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Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 07:10
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Hi folks,

Just took the GMAT exam yesterday for the first (and last) time :).

I'm really happy about my score even if I did not scored 51 in quant (which I did in a lot of prep tests :(...)

Background:
I am a non-native English speaker (but have studied some time in the US) and I have a maths/engineering background. So I guess I was already starting with an edge on the quant side (I always liked this kind of little exercises ;)). My bigger weakness was obviously on the verbal side (especially Sentence Correction).

Prep material:
I attended Kaplan classes (math and verbal, but I went there almost only for the verbal part), did some of their CAT Tests as well as GMAT Prep CAT tests and for quant I just tried to answer questions on the GMAT Club maths forum! For SC, nothing revolutionary: I bought MGMAT book and it really is top notch. I don't think I would have scored so high in verbal without this material. CR is just logic and RC is just reading, so I don't know how to really work on that (I didn't apply Kaplan methods since I think I didn't fit my "style" of answering questions).

My prep tests scores are as follows:
Kaplan CAT 1 (diagnostic test out of the blue): 680 (Q48, V34)
Kaplan CAT 5 (Ultimate Practice Test, very interesting feature): 730 (Q55,V38)
Kaplan CAT 1 (retake): 700 (Q49,V35)
GMAT Prep 1: 760 (Q49,V45)
Kaplan CAT 6: 730 (Q51,V41)
GMAT Prep 2: 760 (Q51,V40)
GMAT Club Maths 25: 35/37 (100%)
GMAT Prep 1 (retake): 770 (Q51,V42)
GMAT real test: 780 (Q50,V46)

Test day experience:
Since I am not a morning guy, I registered for the test at 1:45pm. Arrived at the test center early at 1:05 and they let me start at 1:15 (which was very fortunate since I had a train to catch right after the test).

AWA went pretty well I think (waiting for the results, anything above 4.5 will satisfy me anyway), I have nothing special to say about that.

Quant started as usual, and I made THE mistake I was trying to watch for : spending too much time on a question whose answer I did not find right away. I was something like 2-3 minutes early arriving at question 17, and then I Think I spent something like 10 to 12 minutes on this one... That has always been a problem for me: I do not see time flying while I am enjoying a problem that I find somewhat tricky... I looked at the timer and said something like "OMG, I need to click on something and go on". I did, but I was already around 7 minutes late for the second half of the test. I rushed during the following 10 questions and even answered almost randomly on 2 of them (which I never do but I really did not want to get caught by time at question 34...). Didn't doublechecked on my calculations neither (which I always do when I have the time). I finally arrived at question 35 with 4 minutes on the timer and answered the last question with an "educated guess" on the last 3 seconds...

Then the break: I knew I did not do my best on quant and I was nervous. Couldn't get entirely past this during the 10 minute break.

Started verbal and happily I found the 5 first questions very straightforward. I already was 2 minutes early by then and it helped me a lot in gaining confidence for the rest of the exam. I found verbal to be very in line with GMATPrep verbal. It went smoothly, got a lot more complicated during the second half (especially a very long RC on astrophysics...) but I thought during the test that I was doing things right. Had a lot of trouble during the last 4 questions to stay focused on the test (I knew it would soon be over and I wanted it to be already), but I finally did.

Asked for my score and was pleasantly surprised to see that I did my best performance for the actual test :-D

Finally, I am a little disappointed about the quant part (I think I could have definitely scored a 51 on quant), but VERY happy about the verbal one. I was aiming anything between 40 and 43 as a target, but I was not even hoping to score that high. And VERY happy about my overall score too ;). I don't think that I would have got 790 if I had scored 51 on quant anyways, and this is not a big deal (just for my ego : I could have had 99% (99%,99%) and finally my least percentile is for my strongest part...)

My advice for you who suffer the same 'issue' as I do: do not keep your eye off the timer! This is really a stupid mistake to make and it could have cost me more...

Let's start the rest of the application now! :)

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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 07:15
Awesome score! I'm not surprised. You've been great on these boards. Good luck on the apps. Whare are you applying?
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 07:20
Great score.

It's interesting to see that Pelihu's score of 780 (50q/51v) has a much higher V, yet same overall. And he took his test almost 2 years ago. I guess there isn't much difference between a 51v and a 46v.
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 07:40
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Im so sorry you got such a bad score. Personally, I think you could have gotten 30 points more.
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 07:48
great score.... (though i agree with the earlier post, a 30 point plus will make the difference... are you planning to retake :wink: )
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 08:02
I believe V45 = 99%.

Scoring is based on percentiles, not raw scores.
Thus, anything over V45 will not add too much to your score.

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Great score.

It's interesting to see that Pelihu's score of 780 (50q/51v) has a much higher V, yet same overall. And he took his test almost 2 years ago. I guess there isn't much difference between a 51v and a 46v.

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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 08:29
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I believe V45 = 99%.

. . . anything over V45 will not add too much to your score.


Nope. If his quant was lower, a higher verbal would offset it (a higher 99%ile that is). It might be moot when both sections are at high levels, but it most definitely does make a difference.

As you will learn, that is why scoring in the higher 99%ile in verbal, say a 50 vs a 45 will yield a higher total score if the quant is lower. And thus, it is better to be a verbal specialist than a quant specialist.
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 09:55
Great score! With a 51Q, you need at least a 48-49V to get a 790. With a 780, you are in the same league as most MGAT instructors!
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 10:02
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 10:20
Congratulations for awesome score. You are a math genius. 35 out of 37 in GMATclub challenge-25 is superb. Last time I attempted the challenge-25 I made 19 correct out of 37 and my percentile was (8.7%). I have to idea how to boost my quant. Any suggestions from you how to improve my quant will be highly appreciated.
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 10:26
Wow! Super-score! Congrats!!!
Esp. impressed by verbal - 46 for non-native speaker is not a joke...
Where are you applying, if it's not a secret?
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 17:48
hm... interesting, I also got Q50, V46 and my overall was a 770. I took it pretty recently (8/2/08) as well. is it normal to have different overall scores with the same breakdown? 10 points is not much, but 780 certainly sounds better than 770!
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 05:25
Youve scored very well... One of the best scores in this season.. Best of luck for your apps..

Any words of wisdom on the Verbal Section for us here...
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2008, 05:49
Thanks all for the words :-D

raabenb wrote:
Im so sorry you got such a bad score. Personally, I think you could have gotten 30 points more.

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great score.... (though i agree with the earlier post, a 30 point plus will make the difference... are you planning to retake :wink: )
All the best for apps...

LOL, as I said, I am VERY HAPPY about my total score, and especially about my verbal score. This is just a matter of ego, not to score 51 on quant as I know I could have done it. And it would have given me 99% for every part ^^. But as I said as well: I wouldn't have had a best overall score if I had scored Q51, I am not making any kind of "big deal" about that ;).

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Awesome score! I'm not surprised. You've been great on these boards. Good luck on the apps. Whare are you applying?

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Wow! Super-score! Congrats!!!
Esp. impressed by verbal - 46 for non-native speaker is not a joke...
Where are you applying, if it's not a secret?

I am going for Insead only in round 1 and if I am not offered a spot there, I could apply to H/S/W and Sloan for round 2. Hopefully not ! :)
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2008, 07:10
bball wrote:
hm... interesting, I also got Q50, V46 and my overall was a 770. I took it pretty recently (8/2/08) as well. is it normal to have different overall scores with the same breakdown? 10 points is not much, but 780 certainly sounds better than 770!

I guess this is just a matter of rounded numbers.

Maybe my raw scores translate to 775.1 and yours to 774.9 ...
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2008, 07:14
Osli, you're a sniper, indeed! :)
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 07:18
Got my AWA results : 5.5, I know it doesn't matter much but I am happy about it :)
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2009, 05:13
Congrats.. thanks for sharing your ideas
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2009, 09:42
bball wrote:
hm... interesting, I also got Q50, V46 and my overall was a 770. I took it pretty recently (8/2/08) as well. is it normal to have different overall scores with the same breakdown? 10 points is not much, but 780 certainly sounds better than 770!


I also got a Q50 V46 with a 770. Weird. Oh well, I guess I can't complain...
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Re: Final debrief - 780 (Q50,V46) [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2010, 10:25
Congrats

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