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I owe a thanks to gmat club and forum post members - the debriefs were a great help to me. I am not writing a long debrief here , but would be happy to answer any specific queries regarding my prep

I appeared for my exams on 10 - Sep. Here are my scores - GMAT: 770 (V - 44, Q - 50), AWA - 6

Just a background - I am applying to B schools for their PhD programs next fall. I have around 9 years of work ex (post my MBA).

When I started my preparation for gmat about 4 months back, I was not very confident of getting such a high score. Life away from academics for so long kind of slows you down mentally. Suddenly, even the most basic of mathematics problems look daunting!. That was my case in May, but I'm glad that I could overcome this confidence problem.

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The very first thing I did was to get hold of Manhattan strategy guides. These books helped brush up my fundamentals. The sentence correction guide is a gem - I recommend going through it at least twice before you appear for your exams. I used the OG along side the strategy guides. I didn't take me long to finish one round of revisions of fundamentals. (completed in about 2 months). I made it a point to study every day, even if it was for only 30 mins a day. I subscribed to GMAT Club question of the day, and almost religiously answered these questions every single day. Towards the end of my prep, one of my friends sent me few additional practice questions he had collected. I did about 5 prep tests - two from gmat prep, 3 from mgmat. I was getting a bit worried since my test scores were averaging around the 710-720 mark. Thats why, getting 770 on the actual test was a pleasant surprise!

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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 05:07
Congrats!That's truly an incredible score.
Can you please answer my below queries:
What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.
Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Were RCs similar to those in GMATPREP or were they longer/tedious?

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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 10:01
Congrats on the great score. What subject are you planning to do your phd on? Have you shortlisted any schools yet? Do you have any research experience? Would be great if you could share.
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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 10:22
Great score bro, congrats and good luck for the next steps!
Did you review all questions of the OG as part of your preps? How would you rate the questions in OG vis-a-vis the actual GMAT? Also which version of OG would you recommend?
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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 10:53
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Wow - very impressive esp for a seasoned applicant!
Good luck with applications. Which PhD concentration are you pursuing?
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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 19:13
bb and tridevi,

I will apply to phd programs in strategy (mostly in the US but also a few outside it). Have shortlisted about 8-10 schools. Yes, I realized it early on that getting some research experience would be valuable if you are targeting top schools. Therefore I'm currently working as a RA in one of the top 20 schools. I'm hoping to get a working paper out before the application deadline.

shreerajp99 and prakharsworld,

Yes, I did review all the questions on OG. I had both the versions with me (OG 12 & OG 13). Finished with OG 12 and then did all the additional questions from OG 13. Even though the questions on OG are a bit easier than what you would expect on actual gmat, it still makes lot of sense to practice these questions. I wanted to do as many "official" questions as I could. GMAT Club and MGMAT forum could be a great source for you to get practice on additional "tougher" questions, but these I believe need to be supplementary to the OG questions.

On the actual test, quant questions were not very difficult - I got my usual share of questions on number properties, ratio & proportion, permutation etc. Reading comprehension passages were tougher than what I had encountered in my prep tests. However, I have always backed myself to do well
in RC. I could finish the verbal section with 5 mins to go.

Shreeraj99, I didn't focus much on quant other than reviewing the OG questions. However, I did spent some additional time preparing for the DS questions as those are the most trickiest ones on GMAT.
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Re: Appeared gmat on 10th sept - got a770! [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 23:43
Hi,

Congrats on a BRILLIANT score!! I have a query for you. How was the IR section on the real thing? I mean was it tougher than the IR questions that come with the OG? My exam is in 3 days and i am really stressing out over the IR section.

Thank you.
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