Originally posted by danielday
I have been snooping around. Thought when I cross the 700 barrier I would too write in my comments.
So here it goes....
Argument - Issue - perpare a tempelate and it should do u good.
Maths - not tougher but definately trickier than Official Guide
. I got a second question which was from probability and a few other tricky questions to begin with. So I ended up spending 15 minutes for first 5 questions though in normal circumstances I would spend 5 mins (max) for the first 5. But at the end I finished the test 10 minutes before time. Read the questions carefully else the exam will lead u into a trap.
Verbal - This part I have always dreaded. The second question was an RC - which looked pretty confusing. The 1st set of RC questions was followed by a 2nd set. RCs have always been my bane so I knew I was doomed. After that I was mostly getting SC (pretty easy) and CR (easy but time consuming). Got one bold faced questions, so kinda knew I wouldnt screw up totally. All in all I got 4 RCs () ranging from 40 lines to 65 lines.
Few tips to keep in mind. Know your center before hand. I was visiting the city (test center) for the first time. And my test had to start at 9 in the morning. So quite understandibly I was very nervous and anxious the night before. The morning of the test was itself a struggle as I had to ask people the directions (many didnt understand what I was saying). So I reached the test center in about 1.30 hrs - which normally would have taken just 30 mins.
Anyways I am neither elated nor dissappointed with the score (
see I know the parallel structure). I know I could have done better in the verbal section but nevertheless the score should be quite competitive.
And for the preparation.
PP1 - without much study - 730
PP2 - after finishing Official Guide
- 730 - didnt feel like taking the test as all questions seemed repetitive - so did the test well before time.
Kaplan - 610,600,630,570!!!
Got 630 in the third and was pretty disillusioned (I wasnt improving), so gave the 4th test right away.
My personal feeling is that the tests other than Official Guide
are no good. The section tests in Kaplan though are quite helpful.
And finally, will the score be competitive to get me thru the 2nd tier of business schools in the US.(I have abt 3 yrs of work exp). Is it competitive for Manchester etc.