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# 780. math 51 verbal 47

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09 May 2005, 07:11
Hmmm

I belive the study compared crooks, theives and white collar professionals and they noted that crooks, like white collar professionals are at their peek in their late 30s.....

Honghu, I was at meeting with some Exec-MBA program directors and they told me most of their class is over the age of 35! It was strange since I am 26 and my company was sponsoring my EXEC-MBA (not anymore untill the end of the merger ) most of the program directors said to me I was too young, though ironically at the same level as those much older than me, the story the program director from INSEAD gave me was that I would be too young for my peers and might feel isolated....no wonder these french never figured out anything....

so my advice, apply for the exec-MBA or part-time PhD program....maybe that will fit your profile better...once you get in you can always switch to whatever you like!

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I remember reading a paragraph (perhaps a GMAT reading material ) that says that many great contributions in different fields are made by people when they are younger than 40 or so. But a theory is that the first 10 years when a person enters a field is when his/her creativity is the strongest and after that he or she tend to be more conformed by the main flow in the field and may lose the initiativeness a bit. In other words the performance is related to the time a person stays in the field more than to his/her age. Plus it's not like academic research is something new and difficult for me to grasp. I just want to change the focus a bit. So I'm not worried myself. I just need to let them see it my way too. :D
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Re: 780. math 51 verbal 47 [#permalink]

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15 Jun 2005, 18:46
hi,
congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
i am working as merchandise manager in hudson bay in toronto
i am going to take my gmat on 29th of july
pls guide me on type and format.
thanx

HongHu wrote:
I got 780, believe it or not.

I have been hoping for above 700, but didn't think that I could achieve that good of a score. Considering that I only had one and half month to prepare for the test, that I'm working at the same time, and that both of my little boys had been sick in the last two weeks, I have to say I did pretty good.

My experience may not be applicable for many of you since I imagine most of you guys are still students and have more times to prepare, but I'll still write a little just in case I could be any help to anybody in any way. I would be happy to share more if any of you have any more questions.

Preparation

I did not have a lot of time to cover a lot of materials, so I chose to concentrate on one set of books (two Chinese GMAT reviewing books in my case, math and grammar) to get the basic principles. I have not spend time to specifically prepare for reading comprehension and critical reasoning. Once I feel I have got the basic understanding about the math and grammar principles, I did the first PowerPrep test, and started to study the Official Guide. In the mean time, I have chosen to actively participate in this forum, doing almost all questions that are posted in this forum, and try to write down my reasonings and solutions for each question. The forum served a very important role in my preparation for the test. In addition to learning additional methods of solving a math problem and increasing my understanding toward confusing grammartical usages, I have also used it as a daily practise venue. I always tried to form my own answers before I looked at the others' answers. This way I can see where my weakness is and I remember the correct ways of solving a problem better. The most important experience that I have on preparing for the test, is to try to use your own brain everytime you see a question, not only guess a choice, but actually think. Having to write down a post helped with this goal.

Test Day

I've been having five hours of sleeps in average in the last month, so that I could actually have some time to study. But yesterday, I decided that I will not gain too much more by several hours' studying. So I went to bed with the kids at 9 o'clock, and I woke up at 7:30am this morning and I felt very relaxed. I did not set a very high target for myself. I was thinking as long as I score over 680 I'll feel ok. Considering that my second PP test was 710 even when I didn't do well in the verbal part, I was pretty confident that I wouldn't do too much worse than 680, so I wasn't feeling nervous at all.

I finished the two essays just in time. Didn't even have time to re-read my second essay. I took the break, letting my mind prepare for the math part that is coming. Math was relatively easy, I didn't have time to worry if that means that I didn't do well or something, I just kept doing the questions, only breaking to check my pace several times, and to remind myself to be careful not to overlook any traps for the DS questions. I finished the math part 10 minutes earlier. I took about one minute before I clicked on "proceed". It may be better if I could take the 10 minutes to rest a little, but I didn't feel like I would have a good rest with an unfinished section. I did take the 5 minute break again, before I start the verbal sections. The questions in the beginning felt at the right level, not too easy, not too hard. Then when I approach the middle part, the reading comprehension passages became longer (from 40 lines to 70 or 80 lines), and the critical reasoning became harder. I got a couple bold face questions too. I reminded myself to concentrate on the questions off hand, and in one RC question that I didn't understand in the first read, I took the time to re-read it. I was a little worried if I wouldn't have enough time, but I still tried to make sure I do not rush any questions. In the last 8 questions or so I had to remind myself multiple times to calm down and concentrate. In the end I actually finished the section with several minutes left.

My mind had been in a state of being exited since the beginning of the test and I only start to feel tired two hours after the test was over.

Anyways I'm glad that this is over and I didn't do too badly. There are still so much to do. I need to prepare the other matierials before 1/3, the deadline of UR's PhD program.

Whatever result I would get in the end of this endevore, I would never forget this forum and its many participants. I have learnt so much from here and got so much encouragement from the people here. I will try to give back whatever I received in the future days to come.

Good luck to all of you that will take your test later!

p.s. For those who wanted to take a break from your hard studying, here's something I wrote in the past. Hope it brings you some relaxation in the hard busy days.
http://grapefruitgarden.blogspot.com/
(If you read the Love Game, be sure to start from I, and proceed to V.)

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hey, i am MBA from india and workinf as merchandise manager in retail giant store.
wanna pursue MBA in USA, rotman or schulich in canda.
pls talk to me.

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Re: 780. math 51 verbal 47 [#permalink]

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28 Jun 2005, 11:28
saurabhrattan wrote:
hi,
congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
i am working as merchandise manager in hudson bay in toronto
i am going to take my gmat on 29th of july
pls guide me on type and format.
thanx

Dude, you are taking the test on my Birthday, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
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03 Jul 2005, 06:59
Hi Honghu,I'm Being selfish in asking for strategies as You are little disappointed now.But let me tell you that with himalayan wisdom and iron nerve you are bigger than a mere GMAT-icon and a real go-getter.
I'm a 34 yr old Indian who wants to crack GMAT with 700+.
In 1st attempt I got only 510(42Q,19V)
I can mange max 22 hrs weekly for GMAT study.
Can you help me sketching a study plan.
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09 Aug 2005, 20:21
Hi BULLdoser, sorry for not replying to your post for so long. I've been busy moving so I haven't been here much lately. I hope you are still around to read this post. I have tried to look at your profile but couldn't find your posts in the math and verbal forums. From your score there are rooms for you to improve on both math and verbal, but I need to know more to give you any workable suggestions. Please feel free to contact me if you like.
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20 Nov 2005, 20:59
Stern's sent me two invitation letters now. I'm hitting myself for not being able to go.
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20 Nov 2005, 23:02
Go HongHu go
I follow your story and I wish you the best of course...I've just learnt that you were a woman I haven't followed all those posts since the begining, I just congratulated you but then I never had a look back at this thread until today..anyway, it doesn't affect my admiration for you, just now I know I can not marry the QQ, the Quants Queen

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21 Nov 2005, 20:48
I'm sure there're many other QQs that you can marry. Thanks for your jua you. I'll try my best.

I sometimes feel that I wish I have all the time you young man/and women have. There're always so many things that I want to do. On the other hand, I'm enjoying what I'm doing right now. I feel there are so much that I CAN do. And if I work hard and smartly, I CAN make a difference, to make this world better, even if just a little.
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21 Nov 2005, 20:55
HongHu wrote:
:lol: I'm sure there're many other QQs that you can marry. Thanks for your jua you. I'll try my best.

I sometimes feel that I wish I have all the time you young man/and women have. There're always so many things that I want to do. On the other hand, I'm enjoying what I'm doing right now. I feel there are so much that I CAN do. And if I work hard and smartly, I CAN make a difference, to make this world better, even if just a little.

Well, I wasn't around here when you were at your peak (in participating here). I sure read many of your posts and believe me - they are simply great! Anyways, you are still around, your great posts are still there! Please accept my 'belated' Congrats and best wishes for all that you are!
You are already doing so much in making things better. You have indeed made this forum so much better! Ofcourse, ppl like will always do even more as you go along!
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22 Nov 2005, 11:40
Thanks gsr. One of the reasons I like to hang on here is that I get to meet with so many great and sharp minds, such as yourself.
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29 Dec 2005, 23:14
Awesome Job Honghu....780 is really incredible
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28 Feb 2006, 00:00
Great Score dude!! Congrats!

BTW, What chinese prep material did you refer to? Are they available online?
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04 Mar 2006, 21:50
I don't think so. It's published in China and I got it from one of my Chinese friends. If you read Chinese but not currently in China, you can search the internet for Chinese GMAT forums. I think there are a couple good ones out there.
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06 Mar 2006, 20:54
Congrats hong.....great!!!! All the best for ur PhD application
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27 Mar 2006, 18:54
INCREDIBLE !

STAY WITH US ! DO NOT GO AWAY BECAUSE I WILL NEED YOU .... I'M TAKING THE GMAT THIS YEAR .

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01 Apr 2006, 03:57
Bow!
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10 Jun 2006, 17:56
Several people have asked my whereabouts so I thought I should put it here. Currently I'm in the Health Service Research program in UR's medical school, and will enter Simon's MBA program this coming September. I'm thinking of majoring in health management and finance. I did pretty good this last year, enjoying the studying. But I still wanted to pursue my Simon dream, so I applied and was accepted. The HSR people, naturally, did not want to see me go. There was quite a lot of talks and discussions. I am now considering doing a PhD/MBA joint degree, which would be five years in total. I'm planning not to make the final decision until I finish my first year of Simon.
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15 Jun 2006, 04:01
HongHu,

What can I say ? Your score is just amazing ! Congrats ..

You are a great inspiration for the members here. That's for sure .. Also I read some of your writings. They are lovely. Having a literature background, I find it nice to see such interests

All the very best for your future endavours ..
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16 Jun 2006, 06:50
Thanks selene! Yes I do love to read and write a little myself. So what is your background in literature?
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18 Jun 2006, 11:48
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Thanks selene! Yes I do love to read and write a little myself. So what is your background in literature?

I had my undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature. It has been one year since I graduated, however, I am still fresh with literature and I love it actually .. :king
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