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Scored 570 in April, Scored 710 today (Sept 13th) [#permalink]
13 Sep 2004, 10:57
I scored a 710 (Q 49, V 38) today in my second attempt at slaying the monster. I obviously think I could have done much better in verbal, but oh well.
I will definitely post my ramblings later today and welcome any questions you might have. Here is a micro length debriefing for the curious...
* AWA - I don't have much good or bad to say about this section. I had used the ARCO book for preparation and just hammered out 2 decent essays.
* Quant - This was my demon in the past. However, I had slogged like a dog this time and was prepared for practically anything. I did get 1 perm/comb question and another probability question; both were easy as hell. I got what seemed like a thousand number property questions - some were really tricky.
* Verbal - I was confident about scoring well on verbal, but in focusing overwhelmingly on quant during my preparation, I obviously fell short in this area.
I will be back to elaborate on some other key preparation topics. I was a silent lurker, but will try to be vocal for some time to come. A big thanks for the founders and overseers of this forum!!!!!
That's EXCELLENT. I scored a 540 (a new low for me) last week so I'll be preparing for another test in November. What did you from that test to this one? Any specific books or tests that you added after your 1st attempt? That's a huge jump, I'll be happy to get to a 650 on my attempt next month.
I panicked during the math & that was my downfall. I still don't know what happened in the Verbal part except that I had to guess on a couple of SC & CR questions but I scored worse in that than in the Quant. even though I thought I was doing better in the Verbal.
Contrary to what everyone has been saying in the posts, I blame my singular focus on OG for my downfall last time. OG is invaluable, but only after one has developed some solid strategies. I felt I had no strategies going into my GMAT attempt last time.
To correct for the lack of strategy, I spent both time and money on the following material...
1) I bought all Kaplan literature available out there; the math workbook, the plain 2004 book and of course the 800 book. I feel I truly benefited from these books to form a strategy for quant. I think 'picking numbers' and 'backsolving' - regardless of how obvious they sound - are some of the best strategies one can pick from these books.
2) I spent $27 on the deltacourse material. I had a complex about perm/comb and probability and really wanted to clarify my concepts. The deltacourse truly helped on that front. The sample questions that they have helped me boost my confidence. I felt really comfortable on the perm/comb front going into GMAT this time.
3) I had heard that Princeton review was good for verbal. So I bought it, and strongly recommend it for preparation on the verbal front. Although my verbal score of 38 does not qualify me for giving out useful advice, I highly recommend Princeton for verbal prep.
4) I plunked money on buying all the ETS tests. These are a bit easier than the real deal, I think, but an excellent excellent way to get true ETS-style practice.
5) I gave practically all Kaplan and Princeton tests that come on their CDs.
6) Finally, once I had gone through all the above material, addressed my weakpoints and prepared a mental strategy, then I launched a full-scale assault on OG. I solved at least 100-150 questions in each category backwards, noted down questions I could not solve and then attacked those again.
I studied practically every day for the past 2 months and spent at least 4 hours per day on studying. I just practiced, practiced, practiced and practiced. As you said, the key is to not panick during the exam and I worked really hard on that by putting lots of efforts in preparation and giving a lot of of computer/paper tests in the 2 weeks before exam.
There is so little difference between a score of 540 and 700+ that it is really just a matter of not losing your nerves during the game.
EVen though you didnt hit your goal, that is a remarkable improvement! Panic during the test can cost you, I always found the middle Quant questions (on all the preps and the real thing) to be much easier at the end of the section than the middle. If you need to take extra time on a few of the middle setions, don't panic. You will probably make up for it. Also, I believe the Experimentals are most dense in the middle, so if you get stuck on a problem, just guess it and hope for the best.
I know I have already said this above, but there is so little difference between a 5XX score and a 7XX one that the torture we all go through seems unfair at times. However, it is a game and we have to play by its rules.
I pray that may the force be with everyone who puts everything he or she has into slaying the monster. Wish all of you the very best!!!
My top priority for the next few days is to catch some shuteye that I have been missing for more than two months.
Congratulations for your score, we are all dreaming about such a good one...
I went through lots of testimonials here and few posters write something about AWA and the way/material they proceed /used. Did you follow any specific prep or do you consider that to know a couple of linking expressions is enough to score ?