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730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:01
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Well what a journey. Perhaps I put more effort than was required. But oh well. I scored a little less than I anticipated, but I would not be a stickler. I am reasonably happy with my score.

I have gained a lot from these forums, so why not give something back. some details about my preparation. Please bear in mind, the debrief is just the way I prepared (made some mistakes on the way) and may not apply to you. Just to give you some back ground about me, I am non native English engineer.

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As soon as I decided to go for GMAT, I wanted to sign up for a prep class. Knewton seemed like a good option. It gave me a good start but all in all was a disappointment. So I would recommend checking your requirements before signing up with Knewton. They do offer 50 points money back guarantee, but then its material did not help me much, and I still figured out to score more than 50 points more than its diagnostic. In short, 50 points money might be useless to you, if you have decided to put every effort to score more than that.

Lets start section wise. I will try to stick to the kind of questions I got in GMAT without violating my Confidentiality with GMAC.

Quantitative:
First of all, I want to start off by saying OG for Quant section are pretty much useless.

Regarding the GMAT and your demeanor
The questions now are very different in actual GMAT. They are much more trickier (please not I did not say they are difficult). To me difficult problems are the ones that involve lot of calculations or require multiple steps to ultimately arrive at the correct answer, but GMAT problems are not so.

I took GMAT twice. The first time, I was nervous and kept anticipating a probability question, since they are considered the hardest. When it was not showing up, I kept getting more and more nervous. I am very sure I made significant number of mistakes because of my nervousness. I got this notion of probability question by reading one of the other posts in this forum. When you are in middle of the exam, do not think about what you read in the forums and the kind of question you should get to score high. Every exam is going to be different. The two times I took, the second time looked completely different from the first (of course I scored only 670 the first time). But both the times, I did not get one probability question :) . During the exam, no matter what happens do not lose heart. The first time, I got extremely nervous and lost all hopes of getting good score within the first 20 questions of quant. But then I went on to score 48, which I did not anticipate at all (at least since the way I thought I did in the quant section).

Preperation:
I strongly recommend sticking to Manhattan GMAT's strategy guides. Learn even the smallest possible strategy. Think every different way you can twist a concept. Do not just study and try to remember, understand the concept. I tried to employ this strategy, and it helped a lot. In fact, one of the question was exactly one of my twists.

MGMAT strategy guide is as far as I would go with MGMAT. Their questions for quant section are extremely tough, wordy and calculation intensive. But try to solve as many problems as you can. Use GMATPrep to get as many questions as you can. I must have attempted GMAT Prep at least 20 times. The GMAT club questions are excellent quality and are very much in line with tough GMAT problems (may be little more tougher).

Verbal:
The tougher problems in the OG are more representative of the problems from GMAT. My weakest section was SC. I pretty much used the MGMAT SC guide and CR Bible. Although, a lot of people are big fans of 1000 SC, I think they are pretty much useless. The questions are not even close to actual GMAT, if you want to score anything more than 650. MGMAT's questions are good but are too easy. In short, MGMAT's quant is tough and verbal is easy.

So for the SC section, I used the 200 or so questions from the GMATprep document floating around in this forum and analyzed the hell out of them. For every question, I checked the MGMAT's forum to see what the comments were. Trust me, you will gain a lot from this than solving 1000 SC questions. I cannot emphasize more on this, DO NOT and DO NOT just look for right answer, ALWAYS look for what is wrong with incorrect answers. You will learn a lot from this exercise.

Couple of comments about RC, practice as many essays as possible under timed conditions. But, your accuracy of picking the right answer can be increased significantly by doing only one thing. When you read the passage always keep authors point of view. Even if you do not understand entire statement. Always, keep authors point of view in mind. This is easier said than done. But just this plain statement at least doubled my accuracy.

Critical reasoning, this was my forte in verbal. I rarely get CR questions wrong. So I did not put much effort into this section.

Regarding verbal Section of GMAT:
The section was much tougher than I ever faced in any of the exams. The SC questions were on the tough side of GMATprep questions. In RC, I got THREE long passages, with four questions, and one short. But fortunately the questions were like CR questions. In CR, I got at least 8 or 9 assumption questions. In the middle of verbal section, the question got so tough that I just guessed on couple just to bring the difficult down. Such an approach was a bad idea because I was left with some time in the end. I could have scored more. OH WELL

Anyways, this is my story. Good luck.
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:17
Great story man. Excellent!
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:18
Excellento.. Btw can you point me to this 200 gmatprep scdocument you refer to?

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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:22
Great score. Excellent debrief. How long did you prepare and what are your practice scores.
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:49
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Excellento.. Btw can you point me to this 200 gmatprep scdocument you refer to?

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If i am not wrong ,its at this link
750-q49-v44-68657.html

Wish if there were one for CR too :wink:
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 11:51
Did you give any full timed tests since you mentioned you gave gprep more than 25 times....why i am asking this is how to know where you are standing,your score without giving any gpreps?
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 12:03
I started in Feb. But, with Knewton it was a good start. To me, the true preparation started after I took the first MGMAT CAT in early April. I think I got the MGMAT guides around end of April. So my serious preparation started early may. Although, I was trying to keep up with Knewton, all things considered, I think I just wasted my money and time with them. Here are my scores:
Knewton Cat1: 600
Knewton Cat2: 600
Knewton Cat3: 610
Knewton Cat4: 660
Knewton Cat5: 580

MGMAT CAT1: 600
MGMAT CAT2: 650
MGMAT CAT3: 670
MGMAT CAT4: 680
MGMAT CAT5: 680
MGMAT CAT6: 730

GMATPrep CAT1: 740
GMATPrep CAT2: 750

GMAT First try: 670
GMAT Second: 730

My Knewtons score were very low. Believe it or not, I am better at tougher problems than easier problems. I have tendency to make silly mistakes. Knewton had too many easy questions any mistake and you get punished heavily. I think in one of the tests I had 33 questions right and scored 42 in quant. Extremely poor scoring.
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 12:07
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 12:29
Thanks... Agree manhattan explanations are solid... ESP Ron and Tommy..

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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 12:46
Ramascar,

Could you tell us more about actual Math you faced on the Test?
Two weeks ago I saw MAAANY DSs, no mixture problems and only one probabaility.

Approximately, how many DS and Word Problems you saw? What was the ratio?

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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:34
Great to see your final score spiralling when compared to MGMATs :
MGMAT CAT1: 600
MGMAT CAT2: 650
MGMAT CAT3: 670
MGMAT CAT4: 680
MGMAT CAT5: 680
MGMAT CAT6: 730

Thanks for the debrief and congratulations.
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:37
Great score! Congrats!
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:53
The problem with MGMAT was with word problems. They are generally extremely wordy, and I am a slow reader. So I ended up wasting lot of time reading problems. I always thought I will score better in actual GMAT. Plus they are extremely calculation intensive, not the case with GMAT. Hence, dont take any of these practice tests as golden. Know the limits of these tests use them accorodingly.

To answer another persons question, I dont really remember what was the ratio of DS to PS. But I think it was in the ball park of GMATPrep.I remember finishing the first 12 or 13 question in about 16 or 17 min. Then took my sweet time solving tough problems to a point when I had 2 min per question. Of course I cannot mention the actual questions. But I would highly recommend GMATClub questions.

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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 14:06
ramaskar1 wrote:
Of course I cannot mention the actual questions. But I would highly recommend GMATClub questions.


After scoring miserable Q48 I went to GMAT Club Tests and they easily disparaged me... I did not know that I'm so weak in Math - GMAT did not show me anything resembling the difficulty of GMAT Club Tests :) I agree that they are much better than MGMAT, where Word Problems can be called "just another RC section" :)
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 21:42
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 21:43
Great job buddy. Lend me your Q score!
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 07:43
Congratulations buddy, Great score!
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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 08:00
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Great job buddy. Lend me your Q score!


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Re: 730(Q50 V39)!! I am done [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 09:23
A BIG Congratulations. Nice debrief.
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