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770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic!

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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 03:12
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What were your scores on Cats?


Yes, I also want to know..Also how close are the Kaplan CATs as compared to the actual GMAT. And great score Fred. Kudos!
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2013, 09:36
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What were your scores on Cats?


Yes, I also want to know..Also how close are the Kaplan CATs as compared to the actual GMAT. And great score Fred. Kudos!


The Kaplan CATs are not as good as the GMATPREPs of ManhattanGMATs but still I found them to be pretty good.
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 07:32
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Hey Fred,

Congrats on a wonderful score.....

I am planning to give my GMAT in the next 2 weeks. Have given a couple of tests. My scores have been:
MGMAT1: 660 (Q46, V34)
Kaplan GMAT 690 (Dont remember the breakup).


Any tips/suggestions on how best to maximize my score on the T-day?

Thanks and congrats once again.


Whats your target score ? Don't pay too much attention to the quant score on MGMAT. MGMAT Quant is very difficult so even if you got a 46 on MGMAT Quant, it would be equivalent to 48-49 on the actual GMAT


Yes even I have experienced the same. MGMAT quant is quite difficult than the normal quant you see on the GMAT
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2014, 00:36
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The last 50 questions in quant are good in OG. Apart from that you can practice quant questions from GMATCLUB tests or from aristotle ps and ds boosters


You can also look at GMATCLUB Quant tests..i've used them and they are very good.
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 01:10
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The last 50 questions in quant are good in OG. Apart from that you can practice quant questions from GMATCLUB tests or from aristotle ps and ds boosters


What books should I use for Quant strategies ?
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 22:51
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What books should I use for Quant strategies ?


I think there are a lot of free videos for Quant..Practice is what matters
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2014, 11:57
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What books should I use for Quant strategies ?


I think there are a lot of free videos for Quant..Practice is what matters


Yes, you can use videos for concepts but for practice I think one should stick with the standard GMAT type questions and questions from reputed questions because a lot of sources can't be trusted
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2014, 11:31
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Got done with the GMAT and I think I couldn't have asked for more. I can't just stop being happy with my scores
Overall: 770
Quant: 51
Verbal:44

Background : I’m a native speaker and currently work with an equity research fund as an analyst on the east coast. I plan to work in Europe for sometime post MBA and INSEAD is my primary target and LBS,IMD are the other schools I'll be applying to. I speak French and Spanish apart from English and I love the French culture so want to live and experience the European way of life for a couple of years and then decide whether I want to move back. I don't plan to get into a hardcore finance role post MBA though I'm open to do financial consulting.

Prep strategy : I prepared for around 4 months in all...Started my prep in October end and joined beatthegmat and gmatclub in first week of November. At one point of time, my addiction grew so much that I had set a goal for myself to visit the forums only once in 3 days. But I think that the credit for this score in part goes to these forums only as I learnt everything about the GMAT,preparation strategy etc from here.

Anyway,what I learnt early on from the forums here is that building a strong conceptual base should be the first target so I kept the first two months for theory and the last one month for intensive practice.

For Verbal, I primarily relied on the Grail series from Aristotle prep. The Grail series is very exhaustive both in theory and practice.I had other books too but didn’t refer to them much. Manhattan SC was helpful too but didn't find Manhattan CR and RC useful.

I’ve done my undergrad major in finance so the GMAT Math didn’t seem very difficult. Saying that it was a cakewalk would be going too far but yes I was able to handle Quant better. For higher difficulty level, I referred MGMAT Advanced Quant Guide and for practice PS and DS boosters rounded up my studies.

Testing Experience : The test day experience was smooth. There were around 8-10 people in my slot. I had a redbull and some cookies during the breaks. Got a little nervous at the beginning of the Quant section and ended up doing some calculations again. Took a deep breath after a couple of questions, told myself everything will be okay and then plunged ahead.

In the verbal section, the RCs were quite dense and boring. Some of the options were close and I really ended up changing the options a couple of times before moving on to the next question.

Overall, I felt that I did well and was expecting around 730-740. It was a long pause after clicking on "Report score" and then I couldn't just stop smiling looking at the computer screen.

I know many people would have secured this score in the past and I'm not the first one to get this score yet it feels very special. More than anything else, I feel glad that I won't have to take the test again because frankly speaking for the last 3 months, I have prepared with a lot of focus and to go through the grind again would have been a little difficult.

My $0.02

a) Take around 8-10 practice tests: Use MGMAT and GMATPREPs
b) Take the GMAT early. It helps-I'm planning to apply for Fall 2014 intake and the deadlines of schools are far away. I could have prepared later but hey when I can do it on time, so why procrastinate.Now I have sufficient time to work on the other equally important aspects of the application.
c) Have a plan for yourself and write it down- I think we stick more to our goals if we have a plan for us otherwise the plan just goes out of the window-this is something that I learnt from my job as we need to be very disciplined to meet our targets. On MTW,I focused on sentence correction, ThuFri, I did CR and Sat, I did RC . This helped me stay in touch with the topics every week and also helped ensure that I stick to the goals I have set for myself

d) Conceptual Clarity comes first and then comes practice- One of the instructors here had posted this on the forums long back and this advice really helped me. I think unless you don't have a strong command over the concepts, practicing would be futile.So focusing on understanding concepts, patterns should be your priority. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't practice while learning concepts. You should do practice questions but the focus should still be on understanding the application of the theory.

Thanks a lot to the awesome participants and instructors on the forums. I look forward to keeping you guys posted about my journey post-GMAT!



i've access to the two free gmatprep tests and 6 MGMAT tests. do you think that i should purchase the two additional gmat prep tests that are available for purchase
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2014, 14:16
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Congrats! I'd say 8-10 practice tests might be a little excessive, but if that's the approach you want to take, feel free to take the free GMAT Pill Practice Test here: www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/practice-test

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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2015, 00:18
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Congrats! I'd say 8-10 practice tests might be a little excessive, but if that's the approach you want to take, feel free to take the free GMAT Pill Practice Test here: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

The most important takeaway from any practice test is getting familiar with the test interface, getting comfortable with the various types of questions, and learning from any mistakes you end up making.


I think 8-10 tests should be fine. Even if you take 3-4 GMAC Tests twice, they only would take your count to 6-8. Rest 2-3 MGMATs won't be bad or for that matter any other prep company
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 15 May 2015, 03:57
Great post. I think your strategy was great and I feel that I will follow your strategy in order to get a score like yours
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 27 May 2015, 21:20
Awesome score. The insights were pretty good.
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2015, 01:10
How should I divide my time over the entire week? 5-6 days per week with 1-2 hours per day and 4-5 hours on the weekend spread over 3-4 months is what my plan is
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Re: 770(Q-51,V-44)- Conceptual Clarity + Practice did the Magic! [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2015, 00:24
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How should I divide my time over the entire week? 5-6 days per week with 1-2 hours per day and 4-5 hours on the weekend spread over 3-4 months is what my plan is


You mean 4-5 hours per day on weekend or total of 4-5 hours?
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