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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 07:27
Congratulations! What a great debrief! Really motivating!

I am actually in a similar position as you. I don't need a 770 score but 700 would be absolutely great. I started the MGMAT Self-Study Prep course and all 5 MGMAT books, the 3 OG books as well as MGMAT Strategy Guide Supplements (Math Foundations and OG Companion). I'm currently on week 2 of 9 for the self-study prep course.

Overall, it's been a slow start as I was busy with work related stuff. As of the week of June 7th, I will have 5 full weeks before the GMAT. I plan to complete the first 3 or 4 weeks of the MGMAT course by then. I figure that a full 5 weeks will be more than enough.

Let me know what you think. You can PM me if it's better.

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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 03:41
HI CharmWithSubstance,

I have taken the test twice, and both times i scored poorly on the verbal part. 1st time (Q:41 V 21) 2nd (Q:40 V:23), I believe I have a serious issue when it comes to verbal and have tried many sources so far (Kaplan premier, OG 11,&12) but not able to get a good grip over verbal.

Any suggestions cause I'm planning for a re-take, and this frustrated.....

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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 08:25
blitz - I think the MGMAT course will definitely help you especially if you need more help in quant vs. verbal. If you're looking for more materials the only other resource I would get is Powerscore's CR Bible if you want some verbal brushup. I think 5 weeks should be enough. Make sure also supplement your study with plenty of CAT practice - I would do all 6 MGMAT CATs, take the free tests at Knewton, Veritas, etc. and the 2 GMATPreps from MBA.com. This should bring your stamina up to speed for test day, which is extremely important.

faysalkhaled - I haven't used Kaplan before, but the OGs are good for practice but not good for building fundamentals. Is there a specific section of verbal that's more troubling to you? For SC, a lot of members have suggested either the MGMAT SC or the Powerscore SC, and for Critical Reasoning Powerscore CR Bible. For reading, you just have to read a lot although some say the Powerscore CR Bible indirectly improved their RC score as well. Try those resources and you should see some improvement. If you do better in a class setting, I found Knewton's verbal lessons to be helpful.

I also think your quant could benefit from some improvement. I was scored in the same ranges as you on my first test (Q41ish) and after studying the Manhattan GMAT guides I improved my quant to 50. The guides really drill you on fundamentals. I suggest going through those, and trying your skills at the OG again. I think you should be able to see some pleasant results. Good luck!
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 16:26
Thanks for the info!
I 100% agree with you about the CR on the MGMAT CATs. I always did well on CR and yet I kept having problems with the MGMAT CR. I finally gave up on them after my wife, who got 99th percentile on the LSAT, agreed with me that their logic was faulty and ambiguous.

By the way, your really low Knewton diagnostic test score makes me believe that they purposely make the diagnostic test VERY HARD so that even if you took the actual GMAT the next day, you would be over the 50 point difference. I guess the best way to utilize Knewton is to take the GMAT once, and then use the actual GMAT as your base score, rather than relying on their diagnostic test
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 23 May 2010, 06:23
I think I had this conversation with someone else before too. Basically we agreed that the diagnostic is really hard and thought they probably did that on purpose. I also think it'll benefit people who are scoring very close to 700 to make the 50 point guarantee worthwhile. I still believe there are valuable takeaways from the course but I'm speaking purely from the money back guarantee point of view.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 07:12
Thanks, very motivating. I realized I haven't made a lot of improvements because I don't have a Harvard picture in front of me :P

I'm aiming for an online master in science, I want to improve my current score (640) but I don't really need to. It's only a pride thing. I budgeted 5 months of study beginning in january (I don't intend to take vacations to study), but I only seen the books, nothing serious.

Hopefully, reading about your experience motivates me to finally get on track.

I wish success in your application.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 02:12
Thank you for such a detail debrief......
You are really a genius....because its not easy to get 770 in one month preparation only...
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 07:02
+1 charm

thanks for the detailed writeup (i read every word) and congrats on the fantastic score

couldn't agree more that you just gotta love it
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 07:13
Good debrief. Gr8 score. All the best for apps.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 17:49
jasolorzanor - good luck in your studies!

imdeepak - yes I only studied for a month but keep in mind that I had the month to do nothing except study. So it's definitely hard work, not genius :) You can achieve the same in ~3 months or so with a full time job if you make the commitment.

Thanks to the others for your support and well wishes!
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 05:31
Congrats on a great score!

Would you have any advise about the essay portions, and how I can prepare for those?

I plan to prep for a month myself using the MGMAT books and then register for their course to learn more strategies. Hopefully that's a good plan.

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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 05:44
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Congrats on a great score!

Would you have any advise about the essay portions, and how I can prepare for those?

I plan to prep for a month myself using the MGMAT books and then register for their course to learn more strategies. Hopefully that's a good plan.

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here you go how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html
This is undoubtedly the best post for AWA essays.

MGMAT books are good for self preparation. But you should give one diagnostic test, as you should your weak areas and start off with them. Do not forget to keep error logs and do OG12 , Og verbal2/quant 2 & Gmatprep.

For CR section powerscore CR is better than MGMAT CR.

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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 07:02
Very good debrief. I found it very useful and inspiring. I myself have 680(Q50, V32) a month back and trying to get back to write a second time.

Good luck for your application process and keep us all updated on how it goes. What schools are you aiming at?
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 11:53
Awesome score....congrats!

And yes certain points in your brief are very helpful.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 23:58
Hey Charm,

Thanks for the debrief. Excellent score, hope you get into Harvard.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 09:42
Your point about "LOVING THE GMAT" is absolutely true. Thank you for such a detailed description and congrats on the awesome score.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 21:45
Congrats on your wonderful score...
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2010, 06:31
Good luck with your applications, let us know how the application process went.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2010, 10:50
Thanks for the congrats! I won't be applying until next year but will you guys posted. HBS #1 choice, followed by Stanford and UChicago.
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Re: 770 (Q:50, V46) Detailed Debrief [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 10:13
Awesome score man!!

Just a couple of quickfire questions about the verbal section - did you manage to complete the verbal section in time considering you were on Ques 20 with just 25 mins left!? Was it because you faced RC questions early on during the test and may be that took major chunk of your time? How many questions on an average were you getting wrong in the verbal section when you did GMATprep ...just want to know how many questions is one supposed to do right to get a verbal score like that!

Thanks and all the very best for your future!!

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