Friday, July 31, 2009

GMat Prep 1(2nd attempt) 31st July'2009 750(Q50,V42)

I am NOT happy. I would have been happy had I got a 780 in this one. There were 18 familiar questions in QA, and 6 in VA.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MGMAT 5 30th July'2009 760(Q51, V 42)

I crossed the 50 mark for the first time ever. That too in a MGMAT. This one did seem a lot easier than the others though. May be it is meant to be so. I only pray and hope that I can replicate this performance on the 4th day from now.
Fingers crossed, down on my knees, praying.

GMAT Prep 2 26th July'09 710(Q47, V40)

I was heart broken after this one. Made atleast 4 silly errors in Maths, and in verbal it was all about whittling the choices down to 2, then choosing the wrong ones.
But notice, I said I WAS heartbroken. Then today I wrote the MGMAT 5.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MGMAT4 21st July'09 730(Q48, V41)

I screwed up the timing in QA, otherwise I could have touched 49. In VA I am slowly inching towards my final target of 44. I wish someone bothered to calculate a correlation between MGMAT scores and the real GMAT scores. If I were a Worksheet Champ/Number Cruncher, I would have churned such data out myself.
Kaplan 800 is a great book for SC and CR, I have already seen a marked improvement in my accuracy. My RC performance seems to have a mind of its own, one some days it's through the roof on the others it's downright humiliating.
I want fine tune my arsenal now. Need to finish the RC bit in Kaplan 800, and practice loads from the OGs and take lots of set tests.

I will take the next on the 24th.

PowerPrep 1 - 12th July'09 760(Q51, V 43)

I made one error in QA, and around 8 in VA. The test was so easy it seemed unrealistic, plus some questions seemed familiar even. I can't deny the fact that the numbers looked very good on the screen.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

7th July'09 MGMAT 3 700(Q46, V39)

Finally some improvement in the VA. I owe it to Kaplan 800, I think. Mismanaged time in the QA section again, and got lots of probability, Sets and Coordinate Geometry questions. None of the topics I am good at. Will analyse this later tonight. Next test on the 11th. Probably a PowerPrep one.
Percentile in QA has moved from 61 - 81 - 79.
Percentile in VA has moved from 85-83-89.
Total percentile moved from 84-91-93.
Over the 3 MGMATs i.e.

More later.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

2nd July'09 MGMAT 2 - 690 (Q47, V37)

It's an improvement over my last sorry score, yes. But that's because this time I didn't mismanage my time on the QA section unlike the last time. Hence the 7 point improvement in the QA score. But verbal hasn't nudged an inch further, in fact it's down by one point.

I also forgot to mention that the test date is 3rd of August. Which is exactly a month away from today. MGMAT is annoyingly difficult and thus the scores often end up distorting the real level of preparedness. The next test will be a PowerPrep one, and I will not dillydally and write it within the next 6 days. hopefully on the 5th day from today. i.e on the 7th.

Made a few silly mistakes in QA that I am aware of. More after I analyse the test.

In the next test, even if the QA remains in the same sorry range of 47-49, the VA score must rise to the occassion and touch 40 atleast.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

10th June'09 MGMAT 1 - 650(Q40,V38)

Sigh. Heartbroken.
Screwed up the time management in the math section, which was much tougher than the GMAT Prep.
I had to guess on the last 6 questions in QA.
Verbal is fairly closely aligned with the GMAT Prep, found a lot of it easy. The CRs were tricky.
But I am sad about VA because my score hasn't improved since the last test. It's the 11th today, I will write the next MGMAT test on the 17th, and spend these 6 days preparing for it.
My target for the next test is Q - 50, V- 44.
I will do an indepth analysis of this test tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

GMAT Prep I 720 (Q49, V39) 28th May'09

I am satisfied.
In QA, I made 4 silly mistakes, made genuine errors in 3, and just didn't know 2. I believe that the score will improve once (and if) I revise the Math Basics, and get over my fear of Probability and Coordinate Geometry. My target score in QA is 50-51. It's within my reach.

VA needs a bit more work. Surprisingly I got all of RC right, which is usually a big weakness for me. I fought back drowsiness and did what call 'active reading'. It helped. My hit rate went up from 65% to 100%.
I made a few silly mistakes in CR, and got some genuinely difficult questions in CR.
In SC... well, 6 out of the 11 or so I got wrong were SC questions. Slimy buggers! I don't know why people on these great forums can't stop ranting about Manhattan SC guide, I don't like it, and haven't been able to go through it.
A 39 on VA is barely satisfactory, my target score is 44+. I gonna fix SC.

Tatvam Asi

Name: Axat
Purpose of this Blog: For logging my GMAT preparation errors, and sundry.
Why can't I just maintain a notebook? Because I practice in buses and trains, and while waiting in ques, and I was access to this log without having to carry a notebook. Also because I want others to benefit from my error-log too. Wise men learn from other's mistakes, a fool from his own.

Target B Schools (in order of preference) :
  1. HBS
  2. Kellogg/Stanford
  3. Yale/INSEAD
  4. Cornell/Columbia
  5. LBS/Said
  6. If I can't cough up the moolah, then apna desi ISB

I'll apply to 5.

I am a 24 year old Indian male, with a bachelors in commerce from DU with abysmal academics and dazzling extra curricular activities. I have 3 years of workex in the Energy industry.

Oh, and I love her.

That's WAY more than you need to know.