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

It is currently 23 Oct 2014, 12:19

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 740 (Q51 V 38) first time

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
1 KUDOS received
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 May 2011
Posts: 36
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 740 Q51 V38
GPA: 3.43
WE: Real Estate (Real Estate)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 14 [1] , given: 0

My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 17:45
1
This post received
KUDOS
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

-The more you practice, the better you get at telling when you're getting to difficult problems. Once you get to a problem that's above your head, and you know that you're there, there's a strategy I recommend applying. First, if there's an intuitive answer that you got easily on a problem that should be a hard problem, that's not the answer. Typically on hard problems, especially on Data Sufficiency, you can narrow it down to 2 or 3 answers. Again, the easy intuitive answer is not the answer! Maybe the second part of the DS which looks like Greek actually is also correct, or maybe with the help of that second one you can now get an answer, but typically after eliminating the intuitive answer, you're left with 1 or 2 choices. If the problem's over your head, take your best guess and move on. I've found that working in this fashion you get the majority of these harder questions right. Additionally, you'll find that you'll finish the Quant with time to spare, so you don't risk running out of time.

-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.
Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
1 KUDOS received
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 04 Jun 2011
Posts: 127
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V47
GPA: 3.8
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 61 [1] , given: 39

Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 18:18
1
This post received
KUDOS
Great point about needing to adapt when the timing changes. Taking my GMAT on Friday--I'll heed the advice.

+1
_________________

My GMAT Experience: http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-debrief-770-q50-v47-115912.html

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 02 Jun 2011
Posts: 48
WE 1: Business Development
WE 2: Consulting
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 8

Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 18:30
Eaglesadam22 wrote:
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
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 May 2011
Posts: 36
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 740 Q51 V38
GPA: 3.43
WE: Real Estate (Real Estate)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 0

Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 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.
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 16 Mar 2011
Posts: 179
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 13

Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2011, 03:33
Congrats, amazing score! Enjoy :)
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 02 Jul 2010
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1

Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2011, 09:34
Congrats and Best of luck
Re: My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time   [#permalink] 18 Jun 2011, 09:34
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 GMAT 740 (Q 51, V 38) IR 7 but LOW GPA! :( karthikramesh88 1 28 Oct 2013, 09:44
2 My GMAT Debrief 740 (Q51 V38) gprasant 2 19 May 2011, 07:40
10 Experts publish their posts in the topic 680 - 740 (Q51, V38) agrawalswap 19 27 Jan 2010, 15:59
My GMAT experience - 750 (Q51, V40) ljubljana 7 22 Aug 2007, 15:50
My GMAT experience 770(Q51, V44) navneetaron 12 26 May 2005, 20:43
Display posts from previous: Sort by

My Gmat Experience 740 (Q51 V 38) first time

  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®.