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The results are in! And the score is 720(Q47,V42), 6.0AWA

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The results are in! And the score is 720(Q47,V42), 6.0AWA [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 09:55
You didn't think I was going give you the score in the subject, where you didn't even have to click on the post? LOL It would be like the hero dying in the first 5 minutes of the movie!

Thanks you everyone (fresinha12, x2suresh, walker, brokerbevo, x-ali-x, apurva1985, raabenb, smkrn, jasonC [shout out to another Okie], gmatnub, bsd_lover, YihWei,, maratikus and anyone else that I may not be able to remember off the top of my head) that has been such an incredible help to me in preparing for this exam. I feel like I've come so far since the 650 at the end of April. I think I could have saved myself $250 if I would have found this place before my first attempt! Man, that would have been another school's application fee!

720 (Q47, V42)

While it's not as high as I think it could have been, I'm still very excited about it. I had been scoring 48-49 in quant, but then again, I was scoring 40-41 in Verbal, so it's a trade-off.

I think I"m capable of mid 700s, but at some point I have to start working on applications. The way I see it is that now, my score is the average or above for every business school in the country (Damn Stanford with a 721 average!) My only concern is that the adcoms would have rather seen a higher GMAT score in order to make up for my 3.05 UG GPA (that's all 4 years, not in major, which was like 3.7 or 3.8. I brought up my GPA from a 2.5 to a 3.05 in the last 3 semesters).

Now I guess it's on to the applications. I'm trying to decide if I should take Harvard off the list (a friend of mine graduated from there and wants me to apply there too). I figure for about the price of the Harvard app fee, I could add 2 other schools a bit down on the list. I'd have a better shot at getting into them, plus I would be adding 1 school.

As for the test:

AWA - Chineseburned is the best! I felt so prepared after reading through that AWA guide a few times. Hopefully the usage made sense, but i put "therefore" and "For example" and other key words in my essays so many times the scores should be good.

The quant seemd rather easy overall. I remember getting 1 or 2 questions that I thought "Holy crap, walker couldn't even answer this one!" I honestly thought that while sitting there taking the test. It may not be true, he probably could answer it, but that's the level I thought those few questions were. I only got 1 or 2 questions that I was able to use comb/perm on. I seemed to get quite a few DS questions, but then again, I don't like DS so they probably stand out in my mind moreso than the others. I got a couple of work problems (DS) and there were 2 questions I used a Venn Diagram on. i was surprised at that. When i was on question 35 i looked at the time and had 5 or 6 minutes left so I knew I had paced myself well.

Verbal

I'm strongest in verbal so I was not nervous for this part, although I really had to work during the break to get my mind out of the quant-mode and into verbal. I spent 2 -3 minutes of the break repeating "Subject-verb agreement, pronouns, modifiers, logical opposites, premises conclusions, weaken, support, " trying to get my mind thinking about those things again when all that seemed to be going through my head was numbers and more numbers!

I saw 4 RC passages, which I was happy about because RC is by far my strongest of all the verbal sections (thanks to all those cases in law school). The second most I think was CR passages and then SC. It seemed that I got a lot of SC passages where the entire sentence was underlines. I thought "Holy crap! I guess they mean sentence correction rather than phrase correction!" Then it struck me that this is easier. There are many more things that the authors have to get correct when correcting an entire sentence. Any error = the entire thing is wrong.

Kelli's advice on improving Verbal is spot on. Approach it very scientifically and use your ear only when you really can't decide. But even then, you should be able to limit the answer choices to 2 by eliminating answers that have obvious errors.

I noticed that the SC tended to have many misplaced modifiers. Like ", which" being used to refer to something earlier in teh sentence, but it was misplaced because the noun directly preceeding it didn't make sense as the antecedent.

Anyway, I've got another appointment at 1:30 (Going to the FAA to participate in a pilot study program and I get paid to fly their simulators! Woo Hoo this is a great day!)

Ask me any questions, and I'll be very happy to answer them. I will probably be back early evening and will get to them then.
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 09:57
wow congrats man...

i dont know i never scored lower than 49 on gmatpreps but got a 42 on Q...i was shell shocked..
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:01
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:02
Excellent score! And even better that your debrief was written while sober :lol:
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:04
By the way, a really funny thing happened. I knew one of the workers at the testing center. She is the mayor of a very small suburb of OKC. (Mayor is just political, city manager does the actual work). She and I met often when I was working as a field rep for the US Congressman here. She told me she'd been working there part-time for 5 years and could remember only a few people that got 720 or close to it. Does that mean we're all just more dumber here?
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:06
LOL!

J Allen- Mind sharing any tips for Quant? What materials did you use?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:14
:band GREAT JOB jallenmorris !!! :band

Have Fun .... At least the burden is over!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:24
What were your Manhattan GMAT practice scores?
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:25
Congrats, JAllen! Good luck with your essays and applications!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:43
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Congrats, hard work always works!!!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 10:50
JAllen,
Congrats!! buddy..Good luck with your applications...
I got disappointed with your Verbal score... expected around 50 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:04
great score, congrats buddy!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:15
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:24
jallenmorris wrote:
By the way, a really funny thing happened. I knew one of the workers at the testing center. She is the mayor of a very small suburb of OKC. (Mayor is just political, city manager does the actual work). She and I met often when I was working as a field rep for the US Congressman here. She told me she'd been working there part-time for 5 years and could remember only a few people that got 720 or close to it. Does that mean we're all just more dumber here?


Nope. It's just that a lot of people take the test on a whim or do not prepare as diligently as others. Fact of the matter is, you have beaten more than 90% of the people who take test.

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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:33
Congrats JAllen, this is amazing news.
:woohoo

Question for you: can you give us a sense of what material you used to study, and what helped you up your score. I've gone through OG and supplaments + kaplan 800, but the most I got on a CAT was 670.

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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 12:05
Few people deserve a 720 as much as you do. Thanks for all your help! Congratulations, and I have a feeling that you are going to have a stellar application!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 12:16
Congratulations! Hope you will hang out at gmatclub to help me with my verbal score.
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 12:40
Congratulation!
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 12:56
J Allen, congratulations on a great score. With all your preparation, there's no doubt you could have done better than a 720. 95th percentile is very impressive and on top of all that you hit the 80/80 split! Now that you have the easy stuff out of the way, on to the applications :lol:
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Re: The results are in! And the score is..... [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 15:02
Great job! And good job on the balanced score too! Good luck on the applications, and remember that your score is better than the average at almost every school in the country. :-D
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