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Joined: 06 Nov 2011
Posts: 35
Location: Germany
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management
GMAT Date: 03-10-2012
GPA: 3
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14 Nov 2011, 07:55
Hello all,

I am taking my 1st GMAT exam on 5th december.
First of all, background is mechanical engineering working as a software engineer in automotive company. Employer is supporting the MBA abroad (UK or somewhere else).
As you can see from my profile, I am from Germany, so a non-native speaker and I am struggling with the GMAT.
My first CAT prep Test (OG) I scored 350 w/o practice
Then I took a prep course.

Now I am learning every evening at home and I've realised that my biggest problem is, of course, the verbal part!
My questions are:
1. I only have the OG12. Is it enough (with enough preparation time) to score at least 600 ( yeah, I only need 600 )?
2. Verbal part is so difficult for me, specially CR and RC. That drives me nuts.
3. SC is easier than I thought.
4. AWA, yes. Big question mark...On prep course they told us not to focus on the AWA. Also they've said that we can leave the AWA (AWA score = 0) to jump directly to Quant and Verbal part. Honestly, I like this because my biggest problem is writing under pressure.
5. is it mandatory at the test center to quote a b.school? I just want to know my score first, then to decide where I want to apply.
6. this site is great! and the iphone app helps me learning on airports
Kind regards from Germany.
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Joined: 18 Sep 2009
Posts: 148
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14 Nov 2011, 09:37
You might want to take one of the few verbal focused courses provided by most of the GMAT vendors. Take one of them. Kaplan's course is generally tough. If you are targeting any of the top schools, 600 might be not enough unless you have a stellar profile. Do you have any target schools in mind?

You can send the score to your schools at a later date but at a small cost. Good luck!

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M3tm4n wrote:
Hello all,

I am taking my 1st GMAT exam on 5th december.
First of all, background is mechanical engineering working as a software engineer in automotive company. Employer is supporting the MBA abroad (UK or somewhere else).
As you can see from my profile, I am from Germany, so a non-native speaker and I am struggling with the GMAT.
My first CAT prep Test (OG) I scored 350 w/o practice
Then I took a prep course.

Now I am learning every evening at home and I've realised that my biggest problem is, of course, the verbal part!
My questions are:
1. I only have the OG12. Is it enough (with enough preparation time) to score at least 600 ( yeah, I only need 600 )?
2. Verbal part is so difficult for me, specially CR and RC. That drives me nuts.
3. SC is easier than I thought.
4. AWA, yes. Big question mark...On prep course they told us not to focus on the AWA. Also they've said that we can leave the AWA (AWA score = 0) to jump directly to Quant and Verbal part. Honestly, I like this because my biggest problem is writing under pressure.
5. is it mandatory at the test center to quote a b.school? I just want to know my score first, then to decide where I want to apply.
6. this site is great! and the iphone app helps me learning on airports
Kind regards from Germany.
Intern
Joined: 06 Nov 2011
Posts: 35
Location: Germany
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, General Management
GMAT Date: 03-10-2012
GPA: 3
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14 Nov 2011, 10:07
Hi interviewbay,

thanks for your response.
I am considering to go to Bradford, Nottingham, Leeds or Strathclyde b.school.
Even it sounds weird, but I am not interested in going to LBS, IMD or Insead.
And in Germany the MBA is still a....niche. PHD is still most widespread. My company offered me a managerial position if I earn an additional academic grade (PHD or even a MBA). And I dont want to go deeper into the Software/technical part so I've decided to go for the MBA.
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Joined: 26 May 2011
Posts: 102
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14 Nov 2011, 11:04
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I absolutely would not just rely on the OG for your verbal studies. I would use the Manhattan GMAT SC Guide for sentence correction and the Powerscore CR Bible for critical reasoning. Then I would practice practice practice for reading comprehension (OG, OG verbal supplement, reading the New York Times and Wall Street Journal every day). You might as well you equip yourself with the best materials possible in order to maximize your score.
Re: First GMAT in December   [#permalink] 14 Nov 2011, 11:04
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