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750 (50Q/41V) [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:16
Alright, alright, so it's not what I was getting during my practise sessions, but I'm happy. My final scores were as follows:

50Q - 95th %
41V - 93th %

Overall - 750, 98th %

To make a long point short, execution is key. And this is something I didn't do. I'm pretty sure I could have gotten a 770-790, but I'm happy with the score and it's time to move onto other parts of my B-school app.

Night before: Went out for Halloween, drank from 10pm to 7am (20-25 drinks), slept from 7am to 10am, drove for 3 hours and arrived at the testing center 10 minutes before hand. Hung over as ****, tired as ****, and brain wasn't working. Mug shot looked like I was a homeless guy hah. I did however have a good time the night before (ha ha). Anyways, long story short, I couldn't think at all (I kept staring into space), ended up shitting my pants (diarrhea from night before, I took a break and as I was taking a leak, I thought, hrmmmmm better check if I have to take a dump, so you know, I see if I had to go and apparently I did so yeah that took an extra few minutes to clean up). Anyways I lost about 8 minutes on verbal, and then I fell asleep during verbal too, the exam administrator woke me up (I think I was asleep for 5 mins). But yeah I lost about 15 mins on verbal, so I rushed towards the end...... hence a 41V and not 45V+, oh well. Oh and also during the post essay break, I was outside smoking and talking to a homeless guy, and chatting with him. The guy asked if he could call my mother, then called his mother and tried to steal my **** phone. So yeah shit my pants, homeless guy tried to steal my phone, fell asleep during verbal. I also swore a lot and pretended to punch the screen during my exam, so GMAC is going to get a laugh at viewing my footage.


That was absolutely brutal. I was debating cancelling my scores, but then I thought why not, and boom, 750, 50Q / 41V. Not bad for a first try, and really, if I wrote it again, I'd get perhaps a 780, or perhaps lower.... but what's the point-- I'd rather invest the $250 elsewhere, say booze.

My essays were good though. I was still drunk when I started writing it, I think I used one of my grandpas quotes ("First you get the paper, then you get the money (and women).") haha


Ok so again, I think if I executed flawlessly, I could have gotten a 780/790, maybe 800. The questions were indeed tough. The problem with prep is you start to see repeats and you don't simulate the test conditions properly as you don't think as "hard" as you would if you were to get brand new questions everytime.

I didn't see a single repeat the entire time. Math was weird. I thought I surely would have gotten a 51Q, but I got some easy questions and by no means of exageration, I was tired as hell; the last place I wanted to be was the GMAT, but I was tired of studying for it and wanted to get it over with.

I'm pretty sure I got most (if not all) SC's correct (do those SC1000 questions, trust me, you will see some HARD SC's on the GMAT), but the CR is what killed me (ironically enough). I couldn't think straight and that was the problem.

Anyways, wrote it, and that's that.

Oh I also submitted my scores to INSEAD, Berkeley, Stanford, MIT and McGill. I didn't submit any applications, but hey, I bet too many people don't do that so maybe they'll email me and ask wtf is up.

Best of luck to you all. Remember the GMAT isn't the end of the world, and just reeeeeelax (not as much as I did though the night before hah)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:40
ROFL!!! thats **** awsome, not only did you get a great score, but also you had a **** good story.

Grats man.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:43
lol... man that's hilarious.. you did good man. maybe that's the key to calm nerves before the test ;)

anywooo, congrats. that's a fantastic score!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:43
Oh PS I saw people "splashing" their faces and being all hyper in the bathroom which was pretty hilarious. Remember, the GMAT is trying to beat YOU; you're not trying to beat it.

I should expand more on further prep. If I were to advise someone on getting a 700+ score, I would advise the following:

Timeframe (12 weeks)

3 weeks, 3 hours/day, read several books, Kaplan, McGrawHill, Princeton, etc. Get familiar with the questions, learn the answers inside out (for DS), etc. Do all the questions inside out.

Join GMATClub, practise questions daily (non-stop until G-Day).

OG10, OG11, SC1000, Grammar Book and learning any math concepts that you're not familiar with. Practise with sets in areas that you're weak, say SC, and do 50 questions at a time, and time yourself, along with accuracy. Once you're over 95% consistently without thinking too hard, you're set.

1 Month Before - GMATPrep, PowerPrep, emphasis on SC. SC is free marks. Most SC questions took me 30 seconds-- RC/CR are killer for time.
Start doing the Paper Tests, make sure you do them inside out.

2 weeks before, for 1 week, start doing 200 problems in a row, in about 3 hours (make sure you mix up DS, PS, RC, CR, and CR).

Last week relax, do some PP's.

That's it. 12 weeks, and you're guaranteed an easy 700+. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:50
Thanks guys. Just want to thank all of you guys again for the motivation and also for providing good arguments which help us better understand the answers.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:53
Hahaha still can't believe u shit ur pants, thats classic.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 01:20
i expected ur V to be 50+, but 41 is for people who have night out in Halloweeen. :) I hope it will be Halloweeeen just before my Gday as well

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 04:13
nice! u added a touch of color to the forums.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 04:30
Congrats !!

Nice score
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 05:34
Alcoholic tendencies? You're already showing signs of being a typical CEO.

true or not - good story and congrats on the score. ;]
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 08:52
TimeSquareDesi wrote:
Alcoholic tendencies? You're already showing signs of being a typical CEO.

true or not - good story and congrats on the score. ;]


not convincing story
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 09:48
It's obviously fake, but good read.
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Re: 750 (50Q/41V) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 09:52
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Night before: Went out for Halloween, drank from 10pm to 7am (20-25 drinks), slept from 7am to 10am,

give your big red nose a nice honk...
funny story but def not true.
i dont think anyone is even capable of being that dumb and irresponsible - drinking heavily the night before a test that you've spent several months preparing for
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Re: 750 (50Q/41V) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 10:25
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StartupAddict wrote:
Night before: Went out for Halloween, drank from 10pm to 7am (20-25 drinks), slept from 7am to 10am,

give your big red nose a nice honk...
funny story but def not true.
i dont think anyone is even capable of being that dumb and irresponsible - drinking heavily the night before a test that you've spent several months preparing for

yea... story doesnt really mesh with taking a practice exam the night before and scoring 790...
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 10:27
ROTFLMAO
True story or no...great score! Well done...
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 11:58
Congrats man! I must say i laughed my a** out. Fake story or not, great read; i wish some of the RC was like that, i think we would all score perfectly! LOL

Once again, well done and all the best!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 12:11
Where's the part about being qualified to handle nuclear waste?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 12:13
all I have to say: wow such immature people get high scores :) maybe getting a high score is not all that "good". I have heard that b-school adcoms look at high scorers more deeply to see if they have anything else going on in their lifes, because a score does not tell the whole picture :)) and now I see why :) well... congrats on the score ... and yeah such a 'fun' (stupid) story :)) but most people don't believe it anyways :) you did not post like 150 post on this forum (such an effort) to go to the gmat drunk :)
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Re: 750 (50Q/41V) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 12:50
CookieMonster wrote:
StartupAddict wrote:
Night before: Went out for Halloween, drank from 10pm to 7am (20-25 drinks), slept from 7am to 10am,

give your big red nose a nice honk...
funny story but def not true.
i dont think anyone is even capable of being that dumb and irresponsible - drinking heavily the night before a test that you've spent several months preparing for


co-sign! altho i've heard stories like this from "friends" also. haha
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2007, 14:35
Thanks guys.

Haha story? It's not even that good, trust me, I wish I made it up, because if I did, I'd definately have a higher score :-)

FYI if you want to work as a trader in investment banking, I know first hand that you have to drink, smoke and gamble. You also have to be cheap and a huge risk taker (for Quant jobs they take the little nerds). Food for thought.

Best of luck to you all.
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