Took the GMAT Prep: 710

So I just took the GMAT Prep exam, I got 35 Verbal 50 Quantitative for a total of 710.
I would like feedback on three things:</p>

<p>1) How accurately does this predict my actual performance on the test (do you think the actual GMAT is harder than the Prep Exam?)</p>

<p>2) How much should I really be concerned about my low verbal score (78th percentile). The real exam is in two weeks, I am shooting for a much higher score, any advice for the verbal section?</p>

<p>3) How confident should I be with the answers of the test: I am 100% sure there was a mistake in the math section, and was not entirely convinced by two verbal questions. Do they have a reputation of being error prone?</p>

<p>WOW... really no response and it has been two weeks!!! I did the GMAT today and I got a 760 :)
Yes that's 99th percentile... I really expected something close to 720 but was surprised by how easy the actual exam was... so yeah thanks for all your responses so far LOL
to answer myself:
1) prep tests underestimate your actual performance
2) don't sweat about the verbal score, these preparatory material include very very hard questions that you won't face on exam day!
3) YES I AM SURE THESE ARE MISTAKES.. these materials are not written by gods... also the GMAT itself sometimes contains errors - this has actually happened!</p>

<p>PLEAAAAASE somebody else write on this post so i don't feel neglected.. thanks!</p>

<p>@27michigan: which book do you think to be the most useful preparation materials?
I'm planning to take Gmat next year and really worried abt my verbal :(</p>

<p>OK so for all my practice i used three books: princeton guide, official guide, and Manhattan GMAT...</p>

<p>If you have one year, i say don't bother with the first two, buy the manhattan GMAT series (they are 8 books that cover every detail of the GMAT) very very helpful and comprehensive, and the questions are harder than what they are on the actual test. Just use the MGMAT and you'll be set.</p>

<p>Princeton guide will teach you tricks about answering the questions, yet it is not as detailed as the MGMAT, i would recommend it if you have 2 weeks to the exam date</p>

<p>The official guide has actual GMAT questions, which is its strong point, but it lacks explanations, buy it if you want GMAT like practice, although the MGMAT has tougher questions, and if you're shooting for 700+ I recommend the MGMAT</p>

<p>Make sure to practice sample online exams, under exam like conditions, it will prepare you for exam day...</p>

<p>PS. If you want to buy any of those books, i'll be happy to sell them at a discount, PM me</p>

<p>I would like to buy your books if you still have.</p>

<p>I am weak in writing essays. could you all give me some tips on analytical writing assesment. which book should I read for that?</p>

<p>Thanks in advance.</p>

<p>Where should I buy MGMAT? Should I register the MGMAT course to get that book?</p>

<p>You could buy the mgmat without registering in any class just use amazon if you want,</p>

<p>How long did you study for the GMAT before you took the test and what were your hours like (say a few hours a day or a few hours a week)? If you don't mind me asking. 99th percentile is amazing and I think the more information you give the better it is for everyone on this site.</p>

<p>Hi guys, i'm really very sorry to interrupt here. But i'm having a hard time starting a New thread, so i thought i'd ask here.
I'm asian, and planning on going for an mba <finance> in the near future from a really good uni. I just wanted to ask is the american mba <prolly from="" stanford,="" wharton,="" chicago=""> really respected in canada like it is in the usa? Or will it be a better idea to go for the canadian mba, since ultimately i'm planning on moving and working in canada.
Its just that i heard canadian mba is not as respected globally as an american one is. So what're your thoughts? Is the american mba respected in canada? Can a stanford or chicago grad compete with a uni of toronto or queens grad?</prolly></finance></p>

<p>So for GMAT practice, i was doing ~1 hour for 5 days a week for a little over a month... that was it! looking back at it, it is a bit much...</p>

<p>that being said, you should be smart in your studying: i cut my study time in half by paying almost no attention to the math section since i knew i could easily score a perfect score without any studying (i went through an engineering undergrad, GMAT math is so simple since it is basic arithmetic, geometry, and statistics). I put most of my effort on english, specifically the grammar sections, because i learned that GMAT grammar is different than American grammar ==> main takeaway: understand where you need the most improvement and work on it, don't spend time learning something you know...</p>

<p>standard exams are easy because you can study them and prepare for them as much as you like (i followed similar strategies for the GRE and ended up in the 95th percentile) </p>

<p>For MBA, i cannot say much: i will start a degree in mathematical finance and not an MBA... but i can assure you that American schools ALWAYS top Canadian schools (or any other international schools for that matter) focus on the US schools, and why not, apply for some Canadian places.</p>

<p>What undergrad institution did you attend? What was your final culm gpa? Sorry if that sounds too nosy. A 760 is phenomenal! Congratulations! I appreciate your breakdown of the books, really helpful. What grad schools were you looking at?</p>

<p>i went to university of michigan - dearborn. i graduated with a 3.93/4.00 (only 2 profs thought i wasn't good enough for an A :( )</p>

<p>at first i was looking for MBA programs (top 10 programs)
but later i figured that i love finance, and i'm not really interested in the management aspect of the MBA, hence i started applying to quantitative finance programs (a.k.a mathematical finance)</p>

<p>i will be joining the Computational finance graduate program at Tepper School (carnegie mellon university)</p>

<p>guys, just get the books, put in the hours, and you are guaranteed a good grade :) understand your strengths and work to fix your weaknesses...</p>

<p>i'm willing to answer whatever questions you have!</p>

<p>You should have went to Wharton! Your stats are phenomenal!</p>

<p>You should have went to Wharton! Your stats are phenomenal!</p>

<p>@27michigan: dude congrats..760 in GMAT is really phenomenal.</p>

<p>@27michigan Earlier you mentioned that to study you used MGMAT to study. What specific materials did you buy? I was browsing the selection on Amazon but there's so many supplements and extra packets I don't really know where to start. </p>

<p>Also, did you apply after you graduated or during senior year?</p>

yes, there's tons of material available there..i have been through princeton review and kaplan and they are good only for the basics. if you are targeting 700+ scores ,then either use Manhattan strategy guides or Aristotle Prep grail series or both. Supplement this with OG and you should be done.</p>

<p>I have a question. I have been out of school since 2004 when I received my undergrad. i would like to go back for my MBA, but I started today studying for the exam, and I feel like I don't remember anything! What is your opinion? Should I take an in-class course? Continue to study on my own? I plan on taking the test in December so I can start classes in the spring of 2014. </p>


Most people who are starting their GMAT study don’t remember much, so its really nothing to be concerned about. As far as what your study options should be: course/self study etc, it really depends on you. Do you learn better in a classroom or on your own? What is your score breakdown like? If you are excelling in one area and only need help with another, then you may just want to self study or get an online course that lets you purchase in parts. However, if your weaknesses are more spread out, then a course might be a good option for you.