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Hi everyone. This is Abhitej from Mumbai. Gave my GMAT on 28-04-2010 and got 770 ( q:51;v:44) AWA:6. I did not join any coaching class and studied on my own using material available on the internet. I sincerely and consistently studied every weekend for 6 months for GMAT and believe that I got this score more due to my hardwork than intelligence.

On structure of GMAT:

1. Structure of gmat is such that you are not going to be asked questions beyond a certain difficulty level. So intelligence does not matter beyond a certain level. Accuracy matters. So people who get good GMAT scores are not the ones who can solve the most difficult problems on this planet, but ones who do not make mistake solving average or above average difficulty level problems.

2. Giving an exam for 3.5 hrs is a very exhausting experience. So be prepared in advance. Give all your GMAT CATS without skipping the AWA section even if you feel that the score of this section is not important. People lose about 30 to 50 points on GMAT because they get exhausted by the time they reach the end of verbal section.

3. I personally believe that it does not matter whether you make mistakes at the start of exam or in the end. What matters is the number of mistakes you make and the distribution of these mistakes (successive mistakes penalizes you heavily). Also I believe that the algorithm of GMAT is far more adaptive than that of most practice tests because after getting the first 3 to 5 questions right, you start getting questions of the most difficult level.

4. Actual GMAT is more difficult and creative as compared to GMATPrep and MGMAT. The breadth of questions in actual GMAT is far more than MGMAT or any other material. Comparing PowerPrep, GMAT Prep and actual GMAT, I feel that GMAT is getting more difficult year on year.


Study Plan:

I spend first 3 months on fundamentals and the next 3 on practice. I was naturally good at maths so did not spend much time on it. I studied maths from IMS GMAT material. For quant, 800 score and MGMAT have good question bank. My accuracy level in maths was mostly more than 90%.

Verbal section was my weakness. Within verbal section, sentence correction was the weakest with accuracy levels of about 60% when I started. After solving a few RC & CR problems, I realized that I was not as bad in them as I initially thought with accuracy levels of 80%. Most of my study time was spent in learning grammar. I started with Wren & Martin for basics of grammar & Introduction to English Grammar by Sidney Greenbaum for ESL grammar. Kaplan Verbal Foundation is a good book for GMAT grammar. Powerscore CR Bible is good for CR. Improved my accuracy in SC to about 80% and CR & RC to 90%.

For analytical writing I created my own structure after refining various structures available on net. Initially I tried to be creative with my essays. But this used to take more than hour to complete an essay. So I dropped plans of being creative and instead concentrated on being logical with reasons and examples. My essay length was between 400 to 500 words.

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Solved all 1000 questions set for SC, CR & RC.

Solved the first 10 sets of LSAT with accuracy levels of about 85%. LSAT is far more difficult as compared to GMAT. LSAT CRs are more subjective than GMAT CRs and LSAT RCs are 2 to 3 times longer than GMAT. Practicing for LSAT improves your concentration level and accuracy. Also LSAT is far more exhausting than GMAT since you need to concentrate more for solving LSAT problems.

Cambridge review: Good for verbal.

800 score: Good for quant.

ARCO, Princeton Review: Average for verbal & quant.

Kaplan: Worst test for GMAT. No correlation with the actual GMAT.

MGMAT: Best test for GMAT. Very GMAT like. 6 MGMAT tests a must for any GMAT aspirant.

GMATPrep: Easier than the real GMAT.


Test Scores:

GMAT Prep 1: 770
GMAT Prep 2: 780
MGMAT1: 770
MGMAT2: 700
MGMAT3: 740
MGMAT4: 780
MGMAT5: 780
MGMAT6: 750

If anyone needs any help with your studies you can write a mail to me at abhitej_s@yahoo.co.in. I will be more than glad to help you.
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 09:31
Thank you very much for such detailed info. Could you please answer the following questions:

1) Do you think that taking so mane practice tests (8 in your case) helped you?
2) What is in your opinion the optimal number of practice tests you should take?
3) Could you describe in more detail your practice sessions and overall practice schedule?

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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 12:04
congrats

you come off as one of those smart people thats always done well in study so..
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 15:11
Congrats ! awesome score........ thanks for the debrief..
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 15:21
massive score, congrats and good luck.

Could you pls provide some feedback for the testing center in Mumbai - I guess it is in Andheri.

also pls give more details about your verbal preparation.

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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 03:21
Great Score !! All the best for your applications. :)
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 07:44
nonameee wrote:
Thank you very much for such detailed info. Could you please answer the following questions:

1) Do you think that taking so mane practice tests (8 in your case) helped you?
2) What is in your opinion the optimal number of practice tests you should take?
3) Could you describe in more detail your practice sessions and overall practice schedule?

Thanks a lot.


1. Taking tests from a number of test providers helps more than just taking more number of tests. Each test provider has its unique style so you get to solve a variety of questions. Practice does help in GMAT as it improves your accuracy by reducing silly mistakes, helps you better your time management skills and build your stamina for a 3.5 hrs test. As you go on practicing you start developing your intuitions and you will be able to guess right answers by intuitions without thinking.

2. There is no right or wrong answer for the number of tests you need to take. Each score level has its own target accuracy. So practice till you reach your target level of accuracy consistently.

3. I studied for 4 hrs every Sat & Sun for 6 months. One important thing about my study plan was that it was consistent without any major gap. Having a gap in your study plan makes you forget things that you have already learned. Also I realized that gaps in study plan reduce concentration level and stamina and affects accuracy.
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 08:03
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massive score, congrats and good luck.

Could you pls provide some feedback for the testing center in Mumbai - I guess it is in Andheri.

also pls give more details about your verbal preparation.


Testing centre in Andheri is nice and calm place. The examiner was nice and cooperative. She even let a GMAT candidate who had forget her passport an opportunity to go home, bring her passport and then give her exam.

Almost 80% of my time was spend on verbal and out of it 80% on sentence correction as that was my weakness. RC & CR is reasoning in which I was good so did not spend much time on them. I studied CR from Powerscore CR Bible. I started studying grammar with Wren & Martin and then moved on to An Introduction to English Grammar, a book on structural grammar. Solved 1000 question set for SC, CR & RC. Searched for more questions on SC on net and solved them. I would recommend GMAT aspirants to practice a few LSAT sets if time permits.
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 08:50
That's great.

I think license ID also holds good for identification? isnt it?

Yes LSAT questions are good and tough. So you have prepared this for GMAT only or you have prior experience of Indian CAT as well. As that would have definitely improved you quant.

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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 09:20
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That's great.

I think license ID also holds good for identification? isnt it?

Yes LSAT questions are good and tough. So you have prepared this for GMAT only or you have prior experience of Indian CAT as well. As that would have definitely improved you quant.


No. In India only your passport is a valid id for GMAT as it very easy here to make a fake driving license or PAN Card.

I did give my CAT exams 5 yrs back. Scored 99 percentile with more than 99 percentile in quant. CAT did not improve my quant as it was good even before giving CAT. I am born with good quant skills.

People say that quant in CAT is more tough than GMAT but my experience is that the tough data sufficiency questions in GMAT are more difficult than those in CAT. GMAT being a adaptive test a few questions in it will be far more difficult than those in CAT.
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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 09:57
Lol only passport, that was breaking news!!

I do agree DS on Gmat is very tricky.
So any tips on verbal for Non-native test takers?

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Re: My GMAT experience : 770( Q:51; v:44) AWA: 6 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 22:17
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Lol only passport, that was breaking news!!

I do agree DS on Gmat is very tricky.
So any tips on verbal for Non-native test takers?


I believe that someone being a native test taker or non native test taker should not affect his or her GMAT score as verbal in GMAT is all about reasoning and not about proficiency in english language. So I do not have any specific advise to offer. If you have good reasoning skills you will score good in verbal section in GMAT even if you are a bit weak in english(but you need to have some minimum proficiency in english).
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During initial stages when I was doing the theory part, I was not concerned about time or fatigue level. I was more concerned about learning the basics. When I started solving full length CATS, I started monitoring time and fatigue level. For me timing was not an issue but fatigue was. So I decided to overcome it by doing CATS along with AWA section.
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