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Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log

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Joined: 25 May 2010
Posts: 322
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
Schools: CBS '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 590 Q47 V25
GMAT 2: 560 Q47 V20
GMAT 3: 600 Q47 V25
GMAT 4: 680 Q49 V34
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Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 32

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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 12:13
Entwistle wrote:
Mission Accomplished :)↲Total 710↲Verbal 40↲Quant 48↲Will post debrief in a while!

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Did you ever have timing or speed issue?
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Joined: 29 Sep 2009
Posts: 396
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 14:05
rg1 wrote:
Entwistle wrote:
Mission Accomplished :)↲Total 710↲Verbal 40↲Quant 48↲Will post debrief in a while!

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Did you ever have timing or speed issue?


I did. When I took the GMAT for the 1st time my time management was crappy. For the 2nd attempt it was much better.
As Ron Purewal (from MGMAT) puts it--GMAT is 60% about knowledge and 40% about strategy(dont quote me on the %'s :-) ). No amount of studying can take you across the 700 mark if your timing strategy is faulty.
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Joined: 25 May 2010
Posts: 322
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
Schools: CBS '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 590 Q47 V25
GMAT 2: 560 Q47 V20
GMAT 3: 600 Q47 V25
GMAT 4: 680 Q49 V34
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 32

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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 14:19
vicksikand wrote:
rg1 wrote:
Entwistle wrote:
Mission Accomplished :)↲Total 710↲Verbal 40↲Quant 48↲Will post debrief in a while!

Posted from my mobile device Image


Did you ever have timing or speed issue?


I did. When I took the GMAT for the 1st time my time management was crappy. For the 2nd attempt it was much better.
As Ron Purewal (from MGMAT) puts it--GMAT is 60% about knowledge and 40% about strategy(dont quote me on the %'s :-) ). No amount of studying can take you across the 700 mark if your timing strategy is faulty.

What exactly did you do in the second time to overcome timing hurdle?
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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 19:40
rg1 wrote:
Did you ever have timing or speed issue?


@RG
No... I didn't have any timing issues. I finished the quantitative section with 2 minutes to spare and the verbal section with 5 minutes to spare. For each of the essays, I had one minute to spare after review and I had typed +500 words :)

In the quantitative section, I checked the clock after every 5 questions. I had set the target time as 2 minutes per question. I

In the verbal section, I borrowed time from SC to make time for CR. RC was done at moderate pace. I knew I could get most of the CR questions right if I had 30s extra. I had to create that extra 30s by borrowing from elsewhere... I decided to borrow it from SC.

I realized that I was wasting a lot of time in SC questions e.g.
1. I didn't write down the splits. I kept the splits in my mind.
2. I kept re-reading options which I eliminated.

Once I became aware of this, I cut down on the wastage and saved time without sacrificing accuracy!
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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 21:50
Entwistle wrote:
rg1 wrote:
Did you ever have timing or speed issue?


@RG
No... I didn't have any timing issues. I finished the quantitative section with 2 minutes to spare and the verbal section with 5 minutes to spare. For each of the essays, I had one minute to spare after review and I had typed +500 words :)

In the quantitative section, I checked the clock after every 5 questions. I had set the target time as 2 minutes per question. I

In the verbal section, I borrowed time from SC to make time for CR. RC was done at moderate pace. I knew I could get most of the CR questions right if I had 30s extra. I had to create that extra 30s by borrowing from elsewhere... I decided to borrow it from SC.

I realized that I was wasting a lot of time in SC questions e.g.
1. I didn't write down the splits. I kept the splits in my mind.
2. I kept re-reading options which I eliminated.

Once I became aware of this, I cut down on the wastage and saved time without sacrificing accuracy!


Congratulations!!! Awaiting debrief, especially for quant! (even though everything is already there in your progress reports but still, I know how much pleasure it will give you to write one!!)
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Re: Quest to do my Best - My GMAT Journey Log [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2011, 09:52
Hey Entwistle
Your progress has been phenomenal. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Need to know your source of 100% accuracy in CR. :roll:
What all have you covered up for CR?
Please let me know everything I need to cover up. It is do or die this time as I am doing a re-attempt.

Entwistle wrote:
I re-installed the GMAT Prep Software and reset the tests.
I got the following scores:
Q: 49
V: 42
T: 740
Not bad... But I had seen some of the questions in previous attempts. So, I'd take away 50 from this score :D

Real Score: 690

Oh, and woooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I didn't get a single CR wrong :D

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