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Hello everyone on this forum. Have been a lurker on this forum but I have seen a lot of great quant discussions here...

I am still on cloud nine and thought I will share my experience and things that worked for me while they are still fresh in my mind. This may be a long post so be patient..

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I am a non-native with a BBA. I have been working as a financial analyst for one of the top firms in NY. I need an MBA to get into M&As and am targeting Columbia, Yale, Stern. Other than that I am convent educated (a Dipsite to be more precise) and keep really high standards for myself.

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From the onset, I set out to score 750+, for nothing less would make me happy. I don’t intend to be arrogant; it’s just that I set my own goals and strive to achieve them. Back in school, when my friends aimed for Engineering and Medicine, I strived to get into one of the best BBA schools. Doing so makes me happy.

Panic in the first attempt (690, Q50, V32):


I started my GMAT preparation in June, did MGMAT SC, powerscore CR, finished OG 11 and OG 12. I did 3 mock tests - 2 from MGMAT and 1 from GMATPrep. I was scoring about 720 in the MGMATs. However, I panicked in my verbal section and this dropped my verbal score down to 32. I was very angry with myself for I should not have attempted the exam till I had scored 750+ in the mock test. I decided to approach the GMAT more methodically the next time.

Second attempt- Creating a strategy:


It was clear that I needed to focus on Verbal. I read somewhere on this forum about a divide and rule strategy suggested by egmat. It made sense. I registered for their course and attended their live session to understand their approach in more detail. I looked up my previous mock test scores and realized that I needed to improve the most on my SC, and then CR. RC needed some improvement but not as much as CR. I devoted the next 2 weeks to improve SC; read the MGMAT SC again for the first 5 days and then did the eGMAT SC course for the remaining. Gave MGMAT mock (#3) and score 36 on verbal (12/15 SC, 8/14 CR, 8/12 RC). Was happy with my progress. Devoted the next 5 days to complete the egmat SC course. Then spent the next 10 days on CR (Powerscore and eGMAT) . Gave the mock test on 18th August and scored 39 (12/14 SC, 11/14 CR, 9/12 RC). Was happy to see that I was progressing. Decided to concentrate on RC for the next 10 days. Re-did OG 12 and Verbal review, looked for explanations on questions that I was not sure of. Reviewed my mistakes in the mock test. This time I scored 42, with very few mistakes (5 or 6 incorrect). I still had a couple of weeks before my exam. I revised my mistakes on the mock, the egmat course, certain sections of the MGMAT SC guide, and did OG(only the toughest problems) once again. I also spent some time on number properties to further improve my quant.

The D-day:


I did the regular stuff, made sure that I had a good sleep, did an ok breakfast, reached the center in time, and kept a cereal bar. I had a frappe to inject some extra caffeine in me. I also drank plenty of water to keep myself hydrated.

What worked for me


1. Well defined goals: I had defined byte sized goals for myself and had reasonable expectations of score increase. This helped me in 2 ways. One, it provided feedback that I was going in the right direction and second it incentivized me to do better. Every time I achieved a goal in Mock, I would reward myself either with a new dress or with a fancy dinner. This motivation helped a lot.
2. Defining a schedule: This is something that I am good at and I can recommend everyone. One take away that I would recommend is that keep 40% buffer while defining a schedule. This would allow time to be devoted for deep dive and same day revisions.
3. Taking vacation: I had 10 vacation days left. I took a vacation (2 days) every time I started revising a new section. This gave me a jump start and I was able to make a lot of progress early on. Again, this leads to positive reinforcement.
4. Revision: I recommend that you revise whatever course you do. Revise OG and verbal review twice. I did not study any new material in the last 15 days (other than the last GMATPREP) and I am glad for the same.

I still have my fingers crossed for my AWA although I think that I did pretty well. I will start my application next week and will look to interact with you then.
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2011, 15:33
Great score! Good luck for apps!
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2011, 18:00
Great score congrats. Hard work payed off...

Can you comment on RC in GMAT. Are they close to what we have in MGMT test - same level / tough?
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2011, 18:42
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Congratulations.
Interesting score. I got 49, 42 and that was 750. I guess I got lucky.
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 08:38
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 09:19
great score!!!!!!!!!.......one doubt here........do gmatprep tests match the actual gmat in difficulty......or are they simpler than actual gmat.....what is ur experience....
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 10:19
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 10:29
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Congratulations.
Interesting score. I got 49, 42 and that was 750. I guess I got lucky.


Exactly the same thought i had...I took the GMAT like 3 months ago and scored a 760...50Q and 42V... I can understand how a 51 is much harder to get than a 50 in Q...guess i was lucky too...

Is it the total score or the individual breakups that matters more in the end...?? Do adcoms view a 51-43-760 better than a 50-42-760....

Nyways..great score buddy...Congratulations...
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2011, 15:08
Congratulations on your great score...good luck for your apps...
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2011, 19:27
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 05:03
@eastcoastrocks: Indeed great score. Congratulations.

There is lot of discussion around how SCs in real GMAT are different than what practice material offers. Can you share some experience on that? How much extra time you have to spend?
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 11:23
Sorry folks I am celebrating hard...So could not log in over the weekend...But now here I am, slowly coming down from cloud 9...

@bb & topmba12 - Its not precisely clear how the scoring works. I was actually sad after reading your posts. But after reading wjdgusqls 770 (Q51, V45), I felt lucky...It is what is it is!! :)
I cannot complain :) :) :)

That's a good question about "Do adcoms view a 51-43-760 better than a 50-42-760...." I would love to know this. May be some bb can shed some more light on this.

@piyatiwari, @WishMasterUA @alicegmat, @beatTheVerbal, @aisha12 - Thanks

@schandok - Thanks. RC passages were slightly longer than ones in GMATPrep. Essentially tested the same concepts that are tested in MGMAT. So MGMAT tests are good practice.
As far as SC goes, the questions were very similar to the official questions. I recommend that you do both OG12 and verbal. There were 1-2 questions in which I was a bit confused between 2 answer choices and could not pin point the exact grammatical error in one of the choices but I could catch that this choice changed the intended meaning...definitely the e-GMAT process came in handy here...I know there is a lot of discussion about the change in SC. Personally its not a very drastic change. Just follow your logic...

@gsd85 - Thanks. Very similar in difficulty level. The only problem with GMATPrep is that while taking these tests, you may have already seen those questions earlier. Other than that the test is pretty logical...

@fuxinren - Execution needs persistence and self-belief. If you believe your plan is good, then have faith in yourself and continue to execute even if it takes longer than what you had initially thought. Make sure you have the right tools!!

Good luck everyone...:)
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 16:53
Thanks eastcoastrocks - that gives some relief.
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 06:52
Hi congratulations with amazing score!

Could you please provide more feedback on e-gmat? did it help you much?
Could you please explain what do you mean by saying:
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I read somewhere on this forum about a divide and rule strategy suggested by egmat.

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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 11:16
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 18:52
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 00:33
Congratulations, all the best for Apps.
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 19:24
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Hi congratulations with amazing score!

Could you please provide more feedback on e-gmat? did it help you much?
Could you please explain what do you mean by saying:
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I read somewhere on this forum about a divide and rule strategy suggested by egmat.


e-gmat was quite helpful. It helped me improve my GMAT score by a good 7-8 points. I really liked their video lessons, basically helped understand the concepts quite well. There were things like parallelism comparison that I learned from MGMAT but understood how and when to apply them effectively for more difficult problems only after doing their course. There were some things in CR such as the bold face, paradox, assumption (negation test) are quite well explained.

One of the biggest pluses is the audio visual part. It makes learning more effective especially for someone like me who has 10 hr workdays. I could hardly read a book for an hr after a day's work but could easily spend 2 hrs on the e-gmat course. All this just made revisions very effective. I did not use their support much but I got fast response to the 3-4 questions I asked. I hope this helps.

The divide and rule strategy is the strategy that I followed. I focused on one section at one time and try and improve on it. I got this at one of the free sessions that e-GMAT offers on mastering GMAT verbal.
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2012, 10:26
Hi,

First of all congrats for your test score.I am giving my second test next month. Does the period of gap between first test and second count to your success?. I prepared well for my first test in spite i was not able to meet up.Is it enough if i do OG alone this time?

I have read MGMAT 8 strategy,Kaplan,princeton review and all famous books for gmat ...
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Re: 760 Q51, V43 - PLAN AND EXECUTE [#permalink] New post 16 May 2012, 20:32
Thank you for your wonderful debrief. I have an urgent question....how much difference did taking a vacation make for you. I only have 1 week left this year and would only like to take it if needed. I need to work on CR (did 6 incorrect in my recent mock). Need decent improvement in this area. Weekends are difficult due to other commitments that I cannot get out of. I have my exam in 20 days so time is of an essence. Please advice.
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