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First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 07:47
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I am done with my GMAT exam for the time being and got a descent (supposedly) 710. The breakup was 49 Quant and 37 Verbal. Thought of sharing my experience with you all.
I started my GMAT preparation approximately three months back in July and that was the time when I joined this forum :-D . I had a few resources at my disposal such as
1. MGMAT 8 books
2. OG12 and Verbal and Quant 2nd edition
3. Kaplan 800
4. Aristotle SC and RC
5. Power score CR

After exhausting almost all the preparation materials I gave the sample test. My GMAT Prep scores were
1. 690 (50, 33) on 15th Oct 2012
2. 710 (50, 35) on 23rd Oct 2012

On the day of the exam I got an AWA, which talked about ice-cream parlour in a cold region. I suppose it is on the pdf list already available on this forum. I never checked it though. It went pretty well. The IR section was tough as in the time was too less to attempt all the 12 questions. Most probably I sucked on that one. I took my break of full 8 minutes

Quant was way too easy, I mean easier than the GMAT prep. I realized midway, after getting successive easy questions that I may have committed mistakes. I finished the quant section 5 minutes before the end time. I took my break of full 8 minutes again.

Verbal was tough. I got easy RC but very tough CR and SC. In CR the questions were mostly from argument evaluation and assumption. I got so nervous by the end that I started expecting somewhere around 650 as my first GMAT score but all’s well that ends well. I am not too happy with my score and would like reappear for the exam.

Should I reappear or concentrate on my application?
Got any suggestions?
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 08:17
Great score! Congratulations!

710 is nice score, if you are planning to get into US schools for Fall 2013 intake, I would suggest go for admissions. All the best!
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 08:34
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I am done with my GMAT exam for the time being and got a descent (supposedly) 710. The breakup was 49 Quant and 37 Verbal. Thought of sharing my experience with you all.
I started my GMAT preparation approximately three months back in July and that was the time when I joined this forum :-D . I had a few resources at my disposal such as
1. MGMAT 8 books
2. OG12 and Verbal and Quant 2nd edition
3. Kaplan 800
4. Aristotle SC and RC
5. Power score CR

After exhausting almost all the preparation materials I gave the sample test. My GMAT Prep scores were
1. 690 (50, 33) on 15th Oct 2012
2. 710 (50, 35) on 23rd Oct 2012

On the day of the exam I got an AWA, which talked about ice-cream parlour in a cold region. I suppose it is on the pdf list already available on this forum. I never checked it though. It went pretty well. The IR section was tough as in the time was too less to attempt all the 12 questions. Most probably I sucked on that one. I took my break of full 8 minutes

Quant was way too easy, I mean easier than the GMAT prep. I realized midway, after getting successive easy questions that I may have committed mistakes. I finished the quant section 5 minutes before the end time. I took my break of full 8 minutes again.

Verbal was tough. I got easy RC but very tough CR and SC. In CR the questions were mostly from argument evaluation and assumption. I got so nervous by the end that I started expecting somewhere around 650 as my first GMAT score but all’s well that ends well. I am not too happy with my score and would like reappear for the exam.

Should I reappear or concentrate on my application?
Got any suggestions?
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see I told you and 710 is good score man...! :D
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 08:46
Its a great score. Congratulations! :)

All the best for your application process.
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 09:38
Hey..many congratulations ... this is a pretty decent score.. my suggestion..go ahead with your applications ...
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Man this is pretty decent score. Just as the above posts say, go with the applications.
And yeah, it would be great if you please let me know how did you prepare for the RC. Also did you face any of the parallel reasoning questions?
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 20:28
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Man this is pretty decent score. Just as the above posts say, go with the applications.
And yeah, it would be great if you please let me know how did you prepare for the RC. Also did you face any of the parallel reasoning questions?



Hi Marcab

I never prepared for the RC. I have always found making notes while reading the passage as a best way of approaching RC. On the day of the exam I got very long but easy passages and taking notes was actually a waste of time. I would suggest you to practice from OG.

As far as I remember there was 1 parallel reasoning question.

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 20:36
Hi Getgyan,

Congratulations..on score...
Best wishes for your application...:-)

I would like to know what kind of question one can expect for SC and CR?
Because i am referring same material which you had went trough and i dnt want to include some additional.
Are OG guide enough for SC and CR?
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 20:37
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Its a great score. Congratulations! :)

All the best for your application process.


Hi Yashii
Thanks for the wishes!

I am responding here for others to see, hope you do not mind.

I did not get my IR score. It will come with the official report I suppose.

Study schedule
First month - Solved the full OG 12, Quant and Verbal 2nd edition
Second month - Quants prep from TIME material (CAT - India) and I studied the theory from MGMAT series
Third month - CR from Powerscore ; SC from EGMAT and Aristotle

I was not on sabbatical but tried to find out time during office hours to discuss on this forum all the questions of CR and SC.

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 20:43
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Hi Getgyan,

Congratulations..on score...
Best wishes for your application...:-)

I would like to know what kind of question one can expect for SC and CR?
Because i am referring same material which you had went trough and i dnt want to include some additional.
Are OG guide enough for SC and CR?


Hi Aristocrat

Thanks a lot for the wishes

First of all I would like to cite that there has been a recent change in the way SC question is developed. I suppose the GMAC has started emphasizing more on meaning now. For that OG guide is definitely not enough. I would suggest you to go for an online SC course and study the MGMAT SC book. They are good enough.

For CR, Powerscore bible is a MUST. OG cannot suffice. Let me know more so that I can help accordingly

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 23:14
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Great score.....congratulations...is every sc question based on meaning?


No. definitely not. The emphasis on meaning NOW is more that it was in the past. There were options which could be rejected because it changed the meaning of the sentence. Grammatical errors were tough to spot (at least for me).

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 23:51
How would you rate Kaplan 800 ? Did you practice tests from other sources than MBA.com.
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 00:24
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How would you rate Kaplan 800 ? Did you practice tests from other sources than MBA.com.


If you are done with everything else, then go for it. Was not much of help to me. I did not practice from any other tests. It is not required if you are aiming for somewhere around 700.

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 12:12
710 is a good score man,start with ur application process.Which colleges are u targetting?
Can u answer my below queries:
What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Do u think the level of difficulty was the same as that of gmatprep exam?
I am finding OG13 newly added quant questions( last 30) quite difficult.Do you feel the difficulty level was thereabout?

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710 is a good score man,start with ur application process.Which colleges are u targetting?
Can u answer my below queries:
What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Do u think the level of difficulty was the same as that of gmatprep exam?
I am finding OG13 newly added quant questions( last 30) quite difficult.Do you feel the difficulty level was thereabout?

Thanks,
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Hi Shreeraj

I am unsure of the colleges right now as I am not sure where I would stand a chance.

Coming to your other question
As far as I remember I encountered questions from probability, coordinate, geometry, number properties, and venn diagram. I cannot say one is more important than another but Number properties, even and odds can trap you some time.
Yes the level was almost same with the GMAT Prep. Last 30 questions are the highest level question and you will encounter those on your route to 750, so if you are getting those questions be happy that you are doing well. I dint get any. :shock:

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Hi

Gr8 that you are finding time to respond to all querries.

I think you can present a solution to my prob.
I started my gmat prep last year fell in the trap of coachg institutes.....no concept was developed.I thought of preparing on my own.
I purchased Powerscore CR and Sc went thru all ... found intresting.
I work on ship , i am second Officer, I took loads of book on my last assignment was difficult to study but managed.
I got down in july started again.......till than i did not knw about Gmat forum.....
I prepared and appeared for MGMAT was scoring around 610, 620 my target is 650 it hought can achieve.......gave GMAT prep 540 by than i had booked my date as sept 1 eyeing R1 ISB and US b schools......
I thought of facing the exam ...

Quant was quite easy untill question 20... than started the real test while i was on q 29 time to go was 9 min ...things started collapsing....
But worse to happen was waiting the center co ordinator informed in the break i hav lost 3 min of Verbal section WOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Coffin was nailed... just guessed all jai mata di A , B hahha
Result
410 Q 34 V 15

I jooined Gmat forum after and than GROCKIT purchased MGMAT quant books preparing full time]
but still score pondering over MGMAT 600 , 640

Pls advise me how to go about..........
I have finished both OG 11, 12 3 times..........
I am totally lost how to go about know........
I am giving 100% time on Gmat club and Grockit, Thursday with Ron... Is it worth....
Totally lost whom to follow and what to do....................
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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2012, 08:40
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Gr8 that you are finding time to respond to all querries.

I think you can present a solution to my prob.
I started my gmat prep last year fell in the trap of coachg institutes.....no concept was developed.I thought of preparing on my own.
I purchased Powerscore CR and Sc went thru all ... found intresting.
I work on ship , i am second Officer, I took loads of book on my last assignment was difficult to study but managed.
I got down in july started again.......till than i did not knw about Gmat forum.....
I prepared and appeared for MGMAT was scoring around 610, 620 my target is 650 it hought can achieve.......gave GMAT prep 540 by than i had booked my date as sept 1 eyeing R1 ISB and US b schools......
I thought of facing the exam ...

Quant was quite easy untill question 20... than started the real test while i was on q 29 time to go was 9 min ...things started collapsing....
But worse to happen was waiting the center co ordinator informed in the break i hav lost 3 min of Verbal section WOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Coffin was nailed... just guessed all jai mata di A , B hahha
Result
410 Q 34 V 15

I jooined Gmat forum after and than GROCKIT purchased MGMAT quant books preparing full time]
but still score pondering over MGMAT 600 , 640

Pls advise me how to go about..........
I have finished both OG 11, 12 3 times..........
I am totally lost how to go about know........
I am giving 100% time on Gmat club and Grockit, Thursday with Ron... Is it worth....
Totally lost whom to follow and what to do....................


Hi Archit

I would suggest you take an expert opinion on this.
My personal opinion is that you have been unable to manage your time.
Do not try too many books and courses. Stick to the one which suits you best such as
Quants – MGMAT series
SC – MGMAT book and one online course (Ex: EGMAT)
CR – Bible Powerscore
RC – Read a lot
There is no hard and fast rule for success neither there is any short cut. Study first and then schedule your exam. I am sure you will do well.

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Re: First attempt - 710 [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2012, 09:29
Thanks
I am also hoping for same and studying
Well i was planning since long to sign up for egmat SC and CR.... How is CR of egmat i will sign up
thanks a lot for advise
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