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The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 20:13
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The 700 Pledge of a GMAT Test Taker



I have been asked many times by members who scored 600 after 3-4 attempts (often after years of preparation), two main questions: what should I do and why can’t I improve my score.

So here is my answer to all of those questions, PM’s and posts – if you are finding yourself not being able to improve, stuck, or lost, join me in taking this 700-pledge. I have to warn you, however, it involves a lot of hard work, it does not have shortcuts, and the consequence of breaking it are depression, inferiority, and apathy. Proceed only if you think you can handle it and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.

I pledge to:

  1. Align my priorities with goals and if I may have to make hard decision such as shift my study schedule to be before I go to work or before I go to work out, or instead of a Friday night poker game, I will do it.
  2. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for at least the questions I got wrong.
  3. Use the timer with every question and exercise
  4. Commit to building a study schedule.
  5. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING in this world that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? Is it learning some concepts that are not covered on the GMAT but are important for understanding (verbal or quant), is it stopping before every question and pausing for 5-10 seconds? is it studying at 5 AM? If any of these is yes, no matter how challenging or how painful, I commit to them because I wan to achieve my dream and
  6. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
  7. Squash every doubt in my mind
  8. Create/write my own notes. I will never write in books - that's worthless. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
  9. Do what it takes. If I need to remember the whole book, I will write out the whole freaking book into notes and organize it so that I can memorize it and if it does not work the first time, I am ready to do it again.
  10. Not let GMAT rest. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc.
  11. Get a 700+ score. I may get it easy or I may have to work hard for it. I realize that if I do not get the score I want, it does not mean I am stupid or hopeless or poor. It just means that I am lazy and GMAT was not my priority.
  12. Not take shortcuts in my prep and if I took shortcuts in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to undoing them
  13. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
  14. Stand proud because I have and will do everything in my power to achieve my goal. Should I fall short of that score, I will still stand proud of my score because I have done everything in my power and I have not a single doubt in my mind that not a stone was left unturned and I have done my absolute best. I will have no regrets and no retakes.


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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 21:49
Please add my name to the The 700 Pledge list. I will hold myself accountable for putting my name on that list. Thanks BB!
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 22:11
Really good one and precise! bb, I expect you to write a '750' pledge though :)
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 07:12
My first ever response on Gmat Club !! I pledge my support !
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 07:24
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Hell yeah!

I am on it...No looking back this time.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 10:21
I am in with every bit of my soul and brain.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 11:05
This is great, thanks. Sign me up as well!!
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 11:10
THX BB.....


I am in .....
we can form a study group of candidates who are with "700pledge"
we can be in the flow of 700,can monitor each other to be on the track.
let me know if anyone interested.


ALL THE BEST........

bb wrote:

The 700 Pledge of a GMAT Test Taker



I have been asked many times by members who scored 600 after 3-4 attempts (often after years of preparation), two main questions: what should I do and why can’t I improve my score.

So here is my answer to all of those questions, PM’s and posts – if you are finding yourself not being able to improve, stuck, or lost, join me in taking this 700-pledge. I have to warn you, however, it involves a lot of hard work, it does not have shortcuts, and the consequence of breaking it are depression, inferiority, and apathy. Proceed only if you think you can handle it and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.

I pledge to:

  1. Align my priorities with goals and if I may have to make hard decision such as shift my study schedule to be before I go to work or before I go to work out, or instead of a Friday night poker game, I will do it.
  2. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for at least the questions I got wrong.
  3. Use the timer with every question and exercise
  4. Commit to building a study schedule.
  5. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING in this world that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? Is it learning some concepts that are not covered on the GMAT but are important for understanding (verbal or quant), is it stopping before every question and pausing for 5-10 seconds? is it studying at 5 AM? If any of these is yes, no matter how challenging or how painful, I commit to them because I wan to achieve my dream and
  6. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
  7. Squash every doubt in my mind
  8. Create/write my own notes. I will never write in books - that's worthless. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
  9. Do what it takes. If I need to remember the whole book, I will write out the whole freaking book into notes and organize it so that I can memorize it and if it does not work the first time, I am ready to do it again.
  10. Not let GMAT rest. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc.
  11. Get a 700+ score. I may get it easy or I may have to work hard for it. I realize that if I do not get the score I want, it does not mean I am stupid or hopeless or poor. It just means that I am lazy and GMAT was not my priority.
  12. Not take shortcuts in my prep and if I took shortcuts in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to undoing them
  13. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
  14. Stand proud because I have and will do everything in my power to achieve my goal. Should I fall short of that score, I will still stand proud of my score because I have done everything in my power and I have not a single doubt in my mind that not a stone was left unturned and I have done my absolute best. I will have no regrets and no retakes.


If you agree to follow this pledge, please SIGN it publically so that there is no going back

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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 11:37
I take this pledge along with you all! I have been reading stuff, skimming lightly without thinking seriously about any of it - It changes now; I will also set my exam date ~ 3 months from now so that I go through with my promise & complete everything I can to get my desired 700+ score.

Thank you BB for taking this idea & bringing it to us.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 12:38
This is awesome - I am in :)
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 13:10
Sign me up! I'm in this 100%.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 13:27
My GMAT is next week but I pledge to the hard work required in the next one week.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 14:11
Thanks so much BB. Yeah, definitely! I'm in. :-D
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 15:22
I am in. I will beat the living sh*t out of the GMAT.

Bout to f*c* up the GMAT

Who is with me!



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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 15:32
excellent motivational effort bb! gotta quit being lazy ;I'm in
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 15:44
I am sooo with it. Will put my heart and soul. No looking back.
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 15:55
My first comment, but definitely not the last one thanks to the inspirational "700 pledge list".

Sign me up, I am IN ;)
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 17:07
Damn right, I'm in! I will score 700+
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 17:27
My GMAT is 3 months away. I am definitely in :)
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Re: The 700 Pledge [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 18:12
I am in. . Tkz for this bb.
My exam is a month away.

Regards,
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