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New post 11 Oct 2006, 06:39
All!

Took the big one today and received a Q47 (82%) V40 (90%) - 700 total (92%). Am feeling good about my score but felt that I absolutely BLEW IT on Verbal. Let me recount my experience...

AWA
Eh - it was fine - was nice because it got me in "test mode". This was extremely important for me because I was basically paralyzed with nervousness. I did ok on them I think, but we'll see. Wrote down my templates during the tutorial, and was ready to rock and roll. Wrote a lot - which I hear is pretty important.

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NOT AS TRICKY AS GMATPREP. But then again, I scored just a 47. No Comb/Perm questions and maybe 1 probability. Most questions were very straightforward. I was feeling very good about Q and am fairly happy with my score...

Verbal
Here's where the wheels started to come off for me. In between breaks I chugged a Red Bull because I KNEW I would start to fade away come question 20 in Verbal. And that is exactly what happened. I got tired and definitely lost my focus. I am so pissed at myself that this happened. I KNOW I could have scored at least 3-4 points higher in Verbal, but I just didn't execute.

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All in, I prepped for 150-200 hours (excluding time spent on here!). My practice test scores are as follows:

PR Online CAT 1: 640
PR CD ROM CAT 1: 700
GMATPrep #1: 690 (got very tired on V, like on the real thing!)
PR CD ROM CAT 2: 740
Kaplan CAT 1: 570 (dont ask)
GMATPrep #2: 770
GMATPrep #1 (retake, almost no repeats): 760
GMATPrep #2 (retake): 760

So anyway, I am VERY HAPPY 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) and don't want to be 'that guy who got 700 and isn't pleased', but I AM considering retaking. I definitely think that a V44 is doable. OR I'm thinking I should concentrate on other aspects of the app, because my prep time was way too all consuming. I am very happy with by Q/V split too - made the 80/80 cut! The only reason I wouldn't retake is to avoid the risk of scoring below 47 on Q...which could be a major downside.

THANKS TO EVERYONE ON THIS FORUM, esp: Pelihu, Fig, EconGirl, GMAT73, plus all the members who aren't as active but whose posts I agonized over.

Will write more later on my prep and some more details on my GDAY - but now I gotta go get some beer and stuff.

You guys rock!!!

Die GMAT Die!

PS - I am targeting Kellogg, MIT, UMich, NYU, UCLA, etc, etc...

PPS - I want one of those 700 club things!!! Why doesn't anyone give those out anymore?!?!? :-D :-D :-D

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 06:45
Congratulations DieGmat :D :)

Great score :D :)... So u decide to make it once again or misread ;)... With your first positive experience and your confidence, it should be ok :D :)

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 06:45
Congrats man!

I remember not so long ago you said that most of us are smarter than you are... you were wrong :) You da man :)

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 07:05
Congrats man...Very Good score..Do hang around the forum :)

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 07:38
Nice score dude! congrats!

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 07:50
Great score man, congrats!

How would you rate the GMAT verbal sections when compared to the OG 11, the OG verbal workbook, or any other verbal prep? Where the SC errors real straight forward or mildly obscure? Did you get any annoying RC passages?

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Great score man, congrats!

How would you rate the GMAT verbal sections when compared to the OG 11, the OG verbal workbook, or any other verbal prep? Where the SC errors real straight forward or mildly obscure? Did you get any annoying RC passages?


Congrats!!!! :musband

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 08:04
Very nice diegmat, congrats. I'm very impressed with your score.

Good luck for the apps :-D

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 08:28
Way to go buddy! You massacred the beast! Ryme should chime in anytime now and give you your trophy. :-D

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 08:42
Congratulations Diegmat - That is an awesome scroe. :-D

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 08:43
congrats diegmat!!!!!

If you are going to retake, consider my method of resting eyes and shoulders for 15 seconds every 10-15 questions. You will lose time, but you will get more questions right.

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 08:47
you ROCK, friend~ :-D ...really congratulation!! ^^
Are you not satisfied with such a great verbal score though?! ;) ..i would strive for it :)
Good lucks to your application ^^

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 09:35
Congraaats diegmat....

Knew that u would do it....... :beer

U certainly deserve a long break....njoiii
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Congratulations man.......

YOU KILLED THE GMAT

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 10:51
Congrats diegmat!

I have been checking the posts and waiting for yours.
Good luck if you decide to go through it again, I personally could not wait to be done and hope never to take a standardized test again. :wink:

My personal opinion (though I know that plenty will disagree) is that if you have any doubt that you will score lower on Q don't retake it. The programs value Q score a lot more than verbal and you already got 40 in V which is excelent so why risk it.

good luck whatever you decide!

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Great job diegmat. I have been waiting to see your result and report. 700 puts you in contention for the schools on your list. If you are considering retaking, you probably should consider whether you can bump your Q a point, as well as the 4-5 points you hope to get on V. It is the same advice that another member gave me when I was considering a re-take, and as we have discussed in other threads, inscreases in V may not impact your overall score that much. Good job!

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Congratulations Diegmat!

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Congrats! Great score!

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New post 11 Oct 2006, 17:28
Nice score!!! CONGRATS brotha!!
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New post 12 Oct 2006, 03:39
congrats man.

good luck for future

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