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From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2011, 14:12
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Hi all. I haven't really contributed here but I took away a lot of great tips from here so I think it's time I share my experience. I am a native english speaker with terrible grammar skills. This made the verbal section (CR and SC specifically) tough for me. However, I dedicated a lot of time to the GMAT and if I can score well than anyone can with the right amount of effort.

First off, I started studying in September. I spent 4 months studying pretty constantly and the last month studying very intensively. I used MGMAT series, all 8 books. I took the GMAT in Jan and scored a 680 (Q48 V35). While it was a decent score, the verbal bothered me. After contemplating for a few days I decided I would retake in a month. I spend about 90% of the month relearning verbal. I used MGMAT SC initially but ended up buying the Powerscore SC later. While everyone loves the MGMAT SC and it is great, I found Powerscore SC to be much more useful. I used MGMAT CR for CR and nothing really for RC. Math was all MGMAT as well. I had a solid foundation in math and since I got a 48 the first time, I didn;t study it too much. I just did GMATCLUB tests for math review.

After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

The day before I went over some notes and did the SC practice questions on GMATPrep. Nothing too crazy. I did get all 15 right which encouraged me.

Test Day:
Essays: Had my essay templates planned out in my head. Did all the check in and started with the essays. Topics weren't too bad. I think my first essay was stronger than my second. After the essays I felt ok energy wise and decided to not take the break.

Math: Went straight to the Math and felt iffy about it. During the section I regretted not taking the break but couldn't do anything about it. Got 1 of the questions wrong which I realized when I made it to the next one and that bothered me. But I tried my best to forget about it. Finally took the break after the Math and went to the bathroom and had a snack.

Verbal: Verbal for some reason felt great. Going into the test I knew that my performance on Verbal would dictate how I would do. Every question just felt easy to me. I felt like I knew exactly where the traps were and how to avoid them. The RC wasn't too bad considering I didn't study for it. I felt like that was not really an area of concern to me. SC started off great and continued good. CR wasn't bad either. I saw 2 of the boldface questions so I told myself I was doing good.

Finally finished with a SC and went through the background questions. Score finally came onto the screen and it was a 750 (Q49 V44)!! I felt great, like I lucked out. Usually I'm good at quant and weak at verbal but I felt that verbal went great and quant wasn't as good but I guess I got lucky. Got the printout and went home. :-D

(Also, I'm selling my books, shameful plug but I had to. I'm in NYC :wink: )
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2011, 17:03
Great score and congragulations :-)
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 08:32
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Wow congratulations!
Great job improving 70 points in a month.
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 16:47
Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 16:47
Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 05:48
WoW!

Very inspiring! :D
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 13:49
Man, what an awesome improvement! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 20:22
Oh wow! Congratulations! You've defeated this beast!
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 22:18
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Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?


seemed a little easier than mgmat. i didnt see any probability or combinatorics questions. i got tired since i didnt take the break but it didnt seem as tough as mgmat.
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 23:32
Awesome score dude !
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 23:37
Good luck buddy ! Will love to hear about your 6 MGMAT scores. I am doing the same 730 but not sure if I am ready. Need some encouragement ! Just starting on the WORD TRANSLATIONS guide. I am not a fan of word problems, specially the Double Matrix stuff.

740orhigher wrote:

After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 08:36
Awesome, congrats!
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 08:40
V35 to V44 is a strong move. Congrats indeed. Can you elaborate more on what you think you did to move from V40 to V44, I'm really trying to understand this for my own purposes - finding it hard to make the jump.
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 09:03
Awesome! Way to go. I'm sure with a score like that you'll have a very nice leg up in your admissions process.
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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 12:39
I took the first 5 MGMAT CATs before my 1st attempt and the 6th MGMAT CAT and 1st MGMAT CAT retake after the 1st attempt. Scores were as follows:

MGMAT 1 - 640 (don't have the breakdown)
MGMAT 2 - 640 (Q44 V33)
MGMAT 3 - 640 (Q42 V36)
MGMAT 4 - 680 (Q47 V35)
MGMAT 5 - 660 (Q46 V34)

MGMAT 6 - 710 (Q48 V38)
MGMAT1 Retake - 740 (Q47 V45)



gmat1220 wrote:
Good luck buddy ! Will love to hear about your 6 MGMAT scores. I am doing the same 730 but not sure if I am ready. Need some encouragement ! Just starting on the WORD TRANSLATIONS guide. I am not a fan of word problems, specially the Double Matrix stuff.

740orhigher wrote:

After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

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Re: From 680 to 750! [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 12:43
I always felt I was at a V38-V40 level, as my practice test scores indicate. However, after my 1st GMAT when I scored a V35 I decided to devote more time to Verbal. For SC, I used MGMAT the first time around. While it is good, I felt it just wasn't working for me. I bought Powerscore SC and I felt that it made more sense and I understood the concepts much better. The layout was more user friendly to me. For CR, I reread MGMAT and really tried to understand it better. The second time of rereading the CR definitely helped, even though the book itself seems pretty limited. As for the test, I honestly just got into a zone where the questions just seemed very easy to me, easier than any prep. Most likely, the V44 was a complete fluke but I'll take it. I even saw 2 boldface CR questions for those who are interested in that stuff.


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V35 to V44 is a strong move. Congrats indeed. Can you elaborate more on what you think you did to move from V40 to V44, I'm really trying to understand this for my own purposes - finding it hard to make the jump.
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