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740 (49Q 42V)...glad to see the back side of that...

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29 Aug 2006, 16:19
Just sat for my 1st try today...

The scores broke out as:
49 Q (90th percentile)
42 V (95th percentile)
740 total (98th percentile)

My practice scores were:

Kaplan CAT #1 550 (26Q, 37V)
GMATPrep #1 700 (43Q, 41V)
GMATPrep #2 710 (44Q, 44V)

As far as my preparation, I started about six weeks ago with the Kaplan Premier book, followed by the GMAC Verbal and Math guides. I had the 11th ed. OG and the Kaplan Math workbook, but I didn't complete them before I had to sit for the GMAT.

My observations:
AWA was more straightforward than I expected; maybe I just got lucky with the topics.

Quant was a nightmare, as this is my weak point. I felt like I was guessing on 50% of the questions past #10. I'm stunned that I did as well as I did.

Verbal is very similar to the OG. The RCs are perhaps a little bit more complex. SC is my weak spot, but as others on the board have observed, it seems a little bit more shaded toward clarity and conciseness as opposed to probing your grammatical skills. CR very similar to OG.

Bottom line: I'm stunned but very happy. Obviously, I'm flabbergasted at my success on the quant; perhaps the hardest ones were experimentals or maybe I just guessed well. I expected to do a little better than I did on the verbal, but I'm happy with the result.

1) Kaplan Premier and Math are excellent prep if you are weak or rusty on quant. The math review in the back of the Kaplan Premier book is worth the price of the Kaplan book alone.

2) OG verbal is the best way to prepare for the verbal, especially the CR and RC questions. I found the Kaplan verbal questions to be ambiguous, either because they are trying to be harder or because they can't write these questions as well as GMAC.

3) Most important: do the GMATPrep tests. The nature of the CAT is that it will quickly take you to your level of discomfort and keep you there. No matter how badly you think you are doing on the real test, you are scoring much better than you think. Manage your time, guess on a question or two to get your time to questions ratio back in line if you have to.

Like I said, I'm a little dumbfounded at my scores, but very happy. I was looking to apply to MS program at a solid state school, and I was shooting for a 650. I don't think this changes where I'll apply, but it doesn't hurt.

Hope this helps, good luck to everyone on GMATClub...
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29 Aug 2006, 16:23
Slippy,

Great score!! I know it felt good to finally see 7XX and be done with this mess that we call the 'GMAT'. I am taking the test on Thursday and hopefully I can come back here with the same good news as yourself!!!

Go party for all of us!
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29 Aug 2006, 16:38
outstanding!!! nice math score for someone who thinks s/he is weak in math

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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31 Aug 2006, 00:30
slippy wrote:

1) Kaplan Premier and Math are excellent prep if you are weak or rusty on quant. The math review in the back of the Kaplan Premier book is worth the price of the Kaplan book alone.

2) OG verbal is the best way to prepare for the verbal, especially the CR and RC questions. I found the Kaplan verbal questions to be ambiguous, either because they are trying to be harder or because they can't write these questions as well as GMAC.

I thought the exact same thing and now i feel more confident after hearing it from a successful test taker.

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31 Aug 2006, 07:43
Great score!!!

It's surprising to see how well you did in Quant based on your previous Cats.
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31 Aug 2006, 12:27
Thanks...the info I got on GMATClub was very helpful, so thank you to everyone on the board. I took the GMAT back in 1987 (rang up a 650, which back then was good enough for the top 10 schools), and it's a totally different test today.

Yes, my quant score is a shocker...I can only explain it two ways: 1) where I was guessing (which seemed like a lot as I got deeper into the quant section), I was knocking out two or three choices, so the odds were much improved, and 2) I'm much more of a verbal person and do much better on word problems, so this could have lifted my score.

Some further observations:
1) I wish I had taken more practice tests, not so much for the practice but to increase my mental stamina. I was looking to ring up a 99th percentile in verbal, and I think the sole reason I didn't was that my brain was fried by the time I got to the verbal section. I didn't take the breaks because I didn't want to break my concentration...don't know if I'd change this, but I was wiped out by the time I was done. I went to an Irish pub after and drank seven Guinnesses...

2) As I got deeper into the quant, it wasn't that the questions got harder. Rather, they had little tricks and permutations that weren't super tough to figure out but forced you to burn up more time. For example, there was one rate problem where three pumps were pumping simultaneously, two out and one in. I had never seen this before, but it's not tough to figure out. However, the tank is only half-full (again, not tough to figure out, but another opportunity to make a mistake) and while the rates are given in gallons per hour, they want the answer in minutes. So, not an especially tough question, but lots of places to trip up and/or waste time.

3) I don't remember seeing any probability/permutation problems. I remember a few number properties questions, and the standard assortment of geometry and x-y coordinate problems. Learning the special triangles definitely saved me some time, because I was able to immediately plug in data without calculating.

Anyway, I hope this helps.
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31 Aug 2006, 13:21
Ahh!!! You got my desired score. Awesome job! I bet those beers tasted pretty good...
31 Aug 2006, 13:21
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