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740 Q48 V42 And Scene! - Debrief

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GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42
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I have taken GMAT on the last day before the format change. And I am glad I have reached my target score of 740 (Q48, V42). I have taken GMAT twice before. While I received 680 (Q47, V36) the first time, it went down to 660 (Q49, V31) the second time. I have decided to take it yet again and I swore that will be the last time. I didnt want to spend too much time preparing for Integrated Reasoning.

My strategy going into it the second time was to outperform in Quant and maintain my verbal or improve it slightly. To quantify it I was thinking more like Q50 & V36 which would put me over the magic mark of 700. So I bought all Manhattan GMAT Quant books. I revised my quant strategy from earlier. I mentioned earlier that my strategy of solving all OG 12 questions first was terrible. This time I completed each main topic and then would go ahead and solve all DS & PS questions related to that topic. For example, I would study the Geometry book and all its sub-topics and then attack its DS & PS from the OG12. I didn't change my verbal preparation strategy what a dumb mistake that was. In fact I might as well go as far as saying that I actively ignored Verbal while putting oh so emphasis on Quant. I took a Manhattan GMAT CAT test and saw my score as 690. Usually these tests are way tougher than the actual GMAT test. So I was optimistic. The day has arrived and I have only brushed up the verbal seciton. I felt confident nonetheless. So I set out to tame GMAT. I had a couple of unfortunate events minutes before I was to take the exam. As I was driving to the exam center I met with an accident thanks to the narrow Philadelphia city roads and unruly taxi drivers. Luckily I survived but my car sustained some major dents! After reaching the exam center the supervisor wouldn't seat me because I didn't bring my passport with me. I deliberately didn't bring my passport with me because they were more than happy to accept my drivers license last time. A half hour argument ensued and finally she promised she would let me take the exam if I would go home & fetch my passport with in an hour. By the time I went home and returned to the test center I was worn out but I began my exam. Despite these setbacks I felt alright after writing essays and I felt very satisfied with my Quant performance. But my head was splitting with the stress. Afterall my afternoon was quite eventful. Its the same story again with Verbal my energy levels plummetted especially with the headache weighing heavily on my ability to sit through the test. I didn't care for the last 10 or so questions and I was running out of time. I wanted to get it over with. There and I am done. The score was about to pop. I was still optimistic given that I felt very confident about my Quant. There Q49. I said cool not bad I thought I'd get a 50. But its ok. Then my eyes focused on the three digit number. It was 660. I was shocked. My verbal was a dismal 31. I went home and slept the day off.

So in short the following are the things that helped me reach my goal

1) Manhattan GMAT Quant books all 5 of them.
2) Manhattan GMAT verbal SC book.
3) Powerscore CR book.
4) GMAT OG 12 ofcourse.
5) Maintain energy levels through out the test. This needed practise too!
6) Take enough time to get first 10 or so questions right. Double check your work!!!
7) Make sure you didn't guess any answers in first 10 or so questions.
8) Take every break you could.
9) Relax on the day before exam.
10) DO NOT GIVE UP! STAY FOCUSED ON THE GOAL. Everything else falls in its place.
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07 Jun 2012, 13:25
Congrats on your score ! Excellent debrief!
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