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760 (Q 49 90 V 44 98) [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2004, 11:27
Finally, after two tense months of preparation, I got the better of GMAT. The only practice test which came close to the quality of the actual GMAT was, not surprisingly PowerPrep. Kaplan tests, though more difficult than ETS's tests, do not reflect the true quality of GMAT questions. My opinion is that all the guides, other than the OG try to make questions unnecessarily hard, and some times play cheap to make a question tough.

I took 4 Kaplan, 5 Manhattan GMAT, 2 PowePrep,3 Crack GMAT, 3 Princeton and 1 Barron CAT during my preparation. Of all these my rating for the different tests is :
1. PowerPrep -- Nothing beats the original
2. Manhattan GMAT -- good quality and good explanation
3. Kaplan -- good
4. Princeton -- Qunatitative is of poor quality, Verbal is alright
5. CRack GMAT -- good and tough Quantitative, Verbal is buggy
6. Barron -- do not waste time on it.


Coming from engineering background, I was too confident about my quantitative skills. I usually finished all the practice test well ahead of the alloted 75 mins and used to score 98-99 percentile. So, I was a bit disheartened by my quatitative percentile today, I should have done better.

The verbal section was of the same quality as the PowerPrep and there were no real surprises.

About the AWA, I would suggest spend the last 1 day of your preparation on reading a few tips ( Kaplan verbal has some good tips).

For those of you who are working, It might be a good idea to take a day or two off before the exam and rehearse taking the exam at the same time as the actual scheduled exam on those two days. This way you can fine tune yourself to be attentive during your exam hours. Also taking a few days off, will reduce the possibility of some thing distracting you at office jsut before the exam.

As many have mentioned before, OG is the best: make sure you complete it before you take GMAT. This is the closest you can come to actual GMAT without taking it.

Also if possible try to partner up with your friend so that you do not digress in your preparation.

With this, I thank everyone on this borad. This board has made invaluable contribution to my preparation.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2004, 12:20
congrats mate!!

760 is a fantastic score

all the best for u r apps
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2004, 15:27
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Congrats! A fabulous score man. Can you please tell us your practice test scores of kaplan/princeton? Also, do you think that last 50-100 DS questions of OG parallel the actual test questions? Would you recommend crackgmat or manhattan tests for better quality of maths questions..or kaplan's quant questions are enough?
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2004, 15:42
Hi,

I have the same worries as crack. Do you think OG is enough tough to be representative of the "on the spot" gmat test, regardless experimental questions ?
Questions of Kaplan and OG are sometimes tricky but never reach the complex math level we could for instance find sometimes here at gmatclub !

Anyway congrats for this great score !
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2004, 05:14
Practice scores :
Manhattan GMAT - 680-720 range
Kaplan - 650-680 range
ETS PowerPrep - 730,750
CrackGMAT 650
Princeton 700-750 range
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2004, 05:58
Congrats. Great score. Good luck with admissions.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2004, 08:57
Wren thanks for your reply. I was wondering if Manhattan CD is the same as Arco/cambridge CD? I got hold of cambridge CD yesterday and tests look good. I have heard many times that Manhattan cd has partnered with cambridge, as has arco, to produce it's tests.
In the cambridge CD I have, there are no separate tests highlighted on the main window..you just click on the one practice test and I believe the pool of questions is so large that you will get a separate test everytime and it might give you 7 different tests. Was it the same with manhattan also? Di you also do manhattan study guides?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2004, 12:17
congratulation wren, you're all set for your applications! :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2004, 09:01
tats an awesome score
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 04:56
is that crack GMAT which you mentioned Princeton review cd?
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 08:47
hello wren...
hearty Congrats and well done bud...

how far is the Math rpesentative from the OG ...I hear the MAth on the Test is harder very much....help us get clear on ths...hope to see u doing well on ur applications...

all the best...

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2004, 22:30
Great score. Well done. Any more insight into verbal part ?
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