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First Attempt, 680 M46 79% V38 84% AWA 6.0 [#permalink]
15 Mar 2008, 08:01
Ok so I finally took the test and landed a 680. I am not too thrilled about it but I am happy I at least got it out of the way. I will try and post a full de-brief however I rather use that for my final one.
Things about the test:
I agree with people on this forum who said the RC and CR on the test is absolutely brutal. I considered myself really good in CR and RC but I honestly thought they were on par with LSAT level, or greater. One of the RCs threw me for such a loop, unlike anything I've seen before. CRs were long winded etc with multiple answer choices. SC, at least in my opinion werent too difficult. I even recognized one from GMATPrep.
What can I say....I scored a 46 so I didnt see any ultra hard problems. However I found myself due to the time constraints rushing through hard problems or skipping them and the last 10 I think I breezed through since they were pretty medium level. Found myself guessing on some. What also rattled me during math was that my pen ran out of ink!!!! I kept trying to rewrite and I couldnt read my handwriting. It was on and off the ink. Finally got a replacement when the lady saw me, but that definitely cost me a minute or 2 and got me a little crazy. But overall the math wasnt too difficult, standard gmatprep stuff. 1 comb problem that was so simple, and 1 probablity id rate at medium to hard if you understood the trick. Probably like 3-4 set problems, standard number theory divisibility odd even problems, nothing too different there. No distance/work rate problems.
My prep was all overthe place.
Math scores from 46-50 on gmatpreps verbal from 37-46 ( higher end because of repeats) 710-770
Overall my study strategy will be, find the hardest RC and CRs and do them timed. I cannot stress this enough. Do LSAT problems only. SC as I said seemed pretty standard however it could just be that I thought I got them right but I did notice the tricks in some of them so I figured I was able to deduce. There were a bunch where usually Id be only down to 2 choices, I eliminated to 1 right off the bat.
AWA well I prepped for like 10 minutes 2 nights before. I think I aced the analysis of an argument essay however the analysis of an issue I struggled with, definitely put together some BS for that one. Well see.
Update: Got a 6.0 , 4 days after test so quickturnaround.
Overall, not happy, somewhat disappointed , but glad to finally have gotten the test out of the way.
Last edited by terp26 on 20 Mar 2008, 05:12, edited 1 time in total.
Re: First Attempt, 680 M46 79% V38 84% [#permalink]
17 Mar 2008, 05:20
Maverick, I do not mean to scare you. I just took CR and RC for granted. They were not all like that. There were a bunch of CRs that were straightforward. But some were like, whatttttt??? I think it's best to do a systematic approach. If I can't get the answer the first time around I think I need to learn how to break down the problem into its parts and attack it that way. I thought I was good enough to not have to do that, well probably was wrong I mean I did it mentally, but not in a systematic way.
RCs , maybe same thing, maybe I will need to write notes, although I hate doing so. Will help on tough Q's. I will force myself to.
My prep goes way back. I studied for 2 and a half months before the test. Before that I took a break, had a lot of new things, apt/job but studied over the summer and before but not too diligently. Just questions on gmatclub, OG questions, but never took a great study approach (no error log, never scheduled so put it off a lot, not on a routine)
Maybe it was just a bad day for me on verbal. Maybe the RC passage was experiemental but I thought it was difficult. I was also sick the whole week before when I planned on prepping and doing RC and CRs which I wasnt able to do.
Congrats. A 680 is nothing to sneeze at. It def shows you can hang. However, I share your disappointment. Seeing your posts, I think you can score higher. And I wouldn't mention it unless I thought you could score more than 30 points higher.
Re: First Attempt, 680 M46 79% V38 84% AWA 6.0
20 Mar 2008, 06:04