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Scored 790 (Q51,V50) [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 11:24
Hi everyone,

A friend pointed me to this board to get some tips on applying for schools now that my GMAT is done. I came across this forum so I thought I'd share my story like everyone else.

I took my exam yesterday and had to rub my eyes a couple times to make sure I was seeing the right score

Total Score: 790
Quant: 51
Verbal: 50

I must say that luck played a huge part in this considering I made several "best guesses". During practise exams I usually aced the math part (1-2 wrong overall) but then got beat down on the verbal section (8-10 wrong). Sentence correction alone accounted for 80% of my mistakes on most tests.

My biggest scare was the very first question in the verbal section (a sentence correction problem) which I wasn't confident on. Definitely a sucky way to start!

Overall, the testing experience was what I expected based on the GMAT prep exams. The essay sections were a bit of a surprise because the 30 min felt like it went by FAST. I didn't write any practise essays prior to the exam so I wasn't sure how to gauge it. For those that plan on winging the essay part, I would suggest doing at least one trial essay to get a feel for the time constraints.

As for my studying regiment, I started studying 2 months in advance and tried to follow what I used for the LSAT. Write a full exam 2-3 times a week (about once every 2-3 days) and spend an hour or so reviewing mistakes the day after. I created "exams" by dividing up the 800 questions from the official GMAT book into ten 80-question sets. It worked out to roughly the same ratio of question types as the actual exam. I also entered in the scores and times I had for each of the 5 question types so I could identify my weak areas (accuracy and/or timing)

Math has always been a strong suit of mine so I focused significantly less time on that part. Also, having previously studied for the LSAT, I was already familiar with the reading comprehension and critical reasoning questions (which were definitely harder on the LSAT).

I finished the exams and questions about 2 weeks prior to the exam and spent the remaining time:

- Reading through Kaplan, Princeton, and GMAT strategies for sentence correction
- Doing random sentence correction questions wherever I could find them
- Reading strategies on answering the AWA questions

GMAT Prep 1: 720 (2 months prior to exam, initial assessment)
GMAT Prep 2: 760 (1 week prior to exam)
Kaplan: 640 (2.5 weeks prior to exam)

I didn't do the other Kaplan exams because the questions didn't seem representative of what the GMAT would actually cover. Many of their critical reasoning questions were formatted like the logical reasoning questions in the LSAT.

I think that's it. Time to start writing those essays.

Cheers,

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 11:39
wow, amazing job!

im surprised a q51, v50 isnt an 800
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 12:12
WOW!! Congratulations... the adcoms are going to be paying attention to your essays.

Now dont take this the wrong way... but 790 sounds very unnatural to me. I had to repeat 790 a couple of times... 790, 790 :)
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 13:00
wow! amazing score i'm just shooting for anything over 700! how did the CR questions for the GMAT compare with the LSATs? and did you take any review courses for either test? thanks in advance.. and good luck with your apps!
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Re: Scored 790 (Q51,V50) [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 20:21
Congrats.
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You just missed it. How? do you think if you prepared more, you could have get 800?

all the best!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 08:27
Congratulations!!!! Fabulous Score :)
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 10:39
Smells like fish.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 11:09
wow, that's impressive... I guess you need a Q51 and V51 to get 800 then...
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 12:01
beckee529 wrote:
wow! amazing score i'm just shooting for anything over 700! how did the CR questions for the GMAT compare with the LSATs? and did you take any review courses for either test? thanks in advance.. and good luck with your apps!


I generally found the CR questions on the LSAT to be more convoluted. On the GMAT, to find assumptions or inferences, I didn't have to write out any implication statements (e.g. A -> B, B <-> C, etc.) to get to the answer whereas some questions on the LSAT much tricker and require conversion of each literal statement into simplified logic statements.

No, I didn't take any review courses, just went through the books. However, I knew of several friends who had taken the exams previously so I tried to learn from their study patterns and strategies.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 12:03
kryzak wrote:
wow, that's impressive... I guess you need a Q51 and V51 to get 800 then...


I honestly have no idea how they come up with the scaled scores...especially considering it goes all the way up to 60. I figured a 790 would need to be closer to Q58 V58 or something. I've also been trying to guess how many questions I actually got wrong without much luck.

It was honestly a huge surprise...I'm just hoping it's not some computer glitch that they're going to tell me about later hahaha
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 13:33
the strange thing is, scores are out of 60, but the highest score you can get in either section is 51... go figure... probably to save some "space" in case everyone gets 51's in the future!
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 07:10
Awesome score
Just wondering..why did you take the LSAT? Are you planning on doing a dual degree program?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2007, 06:08
i guess u r more dissapointed than most people after that score!!!!! So near to 800 man is mayb makin u regret more than someone say who ended uo with a 550!!!!!! Kiddin mate, just as awesome awesome score. Another GMAT clubber smashin the GMAT. Congrats n all the luck with apps!!!!
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