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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 09:31
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.
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Re: 8/20 to 10/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 09:46
Uhh...apparently you have to wait 31 days before retaking, so this is changing to 8/20 to somewhere around 10/20. I've got to find a timeslot that is at noon, instead of 8am.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 09:49
I took it twice....620 ---->700.

You are SOOOOO close! You will definitely nail it the next time! Best of luck!
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 10:12
I was rooting for you to get a 700 as much as you were. It is not too far.... I know with your motivation and grit, you will definitely crack it the next time...See you around.....
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2008, 15:42
I'm really sorry to hear about your score Micahel127.

I know you'll ace it the next time around.

best of luck!
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 08:50
hey michael,

just don't get too disappointed man. keep your determination and dont give up. you're going to beat it eventually!
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 14:17
Don't give up! You are close and you will ace this test the next time.

How did your test day go on? Could you share the lessons that you learned about what worked well and did not, for you?
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 17:00
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.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2008, 23:49
Michael,

With all your efforts, I am sure you will get a 700+ in the coming test.

Cheers,

Ahfei.

My test date is on 10/21... I am so nervous.
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Re: 8/20 to 10/24...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2008, 13:19
I have a new test date of Friday 10/24 at 1pm.

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
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2008, 03:21
Well, the official scores have been sent to 5 schools. Took less than 5 calendar days. Got a 5.5 AWA.

Aside from the challenges on this site, and the problems at the back of the OG - does anyone know where I can get more 700+ level problems?
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2008, 18:50
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)
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2008, 07:34
Very busy all week. Getting home at 9-10, out the door early.

Reading a lot, reviewing SC, but haven't had more than an hour all week to study. I will be putting in some major hours this weekend at the library.

Goals for the weekend:
1. Read OG SC rules. Do/understand all "brutal scs"
2. m10 & review
3. read 100 pages of "the snowball" - new book

10 days until the chicago marathon.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2008, 17:04
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

1-10 * 10 <10mins
11-20 * 10 <10mins
21-30 * 10 <10mins
31-40 * 10 <10mins
41-50 * 9 <10mins
51-60 * 8 <10mins
61-70 * 10 <10mins
71-80 * 10 ~18mins
81-90 * 9 ~11mins
91-100 * 9.5 ~20mins
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2008, 18:37
The Verbal OG is nearly complete and reviewed. Quant OG problem solving 160/176 complete. DS 0/118.

OG Quant:
101-110 9/10 14m
111-120 8/10 17m
121-130 7.5/10 17m
131-140 8.5/10 19m
141-150 10/10 14m
151-160 10/10 19m

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.

Lots of improvement since 9/20, and less stress.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2008, 19:19
OG Quant - PS
161-170 8.5/10 19m
171-176 4/6 18m

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.

On to OG Quant - DS
1-10 9/10 12m
11-20 10/10 10m
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2008, 23:08
Michael .. You are an inspiration ! Keep going dude ... You'll make it this time around...
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2008, 18:56
Thanks. Super busy week with work + ECs + career stuff leaving almost no time for studying. But I did some problems each night.

OG Quant DS
21-30 9/10 16m
31-40 10/10 13m
41-50 8/10 14m
51-60 10/10 12m

I'll be done with the entire OG quant book this weekend. Test is 2 weeks to the day. Going to do GMATPrep1 next Saturday.

Marathon on Sunday!
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2008, 13:48
Crisis at work + multiple projects at night + 5 hours sleep / night = no studying.

Exam in 9 days. How much of the big orange OG can I do before then?
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2008, 17:47
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
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