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Hi there, First, if I understood your post correctly, your deadline to take the GMAT is next Friday... so what would your alternatives be if you don't take it by that time? Also, GMAT prep tests are fairly accurate predictors of your actual score on the GMAT, so since you got around the same score t...

by VP_Jim

Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Took second full length multiple choice GMAT prep exam
Replies: 2
Views: 1196

Yes, unfortunately, it's true - you have to use the marker and laminated paper. I'd recommend getting a notebook to practice on before the actual test since it's hard to get used to and pretty weird at first. If you're taking a prep course, no need to buy one - most of the companies will give you on...

by VP_Jim

Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: No scrap paper during the Exam???
Replies: 4
Views: 1596

I'm surprised you found the first editions unhelpful. As far as I recall, there was no (or at least extremely little) overlap between them and OG 11. I haven't seen the second editions yet, but assuming that there is no overlap again (someone else will have to chime in regarding this), I would defin...

by VP_Jim

Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: OG Verbal and Quant Review 2nd Edition
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

You will be provided with a booklet of laminated paper that you write on with a skinny marker. If I recall, you get five sheets of laminated paper. If you run out, you can raise your hand and ask for more. It's hard to get used to the marker and paper, so it's a good idea to practice on it before th...

by VP_Jim

Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Testing Centre Resources
Replies: 3
Views: 887

I'd have to agree, those tests tend to be fairly accurate. You're probably in the 550-650 range right now.

by VP_Jim

Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Improving verbal quickly is tough - it's a lot more subtle and less mechanical than quant. The best thing you can do is follow the advice above and start reading the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Economist, etc. for an hour or so each day. This will improve your all-around verbal skills and verbal ...

by VP_Jim

Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Boost in Verbal Section?
Replies: 5
Views: 1292

What do those results mean? Not much. It depends on how hard those questions were. If you got 28/41 super hard questions right, you're in fantastic shape. If you got 28/41 super easy questions right, you're in really bad shape. You need to take a computerized adaptive practice test to get any idea o...

by VP_Jim

Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Interpreting performance on verbal and formulating strategy
Replies: 6
Views: 1037

Well, you have 30 minutes for each essay, 75 minutes for quant, and 75 minutes for verbal; there's not a whole lot you can do about that. It would definitely add a new element of strategy to the game if you could "bank" time to use on another section, but alas, that's not how it works. Generally spe...

by VP_Jim

Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: What is the best Time Management Strategy ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1059

Don't forget accounting - although that is sometimes a separate MS/MAcc program.

by VP_Jim

Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: What other speicializations are there in MBA ?
Replies: 1
Views: 838

Are you asking what is the lowest score you can get and still get into a top program? My student who was accepted to Harvard got a 640 (I think... it was a couple years ago). That's the lowest score I've heard of personally getting accepted to a top school. But, he had lots of other stuff going for ...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: I just Beat The GMAT!
Topic: 660 on third try!!! Should I retake?
Replies: 8
Views: 2108

You mention that you looked at the OG explanations. This raised a red flag for me, because in my opinion, most of those explanations are NOT the best way to solve the problems. There is almost always some sort of trick/shortcut to doing GMAT problems. When I was studying for quant, I spent virtually...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Quant Help Needed
Replies: 6
Views: 1335

myohmy gives good advice. At this point, you shouldn't be looking at GMAT materials at all. You need to work on the math and grammar foundations before adding on another layer of complexity with GMAT problems. A high school math book is a great idea, as is adding 30 minutes of reading into your dail...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: Gmat test in a week
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Just a warning: The nature of adaptive tests (such as the GMAT) is such that you WILL feel like you did terribly. As you get problems right, the test will throw harder and harder material at you. No matter how good you are, eventually the GMAT will find the point where you start getting some problem...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: cancel exam? Does it go to your record?
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

My opinion is that unless you're scoring 99th percentile, you shouldn't have time left. Spend that time being more careful and checking your work, and your score will likely increase. As you study, you'll probably start slowing down anyway since you'll see things in problems that you missed before. ...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: 640 to ???
Replies: 4
Views: 1243

What I do when I need to take only one section is just take a full length test, but just click through the answers on the other section. So, if I want to take math only, I'll do the math section, then just click "A" for all the verbal questions. You'll get a raw score for the section you did complet...

by VP_Jim

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: GMAT Strategy
Topic: GMAT Practice Material?
Replies: 2
Views: 1144