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From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 01:44
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This is my first post (I've been using the site for a while but never posted anything before). I just wanted to share my experience with everyone here because I think it might help someone else out there. I found a lot of great posts here, so maybe this will help as well.

I went to a large public university (nothing special) and graduated several years ago. I worked for a while and pretty much forgot how to study and most of the academic stuff I learned in school. Let's face it, most of us don't use what we studied at work. Simple algebra word problems were totally messing me up.

Anyway, I spoke with a couple of friends about the GMAT and applying to BSchool and they recommended taking a MGMAT course (they were taking one at the time) and I should be ok. I had heard bad things about Kaplan and Veritas from those same friends, so I signed up for MGMAT. I thought I was doing ok. There was a good amount of quant review which was helpful and just doing some practice tests was definitely useful (or so I thought).

Wake up call.

Many of the MGMAT questions did not seem to be anything like what the REAL GMAT tested. I ended up with a 490. That was after scoring in the 600s on MGMAT practice tests. As you can imagine, I was COMPLETELY bummed. I gave it all up for 6 months. I was so disheartened that I just thought maybe I couldn't make it in business school anyway and maybe I didn't belong there with "smart" people.

Anyway, I started dating my current boyfriend about a year ago and (being the supportive guy he is), he recommended I try again with a tutor that he used (my boyfriend got a 740 by using this guy). WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The tutor made a game plan with me and I think just having a schedule in place helped a lot. He told me what materials to use (and what materials were a waste of time). It turns out I had a lot of gaps that I didn't think I had (I think test prep programs teach you how to take THEIR tests, not the GMAC made GMAT). It was a lot of hard work, but I took the GMAT a second time and I got a 720! I'm sure I could not have done it without the tutor and my boyfriend's emotional support.

SO, the moral of the story is: HANG IN THERE! Don't be overly confident - ask for help if you need it! Time is money. Don't waste time thinking "I can do it on my own" or waste money on a class from a company who doesn't care about you. Hire a GREAT tutor / coach (it's like personal training). Don't be afraid to take the first step.

Anyway - I wish you all the best of luck! If I can do it, you can too!
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 01:55
Oh, in case you want my GMAT tutor's info:

Steve's Tutoring (you can Google his website).

stevestutoring at gmail dot com

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of online tutoring, but Steve is legit. He's really nice too! He's got a ton of his own material and we used that in addition to the standard material.

I live about 30 minutes from him, but the online price was cheaper and it was a lot more convenient. I tried in person for our first session, but online was actually better. I found it was easier to see the material presented on the screen instead of craning our necks trying to share the same notebooks / books, etc. Also, didn't have to waste time driving, parking, noisy coffee shop, etc.

Hope that helps!
Maria :-)

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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 03:05
Hey can u pleass share his details.. also the books to be used and stuff..
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 04:03
Yes - stevestutoring at gmail dot com

We mostly used material he created. :-)

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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2014, 18:02
Does he also teach verbal?
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2014, 15:19
MukhA wrote:
Does he also teach verbal?


Yes, he tutored me in verbal also.

In case you were wondering, Steve tutors at Stanford University / The SF Bay Area. I live nearby but decided to do online tutoring with him because it was easier and he charged a bit less for online. It's still over $100/hr, but it's totally worth it. Considering with a good score you can get into a top B-School or (possibly) qualify for a scholarship, the tutoring money was well spent. Assuming you are paying $100k-$200k for school, a few bucks for tutoring is probably worth getting into a better program. Also, a better business school should equate to a higher salary later.

As for materials, I liked Steve's materials & the GMAC (MBA dot com) materials the best. I did like the MGMAT sentence correction & critical reasoning material for verbal as an additional source.

Hope that helps!
Maria :-D
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 09:12
Thanks so much Maria. Appreciate your feedback. I have a few other specific questions and you seem to be the best person to help. I just PM-ed you. Would greatly appreciate your response.
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 05:01
Hi MukhA, I just replied to your PM. Thanks, Maria :-)
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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 16:11
mariaa729 wrote:
Yes - stevestutoring at gmail dot com

We mostly used material he created. :-)

Maria


Hey I also just PM'd you. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Re: From 490 to 720 - hang in there - you can do it too! [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2014, 01:13
truebluepiscean wrote:
Hey can u pleass share his details.. also the books to be used and stuff..



I would definitely say if you were to use books you can buy in a bookstore, get the 13th Ed. Official Guide. That might be obvious to some people here, but I don't know if everyone knows that.
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