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# 570 (Q30, V38) to 760 (Q49, V44) in 3 months (long)

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29 Sep 2009, 15:51
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Hey understudy.... congrats on your results. I'd kill for your score and personally wouldn't look to retake it. I don't think adding another 10 or 20 points will make a huge diff into getting into a good b-school as even for all the top schools the average is low 700s.

Thanks for the tips. I really like the explanation about SC and making sure you understand every question.
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29 Sep 2009, 18:15
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Great advice on studying all the wrong answers, sounds like it would work for the CR/RC questions too! Hope I get a similar score in two weeks. Best of luck on your apps!
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29 Sep 2009, 19:38
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If you could explain a little on what inputs you received from that gentleman , it would help. Also if you could explain on the quants strategy it would help. Am exactly at your initial score and would want to move somewhere near your final score in less than 8 weeks.

Thanks.

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29 Sep 2009, 21:22
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understudy wrote:

Would appreciate people's thoughts on me potentially retaking it. In the 3 months leading up to test day, I approached the GMAT with the intention of destroying it. It's really become a matter of pride at this point and the thought of such a stupid and avoidable mistake is driving me nuts. I would have been perfectly proud and happy of my 760 if it were not for this mistake. It’s like making it to the 100M sprint at the Olympics expecting to win gold and then getting silver because you heard the gunshot a half second after everyone else.

Definitely not worth retaking. You are no worse a candidate with a 760 and, to the contra-positive, no better a candidate with a 770. Either way you are in the top 1%ile.

On a side note... comparing the jump from 770-760 is hardly comparable to going from gold medal to silver. Silver means first loser. 760 means good enough to get in anywhere that a 770 can.

Congrats on the good test scores. I hope to do the same on Oct. 10. Time to get to work. I have to finish 190 PS OG12 probs before I go to bed.
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29 Sep 2009, 21:26
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Very inspiring story and good suggestions......but one problem is the 20-25 hrs study a week you mentioned for 13 straight week!! Its quite a hard work to do...shows how passionate you were!!! Congrats...
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30 Sep 2009, 02:13
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Congrats understudy!

Now, RD is my big problem. Could you share your strategies to crack it in short time? thanks
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13 Oct 2009, 14:25
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burnttwinky wrote:
Understudy, how did you significantly improve you verbal score from a 35 to a 41 in just a week? I noticed a significant difference between your 3rd and 4th exam in just a week. I have also recently completed the Manhattan Gmat course, and im trying to significantly improve my verbal as well.

SC: Exhaust all of the OG problems and make sure you read the official explanations for EVERY QUESTION, EVEN THE ONES YOU GET RIGHT. For the ones you get right, go through and read the official explanation for why every other answer choice is wrong. Every wrong answer choice typically has 2-3 errors and chances are you’re only able to identify 1 of them. By going through the official explanations for why each answer choice is wrong, you really train yourself to recognize errors, which is the key to SC. Even on the toughest SC problems, you can use error recognition and POE to arrive at an answer 95%+ of the time. This was the revelation that kicked my score up from a V36 to V41 in a single week.

- CR/RC: you should approach studying for these the same way as you approach SC although you probably don’t need the same level of meticulousness. After a while it’s just pattern recognition. Stay as close to the text as possible, avoid extremisms, etc. etc.
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burnttwinky wrote:
Understudy, how did you significantly improve you verbal score from a 35 to a 41 in just a week? I noticed a significant difference between your 3rd and 4th exam in just a week. I have also recently completed the Manhattan Gmat course, and im trying to significantly improve my verbal as well.

SC: Exhaust all of the OG problems and make sure you read the official explanations for EVERY QUESTION, EVEN THE ONES YOU GET RIGHT. For the ones you get right, go through and read the official explanation for why every other answer choice is wrong. Every wrong answer choice typically has 2-3 errors and chances are you’re only able to identify 1 of them.

I have already completed all the OG problems and I still havent quite got the accuracy/speed I am shooting for. I spend between one and two minutes to complete a problem(target is under a minute), could you illustrate your approach(for attacking a SC question) by an example? Would really appreciate your help!
Also, I am unable to complete a section (primarily because of my slow speed while solving the RC/SC questions). Any tips?

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I think I am reading this for the second time but this post is very inspiring. Great job on your GMAT.
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Great debrief !! Thanks for the detailed plan and suggestions.
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30 Sep 2009, 01:33
Nice post!

As I see everything comes down to these 3 words: Practice, Practice, Practice
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30 Sep 2009, 05:07
hiiii
today's post was really nice.
this section is difficult for me.
can anyone give me more suggestion on CR,SC,RC.
plz post me tip on verbal.
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30 Sep 2009, 20:25
Great .. Congratulations !!
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30 Sep 2009, 20:37
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If you could explain a little on what inputs you received from that gentleman , it would help. Also if you could explain on the quants strategy it would help. Am exactly at your initial score and would want to move somewhere near your final score in less than 8 weeks.

Thanks.

Ram.

all of the advice i received from him is incorporated in my original post or one of my responses. check out my response to yesiwill for how i approached studying for quant. let me know if you have any specific questions. basic idea is doing tons of problems and then going back and making sure you understand each and every one inside out.
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30 Sep 2009, 20:50
thanks to everyone for all the positive comments - a high GMAT score is doable for just about anyone, it's really a matter of how badly you want it and, moreover, how much you're willing to work for it.

20 - 25 hours a week, 13 weeks straight. if you do that, you will be working harder than 99% of the other people out there. if you possess at least average intelligence, theoretically, you should be able to score higher than 99% of the other other people out there.
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02 Oct 2009, 10:45
Excellent suggestions!

I scored 530 on the GMAT prep. Seeking 700+ for PHD program entry.
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04 Oct 2009, 23:47
I have a question. After I exhaust all Verbal problems in the OG, where can I find those "Verbal SETS" you referred to in your message? Thank you very much.
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06 Oct 2009, 08:17
Great Congrats....
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06 Oct 2009, 08:29
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I have a question. After I exhaust all Verbal problems in the OG, where can I find those "Verbal SETS" you referred to in your message? Thank you very much.

You can find them on random torrent sites. If you just google for GMAT SETS something, you should be able to find a site or newsgroup where you can get them within the first 5 pages of results. They were from Scoretop I believe, which is now out of business.
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06 Oct 2009, 10:52
Understudy,

Very inspring!
I'm sure this turn around is a life long motivation for you to keep coming back from failures... of which life is full of it.
... And likewise for us.

Keep up with the good work.

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