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# 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else!

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740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  09 Aug 2013, 03:50
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I am ecstatic that finally I am done with my GMAT and did pretty well on it. Now I should be competitive for most of the programs that I am targeting. These forums here have been very helpful and I thought that i'd share here a bit about my GMAT experience so that future test-takers can benefit.

My background and why an MBA
A very typical profile. A guy bored with my IT job, working as a TL and wondering what the hell am I doing with my life. I have always envisioned myself doing something larger than myself and not being a slave to the next paycheque but somehow I feel I am stuck in a rut here where my life has only two destinations- my home and my nonsensical work at office.
I don’t know whether an MBA will help me figure out my calling in life but what I definitely know is that it will open up those opportunities for me that are not available right now. In fact ,right now the only opportunity that I see is switching my job which is like a dead end in itself.

Anyway, more on that topic later, let’s come back to the topic about the GMAT. I decided to apply for fall 2014 intake and the first step to achieve this target was to take the GMAT. I have always felt quite strong on Quant and fairly, if not very, strong on verbal. I thought that achieving a 99th percentile on the GMAT would be a great fete if I could achieve it and I kicked off my journey!

The resources I used:
I used the following books
OG13
Verbal-Aristotle SC, CR and RC Grails
Quant- Manhattan Quant Strategy Guides
CATs- ManhattanGMAT 6 CATs

How I prepared
I prepared for a total of 3 months. I really wanted to ensure that I finish my GMAT by 15th August so that it becomes easier for me to prepare my application and submit it in R1 for my target schools!

I firstly worked through all the verbal grail books as verbal was one area in which I was relatively weaker . The way I studied is that I would start with a chapter, go through the concepts and then would do the practice problems at the end of the book that tested on that particular concept.
Doing this really helps as you are able to build a solid foundation in one particular area and then move on to the next.

After I was done with the concepts and practice problems in the grail books, I moved on to the OG questions. I didn’t want to use the OG questions while learning the concepts because then I wouldn’t be able to get the maximum benefit from them.
Quant was not much my focus area as I felt confident in quant but still I wanted to capitalize on this and take my score to 51 so that even if something bad happens on verbal section on the actual GMAT, I’d be safely able to cross the 730 mark!

The Big day

It was not exactly a smooth sailing on Math. Since I had not prepared much for P&C, I was quite startled to see the first question as a P&C question. It took me around 4 minutes to do the question and I ended up becoming a little nervous that I have wasted a lot of time. I made up for the lost time in the subsequent questions and finished the quant section on time. The verbal section also went well and surprisingly I ended up finishing it with a minute to go! I was quite pleased with the score that appeared on the screen after the test !

Key learnings:
•A lot of people directly start practicing questions which I think is a bad strategy.Firstly build a strong foundations by working on your concepts and once your concepts are strong enough, then you can focus on practicing questions.
•Keep on visiting the online forums to stay motivated. Believe me motivation is the key.
•Spend a good amount of time in analyzing questions that you practice. Practicing more questions doesn’t help; analysis does!
•Take at least 8 full length CATs. It will help you on time management
•Don’t take the GMAT if you are not ready for it. I postponed my GMAT once because I knew that I will not hit my target score and I certainly didn’t want to get demotivated by taking the GMAT once and screwing it up!

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Re: 740(Q-41,Q-49) in 3 month- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  09 Aug 2013, 05:09
Could you elaborate on your verbal prep?
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Re: 740(Q-41,Q-49) in 3 month- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  09 Aug 2013, 11:15
Thumbs up Dude! I believe the split is V-41/Q-49, and the subject line has a small typo.

Between, I'm thinking whether to purchase SC Grail, did it helped you in the exam? If you've not sold the book yet,then I'll purchase the pdf version of SC Grail.
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Re: 740(Q-41,Q-49) in 3 month- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  19 Aug 2013, 07:13
Gian wrote:
Thumbs up Dude! I believe the split is V-41/Q-49, and the subject line has a small typo.

Between, I'm thinking whether to purchase SC Grail, did it helped you in the exam? If you've not sold the book yet,then I'll purchase the pdf version of SC Grail.

Thank you for pointing out the typo. Have corrected it. Yes, SC Grail did help a lot as I found Manhattan SC to be a bit complicated to read.
I don't have the pdf version as I had purchased the 3rd edition which is in the paperback format.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  06 Sep 2013, 00:43
3 months is the perfect amount of time I think to apply to schools. I have been doing it for the last 2 months and have my GMAT in another week.I hope I'm able to scale it now.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  08 Oct 2013, 22:33
Gaurav,
Thank you for writing the debrief. Can you let me know what should be verbal strategy in the last 1 month of my prep?
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  13 Nov 2013, 01:46
gauravdahl wrote:
I am ecstatic that finally I am done with my GMAT and did pretty well on it. Now I should be competitive for most of the programs that I am targeting. These forums here have been very helpful and I thought that i'd share here a bit about my GMAT experience so that future test-takers can benefit.

My background and why an MBA
A very typical profile. A guy bored with my IT job, working as a TL and wondering what the hell am I doing with my life. I have always envisioned myself doing something larger than myself and not being a slave to the next paycheque but somehow I feel I am stuck in a rut here where my life has only two destinations- my home and my nonsensical work at office.
I don’t know whether an MBA will help me figure out my calling in life but what I definitely know is that it will open up those opportunities for me that are not available right now. In fact ,right now the only opportunity that I see is switching my job which is like a dead end in itself.

I can very much relate to what you are saying. I am also in the same boat Thanks for the detailed post but. Was really very helpful
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  13 Nov 2013, 10:44
Congrats for the performance!
It's interesting that I had the same split (Q49 V41) and I got 730, lol
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  17 Nov 2013, 07:59
Hi Gaurav, congratulations for a nice score!
Could you please suggest how MGMAT scores relate to the actual GMAT score. How much were you getting on average in MGMATs?
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  17 Jan 2014, 00:38
asingh203 wrote:
Hi Gaurav, congratulations for a nice score!
Could you please suggest how MGMAT scores relate to the actual GMAT score. How much were you getting on average in MGMATs?

From what i have read on the forum, MGMAT quant is much tougher than the GMAT quant..So if you are getting 47 on MGMAT Quant, you should be hitting around 49 in the actual GMAT. Not very sure about verbal, but i think MGMAT verbal is a tad easier than the actual GMAT
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  18 Jan 2014, 00:51
congrads, man. i plan to take it within a month
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  08 Feb 2014, 09:10
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asingh203 wrote:
Hi Gaurav, congratulations for a nice score!
Could you please suggest how MGMAT scores relate to the actual GMAT score. How much were you getting on average in MGMATs?

From what i have read on the forum, MGMAT quant is much tougher than the GMAT quant..So if you are getting 47 on MGMAT Quant, you should be hitting around 49 in the actual GMAT. Not very sure about verbal, but i think MGMAT verbal is a tad easier than the actual GMAT[/quot]
I'd recommend anyone to use the 2 new GMATPREP CATs that are paid and have been released by the GMAC recently. I haven't used them personally but I think that the more you practice from official tests, the better it is.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  26 Mar 2014, 22:03
russianaspirant wrote:
I'd recommend anyone to use the 2 new GMATPREP CATs that are paid and have been released by the GMAC recently. I haven't used them personally but I think that the more you practice from official tests, the better it is.

Thanks dude. Your debrief and other posts made total sense to me.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  23 Jul 2014, 12:54
russianaspirant wrote:
abhinavarya wrote:
asingh203 wrote:
Hi Gaurav, congratulations for a nice score!
Could you please suggest how MGMAT scores relate to the actual GMAT score. How much were you getting on average in MGMATs?

From what i have read on the forum, MGMAT quant is much tougher than the GMAT quant..So if you are getting 47 on MGMAT Quant, you should be hitting around 49 in the actual GMAT. Not very sure about verbal, but i think MGMAT verbal is a tad easier than the actual GMAT[/quot]
I'd recommend anyone to use the 2 new GMATPREP CATs that are paid and have been released by the GMAC recently. I haven't used them personally but I think that the more you practice from official tests, the better it is.

I didn't take the new tests myself as they had not released by then but one of my friends who took the tests recently had great things to say about the tests. Would recommend anyone to go for them
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  25 Jul 2014, 02:37
Congrats Gaurav. You got the same score split as I did . Except that I got a 730!

beelonzz wrote:
Congrats for the performance!
It's interesting that I had the same split (Q49 V41) and I got 730, lol

Yep, same here beelonzz - got a 730 too.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  10 Aug 2014, 12:03
ZoSoKM wrote:
Congrats Gaurav. You got the same score split as I did . Except that I got a 730!

beelonzz wrote:
Congrats for the performance!
It's interesting that I had the same split (Q49 V41) and I got 730, lol

Yep, same here beelonzz - got a 730 too.

Seems like too many 730ers here on the club! Congrats all and all the best for the steps ahead.
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  05 Oct 2014, 09:17
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Key learnings:
•A lot of people directly start practicing questions which I think is a bad strategy.Firstly build a strong foundations by working on your concepts and once your concepts are strong enough, then you can focus on practicing questions.
•Keep on visiting the online forums to stay motivated. Believe me motivation is the key.
•Spend a good amount of time in analyzing questions that you practice. Practicing more questions doesn’t help; analysis does!
•Take at least 8 full length CATs. It will help you on time management
•Don’t take the GMAT if you are not ready for it. I postponed my GMAT once because I knew that I will not hit my target score and I certainly didn’t want to get demotivated by taking the GMAT once and screwing it up!

Your last point is so bang on target. I met a dude the other day who was saying that he is taking the GMAT although he is not yet prepared. Why would anyone want to waste their hard earned $$like this. I think a bad score is a confidence breaker Intern Joined: 07 Nov 2013 Posts: 19 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink] 12 Dec 2014, 12:12 shovitdhar wrote: gauravdahl wrote: Key learnings: •A lot of people directly start practicing questions which I think is a bad strategy.Firstly build a strong foundations by working on your concepts and once your concepts are strong enough, then you can focus on practicing questions. •Keep on visiting the online forums to stay motivated. Believe me motivation is the key. •Spend a good amount of time in analyzing questions that you practice. Practicing more questions doesn’t help; analysis does! •Take at least 8 full length CATs. It will help you on time management •Don’t take the GMAT if you are not ready for it. I postponed my GMAT once because I knew that I will not hit my target score and I certainly didn’t want to get demotivated by taking the GMAT once and screwing it up! Your last point is so bang on target. I met a dude the other day who was saying that he is taking the GMAT although he is not yet prepared. Why would anyone want to waste their hard earned$$$like this. I think a bad score is a confidence breaker But sometimes delaying the exam can get you nowhere. It's better if you take the exam and learn from it otherwise it just keeps on getting delayed. But that's just my opninion Manager Joined: 28 Nov 2013 Posts: 81 Concentration: General Management GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V46 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 34 [0], given: 0 Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink] 06 Apr 2015, 12:00 abhinavarya wrote: shovitdhar wrote: gauravdahl wrote: Key learnings: •A lot of people directly start practicing questions which I think is a bad strategy.Firstly build a strong foundations by working on your concepts and once your concepts are strong enough, then you can focus on practicing questions. •Keep on visiting the online forums to stay motivated. Believe me motivation is the key. •Spend a good amount of time in analyzing questions that you practice. Practicing more questions doesn’t help; analysis does! •Take at least 8 full length CATs. It will help you on time management •Don’t take the GMAT if you are not ready for it. I postponed my GMAT once because I knew that I will not hit my target score and I certainly didn’t want to get demotivated by taking the GMAT once and screwing it up! Your last point is so bang on target. I met a dude the other day who was saying that he is taking the GMAT although he is not yet prepared. Why would anyone want to waste their hard earned$ like this. I think a bad score is a confidence breaker

But sometimes delaying the exam can get you nowhere. It's better if you take the exam and learn from it otherwise it just keeps on getting delayed. But that's just my opninion

Agreed. Although the official number of gmat test takers annually is close to 300k, I'm sure that more than 1 million people start their gmat prep but drop it in between. It's difficult to maintain that momentum
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Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else! [#permalink]  13 May 2015, 05:54
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Key learnings:
•A lot of people directly start practicing questions which I think is a bad strategy.Firstly build a strong foundations by working on your concepts and once your concepts are strong enough, then you can focus on practicing questions.
•Keep on visiting the online forums to stay motivated. Believe me motivation is the key.
•Spend a good amount of time in analyzing questions that you practice. Practicing more questions doesn’t help; analysis does!
•Take at least 8 full length CATs. It will help you on time management
•Don’t take the GMAT if you are not ready for it. I postponed my GMAT once because I knew that I will not hit my target score and I certainly didn’t want to get demotivated by taking the GMAT once and screwing it up!

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Great insights..Do you think that 8 full length tests are enough ? I'm planning to take around 12
Re: 740(V-41,Q-49) in 3 months- Sheer Hardwork, nothing else!   [#permalink] 13 May 2015, 05:54

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