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590 (Q-41 V-31) Relieved and happy! :)

by Elena89 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:40 am
I wouldn't say that my score ain't a biggy, beacause for me IT IS! :D Studying for the GMAT for about 2.5 months has been a grueling experience. Not to mention the emotional ups and downs during the last two weeks. But they say, all's well that ends well! And so did in my case.

I was only expecting a 500, given the scores of my practice CATs:

GMATPrep-1 (Baseline): Q-19 V-23 390
GMATPrep-1 (Retake after a month): Q-29 V-27 480
Kaplan GMAT(Dont have the breakdown): 530
Veritas: Q-36 V-22 520
Manhattan GMAT: Q-33 V-31 530
Princeton Review Q-35 V-30 550
GMATPrep-2 (Two days before the test) Q-32 V-23 470

Real GMAT: 590 (Q-41 V-31)


I'm very happy because this is precisely what I needed. Many thanks to BTG, and my favorite experts including Ron, Stacey, Brent and Mitch! You guys are just amazing! :wink:

Did I beat the GMAT?! Hell yeah!! 'cause its the score that'll get me in! :mrgreen:

A very happy new year everyone!! =]

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by DanaJ » Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:48 am
Congrats on being done, Elena89! That's a really nice end of the year present :)

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by Margaret » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:15 am
Hi Elena,

Congrats and 590 is a good score.

My target score is 550 and I still cant get it. I took a few prep tests but still I am stuck between 360-400. Can you please tell me how many hrs did you study per day and what materials you used?


Thanks,
Margaret

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by Elena89 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:59 pm
Thanks Margaret!

First of all, from my own experience, let me suggest you to not completely trust the mock test scores. Although, they do give you a good indication of your current capability, they're not the real exam! I, for instance, was very dejected when just a couple of days prior to the big day I scored only 470 on the GMATPrep. I almost had a nervous breakdown. However, not losing my optimism and knowing that I had prepared IT ALL translated into the score I wanted -- a 120 point increase! So my point is to NEVER lose faith in yourself! Say out loud 'I can do it!', and you will!

Secondly, I followed BTG's 60-Day GMAT Prep Guide. This guide's Quant part is just great! I strictly followed it. Materials I used include;

- OG-12 (practiced all Quant and CR problems only, however one should practice everything included in the book)
- Aristotle SC Grail (Used only this for SC prep, although I've heard a lot about Manhattan SC, but only felt comfortable using Aristotle)
- Manhattan Quant Guides 4th Edition (These are a MUST-HAVE! 60-Day Guide uses these for Quant)

Finally, I used to put in a maximum of 4 hours daily, since that was the most I could learn effectively on a single day.

Again, since your target score is pretty achievable, I'd stress on the importance of having faith in yourself and in God Almighty, everything will come your way naturally! =)

Hope that helps.

All the best!

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by Margaret » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:51 am
Thank you Elena, yeah that helps a lot.