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750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 06:30
I gave my GMAT test today in India. I scored 750 (Q50 V40).

Key learning and Takeaways
* Do NOT worry about the difficulty level of questions AT ALL
* You only need a good disciplined timing strategy that you must stick to during the exam
* The cooler you are, the easier the exam gets
* Do not underestimate the positives of a good night sleep and a nice meal before the exam
* Forget everything and just stick to OG, GmatPrep questions, Manhattan SC guide.
* Do not be in a hurry at the GMAT. Take your time to settle in the first 10-15 minutes. Do questions slowly but confidently.
* HIDE the clock. It is evil. Do not look at it more than 3 times per section.
* I cannot stress it enough. GMAT is only about keeping both time and nerve. Do NOT worry too much about keeping time. If you are proceeding confidently you will automatically speed up in the second half of the test!
* You can easily score 4-5 more questions correctly if you don't fall for the traps that GMAC sets up for people who don't anticipate them
* Hail Ron Purewal, Stacey Koprince - ManhattanGMAT is doing a service to GMAT community by means of their forum.

Highlights
* A decent score as per expectation

Lowlights
* Timing - I finished quantitative section 20 minutes in advance and the verbal section 10 minutes in advance

Things that surprised me
* The difficulty level of the real GMAT is easier than GMAT prep problems. This generalization applies to all quantitative and verbal sections.
* There is enough time to finish all the questions
* It is really OK to guess a couple of questions and move on. GMAC doesn't penalize you for every question that it throws at you.
* The questions were not difficult. Just tricky. GMAT will introduce little twists that are easy to glance over. Just read carefully.
* Unlike GMAT Prep problems - hardly any ambiguous questions (but there were a couple - make the best guess and move on)

My study material
* I took a lot of tests - 6 MGMAT's (710, 730, 710, 740, 750, 770), GMAT Prep v1 and v2 (740, 750, 760, 760), Knewton free test (760), Kaplan's free test, 4 Princeton Review tests (don't remember scores but it was in the range of 710-750)
* Manhattan's SC guide only
* Powerscore CR bible (read it really long back)
* OG 12
* OG Verbal review
* Manhattan forums are worth their weight in gold
* GMAT Prep SC collection (I got its link from this forum - do a search) - MUST - look up solutions on manhattan forums. Nothing will benefit your score more than this exercise.

Rest it noise.

All the best!
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 06:32
Congrats on such an awesome score! Good luck with your applications.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 07:36
Congrats on the score and thanks for the review.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 10:26
really?! what a debrief!
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 17:12
Great debrief! Congratulations on cracking it.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 20:12
Hey congratulations! Thanks for the debrief
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 22:26
hey congrats

between what were your scores on kaplan ?
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 02:09
Congrats on the superb score

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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 04:32
This is good stuff! Will definitely give me a boost for my prep! And you really think the real gmat test was easier than the OG questions? hmm...
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 05:41
Congratulations jessenchester !
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 11:14
how do u rate princeton cat's ? I know the quant is hardly a challenge, but is the verbal good ? I think it has OG model questions and the scoring in gmat prep like.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 15:31
Congrats!
Great debrief. Good luck for the application process!
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 19:20
Congratulations on the top score and thanks for the debrief. Good luck with your applications!!
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 04:29
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* The cooler you are, the easier the exam gets

So the GMAT would be the easiest for the Fonz right? Since he's the coolest? :D
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 08:19
Amazing! Congratulations! Enjoy :)
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 10:39
Hi,

Congratulations on the fantastic score. Can you please let us know what was the duration of your preparation? I know everyone's aptitude varies, and the prep time for everyone would accordingly vary, however, would be good to get your perspective on your preparation.

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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 23:43
bblast wrote:
how do u rate princeton cat's ? I know the quant is hardly a challenge, but is the verbal good ? I think it has OG model questions and the scoring in gmat prep like.


Princeton was OK. Not quite close to the real GMAT but still made up for a decent practice. Their quant sucked - no challenge at all. Verbal was pretty decent though.

If you have run out of better tests such as MGMAT, then you can consider taking princeton tests.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 23:59
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Congratulations on the fantastic score. Can you please let us know what was the duration of your preparation? I know everyone's aptitude varies, and the prep time for everyone would accordingly vary, however, would be good to get your perspective on your preparation.

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Yeah, sure. I booked the GMAT appointment slightly less than 2 months in advance.

Personal opinion---

Although I had read up ManhattanSC and Verbal Review book prior to booking my GMAT appointment, I realized later that any preparation before booking the appointment is counterproductive. It doesn't help. You cannot achieve the same amount of focus over any material as you can when you are disciplined. Booking an appointment disciplines your preparation to some extent. 2 months are more than enough. Anything more than that "could" be counterproductive.

My good friend gave me great advice that I found valuable - "You have to peak at the right time". I was consistently scoring around 710 mark right up until 2 weeks before the exam. I was seriously considering postponing my appointment before I started hitting ~750 consistently (750 & 770 in my last 2 MGMAT mocks). After that I got 760+ in all the 4 GMATPrep (v1+v2) mock tests.

The deal that GMAT is a lot more about focus than aptitude. I feel that if you prolong the preparation, you lose focus after some point because the preparation could become mechanical, inane and disinteresting. You will notice that you start making silly stupid mistakes that you thought you had left behind.

So you have to time it so that you do not lose interest in solving GMAT problems by the time you get to the GMAT appointment.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 28 May 2011, 00:04
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This is good stuff! Will definitely give me a boost for my prep! And you really think the real gmat test was easier than the OG questions? hmm...


There is a thin line. I found at least some of the OG and GMATPrep problems really tricky and ambiguous. But the good news is that in the GMAT, even if you are scoring @750 you will get only 1-2 of them (you might get more of them if you are scoring at 780 lets say). But yeah, by and large I found the real GMAT a little easier than GMAT Prep tests. I was worried in my sectional break that I had screwed up quant because I felt it was only throwing really stupid questions at me.
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Re: 750 Q50 V40 (1st attempt) [#permalink] New post 28 May 2011, 00:09
Congrats on such a great score! Wish you luck with your application.
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