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Guys - I think I'm done! [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 13:42
Compliments: Dont want to write all names here, but if you have posted anything that was responded to with a 'Thanks' here on the forum - you have contributed to my learning. If you have proved me wrong on any answers here, then you made me learn a thing or two here .... so thanks to all of you.

Story:
I had taken GMAT once in Feb 2002 as I was planning to apply for MS program. I was between finishing college and finding a job so had 2 months to study. Studied only Princeton Review and a little bit of Kaplan. Ended up working instead...

This time (4 years later), I discovered GMATclub at the beginning of my preparation and learned all the tricks on how to beat the GMAT. Learned about the existence of OG, Challenges and 1000 SC-CR. Although my score from 2002 could have worked with most of the business schools (I think scores are valid for 5 years), I was confident I could do better and improve the score. I had all the weapons and ammunations I needed and was ready to go after the GMAT all out my with missiles firing - :m16

OG 11th Edition
OG Verbal and Quant Review
Manhattan SC book
Kaplan
Princeton Review
and the best one - GmatClub's Members and Challenges

Preperation:
I studied for 2.5 months (starting mid-April) but it was very difficult as I was extremely busy at work due to getting promoted and managing new projects. Typically I would be at work 60 hrs a week and together with 1.5 hrs of commute - it was tough to find time. I would study over lunch and sometimes 1-2 hrs in the morning before leaving for work. Studied about 6-8 hrs over the weekends when I was home and not working. I started with PR, then moved to OGs and used the Manhattan SC book with works with OG.

The exam went ok but realized how it has changed from a few years ago, specially the Quant. The laminated writing pad and pen was ok and I already knew not to lose the cap.

There are many posts about the experiences while taking the test on this forum that covers almost everything, so I will just write down some important things that I wish I knew before I started preparation.

- Plan Ahead: If you have plans for going to business school, dont wait till the year before to take the test. Start familiarizing yourself with the exam and the books well in advance. You may not feel like studying unless you have a date with GMAT, so participate in GMATClub forums. This will allow you to socialize/interact with others who share a common goal and in the process you will learn new things as well. This way, when its time to get down and dirty you wont fall behind if you get real busy with work. I work for a web startup (no longer a startup now) so work has always been super busy.

- GMAT Quant section is totally different from what it used to be during the ETS era. Because it changed recently, the current books do not represent the real exam well. To make your basics strong, work with OG and PR. Then work with Kaplan and GMAT Challenges to build toughness. Finally (in the last 2 weeks) after you have taken the 2 GMATPrep tests, come to this forum and search for GMATPrep and do all the problems. This is most representative of the real GMAT.

- GMAT Verbal section - Focus only on OG and the Verbal Review. You may use PR a bit at the beginning for basics (its too easy) and run far, far away from Kaplan.

- Taking simulated tests: You can take the PR tests in the beginning, then the online PR and Manhattan Tests and finally GMATPrep. From the Kaplan CD, just used the Quant part to build on toughness - dont waste your time taking the full Kaplan tests

- AWA - make sure you write anything but gibberish and used a couple of personal experiences to communicate why you feel or agree with something. 2-3 small paragraphs is not going to get you anything more than 4.0. So if you can write enough so that you need to scroll down to read it from top to botton, you will get 6.0 or something close.

- Test day: Dont eat too much and definitely dont drink to much fluids before the exam. Read a newspaper and solve a few problems so that you are in the flow as soon as you start the test. Take all your breaks and be back a minute before it ends.

My practice scores:

GMATPrep
Test 1: 730 Q50 V40
Test 2: 710 Q48 V39

Test 1 (Retake): 750 Q50 V41 skewed
Test 2 (Retake): 720 Q49 V39 skewed

Princeton Review GMAT:
Test 1: ??? Q45 V44
Test 2: ??? Q46 V38
Test 3: 710 Q49 V40
Test 4: 650 Q46 V35

PR Online test: 700 Q50 V37

Kaplan
Test 1: 600 Q44 V30
Test 2: N/A Q50 N/A

My profile:
Indian Male 27 years
High School in India -Competing with a lot of smart-ass legends here :)
Bachelors in liberal arts college in Midwest. GPA 3.89/4.0

Founded dot-com while in college with a couple of college-friends that went from boom to bust real quick. Lived broke for 6 months post 911 in Nyc before joining web startup to learn where I failed. I think the company was really in need that they hired me - the economy was so bad here. Working for 4+ years since in Sales, Business development and Technology. Worked on various projects - you guys know everything web related in mission critical - service/server can't be down!!

Satisfied with my score:

700 Q-48 V-39 AWA - will update soon!

I have never been really good in Quant or Verbal - I dont think this score only is going to keep me out of any school (maybe except the Top 5). But it will certainly be difficult to complete with all my countrymen - like I said they are all real smart-ass people - just checking all the 750+ scores on this forum. Hope I dont have to retake ... what do you guys think.


My only disappointment:
I scored a 700 4 years back as well!!

So there you go....any suggestions or hopes for me? let me know 8-)
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Last edited by gmatmba on 30 Jun 2006, 16:07, edited 2 times in total.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 14:05
I was wondering what happened to you recently... didn't see you on the forum that much...

Congrats on the score! As long as you have 7 in the front, it's all good! :lol: Also, I think the score is very balanced, which is great! I would be extremely happy to get such balance in my 2nd attempt!

Last, but not least... don't compare yourself to other countrymen of yours... or to anyone else for that matter... performance on the test is an idividual thing and I don't think comparing numbers really matters here...

your experience defines who you are and whatever failures or successes you had will really help you get to your future dream destinations!

I am sure you will succeed! Good luck and Congrats again!

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 14:10
Cool deal man! That's a great Score!!

Congrats :band

You definitely have a very different profile from the other smart-ass people. Co-founder of a .com company.. Sales/Start-up experience.. All of these will weigh more than GMAT Score. You might want to post in the "Ask Hjort/Accepted.com/..". They should be able to evaluate your profile and provide comments.

Good luck for your apps!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 14:28
First off, CONGRATS!! Great job...
Although I haven't been around long enough to know a lot of you, I could see the dedication and focus.
This is a great score and coupled with your background makes you stand out even in the smart-ass group you are talking about (I am in the same group btw). Not a lot of people in that group can say that they had a dot-com and came back from a difficult professional situation. Thats itself shows your attitude and focus.

Good luck with your apps and stick around.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 14:46
Congrats buddy. Party time. I don't think you need to take again.

BTW you told us that you look like kramer. Photo requested.

Enjoy and good luck for your apps.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 17:30
Congrats!!!

I have definetly learned a lot from your posts...

Good luck on your apps and now go out and have a good time with friends and family!!! those that have supported you the most!!!!

much success in the future...
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 20:06
It's a great score, buddy!!!:-D I'm really happy for you.So you did ace the test twice?!!;) . Don't worry about the smart-ass pool ;) .As other said, your background can make you stand out of the pool :)
Please stick around to share with us your GMAT insight, especially your CR propensity which i truly admire :)
Best lucks to your application!! ^.^
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 20:50
Congrats !!! Good score . 700 is good anyday just concentrate on apps now . Good luck !!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 20:52
congrats for hitting 700.

i donot see any reason to retake it again cuz each 700 is sufficient for you. so go with D :wink:.

all the best.. :cool
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2006, 22:40
congratulations...nice score
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2006, 07:58
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CONGRATS ON YOUR SCORE!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2006, 08:58
congratulation gmatmba, great feat it is!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2006, 10:54
Congrats!!! :cool My best wishes on you future plans.

Now go and :beer with you friends...

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2006, 15:48
Hey gmatmba,

That's a great score my friend .. I am really happy to hear your good news :banana

All the best for further endavours ..
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2006, 19:56
Congratulations and all the best for your apps!!! :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2006, 22:31
Great Score man :-D and that too you hit it twice.
Your profile stands out and best of luck for your apps.
Do stick around the club dude :wink: .Party now...
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2006, 04:58
Well done dude! good luck for the applications!..And yes I do belive its yoghurt :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2006, 05:01
Very good score buddy!

I don't think you should go for it again, just forget it, GMAT is just another part of applications. You are one of those members whose score I was eagerly waiting for :)

Cogratulations!!! Party time :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2006, 07:08
Good job!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2006, 10:47
Excellent score. All the best with your future apps.
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