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A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 16:44
Hi all,

I just took the GMAT, and I hope that this debrief can be useful to other non-traditional applicants like me. I scored a 710 (Q45, V42) with only 2-3 weeks of studying, and with a lot of help from this forum. Accordingly, I want to express my gratitude to all those who have posted so that others like me can observe, learn, and continue to browse obsessively as the time to take the GMAT approaches.

I am only a senior in college and so I realize that it is a long shot for me to be admitted to an MBA program without work experience. I hope my score is good enough to achieve that.

Several factors that contributed to my 2-3 week study time involved my research abroad over the summer, and breaking up with a significant other. However, this forum gave me the courage to continue and to approach the GMAT even though I had no desire to do so in the beginning of August. I ordered the MGMAT quant guides, did not go through the whole OG, but did all of the MGMAT tests and the Kaplan Premier book (and some Kaplan tests). I did not follow other advice that suggested to stay away from practice tests in the days before the exam. I also reviewed Powerscore CR before I took the test.

I am incredibly grateful for the 6.0 AWA guide, as it was very useful. Lastly, I feel that a large part of my strategy came from ideas on this forum, and I am very impressed with these posts.

I really do not want to retake, but am open to suggestions about this. Also, I want anyone else with a short study program to know that it is possible to break 700 without much studying ;).


Thank you again!
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 19:39
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Hi all,

I just took the GMAT, and I hope that this debrief can be useful to other non-traditional applicants like me. I scored a 710 (Q45, V42) with only 2-3 weeks of studying, and with a lot of help from this forum. Accordingly, I want to express my gratitude to all those who have posted so that others like me can observe, learn, and continue to browse obsessively as the time to take the GMAT approaches.

I am only a senior in college and so I realize that it is a long shot for me to be admitted to an MBA program without work experience. I hope my score is good enough to achieve that.

Several factors that contributed to my 2-3 week study time involved my research abroad over the summer, and breaking up with a significant other. However, this forum gave me the courage to continue and to approach the GMAT even though I had no desire to do so in the beginning of August. I ordered the MGMAT quant guides, did not go through the whole OG, but did all of the MGMAT tests and the Kaplan Premier book (and some Kaplan tests). I did not follow other advice that suggested to stay away from practice tests in the days before the exam. I also reviewed Powerscore CR before I took the test.

I am incredibly grateful for the 6.0 AWA guide, as it was very useful. Lastly, I feel that a large part of my strategy came from ideas on this forum, and I am very impressed with these posts.

I really do not want to retake, but am open to suggestions about this. Also, I want anyone else with a short study program to know that it is possible to break 700 without much studying ;).


Thank you again!


Congrats Rila for ur score and specially u made it in 2-3 weeks of study is cool...
i have read another story in this forum where a guy made it in 1 week of study to cross 750 :)
What were scores in MGMAT tests and gmat prep?can u please post them?

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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 05:52
congrats! Well 710 is a very nice score. I think whether you would retake depends on your target schools - if it is top 5 then maybe you should IF you felt you didnt give it all. Since you are a senior you have WE hurdle so your gpa and gmat might count more. There are also programs designed for out of college into mba schools like harvard 2+2 and others. once you find a target school then you can decide. But 710 is a pretty good score :)!
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 08:33
Take a look at the Yale program too, it is for young applicants. Retake GMAT if feel you have time. High GMAT and GPA is more important if you are a younger candidate.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:02
Gr8 score considering the timelines.All the best ahead
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:50
All the best Rila.
Real good score considering the amount of preparation time!

I am trying to study 15 hrs a week for 2 months and targeting atleast 680.
Your post is encouraging.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 14:20
Breaking up with a significant other in order to dominate the exam... GMAT > sex. Very nice, that shows committment and dedication to bschool. Tell it to adcom in your app.

710 is very respectable. Good work.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 17:02
Ah, it certainly wasn't planned for dominating the exam. It happened abroad, but it motivated me to work on the GMAT when I returned even though it wasn't a very pleasant time.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 13:27
Amazing score! all the best for apps :)
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 16:59
Congratulations! Best of luck on your apps.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 18:35
short debrief but gr8 score with few weeks of study.. congrats!!!!
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 21:46
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 02:06
Congratulations on your score!! As suggested above, you might want to have a look at the stanford and Harvard 2+2 program aimed at younger applicants with minimum years of Work exp.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 02:29
the good thing about your score is that it's very balance on q and v scores. That's great. I'll insist you to have a good couple of years work ex. It'll help.
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 05:36
All I need is 580 and have 3 months to prepare... Your story gives me hope, congrats on the great score!
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Re: A Short Debrief [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 06:07
710 and in 2-3 weeks! It's really a remarkable score..congratz..
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