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New post 19 Aug 2004, 00:45
Hi everybody,

I took the gmat for the second time a few days ago, and I got a 720(51Q, 35V). The first time I got 680 (47Q,36V) after two weeks of preparation, mainly OG. After that I bought both Kaplan Gmat 2004 and Gmat Verbal Workbook, and I did OG entirely.
In my opinion, OG isn't enough if you want to score 700+, but the practice made me stop doing stupid mistakes. I think the most important is to take full tests at the same hour as the actual test. I failed to do that, and as a result my verbal score actually went down, which is a little disappointing knowing that I scored 770 and 740 on Kaplan tests. I really hope that the schools I'm applying to won't consider this a big problem.

Cheers, and good luck!
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Congrats. Can you give us your experience in detail.

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Lucas:
Congrats. It is amazing how you improved your quamt score from good 47 to amazing 51! It is quite rare. Can you tell us what you did to achieve 51 in quant second time?.
Your kaplan scores were amazing. I havent seen people scoring that high.. with these scores you should have scored 750 in real test. Anyhow, you have done great.
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Hi,

I'm afraid there's nothing to tell, it wasn't really an improvement, my low first time quant score was due to a system of equations with all the answers wrong.
By the way, has anybody else had an experience like that?
I wasn't prepared for such a thing, so I spent 7-8 minutes solving the system over and over again. Finally, I chosed one of the answers, and I had to guess on the last four quant questions.
The second time I finished the quant section with 5 minutes to spare, and with the feeling that something went wrong, it had been just too easy. I had several prob questions, also a few combinations and permutations.
For the verbal, I was hardly able to stay awake, but I remember having seen 2 RC passages in the first 15 questions. I also had two bold-face CR questions.
For my preparation, I used Kaplan and OG. Kaplan has more challenging quant problems that OG has. I studied for about two weeks for the first time plus another five weeks for the second time. A piece of advice, schedule your exam at a time of the day when your brain is working at full capacity. Even if I managed to greatly improve my verbal skills in five weeks, schools will never know that :(
If there is something else you wanna know, please don't hesitate.

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New post 01 Oct 2004, 23:01
fantastic Kaplan scores . Gmat seems to be getting tougher.
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