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Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 12:36
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First of all thank you all for replying to the questions that I had posted.

Gave my GMAT today got a 700 (Q:48, V:38). This was my second attempt, the first one left me with 620 :(

First attempt :

I started preparing for GMAT in May 2009, but the real preparation began around Dec 09. I took my first MGMAT test around new year and got dismal 580. Analysis of the score and test made me to realize that I can bump up my Quant score but for verbal I would need help. Searched the web for online courses, as I could not attend classroom classes due to work related issues. Finally got attracted to Knewton's online course. I gave their exam to get a baseline score, got a 650. Their guarantee of 50 point increase really impressed me and I joined the course. Booked my exam date for March End. Completed the course gave all the knewton exams, but never scored more than 650 on their exams. I gave gmatprep multiple times got scores ranging from 620 to 710, but only broke the 700 mark onces that was the 710. Hoping for some kind of miracle I went for the exam, result a 620.

My feedback on Knewton, its a very good course but only for those who have strong basics.

Second Attempt :
Beaten up by the first attempt I decided to do a thorough review of all courses that are available for GMAT. My focus was on the courses that are good for verbal score improvement. Finalized between veritas prep and MGMAT. Finally decided to go with MGMAT as their classes fit perfectly in my weekly schedule.

Couple of things that I decided that I would do in the second attempt that I avoided in first
- Go out with friends.
- Watch all good movies.
- Develop some kind of sports activity, I started running and played tennis, racquetball.

I attended all the 9 classes and did all the assignments. I read the MGMAT SC book thoroughly from Start to Finish, made notes. Read all the Quant books. All this heavy lifting I completed by June and starting giving practice exams through out July/Aug. One more thing that I did was not to book the test date and decided that once I consistently start getting 700+ score then only I will get the test date.

MGMAT SCORES:
Test
1-->690
2-->680
3-->670
4-->730
5-->700
6-->680

Free tests
Kaplan 670
Knewton 670

Gmat Prep
1-690
2-710
Gmat Prep (reinstall)
1-750

After the 750 score I was itching to go for the real deal, so after giving the GmatPrep (750), this was last Sunday (08/15), I started looking for the next best test date, 18th Aug popped up close to my house. I jumped on the date and registered for the exam. This left me with 2 days of time to refresh formulas, basics etc. On Monday night looked at all the quant formulas and Tuesday looked at all SC fundamentals.

To the Test
The test center was hardly 6 miles from my house, left a half an hour early, it was raining like nobody's business and for some reason there was too much traffic. I reached the test center just 15 minutes early, checked in got a cube.

What was different from the last attempt?
- I did not panic at all.
- Was very confident
- Did not eat any chocolates in the breaks :)

Suggestions :

- Be cool, dont panic
- Work on basics.
- practice a lot
- Do OG, again and again

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Re: Trust in God [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 12:54
ingoditrust wrote:
- Do OG, again and again


Congratulations ingoditrust!

I think I am religiously following your last piece of advice!

How was the level of difficulty of the quant questions as compared to the OG/GMAT prep? Any concepts not covered in the official guides?
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Re: Trust in God [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 13:11
Congrats, nice perseverance. Trust GOD!
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Re: Trust in God [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 13:14
akaydee wrote:
ingoditrust wrote:
- Do OG, again and again


Congratulations ingoditrust!

I think I am religiously following your last piece of advice!


Oh come on, that can't be a coincidence!

In all seriousness -- ingoditrust, would you mind changing the topic of your thread? The title isn't relevant to your thread at all, and any sort of religious discussion should be saved for a different forum / thread.

Edit: Thanks for the title edit!
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 05:25
Were Knewton tests any good. I find their wording weird...
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 05:34
The real exam was at the same level of difficulty as GMATPrep.

I really don't think knewton tests are as accurate as gmatprep. Their quant is not really good.

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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 06:49
Congrats for the score and thanks for the debrief.
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 13:36
what does OG stand for?
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 13:37
OG = Official Guide, which is published by GMAC using real GMAT test questions.
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 16:26
Great Score Even I have a bad 1st attempt now you would be my inspiration to score 700 2nd time around,,,,!!!
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 16:31
thanks for sharing...very encouraging~!!!!
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 19:05
Congratulations! Great score!
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 00:15
What percentage of question you use to get correct on those tests?
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 03:18
good way to take gmat test date after getting 750 on gmatprep test. liked this innovative way.
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 09:06
Thanks everyone for the kind words. Let me know if I could help in any way.

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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 17:50
is it me or does a 48Q and a 38V seem like it should be higher than a 700? just curious......
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2010, 09:39
%ile and scores keep on changing.
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2010, 16:22
Wow, great debrief. And great work. Thanks!
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2010, 11:04
Inspiring debrief with the importance of OG mentioned...
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Re: Hard work pays off [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 01:28
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience.
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