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Finally I have booked my date..i feel like I have just purchased a ticket for the scariest roller-coaster in the world(I am terrified of them)I had actually been putting it of for months!!First it was August,then Sept,then I promised myself October..just could'nt take the plunge..but today I finally did it..One step at a time eh??

My D-day is 9/11:)
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It seems impossible until its done.

Here it is.. another debrief..of the many available on the site.. cannot compare myself to the greats here, but yes, I am a satisfied soul today and it’s all thanks to you guys!*choke up here*

My GMAT journey has ended for now, but would I give it again if I had the opportunity?Yes.Give me one more month and the SAME resources and I’ll get a figure of 700+.I am that confident because in the last days before the exam you achieve something of a nirvana, you realize where you went wrong.. ..I have no plans of appearing anytime soon and so I would like to help everyone here to learn from my mistakes

Everyone wants a 700 score. who would’nt?But my suggestion to everyone out there is “do not go blindly after a score, go for the score that will satisfy you”.Remember,if you have never scored a 700 on your practice tests(No people, getting a score of 700 after multiple retakes of Gprep does NOT count),you are only setting yourself up for disappointment by expecting God to grace you with magical powers on test day. As the enlightened Calvin says:

The world isn’t fair..but why isn’t it ever fair in MY direction??”

I repeatedly got an average of 660 in my tests and you will find many threads where I am seeking help.. trying to get over the barrier. So before my test I said to myself “Just do to the best of your capability. Get 660 in the real thing. you have gotten it time and again at home so shouldn’t be a biggie”-this relieved the tension. You are not aiming high, you are aiming at your level and you know its achievable. I suggest you guys try it..

I derive inspiration from music and I found this website on the day before the exam,did’nt get a chance to use it but FYI:)

http://testprepny.com/pages/products_gmat.htm

3-4 days before the exam:
Didn’t feel like studying..heard the same reaction from other people too. If you fall under this category, don’t fret. You don’t feel like studying? DON’T. I studied a bit and the first day fretted that I wasn’t able to.. after that I just let go.Whats done is done. If you haven’t been able to change your score in so long, fat chances you’ll get it done in the last couple of days..Ohh right. you have magical powers..!Then that’s different! :0

Pre-test day:
Made plans to chill in the evening so I knew I have only limited time if I wanted to study. Just went over my notes and flash cards. Did a couple of SC and CR from prep test I had taken and most importantly already reviewed...this gives you confidence because you recall your learning’s and realize," hell..I know something!"

As a wise friend once said:
You got a 660?Okay..so contrary to what you think, you do know SOMETHING. If not, you would have gotten something in 400’s..
**Revel in the enlightened moment here**

Found this article on stress-relieving..VERY helpful:

http://www.manhattangmat.com/strategy-series-stress.cfm

Anyways, so after going through each section, I was getting a bit anxious, so left it all, met up with a friend and had a blast. Came back>dinner>Off to sleep.

Test day:
I had my exam at 10:00 Am, decided to leave by 8:15(Monday, work-traffic).Didn’t get up too early. The more time you have, the more panicky you will become. Just went through my notes for an hr…on the way kept reading all the encouraging msgs from friends:

“You can do it!”
“It’s just a test..not the end of the world you know”
“Make sure you stay calm”
“You better do well I want my treat”
“Don’t forget to Breathe!!”
“Time for handwork to pay off”
“Make sure if you encounter a hottie you take his number!!
”lol..

Side note here: I had made sure to take three things:
My glasses(I wear contacts) Please people take them as a precaution. The two times I have had problems with my contacts in the 10 years I have worn them, BOTH were in mid-exam when I was in college.
Take my acidity medicine(Long hrs of tension gives me headaches and acidity..sheesh..what all I have to reveal for you guys!)
My jacket(Its 24C here..ya laugh.. I’ll be laughing when you freeze you’re a** off in the super cold test environment) Was I glad of this move! I was freezing even with my trusty jacket on!

Test experience:
Entered and saw two guys chatting about how they had 8 years of work-ex and how one of them had gone over ALL the AWA topics(it had taken him a week if you are curious)
Decided to not take part in any conversation with them and stood alone in a corner(Yes ofcourse this was after I gave the AWA guy weird looks)

AWA:Had not prepared much here but did’nt take too much pressure..

Is AWA important: Yes,in terms of strength. When you are reviewing your practice tests do not forget to do a search on your AWA topic! That way you don’t have to worry about AWA much.
Do I have to work hard for AWA: Not really, if you are doing your AWA’s with your tests you should be fine.

Break: Came out. One of the parents of a girl who entered late were waiting for me with awaited breath(Yes,parents.You got it right)I was gobbling up my sandwich even though I wasn’t hungry while they went with ‘How was it? Was it good? Was it good or VERY good? Which colleges you applying? Our daughter is sitting on the other comp..*Bad looks ensued here* They got the point and I prayed and headed to conquer the quant section:

Quant is my weak point. I have seen many people here masters of math, getting 49-50 with a yawn. Not me. struggled and struggled and struggled even more. Never got to the target of even 48.I knew my test was going bad, the questions were easy, with each question I got disappointed, a sinking feeling.. oh no. I am screwing it up.. made sure not to make silly mistakes in my terrified state..

In the Q-V break: The turning point:
I almost broke down in the loo..i knew I had made a mess of everything.. I was so disheartened... Looked at myself in the mirror and couldnt help but think that all my efforts had gone to waste.. it was all over.. I had read stories of how the Quant mood carries over to the Verbal... which in itself is a tiny monster waiting to chew your head off... I gathered my courage, jumped up and down and wonder of wonders…Got Angry!
Will I let the exam win? NO!
Will I give up halfway? NO!
Will I let my handwork go to waste? NO! No ..NO WAY!
I actually made boxing actions before I headed in..:)

Verbal:
Couldn’t really predict. I thought it was all too easy. For RC this is what I thought before plunging in:

You find RC’s difficult? I mean are u freaking serious? The answers are right there under your nose, all you have to do is READ and comprehend, and you find that Difficult? Boring? Pathetic! All you have to do is READ! You can do it!”

(Mentioning the above strategy b'coz we have all been there..read a passage n' then look up and say..WHAT DID I just READ?..more so 'cos GMAT makes sure that it gives us the most boring,lengthy and incomprehensible reads..ya I know...What joy indeed)

When it was time to see my scores, my hands were shaking.. I had finished BOTH section with 5 mins to spare.(No.. you cannot judge me)I did’nt think I had the courage, told myself: if you were meant to cry, you will, if not, you’ll not. Closed my eyes and expected 580/610 honestly..prayed,chanted and opened my eyes. there it was:
670(Q44 V38)
Too numb…

In the end :Guys, Work hard.. My hard work played off on the day of the test. all the Sc’s day after day after day.. Do NOT give up. even if you have messed up Quant remember. that’s just 50% of the paper! You can face others with a low score, how the hell will you face yourself wen you know that you gave up midway?

Looking back:
I started this forum when I didn’t even know what the acronyms OG,AWA etc stood for..would’nt have been able to do this without all your support! One of the mistakes I did was when I asked questions(And oh man did I ask silly ones!)I didn’t take the time out and follow the thread. Make sure you do that. In the last one week make sure to revisit ALL the questions you asked. I didn’t have the time and heck I had like hundred’s of posts!

Now you get to read articles which guide you through everything.. make use of it! It was too late for me but I have seen articles from experts which tell you how to analyze practice tests, the correct way of using Gprep, the right way of going about SC’s..Use these!!

Tip: When making notes/flash cards do not just write the rule down. Also mention how it is used. I realized it too late though. But you guys def, do it.
E.g.:
Rule: to find the no. of integers within the range use last-first/range+1
Sample: Gprep question like sum of integers between 99 and 301..
Rule: Being is almost always redundant except…
Sample: write down the sentence you encountered where “being” was properly used.

Materials:
Didn’t really use Kap800 and PR1012.
OG11,VR,QR OG12(last 50 questions each section)
Sc1000 (around 100 questions. searched EACH one in the forum. if you are not going to do this please do not use this resource)
Brutal SC (oh man oh man. do not keep this for the very last...my suggestion do it in the beginning and you will realize where you stand *shudders at the thought*)
Grockit (a bit), Magoosh (loved this one)>Use these fun tools guys. especially when you don’t feel like studying or are too tired.
Found the SC and Quant list of Gprep too late(these are the compiled questions from prep floating around in the forums)Wish I had found it sooner.. real gem. .do these after you are done with your final prep.

Remember:

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. - Jim Rohm



In the very end, I know that I am at no par with the gurus here.. they have infinite knowledge and are much better teachers than I am.. but I guess there are many people like me who do not use or even know all the fancy terms of especially SC.. who want the simplest approach without being too technical or remembering too many rules. People out there..jus buzz me. I’ll be here. Its too eerie to not get up and visit this site after I have done it for months!!

Any questions? Buzz me!

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Looks like you are struggling with SC. Shoot any questions you have. Post those on forum or send a PM if you need any information. Will try to answer/explain as much as possible.

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Hey tejal… good luck dude, wishing you all the best.

After doing a few Kaplan tests they are okay practice but I find the OG material better. I would just go through the SC section of the OG again, if you have the verbal guide go through that. Don’t just solve the SCs pick the reasons why the others are wrong, try to understand each of the errors (each statement will normally have more than 1 error). Similar for RC, understand the wrong answers as well.

Definitely hit up the gym, make sure you stay health. Let us know how you go.
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Congrats Tejal very good score and u r happy -most important

:( too bad I wont be seeing any more questions from you on GMAT Q/V, most of the questions I wanted to post were posted by you :)....
now I have to do it myself :))

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And its DONE!!!
Jus got back..charged up!!Expected a 580-610 'cos had messed up quant..broke down in the loo bet. the Q-V break..even forgot the names of 2 universities that i wanted to send scores too(Imagine!)
and the result is:
670(Q44 V38)

Don't know abt u 700+ fellas but I am very satisfied.This was my one and only shot and I am mighty pleased.
Thank you so much all of you..

I'll posta long debrief very soon:)




Congratulation!!

Please share some tips for verbal. I took GMAT a week ago and messed up verbal part. My score Q49/V24 AWA 4.5
Planing to retake the GMAT soon. Thanks in advance.
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wow! one of the most entertaining de-briefs I have read so far. To the point, no-BS de-brief -- just lays it out the way it is.

Well done!

tejal777 wrote:
“Make sure if you encounter a hottie you take his number!!”lol..


I was there, but you never asked for it.....You were too busy taking the test! 8-)
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Aww shucks..Are'nt you sweet!!Thanks a ton!!

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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 16:32
Good luck.....Will keep an eye on this thread. :)
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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 06:19
Still need to make my 3 week macro POA..but here is how I spent my day.
Note:3 weeks my main focus is GMAT..have entire day to give to it.

Another note: Just for info my last(+3 weeks) gmatprep score was 660(Q47 V35).A week back had taken Powerprep (mainly because I did’nt feel like studing..and I knew powerprep had repeat questions from OG so kind of a revision..)710(Q48 V39)

Note to myself:My main weakness is my inability to sit for longer periods.. so from now on I am going to clock my sessions..90 minutes stretch or more? Opinion??

SC: Brutal SC’s 25-45.I had done the first 25 over a period of last 3 days and man was it BAAAD!!My hit rate is below 50% :(. I noticed that my reasoning was right and I was heading down the right path..but ultimately when it boiled down to the last two choices,I selected the wrong one. This was quite a trend.. I wonder if it says something..?!
SC is my weakness but I am not THIS bad at it!! This was terribly de-motivating and made me completely give up.On top of it,It took me AGES to even review it thoroughly.
On the positive side,it made me remember points which are rarely used and even though I knew the concepts it had gone to a dark corner of my brain..:)
Opinions??I have already done 45/70 so might as well finish up the rest tomorrow…
I also did 20 questions from Kaplan800..walk in the park..

RC:The source was a problem.Really don’t know where to practice RC’s from.Suggestions??
For some weird reason I decided to do 3 passages from Kaplan800(Have hardly opened this book..did a lil’ bit of quant from it ages ago)
3 passages..Blinded by science..Has anyone done it??It’s mind numbing!!As if RC is’nt already a big pain..hit rate: 2/4, 2/3, 4/4.Could’nt make sense of any of the passages I read so ok with the result.

Quant *still not reached the score of 50,which I know is very much doable,all thanks to DS..:(
DS: While I have solved OG 11/12 PS thoroughly and also done the error log,unfortunatly the same cannot be said for DS.So for DS I am going to stick close to OG.
Did #’s 100-125 OG12.Hit rate, as expected was low.Got to make sure I give DS proper attention everyday.

Topic of the day: HCF/LCM >>spent around 45 mins. Doing sums from the forum on this topic.The concept is MUCH clearer now.

????: I have solved OG11 and quant review and the DS in OG12 is MARKEDLY tougher than the former two books.Is this so or am I just really really out of practice??

I had come across this site Magoosh.com.Liked it because though the problems presented are not too difficult, some are tricky,and I really really need to cut down on the silly mistakes.They have video explanations which makes it kind of fun..so I plan on spending some time on the site when I am wiped out or when it’s just not “my time of the day”.I have a feeling this site will help..

P.S..Planning to restart my going to the gym from tomorrow..need the strength!!

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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 06:24
Great !!!

Just be calm and do some meditation and be regular in revision.

and yea of course, Good luck mate.

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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 09:30
Good luck! Happy preps :) waiting for a wonderful debrief.
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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2009, 03:24
Sigh...no comments,no inputs from anyone???

I really need to chalk out my plan on the whole..please help me with that guys..The truth is I am a bit apprhensive of makeing the POA,I know seeing so much stuff to be done will get me congused..but if I have a proper plan I work better..

Some thoughts:
1.CAT's.i read that in the last 3 days no tests should be taken.Fine.So should I take 3 more each per week??that will take away 3 days:(.Havent taken a test recently so i really really need to take it.Here's what I am thinking:I have one gprep left so will take that this week..ad then reinstall and take it twice again.Or should I opt for manhattan free test once?SUGGESTIONS!!

2.Error log.Should I keep it the entire error log for last week?Or is that too late??

For the next 10 days or so I am thinking of doing the following:
Q:Topic wise.(what about gmatclub testsI have taken the first 10..so tough..should I take a couple more??)ADVICE!

CR,RC:LSAT papers(Dicey about RC as I know the structure is different from that of gmat..)

SC:finish about Brutal SC..do from forums..lets see..

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Sigh...no comments,no inputs from anyone???

I really need to chalk out my plan on the whole..please help me with that guys..The truth is I am a bit apprhensive of makeing the POA,I know seeing so much stuff to be done will get me congused..but if I have a proper plan I work better..

Some thoughts:
1.CAT's.i read that in the last 3 days no tests should be taken.Fine.So should I take 3 more each per week??that will take away 3 days:(.Havent taken a test recently so i really really need to take it.Here's what I am thinking:I have one gprep left so will take that this week..ad then reinstall and take it twice again.Or should I opt for manhattan free test once?SUGGESTIONS!!

2.Error log.Should I keep it the entire error log for last week?Or is that too late??

For the next 10 days or so I am thinking of doing the following:
Q:Topic wise.(what about gmatclub testsI have taken the first 10..so tough..should I take a couple more??)ADVICE!

CR,RC:LSAT papers(Dicey about RC as I know the structure is different from that of gmat..)

SC:finish about Brutal SC..do from forums..lets see..

I am no expert but following are my views:

1. No tests in last 3 days, why? Doesn't it sound -ve? :) I am sure gonna take a test the previous day to boost my confidence. But ya, if you still feel it is better to stay away then it is perfectly fine..so no hard and fast rules here
2. Not sure about error log

Club tests are awesome, try to do max if you are in the range 42-47.
LSAT stuff is also good for that 'extra' bit...so if you are rock solid with basic fundas then surely go for LSAT stuff.
You are right, for RCs there are no real strategies...read a lot..atleast until your test :)

Try to make a point to study 2 hours daily, this is a pre-requisite for 'implementing' whatever is the plan...but yes, you are on the right track...

And above all, hope for the best !! :)
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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2009, 05:49
@Economist:If you do a search inthe forum you will read that the experts DO NOT recommend taking the tests in the last 3 days..I figure they know better than us!!So gonna stick to that.

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@Economist:If you do a search inthe forum you will read that the experts DO NOT recommend taking the tests in the last 3 days..I figure they know better than us!!So gonna stick to that.


I think it is helpful to take a test 24 hrs before the real GMAT - would recommend GMAT Prep or PowerPrep to set the routine (as much as that's possible).
Otherwise, what are you going to do the last few days?

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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2009, 08:43
Cool ! As I mentioned, whatever works for you is the best strategy for you. Important is to 'implement' plans because most of the plans fail just due to 'lack' of implementation

Ehh !! I am so blunt and I give too many advices !! :( So I would prefer to stay away from such threads.

Good luck, just thrash the test ! :)
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Re: Countdown begins!! [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2009, 18:43
Day 2+Day 3(day 2 loads of time wastage,day 3 has just started have to finish my workload)

So by end of today I will have completed:
Brutal SC's remaining questions+overall review of all the 75 questions (even the second time around I am getting stuck on some of the questions)

DS OG 12 100-175..some of these questions are really really nice!

Topic of the 2 days:
Statistics..around 20 questions each of PS and DS from the forum.Encountered some high level ones..really nice..
Have to do a couple of RC's today..
Have to make the POA for the remaining days..ending up wasting a lot of time...stay tuned!!
Tomorrow planning on taking MGMAT free cat...nervous!!

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