lover wrote:
thanks thearch,

another :?:
were you natural in quant when you started? you have an excellent score in it... you also practiced with challenges? all of them? and how lond did you study?

thanks


basically my background is business, so I'm not such a quantitative kind of person...I practiced with many challenges before I started with my preparation...I think they are impressively representative and you should definitely use them after the OG in order to boost your math preparation...the OG and Kaplan800 are not so useful if you want to get a 48+ score.

I have been studying for the GMAT for 2 months...but I think I have a weird experience since I actually started surfing around on the Internet when I knew that I would take the GMAT, which was 1.5 years before I actually had to take the test!! And that's how I began, I didn't even have a book and began answering questions on this forum...and after 500 posts I had already accumulated the bulk of my preparation...use this forum as the best source of hard math questions and smart explanations...
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 12:11
great news and score buddy.........

congrats and goodluck for days ahead......
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 14:04
too good a score it is :wink:

very welldone and all the best with your future endavours..
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 14:28
Can I come work in Milan with you... I'd love to move back to Italy.

IMD or INSEAD? :)
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2006, 22:21
congratulations...fantastic score...!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 00:13
very good news...time to party... :band
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 02:57
rhyme wrote:
Can I come work in Milan with you... I'd love to move back to Italy.

IMD or INSEAD? :)


I'm a still student...time to work 2 years ahead!! ahahah
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 03:31
congratulation thearch! fantastic score!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 08:21
Congratulation for a fantastic score thearch! I have enjoyed discussion with you on the board. Hope you stick around. And good luck for your applications!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 12:24
Good to see some old-timers like you and Kapslock nailing the GMAT! Congrats on ur wonderful score....Enjoy and party hard. :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2006, 18:45
Congratulations on you score thearch!!!!!

Best whishes on your plans and now party and enjoy the World Cup.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 08:06
Thanks to all of you guys...
I'll stick around and try to help other people succeed in their effort to beat the GMAT...

A special thank to HongHu, banerjeea_98, Paul and Christoph for putting up with me when I posted awful explanations and always wrong answers at the beginning of my preparation...

I'm honored to receive your congratulations, as I have always thought of you guys as very smart people! Thanks again!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2006, 08:19
thearch wrote:
rhyme wrote:
Can I come work in Milan with you... I'd love to move back to Italy.

IMD or INSEAD? :)


I'm a still student...time to work 2 years ahead!! ahahah


Amico mio, sei fortunato ... l'italia e stupenda, mi piacerrebe esserci tantissimo... divertiti!
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