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Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ]

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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 18:37
Keep posting... :)

Feed the warrior... Kill the Coward... Beat the GMAT...
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 23:39
Keep it coming Schawjibb...
Don't worry for GMAT prep first test scores... That worked exactly the way it is..
This should now push you work harder. GMAT really needs a consistent work everyday.. That's the only way to do it..

Also, CR is my weak point as well.. working to bring it up..
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 20 May 2011, 02:43
gmatprep2011 wrote:
Keep posting... :)

Feed the warrior... Kill the Coward... Beat the GMAT...



WoW! Really inspiring! :-)

vikashjha wrote:
Keep it coming Schawjibb...
Don't worry for GMAT prep first test scores... That worked exactly the way it is..
This should now push you work harder. GMAT really needs a consistent work everyday.. That's the only way to do it..

Also, CR is my weak point as well.. working to bring it up..


Yep! I will try my level best to keep a consistency in prepping. Till now, I have kept it. Hope to keep it unto I make it to a renowned and top B-school! :-)

I will do all it takes, inside the periphery of my capacity, to cross the 700-barrier! All of your support is really helping me to move even forward.
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WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 20 May 2011, 04:09
From the night of April 23, 2011, I finally started taking preparation for GMAT. What I have decided to do first is to get the overview of GMAT using 2 books - Kaplan Premier 2011 (primary) and The Princeton Review's Cracking the GMAT (secondary).

Having started reading Kaplan Premier 2011, I found out several weaknesses that were in stealth until I went thoroughly inside them. They are listed below -
  • Comparing positive fractions: Sometimes I become puzzled with these.
  • Permutation, combination, and probability: Perhaps, my biggest weakness in quant basics.
  • Advanced part of inequality.
  • Geometry terminologies: Sometimes, took long-time to be recalled.
  • Data sufficiency: The first-hand experience with DS was just horrible. Oh my!

I also came up with some observations during my study/practice.
  • Not concentrating or analyzing the answer choices; reading only the questions and then diving into solving the problem. (BAD)
  • Sometimes, not reading the simple questions with care, and, as a result, making silly mistakes. (BAD)
  • Making silly mistakes in calculations. (BAD)
  • Reading the tiny questions second time (as, tiny=tricky) was really helpful as they help find out new info. (GOOD)
  • Forgetting some important formulas, (such as, formulas of arithmatic and geometric progression, permutation, combination etc.) which could help solve some problems faster. (BAD)
  • Running out of time. (BAD)
  • Considering both the statements of DS simultaneously. (BAD)

In last few days, I read 220 pages from Kaplan Premier 2011. In this time, I completed 3 important chapters - Quant Section Straegies And Practice, Math Skills Refresher, and Problem Solving. On an average, I studied 4 hours a day (highest on Friday and lowest on Saturday). I was maintaining the ERROR LOG whenever I am practicing exercises. I would share the ERROR LOG and ANALYSIS of the exercises of Kaplan Premier 2011 once I would complete the book by May 12, 2011.

The real outcome from last 6 days was: TO KEEP AND HOLD WHAT YOU HAVE STUDIED, PRACTICE IS A MUST!



[April 24th - 29th, 2011]
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 20 May 2011, 09:22
I was completely bogged down by Data Sufficiency question-type. OMG! I was washed away........... The frustration arose from it kept me away from studying. Instead of studying 4 hours a day, I just managed (not being motivated) to study 1 hour a day, at the most.

After a couple of days, I went through the basics of DS once again. AND, REVISION OF DS BASICS REALLY HELPED. I then got back my spirit. I have to win the battle with DS as well as with GMAT. Later on I discovered a really helpful process to crack the DS questions easily (at least, I could improve my correct to wring answer ratio from 1:4 to 3:2 by following this, and maybe this was discovered by many in the prehistoric days!). Here goes the break-down of the process:
  • Read the question stem first (do any simplification, if possible).
  • Reflect for 4/5 seconds.
  • Read the shorter/easier statement and then read the question stem again.
  • Analyze and eliminate answers side-by-side keeping the probable answers alive.
  • Read the other statement and then read the question stem yet again.
  • Analyze and eliminate answers/pick the correct answer.


The time when I didn't study was not actually gone in vein. I downloaded a whole lot of YouTube videos (of course, related to GMAT) that were uploaded by trustworthy channels/uploaders.

Overall, though the week started with a huge load of frustration, the week ended with few turn-around outcomes. Completed the DS chapter of Kaplan Premier 2011.

All I can say until now is "MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP. AND, MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP."


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WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 10:18
After completing the quantitative section, I started verbal. Though I am not that "expert" in quantitative in the "GMAT way", I fear verbal section of GMAT quite more than quantitative. My maiden GMAT CAT score had already justified this: Q40 and V19. Yet, in pursuit of 700+ in GMAT, I knew I have to give a full-load try to challenge this fear.

With this in mind, early morning on May 7th, 2011 I began to walk my way down to win GMAT verbal fear. I was still using Kaplan Premier 2011 as the sole guide. My observations and findings were -
  • Having some troubles in Sentence Correction. But, it wasn't supposed to be and IT SHOULDN'T BE. SC part tests only around a dozen of common concepts. Need to go thoroughly a grammar book (skim reading). Doing Grammar is a good option. (IMPARTIAL)
  • Answering each SC question in around 90 seconds. Practice more to make it below 60. (GOOD)
  • Timing became a very challenging issue as long as the Critical Reasoning was concerned. 80% answers were correct but average time per question was 2.5 minutes! (BAD)
  • Eliminating was prevailing over predicting in CR. As eliminating required reading all the options, more time was being consumed. (BAD)
  • Reading from answer option E to A for CR: need to see if by any chance it reduces the time used. (FOLLOW UP)
  • Reading all CR answer explanations would be a good help. (IMPARTIAL)
  • Whenever speeding up the pace, score/number of correct answers deteriorated. (FOLLOW UP)

Till now, I am happy that the problems are being found out. However, FINDING OUT PROBLEMS IS NOT THE END; IT'S JUST A MEANS TO END.


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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 28 May 2011, 19:39
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Keep it going Schawjibb ! Practice is the key..
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Keep it going Schawjibb ! Practice is the key..


+1 for your constant inspiration.
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Hi Schawjibb,

Keep up the good work. I'm from bangladesh and an aspirant. I have started studying for MBA for about 20 days now and still SC is not making much sense. I'll be following your progress and i pray that you break the barrier :)
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Yes shwajib! Keep at it. We will do this together haha. I hav started a diary too. I set up a blog and try to update the thread on gmatclub daily!

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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 31 May 2011, 21:10
Dear kingme and Mahtab, 1 kudo to you for inspiring me. More news to come by this weekend. :-)

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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 11:43
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Dear kingme and Mahtab, 1 kudo to you for inspiring me. More news to come by this weekend. :-)

+1 and +1


Hi Schawjibb,

How're you doing these days? I hope great. I recently appeared in GMAT and scored 690. I'm pondering a retake, though not totally sure. Keep up your good work.

TC

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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 02:33
Dhaka bhaifriends --- Do you know if our one and only testing center has improved at all? Half the building seemed to be under construction last year.
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This one appears to be conquered by buddies from Bangladesh. Nice to meet people from all around the globe here.
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 04:29
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Dhaka bhaifriends --- Do you know if our one and only testing center has improved at all? Half the building seemed to be under construction last year.


Hi FatRiverPuff,

I appeared in GMAT last week and the center seemed fine to me. Just make sure you visit the center prior to test day.

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WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 12:31
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Dear kingme and Mahtab, 1 kudo to you for inspiring me. More news to come by this weekend. :-)

+1 and +1


Hi Schawjibb,

How're you doing these days? I hope great. I recently appeared in GMAT and scored 690. I'm pondering a retake, though not totally sure. Keep up your good work.

TC

-Rupok


Hi Rupok Bhai,

I had been long lost from my own thread for last 40 days. I am sorry as I could respond to your message earlier.

A big congo! Really happy that you have cut a decent + respectable score in GMAT.

So you are up to your application package now, hmmm? :-)

I am doing fine. My prep is going so-so. You might like to have a glimpse on the present condition of my prep here <http://gmatclub.com/forum/stuck-at-640-650-range-need-to-break-700-any-strategies-131041.html#p1076340>

On retaking, I think you are already in a surefire zone for a top-20 b-school. However, if you want some $$$ from the schools, you might give another try to beat the GMAT.

Thanks again!

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WE 1: Financial Analyst/Financial Management Trainer - BRAC Afghanistan - 13 months
WE 2: Business Proposal Coordinator - MiDS, Inc. (in Kabul, Afghanistan) - 4 Months (did quit the job bcoz of security concerns)
WE 3: Readers For Readers (A Social Impact Generating Organization) - Co-Founder
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 12:37
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Dhaka bhaifriends --- Do you know if our one and only testing center has improved at all? Half the building seemed to be under construction last year.


Just being curious: are you from Bangladesh, FatRiverPuff? Your INSEAD part didn't miss my attention! :-)
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Re: Schawjibb's GMAT Journey [ In pursuit of GMAT score 700+ ] [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2013, 20:51
Hello bhaiyas !!! Nice to see that actually there were some active members' from BD too :P
I am currently preparing for GMAT. I wonder how did Schawjibb vaiya do in his exam! Is there any tips for me?? Thanks :)
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