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update: 670 to 760 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 05:45
so i took the gmat for the first time several months ago and scored a 670.
Q48, V36 or 37

I knew that a 670 was not representative of my ability; if i remember correctly, i scored a 710, 750,and 740 on the practice tests that i took before the exam.

anyways, i decided to study again, this time focusing more on verbal.
last night i took the exam for the 2nd time and scored a 760: Q49,V45
i scored a 770 on both of the practice tests that i took before exam2.

Q:
Since i minimize the timer during the test, I was surprised when the 5min warning popped up and i had about 8 questions left.
i had to randomly guess the last 5 or so.
The questions were similar those listed in the OG11th.

V:
Same deal. 5min timer popped up and i had about 7 questions left.
i randomly selected the answers to the last 3 questions.
Again, test question difficulty is consistent with the OG11.

My timing was off because the last practice test i took was 4 weeks before the exam.

My resources:
- all manhattan gmat books
- powerscore SC (riddled with logical errors and careless mistakes. i should really write to the author...)
- OG11th
- OG verbal review
- OG quant review
- Kaplan gmat 800

anyways, if i can do it, you all can do it...
good luck to everyone.
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on 760 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 06:04
Congratulations !you really deserve it.All the best in your applications.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 06:48
I don't get it, how do a lot of you guys get such high quant scores the first time you take an exam without ever studying? I mean Im not trying to be insulting and give you guys a lot of due, but it has taken me months just to get good at the first 100-150 questions on the OG. Did you guys learn this stuff in the past and its a matter of refreshing your memory?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 06:51
When you say that the question difficulty was similar to OG11, was that the last third (most difficult questions) of each section or representative of all the questions combined? Thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 07:09
fawreel902 wrote:
I don't get it, how do a lot of you guys get such high quant scores the first time you take an exam without ever studying? I mean Im not trying to be insulting and give you guys a lot of due, but it has taken me months just to get good at the first 100-150 questions on the OG. Did you guys learn this stuff in the past and its a matter of refreshing your memory?


I got my BS in electrical engineering.
Currently working towards completing my MS in Math.

although the GMAT Quant is more similar to grade school math than to the math i deal with now, my background helped a little i guess...
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 07:13
bwinterroth wrote:
When you say that the question difficulty was similar to OG11, was that the last third (most difficult questions) of each section or representative of all the questions combined? Thanks


i would say that the difficulty of the quant section (as a whole) is similar to the last 1/2 of the OG.
however some of the questions on the exam were just so easy.

its a mix i guess..
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 08:14
fawreel902 wrote:
I don't get it, how do a lot of you guys get such high quant scores the first time you take an exam without ever studying? I mean Im not trying to be insulting and give you guys a lot of due, but it has taken me months just to get good at the first 100-150 questions on the OG. Did you guys learn this stuff in the past and its a matter of refreshing your memory?


Its not easy for everyone. When I started studying, I would get high 20s to low 30s on prep tests. After a couple of months i took the test, blew it, and got a 40. Another month of intense quant study, and my second try netted a 50 quant.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 12:31
Congratulations man!:)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 12:50
Congratulations Buddy

I can see that what took you from the 670 to 760 was the verbal portion of the test. Can you elaborate more on how you improved in the verbal section ? What was your reading strategy ?

How did the MGMAT books help you ? which ones specifically would you recommend ?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2007, 19:41
yes can you please share your tips for improving verbal from 35-36 to 40+
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2007, 12:19
Mishari wrote:
Congratulations Buddy

I can see that what took you from the 670 to 760 was the verbal portion of the test. Can you elaborate more on how you improved in the verbal section ? What was your reading strategy ?

How did the MGMAT books help you ? which ones specifically would you recommend ?


well i noticed that SC was my problem area, so i pretty much focused all my studying effort on trying to improve SC.
I used the manhattanGMAT SC, powerscore SC bible, OG11, and OG verbal
i created a log of questions,comments, and examples of SC problems that I found challenging or interesting.
Every time that i would study SC, i would re-read the log.
IMO the log was the greatest factor in improving my SC performance.


I really did not have to study the CR or RC questions.
IMO the RC is very straight forward. The answers to most RC questions are found (written explicitly) in the short passages. 90% of the RC questions do not require any kind of deductions to be made.

I didnt consciously create any type of reading stratagy.
I just read the passages at a comfortable pace and answered the questions, usually without having to look back at the passage.

The MGMAT books are great. i recommend all of them
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2007, 09:57
congratulations on a great performance
I hope i can achieve similar results and increase my score of 680
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2007, 12:05
congrats and good work! I think I'm in a similar boat with math. BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, so just reviewing all the questions where I made mistakes (and re-learning what an arithmetic progression is again =P) and learning those concepts is good enough for me.

Of course, everyone is different, so I would search the forums for others who have more similar strengths and weaknesses as you (fawree) and learn their study plans.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2007, 10:11
Good improvement
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 09:52
What guides did you use for Q Study? Anything in particular?
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Re: update: 670 to 760 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 10:26
CookieMonster wrote:
so i took the gmat for the first time several months ago and scored a 670.
Q48, V36 or 37



http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/8/51346

hmmm

this guy has a 48/37 for 700

i believe cookie monster's score is accurate.
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Re: update: 670 to 760 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2007, 16:00
kidderek wrote:
CookieMonster wrote:
so i took the gmat for the first time several months ago and scored a 670.
Q48, V36 or 37



http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/8/51346

hmmm

this guy has a 48/37 for 700

i believe cookie monster's score is accurate.


i actually came across my GMAT1 score report several weeks ago, and i noticed that the verbal score on my first gmat was lower than 37.
but now i forget what it was again. it was 34 - 36
Re: update: 670 to 760   [#permalink] 31 Aug 2007, 16:00
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