670 (47Q 35V) - Just wanted to share

Find out how Beat The GMAT members tackled GMAT test prep with positive results. Get tips on GMAT test prep materials, online courses, study tips, and more.
This topic has expert replies
Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
Posts: 15
Joined: 13 May 2008

670 (47Q 35V) - Just wanted to share

by 334MBA » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:00 am
Hopefully my AWA score isn't lower than 4.5.

I actually took the test 3 times before, but each was at least a year apart (630, 580, 650). Yesterday I got 670 - 85%. I'm not exhilarated but I'm pleased.

I guess I can't complain because my target was 680 (although I didn't realize 680 isn't even 90% nowadays). I thought Quant was very difficult and I ran out of time by the 25th question. I guessed quite a bit too. I was certain that I bombed it, but 47 is the highest I've ever received anywhere (years ago I ranged 38-42, this time around I've averaged 44). This time, I only used the Math Bible (and MGMAT for overlapping sets). I did the entire bible, marked the ones I was unsure about or got wrong, redo each of those and redo them again. It's interesting that every time I went back and redo the problems I would realize that last time I redid them I didn't really learn everything. Most of the problems weren't hard, but they reinforced my basics. I only looked at Prob/Comb/Perm questions once or twice, but never focused on them much. I also did one GMATFocus test and got expected scoring range of 44-49 with 80% confidence, so I guess it's a reasonable indicator.

Verbal was a killer too. My RC & CR hit rates from OG11 were quite high, but SC was lower. I got 38 on both GMATPrep CATs, so I was a bit disappointed to get a 35. I think I got 4 RCs on the test, last one being around question 32 and that totally threw me off because I was running out of time (which never happened before). I just found the whole verbal part very difficult compared to the GMATPrep. Lost of concentration played a minor role too.

I thought about retaking, but the thought quickly faded. I'm not targeting top 10 or I-banking/consulting, so I'm going to stick with what I have and focus on the application for Fall 2009.

Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts
Posts: 186
Joined: 26 Jan 2008
Thanked: 2 times

by medea66 » Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:35 pm
Wow, congratulations!!! That score is definitely not something to frown about. I'm also looking to retake the exam after a mind-boggling defeat. Also, when you say "math bible", are you referring to OG Math (green book)?