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3 weeks ago after signing up for the GMAT, I took my first practice test and scored a 700 (Q48 V39). I started doing exclusively verbal problems on these forums and have since taken three other practice tests (760 750 750). I was able to maintain that momentum into the real deal and scored a 770! (Q49 V47) I'd like to thank everyone who posts questions!
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Congratulations for an amazing score.
In 3 weeks you were able to achieve 60+ points improvements.
It is remarkable.
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Congratulations for Great 770!

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Congratulations!!! Wow, you've got V47. Improved from V39 to V47 in 3 weeks. Oh my dream!. Would you mind writing a post to share about how you practice in detail?
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devon12345 wrote:
3 weeks ago after signing up for the GMAT, I took my first practice test and scored a 700 (Q48 V39). I started doing exclusively verbal problems on these forums and have since taken three other practice tests (760 750 750). I was able to maintain that momentum into the real deal and scored a 770! (Q49 V47) I'd like to thank everyone who posts questions!

Congrats for your awesome score.
Could you share your debrief, please?
What materials did you use for your prep?
Could you share a bit about you? I mean: are you native?
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Congratulations! How is it possible to secure such a great score in only three weeks? Has your previous background helped in this regard? Congrats once again!
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devon12345 wrote:
3 weeks ago after signing up for the GMAT, I took my first practice test and scored a 700 (Q48 V39). I started doing exclusively verbal problems on these forums and have since taken three other practice tests (760 750 750). I was able to maintain that momentum into the real deal and scored a 770! (Q49 V47) I'd like to thank everyone who posts questions!

Congrats for your awesome score.
Could you share your debrief, please?
What materials did you use for your prep?
Could you share a bit about you? I mean: are you native?


Thanks! I'm American and am studying engineering in the U.S.

In order to study, I went to the GMAT Question Directory by Topic & Difficulty pages and did exclusively 700 level verbal problems. I didn't use any other resources to study, but have a strong background in math, and I read often. I tailored the number of problems I completed to match where I felt my weaknesses were. I exported my error log to Excel and so I can see a lot of cool data that encapsulates my studying performance.

Number of Problems I Did while Studying:
Reading Comprehension (RC) - 425
Sentence Correction (SC) - 269
Critical Reasoning (CR) - 157

To be fair, within the first week I had increased by score in practice tests from 700 to 760, so I started with a strong baseline performance. I also definitely feel like I did much better than I expected on the verbal section (my highest score on practice tests was V44), but I under-performed in quant (was consistently scoring 50s and even a 51 in practice tests).

However, my key takeaway is that the best way to study is to do lots of hard problems, and anytime you get a problem wrong, fully internalize why you got it wrong. Think of yourself as a Machine Learning algorithm that's being "trained" and "calibrated". After ~1000 questions, you really start to get an intuitive understanding of what the answer choice should be. I'm happy to answer any other questions :)
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Nice!!! Congratulations - that’s a great score and sounds like a great starting score! Most of us get about 500 on the diagnostic :-)

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devon12345 wrote:
3 weeks ago after signing up for the GMAT, I took my first practice test and scored a 700 (Q48 V39). I started doing exclusively verbal problems on these forums and have since taken three other practice tests (760 750 750). I was able to maintain that momentum into the real deal and scored a 770! (Q49 V47) I'd like to thank everyone who posts questions!


Great score that too in 3 weeks! Wow!
Congrats and All the best for your applications

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New post 18 Feb 2020, 14:40
Thanks for the response.
Did you complete 425 passages or just number of questions in total RC passage?
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devon12345 wrote:
3 weeks ago after signing up for the GMAT, I took my first practice test and scored a 700 (Q48 V39). I started doing exclusively verbal problems on these forums and have since taken three other practice tests (760 750 750). I was able to maintain that momentum into the real deal and scored a 770! (Q49 V47) I'd like to thank everyone who posts questions!

Congrats for your awesome score.
Could you share your debrief, please?
What materials did you use for your prep?
Could you share a bit about you? I mean: are you native?


Thanks! I'm American and am studying engineering in the U.S.

In order to study, I went to the GMAT Question Directory by Topic & Difficulty pages and did exclusively 700 level verbal problems. I didn't use any other resources to study, but have a strong background in math, and I read often. I tailored the number of problems I completed to match where I felt my weaknesses were. I exported my error log to Excel and so I can see a lot of cool data that encapsulates my studying performance.

Number of Problems I Did while Studying:
Reading Comprehension (RC) - 425
Sentence Correction (SC) - 269
Critical Reasoning (CR) - 157

To be fair, within the first week I had increased by score in practice tests from 700 to 760, so I started with a strong baseline performance. I also definitely feel like I did much better than I expected on the verbal section (my highest score on practice tests was V44), but I under-performed in quant (was consistently scoring 50s and even a 51 in practice tests).

However, my key takeaway is that the best way to study is to do lots of hard problems, and anytime you get a problem wrong, fully internalize why you got it wrong. Think of yourself as a Machine Learning algorithm that's being "trained" and "calibrated". After ~1000 questions, you really start to get an intuitive understanding of what the answer choice should be. I'm happy to answer any other questions :)


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New post 18 Feb 2020, 15:26
Hi Devon12345
Congrats for achieving an awesome 770. Wish I can achieve that high too in the near future.

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