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# My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time

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Joined: 17 May 2011
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GMAT 1: 740 Q51 V38
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17 Jun 2011, 17:45
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So as many of you who have taken the GMAT can attest to, these forums are priceless in regards to applying the best strategies to studying and taking the GMAT. I'm not sure how much I can really add that would be useful, but as helpful as all of the posts have been I promised myself that I would post. First, let me say that I don't overly excel in Quant. I'm good on financial concepts and decent in math, but I got a 720 on my math SAT, so we're not talking genius level here. I preface with that because in all of my prep I never got above a 48 in Quant, and had pretty much resigned myself to that score, so not really sure where the 51 came from, but I'll take it. My verbal ended up lower then my practices, but that's because I ran short on time the last few questions, probably from being worn out be the test and seeing the finish line. The quant score made up for that though.

I studied for slightly under a month, and run my own company which is a full time job. I think time wise a month is probably about right, and waiting too much longer you risk burning yourself out.

Here is the advice I have for those of you who are good but not great at test taking, and speak English as a first language.

-As far as study materials, get one of the other books (Princeton, Kaplan, use online forums, etc) for strategies, but don't use these as much for practice problems

-For practice problems, use the real GMAT questions. They tend to have certain trends and similar types of tricks, and if you do enough you'll start to see a pattern

-This test is all about performing under pressure and adapting to situations. Obviously you need to know the material, but if you don't feel comfortable adapting if your timing changes, then you're going to get crushed by this test.

-Don't spend much time on the essays. If you can write an essay, maybe spend a few hours going over a template for each question, but don't waste your time writing essays when it's not going to improve your score much, and nobody cares, especially for English speakers.

-While I didn't take one, I keep hearing don't waste your money on those review classes. They're geared towards the masses, who average 500 on this test, not people shooting for over 700. At least attempt it first before you blow a grand or more and waste your time.

- I guess that's about it. Best of luck studying for the test, and I am very excited to dump these damn GMAT books in the trash.
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17 Jun 2011, 18:18
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Great point about needing to adapt when the timing changes. Taking my GMAT on Friday--I'll heed the advice.

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17 Jun 2011, 18:30
I studied for slightly under a month, and run my own company which is a full time job. I think time wise a month is probably about right, and waiting too much longer you risk burning yourself out.

Congrats on the great score....This is my favorite part
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17 Jun 2011, 21:48
Best of luck. I know a bunch of people have a variety of different timing strategies. I know one thing I did was take the 2 available real GMAT's a bunch of times, sometimes getting a couple of the initial problems wrong to see if I could work my way back up, and seeing how I timed out on different runs, and how they scored out. That said I think the key is just stay confident no matter how you think you're doing. I had absolutely no clue how I did in either section, and the one thing you can't account for is the experimentals. This will make your GMAT experience different than the ones posted online, because you'll randomly run into extraordinarily easy questions which screw with your mind. That said, some of the real quickies help with your timing as well.
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18 Jun 2011, 03:33
Congrats, amazing score! Enjoy
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18 Jun 2011, 09:34
Congrats and Best of luck
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