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Q42 V35 for a 630, which is 75%. I woke up at 2am and couldn't sleep, and I am really disappointed in myself.
I don't really know what to say, other than during the break between math and verbal, I felt like I aced the math part, and questions kept getting harder and harder. I got 46/48/48 in the 3 practices. I finished with 30 seconds to spare and was not rushed, and in general had time to check my answers. I felt like I was going to get at least a 48, so I just have no explanation, other than something like correct answers were trial questions and incorrect answers counted - but would that explain why the difficulty increased?
After I got my score, I thought about what could have gone wrong, and my tired brain realized I should have been concerned when about 2/3 through the test, after seeing several 700 level problems, I saw the easy question: What is the perimeter of an isosceles triangle with sides 4 & 10. Well no **** shit, the other side has to be 10, and the perimeter is 24. For whatever reason, I now remember clicking 18, like a dumbass. The sleep factor.
Verbal was consistent with my practice scores of 30/34/38 and was very straightforward. Had about 3 problems left with 3 minutes to spare but got each question down to 2 choices.
Thanks everyone for the help, I will take this again in a few weeks. First test I have ever taken with a higher Verbal % than math. I'll get the 700 next time.
Aside from the lack of sleep, everything was fine. The test is identical to GMATprep software. I killed the essays and would expect a 5.5 or 6. I just have to attribute the score to normal variation. I'm disappointed but it's not a big deal. I know I'll get a higher score next time. I would take it again next week if I could but I have to wait 30 days.
I'm not going to change my strategy much. While I covered 95% of the manhattan books & problems, I only covered about 20% of the OG, and hope to cover a lot more of that. I also have a few more challenges from this site to complete.
I started a finance blog with a friend from Tokyo and another friend in Chicago this week. Check it out: www.greyfinance.com [grey because issues are generally not black or white]
I had to take a week off and focus on non-GMAT related items, but at least lot of these items were related to b-school.
Did a math challenge today and scored 21/37. Not great but it was a spur of the moment challenge, seeing how I would fare after not doing much since the test. Then I started reviewing some SC's in the OG.
The strategy is going to be really straightforward for Round 2 of the test: 1. Cover all OG problems and explanations [OG11:10% Q only book:0% V only book:90%] 2. Do hard math problems, a la challenges [4 challenges] 3. Read every night [1 night] 4. Do not stress out 5. The week before, do GMATprep 1 & 2 again. (I took them each once before: 650 (46,34) & 710 (48,38)
Ran a half marathon today and then, after a nap, did 10 sets of 10 OG (quant) problems. If I have to make an educated guess on a problem and get it right I am giving myself .5 points. Problem #s * Score / Time
The best part about this is that there were only about 2 or 3 problems total that I didn't know how to do, and that was really just because of confusing wording / not knowing what the question was asking. Other mistakes were careless, treating a 5x + 6 as a 6x + 5, etc.
The last 20-40 are where it starts getting hard, about the same type of problem, maybe easier, that you will see in the challenges on this site. Know exponents inside and out. When faced with number theory / abstract problems it is easiest to assign numbers and "reverse engineer" the answer - if you can work it fast, which I have been able to do.
Hey Michael 127, goodluck for your exam. I would suggest you do more full length CATS I think if you have done the OG already review your error log. However for the best possible score you need to simulate the exam and try all the tough questions from GMAT Prep, u will be able to increase your level for analyzing the questions. Goodluck
Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal.
15 Oct 2008, 18:47