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# 710 first try - debrief

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Joined: 21 Jun 2010
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GMAT 1: 710 Q46 V42
GPA: 2.7
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
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23 May 2011, 11:45
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KUDOS
Hello,

I would like to thank the creator of this website and all memeber because they made my GMAT experience better. Without you I would have wasted a lot more time and effort (and, possibly, money).

Here is my GMAT experience (well, key points).

Timeline:

Nov 2010: "GMAT test prep" from Mc Graw Hill - Copmleted 30%, outdated book
Dec 2010: "Math Workout for the GMAT" from "The Princeton Review" - Too easy
Dec 2010: "Kaplan Verbal Workbook", "Kaplan Math Workbook" - Good guides for starters
Jan 2010: "GMAT Quantitative Review" and "GMAT Verbal Review" - Good cover of basics
Jan-Feb 2010: Concentrated on my Spanish class =(
Mar-Apr 2010: Finished all MGMATs and problems - best preparation guide ever
May 2010, first week:3 MGMAT tests
May 2010: GMATClub Math and Verbal challanges. These are good. Help to get you those 2 expra quant points.
May 2010 3rd week: 2 more MGMAT tests
May 20, 2010: GMAT!

Things to do get to 700:
* Read and solve all problems in OG
* Use MGMAT guides and tests - solve all problems in all books. And all CATs.
* Read and solve GMATClub challanges
* Try to get your MGMAT CATs to 700 level, not your GMAT Prep CATs.

Things that others recommend that I didn't do:
* Have an error log. I wanted to get better in all areas, so I did not maintain the error log. I just re-solved every wrong problem right after the test, and I later never got back to it. Also I re-read MGMAT chapters on some topics.
* I did study the day before the test. I went over stuff that i was not sure about.
* I had no breakfast on the day of test. And even thoug I took food with me, I didn't eat much. I tooke water, coke and powerbars with me - but consumed less than 10 percent (1 bitea may be).
* I didn't show up early enough. 30 minutes before the test there already was a room full of people. Didn't affect me.

GMAT practice tests (only gmat):

Date - Score - Test Name - %ile - Q - Q% - V - V%

2011 05 20: GMAT - 710 - 92% 46 75% 42 95%
2011 05 18: MGMAT CAT 6 - 720 - 96% 47 81% 42 96%
2011 05 16: MGMAT CAT 5 - 660 - 86% 45 77% 35 77%
2011 05 14: MGMAT CAT 4 - 710 - 94% 48 86% 38 85%
2011 05 07: MGMAT CAT 3 - 640 - 80% 44 73% 34 72%
2011 05 02: MGMAT CAT 2 - 690 - 91% 45 77% 38 85%
2011 04 28: MGMAT CAT 1 - 660 - 86% 44 73% 36 81%
2011 04 20: GMATPrep 2 - 730 - 94%
2011 03 01: GMATPrep 1 - 620 - 70%

All practice tests:
2011 05 20: GMAT 710 - 92 percentile, Quant: 46 (75%-tile) Verbal: 42 (95%-tile)
2011 05 18: MGMAT CAT 6 - 720 - 96% percentile (no essays, just CATs)
2011 05 16: MGMAT CAT 5 - 660 - 86% percentile (no essays, just CATs)
2011 05 15: GMATClub "Quant Set 6" - 20% percentile (20/37 correct)
2011 05 14: MGMAT CAT 4 - 710 - 94% percentile (Full simulatoin, with 2 essays)
2011 05 13: GMATClub "Verbal Set 5" - 50% percentile (28/41 correct)
2011 05 13: GMATClub "Quant Set 5" - 59% percentile (26/36 correct)
2011 05 12: GMATClub "Verbal Set 4" - 74% percentile (30/41 correct)
2011 05 12: GMATClub "Quant Set 4" - 61% percentile (29/37 correct)
2011 05 11: GMATClub "Verbal Set 3" - 52.6% percentile (31/41 correct)
2011 05 11: GMATClub "Quant Set 3" - 45% percentile (25/37 correct)
2011 05 10: GMATClub "Verbal Set 2" - 67% percentile (30/41 correct)
2011 05 10: GMATClub "Quant Set 2" - 31% percentile (26/34 correct)
2011 05 09: GMATClub "Verbal Set 1" - 47% percentile (27/38 correct)
2011 05 09: GMATClub "Quant Set 1" - 32% percentile (24/37 correct)
2011 05 07: MGMAT CAT 3 - 640 - 80% percentile (Full simulatoin, with 2 essays)
2011 05 05: GMAT Club "Knewton SC Test" Test - 28.7% percentile (15/21 correct)
2011 05 05: GMAT Club "Knewton Quant Test" Test - 14.8% percentile (24/39 correct)
2011 05 02: MGMAT CAT 2 - 690 - 91% percentile (Full simulatoin, with 2 essays)
2011 05 01: GMAT Club "Idioms Test" Test - 20.1% percentile (22/32 correct)
2011 05 01: GMAT Club "Verbal 6" Test - 82.1% percentile (35/41 correct)
2011 04 30: GMAT Club "Math 25" Test - 50.3% percentile (23/37 correct)
2011 04 28: MGMAT CAT 1 - 660 - 86% percentile (Full simulation, with 2 essays)
2011 04 25: GMAT Club Quant Diagnostic Test 1 - 44% percentile (24/45 correct)
2011 04 20: GMATPrep 2 - 730 - 94% percentile
2011 03 01: GMATPrep 1 - 620 - 70% percentile

Thank you,
--Alex
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23 May 2011, 12:22
Congratulations on your score and good debrief. I recommend MGMAT to anyone who's planning to self study. I see it worked well for you too.
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23 May 2011, 12:23
Awesome debrief man!

Im re-taking on Friday, hoping to crack that 700 hopefully ~730. I have been using the GMATClub Math Tests over the last couple of days, but havent done the Verbal Tests. Ive exhausted all of the OG12 and Verbal 2ed review questions and was wondering if the GClub Verbal TEsts are a good resource. Any thoughts?
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23 May 2011, 13:22
I think the GC verbal tests are fairly good. I personally feel that the verbal is just that in itself. The more practice you get, the better you'll get at answering questions and spotting tricks. Good luck!!

And congrats to the awesome score for the OP!!
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23 May 2011, 13:29
Good score and precise debrief...

I am starting my preparation and hoping to start take mock tests within 1-2 months time...
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23 May 2011, 17:28
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thanks bakfed, im gonna start working these starting tonight. i agree completely that verbal practice requires repetition and a large volume of questions, i just happened to run out of all the ones i had, and was looking for good source material.
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24 May 2011, 20:31
congratualations! All the best for your applications!
Re: 710 first try - debrief   [#permalink] 24 May 2011, 20:31
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