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Hi all. I haven't really contributed here but I took away a lot of great tips from here so I think it's time I share my experience. I am a native english speaker with terrible grammar skills. This made the verbal section (CR and SC specifically) tough for me. However, I dedicated a lot of time to the GMAT and if I can score well than anyone can with the right amount of effort.

First off, I started studying in September. I spent 4 months studying pretty constantly and the last month studying very intensively. I used MGMAT series, all 8 books. I took the GMAT in Jan and scored a 680 (Q48 V35). While it was a decent score, the verbal bothered me. After contemplating for a few days I decided I would retake in a month. I spend about 90% of the month relearning verbal. I used MGMAT SC initially but ended up buying the Powerscore SC later. While everyone loves the MGMAT SC and it is great, I found Powerscore SC to be much more useful. I used MGMAT CR for CR and nothing really for RC. Math was all MGMAT as well. I had a solid foundation in math and since I got a 48 the first time, I didn;t study it too much. I just did GMATCLUB tests for math review.

After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

The day before I went over some notes and did the SC practice questions on GMATPrep. Nothing too crazy. I did get all 15 right which encouraged me.

Test Day:
Essays: Had my essay templates planned out in my head. Did all the check in and started with the essays. Topics weren't too bad. I think my first essay was stronger than my second. After the essays I felt ok energy wise and decided to not take the break.

Math: Went straight to the Math and felt iffy about it. During the section I regretted not taking the break but couldn't do anything about it. Got 1 of the questions wrong which I realized when I made it to the next one and that bothered me. But I tried my best to forget about it. Finally took the break after the Math and went to the bathroom and had a snack.

Verbal: Verbal for some reason felt great. Going into the test I knew that my performance on Verbal would dictate how I would do. Every question just felt easy to me. I felt like I knew exactly where the traps were and how to avoid them. The RC wasn't too bad considering I didn't study for it. I felt like that was not really an area of concern to me. SC started off great and continued good. CR wasn't bad either. I saw 2 of the boldface questions so I told myself I was doing good.

Finally finished with a SC and went through the background questions. Score finally came onto the screen and it was a 750 (Q49 V44)!! I felt great, like I lucked out. Usually I'm good at quant and weak at verbal but I felt that verbal went great and quant wasn't as good but I guess I got lucky. Got the printout and went home. :-D

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Great score and congragulations :-)
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Wow congratulations!
Great job improving 70 points in a month.
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Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?
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Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?
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Man, what an awesome improvement! Thanks for sharing.
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New post 28 Feb 2011, 20:22
Oh wow! Congratulations! You've defeated this beast!
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New post 28 Feb 2011, 22:18
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Wow good job dude ...Was quant in Real test at MGMAT's level?


seemed a little easier than mgmat. i didnt see any probability or combinatorics questions. i got tired since i didnt take the break but it didnt seem as tough as mgmat.
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Awesome score dude !
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Good luck buddy ! Will love to hear about your 6 MGMAT scores. I am doing the same 730 but not sure if I am ready. Need some encouragement ! Just starting on the WORD TRANSLATIONS guide. I am not a fan of word problems, specially the Double Matrix stuff.

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After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

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Awesome, congrats!
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V35 to V44 is a strong move. Congrats indeed. Can you elaborate more on what you think you did to move from V40 to V44, I'm really trying to understand this for my own purposes - finding it hard to make the jump.
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Awesome! Way to go. I'm sure with a score like that you'll have a very nice leg up in your admissions process.
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I took the first 5 MGMAT CATs before my 1st attempt and the 6th MGMAT CAT and 1st MGMAT CAT retake after the 1st attempt. Scores were as follows:

MGMAT 1 - 640 (don't have the breakdown)
MGMAT 2 - 640 (Q44 V33)
MGMAT 3 - 640 (Q42 V36)
MGMAT 4 - 680 (Q47 V35)
MGMAT 5 - 660 (Q46 V34)

MGMAT 6 - 710 (Q48 V38)
MGMAT1 Retake - 740 (Q47 V45)



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Good luck buddy ! Will love to hear about your 6 MGMAT scores. I am doing the same 730 but not sure if I am ready. Need some encouragement ! Just starting on the WORD TRANSLATIONS guide. I am not a fan of word problems, specially the Double Matrix stuff.

740orhigher wrote:

After about 3.5 weeks of studying, I began taking tests again. I took the first 5 MGMAT's before so I only had MGMAT 6 left. Took it and scored a 710 (Q48 V38). Retook MGMAT Cat 1 and scored a 740 (Q47 V45). The disparity made no sense but I decided to not think too much of it.

Retook GMAT Preps and scored:
GMATPrep 1 retake: 760 (Q49 V44) - 1 week before test
GMATPrep 2 retake: 730 (Q50 V40) - 3 days before test

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I always felt I was at a V38-V40 level, as my practice test scores indicate. However, after my 1st GMAT when I scored a V35 I decided to devote more time to Verbal. For SC, I used MGMAT the first time around. While it is good, I felt it just wasn't working for me. I bought Powerscore SC and I felt that it made more sense and I understood the concepts much better. The layout was more user friendly to me. For CR, I reread MGMAT and really tried to understand it better. The second time of rereading the CR definitely helped, even though the book itself seems pretty limited. As for the test, I honestly just got into a zone where the questions just seemed very easy to me, easier than any prep. Most likely, the V44 was a complete fluke but I'll take it. I even saw 2 boldface CR questions for those who are interested in that stuff.


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V35 to V44 is a strong move. Congrats indeed. Can you elaborate more on what you think you did to move from V40 to V44, I'm really trying to understand this for my own purposes - finding it hard to make the jump.
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Hi

I have my exam in 3 days. Following are my scores in the past month:

Veritas Prep- 700 (35V,51Q)
GMATprep 1 - 710 (38V,49Q)
MGMAT- 650 (35V,44Q)
GMATprep 5 - 710 (37V,49Q)
GMATPrep 6 - 680 (38V,46Q)- Given today

Can anyone tell me what should I expect in actual GMAT?

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Hi niyatibansal

Welcome to GMATClub!

Unfortunately, you have chosen the wrong thread to ask your question, as
the last time there was any activity on this thread was 2011. It is very very
unlikely someone here will answer your question :)

Now, coming to the part of what to expect in the GMAT - it is a very difficult
question to answer because the score could have been inflated if you had any
repeat question. But if all the questions are new and you have taken the test
in exam conditions, you are likely to score in the same range. I say
likely to score because there are a lot of factors which are part of the equation
when you are giving the real exam and some people don't perform as well as
others during pressure

Hope this helps you.
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Hi Niyatibansal,

As pushpitkc mentioned, assuming that you took your practice exams under test-like conditions, you should be able to achieve a GMAT score similar to your practice exam scores.

Furthermore, since your test is in just a few days, I recommend that you don’t do a ton from here on out. Keep your studying light. Review flash cards/notes from past topics to ensure that knowledge has not slipped through the cracks. Don’t try to cram or learn any new material. At this point, piling on new topics would probably hurt more than it would help.

I wrote an article that you may find helpful that has some more advice regarding how to treat the final week leading up to your GMAT as well as some tips for test day.

Let’s me know how things end up, and please reach out with any further questions.

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