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# What a day.... Total 720 (96), Q42 (67%), V47 (99)

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What a day.... Total 720 (96), Q42 (67%), V47 (99) [#permalink]

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01 Feb 2006, 06:55
I've just done it. First time.

Scores: Q42 (67%), V47 (99), Total 720 (96).

The thing is though, I completely bombed out in the math section- I found myself at question 27 with 6 minutes to go.... about half a minute for each remaining question.

I tried to do a couple of q's properly but got nervous, finally I didn't even have time to randomly guess the last five as the time ran out. I knew I'd ace the verbal -always do- but was convinced the quant would be so bad that I'd score in the low 600's. Now I'm not sure if I should retake or not, the overall score is ok but the quant is not good enough for a top school... what do you guys think? Basically the quant secion started off ok with some simple algebra but then kept firing loads of DS questions -at least 13 out of the first 27 were data suff. I really took them too seriously because in Kaplat etc they don't feature as much in the practice tests but if you want to stand a chance in quant, practice them a lot!

Anyway, although I only found this forum a couple of weeks ago I think I learnt a lot from you guys so thanks.

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01 Feb 2006, 08:40
Congraats! Great job!

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01 Feb 2006, 10:29
Congratulation.....that's an awesome score.

How did you study for it? Especially the verbal part, i think everyone wanna knw.
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01 Feb 2006, 11:10
thanks guys.... the verbal is somehow easier for me- English isn't even my native language, I spent most my life in Germany. I think it's mostly attitude, for example imagine yourself with some stupid SC questions

blablabl blab, alba blablablabla, BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB.

and then there's 5 options, most of them pretty stupid, too

(1) BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB
(2) BLABLA BABLABLAB BLA
(3) BLABLA! BLA BABLABLABBABLABLAB
(4) BLAAAAAAA BLA BABLABLAB??
(5) BLABLA, BLA, BABLABLAB

Now I plug the answers into the questions and here is what I'm thinking:

BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB?
That just sounds STUPID. Next option.

BLABLA BABLABLAB BLA
That can't be right because of <insert reason here>.....

Etcetcetc. You get the point.

This probably isn't helpful but maybe I can share something else I do on the verbal (but strangely enough not on the quant). I hold my hand over the desk with each finger hovering about an inch over the table... when I decide that one option is out, I put that finger down, e.g. if I rule out D, I put my index finder on the table. I do that with all the options, usually starting with the easy ones first and the one finger left in the air is the answer.

I'll write more about (not) studying for the exam tomorrow... my brain is just mush at the moment (as you will have guessed from by incoherent rambling).

Thanks again!
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01 Feb 2006, 17:12
mimac wrote:
thanks guys.... the verbal is somehow easier for me- English isn't even my native language, I spent most my life in Germany. I think it's mostly attitude, for example imagine yourself with some stupid SC questions

blablabl blab, alba blablablabla, BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB.

and then there's 5 options, most of them pretty stupid, too

(1) BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB
(2) BLABLA BABLABLAB BLA
(3) BLABLA! BLA BABLABLABBABLABLAB
(4) BLAAAAAAA BLA BABLABLAB??
(5) BLABLA, BLA, BABLABLAB

Now I plug the answers into the questions and here is what I'm thinking:

BLABLA BLA BABLABLAB?
That just sounds STUPID. Next option.

BLABLA BABLABLAB BLA
That can't be right because of <insert reason here>.....

Etcetcetc. You get the point.

This probably isn't helpful but maybe I can share something else I do on the verbal (but strangely enough not on the quant). I hold my hand over the desk with each finger hovering about an inch over the table... when I decide that one option is out, I put that finger down, e.g. if I rule out D, I put my index finder on the table. I do that with all the options, usually starting with the easy ones first and the one finger left in the air is the answer.

I'll write more about (not) studying for the exam tomorrow... my brain is just mush at the moment (as you will have guessed from by incoherent rambling).

Thanks again!

cool technique. I like it.
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01 Feb 2006, 18:40
Whattta verbal score man..... Amazing..
Congrats for this cool score
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01 Feb 2006, 19:02
Congratulations!

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07 Mar 2006, 07:24
well well well... what can I say.

I was a little bummed after my first try where I messed up the quant section (see scores above) so I registered again and retook it yesterday.

After another four weeks of feeling bad about not studying for the damn thing I went to the test center in London and scored a whopping 10 points better than before: 730.

The good news is that I bumbed up the quant section from 67%ile to 90%ile. But then I got sloppy -so sloppy that even during the test I thought to myself "why am I being so sloppy?"... I guess I didn't care enough- to drop from a cool 49 verbal (99%ile) to a not-so-cool 40 (90%ile). Ah well. At least I didn't manage to lower my total score.

Was it worth the extra hassle and money? Who knows.

How did I do it? Timing and timing only.

1. Give each question a fair shot but timeox every single one: guess the ones that you know you're not going to get right and move on- you can still easily score in the 700 region.

2. Don't be sloppy, go full steam through the whole thing.

Oh, by the way, I got 5.5 for the AWA in my last test.... people don't seem to talk about that score at all, what's the reason for that?

One other thing- I have a stack of GMAT books lying around now... anyone want to buy them in the London area? Comes with a free pat on the back and words of wisdom from me.

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Re: What a day.... Total 720 (96), Q42 (67%), V47 (99) [#permalink]

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08 Mar 2006, 06:57
mimac wrote:
Scores: Q42 (67%), V47 (99), Total 720 (96).

great score. great^great V-score.

Congrats..
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15 Mar 2006, 07:53
you deserve a nobel for your verbal score
15 Mar 2006, 07:53
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