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Hello Guys

I wrote my GMAT today. First things first- I managed a 760(Q: 51|V: 41|IR: 7|AWA: 6). During my prep, which lasted for about 40 days, I read a number of testimonials. While reading them, I used to think that I would be really grateful to write one myself, one day. My GMAT experience was really good. I didn't take any coaching, and I think it is not required too. Being a non-native, I had a lot trouble with Verbal initially. However, I made quick progress, using the resources that were prescribed on the GMAT Club. As far as my experience with mocks is concerned, I wrote the GMAT PREP exams along with some of the free ones that are offered by various Test Prep companies. As far as the resources I utilized are concerned:
OG 12& OG 13- I solved Quant OG 13 twice, Verbal OG 13 thrice.
QUANT: The GMAT CLUB math book. No need to look at anything other than this.
MGMAT SC: A very good book to tackle SC but not without the E-GMAT resources I found on the GMAT CLUB. A user on GMAT CLUB has integrated 20 topics of SC into a single doc. Shraddha, E-GMAT is brilliant. The emphasis E-GMAT puts on *meaning* is key. One can cram the rules and it may help you reach a 650+ but at the 700+ range, it is extremely important to understand the meaning the sentences convey. For SC, I found a compilation of 100 questions along with their explanations, again on GMAT CLUB. My word, the explanations were brilliant! I solved them twice.
CR: I mostly referred the OG for CR. Frankly, I don't think one should make a big deal of CR. It is pure logic. I don't really think there are any shortcuts here- tips and tricks that can help you get through. Besides the cause&effect and conditional statement questions, for which one can prepare, all CR type questions require thinking. Having said that, I do think that with practice one begins to identify what type of questions are generally correct and what types are not. Here again, I found a set of 100 questions(700+ level) with explanations on GMAT Club. These were even brilliant. I solved these thrice.
RC: My strategy was to read and read until I understood the passage. I forgot about the clock. I don't know if this was right or not. But it sure worked for me. I believe, that top scorers do pretty well on RC, and I think everyone can get his/her way through with RC if he/she understands the Passage. Apart from RC, I again found a pdf which had 37(700+ level) passages. This gave me a lot of crucial practice. There were times I did not understand the passage in even 4 minutes, may be even 5, but I read and read till I didn't understand the passage thoroughly. I think RC offers the opportunity to improve one's verbal score a great deal- if you understand the passage, you have a very high chance of getting all questions correct. Hence, the initial reading time is worth it.
AWA: Chineseburned, you rock. I followed the template shared by Chineseburned. A couple of days before the G-Day, I was concerned whether plagiarism will be an issue. But guys, plagiarism is of *ideas* not *words*. I recommend all the GMAT test takers to have a look at Chineseburned's template.

Practice Tests:
MGMAT: I think they should not be used. No point. Quant is unnecessarily complex.
Veritas: I wrote one.. I think I got a 720. These are decent.
Kaplan: I wrote one.. I think I got a 750.
GMAT PREP 1: 750.
GMAT PREP 2: 730.

As for GMAT, the quant was, I think much easier than GMAT PREP quant; Verbal was a notch higher. I will be happy to answer any queries!

Thanks guys!

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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2014, 06:51
Nice debrief.

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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2014, 08:38
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Nice debrief.

Good luck for your applications !



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My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2014, 09:31
Someone PMed me. I am posting the question and replying here so that it helps the entire community.

Hi Navendu512,



Many Congratulations for a superb 760 :)


I need your help in Quant. I am scoring at around 47 on GMATPrep and want to take it to 50/51 in around 4 weeks (my test date). Is it doable in these many days?

How did you improve your Quant score to 51, which is really impressive? How were your Quant scores in practice?

I have studied the 5 MGMAT guides and I think my problem areas are coordinate goemetry, inequalities and combinatorics. Should I be practicing OG for Quant when I am already at 47? I ask this because I have heard and also felt that OG Quant is easy. How was the level of questions in the real thing? I get scared looking at some kind of questions. People say that stay away from OG Quant if you are above 45, so I am really confused.

What are your suggestions? I am willing to do whatever it takes but want a 5 as the tens digit in my Quant score :) I will be grateful if you can show me a ray of hope in this target.

Good luck for the applications :)


I think I was strong in quant right from the beginning of my prep; I was scoring 50-51 in almost all of the tests. Hence, my advice might not best suit you.
Coming to your query, I think 4 weeks is ample time to make the jump you wish to. 50 is possible; Once you reach a 50, scoring a 51 is all about practice. Having said that, it is crucial that you take the 4 weeks you have pretty seriously. Yes, OG has its limits as far as quant is concerned. I would advice you to write the free tests on the GMAT CLUB immediately to get a feel of the higher difficulty level questions. A key thing to understand is the reason why you are stuck at 47. Is it because of time issues? If during the tests you fail to understand the method that should be utilised to solve the question within 1:30 sec, move on. It's a big art- to let go! But it's crucial. Try to tell yourself that the question you couldn't do is an experimental question- after all, almost a quarter of the questions are experimental.
As I have written in my debrief, I referred to only the GMATCLUB book. Its really really good. I will suggest you another pdf that I used extensively for my quant prep. Please ensure that you do each and every question religiously, atleast from the topics you've highlighted above. Also, consider doing un-timed practice. Pay attention to concepts, new formulas.
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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2014, 13:46
Someone asked me for the set of the 700+ question I talked about in my debrief. PFA all the verbal resources I found useful.
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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2014, 21:59
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Congrats on a brilliant score!! Thanks a ton for sharing all the material. You mentioned in your post that "A user on GMAT CLUB has integrated 20 topics of SC into a single doc.. Could you please post the document.

Thanking you in advance.
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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2014, 16:51
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Dear Navendu,

Thank you for your detailed debrief. I am glad that the focus on meaning helped you ace the GMAT and that you found the articles by Shraddha useful. Stay focussed during your application and you should be able to get an admit to one of the top B-schools.

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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2014, 21:22
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Congrats on a brilliant score!! Thanks a ton for sharing all the material. You mentioned in your post that "A user on GMAT CLUB has integrated 20 topics of SC into a single doc.. Could you please post the document.

Thanking you in advance.


Thanks :)

Please find attached the list here: e-gmat-s-all-sc-topics-consolidated-144985.html
Furthermore, I created a dirty revision doc for SC. It's not an extensive doc though. PFA the same.

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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2014, 21:28
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Dear Navendu,

Thank you for your detailed debrief. I am glad that the focus on meaning helped you ace the GMAT and that you found the articles by Shraddha useful. Stay focussed during your application and you should be able to get an admit to one of the top B-schools.

Regards,

Rajat Sadana


Thanks Rajat. Shraddha's SC articles were indeed a great help!

I understand that a good GMAT score is just a tick mark to one of the many check boxes and that the whole profile matters.
I will be applying to ISB YLP, Harvard 2+2, YALE SOM, LBS MiM, and IESE Spain. Are there any other schools which offer such deferred admission programs that would interest a fresh graduate?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2014, 03:44
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Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and hope it will help the readers who want to know about a journey to GMAT and will start for it soon. Congrats for your brilliant score and please, keep sharing.



Thanks, I will! The community has helped me a lot, and I want to give back to it :)
Feel free to ask me for any help. I will try to help to the best of my abilities
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Re: My GMAT JOURNEY [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2014, 01:31
I followed the template shared by Chineseburned. A couple of days before the G-Day, I was concerned whether plagiarism will be an issue.
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