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My GMAT experience 770(Q51, V44) [#permalink] New post 26 May 2005, 20:43
Hi,
Sorry for delay in writing my GMAT experience in detail.

I registered for GMAT on March 15, 2005 and registered for May 25, hoping 2+ months should be as good a time to prepare as it gets and more over I wanted to go to Mexico on Memorial day :)

Anyways that's when I began my preparation. I found some very useful information on Sticky notes in Forum. For example I had at one point begun doing tests from Barons. But based on some great feedback, I dropped using it.

I began with Princeton Review. I studied every day for 1-2 hours in the morning as the whole day and usually even late evenings were spent at work. Initially I read chapters till I was done with reading all the material from PR. At that point I took Powerprep and scored 680. Next I took all the tests in PR book. At this time I completed PowerPrep test 2.(700)

I felt my Verbal was weak and I bought Kaplans Verbal WorkBook in additon to Kaplan GMAT. At this point during weekday mornings I alternated between reading+exercising Kaplan Verbal Workbook and taking section tests from Kaplan CD.
I found Kaplan Verbal WorkBook very good as it was helping me strengthen my verbal skills.

During the entire 2 month period, almost every weekend I took a complete GMAT test including the Essays. I was often tempted to skip the Essays, but I didn't asI knew it was definitely something that was helping me build my stamina.
I alternated between Princeton Review and Kaplan and also mixed the Princeton Review online tests. The online tests messed up the tests because after that test, my Princeton Review tests often gave me repeated questions.
Moreover I did not score high on most of these tests. Infact during the entire process I didn't see a score above 710.
This process of taking section tests ,revising materials: eg idioms etc. , during weekday mornings and full length tests on weekends continued till my section tests were complete.
At this time I started with Official Guide on weekdays. I tried to complete at least 10 questions from each section every morning. And Yeah! I started from the back of each section.

At this point I was convinced that I will not get more than 700. And the full length tests that I was taking on weekends only made my fears more true. But I was thinking what the heck, its just 2 more weeks to go. I have already put in lot of effort. Let me just do whatever I can and take the test. So I kept practising from Official guide and taking remaining few full length tests. In the last four days before the test, I almost studied nothing. The night before the test I went to play tennis.

On the day of the test:
Test was at 8:30 AM. Got up around 6:30 AM, got ready , had my light breakfast and was at the center at 7:50. I had taken water and fruits but everyone is supposed to empty pockets into lockers before the test.
Anyways, the test began , I provided names of 5 universities to send scores to . I found the essay topics nice. i.e My thoughts were flowing easily during both the esays. I was able to write lot of stuff and finish on time after spending the last two minutes revising and correcting spelling/grammar errors.
I took the break, went out, had water form my locker. Quantitative began nicely. But after 3 or 4 questions I found one that was tough. I took a lot of time for that . A few more after that were tough. At one point I felt I was behind my usual pace in Quantitative section. But I didn't hurry. By the time I was done with 25 or so questions, I was confident that situation had changed and I was actually ahead of my usual pace and will be able to finish before time Eventually I finished the section 2 minutes before time.

Again took the break, went out, stretched, got water and got extra scratch paper . I drew lines on my scratch paper to help me in Process of elimination. I knew by this time that Quants had gone well and my score depended on Verbal. I also knew first few questions were critical. So took my time to answer first 10 or so questions.. At some point I realized I was terribly behind the clock and would not complete the section if I didn't hurry. Moreover I started feeling a bit exhausted as well. Nevertheless, I did speed up a bit. But my caution to you is : This is a gamble. I knew from my past practise exercises that when I hurry in SC & CR I usually get them right but I don't get them right in RC. So I followed that .

I finished all the questions without random guessing with 6 seconds to spare. Test was over after some more formalities: I saw the score. I had expected around 710-730 . So was more than happy to see a 770.

My practice scores in approximately chronological order:

Powerprep 1:680
PowerPrep 2:700
PR Test 1: 710
Kaplan Diagnostic : 670
PR Test 2: 650
Kaplan Test 1: 590
PR Test 3: 650
Kaplan Test 2: 610
PR Test 4: 610
Kaplan Test 3: 590
Kaplan Test 4: 630

My Only Advice: Practice a lot and don't be discouraged with bad scores.
Ultimately what will matter is how you do in the test. So just keep practicing with enthusiasm.

Hope my experience helps you succeed.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2005, 20:48
Navneet:

Thanks for a detailed mail and ofcourse congratulations once again on your resounding score !! All the best with your applications too
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 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2005, 22:46
some nice piece of advice there....
definitely encouraging
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 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2005, 02:27
forrestgump wrote:
some nice piece of advice there....
definitely encouraging


Congrats navneet , all the best for your appications.

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 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2005, 10:49
Congratulation on achieving excellent score and good luck forrest of the application process.

Could you let me know if it is possible to get the required no. of scratch paper or id there a certain allowed number.Also do we carry our own pencil to use while writing in the scratch paper or it is provoded in the test center.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 23:15
Congratulations Navneet. That's an amazing score. All the best to you for your applications.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2005, 07:40
Bravo navneetaron, this is a fantastic score! Thank you for sharing your experience.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2005, 14:07
Regarding scratch paper: My guess would be they give everyone 1 booklet of scratch paper which has 8 pages. (That's what they gave me ).

And when you hs used it up, you need to return that in order to get the other one.

Regarding pencil , pens.. you have to use the pencils given by them, you are not allowed to take your own pen pencils inside.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 00:19
Thanks for the info Navneet.This definitely helps.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2005, 04:54
Navneet.........One more question please. Are the papers of standard A4 size?

Thanks in advance.
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where di you take the test? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2005, 07:12
hi. could you tell us where did you take the test? And any detail about the test questions?[/code]
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2005, 13:57
It is UNETHICAL to disclose Test Details or questions . I wouldn't do it myself and would strongly discourage any one from doing it either.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2005, 07:46
Hey man, could you talk about little bit more about the Verbal Section. What was the sequence of the questions: 2 S, 3 CRs, etc, etc. How long were the passages? What concepts were being tested in SC. Also could you tell us a little about your timing in Verbal. After the first 10 questions, i had 55 minutes left, etc, etc.

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