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My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section

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My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 00:57
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Hello guys,

I gave the GMAT on 7th June and scored 700 (Q50, V34).

Edit: Update, scored 5.5 on AWA and 8 on IR.

Before starting with the debrief, let me put forward a dilemma.

I do not like that V34, mainly because my lowest score in verbal had been 38 and because this looks like an imbalance between scores. My average of the 8 mocks that i gave comes out as 730-40, so m not sure whether I should retake. Further, i guess that my profile is somewhat different from most Indian applicants, and I should focus on improving my application. I am an entrepreneur and my venture revolves around search engine optimization/marketing. Now, I am really not sure how business schools would see this. Would they bucket me in the Indian IT Male group ( Yes, i am an Indian male software engineer) or would they give major points for venturing out immediately after college ( Maybe because most Indian male software engineers join IT jobs and don't venture out on their own). Please help me out with this.

Alright, time for the debrief!

Preparation

So, i started around mid of March and took the date first. Taking the date ensured that i never lost focus, got lazy or any such thing. In the beginning, i focused on the basics and used MGMAT strategy guides for them. In my opinion, they were excellent and helped me cover most of the things pretty quickly. I would definitely recommend them to people who have sufficient time with them as they are a bit comprehensive. I split my study time equally between verbal and quant, covering one strategy guide of quant for a couple of days and balancing it with a strategy guide of verbal. This helped me in keeping the focus and preventing boredom.

Once i was through with the strategy guides, I started doing questions from a variety of sources. I had already covered most of the official guide questions by this time and started focusing on official quant and verbal guides. The GMAT club questions, tests and forums were a great source for all types of questions. I remember waking up every morning, opening up my email and solving the GMAT club question of the day and some questions from the forums. It was actually fun!

I also used to follow this practice pattern twice or thrice during the week. Used to set the timer for 75 minutes and tried to attempt 40 700-level questions in this time. For Verbal, used to set 75 minutes on the timer and completed 4 RC passages, 15 CR and 15 SC questions. This strategy really helped me build stamina for the exam.

I started with the practice tests around 19th April. I took a practice exam every Thursday (as my paper was on thursday), at the same time as my exam appointment. In alternate weeks, i gave an exam on Monday too. Never ignored essays or integrated reasoning during the practice exam as i wanted a realistic measure of my ability. Following are the scores that i got with practice exams.

GPrep New Version with IR 19/04 : 710 Q49 V38
MGMAT 1 26/4 : 700 Q47 V39
MGMAT 2 3/5 : 730 Q50 V39
MGMAT 3 7/5 : 730 Q50 V39
MGMAT 4 10/5 : 760 Q51 V42
MGMAT 5 17/5 : 730 Q51 V38
MGMAT 6 21/5 : 770 Q51 V44
GPrep 2 24/5 : 770 Q50 V44
Gprep 1 Retake 31/5 : 770 Q51 V45
Gprep 2 Retake 4/6 : 780 Q51 V46

Real GMAT 700 Q50 V34 :(

I would definitely say that the final performance was not what i had expected, i was pretty confident of scoring above 720. For the first time in all the exams above, i experienced mental fatigue in the verbal section. I guess that was because I was too anxious to sleep properly the night before.

Materials Used

-MGMAT Strat Guides
-OG 12 & 13
- GMAT Club Questions
- MGMAT Practice Tests

The IR Section

For those who would be giving the next generation GMAT, i guess this small summary would help you a lot.

Dont worry about IR.

It is not something you should lose sleep over. Just like the argument essay, you need regular practice for the section, nothing more. OG is definitely the best source for practice questions and I would not recommend any other source for it. Make sure that you give the practice tests with IR for building exam temperament. In fact, IR actually helped me get warmed up for the quant section.

Test Day Experience

My test day experience was pretty decent. The essay was a breeze and the IR helped me get in the zone. After a quick 4 minute break (had a chocolate and drank some gatorade), i attacked quant. At around 25th question, i got 3 insanely difficult questions. I had to guess two of them and apparently, i got those guesses right as the third one was an out of this world DS question. Had to spend 4 minutes on that one. The ending was pretty neat and i was confident of above 50 or 51. Took another break, longer one this time. Ate the remaining chocolate and had gatorade. As soon as i was done, i went in with 2 mins remaining on the clock. In between verbal, i was feeling exhausted but managed to go on. At around 33rd, a very convoluted RC passage came up. I think i messed that one up. Afterwards, the CR and SC were pretty average level and i managed to get all of them. Finished the section with 3 mins on the clock.

Finally, I took a look at the score and had a mixed feeling. I was happy that i did not go below 700 but was disappointed that my verbal score was the lowest till date. Anyways, heaved a sigh of relief and walked out of the room.

Suggestions

- The preparation phase should be adequately supported by practice. You would not achieve perfection without practicing different types of questions on each concept. This holds for all sections in the exam.
- Completing practice exams with essays and IR would definitely help you in building stamina for the exam.
- Relax the day before the exam, you don't want to feel saturated during the actual exam.
- Get adequate sleep! Sleep was a big reason behind my comparatively lower verbal score.
- Breaks are important, use them well. Eat chocolates as they really help in giving you that boost you need.

I hope this debrief helps people who are looking for a debrief of the new GMAT.

Experts, Please take a look at the question I asked above and help me out in any way possible :)

And finally, thanks for reading this ridiculously long post guys! :)

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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 01:01
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This is a great debrief. Congratulations on all your hard work. If you really feel that you can crack 730, do it! Obviously that's my opinion, but hell, I love seeing other people succeed, and clearly you have the potential.
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 05:11
Buddy, your score is about 20 points below the average score of top B-schools. Also, it is biased towards one side, a score that we see too often in our demographic region. You won't like to be the border line case. Since you have the potential and you have scored above 730 in most of the mock tests, IMO you may give the CAT again with some solid prep of Verbal this time. Besides studying, do deal with the mental test taking issues also.
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 07:36
@Vandygrad : Thanks for your encouraging words!

@rajeev : Actually, i was wondering whether my different type of work experience would compensate for my just-about-there score. What do you think?
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 12:25
Thanks for the debrief, especially on the IR thing.

It's always that unknown... I would've preferred to have had some more prep time before sitting my GMAT, but nobody could be sure on how the IR was going to turn out.

What is it like? You say it's nothing to worry about, but I don't even know how that part of the test is like, at all!
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 10:05
Thanks for your IR review. Great job on quant!
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 18:48
I agree that ur profile is up against an IT guy with a similar score but the point i want to emphasis is that you would like not to give a chance to adcoms of top b schools to turn ur application down . The biggest thing is that you have the potential to achieve the desired score so why not ...
Again, its totally my pers opinion.
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Q 47/48 To Q 50 + the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html#p1064367

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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 02:14
Yes, i think you are right rajeev! Need to introspect a bit :)
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2012, 15:31
Hi,

Can you let me know you average accuracy at OG in SC and CR, i scored 30 in verbal and am at 70% accuracy for SC and around 75% for CR (all questions, advanced level q with 60% odd accuracy) , i do not have any timing problem

I am targeting verbal of 36/37, so may be your insight can help
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2012, 01:35
Hi versatile, my accuracy was in the range of 75-85% for high level questions and 85-90% for the regular ones.

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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 20:04
rajeevrks27 wrote:
Since you have the potential and you have scored above 730 in most of the mock tests, IMO you may give the CAT again with some solid prep of Verbal this time.


Agree with Rajeevrks27 here! Having a few points improvement in your verbals will probably make a significant boost for your overall score.

As for whether that score is good enough, it will depend on the specific school's criteria (which ones are you applying to?)... your essays and anything interesting you can bring forth about your background to standout. This includes your experience as an entrepreneur, but also things like volunteer work. At least you can take some comfort in those stories about IT guys with 800 scores but with nothing else to bring to the table being turned down.
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Re: My 700 Score ( Q50, V34) with the New IR Section [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 10:29
Hi everyone,

i have the gmat next monday, and ive been studying with the og12. My surprise was today, when i found out that the AWA has no more Analysis of an Issue, and that there is an Integrated Reasoning Section. Im in Panic right now. Where can i get stuff to study the IRC section, and can anyone tell me if its realistic to actually make it till monday? otherwise i will actually postpone my exam!!!

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