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Yoohoo, ecstatic about my score: 750 (Q51,V40) [#permalink]
29 Nov 2005, 13:36
I just got back from the testing center in San Francisco. I am drained but really happy with how I did.
The quantitative was very easy, nowhere close to the kind of questions being discussed on this board. The level of the questions was about the same as the OG (11th edition). The questions seemed suspiciously easy to me and I was worried if I had made some stupid mistakes in the beginning. I am bad at double checking my solutions. I finished the quant with 5 minutes left, which I used to take rest. There was just one very simple combination question, no truly complicated statistics, geometry, or number theory questions. Of course, there were the usual traps, but none that would cause brain damage.
The verbal was challenging and again the same level as the OG. Sentence correction is my weakest point and that is where I probably made the most mistakes. I got five SCs at the beginning of the test. The CR and RC were typical of what one sees in OG. On CR and RC, I typically do 95% plus. I was bit slow in verbal and panicked when I saw the last RC, I turned off the clock to reduce the stress. I did not do too well on the last paragraph because of the stress. I find that I need to have a good control of time, otherwise I can easily panic.
I started preparing two months ago. After four weeks of preparation, I got burnt out and took three weeks off of GMAT practicing. Here is the list of material I used:
OG 11th Edition
OG Verbal Guide
OG Quantitative Guide
Old OG from 1984 (this had some really challenging quant questons)
I went through all the questions in these three books.
I also did the 9 ETS tests, but I cherry picked the questions at the end of each sections.
I did not touch any of the Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc. I think these four books amount to more that 2000 questions, and that is more than plenty to practice for GMAT. ETS's questions are quite precise and I just don't trust other prep companies to match the ETS's questions.
I also took GMATPrep once (720), and Powerprep(730). I don't remember the breakdowns.
Thanks everyone for sharing their own experiences. I have been a lurker on this website, but I have benefited tremendously from all the posts in the forum.
I also want to thank all the dilligent posters including nakib, gmajatang, laxiev, honghu and others. They really put in a lot of effort on these posts.
As I said the math on the actual exam was a lot easier than what is discussed in the Math forum. So my advice for folks who are shooting around 700 is to be not too concerned about some of the complicated problems. It is true that doing the hard problems can help you do the easier ones quickly, but there is a limit. I fear that a lot of people might feel intimated and think that GMAT Math is quite hard.
And lastly, my 10th question or so was on using the Pythagoras theorem to find a diagonal! It made me think if I made a whole bunch of mistakes early on. So in a nutshell, don't overthink the CAT part of the test. It is best to just focus on the exam and not what the computer is doing.