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GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 04:27
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I took my first GMAT test in Nov 2010 and scored 570(43Q, 26V). At that time the approach I took to prepare for test was:
-I went through Manhattan prep materials only once
-I went through OG11 problems and solutions
-I took free tests from GMAT prep sites such as Manhattan GMAT prep, Princeton Review, Kaplan, GMAT Club and MBA official GMAT prep
My score varied widely but I didn't care much thinking I would tame the wild beast 'GMAT' on the exam day. But when I got my score then I realized it wasn't so easy to tame this beast otherwise no body would have labored so hard to get 700+ GMAT score.

Then I re-assessed my preparation strategy. I went through all the Manhattan prep materials thoroughly, specially SC book and CR Bible book. I bought and took 6 paid Manhattan GMAT simulated exams. I practiced lot of questions posted on GMAT Club forums.

As such I didn't spend much time studying at home and/or library to prepare for GMAT. I spend 3 hrs every day on commute to work out of which 2 hrs are spent in shuttling between 4 trains. I utilized this time to go through all the printed materials and at home I spent couple of hours a week to practice the questions from GMAT Club. Some times I used to get demotivated and stop preparing for weeks but then success stories from others on GMAT Club forum helped me to motivate again to my preparation. So my preparation got stretched a little longer. But I think its better late than never.

I took exam appointment 10 days before the exam date (Oct 29, 2011) and prepared for my test. Last 2 days before my exam I didn't even touch any of the book but I practiced little from GMAT Club forum questions.

Finally on the exam day, I reached center almost 45 minutes earlier than scheduled time, checked-in and took the exam. I took all the breaks after completing each section. During quants section, some how I misinterpreted remaining time when I was left with around 17 questions. I thought I was left with less time than I would need to finish all the questions. So I rushed through the questions but when I was down with 10 more questions and I looked at the timer, I found that I was still having 30 minutes left. This gave shivers thinking that I unnecessarily rushed through many questions and what if answers to those questions were wrong. After finishing the quants I took break, went to rest room and took deep breath to calm myself down and do good in verbal to stand a chance to score 700 marks.

When I started verbal section, I put down 4 time intervals three 20 minutes each and 15 minutes for the fourth one. And I put the number of questions in each interval I was expecting to solve. It was like this:
75 - 55 10
55 - 35 10
35 - 15 10
15 - 0 11

I checked my pace with this above table to make sure I was in correct path.

Finally when I came to question # 38 and my heart started pounding and anxiety started to set-in thinking what if I miss my 700 marks. Some how I focused to finish rest of the questions. Then after verifying my personal data, score popped-up and it was exactly 700 (49Q, 36V). This made my anxiety disappear as I'm targeting for part time MBA from NYU Stern and I'm well within the range of GMAT score required to apply for this program.

Last but not least I would like to thank GMAT club for all the help and support I got for my GMAT preparation.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 07:42
Good job! Hopefully you get into NYU
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 08:57
Congratulations!! Nice score.

Can you please share the split of verbal questions and how it was different from GMAT prep/MGMAT tests? Did you observe actual GMAT VERBAL questions more difficult than GMAT prep/MGMAT tests.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2011, 12:57
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Congratulations!! Nice score.

Can you please share the split of verbal questions and how it was different from GMAT prep/MGMAT tests? Did you observe actual GMAT VERBAL questions more difficult than GMAT prep/MGMAT tests.
Cheers!



I got 4RCs and rest were sc and cr. out of 4 rcs, 3 were short type and one long type. Difficulty level was more or less similar to GMAT perp and manhattan tests.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2011, 11:45
Congrats mate...great improvement :)
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2011, 12:50
Congrats Arunrajak for a incredible achievement..
This is my first post :) joined the club today
I have taken GMAT and shocked to see my score 620(49Q,25V) :shock: all screwed up in Verbal :( :(
Please help me..I'm greatly indeed of a some suggestions as I need to cross 700.

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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 16:05
i think you will be able to get into the PT program at stern, a 700 is a strong score! great job on the improvement :D
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 17:02
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 17:19
Congratulations on the strong improvement! A fine score.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 00:50
Hi,
Can you please let us know your scores in the Manhattan GMAT tests?
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 09:37
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Hi,
Can you please let us know your scores in the Manhattan GMAT tests?



CAT Exam #1 730(51Q, 39V)
CAT Exam #2 650(48Q, 32V)
CAT Exam #3 690(48Q, 36V)
CAT Exam #4 750(50Q, 42V)
CAT Exam #5 720(50Q, 38V)
CAT Exam #6 730(48Q, 41V)
CAT Exam #1 A 620(39Q, 36V)
CAT Exam #2 A 720(46Q, 42V)
CAT Exam #3 A 700(46Q, 39V)
CAT Exam #5 A 720(48Q, 40V)
CAT Exam #6 A 700(47Q, 39Q)
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 09:44
Congrats. All the best to your admission to NYU
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 09:51
Congrats and GL with NYU.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2011, 17:36
Congrats! Did you only use MGMAT Books and Tests and CR bible? What did you do to study each section in particular?
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 08:04
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Congrats! Did you only use MGMAT Books and Tests and CR bible? What did you do to study each section in particular?



Yes, I used only Manhattan books, OG11 and CR Bible. I practiced a lot from GMATClub forums.
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 20:31
i am also in the same state.. :(
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Re: GMAT improving from 570 to 700 [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2013, 08:39
Encouraging stuff. Keep up the good work :D
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