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Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33)

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Joined: 21 Jan 2013
Posts: 99
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Insead '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 15

Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33) [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 10:02
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A little background first - I gave the GMAT right out of school in 2006 because I knew I would need it for a MBA later in life. I got a 710 (Q49 V37) and thought it was good enough and will worry about it later. I started working in 2006 and never got a chance to think about a MBA until now but since the previous score is invalid I decided to retake the GMAT.

I have been following this forum for about 2 months now. I began preparation for this exam on 1st February. Took a date right away for April 6th. This helped me formulate a plan and balance it with work. I registered for MGMAT classes which brought me up to speed really quick. Very soon I realized that Verbal needed a push and I started concentrating on CR, RC and SC separately. Everyone told me if I can ace SC i will do good elsewhere. But when I started my prep, I felt most comfortable with CR. I had the best accuracy and timing in CR. I also realized very soon that RC was going to be an issue because of time constraints. I finished all questions on OG and Verbal guide. Then I concentrated on questions on GMATPREP software and bought the pack as it had 404 extra questions. All these materials helped immensely.

My scores leading up to the test were:

MGMAT 2: 620 (Q47 V29) February 24th
GMATPrep 1: 650 (Q49 V30) March 8th
MGMAT 3: 650 (Q44 V35) March 23rd
MGMAT 4: 660 (Q45 V35) March 25th
GMATPrep 2: 690 (Q49 V34) March 27th
MGMAT 5: 670 (Q45 V36) March 30th
MGMAT 6: 680 (Q48 V35) April 4th

REAL GMAT: 680 (Q49 V33) April 6th

I gave my GMAT exam today. I got a 680 (Q49, V33). I am disappointed and want to attempt it again. I thought I nailed the Quant on the exam but ended up with only 49. More importantly during the exam I felt Verbal wasn't going too well. I was not doing well on timing either. So that caused me to hurry up towards the last 25 minutes of the Verbal section. The score shows that it was a bad performance. But since I had prepared for only 2 months, I have decided to spend another month with Verbal and attempt the test again.

I was only starting to get comfortable with Verbal in the later part of March. I think with another month of prep I will be able to improve the Verbal. My goal is Q49 V40. I have signed up with e-gmat Verbal live. I will let you all know if I conquer the GMAT in about a month. :-D
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Re: Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33) [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 10:40
Did you take the MGMAT class online or in-person? Who was/were your instructors? Thanks

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Posts: 99
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Insead '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 15

Re: Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33) [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 10:53
I took the class here in Chicago downtown not online. Keith Blume was my instructor.
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Joined: 21 Jan 2013
Posts: 99
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Insead '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 15

Re: Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33) [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 11:13
I would like to point out that MGMAT classes are not for everyone (esp not for those who are good at Quant). If I had the time to prepare on my own I would never have taken that class.

1) I was 7 years out of school and needed a disciplined approach - I felt these classes would make me build that discipline and build a routine.

2) Class concentrates on Quant for 55% of the time and that I think was a waste for me. I would have preferred 25% Quant and 75% Verbal or even 100% Verbal. But MGMAT doesn't have an all verbal course. I wish I had done enough research before I paid for MGMAT as e-gmat seems like what I was really looking for - an all Verbal class.

3) I feel the price point is too high for the MGMAT classes. The online classes are cheaper and now it seems that's what I should have taken.
Re: Dissapointed at 1st attempt - 680 (Q49 V33)   [#permalink] 09 Apr 2013, 11:13
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