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GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 05:35
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I just took my GMAT today, and I finished with 760 (Q50 V42). I am really happy to be finally over with it and not have to retake it! I am pretty surprised to score a better percentile in verbal than in quantitative tough.

For those who might be interested, my profile is:

French.
3.78 GPA from a top University in Asia, major in Quantitative Finance.
Apply to a couple of Master of Finance and Financial Economics in Europe (UK, France and Spain).
No work experience besides an internship.

I basically studied for the GMAT from early December to end of January, for a bit less than 2 months. I started with the Princeton Review to get a good understanding of the different types of questions and the techniques. However, I feel that not everything is applicable. Notably, their advices on RC was not helpful for me, as I prefer to read carefully first and then answer the questions fast. Also, their "Joe Bloggs" advice does not apply if you really want to answer difficult questions: it is still better to solve them the old-fashioned way. However, the Pinceton review is quite helpful for AWA and SC.

Afterwards, I just trained everyday with OG12 as well as the additional OG review for verbal and quant.
Since I am from a quant background, I started with verbal and gave the verbal practice a headstart of 2 weeks. Afterwards, I just practiced verbal and quant on alternate days (during verbal days, I practiced all types of verbal, and during quant days I practiced all types of quant). Basically, I tried to do about 30 questions a day. I read the solutions for the questions I got wrong and tried to understand and learn from there.

For the practice tests, here are my results in chronological order:

Princeton review 1 650
GMATprep1 760
Princeton review 2 640
GMATprep2 770

I do not advise taking the Princeton review online test. The questions are pretty different from actual GMAT questions, and it might affect you negatively on the GMAT. There is even one instance where I had a SC question on the princeton review test which uses "in that", whereas OG12 states in the correction to one of the SC question that "in that" is old-fashioned and overly formal, and should not be used. It seems that the more I practiced on OG, the less well I fared on the princeton review test because the reasoning behind the questions is not exactly the same.

If you have any question don't hesitate to ask, and good luck to all of you who still have to take the test! :-D
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 08:31
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Congrats man.... Great Score...
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 23:21
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Great score! Congrats!
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 19:15
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Hi,

Congrats on your score. Just a quick question, how realistic did you find the CAT score provided by Princeton? I've been getting 690-700 on my MGMAT scores, a 660 on Kaplan (which is really more like a 700 in the real GMAT), and for the Practice GMAT online for Princeton, I got 640. Is this score understated?
I just don't undersand how my score can be so different from my other CAT scores?
By the looks of your score, it seems like you often did bettern on GMATPREP than you did on PR.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 20:54
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 22:18
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Hi,

Congrats on your score. Just a quick question, how realistic did you find the CAT score provided by Princeton? I've been getting 690-700 on my MGMAT scores, a 660 on Kaplan (which is really more like a 700 in the real GMAT), and for the Practice GMAT online for Princeton, I got 640. Is this score understated?
I just don't undersand how my score can be so different from my other CAT scores?
By the looks of your score, it seems like you often did bettern on GMATPREP than you did on PR.

Thanks in advance.



For my case, I indeed did not find the CAT score provided by Princeton an accurate estimation of my real GMAT score. The GMATPREP is a much better simulation of the actual test.

For the CAT provided by Princeton, I found that some of the questions were quite ambiguous and were not exactly aligned with the logic of the GMAT. For this reason, I had some wrong answers early in the tests, and I spent too much time on some questions so that I did not have time to finish.

If you can score well on the GMATPREP, I wouldn't worry about the scores on the Princeton CAT. You don't want to go to the test worrying about your score rather than focusing on the test questions themselves. I would just use Princeton or Kaplan for the tips and strategies. However, for the practice, the OG and GMATPREP are still the best. Also, the additional OG guides for Verbal and Quantitative are very useful: questions are sorted by order of difficulty, so if you want to score high you can practice more on the hard questions. If you can manage 80-90% accuracy on the hard questions in these guides, you should be all set for the test.

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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 23:33
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 23:54
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2010, 19:33
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lunasea29 wrote:
Hi,

Congrats on your score. Just a quick question, how realistic did you find the CAT score provided by Princeton? I've been getting 690-700 on my MGMAT scores, a 660 on Kaplan (which is really more like a 700 in the real GMAT), and for the Practice GMAT online for Princeton, I got 640. Is this score understated?
I just don't undersand how my score can be so different from my other CAT scores?
By the looks of your score, it seems like you often did bettern on GMATPREP than you did on PR.

Thanks in advance.



For my case, I indeed did not find the CAT score provided by Princeton an accurate estimation of my real GMAT score. The GMATPREP is a much better simulation of the actual test.

For the CAT provided by Princeton, I found that some of the questions were quite ambiguous and were not exactly aligned with the logic of the GMAT. For this reason, I had some wrong answers early in the tests, and I spent too much time on some questions so that I did not have time to finish.

If you can score well on the GMATPREP, I wouldn't worry about the scores on the Princeton CAT. You don't want to go to the test worrying about your score rather than focusing on the test questions themselves. I would just use Princeton or Kaplan for the tips and strategies. However, for the prmcuh!



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29th Jan '11 -- GMATPrep#2 : 700 (Q47 V38)
23rd Jan '11 -- MGMAT Practice Test #3 : 670 (Q45 V36)
19th Jan '11 -- GMATPrep#1 v.1 : 710 (Q49 V37)
15th Jan '11 -- GMATPrep#1 : 720 (Q47 V42)
11th Jan '11 -- MGMAT Practice Test #2 : 740 (Q47 V44)
6th Jan '11 -- Kaplan#2 : 620 (Q40 V35)
28th Dec '10 -- PowerPrep#1 : 670 (Q47 V35)
30th Oct '10 -- MGMAT Practice Test #1 : 660 (Q45 V35)
12th Sept '10 -- Kaplan Free Test : 610 (Q39 V37)
6th Dec '09 -- PR CAT #1 : 650 (Q44 V37)
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 09:09
Congrats....thats a great score..
btw...what prep material do you suggest...
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 17:18
Congratulations!!. I wish you good luck in your future career. How many practice tests have you wrote over all? and what is additional OG means? is that mean another office guide book? How many hrs of study have you spent each day?. Can you give us some more additional details about your preparation methods?.
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Re: GMAT 760 (Q50 V42) [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 10:01
congratulations!!!! you have a very balanced score with over 90%ile in both the sections.
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