I still think I might be dreaming. I took the GMAT today and scored a 740. When I saw the score on the screen I just couldnt believe it, especially considering I scored a 530 one month ago. This is how I did it.
The first rule: NEVER quit. I know it sounds cliche, but this is key if you want to do your best. Dont get discouraged if you get a low score your first (or second) time. You want to go to B school, and nothing should keep you from achieving that goal. Dont go into your first test thinking: "well this is it, do or die". Instead think: "If I jack this up, I will just take the test again, because nothing can stop me from achieving my goals." This mentality will make you more relaxed, and more likely to do well on the test.
Rule 2: PREPARE your ass off. I started by going to a used bookstore and buying some teachers editions of algebra books BECAUSE I AM A MATH RETARD
. I looked through them and created a personalized study plan focusing on GMAT material. After 2 months of this, I purchased
The Princeton Review Math Workout
The Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT
Barrons GMAT (which is worthless)
Kaplan GMAT 800
(which is awsome, buy it)
I spent about 2 months with this material before getting through it all. I scored:
550 PR test 1
600 PR test 2
610 PR test 3
580 Barrons piece of crap test
Then I was off to the testing center. Man I felt great. I knew this would be the day I aced the GMAT. I even winked at the camera when they take your picture before you write the test. Halfway through the quant I felt like I had it. Everything seemed really easy (which in retrospect means I was SUCKING). I got through the verbal no problem. Then I saw my score. I honestly almost cried (Im a 25 year old man mind you). I could not believe I scored a 530. I felt defeated. However, somewhere in between the testing center and my car I decided I would not give up. I would take the test again.
GMAT (you need this)
The Official Guide (you need this too)
I scheduled the test for a little over a month from my failed attempt at GMAT greatness. I studied about 1.5 hours a day for the first 2 weeks (taking practice tests on the weekends) that reminds me...
Rule 3: When you take the pratice tests TAKE THE AWA SECTION dont just skip it. AWA is like someone throwing a tire at you in an obstacle course, you need to be ready to deal with it.
The last 2 week I increased to about 2.5 hours a day, then 4 hours on the last week. I took a practice test the day before my real test (yesterday). I scored:
2:540 (did I mention these tests are WAY harder than GMAT?)
I did the entire Kaplan
CD tutorial thing (very helpful). And I got through about half of the OG. During this month I exercised almost every day, this is key. I meditated. And I didn't take any drugs (except caffiene). I am an insomniac and I take Ambien to sleep. Getting off this shit wasvery important for my success (although it meant I got no sleep the night b4 test). I prayed (not religious but what the hell, it cant hurt right?).
The day of the test I ate breakfast (which I normally dont do), worked out, ate lunch, then wrote the test. And now I have a score that could get me into any school
. You can too. Just remember: never ever ever give up.
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