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750 - What I did right (and wrong).... [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2006, 12:54
My studying went essentially like this (about 7 weeks altogether):

1) Read through entire Kaplan 2005 book, did all the problems (didn't sit down and write the essays). This really familiarizes you with the format.

2) Went through the entire Kaplan CD. I was banging my head against the table but I was trying to learn through osmosis and pace myself.

3) Did two of the three (my CD ran out of questions and wouldn't run my fourth) CAT tests on the Kaplan CD. Got about 680 each time. Knew from this forum that Kaplan's test were harder, wanted to walk through the fire upfront and see what my weaknesses were.

4) Went through the entire GMAT 800 book (this one is supposedly made up of all hard questions - unfortunately, many of them also appear in reviews and tests on the Kaplan CD, which they need to exorcise).

5) Downloaded the PowerPrep software, did ALL the problems on it, then took both test, got 740 & 750.

6) Took the last Kaplan test, got a 750. At that point I stopped worrying.

I booked the test on Feb 3rd in the middle of this routine, couldn't get a workable slot till the 22nd. I ran out of useful practice material with over two weeks to go. So, I started reading The Bedford Handbook from freshman composition to really nail down grammar and sentence structure, and let the math go.

I should note that I got a 1550 on the SAT, 800 in the math section (these tests are NOT proxies for intelligence or professional ability, but I am good at standardized tests). So I was a bit lulled into complacency on the math even though the practice tests told me that I was more along on the verbal. I ended up in the 99th% for verbal, 86th% in math (well enough into the verbal to squeak into the 99th% overall).

Anyway, I think the regiment I went through, for someone with 2-4 months to prepare (someone who is going to take a year to prepare or make a full-time job of this can afford to study more), should work for the most people and would be a good substitute for a prep course, unless your personality is such that you need alot of structure. If I could do it again, I would have split the last couple of days between the grammar review I did (it actually helped and everyone interested in an MBA should be able to write well anyway) and some math questions from the Official Guide (I bought it, pretty much didn't use it at all). If you're not a strong test-taker, budget a month or so after all this to do questions in your weaker area, at a slow pace.

Good luck everyone![/i]
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2006, 21:13
Congratulations! And thanks for sharing with us. It'll help lots of us here. Good luck to your applications!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2006, 22:21
Congratulations :-D

Very good score, thanks for sharing your experience :)

All the very best for application process! :good
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2006, 14:06
Patricia,

I STRONGLY recommend that you delete the last part of that posting and remove your name. GMAC takes cheating very seriously (people have been criminally prosecuted). I would be glad to help you, but I work full time and live in New York. Also, people who get the highest scores aren't necessarily the best tutors - I have a BSBA in Finance (grammar mistakes on assignments were heavily penalized in my courses), did very well in the SATs, and did not prepare nearly as much as the people who are really motivated to get a high score. You should seek out the people in this forum who really put effort into getting a top score and follow their prescriptions (i.e. someone who went from 600 to 750). Best of luck.
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This is an old time prankster who roamed not only this club but other sites as well. Please disregard his messages as I have already banned him/her.
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That's sad. What's their scam?
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