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# 620 and what?

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04 Jun 2003, 22:00
Hi,
I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at a university in Colorado.
I plan to take GMAT sometime in Sep. this year. I plan to take advantage of this coming summer break and spend at least two months (full time) on the preparation.

To gauge my level, I took one PowerPrep sample test this morning, and finished the Math section with 25 minutes left (I guess I went too fast , but had lots of problems with the sentence construction sections. Here is a rough outline of the result:
Screwed a few Math problems.
Screwed 7 out of 15 for sentence replacement/construction problems.
4 out of 14 for reading comprehension problems.
3 out of 11 for CR problems.
So the total score comes out as something close to 630.

I am from China originally, and have been working towards PhD in CS for the past six years. (Will get it this Dec. hopefully). I think I have strong reading and analytical abilities because I took a lot of graduate math classes and have read a lot of English books.

The biggest problem for me is the sentence replacement problems. They are too tricky and I am simply not good at grammar since I first started learning English as a second language.

I just surfed this site and followed suggestions of a few posts and have purchased

Schaum's Outline of English Grammar AND
Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook

Also, I plan to take GMAT training class offered by a small local firm called
Gorilla Test Prep
http://www.gorillatestprep.com

Personally, the most effective way to prepare for any exam is to find another person who are equally motivated and work together closely. The synergy derived from it is just amazing. I remember I took GRE while I was a junior in College back in China. Never read an English book seriously but I had a very smart partner. We worked together for three months. I had a fever the night before the test thus couldnтАЩt sleep well. Guess how much I got? 2110. I got admitted into the PhD program, and my test-partner got into the PhD program in Washington State University.

I think my general language ability has improved a LOT during this past 6 years of intensive study in the States. However, the sad news is that I cannot find a test partner this timeтАж

I really want to get a high score (>750) out of this test.
Can you offer your valuable suggestions on how to achieve this goal given my background?
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05 Jun 2003, 10:31
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05 Jun 2003, 10:48
hi,
I already had my green card because I've done outstanding research. I got it via "national interest waiver" category, and I did it all by myself--correct, I didn't even hire a lawyer.

So the reason for my plan to go to a business school is not for Visa, and I don't want to go for it righaway. I want to work for a few years before start applying. However, I want to plan ahead and I think the best time to take exams is while I am at school--it is much easier to focus and get it done.
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: Russian Federation
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 700 Q V
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 7: Q42 V44
GMAT 8: Q42 V44
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 10: 740 Q V
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 12: 670 Q V
GMAT 13: 680 Q V
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05 Jun 2003, 11:20
The test is nothing to worry about it. as long as you got a secure CS job. That's the most important thing
Good luck
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05 Jun 2003, 12:36
Lincoln wrote:
Hi,
I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at a university in Colorado.
I plan to take GMAT sometime in Sep. this year. I plan to take advantage of this coming summer break and spend at least two months (full time) on the preparation.

To gauge my level, I took one PowerPrep sample test this morning, and finished the Math section with 25 minutes left (I guess I went too fast , but had lots of problems with the sentence construction sections. Here is a rough outline of the result:
Screwed a few Math problems.
Screwed 7 out of 15 for sentence replacement/construction problems.
4 out of 14 for reading comprehension problems.
3 out of 11 for CR problems.
So the total score comes out as something close to 630.

I am from China originally, and have been working towards PhD in CS for the past six years. (Will get it this Dec. hopefully). I think I have strong reading and analytical abilities because I took a lot of graduate math classes and have read a lot of English books.

The biggest problem for me is the sentence replacement problems. They are too tricky and I am simply not good at grammar since I first started learning English as a second language.

I just surfed this site and followed suggestions of a few posts and have purchased

Schaum's Outline of English Grammar AND
Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook

Also, I plan to take GMAT training class offered by a small local firm called
Gorilla Test Prep
http://www.gorillatestprep.com

Personally, the most effective way to prepare for any exam is to find another person who are equally motivated and work together closely. The synergy derived from it is just amazing. I remember I took GRE while I was a junior in College back in China. Never read an English book seriously but I had a very smart partner. We worked together for three months. I had a fever the night before the test thus couldnтАЩt sleep well. Guess how much I got? 2110. I got admitted into the PhD program, and my test-partner got into the PhD program in Washington State University.

I think my general language ability has improved a LOT during this past 6 years of intensive study in the States. However, the sad news is that I cannot find a test partner this timeтАж

I really want to get a high score (>750) out of this test.
Can you offer your valuable suggestions on how to achieve this goal given my background?

Would you mind if I asked you some questions about what you think about the course? It will be a great help to many to hear your opinion.

Bogdan.

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05 Jun 2003, 14:15
Sure, I'd love to input my experience. BB, you must be refering to the courses from new oriental school, right? They are wonderful, a lot of exercise. a typical course such as TOEFL and GRE run 3 months long, and meets twich each week. So it is meeting around 20~24 times (2 hours/evening). Usually, each teacher teaches only one part: for example, there are special GRE verbal teachers, and special GRE math teachers, and special logic teachers.

Then encourage students form small groups. "you will learn most from your neighbor sitting next to you in the classrom" is what they say and believe. And it is quite right.

If you are talking about the GMAT class, then it has not started yet. I will start next week. I will input my two cents later on...
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05 Jun 2003, 14:17
Lincoln wrote:
Sure, I'd love to input my experience. BB, you must be refering to the courses from new oriental school, right? They are wonderful, a lot of exercise. a typical course such as TOEFL and GRE run 3 months long, and meets twich each week. So it is meeting around 20~24 times (2 hours/evening). Usually, each teacher teaches only one part: for example, there are special GRE verbal teachers, and special GRE math teachers, and special logic teachers.

Then encourage students form small groups. "you will learn most from your neighbor sitting next to you in the classrom" is what they say and believe. And it is quite right.

If you are talking about the GMAT class, then it has not started yet. I will start next week. I will input my two cents later on...

yes, that was vague. I meant Gorilla classes.

I am thankful for the insight on the other one as well.

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