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My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve

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My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 00:59
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Today I received a email stating that I haven't logged into GMAT Club, and it mentioned I should share my GMAT experience. So I am here. Though not many people share their experiences especially if its not spectacular, but I will do to help gain from other's inputs and motivate many like me who are planning a retake (yes I am).

So let me start with a small brief on myself, I am an Indian guy from IT background (a huge pool - I must say) but one of the differentiating factors about me is that I am an entrepreneur and not a service professional. I did work for a reputed IT company in Bangalore for 13 months but then left with a dream to start on my own. I started up a small IT company from my hometown where we develop websites & internet apps, we also do internet and social media marketing and many other weird things.

The business is doing good for last 3 years but lately I have started feeling that I need a masters especially a (international) MBA degree for many reasons (you can pm me if you would like to know what all reasons). Also let me tell you I hate people who don't have an entrepreneurship background and who don't even have done a MBA and still boast that you don't need an MBA to be successful as an entrepreneur.

MBA is formal training, and entrepreneurship (especially the early years) is mostly a chaos from a management perceptive. To be frank, nothing is in place in a start-up company. Anyways I don't think I should share my business experience here so let me get back to the point.

I gave my gMAT on 11th Oct and scored a 640 and I must say I was satisfied with the score... not in the sense that it was great score but I was satisfied with the breakup. I got 48 in quant and 29 in verbal which I always thought I deserved :) Why I say that I was satisfied from the score was because I was never into languages, even in my childhood I was least bothered to learn grammar and its rules.

How many months I prepared for:
2.5 months. I got 510 in GMAT Prep when I started preparing, could barely finish my quant section and finally I managed to score a 48 on the final GMAT:)

What reading materials I used?
#OG (the best for practice)
# MGMAT SC
# Powerscore Bible CR
# Princeton Review (bit ok nothing great)
# Set of 1000 Questions (I must have done at least 200+ questions from each set)

Now as I have decided to retake, this would be my strategy:
# Joined a GMAT institute (they are probably the best available coaching institute in my hometown) so as to mainly improve my verbal scores
# Continue working on Quant for 1 hr daily (questions from worksheets provided at the institute as well as from the set of 1000 questions)
# For RC, I have zeroed down on 4-5 websites including SCIAM, HARVARD UNIV blog etc using which I will read 4-5 articles on daily basis

I know its difficult task ahead as I have set my goal to score above 40 in verbal and maintain or improve in quant. I will put in dedicated efforts and with blessings from my fellow gmat club members I hope to score great and get into my dream colleges.

For people who feel disheartened with their score, I would always say: OUTPUT = INPUT for 98% people and OUTPUT = INPUT + LUCK for the rest.. I am in the 98% :) so continue working till you get what you went, & even if you get something other that what you want, you can use it to achieve much great heights !!

Do post in with valuable comments on how can I work on improving my verbal as I just have 1.5 months to retake. Also if you need any details on my experiences, you are always welcome..
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 01:15
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Hi harshagarwal5.

Welcome on board! thank you for excellent thread.

I see you have made a 130 improve, this awesome! Next time you may achieve a 640+130=770 :)


Look,to improve you verbal part, you must know your weaknesses and strength. Improve your weaknesses they are keeping you out from 40 on verbal.
Analyse, make a breakdown what is the weakest area . Is it RC , SC or CR? if CR than look deeper. What kind of questions you are must stack on? For example they are: CR Must be true or Assumption questions? - Then go back to the concepts and do a tone of practice.
Find here (use search) a lot of CR Must be true or Assumption questions - and practice them applying concepts.
Use error log! - this is the must!
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 01:18
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Analyse, make a breakdown what is the weakest area . Is it RC , SC or CR? if CR than look deeper. What kind of questions you are must stack on? For example they are: CR Must be true or Assumption questions? - Then go back to the concepts and do a tone of practice.
Find here (use search) a lot of CR Must be true or Assumption questions - and practice them applying concepts.
Use error log! - this is the must!


yes, I will try to get this into my regular practice. cannot totally depend on the coaching institute I have joined.. i have to work hard on my verbal.. see my scores have been always inconsistent in verbal sometimes, its been happening for last 1 month.. so that is a big issue.. but I think with error log i would be able to pin point in a better way.. thanks for the inputs.. i have given you a kudos..
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 01:46
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 04:47
hey,
i would say: well done!!!! next time you will achieve a better score!!!
thanks for sharing your exerience...it motivated me a lot to improve myself to get my wished score!
keep crossing fingers
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 09:19
@Pkit thanks for the info.. but I don't think I will focus on more than one course at one time.

what I meant by saying that "i can't totally depend on coaching" is that I need to put efforts from my side too, i can't just think that coaching will do some magic n i will just get a score without putting in efforts :)

@supereco87 i m happy that my post served as a motivation to you.. have u taken gmat once? what was your score n breakup?
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Re: My GMAT Experience - From 510 and 640 - Retaking to Improve [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 09:31
harshagarwal5 wrote:
@Pkit thanks for the info.. but I don't think I will focus on more than one course at one time.

what I meant by saying that "i can't totally depend on coaching" is that I need to put efforts from my side too, i can't just think that coaching will do some magic n i will just get a score without putting in efforts :)


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