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Took the GMAT today 780 (Q51, V47)

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Took the GMAT today 780 (Q51, V47) [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 14:01
After months of procrastination, I finally buckled down and signed up for the test. I probably first cracked open a book in Dec. 05, and from then until July only studied intermittently due to work obligations. Started studying intently in August to take the test at the end of Sept.

I have a quant background (studied computer science in college), so I was not as worried about studying for the quant. However, the DS section required a lot of getting used to. I was also confident about the CR questions. That left SC, and RC. I didn't think there was much that could be done about RC, so about 80% of my studying was for SC. Honestly, I think I worried about the SC more than it deserved.

The test went about as smoothly as I could have planned. I took today and yesterday off from work, and got a good nights sleep. I arrived early at the test center, which was not crowded at all, and got a nice corner seat. I found my AWA topics very straightforward, and had a goot amount of material to write. I took my break, took a sip of water, and returned for the quant section. I was worried about not missing any of the first questions, so I spent a good amount of time double and triple checking the questions. Surprisingly, I didn't get too difficult DS questions. The one that I had a problem with was similar to one posted on this board, so I felt good about it. I finished with just a minute or two left, and took my second break.

The verbal section started out a bit shaky. I felt really bad about the 3rd question (is "riding a bike, swimming, or scuba diving" plural?). Anyway, I tried not to keep thinking about potentially missing an early question. The reading comprehensions were great - all social issue ones and no scientific ones which I find difficult to read. By the last 10 questions on the verbal I felt really good, and was excited being on the home stretch. My timing was surprisingly good, and I had a good half hour for the last 10 questions. I took my time, and finished the exam leaving 6 minutes on the clock.

I was hoping to see the score immediately, but had to go through a bunch of screens that repeated info I filled out online already. Finally, I hit the score screen and got my Q51, and V47 scores. Both 99 percentile! I didn't find this board until a couple weeks ago, but gained a lot of confidence seeing hte varying q/v scores that result in a 700+ score. It also helped me resolve some loose ends.

Resources I used:
OG 11th
Official Quant review
Offical Verbal review
Kaplan GMAT book
Kaplan Verbal guide
Kaplan Quant guide
MGMAT Sentence Corrections guide

My scores in practices were:
Kaplan CAT 590 (didn't pay attention to the time at all)
Kaplan CAT 660
Kaplan CAT 670
GMATPrep #1 770
GMATPrep #1 780

As others have stated, the best resources are the official guides and GMATPrep software. I found the Kaplan tests difficult because they are purposely obfuscated - the reading comprehension examples are unreadable. I'm pretty sure I could never score over 700 on a Kaplan exam - they just don't make sense half the time. The GMATPrep software was exactly as the real one is, so it got me comfortable with the format. I found the sample exams more difficult than the real thing for quant, but the verbal was comparable.

Good luck to those who are looking to take the test soon.

I have a headache.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 14:23
Nice going! Did you really find the Quant. easier than the GMATPrep?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 14:53
I happen to think there are many types of GMAT tests. Some that are "easier" but require a higher correct percentage, and those that are "harder" that allow for a lower correct percentage. I found this true with GMATPrep and Princeton. I personally tend to do better with "harder" questions as the easier ones require less work and I tend to miss simple aspects that don't appear in harder questions... but that's just me. This makes sense even with an adaptive test, in my mind. This would account possibly for the 30 point std. dev referred to by GMAC.

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 15:45
kevin, I think the first GMATPrep I took was hard for quant because I became used to the questions in Kaplan practices, which were pretty cut and dry. The GMATPrep had some really challenging questions that required working out math, as opposed to most of Kaplan's questions that rely on a single trick. Still, I think today's quant had less really tough questions than the GMATPrep.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 15:52
Great Score!!! :P

Congratulations.... you kicked the GMAT's *$# :-)

Good luck with the apps/
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 15:55
Hey dude...hats off to U..

Congraats.. :cool

Hey I too am pretty gud in all the sections..jus the SC thing is pulling me down....luks easy..but after the test..I c tht SC cost me the most...

As U said tht u spent 80% of ur study on SC, how did u go about it, what all did u prepare...
any self strategy..tht u've devised to get thru it.??
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 16:42
That's an awesome score. You really kicked @ss on the Q, and 99th percentile in both rocks. Great job!
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 17:55
Thanks for the warm words. I forgot to mention 2 non-GMAT books that I found helpful.

The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf
Elements of Style by Strunk

The first really helped explain grammar oddities that came up in SC questions. The second gave a good feel for how good sentences should be written. This was helpful for those fuzzy SC questions where you are just picking the one that "sounds" the best.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 18:56
dabots wrote:
Elements of Style by Strunk


I have that book... I thought it's more appropriate for AWA, so didn't bother taking a closer look...

anyways, CONGRATS!!! 780 is very impressive!!! good luck!!!

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 20:06
Great score congratulations.......

Good luck with the apps
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 22:26
Wow - you make it sound so easy! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2006, 08:25
That's amazing.

Wonder what raw score one needs to get 800?

I have seen ppl get Q50/V51, Q51/V47, Q51/V50 and they all get 780s!


Well done! You rock! and all the best!
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2006, 19:12
Great score and Congrats!!

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2006, 10:53
Dabots,
Congrats !! Your GMAT exp story is really inspiring one!! Great job!! Good luck!!

Thanks for sharing,
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2006, 18:35
After reading up on the net, I can confirm I missed the 3rd question in the verbal. I think this goes to show that you CAN miss early questions and still score well. Either that or it was an experimental.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2006, 03:02
Raghavender wrote:
Hey dude...hats off to U..

Congraats.. :cool

Hey I too am pretty gud in all the sections..jus the SC thing is pulling me down....luks easy..but after the test..I c tht SC cost me the most...

As U said tht u spent 80% of ur study on SC, how did u go about it, what all did u prepare...
any self strategy..tht u've devised to get thru it.??


So what were ur correct %, when u were practicing SC from Og..??
I 'm jus scoring aroin 75%...so a bit unsecure...
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2006, 21:02
fantastic score.
congrats !
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 18:15
dabots wrote:
After reading up on the net, I can confirm I missed the 3rd question in the verbal. I think this goes to show that you CAN miss early questions and still score well. Either that or it was an experimental.


Awesome score Dude!!!! Just wait for the schools to open their door for you.
off topic....Can we review our real test on the net??? Please let me know guysss.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2006, 12:01
Oh Boy!!!!

Too many 780s here!!!

Congrats!
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