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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 15:51
Just took my 2nd gmat prep and got a 760. Q50 V44.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 17:12
getienne wrote:
Just took my 2nd gmat prep and got a 760. Q50 V44.


My test went poorly today. I got a 730 - 45Q 45V. I think my nerves just got to me, and I got tons of geometry questions which is my weak area. I wrote a bit more about it in my thread. Anyway, I went ahead and rescheduled, I'll be joining you for the Nov 12th sitting.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 05:54
rjdunn03 wrote:

My test went poorly today. I got a 730 - 45Q 45V. I think my nerves just got to me, and I got tons of geometry questions which is my weak area. I wrote a bit more about it in my thread. Anyway, I went ahead and rescheduled, I'll be joining you for the Nov 12th sitting.


730 is a good score, I know you can do better on the math though. I wouldn't call it going poorly with a 730 though nonetheless!!

getienne wrote:
Just took my 2nd gmat prep and got a 760. Q50 V44.


nice, you seem to be pretty much ready over there
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 10:37
eragotte wrote:
rjdunn03 wrote:

My test went poorly today. I got a 730 - 45Q 45V. I think my nerves just got to me, and I got tons of geometry questions which is my weak area. I wrote a bit more about it in my thread. Anyway, I went ahead and rescheduled, I'll be joining you for the Nov 12th sitting.


730 is a good score, I know you can do better on the math though. I wouldn't call it going poorly with a 730 though nonetheless!!

getienne wrote:
Just took my 2nd gmat prep and got a 760. Q50 V44.


nice, you seem to be pretty much ready over there


Thank you. Yeah I know 730 is a pretty good composite score, its just disappointing because I don't feel like I did as well as I could have. If the score was more balanced between Q and V i would maybe skip the retake, but the 45 Q is only the 71st percentile, whereas my verbal is the 99th.

Plus I'm not applying to schools til next year so there isn't really a reason not to give it one more try.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 11:43
rjdunn03 wrote:

Thank you. Yeah I know 730 is a pretty good composite score, its just disappointing because I don't feel like I did as well as I could have. If the score was more balanced between Q and V i would maybe skip the retake, but the 45 Q is only the 71st percentile, whereas my verbal is the 99th.

Plus I'm not applying to schools til next year so there isn't really a reason not to give it one more try.



yeah, fair enough. I guess there is no real downside to re-writing anyway. I expensed my most recent test at work as tuition reimbursement, if they are okay with that maybe I'll retake just to go for 99th percentile. It would be super cool to get 51,45 for 99th percentile in both.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 17:38
I guess the Q45 is reason enough to retake though you had a great overall score. a 51Q 45V well get no complaints from me... Btw not sure if I said this before but I was anxious so moved my test up 2 weeks to Oct 29th instead of Nov 12th... I have two more GmatPrep exams to take in the next two Saturdays and then I think I should be ready for a decent score.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 19:46
getienne wrote:
I guess the Q45 is reason enough to retake though you had a great overall score. a 51Q 45V well get no complaints from me... Btw not sure if I said this before but I was anxious so moved my test up 2 weeks to Oct 29th instead of Nov 12th... I have two more GmatPrep exams to take in the next two Saturdays and then I think I should be ready for a decent score.


Yeah I don't see myself getting a Q51, but I would be happy with somewhere around a 48-50 in Quant I think. I got a 50 in my last couple practice tests so it might be possible if things go my way.

Oh ok, yeah it seems like you are ready now so no point in waiting til Nov 12th. Good luck man, keep us updated.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 10:39
I will! I have a general strategy question... I have 19 days left to study and I'm not sure If I'm peeking too quickly... I have 3 MGMAT exams left and the two GMATPrep v2 (new version) left... What would be the best way to distribute my test taking so that I'm not mentally drained during the week of my exam yet not TOO relaxed?
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 13:13
getienne wrote:
I will! I have a general strategy question... I have 19 days left to study and I'm not sure If I'm peeking too quickly... I have 3 MGMAT exams left and the two GMATPrep v2 (new version) left... What would be the best way to distribute my test taking so that I'm not mentally drained during the week of my exam yet not TOO relaxed?


Hard to say, I took a full practice test with essays each of the two days leading up to my test and I think that was a bad idea, I think I kinda fried my brain for my actual test day. Besides that I was pretty anxious going into my test and that really made me freeze up once I started on my math portion. I felt calm by the time I got to verbal, but by then it was too late.

This round I'm going to take a practice test the week before my exam, then MAYBE one more like 3-4 days before, not sure about that yet though. But I think the last few days before my test I am going to just do some light review and a few practice problems to stayed primed but mostly just take it easy and relax so I feel good going into my test.

I think eragotte just took it easy the last 5 days before his test and it seemed to work out for him.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 13:23
Yeah I'm off on the 28th and will not take a test on the 27th either... So my last possible test day would be on the 26th. Plan on taking my final GMATprep the 22nd then maybe a retake of one of the tests on the 25th then review lightly the final days and nothing at all on Friday.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 14:34
getienne wrote:
I will! I have a general strategy question... I have 19 days left to study and I'm not sure If I'm peeking too quickly... I have 3 MGMAT exams left and the two GMATPrep v2 (new version) left... What would be the best way to distribute my test taking so that I'm not mentally drained during the week of my exam yet not TOO relaxed?


For mine I did a full test 5 days before the exam and only did like half an hour of review over the final 5 days combined. I think it was beneficial for me. you should try to finish your MGMATs with 10-12 days left, that way you can use their exam review analysis stuff to find your weaknesses and work on strategy.

Unrelated, have you guys heard of people's score on test day being different from the official report in the mail?
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 14:55
My only actual weakness in MGMAT is probability/combinatorics. But they keep giving a disproportionate amount of 700 level questions in those categories and I pretty much have the 600 level comb/prob questions locked down so I'm not too worried on my weaknesses... Everything else has been silly mistakes from either working too fast (6*2 = 18 for example) or not reading the question carefully enough.

I have never heard of that! Did it happen to you? If so, I hope the mailed official score is higher than your exam-day score lol
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 17:57
eragotte wrote:
getienne wrote:
I will! I have a general strategy question... I have 19 days left to study and I'm not sure If I'm peeking too quickly... I have 3 MGMAT exams left and the two GMATPrep v2 (new version) left... What would be the best way to distribute my test taking so that I'm not mentally drained during the week of my exam yet not TOO relaxed?


For mine I did a full test 5 days before the exam and only did like half an hour of review over the final 5 days combined. I think it was beneficial for me. you should try to finish your MGMATs with 10-12 days left, that way you can use their exam review analysis stuff to find your weaknesses and work on strategy.

Unrelated, have you guys heard of people's score on test day being different from the official report in the mail?


I've heard that it happens very rarely for example when GMAC determines a question to be unfair such as having two possible answers or something like that. But I don't think I've ever seen anyone on here mention it so I doubt it happens much.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 07:55
getienne wrote:
My only actual weakness in MGMAT is probability/combinatorics. But they keep giving a disproportionate amount of 700 level questions in those categories and I pretty much have the 600 level comb/prob questions locked down so I'm not too worried on my weaknesses... Everything else has been silly mistakes from either working too fast (6*2 = 18 for example) or not reading the question carefully enough.

I have never heard of that! Did it happen to you? If so, I hope the mailed official score is higher than your exam-day score lol



Haha, I see, well then I'm expecting 800 from you for sure. And no, it didn't happen to me, I was just curious. Mainly because I've seen people score as low as 720 with a 49,41 therefore I could be very very close to Q50 or to 740... so if unofficial scores change I'd be a good candidate.


rjdunn03 wrote:

I've heard that it happens very rarely for example when GMAC determines a question to be unfair such as having two possible answers or something like that. But I don't think I've ever seen anyone on here mention it so I doubt it happens much.



Yeah, I couldn't find any mention of it. Still will be happy to see it unchanged on the offical report though.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 08:03
I doubt they would change your official score to a worse score. That just seems unfair. Any change would most likely bring a 10pt improvement on your score or a high breakdown of each subject.

Btw, I think an 800 would do more harm than good! lol I'll be very content as long as I don't underperform and I don't get nervous during the test. Many people would kill to have anything above 700, let alone a 730 and a 750 like you guys so I'll be happy with anything that's around my average score for all my practice exams so far (740)...
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 15:34
No matter how much I tell myself to slow down during the verbal I always manage to finish the exam with more than 15 minutes left... How do you guys improve your verbal timing?
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 17:05
getienne wrote:
I doubt they would change your official score to a worse score. That just seems unfair. Any change would most likely bring a 10pt improvement on your score or a high breakdown of each subject.

Btw, I think an 800 would do more harm than good! lol I'll be very content as long as I don't underperform and I don't get nervous during the test. Many people would kill to have anything above 700, let alone a 730 and a 750 like you guys so I'll be happy with anything that's around my average score for all my practice exams so far (740)...


My guess would be you're going to get 760+ from your scores.

getienne wrote:
No matter how much I tell myself to slow down during the verbal I always manage to finish the exam with more than 15 minutes left... How do you guys improve your verbal timing?



I do that too, I kind of wish I practiced slowing down for verbal though, even one extra question makes a big difference when your in the 90+ percentiles. I don't have any tips though.
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 11:04
Took a gmatprep1 yesterday and got a 770 (Q50, V44). Number of mistakes went down on both sections (5 on quant, 4 on verbal). I wish my exam were this weekend so I could get this over with...
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 19:21
getienne wrote:
Took a gmatprep1 yesterday and got a 770 (Q50, V44). Number of mistakes went down on both sections (5 on quant, 4 on verbal). I wish my exam were this weekend so I could get this over with...


i have read all the posts on the thread and am really inspired with your scores :-) i am aiming for a score of >= 750! My strength is Quant, so i am concentrating more on verbal. you know, 2 months back i had taken my GRE and endup with a score of 1280(Q800, VA480)and i think new-GRE Verbal was really hard compared to GMAT Verbal!

How much time you have taken for GMAT Prep? And i really appreciate any advice on Verbal?!
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Re: First GMAT prep practice exam - realistic? [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 19:51
Hey Ardent! Hopefully I can do as well as these other two on my test. Yeah the GRE verbal basically tests your vocabulary... Too much luck (getting words you know) involved in it... The gmat verbal isn't easier but BETTER in my opinion since it's testing your REASONING skills as opposed to how well you can memorize 3000 words.
I hope I can replicate these scores during the exam... I honestly don't know how much time I've really "spent" on studying so far... But I'd say it's been 2 months now since I started investigating the gmat... I've read the 5 mgmat math guides twice just to learn a the minutiae tested in the exam. I haven't really studied for verbal. My grammar has always been good so SC isn't an issue and my reasoning is also good. RC is a hit or miss depending on the passage (Women's rights always gets me). Most people spend around 2-3 months or 100 hours (excluding CATs) so expect to spend that much if you want to do well.
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