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TwoThrones' Epic GMAT Journey!

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Re: TwoThrones' Epic GMAT Journey! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 19:38
Thank you everyone for your replies. I actually was out of town for 2 weeks and ended up postponing my retake.

Anyway, I enrolled in the Knewton class (thanks to everyone for the suggestion) and I just finished their first CAT exam.

660 81% Q42 59% V40 (89%)

I got 7 questions wrong in Quant, but I still feel like I didn't put too much emphasis in that department. One thing I really respect from Knewton is their updated percentile and score ranking. Taking the MGMAT exams or GMAT Prep, the scores seem inflated. For example, scoring a Q47 V40 results in a 720 GMAT Prep score but could be a 690 on the actual exam. Knewton is less forgiving, and so does not give a false sense of hope.

As for my first prep, I did get about 8 hours of sleep the night before. I felt well rested and even brought a tuna sandwich, a granola bar, and water to the exam. Even though my scores were all over the place, I was extremely confident going into the exam, maybe too confident? Quant felt like a joke, and Verbal SC was easy, CR was okay, and RC was dang tough. Also, that experimental section fried my brain! I definitely need to take this exam before the change, because that section was downright scary. :shock:

Anyway, I feel much better about verbal after taking this exam. I love the Knewton course so far, I just started session 7. Are the supplemental videos/homework essential to success? I was thinking about doing them but may be pressed for time. All replies are appreciated.

GZR4DR, thanks for replying. I did do AWA's on my first 3 exams, then honestly realized what a waste of time they were (in terms of studying, not usefulness). Writing doesn't really bog me down and I never felt exhausted during my exam until that danged new section.

As for the Verbal being easier in GMAT Prep and MGMAT, I 100% agree. Thanks for all the replies. Let's keep each other motivated. I'm working on essays at the same time, and boy, they suck.

Update: I did get a 6.0 on AWA, not that it really uplifts my spirits or anything.
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Re: TwoThrones' Epic GMAT Journey! [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 22:28
two thrones;u hold a special place in my heart; we shared our test date 30 July- i was silently following ur journey; i also scored below my target and practice scores on that day- 680.

i retook in a month and salvaged some pride. check out my debrief.

BTW : u dnt need to take the supplemental knewton lessons only take the "verbals" one.
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Re: TwoThrones' Epic GMAT Journey! [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2011, 19:10
good luck buddy. I'm scheduled to take my test the 8th of october. When are you retaking?
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Re: TwoThrones' Epic GMAT Journey! [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2011, 21:06
Did you retake the exam? How did it go?
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