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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2008, 06:13
Hey - I think you're right. I will have a 4 hour block of time early saturday morning, so I am going to take the GMATprep1 test then. OG Quant - DS is complete... will update later.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2008, 12:03
Hi! Michael,

I kept following yr posts and I am sure you can make it this time.

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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2008, 18:09
Thanks and good luck to you!

Here is the rest of the OG Quant book - finally complete.

61-70 7/10 17 mins
71-80 8/10 12 m
81-90 9/10 19 m
91-100 8/10 21 m
101-110 9/10 19 m
111-118 5/8 16 m

So...time should not be a factor. Even for the toughest problems on both DS & PS I performed about 2mins/Q. I just need to focus on getting the answer right, even if it means taking 3 mins for a question...because some you can do in 30 seconds and know you're right.

Taking GMATPrep1 for the 2nd time tomorrow... have not looked at verbal in a few weeks but am not too worried.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2008, 12:33
Recap of scores to date:

Princeton Q48 n/a n/a
GMATprep1 Q46 V34 650
GMATprep2 Q48 V38 710
Actual Q42 V35 630
GMATprep1 Q49 V38 710 (today!)

Felt great on math. Happy with verbal score after having not studied much of it lately. Had 5 problems to go with 3 minutes left on V.

Will continue with official guide problems through friday...
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2008, 21:09
GL man!

I think you are taking the exam any day now.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2008, 12:55
My stress level is super high - and it has nothing to with the GMAT. The GMAT is what is keeping me sane right now. I can't wait to go home and do sentence correction. I spent the last 10 minutes making an excel sheet i'm going to attach related to exponents that may be a little helpful for data sufficiency. It is print-friendly.

The stress has to do with work. Do you ever have a meeting where you are making a point that is so obviously correct you feel embarassed you have to say it - but the person in charge of the meeting - who is not your boss on a day to day basis but is supposed to be running the group - says "oh, I never thought of that". That just happened (the meeting was about high turnover). Apparently I had a really pissed off look on my face due to overwhelming loads of BS spewed from management, because after the meeting this guy looks at one of my few colleagues who hasn't quit yet and says "he's leaving isn't he" and she replies "can you blame him?"

Will post tomorrow after the test. Looking forward to kicking some GMAT ass. Thanks to all for following along!
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2008, 14:39
Q42 - 63%
V41 - 92%

680 - 86%

I am happy with this score because the schools I am thinking of applying to - BC, Wash U, Texas, Indiana, Cornell are all in that range. (Cornell is 690 I think.) The fact that I have an engineering undergrad degree will hopefully offset the math, and I can't imagine not getting either a 5.5 or 6 AWA.

But in those 10 seconds before I saw the score, I said, Q50, V30. I figured I killed the math. The problems were getting harder, but I knew the tricks to solving them. They continued to get harder to the end, and certainly were harder than my Q49 I scored a week ago.

So I start the verbal section and I feel like every SC is split between 2 choices. The CRs were fine and I got most of those right, I'm sure. The RC was ugly because I couldn't narrow anything down past 2 and the passages were not surprisingly bland and boring. Worse, the questions started getting easier and I was low on time. With 15 minutes left, I had only completed 25/41 problems. So I picked up the pace, and had to guess on the last 2 in about 15 seconds. Fairly confident I would not score about the V35 of my last test, but hoped my math would offset. So, I really have no explanation for the scores.

Depending on my job situation, I may or may not apply this year.

I have concluded a few things:
1. The GMAT is more luck than you think it is on any 1 day (there is a wide range of scores - you need to take multiple times)
2. Focused, timed studying will pay off. It made some problems go a lot a faster and gave me more time on harder ones.
3. Don't get into arguments with people 24 hours before the exam but I seriously was thinking in the middle of a CR question about how better to handle the work situation of yesterday.

So there you have it. For now, I'm done and can move on to the next challenges: CFA, b school apps, job search, improving my beer pong (beirut) skills...

Thanks for reading.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2008, 16:35
michael127, congratulations on your score. Your persistence and hardwork really paid off. Your journey towards your goal was a good read. Good luck with your apps... time to party :-D
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2008, 06:13
Congrats michael,

you made it, just short of that 700 :) But, I am happy for you .... I do believe that hard work pays, you are the living example...

Thanks for typing in your experience .... :)

All the best for your apps/CFA/job etc .....
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 03:04
Michael,

Good job! Wish u all the best!

I didn't make it through my 1st attempt. I scored 580.

I will continue to improve myself.

Yr story is very inspiring.
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Re: 8/20 to 9/20...700 Goal. [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 04:05
You'll get it...1 test doesn't mean that much.

It's all about doing hard practice problems.
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