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Got 660 today (47Q, 35V) - long way off my target score

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Got 660 today (47Q, 35V) - long way off my target score [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 18:31
Hello All,

Finally gave my GMAT today and my first attempt fetched me a 660. Obiviously I need to put in more effort . I had promised to myself that whatever score I get I'll come and share my experience with all the members.
Married with a 4 year old , I have been studying for the last 2 months while being in a full time job but still I managed to put in around 2 to 3 hours on a daily basis.
Here are some of my mock test scores

Kaplan 1 540
Kaplan 2 590
Kaplan 3 550

GMAT prep 590
GMAT prep 700
GMAT prep 690

I found it dfficult to go from 47 in Quant to the magical 50 . And I 've seen my verbal scores deteriorate from 41 to 35 in the last weeks leading to the actual exam. One thing I did notice was that I was finding it difficult to spot errors in in SC and issues in CR in both the actual exam and prep while I was doing just fine doing the SC's in 1000 SC's averaging around 80%. It was my major concern and it got the best of me.
I have decided to go back and give it another try and see it I can do better or not.

On the test day , every thing was just fine (I could say perfect) and I have nothing to complain about other than my performance . The folks at the testing center were pretty nice and courteous.

Essays

Essays went just fine and I think I did OK. That infact pepped me up for the Quants.


Quantitative
Went just fine. I never felt that the questions were too difficult . But some of them were pretty tricky. But as a whole it went fine.

Verbal
Verbal started out with couple of SCs and I was struggling even with the simplest of SCs and some medium difficulty CRs and ended up spending around 40 mins for the first 21 questions . Realizing that I need to speed up I started to speed up. I was not getting enough time to prove to myself that I was indeed choosing the correct answers. But still foraged though some simple CRs and RCs to finish the exam with 1 minute to spare.

Now , I am back on the drawing table. I am planning to give the GMATs again. I know I can do it . Any comments how I could address my problem areas are welcome.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 22:01
Congrats ivymba..660 is not at all bad ..yes you can do a lot better...U have written that u used to score 41 in verbal, this means u have the caliber...

All the best for ur next attempt.Hope you achieve ur target.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 22:06
Congrats........ 660 is indeed a good score.

But if you think you can do better, then don't let anything stop you from taking it again.

All the best for the future.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2006, 13:39
Thanks folks ...
Could someone tell me the difference between applying in the first round and as to applying in the second round. Do they have a larger bucket of seats for the first round as compared to the second round ? or Does it have to do something with the scholarships and financial aid. The reason I am asking is I could plan my next GMAT exam based on it.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2006, 16:21
an interesting articleon first round app.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2006, 04:24
Thanks uguleri and jaynanak . tkkoh nice article indeed, thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 13:42
ivymba wrote:
Thanks uguleri and jaynanak . tkkoh nice article indeed, thanks.


Hi ivy I just got back with same score. What schools are you looking to attend? How was your math vs verbal in practice exams?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 14:50
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ivymba wrote:
Thanks uguleri and jaynanak . tkkoh nice article indeed, thanks.


Hi ivy I just got back with same score. What schools are you looking to attend? How was your math vs verbal in practice exams?


Nsentra I know it feels bad to be stuck right there in the middle when you neither have a good score nor can you call it a bad one . My Verbal was averaging 39 to 41 in practice and my quants around 47 .
After doing had to do some soul searching and some analysis , I thought that I really had some room for improvement to get it to 700 + range. So I am giving it another shot .
Have not really decided on the schools yet. I hope I have enough time to apply for the second round.
My personal advice , if you think you can improve on your scores , go for it . Since you have already given your GMAT and have got used to the format , at this point, its just a matter of fine tuning your effort to get to your target score .
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 15:07
Hey ivymba,

Gud to hear ur score...yea, as u rightly said being stuck in the mid range...is a bit frustrating..

But I appreciate ur spirit to fight it our again..and I belive(not guess), with ur attitude..u cud nail the 700+ mark easily down..

How was ur verbal timing in the practice tests? Coz I too have a littl prob with my timing, and with a month more..hope to tune it up..

Been following ur answers to qs in verbal, they r gud...and after cing those..it's jus the case of a bad week..for u

All the best for the next...time..


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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 15:26
ivymba wrote:
Nsentra wrote:
ivymba wrote:
Thanks uguleri and jaynanak . tkkoh nice article indeed, thanks.


Hi ivy I just got back with same score. What schools are you looking to attend? How was your math vs verbal in practice exams?


Nsentra I know it feels bad to be stuck right there in the middle when you neither have a good score nor can you call it a bad one . My Verbal was averaging 39 to 41 in practice and my quants around 47 .
After doing had to do some soul searching and some analysis , I thought that I really had some room for improvement to get it to 700 + range. So I am giving it another shot .
Have not really decided on the schools yet. I hope I have enough time to apply for the second round.
My personal advice , if you think you can improve on your scores , go for it . Since you have already given your GMAT and have got used to the format , at this point, its just a matter of fine tuning your effort to get to your target score .


Ivymba, I guess being stuck in the middle isn't as bad as completely wiping out and loosing hope. Like you said the first time is probably the toughest, the anxiety alone. However, excuses aside all this means is we got to hit the books for another month. Have you setup your next appointment yet?

I think I'm still going to ahead an apply to Yale. The toughest part is finding out if my employers will be behind me for recommendation and support. I was hoping with a good score to have a more solid ground.

If I get better GMAT I can just fax unofficial report, the school said.

It sounds like you're in good standing your math verbal are stable enough for 700. I'll see you in math and verbal forums!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 18:10
Raghavender wrote:
Hey ivymba,

How was ur verbal timing in the practice tests? Coz I too have a littl prob with my timing, and with a month more..hope to tune it up..

Raghu


Yes verbal was a bottleneck but practice did improve my timing.

Shoot for 1.30 in SC
2.0 for a CR
5-6 mins for a RC with 4 questions.

Yes , it all depends on how you approach the questions and your reading habits . Various RC strategies have been discussed in this forum , look them up and find out what works best for you. ihatethegmat talked about his various strategies and they were good.
My strategy was to do more of a active reading rather than passive and I tried understand the structure of the passage. It helped me immensely to fine tune my approach.
Damn, I am talking as if I got a 700+ :) I better shutup :)
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2006, 19:11
thanx for the tips dude......

U R speakin like a destined for 700..dont worry
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