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guys, i'm done... [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 08:37
Finally took my GMAT today.
I too have joined the BY NOW famous 690(Q48, V35) .

Am I happy ?? Well, i dont know :? But I am definitely not crying. Very sad to have missed out on the 700.. but not complaing either, because the way the test went, I wouldnt be surprised if I had even got a 600.

My test was scheduled at 10.30.Somehow my timing calculation went wrong and I reached there at 10.32 ! I went in with a panic mood, but AWA was alright. Felt a bit better after that.

As for Math, my God !! I was completely bowled over. The questions were just so difficult. There was some twist to almost every problem. If there was a straightforward problem, then the numbers were quite big. I knew I was wasting a lot of time, on a few problems, but in the 29th question, I glanced up at the time and saw that I had only about 5 minutes left!! I got very nervous. The next problem was easy and after that was a long DS. Probably the question was easy, but I knew I didnt have time to read it. I did one after that. I hurried up until the 33rd question and I had just about 20 secs remaining. I just clicked on the remaining questions to finish the section and not get penalized. I finished the section with 5 secs remaining and my hands shaking.

I was completely let down and thought I completely messed up. During the break, I smsed my husband to tell him this. I was not sure if I even wanted to attempt the Verbal. But went in anyway to realise that I was 2.5 minutes late. Another chill went down my spine :-) Verbal was okay I felt, though the very first SC, I narrowed to two and had to select one for no good reason. There was also another SC where I thought all the choices were bad. Maybe I had gone for the wrong option. The CRs were okay I thought. RC, I got a long passage in the 33-34th question. I thought all the Pearson passages were short. My 35/36th question was a BF CR. This gave me a consolation that may be I was doing well. But obviously I was not. I finished the section with 5 minutes to spare.

So, with all this happening, I was pleasantly surprised to see the 690, that too with 48 in Quant. Either I did my initial questions well , or God thought " poor little one, you've worked hard " and made the last guesses right. Maybe this is one reason that I am not complaing about the score because the way the test went today, I was not expecting anywhere near this range.

But then again.. not a 700 ! That feeling really kills. :cry:

I thank each and everyone of you in the club. I dont know what I would have done without you guys. I feel so much a part of the club now and kind'a addicted to it :)

I think its become a long post now. So time to wind up. If anybody has any quesions, please feel free to ask.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 09:01
GONGRATULATIONS REMGEO!!!

:woohoo

Great score!!!
Now you can relax and forget about GMAT hell for a week.
Then you should start your apps. :wink:

What was your GMATPrep score?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 09:09
congratulation remgeo!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 09:21
Congratulations Remgeo!!!!

690 is a great score! Don't feel bad at all!

Good luck for your apps!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 09:27
690 is really good!!! :) . And i don't think you should retake GMAT, but you'll definitely cross the range if you give GMAT another try :)
Good lucks to your application!!! ^.^
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 11:27
congrats remgeo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like you had a stressful day. ButThat is a great score and improvement. I know exactly how you feel. I am glad that you are done with this. you have been a great member and supporter. keep in touch.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 11:42
congratulation remgeo!!!!!

THAT IS AN AWESOME SCORE!!!!! You did so well...!!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 11:53
Congrats !!!! Good score !!! good luck with your apps .Any suggestion for the verbal section ?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 11:56
congratulation remgeo!!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 11:57
This is a perfect example of advice a tutor gave me:

If you do well on the Quant section, you should feel like you just gotten beatin like a baby seal...

If you think the questions are hard, then you're probably doing good. Question #1 is a 500 level question, if you get Q#1 right, then Q#2 is a 800 level question, then the test spends the next 8 - 10 questions figuring out where your ability is. The rest of the test is just fine tuning your score.

Two people could take the test and miss the exact same number of questions - one could score a 680 and one could score a 380.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 16:21
congratulations!!! great score
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 19:23
Congratulations Remgeo..... :woohoo
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 20:59
congrats))gr8 score!!
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 21:55
congrats ... great score
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 01:44
Remgeo, 690 is cool score... especially for the day like this...

Congratulations. :musband
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 01:52
Thank you my dear friends for all your wishes.

For preparation, what I did was

1) Went thru basics of Math and Verbal. Concepts from Kaplan, Princeton and problems mainly from OG. Ofcourse, the real GMAT is way more difficult than OG esp Math. But you get a good foundation by doing the OG questions. For Verbal, SC use the MGMAT SC guide with OG for foundation.

2) For Math practise, I found this club most useful. When you start off, you may feel very intimidated. But you will eventually get over it. Keep practising and doing problems. One thing I wish I had done earlier was, when you see a question in any area that you are not strong in, rather than looking straight at somebody else's answer, try to do reasearch on that topic and solve the problem yourself. This will give you a much stronger foundation. I found the challenges also pretty useful to give good practise.

3) For Verbal practise, I have not got a gr8 score to advise you a lot :( But maybe you will be able to understand a bit more from the mistakes I made. Make sure you understand OG in and out. Concentrate on why an answer is right/not right. Then work on the CR/SC/RC1000 docs. This is very important. I started on that pretty late and didnt get time to do more than 200 questions each. But I should have done that. Use this forum to clear all your doubts. Until the last 2 weeks I was not at all confident about RC. But Vivek's post and advise helped me a lot. make sure you read it. Understanding why you went wrong and practising is the key !!

3) Practise tests, I didnt take many this time.
Kaplan CAT1 - 630
GmatPrep 1 - 690
GmatPrep 2 - 680
But in these GmatPrep tests I made some silly mistakes like, addition mistake, substitution mistake and in Verbal section, even thinking of one answer and marking the other. I hoped I wouldnt make such mistakes on the real one as I would be able to concentrate more, and so would probably get a better score !!
GmatPrep 3 - night before exam - 760 :shock:
But then, as I said, no regrets !! The day could have gone much worse !! Atleast 690 is not a bad score !!
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 02:02
consultinghokie wrote:
This is a perfect example of advice a tutor gave me:

If you do well on the Quant section, you should feel like you just gotten beatin like a baby seal...

If you think the questions are hard, then you're probably doing good. Question #1 is a 500 level question, if you get Q#1 right, then Q#2 is a 800 level question, then the test spends the next 8 - 10 questions figuring out where your ability is. The rest of the test is just fine tuning your score.

Two people could take the test and miss the exact same number of questions - one could score a 680 and one could score a 380.


I think you are right. But I would say that the first 3 or 4 questions were pretty easy and then it all started :) The first 2 questions were so easy that I checked about 3 times that I have not missed anything :) But I wished I had timed myself better.

But in Verbal, the first SC question itself was not easy. It was pretty confusing. The 2nd question was also not easy. But after that questions apart from a few were not that difficult. But I guess the damage was already done.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 03:20
Late congrats to you!!! :wave
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 03:59
Congrats remgeo,

Don't worry about 690 --> 700, fill up the gap in the essays :)
Do stick around buddy :good
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2006, 20:08
Congrats remgeo.. I still remember your kind words you gave to me when I was down with 660.. I am very happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am sure you will do well!!!!!!!

Hang around.. Tell us wha tyou did different from the first time around.. I am contemplating now giving it again.. seeing your hard work and your determination, i feel i should give it a second shot..

thanks again!

all the best for your apps!!
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