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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 00:47
Haven't laughed so much since long....but then he got what he wanted "Attention"!!

At least this makes me feel that i am sane.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:57
Congratulations!

That is a great score :-) really well done

usually i don't write here, 'couse i rarely feel i can contribute something new but,
i decided to participate this time and say that IMHO his score is true is real and after my own sad sad experience
i think that this guy is absolutely right

I got a sad 640 on my GMAT after 2 business degrees, strong English and Math
I studied for 3 months, did everything right, knew all the concepts, never had any problem with any part of the material
in a retrospect - I think i knew the material perfectly after 3-4 weeks of studying
but then i stressed out reading about all those millions of tricky/hard/impossible questions everyone was solving
so i decided to study more and more, and then some more
after another month my knowledge deteriorated
a week before the test i knew i'm burnt out :-(
my brain stopped working
at the beginning of my study i could solve anything and after 3 months i did not understand how to solve the simplest questions :-(

i got out the test center and cried for 2 hours
i felt so stupid

few days ago i consulted with an acquittance of mine
This great guy, he is really smart and got a 780 on the GMAT after 1 week of preparation, solving only official materials.
His study plan was essentially the same as the one outlined here with one distinction: he believes that one only needs to study concepts one doesn't already know. so one need to solve the OG questions first and then see what to study.
He claims that a person with normal knowledge - the one that get around 600-650 on first diagnostic test should not study more than 1 month to get well above 700.
for my retake i'm going to follow his advice.

So, this guy here who got 790 is probably smarter than average, that's true.
I personally don't think he is a genius but a normal smart guy who studied the right way, according to his knowledge of the material, and got the score he deserved. :-)
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 12:41
This smells fishy to me because of the way it's written, but for what it's worth, my friend got a 780 without studying at all. Of course, he's a special kind of genius and I am not, so I couldn't follow his lead if I wanted to, but it's possible to score well with minimal studying if you've got something truly special in your head.

And most of us have had to come to the realization at some point that while, yeah, we're pretty smart, we ain't that smart. Fortunately, it's not just pure mental power that counts.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 13:16
guys, stop bashing him. maybe peeing does help score 790.

unfortunately, the guy will have to wake up one day.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 11:34
Great score dude.
I can understand the sensation of holding your pee :)
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 12:00
Congrats not for your GMAT but for the fact that you are a Genius :))))))))
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 13:47
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I took the GMAT today and received a score of 790. I started studying about 6 days ago. Am I smart? Yes. Am I smarter than any of you? No. With that said, I just wanted to share my experience and how I studied, with the hopes of helping people who are at a low 700 level (with a roughly balanced verbal and quant) make the most of their study time and reach 750+

My Week (I didn't specifically plan it out this way, it's just an account of what happened):

Day 1 - Practiced questions of all types. Not timed. Focused on the logic of how one would come up with the answer to a question rather than the answer to the question itself.
Day 2 - Did a GMATPrep exam, did not know what I was facing so completely bombed Data Sufficiency and Sentence Correction questions - Scored 700. Practiced only Data Sufficiency and Sentence Correction questions. Made a mental checklist of Sentence Correction rules to check off when faced with difficult question. Learned to completely ignore whether a sentence "sounded right" (it's a huge distraction and disrupts focus) and rely purely on rules.
Day 3 - Practiced only Data Sufficiency questions. Every question I got wrong, I wrote down the reason on a sheet of paper. I then figured out which were because of a lack of knowledge/unclear understanding of basic concepts (e.g. number theory, standard deviation, etc). Looked up articles on Wikipedia to supplement knowledge as well as made a cheat sheet of concepts (e.g. standard deviation of a set increases by x% if you increase every element in the set by x%)
Day 4 - Kaplan free GMAT practice test - scored 670. Decided it was crucial that I get any 750 level questions I encountered (usually DS) in the first 10-15 questions right. Practiced only 750 level DS and a few PS questions that I found online. Figured out I needed to work on timing - did a bunch of DS questions, timed to 45 seconds each, but instead of getting an answer (execution), understanding the question and figuring out the process needed to get an answer (whether it was a calculation, or trying even numbers, etc). Found this helpful since with DS questions, wrapping your head around what it is they want you to do (e.g. oh okay, so it's telling me to figure out the number of prime numbers between 20 and 30) is often the hardest part. Another note about this is, if you have a few questions left at the tail end of the quant section, and you've only got a couple minutes left on the clock, this can help you guess more accurately than if you were just randomly picking answers.
Day 5 - Continued to practice DS and SC questions. For DS questions, I gave myself 2 minutes to come up with the answer or to make a guess. Basically focused on training myself to maximize my guessing chances in the case that I spent 3 minutes on a questions, came up with some insights, but didn't have enough to get a 100% certain answer.
Day 6 - GMATPrep Exam 2 - scored 760. This might seem unorthodox and yes you can call me weird, but I did a ton of DS questions while having to pee really bad. The sense of urgency and stress that puts you under, I find, is extremely helpful in simulating exam conditions (especially when you see the clock, and you're worried because you spent 4 minutes on a question). Having to focus with that distraction there was really helpful in making me quicker. Took a brief look at AWA tips (didn't really care about this section) before going to bed.

There's probably some stuff I left out, so let me know if you have questions. Hopefully there's something in that mess (Im jacked on Redbull from the exam, so apologies if I'm incoherent) that helps. If not, I fully accept any bashing that ensues.

Cheers :)


Congrats! Great Score!!
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 14:19
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This smells fishy to me because of the way it's written, but for what it's worth, my friend got a 780 without studying at all. Of course, he's a special kind of genius and I am not, so I couldn't follow his lead if I wanted to, but it's possible to score well with minimal studying if you've got something truly special in your head.

And most of us have had to come to the realization at some point that while, yeah, we're pretty smart, we ain't that smart. Fortunately, it's not just pure mental power that counts.

Impressive, what does he do for a living?
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 14:31
are you serious?! yall kids are mad gullible. this kid probably never even took the exam and just blowing smoke. shoot, he probably hasn't even checked back on this forum. Not to be an asshole, but does it makes sense that everyday there's like 10 different people scoring 750+?! I'm not too sure I believe a lot of them "debriefs" but that's just me. If you want to convince me, take a pic of your unofficial score, and post it. A picture is worth a thousand words. end of story. gg kthx.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 19:59
this debrief has aptly been included as...Worst Debrief Ever...so it tells somethimg about the veracity of the score and the method employed :roll:
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 20:11
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this debrief has aptly been included as...Worst Debrief Ever...so it tells somethimg about the veracity of the score and the method employed :roll:
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nice sig...that's dope.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 20:30
wow... thanks OP.. ;)

i wish this works for me as i have less than a month for prep before the exam!
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 20:46
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are you serious?! yall kids are mad gullible. this kid probably never even took the exam and just blowing smoke. shoot, he probably hasn't even checked back on this forum. Not to be an asshole, but does it makes sense that everyday there's like 10 different people scoring 750+?! I'm not too sure I believe a lot of them "debriefs" but that's just me. If you want to convince me, take a pic of your unofficial score, and post it. A picture is worth a thousand words. end of story. gg kthx.

I think he is suspect too.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 08:24
Can you post the links of the websites from where you found DS questions? it would be a great help. And Congrats for the great score.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 09:50
cool....awesome score!!!
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 10:08
OP needs a disclaimer

*I am not responsible if your bladder explodes during the GMAT :lol:
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 18:23
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are you serious?! yall kids are mad gullible. this kid probably never even took the exam and just blowing smoke. shoot, he probably hasn't even checked back on this forum. Not to be an asshole, but does it makes sense that everyday there's like 10 different people scoring 750+?! I'm not too sure I believe a lot of them "debriefs" but that's just me. If you want to convince me, take a pic of your unofficial score, and post it. A picture is worth a thousand words. end of story. gg kthx.

I think he is suspect too.


are you serious?! how am I am suspect you tell me that...im still trying to break 600 are you serious? and why you rooting for something that supposedly got a 790 with a complete BS story that can't even prove it? I think that makes you a suspect...

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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 18:46
thanks for the verbal notes. any specific tips for RC?? please share.

i keep hearing totally 7-8 mins for one RC. is it including reading the passage and answering the q's ? any info on this would be useful.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 18:51
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thanks for the verbal notes. any specific tips for RC?? please share.

i keep hearing totally 7-8 mins for one RC. is it including reading the passage and answering the q's ? any info on this would be useful.


yes it includes answering passages. what i do, and it works with about 70% accuracy that I would skim the passage and usually the first question is general. a brief skim or the first sentence or two of each paragraph should give away the gist of that paragraph pretty well. jot down some notes as what they author was trying to convey in that paragraph with some key points (ex. Johe Doe thinks global warning but Doe Joe does not). Usually this is good enough to answer most of the general and even help locate the answer location when it comes to more specific question. That's just my .02. Since I've started using this technique my overall verbal rose for 31-33/34 without any other review in SC or CR.
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Re: 790 with 1 week of studying (holding your pee works!) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 22:24
vwjetty wrote:
are you serious?! yall kids are mad gullible. this kid probably never even took the exam and just blowing smoke. shoot, he probably hasn't even checked back on this forum. Not to be an asshole, but does it makes sense that everyday there's like 10 different people scoring 750+?! I'm not too sure I believe a lot of them "debriefs" but that's just me. If you want to convince me, take a pic of your unofficial score, and post it. A picture is worth a thousand words. end of story. gg kthx.


If you ask me, it doesn't matter whether or not you believe someone's score or not. If the test taker has posted a reasonable debrief and someone finds a mentioned strategy, little nugget of info, or whatever else to be useful, then the test taker has contributed, and the reader has benefited. No one is here has to prove anything to you.
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