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So i have been lurking around in the forums for quite a while now. Decided that time is running out so might as well give it a shot. I know everyone recommends taking a full CAT test and then going from there. But i couldn't get myself to sit down and focus on an exam. My only indicator of preparation was GMAT Club test score (640). So i booked my exam 10 days ago and took the exam today. I got 660 (Q 44, V38).

Quant -
Its way easier than GMAT Club tests. If you are preparing using these tests and scoring well, you're set. I knew going in i had lots of weaknesses. I couldn't or wouldnt learn anything about xy plane and slopes (spent less than 30 mins altogether). And i felt that |X| absolute value questions were also my weakness. I am really happy with 44, i skipped all slope and line questions (3 or 4) of them. So that could've boosted my score quite a bit.

Verbal -
I felt i was better prepared and i bought e-GMAT verbal online course but didn't finish even half of it. I felt that OG questions are just structured differently.

Things to note :
I did not keep an error log. I still feel i can score 700+ without an error log. But i'll be tracking silly mistakes from now on. Hopefully higher score will get me full ride somewhere.
Timing - I finished quant with 10 mins to spare and Verbal - 15 mins to spare. I did not rush through quant, i even double checked quite a few of my answers. I see 48-50 next time for sure.
Verbal - I went with the mindset that its a prep exam, so half way through exam i was humming songs.
Stress - I was so relaxed that it kinda helped. Now that i know the full experience, i'll be even more relaxed next time. Anxiety won't be an issue.

Material Used -
Magoosh - It's great, i love the layout and concept. They can use more practice questions but other than that its great tool.
e-GMAT - It's hit n miss. I like the concept but layout is sub-par. I'll give it a shot again.
GMAT Club tests - Quant is above n beyond. I practised 40 questions everyday and was averaging 50% right. If i spend a month on it everyday, ill be able to get really high score. Verbal questions are few but more in line with GMAT than any other prep course out there.

Strategy -
Now that i have gone through one full CAT or actual test. I know how much and where exactly to put my focus on. I am planning another take in a month, i have already ordered ESR. So hopefully i'll get it tomorrow. But any suggestions are welcome.
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Ok so i retook the exam yesterday and didnt do too well. Instead of being stubborn and trying to get my strategy to work, i am all ears now.
I have downloaded ESR report to pinpoint the pain points and would like suggestions.
Help me get a good score and you get to name my 7th child :-D
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Maybe you can share your ESR and then the experts will weigh in.


Attached ESR for my GMAT attempts. I cancelled another test that was my second attempt. 640 (Q 47 - V 32)

Attempt 1 - 660
Attempt 2 - 640

My verbal has gone down from 38 to 29 but my Quant has gone up to 48. Only CAT's i have ever taken are official GMAT exams (i know its bad strategy but i bought manhattan tests and gmat prep tests to compensate for that this time around)
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mbsingh wrote:
DIII wrote:
Maybe you can share your ESR and then the experts will weigh in.


Attached ESR for my GMAT attempts. I cancelled another test that was my second attempt. 640 (Q 47 - V 32)

Attempt 1 - 660
Attempt 2 - 640

My verbal has gone down from 38 to 29 but my Quant has gone up to 48. Only CAT's i have ever taken are official GMAT exams (i know its bad strategy but i bought manhattan tests and gmat prep tests to compensate for that this time around)


Hi mbsingh,

Here are the number of questions you got correct in every set in both of the attempts:
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for more clarity:

Number of experimental questions in every set are as follows:

Quant---- 2|9....2|9......2|9.....3|10
Verbal----2|10...3|10....3|10....3|11

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Ok so i attempted the test 4th time and scored 690. Am i happy ? - No, but atleast it puts me in 80% range of most schools i am planning on applying to.

690 (Q 46 , V40)
I was consistently scoring Q48 so i don't know what went wrong. I guess need to do more digging.

What changed this time around ?

For verbal
Focusing on SC intricacies and not relying solely on how the sentence sounds.
Focusing on eliminating CR options and writing it down.
Focusing on RC - reading slowly and keeping track , i still believe i could've scored even higher but i panicked looking at the timer.

For Quant
abhimahna helped me a lot in this. I am pretty sure, he's disappointed that i didn't do better. On bright side there's room for improvement.

Whats Next ?
Take a week off and try it one more time by end of November. Let's see if GMAT gods will answer my prayers this time around.


Thanks GMATNinja for all your wednesday webinars, i am pretty sure i got couple SC's right thanks to your strategy. Whenever you come to Canada (Vancouver) hit me up, drinks on me.
Thanks abhimahna for keeping me up at night (for studies obviously). Your help surely paid off, i owe you a party man. Lets get into our dream schools and spend admit weekend in vegas ;)
Thanks bb. Can't thank you enough brother, you've created this community thats helping shape people's lives. You can name my 7th child (anything you want). :P
Thanks broall , your LSAT CR topic helped me a lot and it was fun practising those questions.
Thanks Bunuel dude/dudette/android I wish had half your Quant brain power. But i guess, don't wish for it instead work for it. So i am gonna follow your posts and try to improve it even more.

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New post 26 Oct 2017, 16:14
HKD1710 wrote:
for more clarity:

Number of experimental questions in every set are as follows:

Quant---- 2|9....2|9......2|9.....3|10
Verbal----2|10...3|10....3|10....3|11


Where did you find this info? Is it always the case?

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New post 02 Nov 2017, 02:47
Nice work on the Verbal section. As for Quant, it's just a matter of fine tuning your skills!

Q49 is definitely doable for you(considering that you have scored a Q48 in the past)
Just try and exhaust the questions in the GMATClub tests and focus on the learning of why you get a question wrong.
That must surely do the trick for you. All the best for your next attempt
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New post 09 Nov 2017, 11:45
pushpitkc wrote:
Nice work on the Verbal section. As for Quant, it's just a matter of fine tuning your skills!

Q49 is definitely doable for you(considering that you have scored a Q48 in the past)
Just try and exhaust the questions in the GMATClub tests and focus on the learning of why you get a question wrong.
That must surely do the trick for you. All the best for your next attempt


Thanks man, thats the plan. Tweak quant prep and get to Q50 and raise verbal by 1 or 2 points.
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