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My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38)

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I took the GMAT for the first and last time on Monday, February 25. Even though I am a new member to the community, I have been “lurking” for the past couple months. The main reason I didn’t contribute to the math and verbal discussions before is that I didn’t want to accidentally see any potential questions before I had worked both GMAT Prep tests. My story is similar to a lot that I have read, but hopefully some will find it helpful. I am planning to be more of a contributor now that the GMAT is out of the way.

My official score:
700 (92%), Q: 48 (85%), V: 38 (84%), AWA: 5.5 (83%)

My goal was 700, but I had decided that I wouldn't retake if I got a 680 or higher and close to 80% on both Q and V. I am very happy with my score and do not plan to take it again. I did notice someone on this forum scored a 710 with the same Q and V as me, which was somewhat disappointing... :evil:

Practice tests:
GMAT Prep 1: 650 (Q: 42, V: 38)
MGMAT 2: 700 (Q: 46, V: 39)
PR 1: 690 (Q: 50, V: 36)
GMAT Prep 2: 680 (Q: 44, V: 38)

I also worked other sections of MGMAT 1 and 3 and reworked GMAT Prep Quant 1 for practice. However, I did not include the results because they weren’t under test conditions (i.e. taking the full test).

Materials used:
- Kaplan Premier Program 2006
- Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT
- Official Guide to the GMAT (OG11)
- MGMAT Sentence Correction
- GMAT Prep

Background:
I had taken the GRE, so I was familiar with computer adaptive tests (CATs). I began studying for the GMAT in September and studied diligently for about 2 months. Then I lost focus during the holidays. I picked it back up after New Years and studied diligently until test day. I would say I had 3.5-4 months total prep but could have done it with less if I didn't quit during the holidays.

Preparation Advice (assuming you have 2-3 months to prepare):
1. Work the entire Princeton Review book before tackling any OG11 problems. This will get you familiar with the test format and also give you some tips/tricks.
2. Work a couple OG11 problems to get used to “real” problems.
3. Work GMAT Prep #1 under testing conditions. As you work the CAT’s, always go through the essays and pretend it is a real test. This helps because a big part of being successful on the GMAT is endurance. The real test will seem like just like the practice ones if you follow this advice. This will be your baseline score and you should learn from the mistakes you made…especially in pacing.
4. Continue working through OG11. Also, work a CAT periodically, but save the other GMAT Prep for the week before the real test.
5. If you need additional help in Sentence Correction, the Manhattan book is good. Use it in conjunction with the OG11 SC problems.
6. One week before the test, take GMAT Prep 2.
7. Throughout the next week, work problems that you missed and that are your problem areas.
8. The night before the test, relax and get a good nights sleep (this wasn’t possible for me, I was too anxious!).
9. The morning of the test, wake up with plenty of time before the test. Eat breakfast, drink coffee. Work 5 PS and 5 DS problems from the middle section of OG11. That way you will get them right (confidence) and your brain will start working. Also, read a news article to get your mind ready to read from a computer.
10. Listen to "Tool" on the way to the test center to get pumped. Take some snacks and a drink to the test.

Some notes: I thought MGMAT math was harder than the real test, but it is good practice. I thought the math on the PR CAT was easier than the real GMAT. Both GMAT Prep math and verbal are very similar to the real test. I think I did poorly on GMAT Prep tests because I wasn’t as thorough as I was on the real test. Make sure you get the first 7-10 questions right on the real test. This has a HUGE effect on your score. However, do not let yourself get too behind. If you have to guess at the end, it is no big deal. Do NOT leave any questions blank. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 10:35
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Congrats!!!

We have ~similar nicks!! :)

I'm still working on my test , I hope I can make it to the 700 club too.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 11:21
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Glad you'r happy with your score! Wish I was with mine.

I'd advocate listening to GN'R's It's so Easy on the way to the test center.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 16:51
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Great job performing on test day...when it counted the most. Goose would be proud.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 20:28
Thanks everybody!

Maverick101, I thought I was being unique with my user name. Oh well...at least we have different numbers and avatars. Good luck on your test, and let us know how it goes!
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2008, 20:54
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I am preparing for Gmat, i am also doing a job and most of the time i am confused that whether i will be able to score good marks in exams or not, but your score and profile really help me to gain my confidence. Thanks buddy.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2008, 07:26
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 07:17
A lot of people have been posting lately about retaking the GMAT Prep several times. I think this is a great idea and is the one thing I would have changed about my preparation. The more you are improving, the less likely it is that you will see repeat questions.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 07:30
I agree, I have retaken gmatprep , 8 times, probably, math honestly I still feel is a great gauge, only see a handful of repeats ( and some I still get wrong) which is bad that I am not learning but good that I know it is still accurate.

Verbal however I havent seen really any new RCs , you do get about half new SCs even after 8th attempt, and you do get a lot of CR repeats, which is how I score like 46+ on verbal however I need to practice SC not CR and RC that much so it is helpful
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 09:29
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I agree, I have retaken gmatprep , 8 times, probably, math honestly I still feel is a great gauge, only see a handful of repeats


Do you reinstall or without reinstalling delete the log files and the .dat files?

Thanks and good luck.
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 09:39
I delete the files , uninstall, then reinstall after 2 tries dont know whether this is necessary but I do anyway
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Re: My GMAT story - 700 (Q:48,V:38) [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 10:42
great..i'll try that. Thanks!
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