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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 03:58
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I am about to take my first Manhattan CAT tomorrow... Hoping for at least a 50Q and a 40V... How's Manhattan's verbal compared to GMAT Prep?


IMHO Manhattan's verbal (other than SC) is a waste of time. Often the CR/RC questions are ambiguous where two+ answers are right in my mind and they want you to pick the most right. I never really came accross that on GMAT/GMATprep, there always is one right and four wrong answers on those.

I'm going to post two questions that used to be the kind of thing that would trip me up, but with my smoothed out approach and less panicking I catch the small and fairly easy intracacies. See how you do anyone.

1. Of the 1,400 college teachers surveyed, 42% said they considered engaging in research an essential goal. How many of the college teachers surveyed were women?

(1) In the survey, 36 percent of the men and 50 percent of the women said they considered engaging in research an essential goal.

(2) In the survey, 288 men said they considered engaging in research to be an essential goal.

2. At least 100 students at a highschool study Japanese. If 4% of the students that study French also study Japanese, do more students at the school study French than Japanese?

(1) 16 students study both French and Japanese.

(2) 10% of students who study Japanese also study french.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 14:50
Just took my first MGMAT exam just now...

740 Overal 47Q 44V

Didn't have time to finish the quant and had to guess on the last 7 questions... The quant questions were too time consuming... Even the straightforward questions seemed to require more than 2 minutes of algebra...

Finished the verbal with 20 minutes to spare so that was good... Although I need to work on CR (haven't opened Powerscore yet)
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 06:20
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Just took my first MGMAT exam just now...

740 Overal 47Q 44V

Didn't have time to finish the quant and had to guess on the last 7 questions... The quant questions were too time consuming... Even the straightforward questions seemed to require more than 2 minutes of algebra...

Finished the verbal with 20 minutes to spare so that was good... Although I need to work on CR (haven't opened Powerscore yet)



Yeah, hard quant questions are longer on mgmat than gmatprep. Good practice for speeding yourself up though.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 10:45
So I just did gmatprep2, I ran into some very very tough questions, hardest I have seen on gmatprep by far. I was running ahead of time, but got really bogged down and had to rush a bit at the end. I ended up with Q51 despite getting 5 wrong total and 3 of the last 7 wrong as time ran down. I got V45 without trying too hard and finished with a good amount of time left so verbal isn't really any worry for me at this point. My overall score was 770 (Q51, V45). I wrote both full essays, ensuring I took the full half hour for each, I reviewed them and shouldnt have a problem repeating my 6.0 on AWA, not that I really care lol.


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MGMAT1 Q49
MGMAT2 Q48
MGMAT3 Q44 (first full test with essays, and very hungover)
MGMAT4 Q47
MGMAT5 Q48 (second full test)
MGMAT6 Q51 (7 wrong?)
GMATprep1 Q50 (2-3 wrong?)
GMATprep2 Q51 (third full test, 5 wrong)
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2011, 14:55
Ready for your test???

I took GmatPrep1 last Saturday and received a 740. (Q50 V40) Finished Verbal with 20 minutes to spare so I think I'll be okay. Although 5 mistakes were from RC (whole BORING passage wrong) and 3 from CR... Just finished going thru Powerscore's CR guide, which is really good... I'm going to take GmatPrep 2 on Saturday to see if I can bring my Verbal up to a 45...

Good luck on Friday!!
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2011, 04:51
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Ready for your test???

I took GmatPrep1 last Saturday and received a 740. (Q50 V40) Finished Verbal with 20 minutes to spare so I think I'll be okay. Although 5 mistakes were from RC (whole BORING passage wrong) and 3 from CR... Just finished going thru Powerscore's CR guide, which is really good... I'm going to take GmatPrep 2 on Saturday to see if I can bring my Verbal up to a 45...

Good luck on Friday!!



Hahaha that's funny, the boring RC passages kill me too. One time I got 3 RC sections all on feminism. I think my verbal was like v37 after that hahaha.

I'm not doing any more prep before my exam, just resting from mon-thurs since my brain has enough stress at work lately. Im happy with something like Q47,V40 so hopefully I can pull that off. It really shouldn't be too hard, but I don't want to put too much expectation on myself and choke lol.
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Hahaha that's funny, the boring RC passages kill me too. One time I got 3 RC sections all on feminism. I think my verbal was like v37 after that hahaha.

I'm not doing any more prep before my exam, just resting from mon-thurs since my brain has enough stress at work lately. Im happy with something like Q47,V40 so hopefully I can pull that off. It really shouldn't be too hard, but I don't want to put too much expectation on myself and choke lol.


Good luck tomorrow buddy. You feeling good about things? I'm a little nervous for Saturday, but mostly just looking forward to having the whole test behind me.
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I'm sure both you guys will do fine... Gluck!!
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 05:08
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Good luck tomorrow buddy. You feeling good about things? I'm a little nervous for Saturday, but mostly just looking forward to having the whole test behind me.


I am feeling super nervous atm, 2 hours before the test, hopefully the nerves settle down in time for quant because that will make or break me!
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 11:08
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Good luck tomorrow buddy. You feeling good about things? I'm a little nervous for Saturday, but mostly just looking forward to having the whole test behind me.


I am feeling super nervous atm, 2 hours before the test, hopefully the nerves settle down in time for quant because that will make or break me!


Yeah its the same for me. Please let us know how it turns out. Good luck.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 12:26
I've been nervous for him for some reason... (Maybe it's because my exam is in 3 weeks). I hope/think he did well. I'm getting in the habit of relaxing on Friday nights now and taking a CAT on Saturday at my exam time. Took the third MGMAT last night (no essay) and got a 750 (Q48 V45). We need to put this silly exam to sleep once and for all...
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 12:34
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I've been nervous for him for some reason... (Maybe it's because my exam is in 3 weeks). I hope/think he did well. I'm getting in the habit of relaxing on Friday nights now and taking a CAT on Saturday at my exam time. Took the third MGMAT last night (no essay) and got a 750 (Q48 V45). We need to put this silly exam to sleep once and for all...


Thats a great score, looks like you are right on track to nail it. What are you shooting for?
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 13:05
I'll be happy with a 760 and above... Since I had a low gpa (aerospace) at a top school (Ivy, HYP) and will not be applying to B-school for a few years I would love a 770 or a 780 in case a 760 is no longer 99th percentile by the time I apply... Anything above that I just absurd... How u feeling? Hopefully both you guys will give good debriefs on a good experience to keep my nervousness down for these next 3 weeks.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 00:38
Hello,
I`ve just started out with my preparation for GMAT,like a week back.
I`ve started off with Verbal.
Quant is relatively a stronger domain for me.
But,the problem i see is with the tests.
When should i start taking the tests ?
I had given a mock gmat,quite a few months back. but am sure that wasn't any indicator of sorts,since i was totally unprepared.

How and when should i be taking the tests ?
Kindly direct.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 04:19
Hey guys, I ended up with 750. The test I wrote was easy, definitely could solve every quant question in practice, but didn't write that strong a test. Full debrief coming and I'll link to it in this thread
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 05:28
rjdunn03 wrote:
Yeah its the same for me. Please let us know how it turns out. Good luck.


Hope yours goes well too! and that those nerves settled down.


getienne wrote:
I've been nervous for him for some reason... (Maybe it's because my exam is in 3 weeks). I hope/think he did well. I'm getting in the habit of relaxing on Friday nights now and taking a CAT on Saturday at my exam time. Took the third MGMAT last night (no essay) and got a 750 (Q48 V45). We need to put this silly exam to sleep once and for all...


Looks like you've been super consistent. With you scoring those V45s on Manhattan I wouldn't be surprised if you got 99th percentile on verbal on the real thing

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Hello,
I`ve just started out with my preparation for GMAT,like a week back.
I`ve started off with Verbal.
Quant is relatively a stronger domain for me.
But,the problem i see is with the tests.
When should i start taking the tests ?
I had given a mock gmat,quite a few months back. but am sure that wasn't any indicator of sorts,since i was totally unprepared.

How and when should i be taking the tests ?
Kindly direct.


Do you have the manhattan tests? If so I definitely don't think it hurts to take one early on to see where you stand. I would not waste a GMATprep so early in the process though. You definitely want to have 4-5 tests left over for when you are done your prep to work specifically on test-taking strategy.

and finally, my debrief if you are interested:

from-670-to-750-may-retake-long-sorry-lol-121683.html
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 05:56
eragotte wrote:
Hey guys, I ended up with 750. The test I wrote was easy, definitely could solve every quant question in practice, but didn't write that strong a test. Full debrief coming and I'll link to it in this thread


Congratulations!! Thats a great score! I'm kinda feeling anxious right now, got about an hour before I head down to the testing center. I think I'll be able to calm myself down though. Hopefully I can nail it as well. By the way, what was your split Q, V?
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 07:18
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Congratulations!! Thats a great score! I'm kinda feeling anxious right now, got about an hour before I head down to the testing center. I think I'll be able to calm myself down though. Hopefully I can nail it as well. By the way, what was your split Q, V?


Thanks :) I hope you calmed down before your test, I was feeling the same thing. I got Q49, V41. I am surprised that was a 750 because I have seen people get 750 with Q50,V41 and Q49,V44. I think it must mean I was on the high end of Q49, i.e. you can get Q49 with any where from 4 to 11 questions wrong from what I've seen, so there is probably some range of final score even within the same raw score.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 08:27
Wow man congrats!!! In the process of reading your debrief... I'm guessing that Quant was just silly mistakes. But I'm glad you realize your first score was a serious fluke. Congrats again!!
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 13:21
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Wow man congrats!!! In the process of reading your debrief... I'm guessing that Quant was just silly mistakes. But I'm glad you realize your first score was a serious fluke. Congrats again!!



haha ya, thanks :) good for the ol' ego
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