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05 Oct 2009, 15:44
Took GMAT today and score a 700 (Q48 V37).

I think all that I want to say has been said before but want to keep it short and provide a few pointers.

Math
Averaged 49-50 but given pressure of the test I would take the 48.

1. GMAT CLUB Tests are the best for practice other than Offical Guides.

Test Right Percentile
m01 32 87%
m02 34 94%
m03 25 49%
m04 32 87%
m05 31 89%
m06 29 82%
m07 31 83%
m08 1 10%
m09 32 91%
m10 33 93%
m11 33 91%
m12 31 86%
m13 32 89%
m14 31 87%
m15 32 88%
m16 30 82%
m17 32 84%
m18 34 93%
m19 35 94%
m20 37 96%
m21 33 90%
m22 31 72%
m23 34 88%
m24 34 92%
m25 33 93%

2. GMATFocus: Excellend practice if you have the money to spend. I think the actual test is harder than the GMAT Prep. The questions in Focus are more representative of what you would expect in the test.

Verbal
Very disappointed with the score

1. I used a lot of sources that were not representative of the actual tests. Would advise not doing any LSAT questions unless you really master all the OG, GMAT Prep.

2. I think GMATClub tests need improvement in this area. The tests were not a good representation.

3. For me CR was the issue and regret not using CR Bible as I heard they are the best resource.

4. Read the forums carefully because they can mislead and confuse at times. I always sought insight from the experts (Ron, Walker, Ian, GMATTiger and some others). Thank you all for the help.

General

1. Make sure you exhuast every possible hard question (5-6 times each is not a stretch) on GMAT Prep software. I saw at least 2 repeats and seeing questions I had seen before was very reassuring.

2. I have always been a poor test taker. I averaged 750 range in most GMAT questions so it is important to work on test taking skills. I assumed if I knew all the content I would do well but was not the case. Would recommend reading through better strategy guides than this one.

3. Finally want to get some opinion if it is worth retaking. How does adcom look at repeating tests once one has 700+. I have gotten mixed reactions and want to end the debate once and for all.

Happy to answer specific questions if you have any.
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05 Oct 2009, 16:08
congrats on breaking 700... regarding your retake question, my gut instinct would be that you shouldnt retake, although without knowing your specific profile and what schools you intend to apply to, it would be hard to say. read through this thread if you havent already (should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html).

you mentioned the LSAT questions were not representative of the gmat, and also that you didn't get a chance to look at the powerscore CR. which LSAT books / resources did you use? if you used the LSAT logical reasoning bible, then you didnt miss anything by skipping the powerscore CR, as i've been told they are very similar (with the LSAT LR book having extra sections).

also, i hope you don't mind i edited the subject of your post
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05 Oct 2009, 16:40
congrats!

re: gmat retakes
i'm researching on some pre-selected schools to see whether they provide any hints on their views on re-takes...

generally most schs ask for only the highest score... (phew) but there are some schs that require you to list ALL your gmat attempts... therefore i will probably give such schs a miss...
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05 Oct 2009, 20:17
congrats on breaking 700... regarding your retake question, my gut instinct would be that you shouldnt retake, although without knowing your specific profile and what schools you intend to apply to, it would be hard to say. read through this thread if you havent already (should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html).

you mentioned the LSAT questions were not representative of the gmat, and also that you didn't get a chance to look at the powerscore CR. which LSAT books / resources did you use? if you used the LSAT logical reasoning bible, then you didnt miss anything by skipping the powerscore CR, as i've been told they are very similar (with the LSAT LR book having extra sections).

also, i hope you don't mind i edited the subject of your post

I did a lot of questions on the forums which were stated as LSAT questions. Noticed you got a 770! Did you retake or was it first try?
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05 Oct 2009, 20:19
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congrats!

re: gmat retakes
i'm researching on some pre-selected schools to see whether they provide any hints on their views on re-takes...

generally most schs ask for only the highest score... (phew) but there are some schs that require you to list ALL your gmat attempts... therefore i will probably give such schs a miss...

What schools have you found would that only count the highest. I know Columbia does but my other choices are NYU, Yale and Wharton. Any word on them?
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05 Oct 2009, 21:32
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05 Oct 2009, 21:40
Hi sher676,

it was my first gmat try, not a retake. the LSAT LR bible has many in depth strategies that, while more difficult than the GMAT CR bible, also give you a better insight.

i believe most schools only consider the highest gmat score. on the apps, there is a spot where you write in what you got on the GMAT; afterward, they only use the official score report to verify what you filled in. you should try looking on the school specific threads in the business school application subforum for more info about the specific schools you listed. (the-b-school-application-103/)
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05 Oct 2009, 21:44
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Congratulations!
Welcome to the 700-club!

Thanks bb. I must thank you for creating this wonderful forum. You guys rock!!!
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05 Oct 2009, 21:57
Hey congratulations for reaching 700!!
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05 Oct 2009, 22:11
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Hey congratulations for reaching 700!!

Thanks Abhi. Are you taking the test or have taken already?
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06 Oct 2009, 07:40
Congrats for breaking that 700 barrier, sher676! How did you do in your practice tests?
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06 Oct 2009, 07:45
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Congrats for breaking that 700 barrier, sher676! How did you do in your practice tests?

Based on practic tests I actually did poorly.

Manhattan GMAT 710
Prep 1 750
Prep 2 760
Prep 1 retake 750
Prep 2 retake 750
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06 Oct 2009, 15:44
sher676, congrats on reaching 700!! Good luck on the rest of your app.

One thing I find weird is that we have the same scores by section. I too scored Q48 and V37 but my total was 690. I took it today BTW.
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06 Oct 2009, 16:02
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sher676, congrats on reaching 700!! Good luck on the rest of your app.

One thing I find weird is that we have the same scores by section. I too scored Q48 and V37 but my total was 690. I took it today BTW.

Hey sesseoppa,

That is weird and I have seen that before with other scores. I guess luck also plays a part. But I'm guessing 690 and 700 are not too different. Are you happy with your score though?
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06 Oct 2009, 16:17
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seseoppa wrote:
sher676, congrats on reaching 700!! Good luck on the rest of your app.

One thing I find weird is that we have the same scores by section. I too scored Q48 and V37 but my total was 690. I took it today BTW.

Hey sesseoppa,

That is weird and I have seen that before with other scores. I guess luck also plays a part. But I'm guessing 690 and 700 are not too different. Are you happy with your score though?

I'm disappointed... I was hoping to get over 700 since my GPA is a lowly 3.2 and I need to get as much scholarships as possible. Yeah 690 and 700 is not that different but the psychological barrier is still there lol.
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06 Oct 2009, 19:10
Great score buddy! Which schools are you applying?
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06 Oct 2009, 20:14
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Great score buddy! Which schools are you applying?

Columbia, Stern, Yale and a fourth probably. Nervous that my score may be low but will give it a shot.
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08 Oct 2009, 12:17
Even i scored 700, 49 Quant, 38 Verbal

My Prep scores are almost similar to those of sher676.

And like sher676, even i m contemplating on a retake. How important a factor is GMAT for scholarships? Are you guys aware of it?
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08 Oct 2009, 12:22
zizou5 wrote:
Even i scored 700, 49 Quant, 38 Verbal

My Prep scores are almost similar to those of sher676.

And like sher676, even i m contemplating on a retake. How important a factor is GMAT for scholarships? Are you guys aware of it?

Congrats Zizous5. Seems like you should have gotten 710 since both your score are higher than mine. GMAT is really weird! I am not applying for any scholarships but am targetting top 10 bschools so havent decided. Let me know what you find out.
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08 Oct 2009, 17:26
Congratulations,
You at least made 700. All my dream schools, I think, require above 700, and my test is in two days.
And I am not feeling that I am in that bracket yet, though, I studied almost for two months by purchasing all Manhattan GMAT books...
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