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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.
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.
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.)
jeez....what a score Hong, I knew u will ace it....it is a rocking score man ! Congrats ! Wish I can reach that level. .....party man and enjoy ! What were ur scores in different CATs ? Also how did u find verbal SCs and RCs in GMAT compared with OG level ?
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Thanks guys! I was very happy myself. Couldn't wait to come back here and tell you guys. I only did two PP tests, didn't have time to do the others. I did my first PP test prior to my studying of the OG, and got 730. The second test I only got 710, with 7 wrong answers for reading comprehension. That was a good caution for me for I have been very confident about my RC ability and didn't even prepare for it. It made me more conscious of the level of concentration that is needed for the test.
Overall, I felt that the SC part of the test is about the same level of the OG, if not a little harder. I haven't done OG RC myself, but my feeling is that out of the four RC questions (I think) I got in the real test, the first two are fairly straight forward, and the last two are longer and harder to understand; whereas in the two PP tests all RCs except one are not very hard.
I came this morning at work and the first thing I was thinking is... How much did that mate scored... I have been to the forum and Gmat experience only to check it out your score as I was pretty sure that you ll rocket it.
congrat mate, so happy for you.
I wish to reach a good score as well though I doubt about it.
The first thing when I came home was to see "Gmat Experiences" for your score..............I had it on my mind.....
Awesome score HongHu, you have done it.......
You have done a great job. If you can score that good with a job and kids, I get inspiration to work harder................
You are not only intelliegent but also diligent..
All the best with your apping....
780....you're the man We sould call you "teacher" from now on.
Congrats for this amazing score and even more for all your nice explanations during this time. 780 is incredible...I am not sure but I think it's the highest score we've ever got here, maybe Paul or others can confirm it ?
Anyway, all my best wishes for your future applications...
I BELIEVE YOU AND YOUR SCORE BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN ALL POSSIBILITIES TO ACE GMAT WITH THAT SCORE. YOU POSTED ALMOST 1K POSTINGS IN JUST LESS THAN 1.5 MONTHS. THATS AMAZING AND MORE THAN THAT YOUR SCORE. GR8 BODY.
COULD YOU PLS TELL ABOUT THE REAL TEST QUESTIONS? I MEAN THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN COMPARISION WITH THE QUESTIONS WE DISCUSSED IN THIS CLUB.
GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR PHD ADDMISSION (UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER?) AND PLS DO KEEP INFORM THE GMAT CLUB MEMBERS.
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Honghu, I was sure that you would have reached 700+ but 780 ... Even better . I heartily congratulate you and thanks for being such a help to other members. You deserve every point and I'm sure that with your kind of attitude, you can get in anywhere.
I happened to read a few of the verses on your webpage and not only are you a quant jock but also a formidable poet! No wonder why you were so good at RC
All said, congratulation once again and stick around, we need people like you around!
I was wondering how you had done in the GMAT today and just checked to find out that you cracked it, nailed it, and slayed it all at once!
Your hard work and dedication showed in the volume of your posts and your quest for learning showed in your efforts to not just solve the problems but to thoroughly understand them.
Thanks buddy for all of your posts and all the discussions we have had. Your score definitely will inspire and motivate a lot of us.
Keeping coming here and keep posting whenever you can. Pass on any techniques you have learnt to beat the GMAT.
Phenomenal Stuff, Hong Hu!!!.
Your focus and approach to GMAT is truly awe-inspiring. I have seen you post a whopping 200 odd posts a week consistently and retain much of the information as well as apply your know-how in context. I am sure your effort is going to motivate a lot of others on the club to do well as well...
Thanks everybody! I'm overwelmed by all your congratulations. GMAT is only a very small part of life. I only hope that the real life is as easy as a test. I've been the main bread earner of the family until now. Only by the end of December I learnd that hubby may get an offer to work at UR, so can replace me as the main source of family finance. This gave me a chance to go back school again. (And I'm so happy that UR is a rather good school.)
I know that a high GMAT score is not a ticket to enter any good program yet. I still have lots to do before UR's deadline. I also realize that I have many disadvantages over most of you. For example, I'm perhaps older than everyone of you. But hey, I've got a young heart, and a young mind. I've got a chance, I want to prove that I can catch it. Even if I fail, I've tried hard, and I've learned a lot, and I've gained many things that are more than the experience itself.
Anyways, what I want to say to you all is, trust in yourself. Don't worry if you'll fail, don't worry if you'll put in too much without any return. Life is a collection of each and every day, everything you put in, you'll get it one way or the other. qhoc, don't feel discouraged by your first attempt. From your post in the forum, I know you can do it. What I have over you guys, perhaps is a more mature state of mind. Success and failure would not change me. When you get over that nervousness and anxciousness, you'll find that you can reach a new level and show all your potential. So work hard guys, and believe in yourself. If I can do it, you can do it too!
HongHu, I really admire you. I did not realize you are a female until I looked at your web site. I hope I didn't call you "dude" any time before!!
Honestly, this is my first time that I ever took some test like this in my life. I have not even taken the SAT before. I don't know how old you are, HongHu but I am still very young and so I have time. I plan to retake the GMAT just because it kinda pi$$ me off a little . Would you like to tell us a little bit more about you?
Please could you let us know the difficulty level of math questions. Was it tougher/easier than the challenges/board here. Probability? Combination? How were the DS questions. Details appreciated. it would help us all.