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Hi everybody! I have been a lurker on this forum for about two months but have never really participated. I took the GMAT this Saturday and scored a 760 with a 49 in quant and a 47 in verbal. In the beginning what really helped me was reading the posts of everybody in the 700 club who detailed their study materials, practice test scores, and study timeline. Therefore, I will attempt to do the same below.

Study Materials (In order of usage)

Kaplan Premiere (Good for starting out)
Kaplan 800
Manhattan GMAT Books - All math and sentence correction (Highly recommend these)
Official Guide 11th ed. (Highly Recommend)
OG Verbal and Math Supplements (Highly Recommend)

Practice Test Scores

8/20 - Kaplan CAT1 - 560 (This score really freaked me out at first, but then read on this forum that Kaplan's scores were deflated significantly. However, the score did serve as a wake up call.)
9/9/07 - GMAT Prep 1 - 690 Q 44 V 40
9/15/07 - MGMAT 1 - 690 Q 42 V 41
9/16/07 - MGMAT 2 - 690 Q 45 V 39
9/22/07 - MGMAT 3 - 690 Q 45 V 38
9/23/07 - GMAT Prep 2 - 760 Q 49 V 45
10/8/07 - MGMAT 4 - 670 Q 40 V 41
10/13/07 - GMAT Prep 1 (Reinstall) - 740 Q45 V 47
10/14/07 - MGMAT 5 - 740 Q47 V 45
10/21/07 - GMAT Prep 2 (Reinstall) - 760 Q 49 V 44
10/25/07 - MGMAT 6 - 740 Q 47 V 45

Study Routine

I started studying about two months ago by going over the two Kaplan books. They were good to start out with, but after reading several posts on this forum I came to realize that the "must haves" were the official guide and quant/verbal supplements. In addition, several people were pretty high on the Manhattan GMAT series so I purchased these online. These were extremely useful for me, as I hadn't really utilized algebra, geometry, or number property knowledge since high school. The MGMAT series really starts with the basics and read like a text book, so these were instrumental in my preparation for the quant section. I read through these after using the Kaplan books, and immediately after finishing these books I finished the quant section of the OG 11th edition. I then turned my attention to the verbal section, and utilized MGMAT's sentence correction book for most of my prep. Once I finished the book, I completed the verbal section of the OG 11th edition and verbal supplement. This took me up to the final week before the test, which left me with the quant supplement book to finish. I completed this two days prior to the test, and for the remainder of my study time I did the first 100 questions of the SC 1000 set.

Advice

- You have to put in the hours to do well on this test. I'm sure there are some brainiacs out there who can take this test after a couple of weeks of study and score over 750, but I am definitely not one of them. I don't have the engineering background that a lot of the 50+ quant scorers have, so I had to start with the basics. Overall, I probably put well in excess of 125 hours of study into this test (including time for practice tests). Towards the end of my preparation, I had to wake up at 5 am during workdays to do two hours of studying before work and then put in another two hours when I got home from work in order to get through all of the prep material I wanted to before the test. Of course, everyone's studying needs are different, but this is what I had to do in order to score well.
- Take the full practice tests, which include the essay portion. For each of my practice tests, I completed both AWAs. This is essential for building your stamina for the actual exam.
- Utilize the GMAT Prep practice tests. These are the closest thing to the actual exam, so it is imperative you do at least one of them to get a sense for the real thing.
- If you do use the MGMAT practice tests, do not use the pause function. The MGMAT tests are harder than the real thing, but this is great practice for "picking your battles." If I came to a quant question that I could instantly tell would take me ten minutes to do, I simply guessed, which would save time for other questions down the road. This is great practice for the real test.
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2007, 19:03
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Congrats for the excellent score. You have a fantastic verbal score and also did ace on the quant section despite having a non-engineering background. Good luck on the apps.
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Congrats! Great score and very realistic debrief which encourages other people like me who are planning to take GMAT.

Any suggestions for CR and RC?
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 11:08
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Congrats, but 49/47 split seems like it would be higher than a 760, no?
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2007, 15:21
sevenplus - For me, the more reading comprehension questions I did the better I got at it. It's all about understanding what is being in said in the passage and where the information is contained in the passage. If the question begins with "according to," then you know the answer to the question is actually written in the passage. If it's an inference question, you just have to pick the answer choice that flows with what's stated in the passage. I would always read each paragraph twice before reading the next paragraph, which helped me get a better feel for what the author was trying to tell me. The critical reasoning questions aren't very tough once you learn how to spot the author's conclusion and what evidence/assumptions the author relies on to make that conclusion.

emoryhopeful - That's exactly what I thought, especially since some on this forum have gotten a 49/46 split and a 50/45 split and made a 770. However, I'm sure there are ranges with the scaled scores that you score in, and perhaps I was in the very low range of both the 49 and 47. However, I'm thankful for the 760.
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 02:02
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Hi,

I m very new to GMAT. Have become member of the club today itself. Had gone through the post written by you and it has given me a fair idea to start preparation for GMAT. Till now i was little worried because of the unawareness , but with the help of your posts n other relevant posts ,have got some clarity.. Please do give me some more suggestions and tips to begin and take up the score somehwere around 700..

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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 02:51
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erim - up until you took MGMAT 4, you were hovering around the high 600s but beyond that MGMAT 5 and 6 you had a dramatic improvement. Especially in your verbal abilities. Anything specific that happened between MGMAT 4 and 5 that helped you improve so much ?
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 07:17
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well done!!!! :-D the great score.
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Re: [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 07:25
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emoryhopeful wrote:
Congrats, but 49/47 split seems like it would be higher than a 760, no?


49/47 might have reached 770 in the past. But there are so few 770s, that it's difficult to tell. There might be more 780s than 770s. I think the problem is the 49 quant. 770+ is elite level and I think it's difficult to attain w/o a minimum of 50q.

Either way, good score!
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 13:19
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Congrats! Good advice on verbal too.
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 14:20
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I got 49/48 and that was a 770, at least in december
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Damn! Great score and a good debrief. Congratulations, Bro. Your profile (which I took a sneak peek at) is quite impressive too. Witha non-tech/engineering background, you sure rocked that Quant section!
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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 May 2008, 21:29
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Hi Eric,

I have prepared a listof books to be bought on basis of the posts... Some suggests to go for Kaplan Premiere and other suggests to gor for Princeton Review to start up. Can you please guide me that , which book i should take for starting my preparation. I m little weak in quant , which actually horrifies me and not in touch with studies since 3 yrs... So i would request for your suggetion..

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Hey Eric, great score. ATB!
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congrats, great score! :bouncer
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Nice job!

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Re: 760 Debrief [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2008, 22:19
Awesome score! :shock:
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