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End of it...700 (Q49, V36)

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End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2011, 21:30
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So finally I was able to touch the 700 mark yesterday. Last two months were really torturous for me and I am sooo happy with the 700. However, I do think that if nerves had not taken better of me in Verbal, I could have managed a 720, but I am happy its over. Now I can think about other important things. I am very thankful to gmatclub for all the guidance and support. I would attribute my 49 in quants purely to gmatclub. In all I have given GMAT thrice to arrive to a 700:

1. September 2011 : 680 (Q46, V37, AWA 6.0) : I was fairly confident during my first attempt and a 700 looked possible. However, I screwed up in quants, could not manage my time well and had to guess last 5-6 questions. So after the exam I thought my quants is not that bad and I can easily manage a 49 so I should retake. I took a week's break and booked the test for October.

2. October 2011: 620 (Q49, V27, AWA- dint even care to look at AWA) : It was a nightmare and specially when my mock tests were telling a different story. To read more about the preparation in detail please visit http://mbadilemma.wordpress.com/categor ... mock-test/. So I went fairly confident for my test this time and was pretty sure of getting something around 720. The AWA went fine and then the quants was ok and I was very calm for verbal as well. I did verbal with patience and on time. Did not rush through any question and somewhere in the middle I even felt that the level of questions were increasing. I completed the test and was expecting to see a 700+, and was shocked to see a 620. A 27 in verbal was unexpected. I was shattered. I had not scored less than 35 in verbal even in the diagnostic test I gave before starting any prep. I was also unable to comprehend the reason for this dismal score. I was really disappointed with myself after this take. It was after my husband counselled me and made me realise that 27 in Verbal is not at all my true potential, I decided to retake.

3. Yesterday : 700 (Q49, V36): After my second attempt I was little sceptical of my strategies for Verbal so I revisited the basics. Read the Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR bible again and analysed all my mistakes during the practise sessions thoroughly. btw...I studied only for 10 days for this attempt as I went on a vacation immediately after the October attempt. Gave two mock tests one Manhattan (750: Q48, V44) and Gprep (710: Q48, V38) and was again confident that the preparation is fine. However, after the second attempt I was little scared of the unexpected. But went to the test centre with complete faith in my abilities.
Test experience: I gave this test in New Delhi, India. AWA went fine, I followed the chineseburned template and trust me it works (I did get a 6.0 in my first attempt using that template only). Started quants fine. The first question was very easy number properties question and was able to solve that in 30 seconds and I am pretty sure that I did the next 5 questions also correct since the difficulty level kept on increasing. But somewhere around 9th question I got a very basic geometry question. So basic that for a minute or so I tried to find the hidden trick in the question. But the question was indeed very basic and I realised that I have done something wrong in the last couple of questions. I gathered myself up and decided not to make any further mistakes. Time was on my side so I double checked every question and I am pretty sure I did not commit any mistake as the difficulty level of questions kept on increasing and I got some real difficult questions on Standard Deviation and some real lengthy word translations. I was however struggling with time in the last 5 questions but managed to crack them all. Verbal went fine and I think I did fine. However I do think that my score was hampered by an incomprehensible RC on some political issue. I also think that if I was little more calm during verbal I may have scored a 38 or 39 but what the hell...I am glad its over.

Study material used:

Verbal:
Manhattan SC - a must read
1000s for SC - however this document had some doubtable questions, it still is a good practice
Powerscore CR bible
LSAT test papers for CR
RC 99

Quants:
Manhattan strategy guides - again a must read to build up basics
Gmatclub forums - I practised quants form the forums only.

Apologies for this long story. I hope it will help someone as so many stories have helped me in my preparation. If anyone has further questions, please feel free to ask. I will be glad to answer.

Happy studying!!
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 18:04
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 20:31
Great Stuff. So finally your perseverance pays off :) Now you can focus on apps.
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2011, 03:37
congratulations ... great effort
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2011, 20:44
subhashghosh wrote:
Great Stuff. So finally your perseverance pays off :) Now you can focus on apps.


yup finally it does :)
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 11:40
Many many congratulations to you.

I can surely understand your feelings during the jigsaw ride to 700. I too am travelling the same route. Got a 660 in 1st attempt (Sept'11) and 610(Nov'11) having scored 700+ in all my mock tests.

Now am planning another shot in Dec'11.

In desperate need of luck and wishes.
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 12:30
Congrats!
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 17:31
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Many many congratulations to you.

I can surely understand your feelings during the jigsaw ride to 700. I too am travelling the same route. Got a 660 in 1st attempt (Sept'11) and 610(Nov'11) having scored 700+ in all my mock tests.

Now am planning another shot in Dec'11.

In desperate need of luck and wishes.


All the best folded earth..I pray that all the luck in the world comes to you on that day!
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 17:33
Congrats! What's the chineseburned template? Were you good at math prior to studying for GMAT?
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 22:33
Jdam wrote:
Congrats! What's the chineseburned template? Were you good at math prior to studying for GMAT?


Hi Jdam,

For chineseburned template please visit : how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html

As far as quants is concerned, I was pretty decent at it before preparation. I did not have to bother about the basic concepts but had to practise GMAT like questions. Let me know if you have specific questions, I will be happy to answer.
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Re: End of it...700 (Q49, V36) [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 00:36
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Jdam wrote:
Congrats! What's the chineseburned template? Were you good at math prior to studying for GMAT?


Hi Jdam,

For chineseburned template please visit : how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html

As far as quants is concerned, I was pretty decent at it before preparation. I did not have to bother about the basic concepts but had to practise GMAT like questions. Let me know if you have specific questions, I will be happy to answer.



Thank you for the link. I will be taking my next practice test in the next week or so and will ask you for your input then. I started studying for the GMAT in September of 2010. I got a 530 in January 2011. I took some time off and then went back at it. I took it a second time in October of this year and got a 600. I hadn't read any of the advanced sections in MGMAT and was doing practice problems. I went back to the beginning and am re-reading everything and doing all problems since I scored below 70% in all categories. I will be contacting you soon to get more advice. Thanks again and congrats!
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