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# 740(Q49 V41 AWA 5.5) finally done!

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24 Mar 2006, 13:21
It's over!

I know it's been said before but the thing you need to do most is practice! It's all about being familiar and comfortable with the what the GMAT is gonna ask you and being able to do it under test conditions.

The PowerPrep from PearsonVue is the most accurate of all the prep materials. You get 2 practice tests. My suggestion: learn the basics of the test study for a week or so and take 1. Then use some prep material and then take the second close to your actual test date so you can measure your progress. But make sure to leave enough time to fix your weaknesses.

This is what I used to prepare:

Kaplan 2004 w/CD: very good tool. The book is good for reference but the CD is great. Take the diagnostic to see where you are, then you can devise a custom study plan. I opted to do all the lessons, quizes and tests. Lessons are interactive and give you the basics. Quizes are good for gaging your understanding. Tests are realistic, adaptive and similar to the real thing. Be aware! scores are artificially low so don't be discouraged. For the ~$30 it is very cost effective and much, much cheaper than the thousands they ask for the course - even though the material is almost identical. Only thing missing is good combination/permutation lessons. Test 1: 570 Test 2: 540 Test 3: 660 Test 4: 640 I felt I needed more practice so I signed up for 800score as well and went through it's course as well. It had some useful material not in the Kaplan - especially regarding essays and comb/probability questions. Tests are adaptive but questions not as similar to the real thing as Kaplan or Princeton Review. Test 1: 680 Test 2: 670 Test 3: 690 I wanted more math so I paid for the Challenges offered by GMAT club. The questions weren't always like what you'd find on the real thing - mostly harder, but they definitely get you thinking. Good mental workout. If you want a higher score on the quant make sure you check out the Comb/Probability sections in the Forum - very helpful! Took the Princeton Review free test online - 710 One thing I definitely recommend is to take their essays and use the grading service - only$6.99 for two essays. Very useful for gaging your essay readiness. I started my essay prep a week before and did one of each type every day and followed the formulas given by 800score and Kaplan.

Be warned, no water, drinks or food allowed in the test center. This threw me off because I'm used to having a bottle of water to sip on while I took the practice tests. Also, I would drink a little tea to stay alert towards the end and couldn't do that on test day.

Test was exactly like the PowerPrep. Got a 730 on both of those.

Week before the test I took a practice test every other day at the same time as the actual test time to get used to getting up early and to build my stamina. I know it's not practical for everyone but it definitely helps. Did nothing the day before but relax and get a good night's sleep.

Actual test - was hoping to do a little better on the verbal. I'm convinced I got a couple questions with no correct answer, wish there was a way to check. But maybe I'm just griping for small things.

Anyway, gotta thank GMATclub for this wonderful site and all the help it provided. Thanks guys!
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24 Mar 2006, 17:21
Congrats This is a great score How long did it take you to study for GMAT? What is ur background?
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24 Mar 2006, 21:44
Hi Shiboni

Congratulations. Thats a gr8 score.

How did you find the 800score.com tests? Were they like the real test.

Best Wishes
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25 Mar 2006, 00:06
awesome performance
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25 Mar 2006, 10:47
thanks everyone!

I started studying in December with plans to take the test during the first week of February. I made the mistake of putting off signing up for the test and all of February was booked so I took it March 9th. Even though I thought I was ready and was itching to take the test the extra month helped I think because I took more time to practice my essays and become more comfortable with the test in general.

my background is i'm a software engineer currently unemployed so i had the time to really prepare. i'm also a voracious reader so that helps on the verbal and essay sections.

to answer your question phdczar, 800score's prep is good. it's concise, it has strategy you won't find in kaplan, it covers comb/prob (which kaplan doesn't) and it has tutoring provided with purchase of it's service. for \$30 that's pretty good! however, i didn't like the practice tests because they didn't seem as similar to the powerprep (and therefore the real thing) as kaplan. my suggestion would be to buy the kaplan book, use it for mastering the fundamentals. and then buy 800score full package as supplement to kaplan.

kaplan has 4 tests, 800score has 5 tests. with the 2 tests from powerprep, and all the quizes from the 3 you should have plenty of practice. i firmly believe that anyone can ace the quantitative part. the verbal and essay are a little harder because they test your english proficience and there is a limit to how much you can learn on that in a short time. the key to the quantitative part is practice. specifically, when you take a test, find your incorrect problems and look for a pattern. see what types of problems you consistently get wrong and work on that area. don't just look at the solution, work through it first and see if you can do it right. for your problem areas the GMATclub forums are fantastic!

ok, so that's my advice in a nutshell, sorry it got a little longer than i planned. i followed the advice found in the blogs here and it worked wonders for me. i originally was shooting for a 650, but following the strategies i found here helped me immensly and gave me the confidence to shoot for a 730 - and i got a 740! if anyone wants more input from me, just let me know.

good luck!
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25 Mar 2006, 20:17
Congratulations shiboni
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26 Mar 2006, 13:39
excellent briefing!

Congratulation!!
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30 Mar 2006, 23:43
Thanks Shiboni for the clarification.

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14 Apr 2006, 00:59
Dear shibani take my congratulations!
The result is wonderful.

Could you look through my strategy and give me you opinion:

I'm planning to begin my preparation for GMAT test and want to order through amazon 4 books:
1) Kaplan 2006 premier
2) Kaplan 800
3) Cracking the GMAT 2006 Princeton Review
4) Official Guide for GMAT 11th edition

My friend doesn't recommend me order so much preparing literature (her GMAT 710). by her mind it's quite enough one or two books and as much as possible computer training tests.
I would like to hear your opinion.

thank you very much for advance!
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17 Apr 2006, 03:03
Congrats shiboni,

Great score..

17 Apr 2006, 03:03
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