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Collection of the best GMAT stories and nothing else.

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750 (49, 42) by guptaji
770 Q50 V45 by Slingfox + SlingFox Strategies
10 Strategies to get a great score by Staind
Name of the game - DO NOT GIVEUP (720) by talk2vj
770 (Q50, V47) by gmatkoopa
770 (Q51, V44) by Bodleyev
760 (50, 42) after 730 by Santanu76
770 (50, 45) by 2x2Matrtix
Best Debrief of 2015 by Harley1980
Best Debrief of 2016 by 82vkgmat

Best Comeback Story

(Stories from Retakers)
Journey from 490 to 700 by Mishari
From 550 to 690 to 750 by risys82
From 420 to 700 to Wharton by positive soul
570 to 760 in 3 months by understudy
640 to 770 by billyjeans
500 to 700 by anujkundarap

Disaster Stories - New

avoid-last-minute-stress-be-on-the-safe-side-130294.html
gmat-horror-story-unreportable-scores-62838.html
gmat-horror-story-65309.html
unprofessional-test-center-my-tragedy-130076.html
mba-com-sent-my-score-to-wrong-schools-what-should-i-do-t-t-147466.html

300+ Point Improvement

how-i-got-from-low-400-s-to-740-in-7-months-thanks-to-ron-from-mgmat-232248.html
from-420-to-700-it-is-good-to-be-part-of-the-700-club-35919.html

Never Give Up

(epic battles)
From a loser to fighter in 6 weeks by GMATT73
750 Finish by Walker
From a year long battle from 670 to 730
4 Attempts with 580, 600, and finally 710

Runners-up

My Quant wake-up story by mba12tech
770 after some uncertainty & how to LOVE the GMAT by CharmWithSubstance
Beautiful Debrief by Bmillan01
760 (51, 44) by hello212

(member diaries - how they did it; step by step)
YourDreamThreater's GMAT Journey ended with a 760 in November 2010
760-q49-v44-my-gmat-progress-diary-78853.html by BipolarBear (massive)
my-stint-with-knewton-will-keep-updating-as-my-journey-90773.html by acer2knight
Whiplash2411

Worst Debrief Ever

got-a-perfect-gmat-score-800-q51-v52-32839.html
790-with-1-week-of-studying-99698.html

Perfect 800 Score

Bombed It - what not to do

Other Collections of Debriefs:

Huge Thanks and Kudos go to Bmillan01 for being the mastermind behind this thread, setting up structure, and finding the threads.
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Excellent idea! Hopefully, this thread can be expanded. For instance, how about a few "runners-up" for the categories listed?

Maybe also a "You're not alone" section, which contains members' venting, frustration, and so forth. One negative observation some people make is that GMATClub is full of super geniuses who were preordained to easily score above a 700. It might be helpful to show that this isn't actually the case. Such a collection might accomplish this by presenting other members with similar problems.

Maybe the "Never Give Up" section already covers this, but what about a "Follow my GMAT Progress" section. I think that Bipolar bear, YourDreamTheater, and gurpreetsingh have interesting threads on this issue.

Another, albeit lamer, category could be labeled "An 800?". There are a few threads on this, but none of them are very helpful; there's nothing else to add on that topic. This category would be more of a preemptive maneuver against future posts on this issue. Instead of repeating ourselves about (a) who scored an 800, (b) the five year rule, and (c) how Stanford dinged a bunch of 800-scorers, we could simply direct the conversation to this collection and lock the thread.

I hope that I'm not imposing myself here. After all, these are just a few fun ideas - some of which might not be very good.
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gonna post my story here
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08 Aug 2010, 16:46
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Excellent idea! Hopefully, this thread can be expanded. For instance, how about a few "runners-up" for the categories listed?

Maybe also a "You're not alone" section, which contains members' venting, frustration, and so forth. One negative observation some people make is that GMATClub is full of super geniuses who were preordained to easily score above a 700. It might be helpful to show that this isn't actually the case. Such a collection might accomplish this by presenting other members with similar problems.

Maybe the "Never Give Up" section already covers this, but what about a "Follow my GMAT Progress" section. I think that Bipolar bear, YourDreamTheater, and gurpreetsingh have interesting threads on this issue.

Another, albeit lamer, category could be labeled "An 800?". There are a few threads on this, but none of them are very helpful; there's nothing else to add on that topic. This category would be more of a preemptive maneuver against future posts on this issue. Instead of repeating ourselves about (a) who scored an 800, (b) the five year rule, and (c) how Stanford dinged a bunch of 800-scorers, we could simply direct the conversation to this collection and lock the thread.

I hope that I'm not imposing myself here. After all, these are just a few fun ideas - some of which might not be very good.

Thank you! Fantastic ideas - I started with quite a few categories but had to scale down as I realized those could not be filled, so I was just looking for some more....
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great post.
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10 Aug 2010, 11:30
Thanks again for making the suggestions - I have implemented all of them
I am thinking I will put the 800 threads at the bottom.

Quick question, however, what were you thinking to put in the "Runners Up" Section?
What criteria would you use?

bmillan01 wrote:
Excellent idea! Hopefully, this thread can be expanded. For instance, how about a few "runners-up" for the categories listed?

Maybe also a "You're not alone" section, which contains members' venting, frustration, and so forth. One negative observation some people make is that GMATClub is full of super geniuses who were preordained to easily score above a 700. It might be helpful to show that this isn't actually the case. Such a collection might accomplish this by presenting other members with similar problems.

Maybe the "Never Give Up" section already covers this, but what about a "Follow my GMAT Progress" section. I think that Bipolar bear, YourDreamTheater, and gurpreetsingh have interesting threads on this issue.

Another, albeit lamer, category could be labeled "An 800?". There are a few threads on this, but none of them are very helpful; there's nothing else to add on that topic. This category would be more of a preemptive maneuver against future posts on this issue. Instead of repeating ourselves about (a) who scored an 800, (b) the five year rule, and (c) how Stanford dinged a bunch of 800-scorers, we could simply direct the conversation to this collection and lock the thread.

I hope that I'm not imposing myself here. After all, these are just a few fun ideas - some of which might not be very good.

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10 Aug 2010, 11:42
Hopefully I'll add my story here soon:))
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Thanks again for making the suggestions - I have implemented all of them
I am thinking I will put the 800 threads at the bottom.

Quick question, however, what were you thinking to put in the "Runners Up" Section?
What criteria would you use?

I absolutely agree about the placement of the 800 threads at the bottom. While those posts don't add much to the discussion, they are kind of interesting (at least at first) and help to make the list more comprehensive. Anyway, if you're interested, here are some:

has-anyone-scored-800-in-gmat-47968.html
anyone-pulled-800-on-gmatprep-62756.html
stanford-rejects-perfect-scores-of-applicants-92372.html

Again, no pressure to add them.

The "Runners-up" criteria, however, is a bit trickier. I'm a bit hesitant to suggest ways to gauge such threads. I will PM you instead.
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14 Aug 2010, 11:59
Nice ideas! Looks like a work in progress but nice to see people putting the best together. Its easier to find things this way. I read Slingfox's stuff before and its really great.
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gr88 post...
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Updated with more threads. Thanks to Bmillan01's watchful eye!
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24 Aug 2010, 00:51
thanks bb
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Great thread BB. Just a heads-up - My Quant Wake Up Story is linked wrong. Ironic I should say this since it's linked to MY post haha but I thought the poster should get the well deserved credit. I looked it up and was amused when reading because we're both good in math but sucked (at first) at GMAT math, both took a month to prep, both pushed off initial studying due to wedding plans, and it was posted on my birthday. Sorry... my coincidence / superstition thinking getting the better me of again...
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Great thread BB. Just a heads-up - My Quant Wake Up Story is linked wrong. Ironic I should say this since it's linked to MY post haha but I thought the poster should get the well deserved credit. I looked it up and was amused when reading because we're both good in math but sucked (at first) at GMAT math, both took a month to prep, both pushed off initial studying due to wedding plans, and it was posted on my birthday. Sorry... my coincidence / superstition thinking getting the better me of again...

Thanks! Just a service I provide to confuse everyone!
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Thanks to sharing stories here.

Great..
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Great stories guys!
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20 Nov 2010, 13:59
Thanks for sharing these stories. I have just begun studying for the GMAT and I find these to be very inspirational/motivating. Hopefully when I'm done taking the exam, I too can post up my experience for a future reader.
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05 Jan 2011, 10:46
i want to be part of it;-) it s great!!
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