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Don't give up... [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2006, 19:55
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at GMAT Club before I tell my story. This forum has made all the difference in turning my score around!

My background-

28 years old
Political Economy Major
3+ years work experience as an investment analyst at a Fortune 500
3.1 GPA from a reputable private university

I am a New Orleanian and made a tremendous error in judgement by taking the GMAT three times closely after the hurricane. Needless to say my mind was not in the right place. I took these exams in three different cities over the course of 3 months with the following results.

580 (30Q, 40V)
580 (36Q, 33V)
570 (32Q, 35V) *w/ a 6.0 AWA

I was at an utter loss. My future was completely up in the air and
b-school was no longer looking like a realistic possibility. So, I decided to make one last ditch effort to tackle the GMAT. After doing extensive online research I stumbled across GMAT club. The posts were incredibly informative and upon the advice of other users I purchased the following study materials:

KAPLAN 2006 - to get my feet wet with the material
Manhattan GMAT - Sentence Correction, Geometry, Number Properties,
Word translations
Official Guide 11th ed. and Official Quant guide

I created a spreadsheet to track all of my work over the course of a 3 month period. My schedule consisted of working through the Manahttan and Kaplan books, practicing questions (timed is key!) from the OG, creating an extensive set of note cards drilling key concepts, and taking a practice test each weekend. My opinion is that GMATprep tests are hands down the closest representation of the actual test, but using tests from other sources still trains you to deal with the material in a meaningful way.

Practice Test Scores:

GMATprep 1 - 650
Kaplan 1 - 550
Manhattan 1 - 580
Kaplan 2 - 580
Manhattan 2 - 640
GMATprep 2 - 710

I felt confident and promised myself that I would learn from my past mistakes and do a better job of managing the clock. Well, I took the GMAT this morning and was blown away. I scored a 730!!!!!!!

My first thought, after deciding not to streak through the Pearson facility, was that it was a scoring error. Alas, it was not...I beat the GMAT!
I am so grateful to everyone in this community for their support.


Total 730 97%
Quant 49 90%
Verbal 41 91%

Take Aways:

-manage your time well...don't let the test throw you off
-notecards are a wonderful way to drill key Q&V concepts
-practice tests are a key to gauge improvement
-don't worry about getting your practice questions right focus on mastering the concepts the GMAT likes to test
-track your progress
-put in the work...unless you are a natural standardized test taker mastering the GMAT takes a lot of hard work
-cut down on stupid mistakes (the post on this subject is excellent)

Good luck to all.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2006, 20:14
your story inspires someone like me who struggles in mid 500s
and sees limited chance to get 700

I will keep on practicing and mastering the concepts
Hope someday I could get that orange trophy ! 8-)
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2006, 20:23
WOW!!! What an inspiring story!!! I wish there were more stories like this to show everyone that giving up should not be an option!!!

pws, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You beat this thing!!!

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2006, 21:40
This really is inspirational. Good luck on your essays and b-school apps. Your performance is living proof that perserverance does pay off. 8-)

Thanks for sharing your insights.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 02:05
Great score and an equally inspiring story. :idea:
your story just goes to show that with conviction and diligent effort, one can achieve his dreams, especially after having seen failure thrice.
Best of luck with your Apps.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 07:22
Congrats PWS!

Your perseverance and dedication are inspiring to all of us, especially to me who thought of giving up only after 1 attempt!

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2006, 19:06
better late than never

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2006, 19:17
Fantastic! Congratulations... very inspiring. :-D :-D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2006, 10:50
just realize that this thread is pretty old.... he probably moved on by now!
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2006, 07:38
Wow - that is such an inspiring story. Congratulations.

Thanks for bringing this back up to front of list...I know it is an old post but it serves as some great motivation!
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