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590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 04:11
Retook GMAT yesterday and finally got a 690! I just wanted to thank everyone on GMAT club for sharing their knowledge and helping me get to my goal. The one thing I have to say to everyone else still taking the GMAT is don't give up. I am not a particularly smart person, but I studied for 5 months and took the test twice. Don't be afraid to regroup and take the test again.

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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 04:41
Would you mind providing a bit more details? Your experience could be very valuable.
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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 06:04
Ok,

Well, I used the Veritas traning program the first time around. I used the "on demand" kind where you don't have the online classroom just prerecorded videos. I actually found the videos quite useless and boring, I just studied the books on their own, I found them very helpful, but that may just be the way I learn. (I think there is an option to buy just the books.)

So the first test I got a 640 and decided this process was gonna be a breeze. Studied all the books, but it seemed like my test score kept dropping, but it seemed very scattered so I wasn't very worried. I took my first GMAT and was so disappointed with my 590 after studying all summer long and school was starting up.

I then thought back to how in the world I got a higher score on my diagnostic than on my actual GMAT, and I realized that on the diagnostic I was more relaxed (no pressure to score well) and I was having fun - meaning I enjoyed the challenge of solving the problems with just the logic and knowledge I had, not test strategies from a book.

So I tried to employ that strategy into studying and execution for my next GMAT. I tried to be more curious about certain problems I was missing - used gmatclub guides and found new and different problems to study - and tried to relax more - I didn't tell any friends or family about the test to try and keep the pressure to a minimum. It worked excellent!

Let me know if you have any more questions that I can help address.

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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 06:10
Btw First test 590 (35Q, 35V), Second Test 690 (47Q, 39V)

So I guess my best advice would be to force yourself to be curious and interested in the questions.
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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 07:54
Rate Veritas' books, are they a good comprehensive set?
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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 08:25
The Books are great. I don't have much to compare them to, but they have a great way of teaching each targeted segment of the test. They have lots of practice questions for each type. 14 books in total. They have good tests online but I took practice tests at Kaplan and Kenwton and preferred their set up more.
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Re: 590 >>> 690 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2010, 08:37
leamur247 wrote:
and I realized that on the diagnostic I was more relaxed (no pressure to score well) and I was having fun - I didn't tell any friends or family about the test to try and keep the pressure to a minimum. It worked excellent!

Very interesting trick. Unfortunately my family is aware of the gmat, so I hope they won't put the pressure on me the day before the test.
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