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From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 21:18
Hi people,

I just did the gmat and got 740 (51Q, 40V)! This is my second attempt and just would like to share with u my experience.

On June, i did my first attempt and scored 630 (50Q, 25V).

As a non-native speaker, I struggled in verbal and so I had to study hard during july. My first attempt I studied from OG11, Kaplan, Kaplan 800 and Princeton Review. I thought I was well prepared and took the exam. Result: bombed in verbal and decided to study hard for july. I concentrated 95% of my time then studying verbal.

In my opinion, don't go Kaplan, Kaplan 800 or Princeton Review. They do not really help if you want high score.

The second time, I started looking on this forum, and decided to buy Powerscore CR bible and Manhattangmat SC, as well as the OG12. I have to say these are a must have books for a real 700 and up score. And during the preparation, remember to really dig in the concepts. You need to understand what is behind each question rather than just do the exercises. This really make all difference.

I did the GMATPrep at least 10 times each. At the beginning I got around the 700 and then flew over 780-800 as questions got repeated. And I did the first 3 ManhattanGMAT exams (600, 700, 730).

On the exam:
- I thought Quant much more difficult than usual, but I managed to do well. And verbal more difficult as well.
- Now, the break times are no longer 10min, but 8min only.
- Bring some food and some water. I did not bring and really thought it was a mistake. I was starving after Quant.
- Sleep well before exam to be in your best shape. Do some sports in your last week preparation, relax and think it is just an exam.

Well that's it!
Good luck to everyone!
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 21:53
Impressive. Congrats.
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 04:50
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 05:15
Congrats .. very nice score.
I see in one month you moved your verbal score from 25 to 40 .. wow ..
goodluck with the app process.
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 08:07
That is phenomenal!!!! I will take your advice on the books I should get to hopefully better my score.
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 09:55
Congratulations tispot!
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 13:34
Congratulations Tispot!!

I did my first attempt today also.. Got a 650 (Q46,V35) :( Need to focus more
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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2009, 16:36
"tispot" Congrats!....awesome.....thank you for your wonderful debrief!

I am almost exactly in the same situation right now as you were in for your first attempt in June.

I am stuggling with verbal struck at 25 and quant at 44.

I have my exam on Sept 8, 2009. So, I have exactly one more month to study, it will be really helpful if you can tell me what exactly I have to concentrate now in order to improve my scores in both Quant and Verbal.

My preparation till now:

Completed : OG 12 - PS, DS - till 120 questions(will complete when time permits)
SC: Manhattan SC guide, completed OG 11 - SC, started with OG 12 - SC
RC: will be completing OG 12 - RC in few days.
CR: my main problem is this section.....I was little fine doing CR from OG 12....but after 55th question till 102 my strike rate dropped drastically.....i am not sure if the questions were tough or I reached the saturation point in CR?
So, I stopped working on OG 12 CR right now and ordered Manhattan SC - CR book to know how to solve the CR's. I feel i am unable to understand how to solve CR's? Any ideas on this section will be very fruitful too....!

My recent scores in MGMAT: I started with giving Manhattan GMAT's:

6/7/2009 MGMAT 1 - 460 (Q 39, V16)
6/14/2009 MGMAT 2 - 520 (Q 43, V 18)
6/27/2009 MGMAT 3 - 510 (Q39, V21)
8/2/2009 MGMAT 4 - 580 (Q44, V25)

You can see that I could improve only by 70 points after the preparation for 1 month only on verbal from my last exam.

I am pretty much confident that i can improve on quant, if I stop making careless mistakes and learn few concepts. But verbal is the sucking part it is improving very slowly.

"tispot" I would definitely need your suggestion and also all fellow GMATTERS.....who are religiously working on your preparation....please throw some insights!

I once again thank you all for your active participation and wonderful support for all the forum members.


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Re: From 630 to 740! [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2009, 04:05
Wow.. some improvement in Verbals. Can you share some more details, specifically with respect to the method of study ?

Also on quant - you mentioned that the exam was much more difficult than the previous attempt. But you improved on that also. Q50--->Q51!!

Truly awesome and inspirational!

Cheers! :-D and good luck with your apps

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