your success inspires me give to give my GRE again ...after a dismal 1200 the first time!
anyways, best of luck with applications!!
I took the GMAT yesterday for the second time. First attempt:June, 2004.I was crashed by my first score.I was prepared at the time as well but i did not approach the test (on the test day) the right way.Also i was not able to sleep and that affected my performance.
I took a break and then prepared for the GRE(took it in October) and GMAT at the same time.
I am interested in a Phd Program in Business and some schools require GRE other GMAT but i was not sure i was going to take the GMAT again.
I was not a very active member(in posting) but I did read many of the posts which helped me build the much needed confidence to take another shot at the GMAT.
I cant say Math was my favourite subject, on the contrary but i killed the "beast"
My preparation consisted in using: The Official Guide-definetly the bible.The Paper Tests,Kaplan. ( IMHO Arco and Peterson are very poor preparation books or cd's)
PP1 760, PP2 790 (after Official Guide- even after 3 months of not seeing the Official Guide(since my first attempt) i remembered the answers.So not a good indicator.
Paper tests:660-680:very good indicator
Firts real GMAT:580 quant 42 verbal 28 -June
GRE:quant 710 verbal 540 (studied 1000 words but still got some other 15)-October
second GMAT:680 quant 47 verbal 35-November
Test day:yesterday i was absolutely sure i messed up my quant section.The questions were really hard in the beginning -similar to Kaplan and got easier towards the second half but by that time my timing was really bad.Still i think it was the right decision to spend more time on the first questions.
I got more(a lot) DS than personal statement questions.No probability, no median, no SD, no coordinate geometry just tons of numbers property questions and one interesting combinatorics and a few geometry questions.
Verbal part: first of all thank you Spidy for posting your grammar notes!!.Those really helped.
I dont think i missed any SC questions but i messed up the bold CR and believe it or not i got the same horrible RC passage( even though GRE RC passages tend to be worse) i got in my first GMAT.
i knew it's going to throw my timing off the minute i saw it.So i had to fly through the last 11 questions which were 90% CR (i got none of those in the first part of the test) and the feeling was just horrible. I know i lost valuable points but taking into consideration the fact that i thought i did worse than my first time you can imagine how happy i was in the end when i saw the 680.
It is a very big accomplishment for me and i cant thank enough Erin for starting this forum.
I am not a native English Speaker and i did not know of anyone here in my area (Romania) who had recently taken the test.This forum helped me alleviate the feeling of unknown i faced in the beginning.
Man, it feels good not to have to see those tests anymore!
Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences and good luck!
You said "first of all thank you Spidy for posting your grammar notes!!.Those really helped."
I'm about to appear for GMAT in mid Dec . Could you please forward that link to me or email the the same to me at email@example.com
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