Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 21 Oct 2014, 17:51

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

My GMAT experience

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

My GMAT experience [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 13:01
Like a few others I have been a silent consumer on this forum. However I took my GMAT yesterday and decided to break the silence with my first posting.

I got 720 (Q49 and V39) and I am quite happy with my score, even though I still have a feeling that I could have scored a little bit more, especially in verbal where there is more scope. At any rate here my reflections:

[b]Preparation material:[/b]

1. Of all the preparation material I found the questions in OG and paper tests to be most representative of the actual test especially in verbal section. I highly recommend paper tests to get a better feel for actual GMAT. Power Prep tests will give the visuals of the real thing. They are also quite representative of the actual tests unless you studied OG thoroughly.
2. I used Kaplan 2005 with CD and found Quantitative to be of good quality, but verbal was too tough for me and finally didn’t seem to represent actual GMAT. My scored in Kaplan ranged from 590 to 700. I scored 590 four days before the actual test.
3. Discussions on this forum which are invaluable. Challenges are really good to benchmark your quantitative skills.

[b]Duration of preparation:[/b]

I have been planning to take the test for a while but it is only the last month that I spent on serious preparation. Lat 10 days were most important and I took either a full test or some practice test everyday. I scheduled the exam on a Monday so I could take full advantage of the weekend. I scheduled the tests about 10 days ago, when I was feeling reasonably comfortable. The other reason was that I felt that I have postponed taking actual thing for too long and finally decided to be done with it ;-)

[b]General comments:[/b]

It is good to practice by simulating real test conditions as much as possible, just so you won’t have any doubts about, for example, whether you can take a break and draw the grid during the 5 minute break. The last test I took was Power Prep Test2 and took the full test including AWA. Attitude is quite important in the test. I found that, in the real test, it is quite easy to get into the mode of guessing your score based on the difficulty of questions while you still have questions to answer!!! Take one question at a time and take it easy.

I concur with the opinion of previous posters that GMAT approach is to give you one correct answer and four incorrect where as some of the guides force you to choose between two reasonable answers, especially in verbal. I found it very useful to eliminate answers in the verbal section using a grid. At the beginning of my preparation I used to go through options endlessly. This is not recommending guesswork but to quickly eliminate wrong choices.

This has been one of the high-quality forums that I have been part of. People are knowledgeable and responsive - many thanks to you all!!!

If any of you have questions I’ll be happy to answer!!!
Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 95
Location: Irvine, CA
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 13:24
great score!!!

I wish I could do as well as you did!!>...

good luck on the school apps!.
_________________

discipline is what I need.

VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 25 Nov 2004
Posts: 1497
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 15:19
Gr8 score, congratulations!!!!!!!!

Good luck for the days ahead.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 27 Dec 2004
Posts: 908
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 15:46
Great score and congrats
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 12 May 2004
Posts: 128
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2005, 19:16
Great score! Good luck to your application
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 21 Jun 2004
Posts: 240
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 06:09
congrats...

another 700 - ahhhh, we need a break, someone please crack a 800 :wink:
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 03 Feb 2005
Posts: 28
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 07:54
Congrats!

What school are you applying to?
_________________

Make use of the socratic method...

Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 15 Mar 2005
Posts: 230
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 13:02
great going....best of luck for all future endeavors....

cheers!
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 04 Jul 2004
Posts: 905
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2005, 14:38
Congratulations ssistu.. :beer
Excellent score.. and best of luck for ur future endeavors..
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 02 May 2005, 17:10
étudiant

Sorry for the late reply. I'm consideirng Duke EMBA program.
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 15 Mar 2005
Posts: 230
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 02 May 2005, 17:28
great score!

congratulations and best of luck for all your future endaevors....

cheers!
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
Posts: 54
Location: Germany
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 03 May 2005, 08:31
Congratulation.................How much time you spent on the actual preparation. I know the time depends on ones background etc etc. But your input will help considering 90% of us are average with 5% each in extremes.

Thanks.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2005, 09:33
I'd think I spent about one and half month in actual preparation and most of the effort was during 10 days before the actual test. I started thinkg about it last year and bought the Kaplan guide in December but didn't do anything meaningful. Since the middle of March I started practicing regularly, but it was limited to about 3-4 hrs. a week. During the 10 days before the exam I did almost one full test a day with PP2 just the day before. My background is in Engineering (it has been 10 years since I got out of school) and I thought I'll ace the Quant section without any preparation but I was unpleasntly surprised when I found out that I wasn't doing so well. I needed to get into GMAT mode of maximizing score under time constraints. Timing wise I'd recommend that once you're reasonably confident of taking GMAT, take the appointment within two weeks making sure you'll be able to spend sufficent time during those two weeks. That will help you stay in the 'zone' before the exam.
  [#permalink] 12 May 2005, 09:33
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
22 My GMAT experience (long) leeye84 46 07 Jan 2008, 17:50
my crazy GMAT experience - brazgmat 1 22 Oct 2007, 21:04
my GMAT experience ppetkov 3 22 Mar 2007, 03:08
My GMAT experience CookieMonster 9 19 Mar 2007, 08:42
My GMAT experience... 750 apoorvgupta 7 17 Oct 2006, 00:16
Display posts from previous: Sort by

My GMAT experience

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderators: TGC, m3equals333



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.