Gmat 770; v- 42 q - 51

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Hi Folks, I have always been a reader here with no posts. I am finally done with my GMAT and to be frank the final scores have surprised me as well. I wrote the GMAT in early June 2011 Total Final score : 770 Quant : 51 Verbal : 42 ...
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Hi Folks,

I have always been a reader here with no posts. I am finally done with my GMAT and to be frank the final scores have surprised me as well. I wrote the GMAT in early June 2011

Total Final score : 770
Quant : 51
Verbal : 42
AWA : 5.5/6

Materials used:
Official Guide 2011
ETS test papers
Kaplan study software
Wren & Martin - for basic grammar

Schedule & Time lines:
I took a long 4-5 months to prepare. My job was very travel oriented and didn't allow me to be regular with GMAT prep. I took the date only after I was consistently scoring more than 720/730 on the mocks.

Jan - OG verbal all questions(verbal)
Feb - no prep
March - ETS test papers old for practice
April - Mocks tests for verbal only - once a week
May - AWA practice and full length tests
June - first week GMAT

Mock Scores
Kaplan mocks - 720; 610; 590 (gave up after I saw a 500s score)
Veritas free test - 720
MGMAT 1 - 740
MGMAT 2 - 740
MGMAT 3 - 770
MGMAT 4 - 780
MGMAT 5 - 750
MGMAT 6 - 770
GMAT prep 1- 770
GMAT prep 2 - 730
GMAT prep 3 - 750 (reset just to gain confidence)

Strategy
Right from the beginning I was pretty clear where I needed to start the prep from. My quant was pretty good, in fact so good that I really never bothered to practice till the final mocks.
Verbal was a big big problem especially the sentence correction part. I had already appeared for GRE and hence RC was okay for me. Critical reasoning came naturally (at least the OG stuff)
One thing that I had learnt the hard way was that one must not take up a date early (I rescheduled GRE like twice). So for GMAT I took the date only after I was absolutely sure that I could score something like 740+
Over last few weeks i just relied on the MGMAT tests and the GMAT prep software, and I must say that both of them are very accurate predictors of the actual GMAT

D day
I could not get enough sleep the night before because of all the anxiety and consequently the next morning was a disaster for me.
I bought three cans of red bull and drank one in every break and just before the exam. Maybe that made me feel at ease during the whole GMAT thing.
Red bull 1
AWA came as surprise and somehow I could not conclude as well as I had thought on both the essays. Overall a hurried finishing
Red bull 2
Quant was easy as usual and I cruised through it with 8-10 minutes to spare
Red bull 3
Next up was verbal and my weakest section. first 2-3 questions were CRs and were pretty easy. Next few questions were all SCs and I was unsure on a lot of them. None of the RCs that came to me were scientific (I am pretty good with the science RCs being an Engineer). Finally the screen came where you had to list all schools and stuff... and then the final report scores.

Was out of the world to see a 770 on screen. Though was a little surprised to see V-42 + Q-51 giving 770.

Overall a dream come true.

Regards,
ABD


gr8 score. :p

My Question is does red bull really helps ? I know it is a Caffeinated alcoholic energy drink,but never used it.
I also have problems in getting sleep before D-Day and that hampers chances .

Suja
2011: Rejects: XL-BM+HR,MDI,XIMB(WL-7),IIT-M(WL-31),IMT,NMAT 2012: CAT : 98.43-New IIM,NITIE(WL-13),M DI Converts:IIM Kashipur Waitlisted(Not converted)-NITIE: WL131,MDI:600+ Joined: None Epic Fail!!
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Thanks ankit.

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Thanks a lot for the tips man. :-P Can you possibly mail the 170 SC& solutions to me. Today I ordered for Kaplan Verbal workbook as a few seniors suggested it. Would like to look into this 170 SC ebook too.

And I finished OG sentence correction once, will say out of 135 odd questions, got almost 100 correct in the first attempt. Will give a second run to OG soon.

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@natshaonli -
SC was my weakest section as well, I did the OG questions twice & did a pdf doc called 170 SC & solutions.
Finally I quickly went through the wren & martin's standard grammer book

The key is to practice hard and get to know the frequent errors that gmat tests,
misplaced modifier
subject verb agreement
not only - but also/neither-nor type idioms
tenses.

Once you master these few types atleast 70 % SCs are cake walk


Thanks a lot for the tips man. :-P Can you possibly mail the 170 SC& solutions to me. Today I ordered for Kaplan Verbal workbook as a few seniors suggested it. Would like to look into this 170 SC ebook too.

And I finished OG sentence correction once, will say out of 135 odd questions, got almost 100 correct in the first attempt. Will give a second run to OG soon.
A dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn't let you sleep.
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@ AbhishekISB

No Princeton & MGMAT are different

by MGMAT I meant Manhattan Gmat tests. i bought the test series off the internet website. Link if it may help
Online Practice CAT Exams & 8 Question Banks

Regards,
ABD

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Wow! Thats some score. I have got my GMAT on 29th this month, and I think I might have to reschedule it given my current pace

Sentence correction is such a bother!!
One major issue is that since I was a CBSE student, we never got to learn grammar from text book. It was always intuition based, and I really can't make out the fundas of restrictive clauses, this type of verb, that type of verb, parallelism. So if the question is correct, its good. but 20% of the questions which i answer wrong, i can't interpret the solution and understand WHY.

CR, RC, Quant is not a problem for me either.

So If u got time, and done partying celebrating the gorgeous score, guide how to fix up sentence correction. Got just 29 days, AND it will be painful spending another 10 grand to postpone it.


Hi There

Please go for Manhattan Strategic Guide for Sentence Correction. Give it a full read. you will gradually start developing interest, so dont give up. YOu might need to go through a few things twice to really understand them, so dont worry if you dont get something in the first go.

With a layman's approach, you will take one day a chapter. There are 13/14 chapters in this book as far as I remember. So you will be done with the book in 15 days. The latest book has question numbers from OG 12 mentioned at the end of the chapter for the topic covered in chapter. I will recommend , you solve the OG questions once you are done with a chapter. That helps in really understanding the concept.

Hope that helps.

Abhi.
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@natshaonli -
SC was my weakest section as well, I did the OG questions twice & did a pdf doc called 170 SC & solutions.
Finally I quickly went through the wren & martin's standard grammer book

The key is to practice hard and get to know the frequent errors that gmat tests,
misplaced modifier
subject verb agreement
not only - but also/neither-nor type idioms
tenses.

Once you master these few types atleast 70 % SCs are cake walk

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Hi,
First of all congratulations for the outstanding score.
What is official guide 2011? Is it different from OG-10,11, and 12.
Thanks in advance


Hi There,

OG Stands for Official Guide. So OG 10,11 and 12 are all different versions of the Official Guide. TO precisely answer your query: Official Guide 11 is OG 11.

Thanks
Abhi
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Hey there, Great score I must say.

Congratulations on the score and ATB for your next actions.


Quick question, Could you let me know where can I get the MGMAT tests that you have mentioned, are these same as the Princeton review test? I know that might sounds silly if they are not the same.

Thanks
Abhi

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For 29 days bracket, which are good sources to prepare for?
Emphasizing that Verbal is the weak spot..

A dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn't let you sleep.
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