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21 Feb 2011, 09:45
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heygirl wrote:
Mackieman, good luck for tuesday! I think you should be able to manage 690/700 if you stay calm on the test day. Let us know how it goes.
I did a MGMAT CAT today and found that the Quant was RIDICULOUS. Also, the concepts tested were nowhere near to the topics/concepts we see on gMAT PRep and OG 12/11. I'm so disappointed . I scored a 590 Q42,V31.

Thanks! I will let you know the score.

Well, I agree with you, the math in MGMAT is more difficult than GMATprep, they take the concepts to next level and add a twist to it.
Q42 is a good score, you can definitely improve it with a litte practice. I think it is good to use MGMAT as benchmark, its better to be more prepared than less. Don't lose your confidence and keep working on your weak spots.

What is your target score and when is g-day?

Waiting for your 700+ debrief.....
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21 Feb 2011, 13:16
Thanks for all the support guys! I feel that some work have paid off, at least in SC and math.

Will post a debrief here tomorrow!
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22 Feb 2011, 07:11
Slightly disappointed, got 650 (Q44 V35)...

Quant - more difficult than GMATprep, like MGMAT
Verbal - much more difficult SC, lots of CR (which I had not practice at all) and RC was pretty okay
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22 Feb 2011, 08:05
First of all, congrats for 650. It's not that bad of a score but does not meet your/our expectations. I don't want to suggest you something which I haven't done, but you can take a break and come up with a postmortem report of the test.
Plan on targeting each area separately with series of brutal tests. GMATClub tests can definitely increase your Q score from 44 to 48+. Quant 48+ and V 35 will definitely put you in 700 club. I think, similar approach for Verbal will work.

Why am I suggesting you? I just thought about this approach last night after my pathetic MGMAT2 test. I reviewed the test and found that I can do same test in untimed conditions with way better accuracy. I had practiced 100 odd questions DS questions in timed conditions and my accuracy improved in last test. Hope this strategy works for us. Assumption- You're planning on retaking the exam:).
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22 Feb 2011, 08:58
Mackieman wrote:
Slightly disappointed, got 650 (Q44 V35)...

Quant - more difficult than GMATprep, like MGMAT
Verbal - much more difficult SC, lots of CR (which I had not practice at all) and RC was pretty okay

mackieman, first of all Congrats! 650 is a good score depending on what schools you are targetting. However, if your target school needs a higher score or you are personally unsatisfied with your score then simply retake the test, after a break of few days.
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22 Feb 2011, 09:04
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Slightly disappointed, got 650 (Q44 V35)...

Quant - more difficult than GMATprep, like MGMAT
Verbal - much more difficult SC, lots of CR (which I had not practice at all) and RC was pretty okay

Hey Hey that's a good score. i agree with Heygirl, if you still want to retake then let you know.

I don't remember if you ever told me about the B-schools you want to apply for, let us know.

And once again a big congratulation to you
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22 Feb 2011, 09:08
Thanks for the advice and support guys. The school I have applied to has a minimum requirement of 600 to even consider applicants. The average is somewhere between 660-670 so a higher score would make my application more competitive. People has been admitted with as low scores as 600 so 650 might do the trick (with my grades and WE).

The last day for applying with GMAT is 28th of February so there is no point in doing GMAT again this year....

If I don't get applied this year I have to wait one year so that sucks, well, lets hope I don't have to

The schools I am applying to.

Priority
1. MSc Finance Stockholm School of Economics
2. MSc Economics, same
3. MSc Finance & Accounting, same
4. Copenhagen Business School MSc Finance (no GMAT needed here, just good grades)
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22 Feb 2011, 09:29
Well you have no choice then to apply. Do you have any work experience?

If you have a work experience then i am 100% sure that you will get a place into one of those above mentioned course. Although, it may be bit difficult to get a place in CEMS MIM program.
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22 Feb 2011, 10:04
Yeah, I have some work experience not from the financial sector though. I worked 3-4 years as marketing/sales manager for a business division with a yearly turnover of ~180-200 million usd. The company is the largest in it's area in Sweden. Although I do not know if they consider a relatively good work experience or not...

I'm not aiming for the CEMS, just the regular MSc
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24 Feb 2011, 06:41
I've been following your journey and have tried implementing in my strategy some of the points you have discussed . Keep updating this thread.
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26 Feb 2011, 06:53
Hi guys, received my AWA score yesterday, got 5.5, which made me a little happier. Although the GMAT score was a disaster I am not a complete failure

Will report back here in early April when I receive reply on my applications.

Good luck to you guys, I have confidence in that you will reach your goals!
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26 Feb 2011, 18:01
Mackieman wrote:
Hi guys, received my AWA score yesterday, got 5.5, which made me a little happier. Although the GMAT score was a disaster I am not a complete failure

Will report back here in early April when I receive reply on my applications.

Good luck to you guys, I have confidence in that you will reach your goals!

Nice to see a 5.5!! congrats mackieman And, do not think that your GMAT score is a predictor of your failure/success! We will wait for your admit update :_)
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07 Mar 2011, 09:36
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After few days of break from work and gmat i am back in the game. I have booked my test date, it is scheduled for 11th April 2011, at 13:00.

before my holidays , i've completed half of RC99, OG11 & 12, Aristotle CR & SC and Jeff Sackmann's 1000 quant questions. So for this week, i will focus on Maths theory and revisit errorlog problems (incorrect problems) - Jeff sackman & OG12.

Daily breakdown -

2RC + 10 CR + 10 SC + 20 quant. And if time permits then revise Maths/sc/CR theory.
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07 Mar 2011, 11:37
Good luck tirupatibalaji !
It is a good idea to do a few question each from RC,CR and SC. Verbal strategies tend to rust if unused for a few days

You have almost a month, so lot of time for improvement. All the best
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18 Mar 2011, 07:41
My GMAT is scheduled for MAY 3rd, i.e.exactly 7 weeks including today.

I work at Deutsche Bank within Inv Banking (thus very long hours) afterwork study needs a little inspiration.

Am looking for one (or more) study buddy to study 3-4 evening a week with... 1-2 hours and ideally a few hours during the weekend.

Target score is 720 + and diagonistic is at 600 level.
Am good at quant struggling with Verbal esp RC & CR.

Number is 44+ (0) 7787332932. budhahere (at) gmail . com

Many thanks

Budha
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18 Mar 2011, 07:48
budha wrote:
My GMAT is scheduled for MAY 3rd, i.e.exactly 7 weeks including today.

I work at Deutsche Bank within Inv Banking (thus very long hours) afterwork study needs a little inspiration.

Am looking for one (or more) study buddy to study 3-4 evening a week with... 1-2 hours and ideally a few hours during the weekend.

Target score is 720 + and diagonistic is at 600 level.
Am good at quant struggling with Verbal esp RC & CR.

Number is 44+ (0) 7787332932. budhahere (at) gmail . com

Many thanks

Budha

Hey Budha - Surely we can meet during weekdays/weekend.
When did you start your prep?
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01 Apr 2011, 06:57
Hello guys, I promised that I would report back here as soon as I received information regarding my admission.

Just got the answer, admitted at SSE MSc Finance program Freaked out when I read the mail, didn't think I would be accepted.

I had already started working on my backup plan on retaking GMAT next year. This means no more GMAT for me, if I do not pursuit a MBA later on (don't think so).

I wish you all the best with your tests and if you work hard I am confident that you will reach your goals!

All the best.
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01 Apr 2011, 07:25
Big ups Mackie, congratz.
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03 Apr 2011, 13:23
Mackieman wrote:
Hello guys, I promised that I would report back here as soon as I received information regarding my admission.

Just got the answer, admitted at SSE MSc Finance program Freaked out when I read the mail, didn't think I would be accepted.

I had already started working on my backup plan on retaking GMAT next year. This means no more GMAT for me, if I do not pursuit a MBA later on (don't think so).

I wish you all the best with your tests and if you work hard I am confident that you will reach your goals!

All the best.

Congrats Mackieman! That sure is good news
After all, most of us need the GMAT score for admission purpose only! So if we can get in with our score, who cares about a retake ?

All the Best.
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03 Apr 2011, 16:24
Few more days to go. I'm totally exhausted and just can't wait for the G day. I've improved considerably over the past 3 wks.
SC - 70%
CR - 85-90%
RC - 90% - thanks to Aristotle RC99
Last CAT Q46 V35
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