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25 Oct 2005, 21:37
I don't normally post to this website very much, but I can tell all of you that I have been a frequent lurker for the past nine months. I took my GMAT yesterday, October 24, and thank God it was the last time. I originaly took the test in March and I received a 630 (M46 V31) and I was pretty upset. I knew it wasn't a horrible score, but it wouldn't even get me in the door for the elite schools I hoped to apply to. My orginal study plan went as follows...

Kaplan GMAT classroom based course
OG 9th edition
OG 10th edition
Princeton Review, 2004

I think my biggest waste of time was the Kaplan course. The methods they teach are wonderful for moving from a 550 to a 600, but if you want a serious increase in scores, then you have to know the concepts. After I came to realize this, and after I blew a ton of money on the course. I changed my study plan to the following.

GMATCLUB forum math and verbal posts everyday.
GMATCLUB challenges everyday.
LSAT reading comp, and logical reasoning everyday.
Intensive probability study online.

I chose probability because it was my weakest point in math. The last thing I did that I really think boosted my score was that I took practice tests everyday for two weeks before the tests. I focused on pace, and timing. I came to realize I was putting too much energy on my essays, and consequently I faded during the real meat of the test, math and verbal.

As for the actual test. It was really fine, I thought I did fairly well, but I didn't think I had a chance at anything above a 700. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw my score 710 M47 V40 pop up on the screen. I was in heaven! The math section was pretty standard, one hard probability I was cursing myself for not knowing. Then other strange number properties questions I knew I couldn't answer. The verbal had a huge amount of sentence correction. I didn't even get to a critical reasoning question until my 16th question! But I just stuck with the test, and did my best. I really think the LSAT questions helped me here.

I guess my advice is to keep on truckin' and never give up. The test can seem invincible at times, but I promise you it can be beat. Now I'm on to my essays, it seems like this process will never end! Thanks for everything guys.
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25 Oct 2005, 22:06
Congratulations!! Great improvement and a very inspiring story!!

Could you please specify what sources you used for probability?

Thanks.. Good luck w/ the apps!!
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25 Oct 2005, 22:55
That's dude!
Congratulations!

What different did you do for the second attempt?
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25 Oct 2005, 23:19
Great score! Congrats! Good luck with the application stuff!!
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26 Oct 2005, 00:52
Hi Jrabenho
Congratulations for the great score. I am where you were in March : I scored 620 ( Q44;V31 ) . From the break up of your score I see that you improved verbal from 31 to 40.
How did you do that? What LSAT books did you use?
Any special advice for SC? I just bought MGMAT SC .

Thanks and good luck
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26 Oct 2005, 10:59
Great Score man, and yor determination...Good Luck
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26 Oct 2005, 11:36
That's a great score. Congrats! I know how good it feels now because I was in the same state as you are, 2 days back!
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26 Oct 2005, 11:42
jrabenho - awesome score! Congrats!!! Another story to inspire me to hang in there.

tobiastt - the MGMAT SC guide is awesome. You won't be disappointed. Before I go to sleep, I read the idiom page every night! Consequently, idioms don't give me any problems in SC.
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26 Oct 2005, 16:00
Congatulations !

I agree with you that it is difficult to go higher from 600 + levels and any insights into your preparation over those levels will be very helpful to all of us.

Also please post your RC strategy and preparation and sources for Permutations and Combinations questions.

Thanks a ton !
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