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09 Dec 2006, 08:43
740 Q49 V41

I did the test a couple days ago and just wanted to thank everyone on this forum, specially the math specialists!!!

I started preparing for the GMAT around Oct, I did some practice questions and realised immediately that my weakness was in math. I started coming to the site regularly doing the math questions and learning from how others solved the problems. I was really overwhelmed in the beginning but slowly got the hang of it and started to understand the GMAT pattern.

Being a native speaker, I always felt pretty confident about the verbal although I didnÂ´t follow any strategies. My weakest part was definitely sentence correction but after doing all the questions in my test prep books, I began to see the common traps and felt more confident about it towards the end. Had regular practice on CR and very little on RC because of time constraints.

I took a 3 days off work to practice for the real test (test was on wed, so i had the long weekend) and did a practice test everyday, always with AWA section, it trained my stamina. My scores are as follows

GMAT Prep I 730
Kaplan 680
GAMT Prep II 710
PR 680
Kaplan 700
GMAT Prep I 740 (a few repeats but since the last one was a few weeks back, didnÂ´t feel too cheated)
GMAT Prep II 760 (a few repeats but since the last one was a few weeks back, didnÂ´t feel too cheated)

Anyway, just wanted to tell you all that it is doable. I didnÂ´t study as intensively as many people in the forum but i think you need to know yourself and how you learn best, sometimes itÂ´s the concentration that matters. I work long hours and almost never had time during the week to study so I used my lunchhour to browse the forum, doing math questions and I used the weekends to do one test and the review. I get tired and disinterested easily so I also took many breaks while studying on the weekend. My advice is to study the way you feel good about, itÂ´s the quality that counts

Good luck everyone!!!!
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09 Dec 2006, 08:51
Congratulations :D .... amazing score :D

Good luck for the next steps ! :D :D
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09 Dec 2006, 08:54
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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09 Dec 2006, 08:58
Congratulations man!

Very good score!

have a good one...

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09 Dec 2006, 10:41
congrats! good job!
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09 Dec 2006, 11:05
Nice score in both the sections. Congrats!
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10 Dec 2006, 07:46
Congrats on such a gr8 score! Good luck with ur application process.

Could u plz share your time management strategy during exam?

Thanks
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10 Dec 2006, 09:05
I was very conscious about my time management especially in Q section, I made sure I answered each of the first 10 questions under 3 mins and the rest under 2 mins. Since I could answer each of the first 10 questions within 2 mins, i felt more calm and only looked at the clock once in while. Whenever I had more time than 2 mins per question, i tried to take more time to make sure i wasnÂ´t making any silly mistakes.

In verbal section, I expected to spend much more time on RC because i had longer passages in my practice tests, but on the real test, i got 2 really short ones and 2 medium ones, so that saved me a lot of time. I spent most time on CR questions, looking over each answer choice to find clues that would let me eliminate. I used the same strategy in verbal, looking at the clock once every 5 questions, making sure i had at least 2 mins left for the remaining questions. I think I managed to have 15 mins left in the end because my last 10 - 15 questions were mostly short SC and one short RC.
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14 Dec 2006, 19:53
Huge Congrats keeeeeekse !!!!
It's a wonderful score!!!!!

I have a Q for you:
You said you had practiced with the ear plugs on.
What kind of ear plugs are they? Are they same as the ones you got in the exam ?
And where did you buy those ear plugs ?

I just want to try them for my practice.

Thanks & all the best for app'ing.
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16 Dec 2006, 04:25
Blissful,

I got some cheap earplugs from the pharmacy(not the plastics ones), they are similar to the ones I used on the real test. I wanted to practice with earplugs on because i had never used them before. Although the test center was quiet, I felt more concentrated with earplugs on.
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16 Dec 2006, 09:04
WOW!!! Great score!!! CONGRATS!!!
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16 Dec 2006, 12:26
hey keeeeeekse,

thanks for the reply..I will try in CVS

all the best for your next steps!!
16 Dec 2006, 12:26
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