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Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44)

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Hi all,
I got a 760 on my GMAT! Q49 V44

Heres my studying history:

1 month before - took the GMAT prep test #1 with no prep and got a 720 (Q48 V41), didn't finish the last question in quant, and noticed that 11 out of the 12 verbal questions I missed were SC.

the following 3 weeks - bought OG 11 (should have also bought MGMAT SC... didn't read this and other forums enough back then)
Did not study much (but should have), went through about 50 SC questions from the OG and some of the online notes from various sources.

1 week before the exam - took GMATprep 1 again and got a 750 (Q50 V42). Again, 10 out of 11 misses in verbal were from SC.

following 3 days - went through all the SCs in the OG, using ursla's grid to help identify issues.

3 days before - went through 4 practice essays (2 of each type) and read the essay section of the OG - I recommend getting another source and read some quality essays, the OG only provides 1 example of a 6 for each essay type.

2 days before - went through the last 50 PS questions in blocks of 10 with a 20 min limit - DO NOT DO THIS, instead, do each question with a 2 minute limit. I got 49 out of the 50 questions right, within the time limits for every 10 questions, but ALWAYS struggled for time on the GMATprep practice tests.

Took the second GMAT prep test and got a 750 (Q48 V44) finished the verbal section with 3 minutes to spare, only missed 5 questions in the verbal section this time, though 4 were SC.

Did the last 20 DS problems (didn't have time to do more) and missed 3, again using the 20 min for 10 questions method. (VERY BAD - again, DO NOT DO THIS, instead do 2 min for EACH question)

1 day before - relaxed, watched a movie, went to bed at 11 (a full 13 hours before my exam time). BUT DID NOT FALL ASLEEP TIL 4:30 AM! I tried every the trick in the book - showering, lower room temperature, counting sheep, deep breathing, concentrate on relaxing every muscle in my body, etc...
I HIGHLY recommend having some alternative guaranteed way of making sure you get enough sleep (non-prescription drugs perhaps?), so you don't end up taking the test while running on 6 hours of sleep.

test day - woke up, prepped my stuff (snacks/breakfast/water/id)
Took the test, had to rush through a few questions in the quant section. Did not feel too good about the quant section. However, in the verbal section, I finished with TEN MINUTES TO SPARE. I was stunned... I mean I usually zip right through CR & RC, but this was pretty crazy... especially since I spent an average of 2-3 minutes per SC question.

Final score: 760 (Q49 V44) AWA- 5.5

Takeaways:
1. Make sure that when you practice, time yourself on a per question basis.
2. No matter how comfortable you are with quant, spend time studying Quant, at least go through all the questions in the OG once (you'll be familiar with most question types then, and will be able to solve them faster). I didn't, and I kinda regret it.
3. When taking practice tests, figure out what you need work on, and focus on that. I'm really proud of myself for reducing my SC miss rate from ~66% to ~33% (10 questions to 5 questions).
4. Get the MGMAT SC book. I didn't, and I regret it, would made my SC studying much smoother I bet... and perhaps with better results

Again, my one regret is not spending enough time studying for the Quant, I really should have at least gone through the latter half of the questions from the OG or some other prep resource, and practiced time management. I strongly believe that anyone who can get a 48 in Q can also pretty easily get a 50-51 with some quant refreshers and timing practices.

Although I didn't improve my overall score much because of lack of Quant studying, I'm really proud of my improvements in verbal, going from a 41 to a 44, pretty much exclusively from SC.

Well that wraps it up :)
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 21:19
Awesome score. Congratulations! Even more impressive that it was only on one attempt.
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 21:26
:woohoo :woohoo

Amazing score and nice debrief...congratulations Jason...wish you very best for your apps....rock on..
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 21:31
Wow, great initial score, and final score! Congrats! Now where is my 760.. :x
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 21:32
Awesome score Jason. Good luck with the apps buddy.

I have just started my preparation. I always thought 760 requires atleast a 50Q and 46V. Now I know it can be achieved with Q49 V44.

Congrats again
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 22:19
SUPER!!!
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2008, 22:27
well done mate .. terrific ...
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 01:07
Well done Jason!!!

great achievement with only 1month's prep!!
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 06:13
Excellent score! :P
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 16:28
Thanks all :)

Its a pity business school isn't like Law/Med school... your test score counts for so little :P
then again my GPA is too low if we're talking about law/med schools haha.
I don't regret playing too much in college though, definitely worth it imo (of course, if I was planning on going to law/med school, then I definitely would have tried to keep my GPA up).
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 16:38
Great score! That's the way to kill the GMAT with 1 month's prep.
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 17:00
Good Job... Congrats...
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 17:01
Great score Jason! Congrats.
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Re: Finished the GMAT a few weeks ago 760 (Q49 V44) [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 20:36
Great Score...Congrats Mate!!!!

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