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I'm happy, and also a little disappointed. I feel like I had a shot (a very small shot, but a shot nonetheless) at 800.
Q: Two or three DS problems that were really tough, and one rate problem that took me (no exaggeration) ten minutes. The rate problem gave a comparison of the two rates of two machines not in a ratio, but as a constant with another constant. I won't reproduce the problem because I don't want my score to be invalidated, but it was a bitch. No backsolving was obvious, so I pissed away a lot of time. The really hard DS problem may or may not be posted under a pseudonym in a few weeks. So pay attention! Hardly any geometry to speak of, one C/P/stats problem, nothing difficult to speak of in the more "advanced" parts of the test outside of number theory.
V: Four RCs, 60-90 lines per. What a doozy! SC had a coupla goochers, CR was easy for me (as it always has been). The best practice for RC is old questions! Do them!
I recognized no fewer than five problems from the OG and this board.
So, my advice:
1. Do as many problems as possible!
2. I think we had a really good thing going in December here, there were always new posts, and always people to discuss them with. If voulme here stays down, you have only yourselves to blame.
3. Do as many problems as possible!
4. POE is powerful on SC. Find the differences and you can almost always narrow it down to two. Pick the one that is least cumbersome, as long as it doesn't set up any absurd comparisons.
1. bb, even though we've never posted on the same thread (as far as I know), this board seriously owes you.
2. AkamaiBrah-- you can be abrasive, but you know quant cold, and you participate and challenge the board. I owe you more thamn I owe anyone else--20 points, at least.
3. Paul, praetorian, dj, titleist, chihao, pitts-- In December, the six of us did a lot of chatting. All of this helped immensely, especially some of the wrong answers that let me identify potential traps.
4. anandk-- you've turned it up as of late. I think you'll score really well.
5. mantha, sunniboy, and 50 others that I have neglected to mention-- turn it up a notch, participate more, and you will be indebted to one another as I am indebted to the people mentioned before you.
6. Whomever wrote all the tutorials here. I know them all, and they really helped.
I'll edit the thank you list as I lurk and remember other people.
My presence here will no doubt decrease, but I'll add my email to my profile one of these days so everyone can reach me.
Heartiest congratulations stoolfi. It is indeed a GREATTTT score.
Guys, as stoolfi has mentioned above, we indeed had great posts and discussions in December and looks like it has helped us all immensely. I seriously encourage you all to keep this forum alive and kicking.
Congrats again stoolfi. Your posts helped me a lot too.
Thank you everyone for your kind words. Bhai, and asandeep, I should have thanked you specifically since the two of you posted so many questions. I probably owe you a few points.
Another thought I had on quant-- there were two or three types of questions that I had never seen before, and they seemed to test a lot of number theory, set theory, and mean/median theory with unknowns. Remember, I scored a 50, not a 51, so I'm not sure I was seeing the "toughest" questions, but if I were taking the test in a month or two, I'd stay away from the really tough comb/perm practice questions, because (In my experience) it's not likely that they'll be tested. I'd instead focus on the more "exotic" questions-- ones that have pictures and diagrams attached to them, or require novel applications of basic rules-- rather than "What's the probability that a fair coin lands on heads exactly 32 of fifty flips."
And the one tough DS problem I alluded to in my last post? I still don't know how to solve it!
Let me ask you - when you say "do as many problems as possible" what do you mean (other than the OG, obviously?) What sources did you use, and what were the best in helping prep you for quant?
I guess I meant to do as many ETS problems as possible (all paper tests, OG) and Kaplan (quant on Kaplan is IMO fairly representative). If I had another month before the exam, I would have delved into GMAT+, but with the notorious inaccurracy of their answer key, I'm not sure how helpful it would have been. Also, I can't tell you how valuable this board has been to me. In my first post in this thread, I remark how great it was to have six or seven very regular posters feeding one another for a couple of months. You'll do yourself and others a favor if you can foster a sense of community like we had just a month ago.
If I can bump up my score even close to yours (I got a 650 the first time, with only a 60% in quant) I'll be ecstatic.
Not sure exactly....somewhere in your ballpark...in the 90th-ish percentile. Also nailed a 6.0 on the AWA.
Now, if only I can polish the quant. They seem to blast you with really hard questions on #2 and #3, as opposed to gradually working you up to the tough problems. At least that was my experience.
Here is how i'm going to attack the next time around (in April).
- 3 months of study
- Official Guide
- Paper tests
- Manhattan GMAT and PP CD tests (maybe Kaplan here, although I've done them the first time around)
- GMAT Plus - I have the material, but there are no explanations and the answer key seems to be wrong at times, like you said.
What else would you suggest? How much time per night/week?
Congrats man! I just got back from vacation and saw this!!! This is brilliant! WOW. I'm studying now to retake the exam in March and I'm determined to get a good score. I just need more practice and I also need to eliminate the fear that takes control of me such exams.
Congrats once again.
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