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4/3/06 Debrief - (720 - Q47 V41)

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Hi everyone,

I sat for the exam for the first time yesterday, ended up with 720 (Q47, V41). Overall, satisfied with my results, although I couldn't sleep last night because I kept kicking myself for blowing a ridiculously easy probability problem (I realized it after I clicked confirm). But I tell myself probably guessed right on another one to make up for it. :lol:

I prepared for 2 months, studying about 1.5 hours on weekdays, and 4-6 hours on the weekend. I sent my wife on vacation the week before the test to have some time alone to cram. In total, I estimate I spent 80-90 hours preparing. Anyway, I used the following to prep:

Princeton Review to start, with the nice and easy CATs
Kaplan 800
1 CAT from the Kaplan CD, but I hated it, so I didn't do anymore.
Official Guide 11th edition

Practice scores were Princeton Review 630, 680 - Kaplan 600 - GmatPrep1 680, Gmatprep2, 740 (a week before exam) - Real test 720.

I also consistently used this forum as reference for any problems I didn't know. I would search google with the term and then the stem, to find the problem discussion.

The math was interesting in that I didn't feel like I had a chance to use even half of the stuff that I studied, I guess the prep prepares you to think like the GMAT. Without disclosing any details (pls don't PM me for the specifics) I saw the typical even/odd, +/- DS questions, 2 parabola DS questions, 1 mixture, coordinate geometry, inequalities, set theory, 1 probability - all of this stuff has been said before. Verbal was about the same difficulty as gmatprep as I was consistently hitting 41-42 range and that's what I scored on the real test. The SC problems were especially tricky I thought, testing obscure idioms that would be very difficult to know unless English is your first language (I'm a native speaker). I guess there is no other way than to memorize them or practice as many as you can.

Anyway, I'm glad that's behind me and I can move on with my life. I tell my wife that this score is as much hers as mine, as she consistently went to bed alone, while I stayed up studying - her support was crucial.

That about sums it up, the actual test experience was exactly like everyone has described in other debriefs, so I won't go there. I will add that the markers weren't as bad as I thought, and I had no issues with my scratch paper.

Oh and I can't end a debrief without the tried and true rule to the GMAT "Time Management is key" - sounds so easy, yet it's so hard to do. Good luck to everyone in the exam and your future apps.
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New post 04 Apr 2006, 07:50
Hey that's a gr8 score. 41 in verbal is fantastic ! Well done.
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New post 04 Apr 2006, 08:13
Congrats :beer That's an awesome score you achieved

I took the exam two weeks ago and really had a hard time on the quant. part. Did you also feel like alot of the questions were tricky word problems, in which the actual math calculation was not tremendously difficult, but it was difficult figuring the actual equations?

It must feel awesome to be done with it.
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New post 06 Apr 2006, 01:11
congrats...700 barrier is broken... Resilient doors of HBS, Wharton and others are waiting for your ardent knocks...
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