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My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 21:11
Folks,
First, I want to thank every member on this forum. Although I was not an active contributer, the various posts helped me tremendously. I want to especially thank people who posted their GMAT journey (these almost always pepped me up when I was depressed due to my perforance on practice tests :-)

Here is my preparation summary-

Total Time- approximately 3 months (along with full time work)
Approx. 2 hours in the evening and approx. 8 hours on weekends.
For working professionaly, it is hard to study regularly but even if you do just 10 questions, believe me it helps doing questions "everyday".

Books -
GMAT Review (kept log of errors and also made a list of the fundamentals being tested).
Thoroughly did all questions from this book

Sentence correction from Manhattan Review- Excellent

Numerical Properties from Manhattan Review - Excellent

Quantative Diagnostic Tool (purchased at mba.com) - 3 tests, excellent, closely represent the actual GMAt quant

GMAT Prep - 1 and 2, retook them 2 times

Scores
GMAT Prep 1 - 680
GMAT Prep 2 - 680
Manhattan CAT 1 - 660
Manhattan CAT 2 - 700
GMAT Prep 1 (retake) - 720 (approx. 15% questions were repeated, hence higher score)
GMAT Prep (retake) - 730 (approx. 15% questions were repeated, hence higher score)

I had very little time to prepare, hence decided not to get bogged down by my score and adopted a learning approach till the end.

FOLLOWING ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN MY OPINION-

CALMNESS ON TEST DAY (its just an exam!!)
CONSISTENCY (no matter if you do just 10 questions, do them, open the book everyday)
LEARNING APPROACH (don't get daunted by the exam, the principles being tested remain the same so adopt a learning approach)

Unfortunately due to time constraints, I did not get to prepare much for AWA, ohh well, I'll find out when I get my scores.

Goodluck to all the aspiring ones!
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2008, 14:25
I agree completely on the study every day learning approach. I am currently a junior in my undergrad and work full time along with it, but I tried my best to do at least some practice every day (if not 3-4 times a week). It was extremely helpful, the GMAT is like speaking another language, the more you do it the more comfortable you are with it. I ended up getting a 700 last summer, and I attribute it all to just cracking the books regularly, as I am doing now in preparation for taking it again this summer. Highly recommend studying every day.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2008, 16:59
Congrats!
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2008, 06:54
Congrats for the score Bestgenius. 710 is a very good and competitive score for any good business schools around world. Was the quant tougher than OG?
How about SC questions. Were those questions more tough than OG-11 questions?
Please describe in detail.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2009, 04:49
Congrats...thanks for sharing nice ideas
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 18:04
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 18:07
Thanks for sharing. Good job on 710
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 19:46
Where all have you applied?
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 02:14
thanks for sharing nice ideas :lol: :lol:
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 02:49
Congrats. I can identify (as I'm sure a lot of us can) with finding the time and motivation to study while working. Sustaining that motivation for 3 months is tough. Great job!
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 06:41
How long is the usual study for GMAT to acheive a 700+ score?
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Re: My GMAT Experience - 710 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 08:31
Congrats and thanks for the debrief.
What did you use for CR preparation?
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