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730 Q 50 V 38 AWA 5.5 IR 7- Srinivas [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2013, 19:43
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Folks, I am done with my GMAT. Score split: 730 with Q50 V38. Yet to receive the official score ( Received official score today, AWA 5.5 IR 7). I never thought of posting my gmat experience on this forum. My preparation was quite unorthodox, hence may not be of much use to anybody. Even then, i got a few points to be shared about the exam.

I started my preparation sometime in Jan. Took first GMAT prep test and scored 690 ( Q49, V35). Prior, to the exam I completed OG13 in about 3 weeks. I have always been strong in Quant. Looking at the split, my target was to improve verbal score. I bought all 12 strategy guides from MGMAT. Except for their sentence correction guide, I never really opened any of their other books. People give great reviews about MGMAT number properties guide, but it was not of much use to me. I just completed 25 online questions. These questions were good for practice. And I could answer most of the questions correct. Other than that, other strategy guides were not of much use to me. Let me know in case if anyone needs these books.

Even, after going through MGMAT sentence correction guide, I somehow felt my verbal preparation was not going in right direction. To be frank I did not touch quant for next one month at least. I just went back to OG13 and did all the verbal problems again. Also tried to solve some problems gmatclub verbal forum. Those are good for some practice. Again, I was not really sure if my preparation was going in right direction. I used to spend an hour or two everyday, mostly going through OG 13 verbal problems and on/off quant ( as I said in the beginning, I never planned my preparation). I just read what I liked.

Some time in Feb, I came across a post from EGMAT on these forums. EGMAT offers some of their online content for free. What struck me the most was their bold face questions lesson. I liked it so much that, the very next day or so I registered for their online course. This is an excellent course if you want to improve your verbal score. Good thing about EGMAT course is that the course content is properly organized. All the concepts are properly explained. After registering for EGMAT course, I stopped looking at any other material for verbal. Let me be frank to admit, I did not even open MGMAT sentence correction guide, after registering with EGMAT course. MGMAT SC guide is a great book no doubt, but for some reason I could never digest that book. It is not that I was lacking in baics, but it looked to me more like a classroom textbook. Whereas, EGMAT course was audiovisual and I could connect instantly to their method of teaching. In addition, their approach to SC/CR questions is amazing. I might sound like beating the drum for EGMAT, but personally I liked their course very much. I recommend it to anybody, be it native/non-native speaker. It is a one stop shop for all your verbal preparation.

At the same time I did not like their IR course much. Most of the questions were very easy and do not necessarily represent official questions. Even then I learned a thing or two from their IR course as well. First time I got to know that, there will be a calculator available for IR section.


Material used (books): OG13, verbal strategy guide, MGMAT strategy guides ( just solved online question bank for a few and did not many of their strategy guides)

Quant:

GMAT prep question pack1 is an excellent practice. It comes with about 400 or so questions and is an excellent practice in the last two weeks of preparation.
GMAT focus three test bundle. Each test consists of 24 quant (recently retired) questions. These questions represent the actual gmat questions most closely than anything else.
GMAT club tests: Excellent for practice. But very hard questions. Unless you are good with basics, don't work these tests. Even if you score less on the GMAT club tests, do not get panic. These tests are way more difficult than anything you will get to see on the actual gmat test. Individual questions represent some of the toughest gmat questions, but we will never come across those many 700-800 level questions in a single gmat test. But very good for practice. My scores ranged from 49 to 51 in most of the gmat club quant tests.

Someone named Sandeep Gupta, compiled all 700-800 level quant questions. I got this material material somewhere on these forums. This is the only material I used for my entire quant preparation. I am personally very grateful to him. He even came up with solutions for most of the problems. If you are looking for quant practice, then just get these questions. You don't need anything else. Thanks Sandeep.

DS question sets from Bunuel were very useful to me. His DS posts are a great source for practice. Thanks to GMATCLUB.


Verbal: Single source... EGMAT. It goes to show how much I liked their course.

Mock test scores:

GMAT Prep1 ( in Jan): 690 ( Q49 V35)
MGMAT CAT1: 690 ( Q49, V36)
MGMAT CAT2:670 (Q49 V35)
MGMAT CAT2: 670 (Q49, V35)
GMAT Prep1 (retake after about 5 months gap): 750
GMAT Prep2: 740


Test Day:

First things first.The night before the test day, I could hardly sleep for 2 hrs. Very bad. Don't ever do this. If you don't feel like sleeping because of nervousness or anything like that, go for a long walk till you are tired,then force yourself to sleep. A good night sleep is a must to face this bloody (sorry, but could not find a better word) exam. GMAT is very intense test. You need to be intensely focused for full 4 hours. Lack of sleep reduced my score by at least 30 points. I cannot stress this enough, rest is your choice.

I reached the test center at 11.30 AM. Formalities were completed in about 15 minutes. Better don't carry any study material with you. You may carry some snack bars. Some people do suggest drinking red bull or other energy drinks. But I tried it during one of my practice tests, and felt very uncomfortable. I did not eat/drink anything for the full 4 hrs. Again, It was my personal choice. Check what suits you the best.

Exam:
Essay section went very well. I was very relaxed after this section. IR was also very easy except for one MSR question set. This was hard and messy. I blindly guessed two of the 3 questions in this MSR set.

QA: Started off well, and I was comfortable throughout this section. To my utter shock, I did not get a single probability question.Towards end of the section, questions were very tough and messy. Each question was of 4 to 5 lines length. I did two mistakes in quant. For two of the questions, I solved the questions correctly, but confirmed a different answer. The same mistake was repeated for quant last question. I felt very bad about this.If not for these couple of mistakes, I could have easily scored 51 in quant.

Verbal: Started off really well. Got two bold face questions in first 20 questions. To my utter shock, 80% of my CR questions were evaluate/inference/assumption questions. I got one strengthen question, two bold face questions and not a single weaken question. This was not something I was prepared for. Otherwise it was smooth till 30th question. Hardly 2 or 3 questions might have gone wrong. Then started the drama. Questions were getting very very tough. Added to that, I became very relaxed after 30th question. Again, don't ever do this, stay focused for full 4 hrs. I got a messy RC passage around 36th question. I read this passage 3 times. This was a blunder. This passage had 3 questions. Had I not spent so much time reading this junk passage, I could have improved my verbal score by atleast 30 points easily. Because of this mistake, I got all 3 RC questions wrong, and was hardly left with any time for the next 2 CR and SC questions. I am 100% confident that all of my last 6 questions were wrong. Getting so many consecutive questions wrong is the worst thing to do on GMAT.

That is all about it. 4 months and 730 not a bad thing I feel. Folks are welcome to comment on my score or anything.

Folks at EGMAT, thank you very much. I disappointed you all with my low verbal score. But it was my own mistake. I don't really think there is anything more to be learned on verbal side. It is just a matter of keeping your head cool through the exam.

People to be thanked: Shradha, Payal, and Rajat from EGMAT. I liked your course very much. Sandeep Gupta (my special thanks to you) . And Ron from MGMAT. And many others whose success stories inspired me.

And more than anyone, I need to thank my wife for all her patience during this period.

Iam targeting one year executive mba courses from India. Any suggestions will be highly valued.

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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2013, 04:43
Congrats!! Great score!!
How was SC? What materials did you use for SC & CR practise?
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2013, 06:12
Congrats for your score! :-D

ISB Hyderabad
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SP Jain Mumbai
XLRI

are usually the sought after for 1 yr MBA in India.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 10:12
Congrats mate:)

How would you compare the SC & CR questions level in GMAT with the Hard level Q's in GMAT prep question pack1?

You can also add Great Lakes(Chennai) in your list of target schools.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 16:42
Congratulations.
I, too, used Sandeep Gupta's question pack, and it wound up lifting me from a Q44 on my previous attempt, to Q49 on the exam. A V38 is nothing to sneeze at, by the way; I know a lot of native English speakers who struggle to reach that mark. Well done to you!

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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 17:09
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Congrats mate:)

How would you compare the SC & CR questions level in GMAT with the Hard level Q's in GMAT prep question pack1?

You can also add Great Lakes(Chennai) in your list of target schools.



Thank you.

GMAT prep question pack SC/CR questions are very much similar to what you see on the test. But there are quite a few very easy questions. You practice everything once, then redo all the hard questions once again. There are very limited RC's and I suggest you to not to touch RC. Some of the passages are repeated in GMAT prep software I felt. So better leave RC.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 17:12
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Congratulations.
I, too, used Sandeep Gupta's question pack, and it wound up lifting me from a Q44 on my previous attempt, to Q49 on the exam. A V38 is nothing to sneeze at, by the way; I know a lot of native English speakers who struggle to reach that mark. Well done to you!

Best of luck in your applications.


Thank you. V38 is not a bad score, but a very high verbal score was within my reach. My concern is, I just wasted a very good opportunity.Anyways,it is done.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 17:15
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Congrats for your score! :-D

ISB Hyderabad
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Do you think my score is competitive for these schools, other than ISB?
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 17:48
angelkosuru wrote:
sps1604 wrote:
Congrats for your score! :-D

ISB Hyderabad
IIM A,B,C and I
SP Jain Mumbai
XLRI

are usually the sought after for 1 yr MBA in India.



Do you think my score is competitive for these schools, other than ISB?


The schools look much more than GMAT score but this score is good enough to in many of the schools I have mentioned above especially SP Jain, IIM-I, Great Lakes etc.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 19:57
Guys,

can any one share the Sandeep Gupta compilation of all 700-800 level quant questions ?

Tried searching the forums but couldn't locate.

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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 20:43
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Guys,

can any one share the Sandeep Gupta compilation of all 700-800 level quant questions ?

Tried searching the forums but couldn't locate.

Cheers


send me your email id. I will send by email.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2013, 05:13
Thanks, I have PM my email ID
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kenymandar wrote:
Guys,

can any one share the Sandeep Gupta compilation of all 700-800 level quant questions ?

Tried searching the forums but couldn't locate.

Cheers


send me your email id. I will send by email.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2013, 06:31
I have also sent PM, Thanks.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2013, 19:03
kenymandar wrote:
Guys,

can any one share the Sandeep Gupta compilation of all 700-800 level quant questions ?

Tried searching the forums but couldn't locate.

Cheers


Hi,

I will very grateful if you can share the Qs to me as well. I am stuck at 44. thanks.
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 23:55
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kenymandar wrote:
Guys,

can any one share the Sandeep Gupta compilation of all 700-800 level quant questions ?

Tried searching the forums but couldn't locate.

Cheers


send me your email id. I will send by email.

Could you please send me the compilation to my email id, which I would PM u??

Waise congrats for an excellent score, but as you mentioned you surely missed an excellent opportunity to score a 750 minimum!!
anyways all d best for apping process!!!
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 07:00
Could anyone please share those Sandeep Gupta's compilation of 700-800 level quant questions. It could be useful to others as well.

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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 12:39
I have one Question, angelkosuru

V38 what does that mean out of 41, how many questions will be correct?
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Re: 730 Q 50 V 38 - Srinivas [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 21:22
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I have one Question, angelkosuru

V38 what does that mean out of 41, how many questions will be correct?


I have been struggling with this question a lot. I never got a firm answer from anybody. But if you can get around 30 to 31 questions correct, then a score around 40 is is assured. You better don't ask this question anywhere, because you will never get a straight answer from anybody. But try to achieve 80%accuracy that will assure you a very good score in verbal
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Guys,

This is the link of Sandeep Gupta's Quant 700-800 level Q's.

http://gmatclub.com/forum/more-than-1-000-quant-problems-with-solutions-151207.html

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