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750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 11:56
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Just gave the test today and got a 750 (Q49, V44). While overall I am definitely happy and relieved I must admit I am a little dissapointed with the quant score. Never scored less than 50, but some stupid decisions I made during the test cost me a 50+ quant score.

Here were my test scores:

GMATPrep1: 760
GMATPrep2: 760
MGMAT 1: 760
MGMAT2: 750
MGMAT3:750
MGMAT4: 730
MGMAT5: 760
MGMAT6: 770

GMATPrep2 (retake): 790

Preparation:

OG - First of all I personally do NOT believe that the OG is the bible. OG is just the first step and by no means will it prepare you for a 720+ score. 80% of the OG is way easier than Gmatprep and the actual test so keep that in mind. Do not built false confidence by doing well in OG. OG should be the FIRST thing you do and thats it, after that you must move on to more difficult sources.

MGMAT - The best CATs by far. I would highly recommend them

SCs - Manhattan SC. A lot of people swear by this as the SC bible, but once again I beg to differ. I think it is a stepping stone, but by no means is it the be all and end all of everything to do with SC. In fact the book doesnt cover a lot of the ground for the really tough SCs in GMAT, such as Ellipsis. However, this MUST be the starting point for all study in SC.

The best source for SC in the last 2 weeks of prep is the GMatPrep document on this website that covers ALL of the problems posted in GmatPrep. Once you go through that you will realize that for the most difficult questions, simple parallelism, pronoun rules don't suffice. Learning about these problems is the single most important thing you can do for SC prep.

CR/RC - Practice, Practice, Practice. No material to learn here, the more you practice the better you become.

Finally during your practice tests, whenever you get something wrong, don't brush past it, but understand why you went wrong. Search for the problem on this forum or the Manhattan forums (highly recommended)

Now onto quant.

Now during the test, I felt like I was doing well in the first 15 qns of quant and got some tough DS's, but then I got a nasty DS that stuck with me through the test. I should have guessed and moved forward, but I refused to let go. I wasted about 7 mins on this and paid for it at the end by guessing the last 3-4 qns semi-blindly. Pick the battles you want to fight.

I felt the verbal considerably easier than anything I had done. Every SC seemed to be water-tight and apart from a few CRs towards the end and a nasty RC at the very end, I was in control throughout.

So there you go, I am done with it.. feel free to ask me any questions.

Edit: GMAT Prep Docs Referenced:
GMAT Prep SC
GMAT Prep SCOA
Manhattan GMAT Discount CodesKaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount Codes
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 12:45
Excellent score - congrats!

Just wondering then, if you feel that the OG is not the best material for prep, what other Quant resources did you use?

Best of luck with apps,
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 12:47
The Gmatclub challenges and the GmatFocus tests are the best prep for quant. I also think the MGMAT Quant is of a very high quality. if you an score 49+ in those, you are definitely good.
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 14:28
Sterny,

Congrats on an excellent score! Where can one find the SC GMATPrep document that you mention?
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 15:03
what material are you reffering to????

"The best source for SC in the last 2 weeks of prep is the GMatPrep document on this website that covers ALL of the problems posted in GmatPrep". Once you go through that you will realize that for the most difficult questions, simple parallelism, pronoun rules don't suffice. Learning about these problems is the single most important thing you can do for SC prep.

What were your sources for practicing CR and RC's????

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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 16:28
Yes, what GMAT Verbal document are you referring to?
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 16:52
There was a thread on this website of this guy who had created a list of 200 SC qns from the Gmatprep. I am on my office computer, so when I get back to my home laptop, I will try to post it. In the meantime, you can try searching on the Verbal forum to find the thread.

The document is nothing special, except just a dump of all the SCs that are in the gmatprep. However, it is much better IMHO than the 1000SC documents. The 1000SC is essentially practicing quantity rather than quality, which are few and far in between. These 200 questions on the other hand all ALL top class. On my first attempt, I got about 1 in 10 wrong..about 20 overall in the document. I would research on all my mistakes and the second time I did the document, tha ratio was about 1 in 80!

Keep in mind though that the FIRST step should always be the Manhattan SC. Once you have the basics down you should go over this document to go over the more difficult questions.
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Congratulations sterny. You have got an awesome score. Would you please mind telling what are the best sources for practice (in Quant) apart from challenges and MGMAT??
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 12:39
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Congrats, sterny! Good luck with your apps!
BTW, it looks like we had very similar experience in quant...
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 20:16
Did anyone find this thread.

If yes, please post the link. Thanks.
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 20:41
Sterny,

Did you any question on Ellipsis. Where can I find more information on Ellipses?

Thanks

BTW....Awesome score!!!
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 06:35
Did anyone find the SC document/link that Sterny is referring to????
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Sorry guys that it took me so long to post this..but HERE you go!!

I did get a couple of Ellipsis on the actual test..there is a beatthegmat.com document (on their verbal resources page) that explains what an Ellipsis is. Highly recommended.

Note about the attached document, these will be of no use to you if you dont research EVERY mistake you make. Make sure you google the answer stem you have got wrong, the Manhattan forums and their instructors usually answer the question with great explanation, so make sure you understand those.

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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 15:45
sterny wrote:
Sorry guys that it took me so long to post this..but HERE you go!!

I did get a couple of Ellipsis on the actual test..there is a beatthegmat.com document (on their verbal resources page) that explains what an Ellipsis is. Highly recommended.

Note about the attached document, these will be of no use to you if you dont research EVERY mistake you make. Make sure you google the answer stem you have got wrong, the Manhattan forums and their instructors usually answer the question with great explanation, so make sure you understand those.

Hope it helps!


Thanks. This will be very useful for everyone. I just wonder whether someone has all the GMATPrep CR in one document, similar to these documents. Anyone found something?
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 23:20
Extremly useful document. I found GPrep SC's extremly boring and tedious (especially GPrep 2), they are much harder than OG SC's and are even slightly harder than the real GMAT sentences.

However, extracting questions from GP has one serious drawback: being the adaptive test, GP is packed with lightweight questions that are completly useless for a 700 aspirant. That issue has even greater significance when it comes to the CR...

But I guess that this document is created by someone already on the high level, somebody who has been consistedly scoring above 42 in GP verbal so we don't have to worry about difficulty level.
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 05:04
Great document...

But where can one find explanations of the correct answers....?
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 05:15
Nowhere. Unfortunately, GMATprep software does not provide any kind of explanation, just correct answer.
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 06:16
Google the answer stem..almost every question has been asked before somewhere and the Manhattan forums usually have good explanations.

P.S - All the questions you see in Bold, were the ones that I got wrong in my first try. As you can see I did get quite a few wrong, but after going through every wrong answer my improvement was significant and in Round 2, I only got about 4-5 wrong in the entire document! This was such a big confidence booster that I am positive that in the actual GMAT I could not have had more than 1 or 2 wrong in SC as I was able to knock them out fairly easily..
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Re: 750 Q49, V44 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2008, 15:30
Just a quick question, will it be a good option to do this doc before the 2 GMATPREP CATS?
Since I would be seeing the same Q's when I do the CAT.

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