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# 680 GMAT 42Q 41V studied 10 (count em, 10) days

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19 Jan 2008, 16:25
Took the GMAT bright and early at 8:00 AM in DC today. Was looking forward to getting my tail handed to me and was very pleased when I got the results. It seems like a lot of people on some boards will commit hari-kari if they don't get a 740, (which I don't really understand) but I'm ecstatic about my little 680. From my conversations with Admissions folks, GMAT scores might keep you out, but they don't get you in to the school in and of themselves. Only took the GMAT on such short notice because of a specific opportunity, and studied hardcore-ish since about the 9th or 10th of January. Made it to about page 150 in the OG book and did the PR, Kaplan, and MGMAT CATs.

PR:600
MGMAT:610
Kaplan: 490 (Did last night and was getting tired so skipped most of the verbal)
GMAC: Didn't take. Why they don't have Mac compatibility is beyond me.

Bought a Kaplan math book but didn't crack it until last night (with Quant scores to prove it) Didn't study Verbal at all as I'm much better in V than Quant naturally.

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1.The OG book certainly helped me prepare for what kinds of questions I was going to get and provided the basic quant foundation as I had forgotten most of this stuff after high school.

2.Taking multiple practice CAT's was a huge help because it got me into the rhythm of dissecting and answering questions quickly, knowing when just to guess and move on, and how to allocate time and effort.

3. I was relaaaaaxed going into the test. I assumed I would have to take it again given my practice test scores and such a short study window, so while I took it seriously, I didn't find myself freaking out. Got a decent night's sleep last night and watched some Family Guy to unwind.

One question I have is given that my verbal was lower than my quant, why was my percentile rank so much higher for V (like 27 points higher)? Are people really that great at number crunching?
Hope this helps anyone in my situation or similar
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19 Jan 2008, 17:43
I hate you.............

Just kidding, congrats! Any tips for verbal?
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19 Jan 2008, 18:50
Is that only for SC questions or for all verbal questions?
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19 Jan 2008, 20:10
When I referenced reading the answers first, I was talking about CR. When I did practice tests on SC, I also read aloud the entire sentence, and all the choices. Sometimes you can knock some answers out just because they don't sound right. Obviously, you can't do this during the actual test, but if you use the same tone and cadence in your head, it can be just as effective.
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19 Jan 2008, 20:27
Thanks!
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20 Jan 2008, 11:23
faraji13 wrote:
One question I have is given that my verbal was lower than my quant, why was my percentile rank so much higher for V (like 27 points higher)? Are people really that great at number crunching?
Hope this helps anyone in my situation or similar

Congrats..

THe reason for having high percentile in verbal than quant is that the number of people who get verbal 40 is less than the number of people who get 40 in quant. so, for the same range of quant and verbal scores, you would get high percentile on verbal and less on quant.
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20 Jan 2008, 11:59
How were you in math in school?
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21 Jan 2008, 12:09
enh. I'm right-brained. I started off as an English Major and switched to Business. Failed accounting a couple times, but did well in Investment and Corporate finance. Started my own business and have always made money o ventures, but I have to hire people to crunch numbers. I'm a big-idea guy, but if someone hired me as a CFO, the company would go bust in weeks.
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21 Jan 2008, 12:21
Congrats faraji13!!

I am also a Big Idea type lol. I was thinking about doing the week or 2 week study and go in and just take the test. I tend to do better with less prep and more sleep. I am taking Calculus starting next week. Would you suggest I take the test after the class?? Will Cal help?
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21 Jan 2008, 12:29
Nitty:

Don't know that calculus is really going to help you that much. As far as the quant section, what I found on the actual test were Geometry problems, overlapping sets, powers, and roots, some fractions, and mean/median questions. Pretty much high school math, but the way it's presented is a little more complex. Take a lot of the practice tests to get a feel for the actual flow of the test. Also, my 10 days were pretty much spent exclusively studying. If you're working as well, that might be a lot tougher. Good Luck!
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21 Jan 2008, 12:55
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21 Jan 2008, 13:44
Nitty, how did you ever end up doing in your Algebra class?
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21 Jan 2008, 14:03
A's of course Thats why I feel so ready for the world lol! I was the top of my class in Algebra, Interm. Algebra/Trig, and Pre-Calc. Now its time to do this Calc which is a prereq at most schools. I was thinking about doing the Berkley online class but I like meeting new people so I am going to Baruch for Calculus I and Microeconomics. Their course is a bit more rigorous, so we will see how I hold up. Thanks for asking. I did purchase a teachers edition of Berkley Pre-Cal book online to review before I head into Calc. They def work on more geometry then what I had in pre-cal here in NY.
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21 Jan 2008, 14:24
Congrats

I took one Algebra class in NYU and was the top student for that class, but it was just Algebra so I guess its not that big of a deal. When do you plan on taking the GMAT again and have you taken any practice tests recently?
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21 Jan 2008, 14:38
That's something to be proud of! Your taking the steps that are right for you. I need to start taking prep test I know. I have been working on my reading and writing skills also. I was having a problem with speed reading, and understanding the questions, so I have been reading recommended books, and magazines also. Maybe next week I will take a practice test and see how I do. Write me offline.
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