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The journey is finally over!!! From 640 to 710 (Q50 V36)

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The journey is finally over!!! From 640 to 710 (Q50 V36) [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2006, 18:04
Hey guys -

Time to report my scores. After 4 months of studying and 1 GMAT retake, I finally got over the 700 hurdle. I'm still in a bit of euphoria (and actually checked my score over and over again on the paper handout). This is quite a different feeling from one month ago when I scored a 640. I couldn't believe I scored so low when my practice tests reflected a different score. I decided to sign up for the GMAT again and did so the next day. After one month of studying AGAIN, going over Verbal the first 2 weeks then recapping on both subjects the last 3 weeks, it was time to take the test again. After the test, I clicked on the button and received my score! I was super excited I had to prevent myself from screaming with enjoyment.

To all those that think the 700 club is impossible, I am one to show you it isnt. I always looked at the people posting in the GMAT exp forum and thought that this was highly skewed since only those with good scores actually posted. But behold, it can be done and sometimes it just takes some studying and luck!

I'll have more on my experience later - its time for me to get faaaaaded!!!

Score recap:

Kaplan Score recap:
Diag: 600
CAT 1: 690 Q52, V30
CAT 2: 580 Q37, V29
CAT 3: 680 Q51, V29
CAT 4: 600 Q40, v28
CAT 5: 610 Q41, V31
CAT 6: 660 Q45, V34
CAT 7: 710 Q44, V49
Gmatprep: 690 (taken week before test)
CAT 8: 720 (taken 3 days before test)
GMATprep:710 Q48 V40 (taken day before test)

Nov 2: GMAT1 (640 Q48 V28)
Dec 9: GMAT2 (710 94%, Q50 95%, V36 80%)

Note: Verbal was definitely my hurdle even though I am a native English speaker.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2006, 19:42
from the comparison of our scores, it seems GMAT does put a special emphasis on a full score of 51.

my Q is 51, but V is 34. If as most people said, V carries more weight, then u should have gotten an overall score higher than my 710. but it is the same.


but finally, congratulations :!: :musband
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2006, 20:03
tennis_ball wrote:
from the comparison of our scores, it seems GMAT does put a special emphasis on a full score of 51.

my Q is 51, but V is 34. If as most people said, V carries more weight, then u should have gotten an overall score higher than my 710. but it is the same.


but finally, congratulations :!: :musband


Quant rules....and let it continue to be so ... :-D


Jayy...Congratulations !!!! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2006, 20:35
Congratulations. That's a good improvement for 1 months work.

Regarding the value of Q versus V, there are substantial diminishing returns with V scores at the highest levels. For other levels, both sections will affect your overall score at relatively equal rates. The biggest difference is that Q scores will continue to have a significant impact on overall score up to the max, whereas benefits for raising V past 44 are very small.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2006, 07:32
Great Score. Congratulations! good luck with your application process.

Could you let us know that beside luck, what moved your score from 640 to 700+.?

Practice or time management during exam or improving some fundamentals? How did u manage AWA section. Did u put lot of energy on them?

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2006, 08:44
arjsingh1976 wrote:
Great Score. Congratulations! good luck with your application process.

Could you let us know that beside luck, what moved your score from 640 to 700+.?

Practice or time management during exam or improving some fundamentals? How did u manage AWA section. Did u put lot of energy on them?

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Yes please let us know how you improved from 640 to 700

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2006, 16:09
Thanks for the congrats.

I prepared for the FIRST GMAT test using the Kaplan Classroom course as well as OG11. As you can see from my stats above, my GMAT practice test scores increased in overall score and reached around the 700-720 mark the last 4-5 tests. So come test day, you can see why I felt pretty disappointed with a 640. I expected to get around 680 minimum. Very next day I signed up for the test that would take place 5 weeks later.

Seeing my first official score as well as old practice scores, I could tell that my verbal was my weakness. I decided to buy OG Verbal and did all the probems in that book. This took me about 2 to 2.5 weeks. After that, I went back and did both Q and V problems again in OG11 and Kaplan strategies/concepts for the last 2.5-3 weeks. I took a test every week (sans essays), then took 2 tests the last week (one 3 days before test and one day before test). Since I got a 5.5 AWA on my first test, I decided that this was a cake-walk and decided not to focus on essays.

Come 2nd test day, I was ready to take on this test. I wrote both essays, but didn't focus on them very much. I just did the basic writing since I knew that I could easily get a 4.0 (we'll have to see what the real score is in the mail). Then came the quantitative part - it was very similar to my first test. I felt like I did well on this part and went to break. Then came verbal - first 3 questions were SC (which is my kryptonite). Throughout the test, I felt like I was just doing so-so and sometimes worse than my last test. When the test was over, I felt like I might have done only marginally better than my first test, but instead scored a 710!

I really just think my first test was a fluke. I was tracking in my practice tests to the 700 range and my 2nd test proved that I could definitely reach that score range. There also is some luck to it - what types of problems I received, which problems counted/notcounted towards my test score, etc.

Below is a quick recap on both sections:

Quant -
All the usual geometry, rate, arithmetic, mean, median etc, etc, problems. I did not encounter any Comb/perm problems. I actually think there was 1 problem that was EXACTLY the same problem as in GMATprep but with numbers switched or tweaked very little.

Verbal -
RC: No physical sciences. They were all based on government/business and social sciences. I'm usualy pretty good at RC so this wasn't an issue for me.

SC: Very similar to OG11, but I would say a notch tougher on the real test.

CR: I would say OG11 is right on the mark to the real test.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2006, 16:13
Thanks for the recap and enoy your day ! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 17:05
Congratulations! Your experience serves as inspiration for me. As I wrote in another thread, I also received a 640 on my first test though my practice test scores were higher. Thanks for showing that there's always hope!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2006, 17:32
congratulations - that's a nice bump in score, and should benefit your applications.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2006, 01:10
Congrats!
Great imrovement and resultant entry to the 700 club as well.
Best of luck for the next part of your journey to MBA

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 [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2006, 06:59
That was a good leap over the hurdle. Congrats!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2006, 14:50
updated..just got the offical score back. Numbers did not change and percentiles are correct.

AWA score of 5.5
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