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770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy'

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What worked for me...

(1) Improving 'untimed accuracy': That requires ignoring time constraints during practice tests and just focusing on getting questions right, until the accuracy in both quant and verbal reaches 90%+. Stressing over speed when your accuracy under untimed conditions itself is low is not useful in my view. Speed will come with familiarity.

(2) Finishing the Test: GMAT algorithm penalizes meaningfully if you do not finish the test. I finished both sections with some time to spare. That required making some educated guesses. And that's alright. Not finishing GMAT is almost a crime for any 700 scorer. It makes a difference of 20-30 pts in my opinion.

(3) Focused prep: To get my untimed accuracy up towards 90%, I had to work on my weak areas. I spent nearly 80% of my time working on question types that were bogging my accuracy down. Don't spread out too much - Identify weak areas and focus your prep.

(4) Stamina: Without stamina, we can lose focus by the time those tricky CR/SC questions come around. Stamina=Focus, so do not underestimate it's importance. And btw, Energy drinks do work!

(5) Using the right materials:
SC - Nothing beats Ron Purewal on Manhattan Forums. Not even Manhattan's own guide. Go through his explanations to atleast 50 questions and you may not require much else.

CR/RC - LSAT questions and Old GMAT paper tests are very useful. Powerscore CR Bible is also fairly useful in organizing your thinking in dealing with various question types.

Quant - GMAT Club tests are almost worth their weight in gold

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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 02:11
Great score!! Congrats.

Thumbs up for -> Improving 'untimed accuracy'
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 05:53
Congratulations!! :)

And you are right beyond, accuracy its all about stamina and focus! I worked at it but lost out by the time i reached Q32 on verbal in the actual test, wish i could have held on to my focus a little bit longer! Ended on 730.

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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2010, 02:21
Quirky79, could you please describe your preparation and how you managed to achieve such a high score in quant? Thank you.
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2010, 06:11
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Well done indeed!!!

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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2010, 22:22
great job... thanks for the debrief. a definite +1 on the note about stamina. for those still preparing for the GMAT, know that it definitely drains you. just stay pumped all the way though till the end
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 01:00
Thanks for the tip, I'm on my 2nd attempt, I made it my goal to finish every section on 95% before retaking
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 04:09
Nice debrief and score. Completely agree with the comments on speed increases with familiarity and energy drinks do work!
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 08:55
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 06:18
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 07:09
Awesome! score .Congrats Quirky79 :)
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 14:14
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 18:01
Congratulations! Well said on the untimed accuracy bit.
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 08:06
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 05:50
Congratulations for you great score...thanks for debrief, especially for "Untimed Accuracy"
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 20:11
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2010, 12:24
Congrats...

Just had one click to your SC note:

I couldn't find the "50 Questions" that Ron Purewal on has answered on Manhattan Forums. It will be really helpful if you could post the link.
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2010, 22:17
Congrats quircky....
Thanks for sharing a great wisdom of GMAT 'Untimed Accuracy'.
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Re: 770 (Q51, V43) - Of 'Untimed Accuracy' [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 05:16
Quirky79 wrote:
SC - Nothing beats Ron Purewal on Manhattan Forums. Not even Manhattan's own guide. Go through his explanations to atleast 50 questions and you may not require much else.


Good piece of info.

Congrats !! All the best in getting into your dream university.
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