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GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months)

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GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 18:38
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Finally I am done with the GMAT tests atleast. Now hopefully I can look forward to working with other more important aspects of the MBA applications.
I started my preparation in July end. Because of family, an attention seeking daughter and job, I could study only at night from ~11 pm- 2 pm but i made good use of this time for these two months. I Started with OG 13 and finished all the problems with time restrictions (like finishing every 10 ques in 20 mins and then evaluating result/seeking explanations). This way timing was never an issue for me during any tests. Other than OG, I referred to the standard books as suggested in most of the forums here (Manhattan SC, Powerscore Bible for CR) and subscribed for the Manhattan test series.

GMATClub's forum have been real helpful in that whenever I couldnt get a satisfactory answer to a question, I would simply copy paste it here and search for the relevant thread and more often than not, I was able to find a convincing explanation.

The most critical part of my preparation was the rigorous tests of Manhattan. Although the scores that I got in the tests were not very close to my actual gmat score, but the extra time spent on analyzing my practice test performances helped me avoid repeating same errors. I think the IR part in Manhattan tests is actually quite tougher than the GMAT prep's. I also tried all free tests listed in GMATClub here. The key is to learn as much as you can from the tests and move on.

Apart from Manhattan SC, I referred to other theory books only on the basis of my performances in particular sections like CR inference questions or RC main point questions. I referred to Kaplan Verbal question banks which i found really useful. I will suggest to anyone that Dont delve too much into theory before analyzing your performance. It might happen that you dont need any theory in particular sections like QA PS, DS, RC etc. I never had to work too much with QA as I was fairly satisfied with my section score in the tests. Also try to do as many questions as you can from multiple resources.

My scores in Manhattan tests and GMAT prep are as below:

CAT EXAM #1 (FREE) Completed 08/15/2012 : 700 (Q51, V35)
CAT EXAM #2 Completed 08/26/2012 : 690 (50, 34)
CAT EXAM #3 Completed 09/09/2012 : 710 (46, 37)
CAT EXAM #4 Completed 09/22/2012 : 710 (48, 39)
CAT EXAM #5 Completed 09/25/2012 : 700 (51, 35)
CAT EXAM #6 Completed 09/27/2012 : 680 (48, 35)

GMAT prep 1 ( 21 Sep'12): 710 (Q50, V 35), IR 7/8
GMAT prep 2 ( 1 Oct'12): 680 (Q50, V 31), IR 7/8

Actual GMAT (3 Oct' 12): 730 (Q50, V40)
Awaiting AWA and IR score. Though I think I have pretty much made mess of IR in actual test but lets see.

Tip: I think Keeping myself calm and taking proper rest as the test came closer was the key to my score. Also you must use ear plugs during the actual GMAT test as the pin-drop silence makes you concentrate ten times more. As for the practice tests, one can never exxagerate its importance. One should time the tests at appropriate intervals leading up to the D day and try to learn as much as possible from mistakes. All the best guys
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Re: GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 22:50
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Thank you for the debrief and the tips.
I agree about the practice tests.

P.S. Good luck with milestone #2! Well Done!
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Re: GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 00:09
jiten2k4 wrote:
I referred to Kaplan Verbal question banks which i found really useful.


Great! Thanks for your tips.

When you say "Kaplan Verbal question banks", which book are you referring to? Is there a book by that title?
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Re: GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 04:56
Dear Rakesh, by kaplan verbal questions I mean any of their verbal material with questions and explanations that you can get your hand to. I practiced with some files I got somewhere on the internet.

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Re: GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 05:38
Congrats Jiten!730 is a very solid score.Q50 V40 is also what i am seeking :)
Can you please answer my below queries:
What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.
Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Is the level of difficulty same as that of gmatprep?
Also,in verbal,which part according to u was the most difficult in the exam.

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Re: GMAT- 730. 1st Milestone Acheived (in 2 months) [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 07:11
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Thanks Shreeraj. The difficulty level and topics in quant are nearly of same as in gmatprep practice tests. Evaluate your weaknesses and practice them more. In verbal, my weaker point was CR so i practiced more for it and gave extra time for CR ques in actual test. Your preparation and strategy should purely be guided by your level of confidence with particular topics
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