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Hi,
Took the test on 1st June. Score - 710 Q46 V42.
Screwed up the quant section because of poor time management. Sometimes you just cannot let go. :)

I had only imagined this score in my dreams. (No practice test even helped me visualize this score). So, when I saw this score on the screen on the test day, I did not know what to do. Just sat there staring at the screen. :-D
Only a month of serious study helped me get this score.
Reading the debriefs from this forum helped me stay motivated. Will write a detailed one soon. Till then you can drop in any queries, I will be happy to resolve them.

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Re: 590 to 710 [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 10:02
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Hi,

There is no dearth of debriefs here and there are some really great ones, but still you never know which one will motivate you the most. I read not less than 50 before finalizing on my strategy. I hope you will do the same :)

The journey started long back in 2010 but at that time I was not really serious about it and hence scored a 590. Took a really long break after that and then started again in dec'11 but, with a glacial pace. May 2, 2012 was when I decided that I need to take the GMAT and ace it. I had read about people studying during after office hours but it was not working for me. So, took a month off and began.

Had all the prep material as the first attempt had taught me to collect all possible books , materials etc.
Prepared for verbal on my own but took classes for quant (Would have done better without it :) )

Study material used-
Manhattan SC - everyone recommends this book and it is awesome
Aristotle SC - u can probably do without it
OG 12,10,11 - og 12 complete , og 10 sc & ps, og 11 - sc & cr
Verbal review
Kaplan 800 - only sc and cr - did not get time to complete other sections
Kaplan premier- complete- beginner level book
Manhattan books for quant - u don't really wanna know
Powerscore CR
Manhattan RC

Took 6 FLT's - score range 650- 690.
Stopped taking practice tests 2 days prior to the actual one. Instead, revised concepts and reviewed errors.

On the test day, was a little excited and reached the centre 1 hr 10 mins before time. Sat on the staircase listening to some music. Other candidates started coming in and anxiety level kept moving higher seeing all those tensed faces. The key is to stay calm- focus on music or anything else but stay calm.

During the test-
AWA went pretty well. Don't know what went wrong with the score. :)
Quant was not at all going well. My performance in any of the practice tests was not this bad and I could feel I am screwing it up. But, still made myself believe that it was not all that bad. Spent close to 6 mins on 2 questions - really silly ones- had to rush though to complete at the end. Verbal is my strength. So, thought I got to give my best in this and if I ace verbal, things would be a lot better. Started off well. As I moved ahead, I could sense that I am doing well. The last RC I got was pretty tough - big relief. Had enough time to complete the verbal section easily.

Score - 710 !! I simply could not believe.
(If it helps- I had not imagined any other score in my dreams. It was always a 710. I wish I had dreamt of 800! :-D :-D )
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Nice leap :-D

You said one month, for how many hours?
Looking forward to your debrief.



Hi Andy,

I studied for almost the entire day.. but did not compromise on my 8 hrs sleep.. :-D
It is important to study with full concentration.. number of hours is secondary. 10-12 hrs of focussed study for a month or so should be enough. However, this was my second attempt so this strategy worked. For a beginner, 2 months - 10 hrs should be more than enough.
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Re: 590 to 710 [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 07:42
Nice leap :-D

You said one month, for how many hours?
Looking forward to your debrief.
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