No, no, just joking. I’m extremely happy with my score and I’d like to thank every single one in this community. Now let’s get to my story…
August 2012: 670 (Q50 V29)
April 2014: 750 (Q51 V40)
In my first attempt, I did a couple of things wrong. I studied for 12 weeks. However, I dove right into solving problems without first strengthening my core. I’m saying this for verbal because my math was always great. So,LESSON 1: Build your core first!
Anyways, I studied a lot and the day came. Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong on that day. I hadn’t practiced stamina enough, therefore I LITERALLY slept through last 10 questions of verbal, dying to get out of there.LESSON 2: Build stamina! This is very very important.
When I saw my score of 670, I was very disappointed. I was sure that I could have done better. Then, I decided to put business school behind me and give up.
January 2014! I decided to retake. I was going to study harder and smarter. I made myself a 14 week plan. I used a 1-2 quant-verbal split since I was still very good on quant. 4 weeks of quant. And then 8 weeks of verbal. Last 2 weeks were all about strategy, error log
, reading. So, this time around I used MGMAT Verbal books. My God! How did I miss out on these?!?! These are holy books of GMAT!LESSON 3: Use MGMAT books!!!
In the last 5 weeks, I took a CAT each weekend. (4 Gmatpreps and 1 Manhattan) Until this point, my goal was 710-720. However, my first CAT made my expectations higher!
Gmatprep 1: 720
Gmatprep 2: 740
Manhattan: 690 (don’t know how this happened)
Gmatprep 3: 750
Gmatprep 4: 770LESSON 4: Always aim higher!
I increased my score and stamina as I went through all my materials.
And one more thing. Kudos to bb! I took Gmatprep 4 just one day before my real exam. I woke up at the same time, wore same clothes, did the test on exactly same time. Some people swear this is a bad idea but it worked for me!LESSON 5: Use last Gmatprep as late as possible!
So, after 14 weeks of stress and studying I got what I wanted. I traveled 300 miles to take the test. I dreamt about GMAT, I skipped work for GMAT. It was a hard 14 weeks. But the ending was great! I hope it will be so for everyone else! Cheers.