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I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42

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I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 09:33
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Yay, I'm done! Last night I was totally stressing out over GMAT. Had the 8am exam appointment. Should be a ~30min drive from home, so I left around 7am.. turns out it was raining cats and dogs and I didn't arrive at exam center until 10 after. Exam center was fairly comfortable but I was panicing a little at the beginning (also from caffine high iguess :twisted: ). Quickly settled down. AWA was easy, IR was much easier than expected with answers seems fairly obvious. I ran out of time during Quant and took educated guess on the last 2 questions, and finished Verbal pretty much on time.

For study experience, I posted in a different thread, but basically started back in early July and studying average of 5~10hrs / week for it. I'm out of school for about 4.5yrs now, and was in generally very rusty. Until late August, my studying consisted of reading and going through exercises from the following sources:

- PowerScore CR Bible
- MGMAT SC + Aristotle SC
- MGMAT Quant books.

I didn't do any of the official problems yet. Late August, did my first MGMAT online exam, untimed. Score: Q43, V35, 640. (before Aug 29 adjustment, so really like ~610)

Spend next 2 weeks going through OG13 Verbal problems and DS problems (weakest links per CAT analysis).

Second MGMAT: untimed, score: Q46, V35, 670.

Stressing out now concerning the lack of progress with verbal. Throughly analyzed verbal results, found CR + RC to be weakness. Finished CR + RC from VR2.

GMAT Prep: Timed, IR 7, Q49, V40. This was done the day before exam, so I was fairly satisfied with the results. This is my first ever timed exam, 3 minutes left over for IR, 7 minutes left over for Quant, 27 minutes left over for verbal!!!

Tip: Datamine, datamine, and further datamine your practise results. Whenever you do set of problems, look at it in the context of how is it going to improve your overall score? Bring up your weakest performance group first and let go of your better results.
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2012, 21:12
Congrats!Great score on ur 1st attempt!
Can you please answer my below queries:
What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.
Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Is the level of difficulty same as that of gmatprep?
Also,in verbal,which part according to u was the most difficult in the exam.

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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 02:19
dude, what do you mean by august 29 adjustment ?
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 07:27
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What kind of questions did u encounter during the exam,especially in quant.
Which topics u feel one should stress more on in quant?
Is the level of difficulty same as that of gmatprep?
Also,in verbal,which part according to u was the most difficult in the exam.


Throughout my review process, DS / number theories had been my weak link. The principles were very simple but applying them to different situations were more challenge. I felt I struggled quite a bit with number theory questions during Quant.

Overall, GmatPrep was good representation of the diffculty. Maybe Quant was a little easier, and Gmat Prep represents a good snapshot of the topics and questions asked on GMAT.

Most diffculty part was probably SC. I think half of the verbal ended up as SC that got pretty brutal towards the end.


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what do you mean by august 29 adjustment ?

This is for the Manhattan GMAT online CATs.

CAT Recalibration – August 29, 2012
We have recalibrated our CAT scoring. CATs taken AFTER 11:00 AM EDT on August 29, 2012 are scored according to the new calibration. Older CAT scores are unaffected.
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New MGMAT Quant subscores, on average, are lower by approximately 1 point.
New MGMAT Verbal subscores, on average, are lower by approximately 1-2 points.
New MGMAT Overall scores, on average, are lower by approximately 18 points.*
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 07:49
Stellar score! Congrats!!
How many practice tests did you give and which ones?
And all the best for the apps!
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 09:22
Just 3 - see above. I took 2 MGMAT untimed, and 1 timed Gmat Prep.
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 19:26
Congrats! Good luck with the applications

Just wanting to know if you referred to any other book apart from MGMAT and OG to practice DS and number prop.
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 20:08
I read through the GMAT Club Math book. It was good source of notes, however it pretty much overlapped with notes I took myself. I felt that DS from QR2 were easier than OG13, and OG13 is a very good representation of what exams asked.
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Re: I'm finished! 1st try 740, Q:48 V42 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 05:32
congrats for your score and good luck for applications.
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