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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2010, 10:22
Great :) waitin. . .
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2010, 15:39
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Update! Just took my first MGMAT test. Really got bored halfway through and wanted to just kill myself, but even after skimming and guessing on a couple of hard ones, I ended up with a Q46, V40 Overall 700! Finished math with 21 minutes to spare and Verbal with 24!

I have heard that the first test is the hardest. But one important thing this test brought to my attention was my short attention span. I need to work on staying focused for the entire length of the exam. The MGMAT Quant section was DEFINITELY harder than the GMAT Prep.

We'll see how this goes!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2010, 03:37
I'm glad to hear that the first MGMAT test is considered the hardest. I gave it yesterday and scored 60 points lower than on GMAT Prep (700 as opposed to 760). I also felt that the quant section was tough, particularly the combinatorics problems.

You seem to be able to think extremely fast, finishing both sections with so much time left. I guess just by slowing down a bit you should be able to increase your score.

Good luck with your further preparation. Keep us updated.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2010, 04:11
Wow. You could reach close to 800, I guess. May be you should consider tutoring soon. I was always running out of time on the quant section in my three tests.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2010, 08:30
You're a beast!!! I wanna be a beaaaaast toooo! :P

If I can score a 700 like you did on my next MGMAT test ill be uber happy!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2010, 07:41
Whiplash, thx so much for posting that study strategy you wrote up with the pyramid, etc. Great run down. I'll be on this forum a lot next summer after CFA L2. Going to probably follow your strategy and put in extreme hours of study to aim for 700 and shoot for the stars. :)
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2010, 09:02
whiplash2411 wrote:
Like I mentioned I am bilingual in English partially because I used Wren and Martin as a grammar textbook since when I was in 4th grade or something and we stopped using it before high school (9th grade). I think and speak in English except when I am with my parents (My dad will kill me if I don't speak in Tamil at home - retains the culture, he says).

I wouldn't advise reading it fully as the only thing. It's better to just grasp the important points in it. That book is not an introductory grammar book, it's more of a comprehensive book for everything grammar related.


Whoa! I was in the same situation till my 7th grade! I was in Dubai then and I spoke Malayalam with my mother only (also with my friends' mothers, but that's very rare). I tell my friends that I "think" in English (I honestly do!) and they ask me "how does one 'think' in a language"... what do they know about thinking, huh? :P

The biggest advantage because of this is idioms, I suppose.


BTW.. 19 years?!?!??! I was at the brink of leaving engineering to become a professional CS player at the age of 19! :-D
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2010, 12:53
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NICE. Yes, 19. Applying to HBS 2+2 :) I read your debrief. Sweet score. Hopefully, I'll be in the same boat by the time I take the GMAT. Right now I am averaging late 600s-early 700s. I need to start doing some actual studying, lol.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2010, 21:51
Thanks! I am pretty excited about my score, but I fall in the most over-represented group - Indian IT male. I wonder if there is a thread here for successful Indian IT males hmmm...

Anyways here's my 2 cents about GMAT -
After each test, spend sometime trying to figure out where you made mistakes. It needn't be the type of problems, it could also be the way you are tackling them, the way you manage the time, whether you lose focus in between, etc...

Your planning, diagrams and spreadsheets show that not only will you succeed in GMAT but will also be very popular in your study group in b-school :-D
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 08:21
Haha, I have OCD with notes. I have to have them my way and it can't be any other way. You should see my school notes, lol. And thanks. I am reviewing my exams. At the same time, I haven't spent any time on Math so far so I have to spend some time doing that now as well :)
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 22:09
whiplash2411 wrote:
Haha, I have OCD with notes. I have to have them my way and it can't be any other way. You should see my school notes, lol. And thanks. I am reviewing my exams. At the same time, I haven't spent any time on Math so far so I have to spend some time doing that now as well :)


OK, now I am a lil afraid to be in your group :P

Best of luck, Whiplash! :-D BTW, when you lash the whip does it make the sound that Chandler made or the one that Joey made? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggXbzjnffAo
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2010, 09:21
HAHA. Neither. It sounds like hip-hop. ;)
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2010, 21:23
New study strategy considering the fact that I have issues with focus.

I am going to start studying MGMAT SC and Aristotle's SC Grail side-by-side in order to figure out what I need and take notes so I can just use that for reference instead of taking all my books with me all the time. Once through with that, I plan to start working on the OG for SC. Meanwhile, I am also going to work on skimming through the MGMAT Math Guides and making note of important formulas or rules that I might have not remembered earlier. After that, I plan to do the MGMAT Question Banks online and work on the GMAT Club tests to test my skills further.

For CR, I think I've already done enough studying so I am just going to work on doing problems from the OG and for RC I plan to just go with intuition and work on the OG passages along with RC99.

If I have enough time after this, I might also do the problems from the Veritas Guides (especially the DS one, to get a better feel of the math stuff)

In between this, I plan to take one CAT every weekend from now on, and two during Thanksgiving break and two every week after my finals, so that I can get my game back on and get that 750 I've been itching to get.

Wish me luck. I'll keep you guys updated about my progress :)
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2010, 06:58
gr8 score....

y'day i tuk my diagnostic MGMAT and got 610 Q(45) and V(30).
am happy to hear that MGMAT is harder than GMATprep which is the real indicator ...
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 21:43
GMAT Club Test m22 34/37. Finished with 20 mins to spare. I just need to brush up on Geometry now I guess, lol.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 21:50
Joining back to your journey! :)

When is the d.date?
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 23:20
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 23:25
Best of luck!!

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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 14:00
Yeah I took one before I began my preparation. Not planning to take one until next week once I finish going through some more CR and SC along with some geometry and
Number properties from the GMAT Club tests!

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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 18:57
Took GMAT Prep I, v 2 and scored a 770. I am ELATED!

Score Breakdown: Q50 (8 questions wrong) V47 (6 questions wrong).

Things done differently:

1. I sat in a room by myself and made sure to tune out all distractions.
2. I took notes for RC and CR and rechecked my answer with the answer I chose to make sure that it made sense.
3. I did the ABCDE POE for all the verbal questions.
4. If I didn't know an answer on Quant, I didn't just guess and move on. Instead, I gave myself 3 minutes for questions I didn't have an answer to off the top of my head and tried to work it out. I also had the timing vs. question number breakdown written on a piece of paper to make sure I stayed on track.
5. I finished the Quant section with 28 minutes to spare but I sat through the Verbal section and only had like 7 minutes left when I ended the exam, which I feel is a MAJOR contribution to this score.

Most important takeaway: My study schedule is helping me. But I am not going to get complacent. I plan to start working on the OG or the MGMAT books tomorrow and take another practice test (probably MGMAT) within this week to corroborate my score (and make sure it wasn't some freak stroke of luck, which I hope it wasn't).

Things to study:


1. Bold Faced Questions - Got three of these and got 2 of them wrong. I had no idea what I was doing. One was in an RC. I also got one other RC question about the tone of the passage wrong, so I need to work on that as well.
2. Geometric properties of circles and triangles - Got 3 of these and got 2 wrong again.
3. Modifiers and certain random idioms - Got 3 of these wrong.

Overall:
Happy with the result! :) Going to do some GMAT Club Tests now!
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