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Hi All, (sorry for the long post)

GMAT - 420-570-590-700 ; Admitted at Harvard Business School for class of 2014.

I wanted to share my two cents about my experience with GMAT and MBA application process. Before I start the saga, I wanted to thank all the leadership of Gmat Club, Alumni of this legendary forum, and active users for sharing all the information and support. Though I was never an active poster in the forum, I believe I made use of all resources GMATCLUB has to offer to my fullest of abilities. ;) I sincerely like to express my gratitude to all.

I read a quote by Einstein and I believe it applies to me rightly – It read, “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer”.
I believe there are much better post here on the forum that will tell you the intricacies about how you can boost your score with conceptual knowledge, so I will not bore you with resources I used, exams I wrote etc etc… It’s all the same but I will talk about things I did, which kept me going through the thick and thins in the process. I would not necessarily recommend that you try this at home but I am sure some can relate and hopefully will believe that there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

Long long ago, Year 2006:

I got fascinated by the thought of getting an MBA from a Top Business School. Learnt about an animal called GMAT and how big a pain in the a** it was. I put my first binder of GMAT material together. I soon forgot about it and started using that to be my scratch paper for other routine work. Status quo - Still graduating from school and had no job

Year 2007:

Ha! Got a job in a Business Jet Manufacturing company and guess what! I was still collecting material for GMAT from all resources I can get my hands on. I din even know what GMAT structure looked like but I kept collecting material that would say Gmat on it.

Year 2008:
Got Married! ;) GMAT was going no where so I decided on joining an online class that would get me into a discipline to study. I learnt that MGMAT was the best out there. I registered for the online class. I was asked to give a mock test to asses where I was, SO I followed the instructions and scored a CRUSHER! – 420 on the exam of MGMAT. I was told that MGMAT was +or – 30 point off the real exam and my hopes of getting a 700 where butchered. Thinking I wasted my money in even registering for the class, I continued… I finished the class and gave GMAT prep multiple time, only to fool myself and see 700+ scores on my practice exams …
Parallely, From this forum, I learnt about how much non-profit work was important for the MBA schools and I joined a Non-profit management association in my company in a committee officer role and actively pursued opportunities every where else - IMPORTANT STUFF.

Year 2009:
Early Jan. I gave my first official attempt on GMAT. Left 3 questions on verbal unanswered and scored a Q48 V21 AWA 6.0(Thanks to Chinese burned) - 570 and I was like really! I did a post exam review with MGMAT . I took a break for 2 months and figured I would give a good shot later that year. I would have never come back to do GMAT again if I would not have repeated the class of MGMAT for $300. I wasn’t learning anything new but I needed to do something to keep up my continuity so I created a group of people, who I can study with offline.
I gathered 6 people from the class and took up the role to host a meeting almost daily or weekly to talk about GMAT. I realized that a leadership role got me to do things I would never do – Organizing my study pattern, chewing a question until we know what are the lessons learnt, Be ahead of the group to bring insights, solve more questions , do more research etc etc… GMAT was no more an exam but an evening past time. Even if I did not study, I talked GMAT and MBA schools to keep up my motivation. Lesson learnt – You teach, you share information only to become the master of that subject. I am not native English speaker but I could see myself getting better at SCs.

I did this for an year, I was doing good at SCs, ignored quant, CR and RC were left to GOD! I read book and CR and RCs but I don believe I had any structure when it came to practice CR and RCs.

Year 2010:
Feb 2010, I gave my official GMAT again. I thought I did pretty well. I even had a RED BULL between the break.. Felt no lack of energy or time… I agreed to send my score to schools like Harvard and I was so ready to see my score. It blew my mind when I say a V29,Q43 AWA 5.5 – a 590. Tsunamis went through my brain and I lost hope in hardwork, prayers, and cursed GMAT for what it was. I came home..My friend (who scored 690) told me that may be I am not built for GMAT. My parents suggested to move on. I was close to believing that people who get 700+ on first attempt are super human and I was probably some kind of an outcast. I churned this fact for a month and told myself I would not give up. I have come so far, I know 85% of the stuff, If I give up now…I would waste all the effort, I would let myself down, I will prove everybody, who did not believe in me, right. I told myself that the last stretch is the most difficult and I will not give up when I am so close to the finish line.
One by one, people from my group disappeared and I was left with 1 guy – Abishek Boinpally, whom I met regularly to share my GMAT virtual enthusiasm with. Only good thing happened this year was I got promoted at work.

Year 2011:
The leap for me was beyond imagination, I needed a jump from 590 to 700, A 110 points, which was an indicator I should quit GMAT. Beginning of 2011, I knew RC and CR were my weakness in GMAT. I evaluated my exam simulations, I reviewed all error logs, I created voice memos to revise formulae and cheat sheets, I created a template that I will follow in the exam for my scratch work, and the day before the exam, I followed the advice to relax, meditate, and play in the rain ;). I went to the exam with Redbull and a sandwich (Realizing that RedBull just doesn’t help by itself). I thought I bombed my quant, I felt great about Verbal. I did not select any schools to send my scores too and I din read any screens and stopped clicking the NEXT button only when I reached the Score page. I looked at the score and kept thinking that it is all over and couldn’t imagine how life will be without
GMAT – I saw V38 Q47 – 700.

Seems a lot to go through for the same GMAT that some individuals crack in the first attempt with 760s

Hats off to all of you who did it!

My qualitative analysis of GMAT is that you need to learn the content and then learn to write the test, things such as timing, techniques to increase comprehension, shortcuts, how to use scratch paper etc…

I apologize, never thought this would become a real epic and I will put people to sleep. I wanted it to be a one page long piece. I would continue the admission into Harvard in the next post if there is any interest.

Thanks for staying with me if you are still reading!

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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 04:28
Congrats on the score and your admission to Harvard! Please continue your story as I believe it will inspire not only me, but many others here.
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 05:09
Amazing man, Congrats! All the best at Harvard!
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 06:12
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congrats buddy......I always have time for such inspirational success stories.......infact these very personal stories gives me the boost to study harder when I'm down :-D
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 06:19
Oh man! What a great journey full of twists. You are a true example of a perseverance man.
Wish you luck for the journey ahead and i look forward to ur story of admission into Harvard.

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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 15:55
Seriously,

This is really inspirational. Two thumbs up...

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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 21:47
hats off to your drive and determination.
You truly deserve it!

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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 08 May 2012, 21:49
Oh and please continue your story for your admission into Harvard..looking forward to that

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Hi Abhishek,
Really you proved that firm determination always pays.
Congrates on score and your admission.

Please share your verbal strategy to score V38.
What was your accuracy level in verbal?

Please share your profile also so that others can get inspired to get admitted to HBS
good luck for your bright future...
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 09 May 2012, 05:38
would love to hear more. Congrats
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Thank you all. I think I din bore you enough and people are interested in knowing the school application experience.

I am surprised and glad that I could invoke some positive belief in you. I would write the part II of my experience with HBS and more soon.

Thanks for the wishes and good luck to you all in the mean time.

My profile is:

Origin: India
Education: Bachelors and Masters in Engineering
GPA: 3.5
WE: Manufacturing for 4 Years in U.S
Industry: Aerospace
GMAT: 700
Age: 28

I can tell you one thing: No body will give you in writing except admission's office at HBS that you cannot get in Harvard and the only way to find out is to APPLY with a SOUND application.


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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 08:34
Congrats! This is really a great story! Thank you for sharing!
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 10:45
wow!!! would like to hear more from u...pls share your preparation techniques....
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 11:57
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Hi good story. But, isn't it true that the GMAT is not the only criterion to get admitted to a Business school?
can you shed some light on the rest of your application. As you can see from my profile, my scores are not bad, yet I got rejected by 7 schools.
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 20:06
Great debrief. I'm exactly at where you were in 2007 - 2009. spent a lot of time but not getting the result I wanted. And start thinking "maybe my brain is not designed to take GMAT". What you shared encourges me a lot. I will not give up and hopefully see you at HBS someday.
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 21:19
Congrats buddy for such an inspirational debrief.
would like to hear more about your application and admission process.
eagrly waiting for ur next debrief.

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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 03:05
HI Abhi

Congrats on the fantastic score and fascinating story telling! Need to hear about your next adventure now : HBS admission. I use this forum regularly though I dont write much but use the resources more. Stories like this are great motivation so keep them coming! :-D
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 03:13
Hi,
felt real good reading your post. i am one of those who is aspiring Harvard. I wish you all the success and loved your attitude of not giving up. Pls share your Harvard Experience...
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 06:15
Congrats Abhi... looking forward to your journey to HBS
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Re: 420-570-590-700-Harvard Business School [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 07:24
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Congrats! That's impressive!

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