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My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 07:00
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i want to share my story of getting 710 and then i will request your kind inputs as to how i can improve upon it.
I started my prep in August 2010 and scheduled my exam for 26 Oct 2010 , in the beginning 2 months looked good to me.
But with my very hectic work schedule (i clocked 16 hrs a day for all 8 weeks ) i got very little time to concerterate on my quest ... never the less i covered OG 11 and OG12 and Manhattan Verbal books(i took them pretty late in the day , and they were the best), Kaplan ...... I took Gmatprep tests and Manhattan testes and fairly scored 700-720 in all of them...
as the test giving stategy i made sure i gave the test in one sitting (helped to prepare mentally for the D-day stress)..

on the d-day i was carm and maintained my cool all through the test...
my score break up 50 Qa 36 Verbal.........
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 07:07
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i want to share my story of getting 710 and then i will request your kind inputs as to how i can improve upon it.
I started my prep in August 2010 and scheduled my exam for 26 Oct 2010 , in the beginning 2 months looked good to me.
But with my very hectic work schedule (i clocked 16 hrs a day for all 8 weeks ) i got very little time to concerterate on my quest ... never the less i covered OG 11 and OG12 and Manhattan Verbal books(i took them pretty late in the day , and they were the best), Kaplan ...... I took Gmatprep tests and Manhattan testes and fairly scored 700-720 in all of them...
as the test giving stategy i made sure i gave the test in one sitting (helped to prepare mentally for the D-day stress)..

on the d-day i was carm and maintained my cool all through the test...
my score break up 50 Qa 36 Verbal.........



i will like to get inputs from the members of this forum so that i can increase my score to ~750 ...
I am not trying to be over ambitious by targeting a higher scrore. I belong to "Indian It male group" and with each passing year this group is getting more and more competitive and to stand out i need a better score .... i will apriciate inputs from all members in guiding me to better my verbal score
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 07:36
Cheers Bhai :)

You got a score of 710 despite the rigorous job pressure!!! Kudos to you for that...
If you plan to improve on that score, I'd suggest you set your target at +760

Your quant score is already very impressive! So don't worry about that... But make sure that you don't loose touch with the subject. Practice a few quant problems everyday to keep your math skills at its peak.

To get a 760 score, you need to score 50 in Quant and 42 in verbal :P

Improving the verbal skill is the main challenge here. You have to go from 36 to 42 - that's a 6 point increase. So try and build a study plan that revolves around strengthening the verbal part ;)

I would advice you to take the test within 2 months :P If you delay it more than that, the quant skills may drop :)
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 08:48
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Cheers Bhai :)

You got a score of 710 despite the rigorous job pressure!!! Kudos to you for that...
If you plan to improve on that score, I'd suggest you set your target at +760

Your quant score is already very impressive! So don't worry about that... But make sure that you don't loose touch with the subject. Practice a few quant problems everyday to keep your math skills at its peak.

To get a 760 score, you need to score 50 in Quant and 42 in verbal :P

Improving the verbal skill is the main challenge here. You have to go from 36 to 42 - that's a 6 point increase. So try and build a study plan that revolves around strengthening the verbal part ;)

I would advice you to take the test within 2 months :P If you delay it more than that, the quant skills may drop :)



Thanks for infusing the confidence..... any inputs how i can go about chasing Verbal...
Following what i thinking of doing...
1. read a few books to pickup comprehention and sticking to books by american authors to get a hold on American spoken english
2. revisit manhattan guides for SC RC CR
3. Practice OG 11 and 12
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 09:18
Did you identify what is your weakness area, SC,CR or RC, that would make it easy to sturcture a strategy, hats off to your gr8 score inspite of the crazy work skedule!

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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 21:57
710 is a good score, I personally don't see why you should have to take it again unless you are sure you will hit 750 or 760. If you end up scoring 720 or 730 or 740 even I dont think the universities will personally care for that 30 point increase. I would suggest trying to making the other parts of your application better...work on them now, let the GMAT go.
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 22:26
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Did you identify what is your weakness area, SC,CR or RC, that would make it easy to sturcture a strategy, hats off to your gr8 score inspite of the crazy work skedule!

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My performance was fairly even in all three areas with slight weakness in SC , but what i can recollect from tests i gave...

RC 3 questions right out of 4(per passage) was my usual accuracy
CR till OG level i was very accurate but beyond that my accuracy went down...
SC Average accuracy even in OG questions
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 22:37
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710 is a good score, I personally don't see why you should have to take it again unless you are sure you will hit 750 or 760. If you end up scoring 720 or 730 or 740 even I dont think the universities will personally care for that 30 point increase. I would suggest trying to making the other parts of your application better...work on them now, let the GMAT go.


Thanks for the suggestion it does comforts me.... but from my experiences while applying to schools i observed a difference of 20-30 points (730-740) was doing a big difference as i belong to "Indian It mail" group.......
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 19:56
Friends i have started with my quest ...as per the plan i have taken up a book on philosophy ...objective is to pick up on comprehension ......
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 12:06
guys an update from my end....
i have left the quest for GMAT :-D ...
and have secured 2 admits one with NUS Singapore another with Tepper..
and i will be joining NUS next month...

thanks for all you support
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2011, 07:20
Congratulations!
any thing in particular that made you pick NUS over tepper? i am a newbie here and just trying to gain from your perspective.

all the best for your B School journey. :)
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 07:05
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Congratulations!
any thing in particular that made you pick NUS over tepper? i am a newbie here and just trying to gain from your perspective.

all the best for your B School journey. :)


A few of them
1. I am inclined to work in Asia region .....
2. NUS provides a better international mix of students than Tepper.
3. Cost : NUS's over all expenditure is less than half of that of Tepper..
4. NUS is better ranked in FT .....(NUS is 23 and Tepper is in 40's)
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 07:39
great... and this is the 17 month programme at NUS as it does not have a one year mba . correct?

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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 08:19
ankurhbti wrote:
pinkray wrote:
Congratulations!
any thing in particular that made you pick NUS over tepper? i am a newbie here and just trying to gain from your perspective.

all the best for your B School journey. :)


A few of them
1. I am inclined to work in Asia region .....
2. NUS provides a better international mix of students than Tepper.
3. Cost : NUS's over all expenditure is less than half of that of Tepper..
4. NUS is better ranked in FT .....(NUS is 23 and Tepper is in 40's)


Congrats Ankurhbti.. I guess that's a good decision!!
Do share your inputs regarding application process and what all problems you faced..
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 08:51
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ankurhbti wrote:
pinkray wrote:
Congratulations!
any thing in particular that made you pick NUS over tepper? i am a newbie here and just trying to gain from your perspective.

all the best for your B School journey. :)


A few of them
1. I am inclined to work in Asia region .....
2. NUS provides a better international mix of students than Tepper.
3. Cost : NUS's over all expenditure is less than half of that of Tepper..
4. NUS is better ranked in FT .....(NUS is 23 and Tepper is in 40's)


Congrats Ankurhbti.. I guess that's a good decision!!
Do share your inputs regarding application process and what all problems you faced..


For application i followed following principles

1. Thoroughly evaluate urself ... all ur achievements and failure ..ur strengths n weekens
2. Be honest .....fake story will give you away sooner or later.....
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Re: My Story to 710 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 09:01
You need to analyze your Verbal strengths and weakness. I suggest taking two or even three free Manhattan CATs only on verbal with a few days interval (important that you take all tests from one publisher). Then you can significantly raise the reliability of your report analysis. For example see if you are weakest in CR, SC or RC. If your problem is with CR, I think going through power score CR bible is great. If your problem is with RC, plan for reading voraciously. If your problem is with SC, go through a GMAT-compatible English grammar book intensively.

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