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My GMAT Experience - Provides a balanced perspective [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 11:40
Hi,

I see more positive experiences than negative ones in this forum.
So, my post will create some balance between the two sides.

I took my first stab at GMATPREP test almost 3 months ago. I scored 720. Q 48, V40. I was pleasantly surprised because I had not done much preparation at all. All I had finished was the Sentence Correction Bible. No Quant preparation what so ever.
I had to rush through the Quant section and had to answer the last 6 questions out of 36 without even reading the question. I could not even get to the 37th quant question. Inspite of all of these difficulties, I got 48 on the quant.
I got 11 Math questions wrong out of 36 that I attempted and 12 Verbal questions wrong and still managed a 720.

I took my second GMAT Prep test about 2 months ago and got 710. Q 49, V 38. This time I paced myself better and was able to finish both sections on time. (unlike the first GMATPREP). This time again I got 11 Math questions wrong, but atleast I attempted all the 37 questions without guessing. Verbal - I got 38, 41 attempted, 9 incorrect.

I took my GMAT prep a 3rd time and again a 4th time from a different computer and got 770 and 780 respectively, primarily because of repeat questions.
I took several GMAT challenges in the last couple of weeks and I definitely benefited from them.

I work full time and I was able to devote only about 4 hours a week towards GMAT preparation.

I took my actual GMAT yesterday. My actual GMAT score was 690 - Quant 49 and Verbal 33. I did not time myself correctly. I had to rush through the last 13 questions on the verbal. Also, I had to guess on the last 4 questions in the Math section and had to rush through the last 8 or 9 in the Math section.

I found RC hardern than what I had encounted in the GMATPREP.

So, here I am, a disappointed soul, sharing my experiences with you all, so that you can learn from my mistakes.

I am planning on appearing for my repeat GMAT in a month or so.

Now, if I improve my score the second time around, will the Schools average my two scores?

Your comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome. I look forward to them.

Paddy
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Re: My GMAT Experience - Provides a balanced perspective [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 12:00
Paddy,

You had an off day concerning the verbal and you true ability is north of 700. However, 690 is an awesome score and I can assure you that your score will not stop you from entering a top 10 MBA program. If you believe that you can do better, then I encourage you to do the exam again, but only if you need to do so. Personally, I would not do the exam again because there is always that chance you might underperform your current score. Again, I do believe that you have a very competitive score and that the difference between a 690 and 700 is very minor as your score of 690 is well within the standard deviation of a 700, I believe + or - 30 points.

Second, I think most MBA programs look look at your highest score only, so I would not worry about whether the school will average you GMAT score if you decide to take the exam again.

Good luck with you decision!
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My GMAT Experience - Provides a balanced perspective [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2008, 12:02
I took my GMAT the second time a couple of weeks ago. This time I scored 710. (Q 50 and V 36 and AWA 5.0) While the score is better than 690, I still fell behind my expectation of 730 based on my GMAT prep scores of 730 or better.

But, I am not going to take my GMAT again for fear of the possibilty of scoring less next time.

This time I bought Kaplan book (with CD). I practised on the four CATs in the CD. I did all 4 within the 2 week period prior to the test.
I consistently obtained Q 50 and V36 in all 4 tests, even though the scores ranged from 660 to 670.
I felt that Kaplan Reading comprehension passages were harder than the actual GMAT passages.

As usual, I could sleep only 4 hours the night before the exam and got nervous thinking about the lack of sleep.
My principal advice to you all is to get 8 hours of sleep. IMO, this is crucial and could add upto 20 points in your exam.

It is all about how the neurons are firing during those 4 hours. In order to get the neurons to fire at their best capacity, sound sleep is a must.

Good Luck to you all.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - Provides a balanced perspective [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2008, 13:07
710 is an awesome score! Cheers!
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