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Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated]

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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 12:56
smuvern wrote:
On a side, did you see any combinatorics and probabilty questions in the exams? I've just completed my first pass through all the 5 Math and SC manhattan guides, but I also bought the Veritas Combinatorics& Probabilty textbook because of the good things I heard hear about it here. But now I'm so pressed for time, that I'm not so sure of the returns of spending the extra 8 or so odd hours reading another guide, focusing solely on a limited concept that may not appear on the exams. What do u think?


Comb/Prob did give me some issue, but you basically just have to know the classic permutation or combination formula (5 people, 3 spots, arrangement doesn't matter: 5!/(3!*2!); arrangement does matter: 5!/3!), and probability is (# of successful outcomes)/(# of total outcomes) and you should be fine.

I always tried to pace myself to give myself about 3-4 minutes to answer math questions I found more difficult than others (set theory, rates/work, VIC's, coordinate-plane DS questions), so I would be able to test answer choices, double-check my math, etc. Towards the end of my basics-building studies I was honestly getting a bit overwhelmed by all of the math shortcuts and rules—I'd review all 5 MGMAT books, and the more I'd learn on Geometry, the more I'd forget on Number Properties. I tried to rectify this by working on pacing and algebra word translations instead. Even if you forget the shortcuts, you can generally solve a problem in 4-5 minutes. The only problem is making sure that you're only stuck on 2-3 of those problems per exam.

To be honest, I don't recall seeing a comb/prob, but there could very well have been an easy one that I breezed through. If anything all of the ones I came across during my OG and GMATPrep were nowhere near as difficult as any of the MGMAT examples. I think the GMAT tries to leave these questions easy so somebody without any Comb/Prob practice can draw out all of the choices and determine these via longhand.
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 13:17
PadawanOfTheGMAT wrote:
Fantastic feedback!

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After finishing up the MGMAT, and doing several MGMAT CAT's, I went ahead and started the OG12. Up to this point, I'd only used the OG Quant and OG Verbal in my MGMAT practice studies, and I highly recommend this policy of leaving the OG12 last. You need some OG problems to work alongside the MGMAT books, but you also get better perspective of the GMAT when you're focusing on a full set of 50-100 questions.

Crap! I whish I had done that since the beginning of my preparation. I have now run out of all my OG12 problems, so if I use Quant and Verbal review I'll be exposed to easier problems.

Moreover I also think that doing 40 problems in a row helps something click in one's head. For me it was CR. I used PowerScore's book which has its own set of problems, then I attacked OG12 CR problems 40 by 40, and as I was advancing in the problems I began to see the light. Now I'm fairly good in CR when I used to be only average.

I wonder if OG Quant and Verbal could still be of any help? I have two and a half weeks left before test day.


I would recommend them. I think the OG Quant and OG Verbal were actually more similar to the GMAT than the OG12 in difficulty. At least half of the problems you'll face on the GMAT are not staggeringly difficult, so you should practice easy questions alongside the more difficult ones too. And difficulty is relative—some easy CR questions can have the dreaded "2 similar answer choices," and some difficult CR questions can have (to you) an obvious answer choice.

Practicing OG and GMATPrep questions were vital to me; in the last few weeks I largely dropped the GMATClub tests and the questions on these forums. People swore by the 1000SC or the various question banks they have floating around on here—I tried them and went back to OG/GMATPrep. I would score about 70% on non-officially sanctioned questions, but ~90% on the official questions.
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 13:28
bb said it. . WOW!!
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2010, 01:46
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I would recommend them. I think the OG Quant and OG Verbal were actually more similar to the GMAT than the OG12 in difficulty. At least half of the problems you'll face on the GMAT are not staggeringly difficult, so you should practice easy questions alongside the more difficult ones too. And difficulty is relative—some easy CR questions can have the dreaded "2 similar answer choices," and some difficult CR questions can have (to you) an obvious answer choice.

Practicing OG and GMATPrep questions were vital to me; in the last few weeks I largely dropped the GMATClub tests and the questions on these forums. People swore by the 1000SC or the various question banks they have floating around on here—I tried them and went back to OG/GMATPrep. I would score about 70% on non-officially sanctioned questions, but ~90% on the official questions.

Thanks, I will then order the books.
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 07:54
Excellent Post !
Congratulations :king and thanks a lot for the detailed debrief.
Can you please share how was the verbal section compared to GMatPrep / MGMAT tests ?
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 19:29
wow.. 770... cool.. congrats!!!
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 19:39
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Excellent Post !
Congratulations :king and thanks a lot for the detailed debrief.
Can you please share how was the verbal section compared to GMatPrep / MGMAT tests ?
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Very close to GMATPrep. MGMAT was a little more convoluted than OG/GMATPrep/GMAC stuff, but in the end I did well on both. I go over this in more detail in the post.
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2010, 14:25
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Very close to GMATPrep. MGMAT was a little more convoluted than OG/GMATPrep/GMAC stuff, but in the end I did well on both. I go over this in more detail in the post.


Thanks for your reply :-D and Good luck for your applications :)
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 05:02
Your score is amazing! I will definitely be bookmarking this thread!
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 07:07
that's awesome man! well done!
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 05:46
Great score....Something I am aiming for...
Good luck with your applications !!!

P.S: This thread stands bookmarked!! :-D

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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2011, 00:41
thanks a lot for some potentially great tips! and congrats on the fantastic score! good luck with your applications! :)
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2011, 05:56
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Give yourself enough time to prepare. I'm a big believer in the latest trend of Outliers/Talent Code potential (again, something I'd be interested in researching), where they show evidence that, as long as somebody spends enough time on a skill, they can master it. The concept of being "naturally gifted" is flawed.



Great motivational quote, it's good to see that all your hard work paid off in the end. I hope I too can "master" the GMAT :)
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2011, 10:28
Great debrief and Congrats on the fantastic score. Good Luck
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Re: Discipline + Hard Work = Success! 770 (Q50, V46) [updated] [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 12:55
well done! best formula: discipline+hard work=success! works all the time.
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