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# Finally Done...700

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11 Dec 2011, 11:38
Happy to report that I am done with the GMAT. I ended up with a 700 - Q48, V39. I took the test multiple times but due to work pressures, and I never felt totally prepared. I had a 150 point increase from the first time I took the exam. I am a little dissapointed with the overall score as I have seen others with at least a 710 with that same breakdown, but oh well, I am done with it. I am still considering applying (i.e., weighing costs v opportunities), but more importantly I had to prove to myself that I could score a 700. I felt that I had failed multiple times with lower scores and I just had to prove to myself that I could do it. Here is a quick debrief of the resources I used and the test day experience.

Knewton - I used Knewton to hopefully use the 50 point guarantee to push my score up. My real GMAT score used for the course was a 660, which I scored last year. I guess I can still get my money back, but would have preferred the 710 score. Overall, the course helped to push up my verbal score, but I didnt necessarily like the quant portion of the course (compared to other resources that I have used). The sentence correction part of the course is excellent.

MGMAT - I didnt use this resource this time around (I did use it in previous study sessions), but the MGMAT books are really good for building a good foundation. I didnt like the homework problems (not even close to real problems) and the CAT's are pretty unrealistic. The sentence correction book is pretty good (similar effectiveness as the Knewton SC).

OG 11 and 12 - I didnt use these this time around as I had been through them before. These are really good for scores up to about 43Q and 35V, but it wont push you up anymore than that (in my opinion). Its good to go through these books in conjunction with the MGMAT books.

Jeff Sackmann sets - These were the best resources that I used to get my quant score up to a 48. These gave me about a 4 point bump. There are 1800 questions in all, and they are very close to the real thing. I can't say enough about these sets, they are worth the price. They really help to drill concepts into your brain and how to apply these. In hindsight, I would purchase the GMAT Bible as well.

- These are also an excellent resource. I didnt have time to do many of these tests, but with I would have had more time to go through them. I went through about 5 or 6. I also used the iphone app, which I really liked and used during times when I couldnt pull out books (in transit, during meetings, etc.). Using the GMAT Club tests over another month, and I think my quant score would have come up another 2 points or so. Really wish I had more time to go through more of these.

Original GMAT Tests (through mba.com) - These are basically the same as the OG, and if you have time, they are a good resource for basic questions. The verbal part is more realistic than the quant section (i.e., verbal is more representative).

GMAT Prep - These were great and I took two timed tests. I scored a 730 on the first exam, Q47 and V44, and a 710 on the second exam, Q45 and V42. I killed the question bank at that point and feel that it helped to boost my score.

A few things that I noted during the process, that I wish to impart. First, if you are married (or in a serious relationship) like I am, then you need to work out a plan with your spouse/partner. It can be frustrating for them, and they probably dont understand why you are doing high school math instead of hanging out with them. I basically just studied after work, but had promised that this would be the last time that I was going to take the test, and then would weigh my options after I recieved the results. Second, you need to figure out how to study for tests. This may sound simple, but I feel that there are some that retain information by studying theory, and there are some that retain information through repetition. I am the latter and I figure that I did something like 3000+ questions and felt that it was second nature when the exam arrived. Third, you need to figure out how bad you want it. If you really want a good score (and you're not some natural genius), then it is going to take some hard work. I really feel that anyone can score a 700 (I was never great at math or test taking in school), you just have to want it enough and put in enough hard work. Fourth, be sure to use resources that maximize effort.

Hopefully this was helpful and best of luck to everyone!
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11 Dec 2011, 15:26
CaliCpa wrote:

First, if you are married (or in a serious relationship) like I am, then you need to work out a plan with your spouse/partner. It can be frustrating for them, and they probably dont understand why you are doing high school math instead of hanging out with them.

Very funny but very true.
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11 Dec 2011, 16:03
Lol, I can't even tell you how many times GMAT math has gotten me into trouble over the last year.
Re: Finally Done...700   [#permalink] 11 Dec 2011, 16:03
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