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From 670 to 640 to 580 to 710

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Hi everyone,

After my long GMAT journey, I want to share some tips that could work for some of you. I took the GMAT 4 times :sick: so I am an experienced one :grin:

I think that my tips apply particularly to Q~44 - V~30 test takers aiming at least Q49-V35.

First, here are my scores in a chronologic order:

    670 (Q50-V30) : I enjoyed preparing the maths and found it so painful and boring to prepare Verbal.
    640 (Q44-V34): I made the mistake of not reviewing the maths, thinking that I am already strong enough.
    580 (Q48-V23): This is the test that I have the most prepared, yes, this seem a paradox but this is the truth. I took two weeks off to concentrate 100% on the GMAT. My reading of this experience is that I was too much prepared and I tried to apply meticulously what I have read in the books. I started with Verbal, that has just killed me.
    710 (Q50-V35): I applied the advices below, and by the way I got also my highest IR score ever in this test. I basically put in the trash all the books I have read about the GMAT and tried to forget little bit what I have learned in these books to let my intuition come back to the surface.

General :
***Your story is unique, don't apply blindly what others tell you, take rather what sounds good for you.
***Try to sleep as long as you can the night before the test, and wake up at least 2 hours before the test start time. <= I insist on this.
***Too much preparation kills the preparation. Practicing and preparing is a must for the GMAT, but beyond a certain level that could become counter-productive (specially in Verbal)
***Give yourself slightly more time in the first 10 questions. They have the most impact on your final score.
***Accept to loose some battles if you want to win the war.
***When you keep saying during more that one minute "yes I can solve this, but I have just to read again carefully the question", this is harmful for the concentration, so take an action and go ahead.
***Don't take the CATs you find in internet as good predictors for you real score of the D-day. For example, in internet CATs I was always averaging Q44 when I was preparing the maths, but in the real test I got Q50.
***1 or 2 hours before the test, practice 1 PS question, 1 DS question, 1 CR question and 1 SC question... All medium level, this will make your brain start out.
***For me, that strategy that worked well is starting with the section I am more comfortable with.

Math :
***"Mathematize" every single detail. Write down all the information you read (distinct, consecutive, non-negative, positive, prime...) The test taker knows that you can easily miss one of these details and put in the answer choices the solutions that you can reach if you don't use this kind of details.
***If you find a problem so easy, hold on a second, maybe you are falling into an obvious trap. This particularly applies to DS questions.
***If no have no clue how to start a question, make an approximation (specially in Geometry) and pick up the option that is the closest to what you find.
***If you are short of time and don't have in the answer choices what you find (well in this case be sure that your brain is making and repeating the same stupide mistake such as calculating 7*6 as 48 or 12*12 as 122...) pick up the option that is the closest to what you find and go ahead.

Verbal (I am a non-native, English is my 3rd language):
***Let you intuition guide you.
***Read as much as you can about the topics that you regularly find in the GMAT (specially for RC): dinosaur extinction (comet impact or volcanos irruption?), planets, asteroids, animal habitat, predations, US and UK history...
***Understand the meaning of the idioms... (So much X as to Y...)
I hope that some of my tips could be helpful to some of you.

Good luck!

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Let me take the honor of congratulating you first for your GMAT score and an amazing debrief.

You got my attention in the very first few lines of your debrief with these lines “I think that my tips apply particularly to Q~44 - V~30 test takers aiming at least Q49-V35”

Most of the test takers are in this exact situation and looking for inspiring post that would give us aspirants the hope that we could achieve our dream score.

The way your debrief has been organized is simple superb. Thanks for all the tips.

All the best for your phase 2.

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New post 15 Mar 2018, 10:27
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***Accept to loose some battles if you want to win the war.


Brilliant quote!

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***Don't take the CATs you find in internet as good predictors for you real score of the D-day. For example, in internet CATs I was always averaging Q44 when I was preparing the maths, but in the real test I got Q50.


Did you mean to say that non official (i.e other than gmatprep mocks) did not show your true ability?

All the best for your re-attempt!
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Thanks for your comment
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Yes, in my opinion internet CATs are very harsh in Quant scoring... I don’t mean that you can expect a higher score in the real test but don’t be discouraged by a Q44 in internet test.

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A little bit of observation from my GMAT experience:

I feel like Verbal and Quant section are definitely very forgiving in their scoring, as long as your don't get the easier question wrong, in this sense, getting 1 easy question wrong is more likely to hurt you more than getting 2 hard question wrong. My Quant score in practice test always between 46-49 range, but i got 50 in the real test.

Your mental readiness and ability to perform under pressure during test day can GREATLY increase your overall score. When i take my test, which was yesterday, i felt like i did terrible on Quant section (my order is quant-verbal-IR/AWA) but i didn't let it affect my Verbal performance. I was surprised by my final score - 710 (Q50, V36) whereas i always landed around 660-680 on my prep test (included GMATprep and other third party test)
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A little bit of observation from my GMAT experience:

I feel like Verbal and Quant section are definitely very forgiving in their scoring, as long as your don't get the easier question wrong, in this sense, getting 1 easy question wrong is more likely to hurt you more than getting 2 hard question wrong. My Quant score in practice test always between 46-49 range, but i got 50 in the real test.

Your mental readiness and ability to perform under pressure during test day can GREATLY increase your overall score. When i take my test, which was yesterday, i felt like i did terrible on Quant section (my order is quant-verbal-IR/AWA) but i didn't let it affect my Verbal performance. I was surprised by my final score - 710 (Q50, V36) whereas i always landed around 660-680 on my prep test (included GMATprep and other third party test)


I conform all what you you say... This is why it is worth to spending slightly more time in the first 10 questions of each section...

It is wired that both Q50-Q35 and Q50-Q36 lead to 710.... I hope that I will not see my overall score decrease to 700 in the official report....
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My V36 is probably a lower 36 anyway. If your unofficial report says that you have total score of 710, then it will be 710 in the official report. Don't worry!
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I have maybe to add one final comment: yes, all MBA are in English, yes MBA is first of all an American story... but I find it little bit unfair to judge everyone analytical skills in English. There are other means to assess English lever such as TOEFL, IETLS... In this sense, native speakers have really a huge asset in verbal section. I don't know whether there are some statistics aabour native versus non native scores, but I bit native speakers perform globally well than non native in verbal.

So my advice for people for whom English is the 3rd language, like me, focus on the English of GMAT!
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