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730 (Q50, V38) [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 14:28
I took the exam this morning and it was my first attempt. I joined
this forum at the end of 2003 and was an active member for about 2
months. That was the last time I looked at OG and Kaplan.

Back again on this forum Dec 2004. I realized that I was not getting
anywhere with my verbal. I was still in the 75-80% right answers on
verbal. So I decided to take gmaxonline. I think that helped me boost
about 30 points in verbal.
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Prep and scores:
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- OG completed (sometimes glanced)
- GMATCLUB Challenges are GREAT!
- Original OLD paper tests

Kaplan, gmaxonline, princeton tests are no good. They are ambiguous
sometimes and the scoring is not accurate.

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My scores:
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- PP1 - 710 (before OG)
- PP2 - 720 (2 days before exam)
- Kaplan - 650, 640
- Online challenges - 80-98%, most recent - 92 and 93%, avg - 90%
If you are already in the 49+ range, online challenges will provide
you an opportunity to boost the score to 50-51 level. I did the online challenges religiously and got burnt a couple of times trying
to do back to back tests to increase my stamina. Please do not attempt that:-)
- I took the exams and I scored consistently between 680-740. (No official scoring. I used the formula based on number of correct answers).

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The EXAM:
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I has scheduled the test for 8:30am. I reached the test center at
7:30, had my breakfast in the car and took a conference call while
waiting outside the center. I took a couple of days off, thinking that
I can relax but ended up working 10 hours both days. I was up at 3:30
am on the morning of the test to facilitate resolution for a major
systems issue that had a large business impact.

They let me in at 8:00 and I started the test right away. I never
practiced AWA seriously, so will have to wait and see the scores. I
took 'slap cold water on your face' advice seriously and my shirt was
wet during the first break.

Quant started with eay questions. First one was arithmetic decimal
simplification, second was a simple geometry. I got a hard probability
question and I took time to verify it. The questions
varied in difficulty and that made me wonder if I made any mistakes.
But, I did not give any scope for -ve thoughts as I was very
confident in Q.

I had a difficult DS question and thought I nailed it. Marked E as the
answer and went back to the stem to make sure that I was reading it
right. I realized that question asked for the ratio and I was looking
for values. At that point, instead of changing it to D, I clicked the
confirm button. Rightaway, I knew I lost the chance to get a 51. I had 3 minutes for the last question, a reminder plug-in problem with E as choice. If I were to be left with less than a minute, I could not have finished that.

Verbal started with 2 difficult SC's and an easy RC. I only got one bold face CR and I was feeling exausted. My mind went blank on a few questions. I finished verbal with 1 minute to spare. I usually make the most mistakes in RC and I must have done so on the test as well. I got two RC passages of medium difficulty with 65 line passages and a difficult 40 line passage in the end.

Then came the survey and it took for ever. Fianlly clicked for score and saw 730!

Q 50(95%) and V38(85%)

Total 730 (97%)

I was a little upset (easy Q 51) walking out of the test center.

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My thoughts:
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Successful GMAT score requires:

- General aptitude (As a non-native speaker and not so voracious a reader, I knew 40 in verbal would be a stretch)
- Stamina and endurance (Vensune is bang on..most of us loose by the time we get to the verbal section)
- Preperation and practice (one can improve upto 80 points on SC alone)
- Take one question at a time and do not get ahead of yourself (Golf really helped me here).

I would like to thank GMATCLUB for providing such a great forum.
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My profile:
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I have 9+ years tech strategy, architecture, sys management experience and targeting a top 5 EMBA sponsored by my company. I took the test seriously though 80% in Q and V will get me an admission.

Let me know if any of you have questions and I will be glad to answer.

Best of Luck!!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 15:03
congratulations for your great score!!...
it is amazing to see how many smart people we can find here!

I will try to learn more and be an example for future forum emmbers........

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 15:11
Wow, that is a great score! Congratulations! And a conference call before the test? Working 10 hours per day the two days before tests? You really do have stamina and endurance. I think we can already congrate you on your admit now. ;)
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 15:41
Congratulations Mantha..U did it :war

What was ur speed in the Verbal (in format below)?
0-10
11-20
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31-41

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 16:05
Congrats. Great Score. Top 5 with that profile seems easy. Awesome job...

To get that great a score is awesome after a conference call. Thats why they say work experience helps.

At 2.5 years work ex, currently I am working with a bad deadline, 14 hour days at work for the last 8 days..our deadline ends tuesday and my gmat was scheduled for Monday. I have no clue how this will work. Feeling a little disappointed. I leave for India 17th....GMAT does seem distant and the worst part is I think I think I had really built on my score but no way out. Getting engaged...all things do happen at the same time...
Can't reschedule it as I return to an even worse timeline on projects. We will see take one thing at a time. I am sure there will be a way out. Any ideas? Suggestions?

Do focus on your essays now. I hear that it is a critical element in your applications.

All the very best.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 16:22
Congratulations mantha ! I am so glad you did well. Thanks for the wonderful post. It was very nice info.

Thanks for the feedback about the challenges. Do you have any advice for us to make the challenges better ? Comments, both positive and negative, are most welcome.

I would be glad if you can visit us from time to time to help others out.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:20
Awesome score mantha, congrats !
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:38
congrats thats an awesome score. Im taking the test April 9th looking for the 650+. I got a 670 on PP1 (41 math, 41 verbal) a lot of easy mistakes on the math doomed my math score. other scores Ive gotten were 42 math 35 verbal on an ARCO test. what did you think of the quant compared to OG? Im only shooting for 44-46 on quant and Ill be happy. OG math definitely seems to easy as I hit 9/10 problem solving and 7-8/10 DS. Ive only made it through the first 150 questions though. I still have 4 weeks of practice with the OG to finish and Kaplan GMAT/GRE book to go through for a second time.
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OG Q is a must.. [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:48
You will be surprised by the number of unfamiliar quant topics on the exam. If I were you, I WILL complete OG quant religiously and do the online challenges every other day.

Good Luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:49
Congrats Mantha! You've done it.....
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:51
how can I do online challenges every other day? can you pay for access to past challenges and answers for them?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:53
btw now that I am done with the veritas prep course I will do OG religously and hopefully be done within 2 weeks.
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Challenges and improvement.. [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:54
Praetorian,

I must say you have to reduce the difficulty level. I was in the 90th percentile range even after makig 6-10 mistakes. My recommendation is to make the 0.5 point problem with no tricks/traps to encourage more people to participate in the challenges.

I must congratulate you and the rest of the team. Great dedication and commitment!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 17:57
as a weaker person in quant compared to the gurus that are all over this forum, i agree. ive tried one challenge albeit it was in the beginning of my prep and I was buried. i havent tried one since bc i know they are above my level
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 20:45
Mantha:

Whats your strategy to attack the verbal section.

What were your refercences in SC, CR and RC?

RC many of the guys have probs ...So what was your strategy and whats your advice apart from the practice?

BTW congratulations !!!
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2005, 21:38
Congrats mantha. You have been a long time member here and I was wondering when you would have finally written that test. You also vanished for a certain time and I thought you gave up the GMAT at a certain point. Glad you got your dream score! :woohoo It's also surprising that getting 50Q38V will give you 730 while 49Q38V will give you only 710 :) Kudos!
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Thank you Paul.. [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2005, 02:39
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help GMATCLUB.
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2 gmat2me2 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2005, 02:41
Please try the software - acereader pro. I heard it helps in speed reading and more importantly in understanding the entire passage in one go.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2005, 06:04
jackson24nj wrote:
how can I do online challenges every other day? can you pay for access to past challenges and answers for them?


yes, you can pay for access to past challenges. its $79 for access to all the challenges.

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Re: OG Q is a must.. [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2005, 13:19
mantha wrote:
You will be surprised by the number of unfamiliar quant topics on the exam. If I were you, I WILL complete OG quant religiously and do the online challenges every other day.

Good Luck!


Quick ques:

1. Can u elaborate on this "You will be surprised by the number of unfamiliar quant topics on the exam." What type of unfamiliar ques u saw in the real deal.

2. how do u compare OG maths with real thing ?

3. Can u plz provide ur section scores in PP1 and PP2 ?

Thx a lot.
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