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Waging War on the GMAT (760 - 99th percentile)

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by El Cucu » Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:18 pm
Congrats!
Your post reminds me that the most difficult war is the war against ourselves

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fast improvements on cat exams

by krajy » Wed May 13, 2009 4:38 pm
While examining your test exams, I noticed that on Manhattan GMAT CAT you went from 690 (Q47, V37) to 670 (Q45, V36) to 700 (Q46 V39) to 730 (Q48 V42) all in the period of one month. Your Quant seems to be consistent but your Verbal went from mid 30s to low 40s to take you past the 700 mark. I am also taking the MGMAT CAT exams and after my 5th test I’m at 680 (Q48 V35). Do you have any pointers on how you got your verbal to go up in such a short amount of time? I have MGMAT CAT #6 and GMATPrep #2 to finish off my cat testing and I would like to get past the 700 mark on these practice test before I take the test in 4 weeks.

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Re: fast improvements on cat exams

by canada_sms » Wed May 13, 2009 4:45 pm
krajy wrote:While examining your test exams, I noticed that on Manhattan GMAT CAT you went from 690 (Q47, V37) to 670 (Q45, V36) to 700 (Q46 V39) to 730 (Q48 V42) all in the period of one month. Your Quant seems to be consistent but your Verbal went from mid 30s to low 40s to take you past the 700 mark. I am also taking the MGMAT CAT exams and after my 5th test I’m at 680 (Q48 V35). Do you have any pointers on how you got your verbal to go up in such a short amount of time? I have MGMAT CAT #6 and GMATPrep #2 to finish off my cat testing and I would like to get past the 700 mark on these practice test before I take the test in 4 weeks.
I don't think I really did anything special necessarily. I did carefully review all of the questions I got wrong and tried to address specific weaknesses. Manhattan provides some really good analytics for their tests. After a couple of the practice CATs, I figured out that I was doing horrible on specific question types like Boldface CR and Modifier SC questions at the 700-800 level. I then spent time targeting those question types to improve and it seemed to work.

I hope that helps.
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by TedCornell » Tue May 19, 2009 9:28 am
What a debrief!!

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veritas RC strategy

by dchilmak » Sat May 30, 2009 6:44 pm
Hey ,

I see you mentioned about MGMAT, Kaplan and veritas in your debrief ,

Can anyone please share RC Strategy used in Veritas prep booklet? I tired RC Strategies explained in Kaplan,MGMAT,Priceton .....none of them worked for me ......when I browsed this community , I see Veritas prep RC strategy works for some test takers.....I would like to try that .....I dont have Veritas prep strategy books ......also they are not available in book stores.....trying to get from craigslist .......in the mean time if some one can explain in brief the strategy used in veritas prep books .....I would greatly appreciate .

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by a11ee » Sat May 30, 2009 9:20 pm
Wow you did 6 months of studying and THAT many questions/tests and only got 760?

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by BlindVision » Sun May 31, 2009 5:05 pm
a11ee wrote:Wow you did 6 months of studying and THAT many questions/tests and only got 760?
I think that everyone has a unique study schedule that best suits the individual. Some have more time to study, while others don't; some individuals focus on the quality of study, rather than rushing the study program.

Through Canada SMS' amazing debrief, one can conclude that his study program was based on quality, not soley quantity. The end result... an amazing score that puts him in the 99% percentile, meaning that he scored better than 99% of test-takers, worldwide.

My 2 cents :wink:
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by bullshark » Sun May 31, 2009 6:07 pm
This is exactly what i was looking for in one concise format.

You should be a GMAT General now!

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by bullshark » Sun May 31, 2009 6:09 pm
a11ee wrote:Wow you did 6 months of studying and THAT many questions/tests and only got 760?
760 is a great score.

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by VP_Jim » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:09 am
a11ee wrote:Wow you did 6 months of studying and THAT many questions/tests and only got 760?
"Only" ?!?

Yeah, boy, 99th percentile... that's terrible. :)
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by California4jx » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:38 am
very encouraging ..

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by syr » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:38 pm
Just amazing!

I have not been inspired more !

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by mad.grad » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:49 am
Nice debrief son !!!!

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by Stacey Koprince » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:38 pm
Great stuff! Just want to correct one piece of information:
The people from Manhattan often mention that most people score about 15 pts less than their highest Manhattan CAT score on the real GMAT.
This isn't actually accurate. (And if you did indeed hear that from someone from my company, let me know, so I can set him/her straight.)

The average score "skew" across all students from final (NOT highest) practice test to official test is consistently less than 5 points. Sometimes it's +2 or 3, sometimes it's -2 or 3, but we actively manage our test to ensure that we don't end up with a consistent bias that skews significantly high or low.

The standard deviation is about 50 points from final test to official test, so most people score with plus-or-minus 50 points, but the overall skew, or bias, across all testers is as close to zero as we can get it.
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by ajith » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:07 am
Awesome :)
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