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GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 07:06
I am a military guy, and heading in today to retake the GMAT.

In my initial attempt, I made some typical military guy mistakes. What I mean by this is that the Army is always about quantifiable stats such as how fast did you run those 2 miles, how many targets did you hit etc.

So the first time, I focused most of my attention on taking CAT tests, all the free ones, Manhattan Review, and Veritas (the free one) I never did extremely well, usually in the 600-690 range.

I ended the day with a 650, which was in my range. I was still upset because I am a career changer after 5 years as an Army Ranger and deployments etc. I have the intangibles but def want to go to a top 15 B-school.

I found this club after looking for advice after my first tests and devised a new strategy after taking 4-5 days off from the test.

I purchased Manhattan GMAT Sectence Correction and Number Properties. I knew I was capable of a much higher score than a 33 on Verbal. Verbal had been my strong suite and I made the mistake of only focusing on my weakness math prior to test day.

I went through Manhattan SC and wrote down notes in my notebook for each chapter. I then typed out all the notes to reinfroce what I learned. I also printed out and out on the GMATprep SC document available on this forum.

For Math, I knew my weakness was Number Properties (Total factors, trailing zeros, etc.) that kept me at a 45 the first time. My goal is a 47 Q today.

I also did the free GMATclub math test.

After I reviewed all the basics I took MGMAT Tests and scored a 650, 720,710, 720, 720. Each Time I would score between 42-45 on Verbal and 43-46 on Q. I realized I hit a wall but I was happy in my range. I reviewed every mistake after each test. I also looked up how work out each problem here through Bunuel's amazing forum.

I then took my two GMAT Prep and scored a 700 and a 730.

Today, I am going in and hoping for the best. I used this morning for some ligh review of topics, etc. I scoreda 6 on my AWA last time and just did all my essays for Penn and Yale so I am confident in my organizing and writing going in.

I want to thank this forum, we will see how my test pans out. I am taking it at 1430 or um 2:30 pm haha. I have to drive up to Atlanta (90 min) from Columbus, GA (Fort Benning).

I just wanted to type this and get out any last minute jitters. I have faith in my abilities. My goal is to score at least a 38 V and a 46 Q so I can get in the 680-720 range.

Updated debrief will follow tonight, after I get out of this beast.

Good luck to everyone, and it is sad I am more nervous for this then going over high value terrorists in Iraq. But that is the nature of the beast I guess, it takes you out of your comfort zone.

Ryan, Army Ranger and GMAT wannabe
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 07:23
All the best........you'd do well .
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 07:45
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Good Luck! Based on your experience, you should have enough dedication to take care of this one.
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 09:59
Your story reminds me another story that I read few days back "My Story: From an Army Ranger in Iraq to Harvard". Check out at http://poetsandquants.com/2010/08/18/my ... o-harvard/

Anyhow, good luck..
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 11:22
Well - good luck!!! It seems to me, that you've committed a lot of energy and time to GMAT - you should succeed
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 12:40
Good luck! I'm sure you'll be able to pull off a 700+ on your second try. You were already close, so I'm sure you'll get it this time. I'm currently in the military (Navy enlisted), and am studying for the GMAT. I plan on taking it sometime in December. Looking forward to the debrief.
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 12:50
good luck!!!
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 17:05
Womiwom wrote:
Good luck! I'm sure you'll be able to pull off a 700+ on your second try. You were already close, so I'm sure you'll get it this time. I'm currently in the military (Navy enlisted), and am studying for the GMAT. I plan on taking it sometime in December. Looking forward to the debrief.


wp06 and Womiwom,

Both of you remind me of this instructor I read about on the Manhattan GMAT site - Neil Hwang. He served in Iraq, still found the time to study and scored on the 99th percentile on the GMAT!

http://www.manhattangmat.com/gmat-prep- ... -hwang.cfm

All the best guys
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Status: Prepping for a Re-take?
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Re: GMAT TODAY, GOING FOR IT, DEBRIEF TO FOLLOW TN [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 17:17
akaydee wrote:
Womiwom wrote:
Good luck! I'm sure you'll be able to pull off a 700+ on your second try. You were already close, so I'm sure you'll get it this time. I'm currently in the military (Navy enlisted), and am studying for the GMAT. I plan on taking it sometime in December. Looking forward to the debrief.


wp06 and Womiwom,

Both of you remind me of this instructor I read about on the Manhattan GMAT site - Neil Hwang. He served in Iraq, still found the time to study and scored on the 99th percentile on the GMAT!

http://www.manhattangmat.com/gmat-prep- ... -hwang.cfm

All the best guys


Akaydee,

Thanks, but I wouldn't compare me to the instructor until after I score in the 99th percentile. It would be nice, but I'd be happy with a 700. I've seen that a lot of members on here have thanked you for your insight/advice. Hopefully you'll share some of that advice with me in the future.
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