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Unexpected but still happy, after all there is no such rule that you can take GMAT only once.

I am a typical Indian guy with lots of aspirations-nice salary, nice car, ability to spoil you parents by fulfilling all their wishes and definitely a cute girlfriend. I was in my junior of my engineering when I realised that in order to fulfill all my aspirations, I have to reach a good B school. Now the question was-from where? Whether to take CAT or take GMAT. While I was confused with this stuff, I got scholarship offer from University of Edinburgh for its Masters in Management program. I was awarded two scholarships, a financial incentive of around 8000 GBP. It was tempting, but only until when I asked myself why an MiM and why not an MBA. I consulted various web sources and finally decided to defer the admission. (Yes! they gave me such option). I deferred it happily and finally decided to appear for GMAT.
I consulted back to GMAT Club of which I was a member when I was in junior year of my undergraduation. By this time I started active participation on GMAT Club. Since I had no major issues with quant, I decided to concentrate on verbal. Purchased MGMAT SC(SC Bible) and studied it, and side by side made notes. Soon I took the GMAT and got the score 640. It was the baseline, so definitely there was some hard work to do. After all no one becomes the CEO without any hard work.

Initial days on GMAT Club:
Had a nice interaction on forum with members such as GMATBull, JP27 etc. They posted SC questions and I really loved to solve those questions. Sometimes, these questions made me refer back to SC Bible and later I found to be very beneficial. For maths, Bunuel and Vips0000 were great as usual. Seriously speaking, they helped a lot.

Active period on GC:
The strategy that I adapted for SC was to find as many errors as possible during preparation time. I didn't time while practicing SC questions and as a result I took as much as 3-4 minutes to answer questions. But lately, practice reduced my time to about 45-50 seconds. This saved time helped me a lot and saved me enough time for RC and CR questions. I don't have anything to say about RC becase this is the section I fear the most, whereas CR is just a puzzle game. Enjoy each and every section on the GMAT.

Material used:
Probably I used and practiced 80% of the resources and questions available on earth. So probably, if I were to mention the resources then would ask you to call me rather. But yes, I can definitely name the best of the resources that I used.
1) MGMAT SC guide
3) Veritas RC
4) Veritas Probability and combinatorics.
5) CR directory on GMAT Club.
6) e-GMAT: One of the best courses available. If one is facing a bit with SC, then I shall recommend e-GMAT. The course is divided into different levels and the best thing is that one cannot go to next level without scoring a minimum. "FIVE STARS".

Practice Test Scores: Don't remember the date, sorry for that.
GMAT prep 1: 640
After two months:
MGMAT CAT 1: 730
MGMAT CAT 2: 720
MGMAT CAT 3: 750
MGMAT CAT 4: 760
9th Feb- GMAT Prep 2: 780

Didn't study for the last two days prior to exam apart from just revising the notes that I made and solving some questions on GC: time spent-around 30 mins. The day prior to exam, played console games for hours and never thought about the exam. Whenever the thought came, I calmed down myself by saying that if I don't score well this time, I will take the exam again.

12th feb:
Took two KitKat chocolates and a Red Bull( the biggest mistake till date)
The essay and IR was fairly nice. Can't say whether it went good or bad, but yeah I was pretty relax.
In the break following IR, gave some splases of water on my face and had one KitKat. The moment I tried to resume after the break, the system asked for some crap login id and password. I raised hand and called the administrator. He came and entered the id and password. The next thing that happened was the least expected. The system got crashed. It stopped working and I wondered what the hell was happening. But later I thought, "if it crashes then I will complain to GMAC and they will allow me a free retake, as a result I will get more time to study."
But somehow the administrator made the computer work again. A big disappointment. Somehow with an utter disappointment on my face, I took the quant section.
In the break following, I gave a splash of water on my face, ate KitKat and had RedBull and then I resumed the test.
By the time, I was facing 10th question, I felt that I need to go washroom. But I convinced myself that I can go for loo after the exam gets over. The plan failed. The feeling became uncontrollable after sometime, and this definitely had some negative effect on my performance. I finished with the exam and got 720.

I will be retaking the GMAT because I am not facing any deadline pressure. By the time, I have some 3 years experience, I'll get enough time to improve my profile in every aspect.

P.S.: I would suggest everyone, don't go for RedBull in your breaks.
I am single, so I am pretty much worried-with whom am I going to spend the Valentines Day.
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Thanks bro. Lets see, what the next shot has got for me.
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Marcab, I think you've just created a monster.

One of my favorite female students has agreed to be the first test subject for the GMAT Ninja dating service. She and I have been joking about it for awhile, and I think it would be fun to actually give it a shot.

Mods, would it be OK to start a matchmaking thread somewhere on GMAT Club? If so, where? Maybe under "general GMAT strategies," since dating might make you happy and therefore increase your score... or at least distract you from the pain of a bad score? There doesn't seem to be much traffic in the "off-topic" section of the forum...
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Congratulations again, Marcab! 720 is no joke, and I normally don't think that a 720 warrants a retake. But MacFauz has a point: after all of your contributions here, you certainly deserve something even higher. The world would be a better place if the GMAT computers could sense awesomeness, and inflate your score accordingly.

For whatever it's worth, I always drink Red Bull during my exams. I don't necessarily recommend it for everybody, but I'm bummed that it made your bladder unhappy during the test.

But still... be proud of that 720, sir! Great work, and thank you for the debrief.
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I think I should quit my day job, and start a dating service. Way too many talented, ambitious, interesting, single people in MBA-land...
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I think I should quit my day job, and start a dating service. Way too many talented, ambitious, interesting, single people in MBA-land...

Thanks so much for the compliment!

I am looking for a cute bass player who adores Flea and does not like Kurt Cobain.
Any matches?
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Congrats Bro..... I guess considering your age you can still go for another GMAT You can definetly beat your own score......

But, Ya go and find a relationship.... that would be easier than slogging for GMAT... ....
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Yeah dude. 720 is too low for you, though it would have been gr8 for me...

You should at least get perfect 800!!!..Just kiddin..

The mock scores you got r really gr8. Wish I had those..

Hey you are seem to be already in relationship with GMAT, u even seriously dated her once right. Next time seduce her... ... nd move over to another..:D

Good luck for your next date!!
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@macfauz...
Thanks bro. Lets see, what the next shot has got for me.

Marcab,

I know how you feel - when your body is not cooperative on a timed exam, its a real pain. The morning of my GMAT I was nervous and did not have an appetite, but I bought a donut and a coffee on my way to review notes before writing the exam at noon. I was able to finish my coffee and stomach half of my donut (around 9:30am) before throwing the rest out.

When I sat for the GMAT at noon, everything started out well. By time I was midway through verbal section, however, I started getting hunger pangs (it was past 3:30pm at this point) and feeling dizzy. One of the next questions required me to read a passage about some obscure species of toads in South America and the material just was not sinking in (likely because of the dizziness)... so I had to guess at the four next questions relating to the passage just to stay on pace. I ended up scoring a Q49/V35/AWA 6.0, but Im sure I could have done better on the verbal (I understand getting 3 or 4 questions wrong in a row can be disastrous). Like you, I was dissapointed, and I wanted to redo the exam. However after reading the stats on most Canadian business schools, it didnt seem necessary and so I applied with the 700 despite my pride (and got into McGill).

I believe for my circumstances, this decision was appropriate. However, based on the number of applicants from India flooding into many of the top Canadian schools, I would say you need to differentiate yourself. Even though 720 is a great score and you should be proud of it, if you think you can do better, go for it. You may already be a shoe-in to most programs, but a higher GMAT will increase your odds of being admitted with a scholarship. Thats my two nickel's worth (Canada just got rid of the penny).

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720 is no dud... My hearty congrats.. :D
But given your contributions on this forum, I do think it doesn't do you justice... All the best for your GMAT 2..
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Unexpected but still happy, after all there is no such rule that you can take GMAT only once.

Congrats Marcab for such a nice score (720) in 1st attempt. I would like to ask few question & your feedback on the same. I hope you wouldn't mind answering those.

Q1) Can you reveal the breakup of 720 (Q-?, V-?)
Q2) What was the difficulty level of IR on real test vs IR of other test prep companies. In your opinion which company closely mimics the real IR toughness level?
Q3) Were the toughest quant questions that appeared on real test tougher than the 700+ question on GMAT club?

Q4) Can you tell us what was the breakup (in terms of no of questions) of Verbal section:
a)No of RC Passages & App no of total questions
b)No of CR questions
c)No of SC question

Q5) What was the difficulty level of RC, CR, SC on real test vs RC, CR, SC of other test prep companies. In your opinion which companies closely mimics the real RC, CR, SC toughness level?

Waiting eagerly for your wise words.

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congrats dude... awesome score
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Marcab wrote:
Unexpected but still happy, after all there is no such rule that you can take GMAT only once.

Congrats Marcab for such a nice score (720) in 1st attempt. I would like to ask few question & your feedback on the same. I hope you wouldn't mind answering those.

Q1) Can you reveal the breakup of 720 (Q-?, V-?)
Q2) What was the difficulty level of IR on real test vs IR of other test prep companies. In your opinion which company closely mimics the real IR toughness level?
Q3) Were the toughest quant questions that appeared on real test tougher than the 700+ question on GMAT club?

Q4) Can you tell us what was the breakup (in terms of no of questions) of Verbal section:
a)No of RC Passages & App no of total questions
b)No of CR questions
c)No of SC question

Q5) What was the difficulty level of RC, CR, SC on real test vs RC, CR, SC of other test prep companies. In your opinion which companies closely mimics the real RC, CR, SC toughness level?

Waiting eagerly for your wise words.

Fame

Ans-1) Q-49 V 38

Ans-2) Regarding the difficulty of IR, I can make no comment. Reason- I am still to get IR score. But as far as my personal opinion is concerned, I can firmly say that I didn't found them to be very difficult. In fact I used it for my advantage, a pre-source for Quant and Verbal section.

Ans-3) I found some of them tough. But that didn't stress me because I knew that I can do some questions very quick, so compensation can be made for some time lost while doing hard questions.

Ans-4 a) 4 passages and 14 questions overall.
b) and c) CR and SC had almost even split.

Ans-5) I feel, VeritasPrep RC is quite similar in the kind of questions and passages to the real thing. The real SC thing CANNOT be copied. Just practice the official ones. GMATPrep quant pack 1's CR level is quite similar to that of the real thing.

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I really wish that I could have studied with you sir. Anyways, thanks for your kind words.
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DUDE!
Sure your score could go way up!
And yeah I kind of dont like redbull too!
BTW are you thinking about GMAT ver 2 this year or the next? And which year would you be applying?
All the best bro
You certainly did awesomely.
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DUDE!
Sure your score could go way up!
And yeah I kind of dont like redbull too!
BTW are you thinking about GMAT ver 2 this year or the next? And which year would you be applying?
All the best bro
You certainly did awesomely.

I haven't thought of when to retake. But I will make sure that I keep myself active on this forum till my second take. But for sometime now, I will be looking to get in a relationship. Being single on valentines day is like carrying a Blackberry without a BBM.
I have not thought about when to apply. Once I feel ready, I will apply. Not to forget, score is valid for 5 years.
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souvik101990 wrote:
DUDE!
Sure your score could go way up!
And yeah I kind of dont like redbull too!
BTW are you thinking about GMAT ver 2 this year or the next? And which year would you be applying?
All the best bro
You certainly did awesomely.

I haven't thought of when to retake. But I will make sure that I keep myself active on this forum till my second take. But for sometime now, I will be looking to get in a relationship. Being single on valentines day is like carrying a Blackberry without a BBM.
I have not thought about when to apply. Once I feel ready, I will apply. Not to forget, score is valid for 5 years.

Yeah I think you should take it slow too!
You just might end up facing a question "why the heck did you retake after scoring 720?"
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BTW, I will give you a scoop.
Reliable sources say GMATClub has a VERY optimistic gender diversity
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I hope the sources are reliable . Btw I am too looking at my friends very optimistically. Who knows, what may happen.
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I hope the sources are reliable . Btw I am too looking at my friends very optimistically. Who knows, what may happen.

You are a filmy dude
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haha...yes. I am.
Hope god blesses us all.
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