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Now that the GMAT journey is over, I understand the hardwork and discipline that goes into achieving this scoring. One has to really take the right decisions at the right time to do well on the GMAT to make the seemingly impossible possible! It was especially tough for me because I was initial planning to take the GMAT in first week of December. Somehow I was under the impression that like all other business schools, ISB also has its R2 deadline in Jan. But suddenly, in August, I surprised when I got an email that ISB's R2 deadline is November 30th so had to take the GMAT well on time to meet the deadline.


Background :
I'm from India currently working in US for the last 1 year. Total work experience is around 3 years in an IT consulting role.Targeting to switch to Finance post MBA and planning to apply to ISB, Booth, Wharton and Stern.

Total prep time- 2 months.

Strategy- Based on my score on the diagnostic test, I realized that I need to focus more on Verbal. Quant has never been too much of a challenge for me but Verbal on GMAT requires understanding the various type of questions, strategies etc so it indeed demands dedication. I put in approximately 30 hours/week for 2 months. 30 hours/week is more than what most will recommend but since I was on a tight schedule, I had to finish learning concepts and strategies well on time so that I could have enough time to practice


AWA : Use Chineseburned AWA guide- Simply awesome. Just practiced 2-3 essays and I was good to go!
Integrated Reasoning : Used only the OG13 IR questions. Most of the schools have already said that IR is not very important so didn't want to spend a lot of time on this. I think I did fairly well

Quant: I took the MBA entrance exams in India the last year and the Quant in those is certainly more difficult than the GMAT Quant. Didn’t have to worry much about it. Just practiced questions from different sources(Kaplan,Aristotle etc)

Verbal

Sentence Correction

This was my Achilles’ Heel on Verbal and though learning rules is not difficult but applying them is definitely a tough task. Also 500, 600 level questions are not difficult to tackle but 700+ level questions require clarity of concepts,not to mention good overall command on English.

I knew that if I could improve on SC, I can improve my chances of getting a great score quite a lot. Why? Simply because a) Maximum number of questions on Verbal are from SC b)It’s easier to improve SC in a limited time frame as compared to CR and RC so this was my kill area.

Books I used
Manhattan SC- Good book but can be confusing. Doesn't have practice problems also so you will have end up exhausting OG13 questions by the time you finish it.
SC Grail 3rd edition- It's 2nd edition was okayish but the latest one is better than Manhattan SC I think. Focuses on application of concepts and covers advanced SC concepts in an easy way. Also provides 125 practice questions.

Critical Reasoning

Manhattan CR :Didn't like it much. If you like doing CR with symbols and diagrams, you will like this book but I think more intuitively and making a diagram to understand the argument wasn't my cup of tea.
Aristotle CR Grail : Not as great as the SC Grail 3rd ed,but I think the book’s approach was better than Manhattan CR’s. Structured and without any nonsensical diagrams.


Reading Comprehension

Honestly speaking, I never practised much for RC. I somehow felt confident on RC and just went through the strategies on various forums so that I could tackle RC better and practiced only the OG RCs.

Practice tests

Kaplan : Poor scoring algorithm. Was devastated after taking one test. Read it on the forums that these tests aren't good so moved to Manhattan.
Manhattan CATs - Good scoring algorithm and excellent tests overall but quant can be much tougher than the actual test.
GMATPREP- Extract the juice out of these tests. Very very good.

Test scores:

Kaplan #1 – 580
MGMAT #1 – 670
MGMAT # 2- 710
MGMAT #3 - 740
GMATPREP1 #1 - 720
GMATPREP1 #2 - 760
GMATPREP2 #1 - 750
GMATPREP2 #2 - 770

You'll see that the GMATPREP scores on reattempts are inflated. This is because I knew a couple of questions.

Test Day

At times both during the Quant and the Verbal section, I felt as though I am not doing well and drove the anxiety level high. However, I constantly kept on telling myself to focus on the question on the screen because my assessment on my performance didn’t matter. At the end, clicked on Report score and was overjoyed.

Five "Takeaways"(a too frequently used word in the GMAT world I think)

1. Do not take the GMAT if you are not prepared. Trust your instinct. If you are not prepared for, don’t waste your $250. I booked my test date only when I thought that I'm ready to take the exam.
2. If you have a limited time, focus more on SC than on CR and RC. SC is easier to improve.
Analysis of questions is the key to improve yourself.
3. I don’t know what is the surest way to fail but one of the definite contenders would be “Wasting more than the allotted time on a question” . It is not only stupid but it is futile. It especially happens in Quant when you’ve already taken say 3 minutes in a question and you are still thinking that you’ll get the answer soon. It’ll just throw your entire time management into disarray
4. Make sure that you used the optional breaks in the tests.
5. Don't bother too much about IR. I have seen a lot of people on the forums here fretting about IR.

Good luck to all of you here and thanks a lot in helping with achieving my goal.I hope to be active on the business school threads now as i move to the next stage. If you have any questions, let me know.
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2012, 06:32
hi!!!! dats an awesome score. All the best for your applications..could you provide me the soft copy for sc grail 3rd edition
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2012, 08:00
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hi!!!! dats an awesome score. All the best for your applications..could you provide me the soft copy for sc grail 3rd edition


Please keep the forum clean. No asking for pdfs. Anyway,SC Grail 3rd edition is available only in hardcopy. Here's the link to it
http://www.amazon.com/GMAT-Sentence-Cor ... s=sc+grail
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2012, 19:54
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3. I don’t know what is the surest way to fail but one of the definite contenders would be “Wasting more than the allotted time on a question” . It is not only stupid but it is futile.

Very well said! Thank you for a nice debrief! All the very best for the app process.
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 08:23
Congratulations on the great score. What is the total amount of time(approx hours) you put in your prep ?
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 23:57
Well I didn't calculate it but I think it would be somewhere around 200-250 hours- 20-30 hours/week multiplied by 8-9 weeks
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2012, 06:37
Great score and write up. How did you prepare for the IR section ? Should I be focusing on it ?
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 03:18
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Great score and write up. How did you prepare for the IR section ? Should I be focusing on it ?


Frankly speaking. Not at all if you are applying to schools this year. The schools are not going to look at your IR scores this year
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 03:51
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Great score and write up. How did you prepare for the IR section ? Should I be focusing on it ?


Frankly speaking. Not at all if you are applying to schools this year. The schools are not going to look at your IR scores this year


Okay, thanks. I'm actually planning to apply for the Fall 2014 intake so don't know whether "ignore IR" advice will actually be valid for the next year too.
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 23:13
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Great score and write up. How did you prepare for the IR section ? Should I be focusing on it ?


Frankly speaking. Not at all if you are applying to schools this year. The schools are not going to look at your IR scores this year


Okay, thanks. I'm actually planning to apply for the Fall 2014 intake so don't know whether "ignore IR" advice will actually be valid for the next year too.


I think that if you are targeting a top school, you would rather want to perform well in all the sections
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 01:57
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I think that if you are targeting a top school, you would rather want to perform well in all the sections


Thanks. I have gone through IR quite a bit now and contrary to what I had thought, it's not very difficult. More of a number crunching thing it is,something that we'll have to do post MBA also so I'm loving it. :)
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 09:40
You are the man! Your third tip especially rocks and I can relate a lot to it..Thanks and god bless you..I hope to write my story soon if I have something great like your story to share .
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 00:34
Thanks for inspiring me..I have been feeling bad for sometime because I totally screwed up my first attempt but I can see now that i was not doing a lot of things right. i'm an average student so do you think that 2 months would be sufficient for me to re-take the GMAT ?
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2013, 08:35
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Thanks for inspiring me..I have been feeling bad for sometime because I totally screwed up my first attempt but I can see now that i was not doing a lot of things right. i'm an average student so do you think that 2 months would be sufficient for me to re-take the GMAT ?

Cheer up. There are a lot of success stories here on the forum of people who did badly on the first attempt and then bounced back. In fact, some did badly even on their second and third attempts but bounced back finally. how much time did you study for on the first attempt ? That will determine whether 2 months is sufficient or not
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2013, 03:32
Aaron200 wrote:
Thanks for inspiring me..I have been feeling bad for sometime because I totally screwed up my first attempt but I can see now that i was not doing a lot of things right. i'm an average student so do you think that 2 months would be sufficient for me to re-take the GMAT ?

Well i think that no one can answer questions like "whether 2 months are enough" with certainty till we don't know what exactly did you do so far. .I think you should do a SWOT analysis(fancy term but works :D) and start working on that accordingly.
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 06 May 2013, 22:25
Aaron200 wrote:
Thanks for inspiring me..I have been feeling bad for sometime because I totally screwed up my first attempt but I can see now that i was not doing a lot of things right. i'm an average student so do you think that 2 months would be sufficient for me to re-take the GMAT ?


As fuzzylogic has already stated, what is important is to figure out where you are going wrong and what can you do to get it right. I think that the GMAT is an exam that can be mastered if you prepare for it the right way. Good luck!
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2013, 04:07
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Well i think that no one can answer questions like "whether 2 months are enough" with certainty till we don't know what exactly did you do so far. .I think you should do a SWOT analysis(fancy term but works :D) and start working on that accordingly.


Nothing fancy about it..One should definitely know what areas to need to be worked upon a lot(weakeness) and which are the areas that needs to be worked upon a little(strengthens)- that's how i have been able to improve over a period of time
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2013, 02:20
Congratulations on your great score and all the best for applications! God Bless!
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2013, 23:28
Achieving a 760 within 2 months is no mean task. Congratulations..Thanks for the tips that you offered..All of them are helpful
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Re: 760(Q-51,V-41) in 2 months- IMPOSSIBLE means I Am Possible [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 20:08
What was your approach while practicing questions in SC and CR ? I mean should i firstly finish all the topics and then practice questions at the end of the sc grail and from OG13 or should i practice them topicwise ?
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