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# 760 (99%)- 47Q (79%), 49V (99%)

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03 Aug 2008, 15:09
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Hi All,

I have been a passive participant on this site for the last few weeks but because I found it helpful to read about others' experiences, I wanted to post mine too.

I took the test yesterday, Aug 2nd. As the subject line states, I got a 47Q (79%), 49V (99%) for a combined score of 760 (99%).

I was thrilled with the score! The 47Q was slightly lower than I was hoping for, but the verbal was much higher than I expected it to be, so overall, I'm very, very happy.

My practice test results were as follows (I took a bunch of them, lol):

Kaplan Free Diagnostic- 42Q, 44V - 680
Princeton Review Free Diagnostic- 45Q, 43V - 720
MGMAT CAT #1- 45Q, 41V - 710
MGMAT CAT #2- 48Q, 39V - 710
MGMAT CAT #3- 48Q, 44V - 750
MGMAT CAT #4- 48Q, 37V - 700
MGMAT CAT #5- 49Q, 42V - 740
MGMAT CAT #6- 49Q, 45V - 760
GMATPREP #1- 48Q, 38V - 700
GMATPREP #1 retake- 49Q, 42V - 750
GMATPREP #2- 49Q, 41V - 730
GMATPREP #2 retake- 49Q, 47V – 770

I’ll try to give some tips / pointers based on my experience:

-Don’t study, or study minimally, on the final day before your exam- this really helped me calm down mentally! I was getting stressed out as the test day approached, but I took my mind off of the GMAT the day before the test, which I think was very beneficial.

-Bring ample snacks and drinks with you for the breaks. I brought two cans of coke and 2 granola bars with me, and thus had tons of energy for the verbal section!

-Take only Gmat Prep as your last 2 practice tests- Mgmat’s Cats are very good, but as so many others have said, Gmat Prep is the only highly representative model. In addition to taking both GmatPrep exams in your last week of studying, I also found it helpful to review all questions in the OG, Quant, and Verbal Review. The more you focus on official questions at the end of your studying, the better- again, at least in my experience…

-For the Quant section, timing is key. I felt good about the 1st half of the Quant, but took far too much time on the 1st 10 questions. I had read on this site that the Mgmat’s Cats are very tough for Quant, so I gave myself 85 rather than 75 minutes to complete the Mgmat Quant sections. This was definitely a mistake- keep strictly to 75 minutes, even on Mgmat Quant, and you have the pacing down perfectly (even if your score suffers a bit at first on the practice tests).

-For the verbal, which was definitely my strong suit, I had a developed a strategy that ended up working very well. During my studying, I used the Mgmat SC book to review all of the grammar rules tested on the GMAT. I typed out a condensed summary of all the rules, printed them off, and studied them nearly every day. I then went through all of the official SC questions (in the OG and V-Review books), and made a log with all of the questions I got wrong. In the final days before my test, I did all of the official SC’s one more time, and by the time the test rolled around, I could do all of the SC’s in 30 seconds or less. Having become quick on the SC’s, I had lots of extra time to spend on the CR and RC questions, which was the key to my verbal score. Of the 4 RC passages on my exam, 3 were long. Had I taken more than 30 seconds each on the SCs, I would have had difficulty performing well on the RC questions. Same for the CR questions- having the extra time to read the questions twice was essential (again, at least in my experience!). Thus, to summarize, my recommendation for verbal strategy is as follows: drill all SC-related rules into your head, and use the extra time you will buy yourself by doing the SCs quickly to carefully pick apart the RC passages and CR questions.

-One final verbal note: I found the Mgmat strategy of taking notes while reading the RC passages very helpful. I would recommend that you try it out on a few practice tests and see how you do. The strategy might not be for everyone, but it greatly increased my RC hit-rate.

-Final tip: relax!!! The test is definitely important and I’m glad to have performed well, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Keeping this perspective in my mind made my test-day stress level considerably lower than it would have been otherwise!

Good luck to all of you, and thanks for all of you help!

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03 Aug 2008, 15:30
Can you give any tips for the last week strategy???

How did you improve your hit rate on RC and CR??

Thanks

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03 Aug 2008, 15:43
Hi,

Final week strategy (can't remember all of the details, but this is close):
test day - 7: MGMAT CAT, Mgmat SC book and examples
- 6: MGMAT CAT
-5: Gmat Prep #1... some time on CR in OG
-4: Gmat Prep #1 retake... lots of time on DS in OG, Q-Guide
-3: Gmat Prep #2... spent lots of time going through RC passages from both Gmat Prep's this day
-2: Gmat Prep #2, retake... all SC questions in OG, V-review
-1: nothing- just relaxed

For the RC, as I mentioned, I found the note-taking strategy helpful. Also, I went back through every Gmat Prep RC passage 3 times after taking the test to get a better feel for how to approach RC. Another key for me on the RC was to pay VERY careful attention to the language in the RC questions- sometimes the difference between answer choices is very subtle. I don't have a specific example of this kind of subtlety in mind, but the Gmat Prep RC questions are the best source for picking up on it. Try to focus as much on Gmat Prep RC as possible.

For CR, I was always getting a pretty high hit rate. I found that, as long as I had enough time to read the CR questions carefully, I was usually ok. One thing I will mention about CR- reading every question twice is helpful as it makes it easier to pick up on the essential facts.

Hope that helps... btw, I'm about to head out and won't be around to answer other questions for a few days.

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03 Aug 2008, 17:44
dux86 wrote:
-For the verbal, which was definitely my strong suit, I had a developed a strategy that ended up working very well. During my studying, I used the Mgmat SC book to review all of the grammar rules tested on the GMAT. I typed out a condensed summary of all the rules, printed them off, and studied them nearly every day.

Amazing Verbal score. I'm wondering if you could share that condensed summary document for us verbal novices. It will be really helpful to have such a thing as I start to ramp up the prep. Thanks in advance. If you don't want to share it in the public forum, you can always send it via e-mail to wizardofwashington@gmail.com. Yet again, congratulations on the monster score and good luck with your applications.

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03 Aug 2008, 18:52
Want to fax me a copy of your SC notes? I'll in turn scan them for the team here at GMATClub and give full credit to you. Please PM me, I'll drop you off a fax number.

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03 Aug 2008, 19:30
amazing verbal score

you should scan your notes and sell them, that would give you a nice piece of change toward your MBA tuition and it would demonstrate your business acument to the adcoms.

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03 Aug 2008, 22:10
Will be obliged if I you share youre notes on SC.. with some of us here

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04 Aug 2008, 00:24
Forty, nine, verbal, oh, my, god.

Congratulations on a great score!

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04 Aug 2008, 01:40
Your MGMAT quant scores are insane... maybe this is the result of having 10 extra minutes?

Your verbal score on the real exam is also insane. You are my hero!
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04 Aug 2008, 07:21
Congrat on the great score. And good luck for the school application.

I agree that speeding up the process of solving SC is curcial to score high in Verb.

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04 Aug 2008, 08:10
Congratulations, amazing score!!!!

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04 Aug 2008, 11:19
sick verbal score. Thats like 99.8 percentile

I know 49Q 49V is only a 770. I wonder if 50Q 49V is 780?

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04 Aug 2008, 21:18
Hi All,

Thanks for the all of the congrats!

I am on vacation right now for the next week and a half (reclaiming my life post-GMAT!), but after I return, I will try to get my notes out. Just to set expectations though, they're really only a summary of exactly what's in Mgmat's SC book....

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