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GMAT 770- M51, V42 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 10:43
Hello everybody, i just finished my Gmat a few hours ago and want to share my experience for the benefit of others who are going to do the test in the future and use these forums.

First of all thanks to GmatClub for this forum, it is a great source of information that is unbiased, and is also wonderful for moral support.

I decided to take the GMAT about 2 months ago after my employer did not give me the raise i had asked for... (everyone needs some kind of motivation). i was intially planning on doing an MBA 2 years from now but chnaged my mind that day. I was out of the country for almost a month after that and when i came back started preparing in earnest... essentially i was aiming for a 3-4 week crash course.

Due to the short time line i had to come up with a strategy that would suite the time line. I decided that my prep would involve only practice tests.

The first book i bought was Barons (I had not found this site at that time.. or i probably never would have..) But i guess it turned out ok in the end. I did the 6 practice tests. (they have no scoring scale.. so all i can say is i was getting about 75-80% of the questions right. Anyway i made it a point to write the essays as well and this definetely helped in building my stamina. Writing 2 essays and 7 sections each test (the old style format of gmat) makes the CAT look short.

I then bought Arco's and the book was great.. all i did was the tests but i did go through the sentence correction problem set. The 3 cd tests and the verbal sections of the paper tests are just the best.

Then i went to Kaplan and did the cats and was feeling down because of the scores. But that is where gmatclub.. helped me out. Overall Kaplan is horrible compared to Arco's but all i wanted was more tests so it was good practice.

Ayyway i did 23 practice tests in about 28 days. 4 tests on the weekends and whenever i had time i tried to plug in 2-3 tests during the week.

Overall it was a short but very intense prep because of my late decision to do the test.

My practice test results are here, but i would advice anyone preparing for the test to not pay much attention to the scores.. except for the PowerPrep score.

My prep scores were-
Barrons- 6 paper tests- 75-80%. These were the first tests i did... gave me a good feel for the question types.

Arco's- 6 paper tests- very good verbal sections, math too easy. 3 cd tests are the closest thing other than PowerPrep to the relal gmat. I wish i had done all 3 cd tests after Kaplan
cd test1- 670
cd test2- 670
cd test3- 730 ( i saved this test for just before the test)

Kaplan- 1 paper, 1 internet (this is basically a paper test) and 4 cd tests. anyway these cd tests are horrible. No one at kaplan put much time into writing or reviewing these questions- poor wording and not representative of the real gmat at all. I did write a review about these 3 books in the review section of the fourm- under arco's
cd test1- 640
cd test2- 700
cd test3- 640
cd test4- 610

Then 2 days before my gmat i did the 2 powerpreps- the first i did with the essay and the second i skipped the essay.
PP1- 730
PP2- 760

ANd today- the real deal-
GMAT- 770 (V51, Q 42)

My gmat experience had nothing spectacular in it. The day before i went to the barber, watched 'kung-fu-hustle' (excellent movie by the way, anyway i read somewhere that comedies make a person more alert than a serious movie) and tried to go to bed early, but could not sleep at all because of nervous energy. Got up early and did the test this morning.

One thing that suprised me a bit was the proctor said that i could not leave the room untill i had completed a section... i finished the math section with 14 minutes to spare but he said i had to finish the section adn take only a 5 minute break.. so i elected to sit in front of the computer screen and stare at my lat question for 14 minutes... and then took my 5 minute break.

5 minutes goes by real fast.. i hardly got a couple of bites of my sandwich and drank some water. I didnt have time to take a leak (i chose to satisfy my stomach instead of my bladder) in between the quant and verbal and i regret that... because i really wanted to go bad towards the end of the verbal.. but held on for dear life. I finished verbal with about 8 minutes to spare.. but i think that was because i was in a hurry to get to the rest-room.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 10:59
Awesome score!!! Congrats!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 11:21
yeah dude... 770 really busts everything!!
congrats, well done!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 12:17
Well take that score to your boss and show him what he'll be missing. Great score, you are certainly going to school somewhere with a 770.

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 14:02
Awesome...Congratulations!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 14:02
Hey, great job! Congrats on your awesome score!!!

(By the way, I know what you mean about 5 minutes not being long enough to satisfy your bladder needs... especially for us girls, it's really cutting it close. I chose to pee instead of to eat, so I was hungry by the end but at least I was comfortable).
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 16:05
All i can say is i am in awe and inspired as well. I too am in the same situation and really need to get out of my cube. I have been lurking in these forums now for a while and have signed up to take the GMAT. 23 tests in 28 days is uncanny. How did you find the discipline or stamina to do that? I have only taken 4 tests so far and its been 3 months!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 16:09
Great score. congratulations.
Were you working while taking this many practise tests in a month? Just amazing.
Will be useful if you can share question pattern you experienced.

Good luck for your app process and as bsmith75 suggested do send a copy of score to your manager :)
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 18:11
Congratulation on your terrific score! All the best in your applications.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 18:29
Great Score. Congrats and good luck for the apps.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 20:06
That's awesome score dexterslab, Congratulations! :punk
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 21:12
Thank you. With regard to some of the questions-

cofeelover, i agree with you with the 5 minute break it is very short. It is something pople should plan when taking the test. Must take into account 30 seconds each for signing in and signing out of the room. And then i had this bulky backpack that i had difficulty fitting in the locker, so that took me another 60 seconds to unpack and re-pack. Essentially leaving a 3 minute break.
And cofeelover.. a special note of thanks for your write up on your test... i remember reading it and it gave me alot of confidence at a time when i was not feeling too good about my scores from some practice tests.

yes i was working when i was preparing. It was alittle difficult but i just had to give up a few things for a short period. Gave up my daily two hours in the gym, friday night and weekend social events. It wasnt very pleasant but i knew it had to be done.

Most of the practice tests i did on the weekend. I did 4 on the weekends for 3 weeks and 2 on the last weekend so that accounted for 14 tests and the remaining 9 i did during the week. It was very tiring to do tests esspecially after a long day at work. Intially i would write even the essays so itused to take me about 4.5 hours including reviewing my answers. I made it a point to leave work by 5:30 on the days i wanted to write a test. (from 7 to midnight) The last two weeks i did not write the essays so i was able to do more tests.

I would make a note though, that if using practice tests as the main form of preparation it seems to me that a short rapid-fire preparation would be better so that everything remains relatively fresh in your mind.

As far as the question pattern.. both essay topics were interesting and very generic.. can be related to by people from different fields. The Math section, i got a really tough probability question around the 8th one. I spent nearly 10 minutes on it but made sure i got it right. The next 2 were also quite difficult but im sure i got them rght. Then the difficulty level dropped a bit and stayed steady until near the end where i got some tough co-ordinate geometry and a tough combinations problem. I am pretty sure i did not make any mistakes in the math. I guess they have to drop the difficulty level a bit in any case because ETS is unlikely to expect somone to do 37 extremely tough questions in 75 minutes, the same time alloted for say 37 moderate questions.

As for the verbal my first couple were SC's- moderate toughness folowed by some CR and then a relatively simple RC. I got a bold face in my 12th question, (boldfaces are actually quite simple.. just that not many are around in the practice tests). I got some really tough SC but all the RC's and CR were all managable (very similar to the ones in PP and Arco's). I might have made a mistake in one RC main point question but other than that i think all my mistakes in verbal must have come in SC.
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