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# Inspiration - 2nd attempt: 780

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03 Sep 2004, 16:36
Hopefully this can offer a little inspiration to those worried about their first try at the GMAT.

FWIW, I studied for the first try, although I didn't have a very focused plan and didn't do very many practice tests. . At the time I was getting around 600 on Kaplan tests and got a 720 and a 740 on the PowerPrep tests. I got a 650 (43Q/38V), which was well below what I thought I was capable of.

That was three weeks ago.

Over the last three weeks, I haven't killed myself, I even took off most of the weekends from studying. I put in about 2 hrs per day. I only worked on the quant and data sufficiency problems. The only verbal stuff I worked on was what I saw during 4 practice exams.

I did the last 150 problems of the quant and data sufficiency sections in the Official Guide to GMAT book, working them in 20 question blocks. I timed these "quizzes" to work on my time management, which was definitely a problem during the first test. I kept track of which one I got right/wrong and which ones I had guessed on. I also reviewed all the basic math stuff in the regular Kaplan GMAT book, to review obscure equations, etc. I made sure I understood all the mistakes I had made when I got something wrong. I also took 4 practice exams during this period, three Kaplan (580/590/650) and one Princeton Review (710).

I took last weekend completely off from studying Thursday night thru Sunday. I did some refresher problems during the week, but nothing too heavy. Work was crazy this week, so I just didn't have the time. I might have done more if I had had the time.

Today I got a 780, which is waaaay beyond what I thought I could do. My absolute best case scenario was 720-740 and I would have been happy with anything over 700.

I felt a little better once the test got rollin', but to be honest I was a nervous wreck. There is still some element of luck, as I know for a fact that I had to guess on at least 3-4 math problems and a several verbal questions.

The biggest difference I noticed was that my time management was spot on. If I caught myself spending too much time, I forced myself to make a decent guess and then move on. As a result, I had plenty of time to really give a good effort to the last 5 or 6 problems on each section.

I also noticed that I caught several little "oolies" that I would not have otherwise. You know the type of problem where it just seems way too easy. There were a couple that I saw like that where I almost submitted my answer before I "got it". I think the only reason that this happened was because I had seen so many of those types of problems working thru the Official Guide.

Hopes this helps all you guys. If you think you can do better, re-take the test. Just do the grunt work on those problems and you'll be in like Flynn!

Cheers,
Sam
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03 Sep 2004, 22:14
780 is a killer score man.......boy u shld b walking around with the smile of ur life.....good luck with the admissions.
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03 Sep 2004, 22:16
Congratulations on this supra score. Can you details us about the questions you encountered and what does it resemble like. What was your break up score?
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03 Sep 2004, 23:07
Gorgeous score...Well done!!
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04 Sep 2004, 06:43
Awesome score!!! Congrats.

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04 Sep 2004, 07:30
Edit: Do not post actual test questions.

To be honest, I didn't think that the questions I saw were all that difficult, in fact a lot of them seemed really easy. Some specifics that I remember:

There was a probability question, something like this:

On the verbal section, I thought the RC and CR sections were very straight forward. No surprises as in they weren't too difficult, but they didn't just seem ridiculously easy. The only thing I noticed was that the RC questions (there were 4 of them) Got really long towards the end, the last one had 70+ lines, so you had to spend a lot of time reading and searching for specific lines to answer the questions.

The SC seemed tough to me. There were several where I knew the sentence as stated was not right, but I could only narrow it down to two probable answers and then just guessed. I got lucky on those I think.

There were also several (3+) SC problems where the sentence was correct as it was. These also came back to back, so I was really starting to second guess myself by having so many "A" answers in a row for SC

If I think of more questions, I'll post them.

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04 Sep 2004, 07:34
Also,
the breakdown was:
49 quant (90th percentile)
51 verbal (99th percentile)
780 overall

When I got the 650 the breakdown was:
43 quant (71st percentile)
38 verbal (86th percentile)
650 overall
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04 Sep 2004, 08:05
Congratulation, great score! I've never seen someone having perfect verbal! Good luck with everything else SamM.
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04 Sep 2004, 08:39
Hi Sam

51 in verbal ??!!!! .. man thats some achvmnt, i admit.

HATS OFF TO YOUR SCORE PAL.

(Any tips on Verbal mate?... For me, Math was a good score 48, but the verbal ripped me apart). Need some good tips aye.

Thanks mate.
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04 Sep 2004, 17:24
Wow man! Congrats!! Give yourself a good vacation.
Have anyone heard of 800/800? Just eager to know.
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05 Sep 2004, 00:45
Awesome score man!
One beer dedicated to you on my beer drinking day.
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05 Sep 2004, 18:28
hardworker_indian wrote:
Wow man! Congrats!! Give yourself a good vacation.
Have anyone heard of 800/800? Just eager to know.

I recently went to a Stanford Business school PR presentation. When someone from the audience asked to AdCom how much do high GMAT Scores count ... her answer was something like .... "last year there were 8 applicants with perfect 800 gmat score. Unfortunately we were unable to accomodate any one of them in our program"

Strange ... proves that gmat is just a part of the application process.
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05 Sep 2004, 18:29
Great Score SamM
This is awesome!!!
Your hardwork, patience and belief in ur capabilities paid off ...
congrats and good luck
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05 Sep 2004, 18:30
Great Score SamM
This is awesome!!!
Your hardwork, patience and belief in ur capabilities paid off ...
congrats and good luck
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06 Sep 2004, 09:35
`this is in response to hardworker-indian"s query,
this guy scored 800 on GMAT he joined wharton in fall 2004

actually most 800 scorers r indians

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06 Sep 2004, 21:10

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/arti ... 700085.cms

CANT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS
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10 Sep 2004, 08:26
780 is a huuuuuuuuge score . Congrats.
Just to be less idiot I thought best possible score on each section is 60. Is it still correct or am I confused between score and raw score ?
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13 Sep 2004, 17:18
I ran powerprep so many times and for cases where i marked all correct naswers, I got 50 in verbal. I never got 51. Wow. That made me think that 51 in verbal was not possible. In math I have seen 51. This must be some achievement.
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19 Sep 2004, 13:36
It is possible to get 51 in Verbal. This is the second time I have sn sombody getting that.
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