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# From 650 to 730, four-month journey

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31 May 2011, 21:32
I would like to share my story because I also picked up some tips, which helped me a lot.
To begin with my background, I studied chemistry a long time ago and am now working as a marketing specialist for a multi-national company for 6 years(total 8years work experience).
My first test score was 650(Q49 V28) in Apr. '11 after a three-month study. At that time I just covered OG, did review wrong answers and didn't do any sample CATs. After seeing the score I finally realized the reality I faced with.
As soon as I got back home, I searched what I need to do for the test. What I did was to buy the best recommended references and to start studying really hard, at least 3 hrs a day on weekdays and 8 hrs a day on weekends. I studied both the references I bought and the OGs. When you feel confused at the references you should look up the OGs. The OG is the bible you can always rely on.
I took 6 CATs from Manhattan from one week before the actual test. The best score I've got from the test was 710(Q51 V 36). I think that Manhattan CATs are a little bit more difficult than a actual test. Especially the Quant problems are extremely challenging.
As a non-native speaker I thought that getting over 40 points in verbal section would be time-consuming, concerning that I have a full time job. My strategy was to get 50/51 in Quant and over 36 in Verbal, and I will be able to get over 700. In order to this I tried to solve Quant problems within two miniutes when studying, and focused on SC and CR. Especially in SC I thought that I could give correct answers as many as possible if I got trained to do that job. For SC I studied Manhattan', which is great, and solved OG again and again, trying to understand the logic in it. For CR I got the powerscore, which can gives you general understanding of the types of the problems. For Quant I got Kaplan and OG. But Kaplan's could be very easy for those who already got over 49. If you are on that level you should try OG with time limits, 2 min per problem.
As a result I got 730(Q 50 V 39) today. I felt Quant problems were easier than Manhattan's CATs and tried to give best answers to Verbal questions, especially faced with SC problems.
Guys, I think you can also do what you want to achieve if you set up the goal and strategy clearly, and implement the strategy persistently. Good luck to all of you.

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01 Jun 2011, 03:32
Congrats
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01 Jun 2011, 04:18
COngratulations. Your tips will help people like me
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01 Jun 2011, 04:39
Congrats on the terrific improvement!

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01 Jun 2011, 08:27
Thanks for your words! and, CONGRATULATIONS on such a score.

But what is tough to explain to myself is why have you joined GMATClub.com after scoring high? Why not before; why now?

Sorry, if I ask something personal.
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01 Jun 2011, 11:31
Schawjibb wrote:
Thanks for your words! and, CONGRATULATIONS on such a score.

But what is tough to explain to myself is why have you joined GMATClub.com after scoring high? Why not before; why now?

Sorry, if I ask something personal.

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"My first test score was 650(Q49 V28) in Apr. '11 after a three-month study."

I hope you can connect the dots
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01 Jun 2011, 12:44
Yes. I joined this club in Apr. I should've known this club earlier.

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01 Jun 2011, 20:25
nowski2 wrote:
Yes. I joined this club in Apr. I should've known this club earlier.

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Better late thank never, nowski2.

May we expect a full-size debrief from you?
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01 Jun 2011, 21:38
What do you mean by "full debriefe"? Do I need to add something? If so, please let me know.

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01 Jun 2011, 22:12
nowski2 wrote:
What do you mean by "full debriefe"? Do I need to add something? If so, please let me know.

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Actually, by DEBRIEF I meant something like this from-630-730-mission-accomplished-detailed-debrief-106346.html?hilit=debrief

You may also have a glimpse on the DEBRIEF format in here gmat-experience-posts-99220.html if you want.

What you have written is fairly fair enough. However, getting more details of your experience will surely add value to our preparation.

Thanks!
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