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I had my GMAT on Thursday Nov 11 and I was extremely happy when I saw my score. Far beyond my expectations. I just read for a month. The first three weeks just 2-3 hrs/day. I just had one month to study and I found this forum just 10 days before my exam. But I think this forum is so useful, so I decided to write about my experience.

I started with Manhattan verbal series. I think they are "the must". (at least for non-native one as me!) Then I had my gmat prep 1 and I got 660. Then I read Manhattan Quant. series. After that I read OG 12.
On the last week I took all my exams. These are my scores:
GMAT prep 1 (Retake): 720
Manhattan 1: 640
Manhattan 2: 680
Manhattan 3: 720
Manhattan 4: 690
Manhattan 5: 700
Manhattan 6: 710
Kaplan : 680
GMAT prep 2: 700

So you can see that my best performance was my real GMAT :)
I disagree with some posts who said that forget about Manhattan Verbal. I had some crazy CR in my real one. I was happy that I saw some crazier before :) So take all the tests you have. It helps you not to get tired during the exam.

Two days before my exam my friend fall from her bicycle and she needed some treatments in a hospital. Then she came to our house. So I didn't have time to read. One day before my exam I drove to the exam center to find it and I stayed in a hotel near the center (It was around 1 hour driving from our home). I ate a small croissant with butter for dinner (sounds like a breakfast, huh? ) I tried to read for AWA, but I was so excited, so I went to a nearby shopping mall and I was there for about an hour. I came back to the hotel and watched a movie. I went to the bed around 11 and I remember that I was awake until around 1 AM.
I woke up at 6.30. I ate two toasts and cream cheese and drank a cup of black tea. I took a shower and I was at the center around 7.35.
The registration part was easy and I started my test around 7.55.
I hadn't tried to write a single writing before exam. I used all the minutes for the writing part. I took the break and drank water and ate a small cup cake. The restroom was full so I couldn't use it :) I used around 5 minutes of the break.
Q part seemed so easy. I wondered whether I was so bad at the beginning. !!!!!!!!!!!! I finished in 55 minutes (20 minutes extra time!). I took the break and went to the restroom. Drank water and ate another small piece of cake.
The first 3 SC questions were so hard and I spent around 7 minutes. RC questions were reasonable. Some of the CRs were totally different from OG and GMAT Prep. I just finished on-time.
when I clicked the "report the score" I was going to die. I was sure that I did very poor, especially in Q part. I didn't believe my score. I really wanted to hug the staff :)

I wish you all success in GMAT and everything else. Please let me know if you have any question

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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2010, 21:37
You really gotta be kidding...a score of 50 on Verbal for a non native English speaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am struggling to hit the 40 mark.....

Nevertheless, congrats on the good score...... all the best for your application.

Would be very helpful, if you could shed some light on your verbal preparation. may be things such as, material used, strategies for SC & CR.

I still cant believe a non native can hit a score of 50 in Verbal. Hats of to you.

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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2010, 21:39
CONGRAT!!! Which schools are you applying to?
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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2010, 23:09
parisas wrote:
Some of the CRs were totally different from OG and GMAT Prep.


People want to know about Strange CR you encountered :)
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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 01:48
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I think its the other way round - Q50 V41
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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 05:24
Congrats on the score and welcome to the 700+ club.

Unfortunately you or moderators have to remove the GMAT question. It violates the confidentiality agreement you signed at the beginning of the exam. Though I can say I got a verrry similar question as well.

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Re: 740 (QQQQQQQQQQ 50, VVVVVVV 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 07:19
I am so sorryyyyyyyyyy.... srjaidev is right. my Q is 50 and my V is 41 !!!!!! I was so tired last night when I wrote the post. Sorry again guys...
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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 07:21

Unfortunately you or moderators have to remove the GMAT question. It violates the confidentiality agreement you signed at the beginning of the exam. Though I can say I got a verrry similar question as well.



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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 07:31


People want to know about Strange CR you encountered :)


There were some new question types and they weren't straight-forward at all. If I want to compare I would say that they were more similar to Manhattan CAT tests (two somehow correct options which are not really correct !!! :D ) than OG and they were time consuming
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I am so sorryyyyyyyyyy.... srjaidev is right. my Q is 50 and my V is 41 !!!!!! I was so tired last night when I wrote the post. Sorry again guys...


Trust me, Q50 V41 is way better than Q41 V50 :P
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Re: 740 (V 50, Q 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 07:40
CONGRAT!!! Which schools are you applying to?

I m not sure. I have to be in Virginia for a while. So I think of UV (Darden), Virginia Tech (Pamplin) and UNC ! I have to ask your opinions in a relevant post.
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 20:30
congratssssssssssssssssssssssss.......... so glad that ur real GMAT was the highest score...

Can you share how the RC standard was when you compare them to OG 12.

did you take any educated guesses or u solved all of them both for quant n verbal?
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 21:30
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congratssssssssssssssssssssssss.......... so glad that ur real GMAT was the highest score...

Can you share how the RC standard was when you compare them to OG 12.

did you take any educated guesses or u solved all of them both for quant n verbal?



I think RC was easier than some of the OG or CATs. Or maybe the subjects were more interesting for me, so I was able to understand the whole thing. Also I saw the subjects of 2 of them previously. I can't recall exactly where they were, but it should be either GMAT Prep 2 or CAT6. The passages were not same, but the whole idea and the concepts were similar.
2 of the passages had some CR types (something like which of the following options strengthens the author's claim ).
For Q part I solved all the questions, for Verbal I guessed one of the SC questions at the end, because I wanted to save some seconds for the last question. I do not sure if it is the case always, but my percentiles in some of my tests decreased dramatically because of the wrong answer to the last question. I wanted to pay more attention to that one ! Again I am not sure if this belief is always true.
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2010, 05:57
thanx for the info..

gr8 to know that you guessed only 1 SC out of 41 Q's..

now i am guessing nearly 10-12 q's in the CAT's as i lack time in Verbal.
did you have time for all the Q's from the initial CAT's or you got this speed by practice?
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2010, 09:02
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did you have time for all the Q's from the initial CAT's or you got this speed by practice?


I think I had the same speed for the Verbal part initially, but I had time-difficulty with Q, specially on M-CATs, but I believe that practice definitely improves the speed, both for Q and V.
My strategy for time (V-part) was paying close attention to the clock after first 10 questions. In my practice tests and also in my real one I tried to save about 2 minutes for each question. I know that the real allocated time for verbal questions was less than 2 minutes, but by this way I found enough time to read the RC passages even 2 times. When I noticed that I have less than 2 minutes for each question (for example I had 22 questions, but 40 minutes left) I tried to increase my speed. you can use your guess in this phase. Based on my experience I think it is common to face some long and complicated SC & CR questions at the end. Then you have enough time to read those one and increase the related percentile.
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 07:06
Congrats on the score! Great result. Would you mind filling us in on how exactly you went through your verbal prep? +1
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 08:23
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Congrats on the score! Great result. Would you mind filling us in on how exactly you went through your verbal prep? +1


First I read Manhattan series for Verbal. Then I took OG 12. For SC part I read the whole answer part (regardless of my answer; correct or not) two times.
Then I took all the test that I mentioned in my first post.
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Re: 740 (Q 50, V 41) So happy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 10:54
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