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Hello GMATClubbers!
I have been following this forum for a long time but have not had anything useful to add thus far. I would like to share my GMAT experience, and hopefully some of you will find this useful.

My first GMAT attempt was back in September 2009. I had set the date in the summer of that year. However, work got busy in the month leading up to the test. The day before the test, I got a 780 on GMAT Prep, so I was very surprised when I got a 730 on the exam. I was sure that I could do better, so after much deliberation, I decided to retake the test. One key reason for this is that my GPA (Top US Public School - Engineering UG) is low (3.0), so I felt that I needed a really strong GMAT to offset the low GPA.

One key point is that when "preparing" for this first attempt, I didn't have a very good strategy, or focus. For example (and I think these are mistakes others should avoid):
1. I used Kaplan, Princeton, and MGMAT - these courses all differ when it comes to key content and solving strategies. I think overall this results in confusion. I would suggest using MGMAT only. Princeton is too basic, and so is Kaplan. I think Princeton and Kaplan are fine for a 600-700 level score, but not much good for higher scores.

2. I used my own methods. I think others with high scores have mentioned this (especially Slingfox - his notes are great by the way, I used them for my final day review). Especially on Rate and Mixture questions, I often used the longer methods I had learned in school. This often resulted in my getting wrong answers, and requiring more than 2 minutes to solve them.

My scores were as follows:
GMATPrep - 720
MGMAT 1 - 630
MGMAT 2 - 650
MGMAT 3 - 680
MGMAT 4 - 690
MGMAT 5 - 710
MGMAT 6 - 730
GMAT Prep - 780

GMAT- 9/22 - 730
One very important point. You will notice that my MGMAT scores improved steadily. There is a reason for this. After every test, I created a frequency table of topics (MGMAT assigns every test question to a topic, which is very helpful). I bucketed all my mistakes according to MGMAT books and after every test, I studied the book relating to the most mistakes. This was very helpful. I strongly recommend doing this.


SECOND ATTEMPT

I started earnestly studying for the GMAT again in May 2010. This time around, I used only MGMAT. I went through every Quant MGMAT book again, did every problem, and tried to really understand the content. These were my scores:
5/15/2010 GMAT Official Prep 750 49 44
5/22/2010 MGMAT Test 1 700 44 41
5/31/2010 MGMAT Test 2 730 48 42
6/27/2010 800 Score 690 45 39
7/4/2010 800 Score 760 46 48
7/5/2010 MGMAT Test 3 750 48 44

Due to a job/ city change, I didn't study for a while, but I restarted my prep later in the year. These were my scores:
10/31/2010 800 Score 740 49 41
11/21/2010 MGMAT Test 4 740 47 45
11/27/2010 GMAT Official Prep 760 49 45
1/9/2011 GMAT Official Prep 770 50 44
1/15/2011 MGMAT Test 5 750 51 41
1/16/2011 MGMAT Test 6 770 50 45
1/18/2011 ACTUAL 770 50 46

The difference?
1. I started using MGMAT methodologies
2. I did every problem in all 11TH and 12TH ED books - it really is all about practice.
3. I did ALL my tests timed.

Notes:
1. MGMAT really is the best course out there. 9/10. I take one point off because of a lack of practice content. The tests are great.
2. 800Score is worth it – especially for the price. And with the MGMAT discount it is a must-have. I didn’t always agree with some of the verbal questions, but great practice nonetheless.
3. Practice as many problems as you can, and practice them all timed. Efficiency can be the difference between a high score and a not-so-high score. Beyond a certain point it has nothing to do with intelligence or ability or anything else. Just practice.

Best of luck to all of you,
Scuderia.
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 08:45
Hey buddy. Congrats on the brilliant score!! With this score, I really hope you get into HBS or Stanford.

I think your tips are very useful since I am in a similar position. I took the GMAT last year (July 2010) and score a 730 (Q:49, V:40). I really hope to bump it up to 760+. I will hit you up for more tips later as I go through my study process.

Once again, congrats on the rocking score and good luck with the B-School App process!!
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 20:20
scuderia wrote:
1. I used Kaplan, Princeton, and MGMAT - these courses all differ when it comes to key content and solving strategies. I think overall this results in confusion. I would suggest using MGMAT only. Princeton is too basic, and so is Kaplan. I think Princeton and Kaplan are fine for a 600-700 level score, but not much good for higher scores.


I couldn't agree more with you one this one. Congratulations for a amazing score (wish I had 10 extra points too :( ), and best luck for app process.
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 21:02
Thanks dude, and Congrats on your score! Amazing improvement in your scores. Best of luck for your apps!

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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 03:01
Well done dude :)
Impressive Score!!!
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 05:49
2. I did every problem in all 11TH and 12TH ED books - it really is all about practice.
Hey,
All the best for your application.
As you have mentioned in your point 2 can you please help me what is this? From where you got?which books are those?


Thank you very much in advance!!!!

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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 05:55
SoniaSaini wrote:
2. I did every problem in all 11TH and 12TH ED books - it really is all about practice.
Hey,
All the best for your application.
As you have mentioned in your point 2 can you please help me what is this? From where you got?which books are those?


Thank you very much in advance!!!!

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He is talking about the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition. If you have a debit card, you can order it online through flipkart [dot] com
They will deliver it to your door-step within 3 days :)

That book is a must have actually!
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 07:55
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SoniaSaini wrote:
2. I did every problem in all 11TH and 12TH ED books - it really is all about practice.
Hey,
All the best for your application.
As you have mentioned in your point 2 can you please help me what is this? From where you got?which books are those?


Thank you very much in advance!!!!

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He is talking about the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition. If you have a debit card, you can order it online through flipkart [dot] com
They will deliver it to your door-step within 3 days :)

That book is a must have actually!



Ohh... I've those books.
Thank you very much, AmrithS.
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 09:15
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Congratulations on the super high score and persistence! Not many would continue the GMAT journey after scoring a 730.
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 16:02
Cogratulation on an excellent score. Your tips about learning from your mistakes on the MGMAT CAT are very helpful.

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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 16:42
I am really wishing now that I had started my preparations with MGMAT too!!! :(
But its too late now...

And congratulation on your score!!!:)
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 18:55
Congrats!!

Inspiring Score !

Good Luck with Ur Appilciation Process.

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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2011, 15:09
Awesome score! Well done.
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 10:40
Thanks all. If anyone wants any help with their prep, please feel free to PM me!

I've started apps for this fall, hopefully I get in somewhere :)
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 21:10
Could you elaborate more on 800score? Also did you retake MGMAT tests or do they more than 6 tests?
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Re: GMAT 730 -> 770 [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 06:55
800score had an offer (through MGMAT I believe) for 5 online tests for $20 (or something really close to that). I bought that package. It allows you to take verbal and math section tests separately, and if you take them together you can get a score.

I didn't always agree with their answers (especially in the Verbal section), but it was good test taking practice nonetheless.

Their main purpose: I didn't want to "waste" MGMAT tests, so if I wanted to get some test taking practice but I didn't really think I had improved my subject matter much to warrant an MGMAT test, then I took an 800score test. Bottom line is, because of the great analysis tools in MGMAT, use them wisely. They will allow you to track your performance better than any other tool out there.

As for retaking MGMAT tests, I did not do that within a cycle. For example, when I decided to retake the GMAT, I started studying around a year after my last attempt, so I really didn't remember the questions from the previous time around and it was a clean start for me. Within that second attempt, I did not reset the question bank.

Hope that helps.
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