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GMAT Experience: 3rd Attempt - Finally Pulled it off

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GMAT Experience: 3rd Attempt - Finally Pulled it off [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2013, 15:57
I took the GMAT three times
2013: 730 Q48 V41 AW 5 IR 4
2012: 680 Q47 V35 AW 5 IR 7
2010: 700 Q48 V 37 AW 5

US born Asian ethnicity

During my first attempt I spent the two months I had off between college and work going through MGMAT 2010 edition and a Kaplan basic overview course. I honestly didn't spend that much time going through the MGMAT books and the only practice problems I did were from the OG & Kaplan. My preparation was basic at best - Kaplan did help me with developing a framework for the Essays which did make taking the test easier

2nd Attempt = Disaster. I signed up for the Kaplan Advanced course, but my preparation honestly sucked. The only problems I did were through Kaplan and the official GMAT tests - I didn't even get through all the OG questions (this alone should set off alarm bells). Additionally, I was distracted by work and the combination of all of this points toward my score trajectory

3rd Attempt = Awesome. I first started by reading through all of the MGMAT Quant books(2 months - procrastination played a role here). Once I was done with those I began to do all of Jeff Sackman's problems (around 1000). At the same time I began to go through the MGMAT Verbal books - honestly, the only part which really helps is the sentence correction book. After finishing Sackman's problem sets (1 month) I then started going through the OG (both book and GMAT software), where everyday I did Quant & Verbal problems (3 weeks). The period from when I started preparing to when I took the test was September 2012 - Jan 2013. So during the last 6 weeks I did a combination of Sackman + OG + MGMAT Tests + Two Official Tests (final two weeks).

Test - Day: I took the day before off - during this day off I took a leftover MGMAT test. Test Day in general went well, there were some negatives - I should have done better on IR and probably spent more time on Verbal.

Anyway, the last test was the final one and I look forward to applying to B-School later this year.

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Re: GMAT Experience: 3rd Attempt - Finally Pulled it off [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2013, 23:56
Hi.. First of all congratz for your score...

I am in a similar situation, I just got Jeff,s 1000 Q set..how close were those to the real GMAT?

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Re: GMAT Experience: 3rd Attempt - Finally Pulled it off [#permalink] New post 03 May 2013, 09:46
They were very similar - well worth it
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Re: GMAT Experience: 3rd Attempt - Finally Pulled it off [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 01:06
pzak wrote:
They were very similar - well worth it

Ok.. Was a bit apprehensive, as many ppl say its old now and were a true GMAT representative back when they were published I.e 2008-2010

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