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My Small Victory - 710 (49,38) [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 07:36
Hi everybody,

A continuous struggle to achieve a score that begins with a ‘7’ is finally coming to an end.
The message that I want to pass to other people, is not about the secret for achieving a good score.
It’s about the importance of maintaining a normal life balance, and about putting things in the right perspective.

For me, this test was more than just a test.
In my own distorted point of view, I felt that if I don’t win this war, especially after investing so much in it, my self esteem would never recover.
I knew that the GMAT does not determine how I’m worth, but I don’t think I truly believed in it.
There is a big difference between knowing something, and believing in it.
The GMAT has become the world for me. It has occupied 90% of my thoughts and most of my available time.
Except from studying for the GMAT, I was also working full time at a new demanding job where I really wanted to prove my self.
I had two fronts to fight simultaneously, plus a neglected girlfriend who really tried her best to support me.
To tell you the truth, I am amazed by her endurance. I can’t even begin to count the times when I had to tell her that I can’t go out with her because I have to study.
I knew that after all this suffering - I must get a decent score. I began fearing the GMAT.
I never felt ready enough, and it seemed like this whole situation can go on forever.
And it’s not that I wasn’t good enough. In all my practice tests, I almost never scored lower than 700. I just couldn’t convince myself that I am ready.
I always suffered from test anxiety.
By past experience, I knew that if I want to make sure I pass the 700 barrier, I have to bring myself to a level of 770, because my anxiety will reduce the score significantly.

These were my practice test:

Kaplan Diagnostic: 700 (45,42)
Kaplan CAT 1: 640 (50,33)
ETS Paper Test 14: 710 (50,38)
ETS Paper Test 25: 740 (51, 41)
ETS Paper Test 28: 750(51,41)
ETS Paper Test 31: 720(48,41)
ETS Paper Test 37: 710(49,40)
ETS Paper Test 42: 720(50,39).
ETS Paper Test 52: 710(51,34)
ETS Paper Test 55: 690(50,34)
PP1: 770 (50,47)
PP2: 770 (51,44)


After those PP scores, i started picturing myself getting that score in the real test. :-D
A few days ago, I decided that I had enough of all this and that no matter what happens, I must sign up for the test and confront the beast.
Today, I marched into the test center with a feeling of “Let’s get rid of this thing!â€
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 08:44
Congrats Dookie! :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :banana :wave
We got the exact same score and same break down. I really start to think that we should start some kind of 710 club or so. So many people got that lately :lol: I know how relieved you must be and that was quite a funny experience at the test center. You've been another valiant member of GMAT-club and I am really proud of your achievement. It's been a long struggle since your last attempt in June and I can see through your posts how hard you worked. I am glad to have studied with you, dear friend. I would not think it to be necessary to write it again :horror unless you are sure to get something more than 750 :madd

Now it's time to party! :beer :drunk :woohoo and rest :sleep :done
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 08:52
Well, congrat!!!!
Good luck on your app.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 09:54
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Well, congrat!!!!
Good luck on your app.



Dookie,
My heartiest congratulations on your score. I think you should not re-take the GMAT, I am sure you will get into a great school, unless you really want a 750+. I need to perform like you on the next test.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 18:38
Dookie
Congratulations my friend!!! You surely deserved this score..
I was really looking forward to see you break 700 and you did it. I remember that how motivated you were and how badly you wanted to improve your score.
With somebody like you , who was damn good in maths,ending up with a 49 in maths proves that it is no joke to get a 50-51 in quant nowadays.
And paul has sort of snatched the words from me while saying that we should make a 710 club. You , me, paul, anand, padma.. all of us who badly wanted to break 700 ended with exact 710..
Best of luck for your applications.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 20:09
congrats on the massive score. good luck with getting back to normal and godspeed with the apps. salute !!! :beer
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 22:25
congrats on teh score, you are an insperation to all of us with anxiety issues...
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2004, 23:38
Congratulations! Thank you for your kind words.

Dookie, did the Math Challenges help you? any comments about that.

And the list of 710's grows
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I would certainly think that 710 is a score enough to get you into any school. Oh well, i am the rookie. Linda/ Hjort are the experts. Any amount of time that you spend helping others here would be golden. Anand will be back in the second week of January.

It amazes me how many smart people i have met. Good stuff. :)

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2004, 02:07
Thanks guys,

Praetorian, Math challenges are great.
I remember that there were times when i told you that i think they're too hard.
Now i think they should even be harder. For someone who is aiming for a high score in Quant (49+), the best way to practice is to practice many difficult question in limited time.
I used to make myself Math hell sessions which were composed of 37 very difficult questions that i collected from the forum over time.
The challenges are great because they are composed of new question, and you have the chance to compare you're performance with other's.

crackgmat750, I know exactly why i ended up with a 49.
For the first 25-30 questions, i got really difficult questions. I think i got them all right.
The problem is that i didn't check the time and found myself with 10 minutes left. Now i had to skip some questions in order to finish the section on time, so that's where i lost the points. I must have guessed at least 4-5 questions.
For 50,51 you need to really be aware of the time, and identify the questions that aren't worth the time.
Well.. Maybe next time :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2004, 06:55
Dookie,

That's a great score. Congratulations! :woohoo

Also, thanks for all the good problems you posted on the forum!

Goodluck on your apps and hopefuly you will be able to get back to a more normal routine soon :-) :gl
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2004, 12:46
Dookie
Congrats.
It was fun studying with u.
Best of luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2004, 16:01
Congratulations Dookie ! You strongly improved your score since last attempt !
You finally did it and you are now in the 7XX club... I suppose your girlfriend is smiling twice as much as you are ;-)
It was a pleasure to study with you buddy, I will remember your tricky questions for the D-day...
I feel some pressure on my shoulders right now, maths are getting harder and harder and verbal bores me so much...
Anyway please let me know when you will be in and where you finally will decide to get into.

Take care.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2005, 10:10
DOOKIE! I just read this post today! Congratulations, achi. That is an incredible story and a well written account as well!

I think your score is awesome, and you don't have to take it again, unless you want to really hit it. I'm glad I could help you through all this. I think your way of looking at problems and defining them in your head and in your posts is inspirational. As I told you many times - I WISH YOU COULD TEACH FOR INTEGRATED LEARNING.

When you get accepted to the top ten in the US, call me for a side job...

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