730 (Q49, V41) : Share GMAT Experience
Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 21 Jan 2017, 02:21

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# 730 (Q49, V41)

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 05 Aug 2006
Posts: 30
Followers: 0

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

### Show Tags

05 Aug 2006, 08:03
Hi Everybody,

I had been active at ST forums before my GMAT, and also had been glancing at TestMagic a bit. Found GMATClub before my GMAT, but since I couldn't actively spend time at so many forums at once, I decided to be active at ST only.

Anyhow, I joined GMATClub forums today, mainly to interact in the MBA Admissions forums.

I had posted the following debrief on the same day after my GMAT (29th July) to other forums I have been participating in (ST, TestMagic, Pagalguy). I am posting it here too; hopefully the post helps someone else in his/her GMAT preparation.

Summary: couple of months of erratic prep schedule. Final score: 730 (Q49, V41)
Update (5th Aug 2006): AWA score: 6.0

Details:

Prep Material:
OG 11
Kaplan Prep CD - guide + practice exams
Manhattan Sentence Correction guide + Online questions + Practice Exams
ST + TestMagic Forum discussions
Sample Essays (available on the net)
Reading GMAT experiences on Scoretop, TestMagic, and Pagalguy forums

Study:

Started off with OG
- attempted each and every question
- analyzed the incorrect ones
- analyzed the interesting ones (or ones where I thought my method was too lengthy)
- first Practice Test - score 630
- second Practice Test (3 weeks before GMAT) - score 680

Started participating in ST forum discussions
- practiced other questions posted in the forums
- glanced at TestMagic forums from time to time

Picked up Kaplan CD
- went through CD guide and practice questions
- first Practice Test - score 550

- Mainly concentrated on 'Analysis of an Argument' essays

Bought Manhattan SC guide
- attempted all OG SC questions once again, categorized by Manhattan chapters
- analyzed the incorrect ones
- attempted Practice questions on Manhattan's site (1 day before GMAT)
- first Practice Test (1 day before GMAT) - score 630

Last 2 days
- went through July JJs once
- went through explanations of questions where my answers didn't match the OA
- revised Manhattan SC guide once again, and attempted online questions + 1 practice test
- went through the list of 'Analysis of an Issue' Essay Topics and tried to imagine what I would write in that essay

Before the exam:

If I score less than 700, I'll retake the test after a month.
If between 700-720, I'll consider retaking the test.
If above 720, I'll not retake it.
Anything above 720 would be bonus.

Exam:
• First was Analysis of an argument. Wrote pretty well (in my opinion). I'd rate my essay a 6.0.
• Second was Analysis of an Issue. Spent too much trying to figure out examples, etc. I'd rate my essay a 4.0 here.
• Quantitative: Questions went progressively harder. I think I put in the first incorrect answer for the 7th or 8th question. After that it was a fluctuating difficulty level throughout the quantitiative. Saw 2-3 JJs. Completed with 2-3 minutes to spare.
• Verbal: Questions went progressively harder again. But I think I entered the first incorrect one too soon - probably for the 4th or 5th question. Completed with 1 minute to spare.

In the middle of the verbal section, I had started hoping for a 700+ score. Didn't know whether it would be 710, 720 or what. Thought about 730 or 740 a couple of times.

Final Score:
730
Q49
V41
Update (5th Aug 2006): AWA score: 6.0

Finer Details:
• Had not practiced writing a single essay before the GMAT
• Had not practiced most Quantiative questions on paper. I just did mental calculations for most of them and got the answer.
• Practice test (Manhattan) on the last day actually helped. It helped me to spot places where I tended to overlook the problem statement.

What I suggest:
• Start early. The earlier you get a date for your GMAT, the better. I wasn't serious at all until I got the date.
• Plan a retake if you're not confident enough. I wanted my final GMAT score before September. So I planned on the GMAT date at the end of July. In case I wanted to reakte the test, I would have taken it at the end of August.
• Practice AWAs. I didn't, but that doesn't mean everybody else shouldn't.
• Participate in forum discussions wherever you have a constructive input. That will help everybody, including you.
• Don't hestitate to ask (in the forums) clarifications on questions / answers you don't understand.
• The earlier you procure your study material, the better. I waited too long to order Manhattan SC Guide directly from Amazon.
• Practice a few questions everyday in the last 2-3 weeks of your prep. If you're working (I sometimes work late hours in office), do set aside a couple of hours for practice each day - no matter how tired you are.

_________________

teh calvin

Last edited by tehcalvin on 05 Aug 2006, 10:11, edited 1 time in total.
 Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Math Revolution Discount Codes Magoosh Discount Codes
Senior Manager
Joined: 03 Aug 2006
Posts: 444
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

05 Aug 2006, 09:07

I have to admit that it was such an encouragement for me.

I am scheduled to take my first GMAT in one week. Since I scored 650 and 680 on the MGMAT exam# 2 and 3 respectively although I have put more than 300 hours for the GMAT, I was feeling somewhat discouraged.

You showed me a hope that I may end up scoring more on GMAT than the scores on the MGMAT.

Thanks!
Intern
Joined: 05 Aug 2006
Posts: 30
Followers: 0

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

### Show Tags

05 Aug 2006, 10:12
Thanks. I also got my AWA score report today (exactly 1 week after GMAT).
Scored 6.0

_________________

teh calvin

SVP
Joined: 31 Jul 2006
Posts: 2304
Schools: Darden
Followers: 43

Kudos [?]: 475 [0], given: 0

### Show Tags

05 Aug 2006, 10:17
That's good info. I'm looking for a bit of last minute inspiration, as I go under the knife (so to speak) in 4 days.
GMAT Club Legend
Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society
Joined: 05 Apr 2006
Posts: 5926
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009
GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45
Followers: 314

Kudos [?]: 2039 [0], given: 7

### Show Tags

06 Aug 2006, 06:37
Back from vacation, time to hand out the awards...

06 Aug 2006, 06:37
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2 730: Q 49, V 41 :) 23 22 Nov 2011, 01:51
3 730 Q49 V41 - Debrief 19 12 Dec 2009, 15:13
4 730 Q49 and V41 16 09 Aug 2009, 05:17
GMAT 730 (Q- 49; V-41) 16 27 Jul 2009, 08:46
730 (Q49, V41) from 610 8 07 Sep 2007, 14:08
Display posts from previous: Sort by