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Got 710, Q50, V36 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 04:48
Well just gave the gmat, got 710. I think I could have managed bit moe in V. But as is said all well that ends well (Though it's a begining to long and grueling process of application)

My two cents, prepare on your timing. Nothing helps more than timing!
And as is said first 10 questions are the most important one! ( I think those questions saved, first 10 correct on Q and 8-9 correct on V)

On Q I had few questions on Prob, few on Standard deviation and rest normal stuff.

On V SC was very easy. CR was very tough (It matched the level LSAT). Passages were ok, got one passage of 85 lines.

Many thanks to GMAT club, had I not joined this club I would have been wondering in the range of 600's.
And ofcourse I will continue to be an "Active Member" of this club, I really enjoy being a member of this club :)

About my preparation, though I started the prep in Jan, but it was the last month that I was really serious about it.
Did Kaplan, Princeton, Arco, PP.(Gave all their tests)
solved few LSAT Q's, did a bit of OG
And ofcourse learned a lot from this club, (I am now a "Major Shareholder" in this club :) )
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 06:03
I forgot to mention one more thing, When I started my prep I was very bad in Verbal (Still not good as the scores reflect). But I did lots and lots of practice and yes I guess finally it paid off, (To some extent for sure :) )
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 08:34
congrats doode

u da MAN!!

can u tell us ur prepration for the fabuloous score of Quant and your strategies

it def wud help me i am having timing problems with quant!

thanks

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 11:05
Congratulations!! Such a great score....:flower

Please tell how did you prepare for Q50?
My current status is Q44-45 ..I haven't go thru the Kaplan math book, I am planning to go thru it this week or so. Did you use that book? What else did you use for Q50?

As for verbal, I am also using LSAT material..So good to hear that was helpful in your case :)

Now, it is time for you to enjoy Mediterranean!!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 12:06
Totally awesome. You did great mba and I enjoyed studying with you. Was 710 your first try? I did get 650 in my last attempt with a verbal of 32. However, I spent only 1 month in the club (primarily math forum)before that attempt but I have spent much more time in the verbal forum since then. I'm also a 7XX hopeful for my next attempt. That verbal hurdle is difficult to overcome and I'm crossing my fingers for my next attempt :)
Once again, kudos! :woohoo
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 12:33
Great score mba. your screen name is going to be true now. Your Q50 is just great. Good job.

Which prep did you find close to actual GMAT?

--Bhai

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2004, 13:10
Congratulations , mba.

Would you mind sharing your strategy in each of the section of the GMAT. I am sure it would help everyone around here. Kindly write in as much detail as you can.

Congrats again. Essays are next. :)

Another thing, if possible, donate to your favorite charity. its kinda nice to share your happiness in some way with people who are not as fortunate. :)

Sincerely
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2004, 04:31
Thanks! for the wishes,
It was my first attempt.

And yes! I already donated a part of what I planned, and the second part I will do it in a short while.

Actually I gave the gmat while on a business trip :wink: , a week before gmat things got very busy in Office, but I didn't loose the heart and I used to devote atleast 2hours daily for GMAT.

I was so much into GMAT, that I didn't see a single bit of television(my weakness) in past 35 days, and I guess it payed off!! :)

Well for Quants: I did nothing special, my quant was very strong right from school time (Did top in maths in School and top in Operations research in Engg college). :wink:
My verbal was weak, but I made sure of one thing, though my quant is strong but I won't put it aside. So I used to devote around 3-4 hours a week for Quants, did questions posted in this EXCELLENT club. Did all the challenges as posted by GMATCLUB. My exam was on 3rd August, so on 2nd August I revised complete quants as given in Kaplan.
I must say a share of my success in quants also goes to this club as well. I enjoyed solving questions posted by "Stolyar" and others.
About timming I would say try to solve each of gmat questions (while practicing) under 1.5 minutes. I used to finish my quants in practice exam with 15-20minutes left with my score in the range of 49-51.
Otherwise quant was tough as compared to Powerprep or Princeton,
I would rank it to the level of GMAT Challenges or Kaplan.
But I guess keep solving the questions posted in this group and you will be ok (believe me its all a matter of confidence.)

For verbal section: As you can see from my score, didn't do that well! But still i feel its ok.
One strategy that no one really pointed out in other posts is related to time management.
My two cents, while doing practice on CBT's, divide your time. What I did was:
First 10 Questions : 20 Minutes
Next 10 Questions : 18 Minutes
Next 10 Questions : 15 Minutes
(Then put some cushion here of couple of minutes in case you get 5 RC passages, as I know one of friends got 6RC :roll: )
For last 11 questions make sure you have 13 to 15 minutes.
This really helped me a bit to complete my test on time. Though I used up 23 minutes for my first 10 questions. (that's why I had 30 Seconds to solve the last Q, luckily it was SC)

Another thing I did was I made a schedule of one month prior to exam, when ever I used to get back from at around 1830Hrs I used to give a test and revise it on same day. Though it was bit intermingled by hell lot of work I had two weeks prior to my exam. On weekends I used to give two tests in a day. One test in the morning 1000-1400 Hrs(As was on actuall day) and second test without essays in the evening, to build my stamina.

Another important tip, FIRST 10 QUESTIONS are very IMPORTANT, get them right and you will see yourself 700+ (Though take care that you complete the test on time)

My test was on Tuesday, so on Monday I just did revision of my mistakes and normal stuff. On Saturday I gave PP2, didn't do well on that(I fumbled at the first question of verbal, so I was lurking around 690) So I realised no matter what may happen get the first couple of questions right. Next day on Sunday I again gave the PP2(Just to bolster my confidence) and I scored some respectable score it was 750(Only major difference I got the first question in verbal right).

The Prep that I found very near to GMAT is bit broken into sections:
Quant: I would say challenges posted by GMATCLUB are almost like actual GMAT. Second good source is Kaplan.

Verbal:
CR: Do LSAT CR's and you will be ok with CR's on the real test.
SC: Practice as much as you can, to be true to you I found SC Questions as the easiest one among three section on the real test(Though when I started prep it was my weakest section). I think I almost solved above 1000SC to get over my weakness.
RC: Do OG and I think you will be ok.

All in all, my experience says, PRACTICE IS THE KEY, Be confident, Be sincere to yourself, Keep discussing questions posted in this FABULOUS club.
Comments as posted by Paul, Praet and other members really helped me to get over my Verbal phobia. Thanks again guys!

ALL THE BEST
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2004, 06:46
Congratualtions mba!!!

Thanks for sharring your strategy and tips.

vow! no TV for 35 days.That shows your determination.

One question.
Did you have any specific plan for the test day? Plan A, plan B kind of stuff ? how did it work out?

Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2004, 07:45
hey...

hearty congrats bud...

take care and goodluck !
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2004, 01:23
Well I my plan A was: Cross 700
Plan B: Get first 10 right for each section.
Plan C: To follow the time line for verbal, as mentioned in my previous post.
Plan A1: Keep Praying to God all the time :)
Other than this nothing special.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2004, 23:13
Could yu please share the score in yur prep tests.
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