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GMAT all over... 730 Q44 V46 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2006, 08:00
Hello there! I am another of those annoying people who do not contribute to this valuable forum until it is all over. Having taken so much and given so little here is a synopsis of my experience should it be of any use!

Preparation: I used the following: score800.com, Kaplan 800, Kaplan GMAT 2006 and GMATPrep. To be honest, my studying was pretty much confined to the 3 weeks before the actual test date - without a sense of urgency and relative panic I cannot bring myself to study much. Working 60 hour weeks doesn't help. Kaplan was great introduction, and I can really recommend the 800 book if you are fairly happy with your mental maths and verbal skills. It gives the tips and tricks to look out for.
Anyway, the real key for me is doing as many tests as you can to get a feeling of time pressure. score800, even if the questions are not the best and the scoring engine is a bit erratic, provides this - 5 tests for $30. The 4 Kaplan CAT's I did gave me low results (in the 550-570 range) but reading this forum made me feel a bit happier.

Breakdown of practice test scrore:

Kaplan CAT 1 (3 weeks before test): 550
Kaplan CAT 2 (3 weeks before test): 570
Kaplan CAT 3 (2 weeks before test): 560
Kaplan CAT 4 (2 weeks before test): 560

GMAT Prep 1 (1st time) 630
GMAT Prep 2 (1st time) 660
GMAT Prep 1 (2nd time - 3 days before test) 730
GMAT Prep 2 (2nd time - 2 days before test) 700
Kaplan CAT 1 (2nd time, day before test) 690

The Kaplan tests are great because they tell you which areas you are weak in - so I focussed on them.

Test Day:
I had been getting Q46-48 in the GMATPrep tests so don't know what happened today. For some reason my brain told me that, with 62 minutes left, I had used 23 minutes of time :?: :?: and I was only on question 5. Relative panic set in and I rushed 3 in a row, half guessing, then chilled out a bit but was so annoyed with myself that I couldn't do questions I should have done (excuses, excuses!). As such I really levelled out for the Verbal and seems to go into another gear - all the rules I had read came into my mind and I finished it with 20 minutes to go. I am shocked.
My 74% in quant is much lower than I expected, but the 99% in verbal is a lot higher than I expected, so I guess what goes around comes around in some strange way. I am really annoyed about the quant... but only "need" 600 to go where I want to go (has to be within 20 minutes of my work for this MBA thing to be practical) so can't grumble.

Anyway, if I can contribute anything at all I would urge everyone to just do as many times practice tests as you can get your hands on.

all the best with your efforts
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 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2006, 08:32
Congartulations buddy, GREAT score.
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Please share with us the level of difficulty of quant and verbal.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2006, 09:13
Wow, congratulations :good great score!

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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2006, 23:27
M8 wrote:
Congartulations buddy, GREAT score.
:woohoo

Please share with us the level of difficulty of quant and verbal.



I would say the quant was of a slightly harder standard than I had expect - some very long, wordy questions that took a lot of digestion to get the salient points out.
Verbal - RC passages were relatively short (only needed to scroll down a little) but the questions were more cunning with more elimination of wrong answers required than actually identifying the correct one, which rarely "stood out". SC - a lot of answers were "A"! CR - as expected.
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