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I took the GMAT on 13 Jan 2012 and scored a 670 (Q 43, V 38).
I spent 6 weeks preparing with just OG12 and two diagnostic tests from the MBA website. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and work 12+ hours every day, 7 days a week (no weekends or holidays here). On days we went out on mission I was too tired to study after, so I got about 4 weeks of studying in averaging 45-90 minutes per session. My study goal was to familiarize myself with the test format, learn how to manage my time and pace myself for the test, and review some basic math. Though I achieved that, I feel like I should have spent more time on data sufficiency and sentence correction, since I missed 90% of my questions on the diagnostics from those sections. I did not spend much time preparing for the essay, critical reasoning or reading comprehension.
I’m lucky that the base I’m stationed at is one of two in Afghanistan that administers the GMAT at its DOD Education Center. I took the test at 0900, it was pretty much what I expected, there were no surprises. I was a little nervous and second guessed myself a few times, so I had to rush on the last few questions for both sections. 670 was in line with my diagnostics, and I suspect that most of the questions I missed were from data sufficiency and sentence correction.
I’m signed up to take the GRE in 3 weeks so I’m cramming for that right now. Afterwards I will be going home for15 days for a much needed break before I come back and finish up my 1 year tour. I might retake the GMAT when I get back, if I do I plan on getting study book dedicated to sentence correction and practicing a lot more data sufficiency questions. I really want to break 700 on the GMAT, but don’t know if its worth the effort right now. I need to start studying for the PE (Professional Engineer) exam, and I don’t plan on applying to MBA programs at least for another 2 years.
Thanks for the kudos, its actually been pretty quiet here due to the cold. Also, ear plugs helped block outside noise during the test. I actually find it easier to study in Afghanistan, since there is nothing better to do outside of work. There is nowhere to go, and I caught up on all the movies/tv shows I wanted to watch. My life rotates between work, the gym, and studying.
wow!!! 670 doing tour duty in afghanistan?and here i am, complaining that it is difficult to concentrate while studying at home.... dude u r an inspiration to anyone preparing for GMAT.... simply awesome!!! wat is ur desired score?? hope u get it. _________________
Man, you are awesome. I do agree that in Afghanistan you can put effort in studying since you have little to do and no one to disturb but you need to be mentally prepared to do so. Kudos from me. I hope you hit that 700+ and also get into the school of your choice.
I love the smell ofKUDOS +1in the morning. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it." - Groucho M.
If I put in the time to retake the GMAT, I would like to boost my score by at least 50 points, so 720. I actually find it easier to study here because there is nothing better to do.
you can totally do it! i was in afghanistan the first time i took the gmat and the rocket attack alarm went off smack in the middle of my test!! you're almost guaranteed a SIGNIFICANT raise in your score after you redeploy and study in the comforts of your own home without the extra distractions or fatigue... _________________
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I think you have an entire essay, good enough for at least 3 schools in your post.
Also if you plan to apply to B-schools in 2 years, why not hold off on taking the GMAT again till your deployment is over and enjoy your break with friends and family. If you got a 670 under such tough conditions, I don't think you will have a problem boosting your score (if you wanted to)