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# Finished, could have been better (700, Q 49 V 36)

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Finished, could have been better (700, Q 49 V 36) [#permalink]

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07 Oct 2006, 17:02
Finished GMAT today, I knew I clearly screwed up two quant questions and I immediately realized that (looking at my work on the board), but once clicked, can't go back.

Vebal: SC were comparatively easier than I thought, but the initial two comprehension and most of CR felt tough to me

Finished Q just on time, since wasted lot of time in in one easy question

I think all the practice tests I took were without essays and it is true as suggested by others that essays take up the energy.

Anyway I only plan to apply top schools but is the score enough, I will conitnue later on the post
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07 Oct 2006, 17:13
Hey dude........

Congraaaaaaaaatss...on ur score...

and on joining the 7** bandwagon.. ...

Party hard for the weekend, u deserve it.....
And on retaking the exam, depends on how ur whole application bundle is...

Jus waiting to hear ur run up to the exam..and ur study strategy...

Congraats once again...
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07 Oct 2006, 17:24
Hey Jainan,

Congrats on ur score buddy! 700 is an awesome score.

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07 Oct 2006, 20:48
Thanks for the congrats but is it enough to put me in any of these schools

I am applying to MIT, Columbia, NYU, Yale and Wharton and I better start workign on those apps.

Background: Undergrad, Chemical Engg., IIT New Delhi, 3.67 GPA

Went straight to grad school to Rensselaer Polytech Inst in 1996 (GRE was 2100, actually I am surprised that my GMAT is also in the same ratio)
and finished PhD in 2001 (4.0/4/0 GPA and lot of publications). Came to IBM Research but did not get the group and project I was hoping for, moved around between groups learning lot of new stuff but once you are a specialist and PhD, you want to do what you like. Anyhow worked in IBM till this June and got totally pained and left. Now working in a start up Solar Cell Company in New Mexico (kind of got into a hot field). But I love East Coast and my wife is still there in a job so want to apply in East Coast schools. Now why MBA after PhD:

During IBM job, when I got pained of being moved around, I got really interested in investing stocks. At least they paid me decent so I had money saved up. Even took risks and borrowed money on credit cards to invest. I doubled my money in 2 years and that too with the full time job. Used to wake up 4 AM in morning to watch CNBC and follow markets, used to set up autotrades etc.

Any way I think I am made up for finance and given my strong technical and mathematical background can get into either Investment Banking, VC etc. but need a good MBA b4 that. I could have applied earlier but I was waiting to get my Green Card (which I shud I have applied for earlier anyway)
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07 Oct 2006, 20:50
Congratulations!

Never mind 700 is pretty good score & a score of +30 wouldn't add much to the apps dimension!

All the best for applications!
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07 Oct 2006, 21:08
I had seriously started studying around mid July for GMAT, My first diagnostic test from some website in end of May gave me 590, so I knew I needed some studies

I used Princeton review, OG 10 (free from somebody) and OG 11 plus little bit of Kaplan.

Initially I thought I don't need to focus on MAths that much but later found out since I had not touched the kind of problems GMAT tests in like 14 years, I better brush up everything and practice a lot.

Verbal had always been weak for me (even in GRE), but kept focus and kept practising. I had never been a reader, I only read the stuff I needed to (technical). Took GMAT prep test and Princeton review tests, my score varied from 670 to 740 so I fell in the average of my test scores.

My advice: practice essays also when takign tests, while takign practice tests, i used to take long breaks between Q and V and this kind of hurt, Last time I took such a long exam was in grad school in 1999. So it does take getting used to

I already described my bad experience first time of taking test, when I didn't have the passport. Today i had it and took the test

Essays were easy, but I am a slow typer and if I try to tyoe fast, I make typos. So typed slowly and finished both on time and was able to revise them.

Quant: There was a mixture question, that I read wrong and was so frustrated not to find answers in choices that I was getting and later found my mistake. There was a ds question about two planes intersecting the sphere so please be careful, GMAT is testing new concepts too, lot of ds questions involving modulus and inequality, 1 Prob question, 1 combinations, one median, avg ds was so bad that I had to guess, In the end I was runnign out of time and finished with 15 seconds left, I was running out of writing space in the dying minutes so I had to ask fo rnew pad and that consumed 45 seconds

One question related to relative speed ds (Car A in front of B etc.) I knew I screwed up by hitting wrong button and I think I did that in hurry on another question otherwise I woudl have got 51 in Q

I was not happy about it but tried to forget about it and focus on Verbal.

Started with 2 SC, but next came a horrible Cr, spent 3 mins and made a best guess, then came horrible RC, where every sentence had some circualr reasoning. The later RC became easy but CR were much tougher than I did in GMAT Prep tests, I don't knwo what other recent test takers think, I think I started hurrying up in questions (I usually do that) and int he end had more than 2 mins per question and slowed down (bad strategy, sicne if you screw up initially, questions could become easier and extra time does not help)

I still wanted tto see my scores just to check how lucky I was in my guesses, I guess not too much, guessing does not help too much.

still I think My quaifications, GPA and wok ex would help me in apps, plus I have some leadership and volunteering experience. Hope I make to one of the 5 schools. I think I will apply to Cornell, CMU too.
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09 Oct 2006, 23:22
Hey Buddy.

Congrats! That's a good score.

The Q question hints you gave were indeed on GMAT today!

I ended up with overall score 10 shy than yours. 51Q 35V.-690.

Thinking to re-do this again.

Best of luck!
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09 Oct 2006, 23:25
Congratulations :D ..... Great score

Now, the next steps are in front..... Good luck ! ! :D
09 Oct 2006, 23:25
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