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Pearson - 770 ( Q49 , V46 ) :) [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 13:36
Woohoo !!!! I nailed it...got a 770 ( Q49 , V46 ) :)

Argh....Missed a 51 in Quant, or else 780 , 790 was there for taking...anyways...this is more than I ever imagined in wildest of my dreams..

have to take some rest..will be back for a briefing..Thanks you Guys !

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My Story..... [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 17:38
Disclaimer --> Never was a active member on this site, more of a leecher ( sorry :( ), but got to this site pretty late in my

prep. Time to Pay back.

So here we go...My Story... I request everyone to take this story with a pinch of salt, because what worked for me, might not

work for others. What i used to do when I used to read briefings is just grasp the good suggestions that somebody gave and dont worry about the small things here and there.

Background
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B.E ( Comp. Engg. ) from a top University in India
Employed in IBM for 5 years, have been in US for last 3 1/2 years.

Decision to take GMAT
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Just happened one fine day, when I got bored of work and thought , what am I trying to achieve in my life after all this ?
Made up my mind, that I was gonna join one of the top B Schools and the first thing I did - Blocked a GMAT Date ( Most important, you can never motivate yourself without a set target in mind, those who haven't done, go rush to MBA.com and do it ( Notice the improper use of "it" :)) ) My aim was to apply for top 10, preferrably top 5 B Schools in US , so I knew I had to get 700+ in GMAT. I have a good background in Academics being a topper in my college and a good work ex with me. Toughest part for me was to balance GMAT, Work, Gym( Recently become Gymrat ), Diet ( Any bodybuilding fans, they know what I am talking about ? )


Preparation Time
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Started on Dec 15th '05 , Gave GMAT on Feb 28th '06 - may be around 2.5 months.


Prep Strategy
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I had the following preparation material with me :

1. OG - 10th Edition
2. Kaplan
3. SC, CR and RC 1000 document
4. And on top of that, GMATClub :)

Just goes to show that you dont need tons of books to ace the GMAT, once you get the fundamentals nailed down, its just a matter of removing the careless mistakes and learning time management.


I started by first reading the kaplan books, good for basics. I then went through the Kaplan CD , tests are not reflective of actual GMAT entirely, but are good for building stamina. Dont look too much into the scores, just remember to keep improving on your personal performance. Then I gave the first Powerprep 1 test without going through the OG, and found out that in

Maths , I make silly mistakes and in verbal SC was my nemesis in start. So made a structured plan, my maths was pretty strong, just needed to avoid silly mistakes but SC was where I needed to strengthen upon fundamentals.

Bible for GMAT, OG is just priceless, especially for SC, I did that book twice completely. I maintained a error log and visited it frequently for

SC. For SC, the tip is understand the concepts , there are some 20 odd concepts that GMAT tests most often , if you are good at those , you will get 90% right in SC. My hit rates in OG first attempt were - 99% PS , 97% DS, 80% SC, 90% RC, 90% CR.

After understanding the mistakes, OG SC hit rate reached 95 %.

I used to take atleast one sample test every week, just to keep my stamina going.

Next I picked the CR and RC 1000 document - did some 200 odd from both. People here say to go for LSAT type CR and RC, but I think best is to stick with GMAT pattern, because LSAT CR is of different pattern than GMAT.

Then Picked SC 1000 doc, very good document, started doing 100 questions per day and hit rate overall was 90%, and whenever I got a question wrong, understood why I got it wrong. Now I am gonna tell you a trick which will be a life saver for u guys.
Thank me :) Just kiddin. Whenever u get a SC Question wrong, instead of putting that question in Forum for discussion. Do
this : Go to google, search "Question first few words" GMAT ( With Search in Quotes you will find a exact match ), The Search results will point to these sources mostly - Our Gmatclub, SentenceCorrection, Testmagic, Scoretop, UrchForms . In GMATClub -

Paul is the eternal SC King, Praetorian is great too, In SC.com and Testmagic - Admin ERIN is great..also would mention Hong-Hu for Maths. I always looked for these guys explanation. Its very easy to get confused by the explanations made by some of the other members.


That way, I got all the fundamental concepts of SC covered and was all set.

For Maths, Since I was good at it from start ( little overconfident, my 49 explains that :) )
I just focussed on some of the tough questions posted on this forum and brushed with some of the Maths Concepts.

One thing worth noting, since English is not my first language, I basically memorized a 500 Idioms list , hows that for commitment.. he he he

This was basically my prep.

Sample test Scores( in chronological order )
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Kaplan Back of Book - 690
Kaplan Diag - 690
Kaplan CD1 - 680
Powerprep1 - 740 ( Before OG )
Kaplan CD2 - 720
Kaplan CD3 - 700
Kaplan CD4 - 710
Manhattan GMAT Online Test1 - 700 ( Eye Opener, was getting little overconfident :)
Manhattan GMAT Online Test2 - 750
Manhattan GMAT Online Test2 - 750
GMAT Prep1 - 750
GMAT Prep2 - 770 ( Day Before D Day )

Real thing - 770

Test Experience
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Well, I am not gonna brag about every small thing I did during my test ( no offense to other guys pls :) )

1. Started with AWA, already had a template , so that was a breeze.

2. Took the break, always take breaks, helps you to reorganize..take my word for it..

3. Quant was pretty cool for first 15 - 20 questions, in middle, got one Geometry question and I just couldn't find a way to

solve it, even now, I think that question was incomplete, some info was missing. I might be wrong, but thats what I feel.

Made a silly mistake, marked the wrong answer and realized after saying confirm, but I still am puzzled at a 49, i was

expecting atleast 1 50. In all the 10 odd test I gave, my lowest Maths score was 50, so lil dissapointed, but no regrets. And

Would like to add, Some questions in quant are definately tougher than OG and Kaplan.

4. Verbal's experience was of indifference, got one Bold faced CR, 1 RC was super tough, had to read it 3 times to make head

or tail. Verbal is one of those where its very difficult to guage how you did, so wasn't sure as to how much will I get.

5. Elated to see a 770, but very dissapointed to miss 51 on Quant.


Do's
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1. Make a structured approach, GMAT is one test that demands structured study approach.
2. Error Log.
3. Get into online reading habit, I used to read lot of online articles, books are also good, but online reading makes up that stamina of reading on a computer screen.


Dont's
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1. Worry about when you see some decline in your scores, just try to gauge your performance in long run. are you making same

mistakes etc
2. Keep doing endless questions , nail your fundamentals , far more important than all this.


I would thank all members of this forum and will always be open to any questions, you guys have for me.

On a Ending note, GMAT is not invincible, but most important thing is to balance things in life. In Lifting & Pumping Iron Terms we say " Eat like a Pig, Lift like a Demon & Sleep like Dead"... basically, stay focussed, but never be overwhelmed by it.

Stay cool and enjoy what you do. Its a learning experience, so what if you don't get a good score, you learnt from it...

Ok Guys..I'll pen down now.

Suraj
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 20:11
Awesome!!!

Thanks for sharing the experience, it's very well put :-D
(No doubt you will get full marks for AWA ;))

Congratulations! :good
All the very best for the application process...
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 20:21
Eat like a pig, work like a demon, sleep like a pig... we need to add two more to this list.. work like a ???? and party like a.. ???
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Thanks ! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 20:58
Thanks Vivek :)

Bewakoof ..May be "Work like my Manager" & "Party like my GF" .. hope they both are not members of GMATClub..

Harvard , Wharton, Kellogg, Stanford , MIT Sloan ..here I come :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 10:22
Hi Suraj,

Congratulations!!

Can you please give me the source for the 500 idioms.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 10:57
Congratulation on your great score suraj and great debriefing!
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Thanks again [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 11:21
Thanks Paul and Riuscita for your wishes !

Riuscita,
I actually compiled a list from various sources, have a print out of those, but had a hard time finding a soft copy. I'll give it a whirl though and will send ya if i find it.

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Re: Thanks again [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 15:10
suraj_sharma wrote:
Thanks Paul and Riuscita for your wishes !

Riuscita,
I actually compiled a list from various sources, have a print out of those, but had a hard time finding a soft copy. I'll give it a whirl though and will send ya if i find it.

Thanks again.


Thanks, I would really appreciate it.
Good luck with your applications!!
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Important Things [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2006, 08:47
Just 2 more things, worth mentioning
1. I have seen lot of fuss abt Pearson's Laminated Paper, agreed its not good compared to a normal scratch paper, but what the heck guys, we have overcome so many difficulties in GMAT Prep, thats just a very small thing to worry about. Personally, I was ok with them, enough space, if u need more, staff is very courteous and will get it soon. Only thing is that the ink messes up your hand , well who cares if u get a good score :)

2. Intl. Students take your passport, no entry without that.

Ok, if any questions for me, feel free to shoot.

best of luck

"when destiny throws you a lemon,dont think about other people's mangoes
but think about how best you can make your lemonade..."

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Hi [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2006, 21:08
Hi Suraj,

congracts for the great score. Could me send me the 500 idioms documents that u have with u.

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Re: My Story..... [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2006, 13:32
congrats for your great score. also thanks for your detail posting.

the members like i would be greaful if acheivers like you spend some time in this club in explaining and clearifying some problems. i believe it is also an excellent oppertunity for every one to be involved in community activities.

goodluck to you for your application process.
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AWA [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2006, 18:51
Just a Update...

Got my AWA Score and I got 6 / 6 . Cheers :)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2006, 06:42
Wow that is a great score! Congratulations!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2006, 23:58
Awesome, Amazing, Inspiring Post & Score.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2006, 01:16
Dear suraj take my congratulations!
Your result is fantastic!

I read your story twice and find it useful for everyone who wants to get good GMAT score.

I'm gym fun too and feel the allied soul. :-D

I'm planning to begin my preparation for GMAT test and want to order through amazon 4 books:
1) Official Guide for GMAT 11th edition
2) Cracking the GMAT 2006 Princeton Review
3) Kaplan 2006 premier
4) Kaplan 800

My friend doesn't recommend me order so much preparing literature (her GMAT 710). by her mind it's quite enough one or two books and as much as possible computer training tests.
I would like to hear your opinion.

thank you very much for advance!
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2006, 03:11
Litvin wrote:
Dear suraj take my congratulations!
I'm planning to begin my preparation for GMAT test and want to order through amazon 4 books:
1) Official Guide for GMAT 11th edition
2) Cracking the GMAT 2006 Princeton Review
3) Kaplan 2006 premier
4) Kaplan 800

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I just appeared 2 days back (710 Q49,V38) ......I think OG, Princeton and Kaplan 2006 are good ones. These 3 should be enough.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 00:38
Dear "Repeat"!

Thank you very much for your answer!
I really appreciate it.
You are the only one, who answered me and gave me the real advise.

My name is Aleksey Litvin. I'm from Ukraine.

I'll order these 3 books on amazon.com, and hope to begin my preparation soon.

Thank you very very much! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 03:01
Congrats suraj_sharma

Your score is great. All the best with your apps..

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2006, 18:46
Congrats. Amazing score. I like such feedback after the test exam, it is really interesting for everybody to have such testimony, thanks for having taken some time to let us know about your preapration

best wishes for your application :wink:
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