770 (Q49, V 47)

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770 (Q49, V 47)

by adityanarula » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:14 am
Hi Guys,

took the monster on the 7th of August and scored 770 (99 percentile)

I am more than happy with the score, although I would have traded a lower score for higher quant, considering I am from the Indian demographic, which is renowned for high quant scores of 50/51 ( I am not sure if SC would allow such a sentence).

Here are a few key points that I learned from the entire experience. I will be here to answer any particular questions that you might have.

1. Prep Test: GMAT Prep is the best, everything else is useless! Kaplan is totally hopeless. MGMAT might be good in terms of score prediction (although I disagree with that as well), but since it does not test on concepts and difficulty level encountered in the real gig, I term it as useless.

My Test History:

Date Test Score Quant Verbal
11-May Kaplan 1 580 39 31
13-Jul Powerprep 750 50 43
14-Jul M1 680 47 36
16-Jul Kaplan 1 590 38 33
18-Jul GMAT Prep [email protected] 770 49 48
19-Jul GMAT Prep [email protected] 730 49 41
26-Jul GMAT Prep [email protected] 740 50 40
1-Aug GMAT Prep [email protected] 760 50 41
7-Aug GMAT 770 49 47

You can see how closely GMAT Prep and Powerprep mimicked my real scores.

2. Test Prep Duration and Time: I had initially planned to study over a period of 7-8 months and take the GMAT early next year. This is a strategy I employed for the GRE 5 years back and it served me realy well ( I scored 1510/1600) on that. However, due to certain dynamics at work I had to replan my MBA goal. I started my prep on 18th May and took the test on the 7th of August. I studied for 3 hours on the weekdays (took Friday off) and 6-7 hours on weekends.

3. Test Study Strategy: I had initially planned on studying one quant topic and one verbal topic daily. In the first week itself I discovered it was flawed. I then switched to weekly targets. For example, I did all of the PS prep in the first 2 weeks and them moved to DS for another 3 weeks. On Sundays I did OG. I can answer more questions about my study plan if you have any. The bottomline is one has to flexible in their approach. In my experience, planning is must but no plan survives contact with the enemy, so should change if required.

4. Test Prep Material: Manhattan (all quant books) and OG (11, 12 and quant abd verbal review). Nothing else is required. I was particularly week in DS and this site was the best for that. I have heard others say that MGMAT SC book is teh bible. For me it was over the top and too technical with too many rules, that I could not memorize in 2 months time. I am pretty good with English (ignore the quality of this post, as I am getting late for work) but SC was a weak spot. Sahil's notes on this site along with a few others helped the most.

I guess, that's all that I have. Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have.

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by sreak1089 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:28 am
Congratulations aditya !! That's an awesome score !!

I took my test on Aug 8th and bombed with a score of 570 (Q48, V21), Verbal busted me.

What are your suggestions to improve on verbal? I have been getting verbal scores in the V25-35 range on MGMAT and GMATPrep tests. On analyzing my test scores, I find RC and SC are my weak areas. I am having decent accuracy (over 70%) on 500-600 and 600-700 level questions on SC and RC, but very low accuracy on 700-800 level questions for SC (40-50%) and RC (0-10%).

My accuracy on CR is relatively high and my avg. difficulty of questions on CR is 710. However, average time taken per question on CR is about 2 min 30 secs. So, I take a while to undersand what the question is asking, particularly on RC and CR.

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by yes you can » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:02 am
Hi Aditya,

Congrats on your achievement !! I understand that Kaplan scores are no way near the real thing,and in your case it seems that your scores jumped from a 590 (in Kaplan) to a 770 (in Gmat Prep).This is a fanatstic improvement in two days time.

What do you think is the reason from such a jump ? I would appreciate your reply. I took my GMAT recently and got a 630. I have decided to take it again and aiming to get a 710.I need to improve my Verbal from 33 to a 38 in two weeks time...

Thanks again,

YYC

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by adityanarula » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:42 am
Hi:

About the Kaplan query: I dont think I was at a 590 level. It is unheard/unrealistic to see a 200 point jump in 2 days. Thus, I think that Kaplan scoring algorithm is flawed. Dont pay too much attention on those scores. The best would be GMATPrep.

For the question on RC & SC: good news SC can be improved. My accuracy when I started on SC was 40%. I would point you to 4 resources I used: MGMAT chapter on Idioms in their SC book. Rajat_nda notes, Shail's notes (available on this website), and 1000 SC. Besides that I meticulously made a list of issues/points I encountered.

As for RC: I was good at it from the very start (98-100% accuracy), so didnt work too much on that. As many others have said in their posts, RC is developed over a long reading habit. I am not the right person to advise you on RC.

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by sreak1089 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:37 am
Thanks a lot Aditya. I have been blindly doing SC problems with out analyzing my mistakes. I will start analyzing my mistakes methodically, will keep an error log. Will also make use of the resources that you have suggested.

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by mnka » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:14 am
Hello!
Congrats on the splendid score. Please can you provide me the link to sahil's notes (for SC). I have just registered for GMAT.
I have been doing PS and DS from Kalpan and OG. Are the problems of the same level in the actual test or they are difficult than those in these books?


I am completely daunted by the SC section. How to start doing it ? I was trying the Qs after I read tips in Princeton Review and ended up getting mostly all wrong. Please suggest some way to tackle the SC section.
Thanks.

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congrats

by ansh.kumar » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:30 am
congrats on ur great score

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by adityanarula » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:31 am
Good news is that SC can be improved. Drastically!

Here is the stuff I used. Make sure you learn from your mistakes.

Also used 1000 SC. Let me know if you dont have it.
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by mnka » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:16 am
Thanks a lot !
Yeah I have 1000. I was thinking I will start with MGMAT first (there are so many rules , I never knew I was this bad in English :P ). Lets see how I fare.
How about PS? I am asking this , cause the Indian CAT Quant is much tougher than OG and kalpan problems.
One more Q, I checked for PowerPrep . It has two full length tests. While drifting through some site I saw people mentioning PP1 , PP2 , PP3 and PP4.

Is this PP different than Power Prep?

Lastly , if I am not bugging you too much how does one score the tests? I know it is a lame Q , I have 41 Qs in V and 37 in Qs in Quant. How does one arrive at scores like Q (47)V(41), is it the translation from raw to scaled score?

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by adityanarula » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:37 pm
How about PS? I am asking this , cause the Indian CAT Quant is much tougher than OG and kalpan problems.

Indian CAT is way too tougher, so dont worry about that. Stick to the basics in quant, as I mentioned in one of my earlier posts.

For Powerprep, I had access to only 2 tests. One advice: do that early on as a number of those questions are repeated in later editions of OG.

Yes, the GMAT algorithm convers raw score to scaled score and thats the voodoo

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by mnka » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:59 pm
Thanks a ton for enlightening !! I am a bit relieved to hear about PS.

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Congratulations

by Way2UK » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:17 pm
Hi Aditya,

Congrats on your fantastic score!! Your strategies are very inspiring.

Thanks a ton for the downloads as well. I do not have SC1000. Could you please upload it as well? THanks in advance.


Cheers,
ranjith

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Congratulations

by Way2UK » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:18 pm
Hi Aditya,

Congrats on your fantastic score!! Your strategies are very inspiring.

Thanks a ton for the downloads as well. I do not have SC1000. Could you please upload it as well? THanks in advance.


Cheers,
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SC 1000

by adityanarula » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:23 am
You will have to use the unhide option to see the answers
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by zuleron » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:58 am
Thanks for these!