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# New kid on the block with a score of 690 :)

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New kid on the block with a score of 690 :) [#permalink]

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13 Jun 2006, 04:02
The fact that I could not clear the threshold (700 mark) was initially hard to digest. Nonetheless, I am happy with my present score. After a few reads from the 690 gang (along with the responses), I was all the more thrilled to see that I have done a fairly decent job.
Let me jot down my experience with GMAT in the following sections:

My Score: 690 - (Quant->49, Verbal->35 ), 91 percentile. AWA- 6.0

Me: An IT professional (I can see those shrugs and smiles on your faces folks:):)) working with an Indian MNC for the past 2 years. Hence the overall experience sums up close to 2 years. After completing my B. Tech., I made up my mind to persue my higher studies in management. GMAT, I believe, is the most extensive test of one's mettle and a comprehensive examination per se. Hence, I was absolutely convinced about taking GMAT to pursue an MBA after my Engineering.

My prep: I started the prepration about 2-2.5 months prior to taking GMAT. I began with Princeton, then switched to Kaplan and finally solved the GMAT Official guide. I took every GMAT-CAT which I could lay my hands on. I took the following CATs during my prepration:
Princeton - 7 tests (Scores varied between 570 (the first test of my prepration:-) and 720 (the second-last test of my prep.))
Kaplan- 1 test (Boy!! This was tough:(...Scored a 590)
Crack- Gmat - 1 test (710)
GMAT-CATs- 2 ( 710 (GMAT1) and 690 (GMAT2))

Apart from this, I found the posts on gmatclub.com extremely beneficial. Especially the discussion about RCs and the practice questions (Quant and Verbal) posted as documents on this site were highly useful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of gmatclub.com for such useful discussions and posts!! Keep in up guys.....! Though I could not actively participate in the discussions on gmatclub.com, I used to read the ongoing discussions voraciously- and this helped me a lot in aligning my approach in the right direction and frame my prepration for GMAT in a way which would work best for me.

My opinion on GMAT: All and all, GMAT is a highly strategic examination. Your strategy prior to as well as during the test, is what differentiates you from others. It is not essentially a test of your ability to analyse everything thoroughly; rather, it is a test of analysing certain things (which ETS feels are essential for a prospective MBA) within a stipulated time frame. Therefore, it is highly recommended that for GMAT, you must plan your approach in a way which best suits your skills and needs.

Remember- The way which works best for you is the right way...at least for GMAT .

Now that I have taken GMAT, I am able to concentrate on my work and music!! The days of GMAT preparation did not give me enough time to pursue either:).

Feel free to shoot me any question related to GMAT. I will make a sincere attempt at answering all of them! All the best to all the future test takers...May you all come out with flying colors in GMAT.

Regards,
networKING

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13 Jun 2006, 07:35
This is a great score... good luck with your apps. Is it possible for you to discuss the exam? i am interested in knowing about the Quant section. Is it true that the majority of the questions are on number theory, what is the difficulty level same as GMATPrep? also they say the furst few questions are really important... did you see any tough ones right up-front Any feedback will be appreciated.

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13 Jun 2006, 12:44
Congrats!

Any observations about the test you can give without giving away actual problems would help tremendously.
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14 Jun 2006, 01:46
Congrats! Great score....

so when are you planning to apply???
All the best for applications.
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14 Jun 2006, 02:32
Congrats,

You achieved a good score ..

Good luck for your future endavours
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16 Jun 2006, 03:44
Hi all,
Sorry for a rather late reply. As one of the most cliched alibis goes- I was caught up in numerous errands:)! Anyway, I will try to answer the questions shot at me in this post:

The test- I had scheduled by test for the 10:30 am slot. I also made it a point to visit the test center beforehand in order to get accustomed to the place. I arrived 30 mins. before the test and after a series of mandatory formalities, I was let in. The atmosphere in the test center was absolutely serene with a few folks already relishing the GMAT blues! I was escorted to the allocated system and started taking the most exhaustive and most exhausting examination of my life so far....

Section 1- AWA-> Argument-> It had something to do with the Airlines that minimize their profits in order to attract customers. I started by analysing the argument holistically and then pointed out the lacunae in the argument. Later, I mentioned certain ways in which the argument could have been more convincing. Blah blah....
Issue-> Completely out of my mind...Sorry about that!!!
In both the essays (AWA), I wrote a lot. Apart from a few cursory skim-throughs, which I did while writing the essays, I could not really proof-read them. I must admit that i felt really guilty about it later!!! Nevertheless, I was able to get a 6.0 in AWA - and Nothing Else Matters:):)

sec. 2- Quant-> The questions ranged from general PS to probability--you bet I was not at all comfy wid probability. The difficulty level was almost the same as that of GMATPrep tests- I would say the actual GMAT was a bit tougher as far as Quant goes. The first 5 qns...ummmm...i think this concept of the FAMOUS FIVE makes us more finicky than precise. And this is exacly what happened to me- For the first 10 qns, I practically solved all of them twice- rechecking on my calculations and trying to avoid silly mistakes. And thats where I lost on time. It seems I got the first 10 qns correct, due to which the difficuly level increased for the later questions. Hence my preconceived notion of pacing up in the later questions could not be materialized:(. As an 'aftermath', I had to make some 5 random choices at the end of the quant section. Woooooooooooooosh....this was the reason for loosing 10-20 points in my overall score. I am sure the readers will take note of this in order to avoid loosing out on time.

Sec3- Verbal-> This section, i think, was similar to the GMAT-prep tests-WRT the difficuly level, ofcourse;). The passages were rather short (as opposed to those we generally come across in Kaplan tests etc.) and the questions were pretty doable. SC proved to be a food-for-thought during the GMAT. I guess this was the area where I would have lost on some points. Almost all the answer choices boiled down to 2- but selecting one from these two was really irksome, to say the least! CR was one area which I always found as a strong point for me for the verbal section. The arguments were somwhat longish, but the questions were straight and you could come up with an answer on a single read.

All an all, it was a good experience. Apart from a momentary bitter taste, which resulted from not having touched a score of 700, the overall satisfaction of been-there-done-that is great! I am still thinking of when to go for applications. I feel I need another year before I can start off with my applications. I'd need some advice on this from you folks!!

Feel free to shoot me any kind of general/specific questions regarding GMAT. I'd be more than happy to answer them for you.

Thanks for reading my mail with utmost patience. I'll be looking forward to reading similar mails from all of you:)

Cheers,
networKING
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16 Jun 2006, 11:54
Thanks for the feedback on your experience!

I'll probably be posting something soon about my gmat experience as well....taking it tomorrow morning *gulp*.
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16 Jun 2006, 12:43
Wish you good luck and godspeed!
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16 Jun 2006, 14:30
tl372 wrote:
Thanks for the feedback on your experience!

I'll probably be posting something soon about my gmat experience as well....taking it tomorrow morning *gulp*.

Your preperation looks good from your posts, so you will be great, good luck!
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16 Jun 2006, 14:35
tl372 wrote:
Thanks for the feedback on your experience!

I'll probably be posting something soon about my gmat experience as well....taking it tomorrow morning *gulp*.

Wish you good luck. Get us the good news.
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