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# 740 in first attempt (July'13)

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Concentration: Operations, Technology
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GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40
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23 Jul 2013, 02:39
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Hey all

I took the GMAT last week and thought I should share my experience; maybe it can be helpful to someone out there. Also, I need some advise from you guys.

First off, here's the break up as on the unofficial score report:

Quant 50 (89%ile)
Verbal 40 (90%ile)
Total 740 (97%ile)

EDIT: Got the official score card; AWA 5.5, IR: 8

And now a little background about me. I am from India, completed B.Tech in 2011 and have been working for 2 years now. I was thinking of taking the GMAT since last December but didn't start studying until I actually registered for the exam in May ! So my first tip is to register and set a date for the exam; you get a deadline and it puts some positive pressure on you to start preparing seriously. Then I bought the OG and took the diagnostic test to assess my strengths/weaknesses. This is a must step because frankly speaking you do not need to complete the entire OG, just concentrate on the weak areas and the string areas will improvise during practice tests anyways. I already suspected my weak section would be verbal as my basic math is pretty good; the diagnostic test proved the same. In the verbal part my weakest area was SC, then RC and then CR. Now my work was cut out for me !

OK, so that's what I did; started on my verbal and took the first GMAT prep test on 26th May. Scored 720 (Q-50,V-38) and was very surprised and happy . Also, I had completed the quant and verbal sections well before the alloted time. And then I lazed off for a few days . But no loss as I had accounted for that in my plan . Anyways, the point is my verbal had improved slightly so I knew I was on the right track. But GMAT prep software gives you only two tests and I didn't want to take the 2nd test soon, so I talked to a friend and he suggested gmatclub.com. That's how I came to know of this wonderful site . Initially, I was browsing through the site aimlessly and couldn't understand how exactly to use this site to improve my prep. Also, the first test showed me another weakness I had totally not though of, AWA and IR. My initial plan focused mainly on verbal and quant and left very small time for AWA and IR. That was obviously a mistake . As my quant was already strong, I decided to push it to the end and started with AWA instead. The IMS material provided a basic outline for the essay and then I stumbled upon chineseburned's AWA guide which is simply awesome! This is all you require for AWA folks, this and practice at least 8-10 essays to get a hang of it.

Next on list was IR. Gmatclub led me to gmatpill for this, which was really useful. About 100 questions are free to practice on gmatpill and I spent them all on the various types of questions in IR section. Even then, I was finding it hard to manage the time on this part. It was around this time I realized that the GMAT prep software also gives you some practice questions ! And so I practiced the 15 questions for IR. (Total 90 practice questions are available for free in the software, I tried only 39: 15 IR, 15 SC, 7 CR, 2 DS as per my need) Again, it's not important how many questions you try until you understand how exactly to tackle them. In the meantime I took the MGMAT free test; scored a dismal 650 as I was not feeling too well and decided to ignore that! My RC and CR had improved but the SC part was still way below average and I couldn't understand why. While practicing SC I did good but on the exam it was not at all good! So I went back to square 1 with SC. I went through the SC related stuff on this forum and slowly started building my basics again. This was 10 days before my actual exam! I was a little nervous about taking such a drastic step, but nothing had worked till then so this was my best course of action; and it paid off.

I went on leave from work a week before the GMAT date(I had some family obligations as well), this gave me more time in the final days for preparation. It is always helpful to take at least 2 days leave before the d-day as it helps you to relax and be focused. My SC part was not entirely done but as the exam date was approaching I took the 2nd GMAT prep test on 13th July and scored 710 (Q-50,V-36). Again, I had completed the sections well before time. This time I did extremely bad in SC, hence the drop in score. But I did not lose my calm, and just completed the SC part as planned. Time management is another important aspect of the exam and I had at least accounted for that much. In fact I decided to go a little slower during the actual exam so as to avoid any silly mistakes.

In short, the GMAT has a well-defined structure understand it first. Register for the exam so that you may start preparing seriously. Know your weak areas and prepare an action plan to improve these within a stipulated time frame. Practice and analyse, don't just attempt many different questions. Also, keep in mind the time limit for each section, and prepare accordingly. I took only 3 mock tests unlike many other people, but understand that you need to know what will help you reach your target; do not blindly follow what other people do, strategy for each and every person is different, you just need to prepare your strategy. And finally schedule the exam at the time most convenient to you and take something with you for the breaks. I would also like to thank the contributors to gmatclub.com.

Now, some things I need your help for:
1) What to do next? (I want to start school around Aug'14 if possible and latest by Aug'15; haven't been able to exactly short-list schools, dream school INSEAD)
2) Should I go for counselling? (How important is it?)
3) My graduation grades aren't that good and I think my work experience quality will be considered average; how can I improve my profile?

Ganesh Jagtap
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23 Jul 2013, 07:13
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Congrats on your great score and good luck with your applications! Got to say so many smilies lol in a debrief something you don't see very often

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Current Student
Joined: 21 May 2013
Posts: 83
Concentration: Operations, Technology
Schools: ISB '17 (A)
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40
WE: Manufacturing and Production (Manufacturing)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 14

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23 Jul 2013, 02:45
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Ganesh Tukaram Jagtap

have a nice day
my gmat debrief
pm me in case of any queries

Current Student
Joined: 21 May 2013
Posts: 83
Concentration: Operations, Technology
Schools: ISB '17 (A)
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40
WE: Manufacturing and Production (Manufacturing)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 14

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23 Jul 2013, 09:52
Smileys are very important in life ; its never good to be too serious . Being relaxed helps a lot
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Ganesh Tukaram Jagtap

have a nice day
my gmat debrief
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GMAT 1: 740 Q49 V41
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Re: 740 in first attempt (July'13) [#permalink]

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29 Jul 2013, 10:54
ganeshjagtap wrote:
Hey all

I took the GMAT last week and thought I should share my experience; maybe it can be helpful to someone out there. Also, I need some advise from you guys.

First off, here's the break up as on the unofficial score report:

Quant 50 (89%ile)
Verbal 40 (90%ile)
Total 740 (97%ile)

And now a little background about me. I am from India, completed B.Tech in 2011 and have been working for 2 years now. I was thinking of taking the GMAT since last December but didn't start studying until I actually registered for the exam in May ! So my first tip is to register and set a date for the exam; you get a deadline and it puts some positive pressure on you to start preparing seriously. Then I bought the OG and took the diagnostic test to assess my strengths/weaknesses. This is a must step because frankly speaking you do not need to complete the entire OG, just concentrate on the weak areas and the string areas will improvise during practice tests anyways. I already suspected my weak section would be verbal as my basic math is pretty good; the diagnostic test proved the same. In the verbal part my weakest area was SC, then RC and then CR. Now my work was cut out for me !

OK, so that's what I did; started on my verbal and took the first GMAT prep test on 26th May. Scored 720 (Q-50,V-38) and was very surprised and happy . Also, I had completed the quant and verbal sections well before the alloted time. And then I lazed off for a few days . But no loss as I had accounted for that in my plan . Anyways, the point is my verbal had improved slightly so I knew I was on the right track. But GMAT prep software gives you only two tests and I didn't want to take the 2nd test soon, so I talked to a friend and he suggested gmatclub.com. That's how I came to know of this wonderful site . Initially, I was browsing through the site aimlessly and couldn't understand how exactly to use this site to improve my prep. Also, the first test showed me another weakness I had totally not though of, AWA and IR. My initial plan focused mainly on verbal and quant and left very small time for AWA and IR. That was obviously a mistake . As my quant was already strong, I decided to push it to the end and started with AWA instead. The IMS material provided a basic outline for the essay and then I stumbled upon chineseburned's AWA guide which is simply awesome! This is all you require for AWA folks, this and practice at least 8-10 essays to get a hang of it.

Next on list was IR. Gmatclub led me to gmatpill for this, which was really useful. About 100 questions are free to practice on gmatpill and I spent them all on the various types of questions in IR section. Even then, I was finding it hard to manage the time on this part. It was around this time I realized that the GMAT prep software also gives you some practice questions ! And so I practiced the 15 questions for IR. (Total 90 practice questions are available for free in the software, I tried only 39: 15 IR, 15 SC, 7 CR, 2 DS as per my need) Again, it's not important how many questions you try until you understand how exactly to tackle them. In the meantime I took the MGMAT free test; scored a dismal 650 as I was not feeling too well and decided to ignore that! My RC and CR had improved but the SC part was still way below average and I couldn't understand why. While practicing SC I did good but on the exam it was not at all good! So I went back to square 1 with SC. I went through the SC related stuff on this forum and slowly started building my basics again. This was 10 days before my actual exam! I was a little nervous about taking such a drastic step, but nothing had worked till then so this was my best course of action; and it paid off.

I went on leave from work a week before the GMAT date(I had some family obligations as well), this gave me more time in the final days for preparation. It is always helpful to take at least 2 days leave before the d-day as it helps you to relax and be focused. My SC part was not entirely done but as the exam date was approaching I took the 2nd GMAT prep test on 13th July and scored 710 (Q-50,V-36). Again, I had completed the sections well before time. This time I did extremely bad in SC, hence the drop in score. But I did not lose my calm, and just completed the SC part as planned. Time management is another important aspect of the exam and I had at least accounted for that much. In fact I decided to go a little slower during the actual exam so as to avoid any silly mistakes.

In short, the GMAT has a well-defined structure understand it first. Register for the exam so that you may start preparing seriously. Know your weak areas and prepare an action plan to improve these within a stipulated time frame. Practice and analyse, don't just attempt many different questions. Also, keep in mind the time limit for each section, and prepare accordingly. I took only 3 mock tests unlike many other people, but understand that you need to know what will help you reach your target; do not blindly follow what other people do, strategy for each and every person is different, you just need to prepare your strategy. And finally schedule the exam at the time most convenient to you and take something with you for the breaks. I would also like to thank the contributors to gmatclub.com.

Now, some things I need your help for:
1) What to do next? (I want to start school around Aug'14 if possible and latest by Aug'15; haven't been able to exactly short-list schools, dream school INSEAD)
2) Should I go for counselling? (How important is it?)
3) My graduation grades aren't that good and I think my work experience quality will be considered average; how can I improve my profile?

Ganesh Jagtap

Hi Ganesh
Congratulations for scoring good in GMAT and sharing your test preparation strategy with the group. I am answering to your queries below:
1) You should apply to a set of 5-7 B-school. Your GMAT score is good and you can target 5-7 schools from FT top 50 ranking. INSEAD may not be a prudent choice as they expect you to have considerable work experience and also in managerial position. On other hand, a school like Standford does not mind admitting a fresher if they are convinced about leadership potential of aspirant. It would be helpful if you can share your career aspirations. Career goals would be a major criteria for selection of suitable school.
2) Counselling or no counselling, you should develop the capability to assess yourself, identify areas of strength & weakness and explore what kind of work motivates you. Clarity around career goal is another important area to work upon. Some people do it on their own, some get help from their family/friends and some seek help from professionals.There is no right or wrong strategy - it all depends upon your approach and comfort level.
3) You have a good GMAT and that would compensate for average acads. during under-graduation. Do share details of experience you have had. We will assess it and provide you specific inputs to improve upon your profile.
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