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...just wanted to share my story with all of you. I actually didn't discover this forum until AFTER I took my test last week.

I am a mid-career executive (early 40's) looking to apply to a few Ph.D. programs specific to my business-related industry. The programs I am looking at do not require really great test scores (550-600 would be considered a pretty good score) and I was fairly lazy about studying for the GMAT, particularly since I have an MBA from a top 15 school with a 3.8 GPA.

Anyway, I had a lot of confidence in my verbal skills but little in my math skills. I had very poor math training in high school and despite a successful career in a fairly quantitative area, I don't have a really great grounding in algebra and never really understood geometry. When I took the GMAT for the first time about 18 years ago, I scored in the low 600's.

I did not want to invest in a GMAT review course due to application timing issues so I picked up the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook and worked through it, not particularly gaining an understanding of the concepts and not scoring particularly well on their questions.

I took the two GMATPrep CAT exams and scored a 35Q 38V 600 on the first one and a 36Q 37V 610 on the second one. I felt pretty assured that I would score between 590 and 620 on the actual exam.

I can't explain what happened on test day, but I was pretty comfortable during the test and the questions seemed quite a bit easier than what I had experienced on the GMATPrep exams. Lo and behold, I scored a 44Q 42V 710 on the exam which was confirmed in my final score today along with a 6.0 AWA.

I'm obviously please and hope that my experience helps highlight for some of you that you can excel at this.

Best of luck to all.

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Good for you!!!!

You didn't know the GEM IN YOU.

Just out of curiosity, What made you interested in Phd programme? Your answer might help me to clear my thinking too.

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