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# 2 months in the GMAT Cave = 530 to 750! (Q48/V46/6.0)

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05 May 2011, 13:37
Fantastic!!! good luck with the apps!
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05 May 2011, 15:46
Congrats - I can appreciate how tedious the GMAT studying can be - great to get it done & dusted

If it helps anyone, my experience is that I got a 680 then a 690 in the real GMAT test after studying with Kaplan - despite regularly scoring higher in the Kaplan practice tests - from which I concluded that the Kaplan practice tests were not quite reflective of the actual thing - particularly the numeric

I felt I was capable of a better score so gave it one more shot, but this time I used the Manhattan materials - specifically to help with the numeric. I found their numeric questions were harder and I think that helped, and their text books a lot more detailed - I didn't have time to do all of it but focussed on the areas where I was weakest. Also I did all the questions in the purple OG book which I think definitely helped - I'd definitely recommed doing all of those

After that I sat it one last time and managed to get a 740 which was better than I'd expected & very satisfying after all the work! Pleased I persevered with it

Overall my advice would be not to under-estimate the GMAT and allow plenty of time to study and do the exam. I'd even build in time ahead of your applications for a re-sit if you can - most schools don't seem to hold it against you if you re-sit - they just want the score for their ranking averages I think. Definitely go through everything in the OG as that should be most reflective of the real questions. In terms of courses, Kaplan was more straight forward with less material and suitable if you're looking to score in the 600s. If you want 700+ I think Manhattan is better, but there's a lot of material so you'll need to allow plenty of time to study it (ideally I'd say 6 months to a year in advance if you're able to plan that far ahead)
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05 May 2011, 16:12
Wow, an inspiring story with some great tips "to boot"! Thanks!

If I may ask - Where are you applying?
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05 May 2011, 16:32
Hello! I actually got dinged from all three of my MBA programs - Stanford, Haas, Kellogg. However, I DID get into the IMC (integrated marketing communications) program at Northwestern. It fits me better as I'm in branding and marketing... and I get access to Kellogg's marketing profs!
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05 May 2011, 18:00
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Hello! I actually got dinged from all three of my MBA programs - Stanford, Haas, Kellogg. However, I DID get into the IMC (integrated marketing communications) program at Northwestern. It fits me better as I'm in branding and marketing... and I get access to Kellogg's marketing profs!

sorry about the dings, but I am interested about the IMC... what kind of credential is that and how does it differ from a marketing concentration MBA?
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06 May 2011, 03:53
It can be possible when u r not distracted by any form of work.
So it wont be a bad idea guys to give yourself some well deserved break before the exam.
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06 May 2011, 06:11
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You get a Master's in Communication from not only one of the top journalism schools in the world, but also from the institution that pioneered IMC. Excerpts from the site:

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IMC graduates are consistently in demand at leading enterprises both large and small because they know how to successfully execute marketing strategies. And, unlike an MBA program, Medill IMC’s curriculum dives deep into integrated marketing using data-driven insight along with new and traditional media formats. Finally, by enrolling in IMC’s full-time or part-time curriculum, you become part of the Northwestern University community, known worldwide for its tradition of excellence.

In addition to core classes such as consumer insight, marketing finance, and statistics and market research, you’ll choose electives from one of five concentrations: brand and advertising strategy, corporate communications and public relations, direct and interactive marketing, marketing analytics, and media management.

http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/imc/default.aspx

I've personally been most interested in brand strategy and hope to have my own agency in the future. And while I'm sure an MBA would help me out, I'm more focused on making sure that I am the best at my trade, not running a business (which I can hire people to do, learn along the way, or even learn from an MBA in the future). I applied to three MBA programs (all dings), and two non-MBA programs (both acceptances).
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06 May 2011, 06:25
Great story, very inspiring! Good luck with your program too.

Question, how did you fit in 10+ hours a day of study? Were you not working at the time?

Thanks.
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06 May 2011, 06:44
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I was NOT working at the time. I mention that in the first few paragraphs of the debrief.
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06 May 2011, 10:25
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@humphy
You get a Master's in Communication from not only one of the top journalism schools in the world, but also from the institution that pioneered IMC. Excerpts from the site:

Quote:
IMC graduates are consistently in demand at leading enterprises both large and small because they know how to successfully execute marketing strategies. And, unlike an MBA program, Medill IMC’s curriculum dives deep into integrated marketing using data-driven insight along with new and traditional media formats. Finally, by enrolling in IMC’s full-time or part-time curriculum, you become part of the Northwestern University community, known worldwide for its tradition of excellence.

In addition to core classes such as consumer insight, marketing finance, and statistics and market research, you’ll choose electives from one of five concentrations: brand and advertising strategy, corporate communications and public relations, direct and interactive marketing, marketing analytics, and media management.

http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/imc/default.aspx

I've personally been most interested in brand strategy and hope to have my own agency in the future. And while I'm sure an MBA would help me out, I'm more focused on making sure that I am the best at my trade, not running a business (which I can hire people to do, learn along the way, or even learn from an MBA in the future). I applied to three MBA programs (all dings), and two non-MBA programs (both acceptances).

Very interesting... I see this as gaining more and more relevancy with all these new media streams (twitter, social media, etc.) start to mature and have their own niches... I thought twitter was the stupidest thing (and it is for non news related items like : "OMG I HAD A MILKSHAKE", but the dissemination of late breaking news like Osama's death, etc. really made me think twice about it. Would be interesting to see how people use new age com devices to study business and market dynamics...
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07 May 2011, 21:59
i dont know what holy crap is because i dont understand how crap can be holy . but this 10+ hour of daily schedule is kind of amazing, i think i have a similar strategy , a complete 2 month break for the GMAT is on my mind.
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14 Jul 2011, 12:20
just received a message from MGMAT. they might include this debrief into their next book!
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14 Jul 2011, 14:19
Loved the write-up. Bookmarking it! Awesome score buddy! Good luck for apps.
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14 Jul 2011, 21:24
Great Job. What would you say other than Kaplan and MGMAT was the key to your verbal score improvement?
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17 Jul 2011, 21:16
wow awesome verbal score!
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21 Jul 2011, 08:29
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27 Jul 2011, 13:17
@mourinhogmat1
sorry! i didnt see your entry until right now. i used ONLY mgmat. I did NOT use kaplan. but i think the biggest thing about my verbal score is really my personal love for writing. i dont know if i mention it in the debrief, but i read voraciously and write all the time. i used to write for the economist and grammar/spelling/punctuation is really important to me. much of the verbal material i already was very good at. i think its a little weird for me, an asian american, to have a higher verbal score than the math score!
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28 Jul 2011, 06:01
Congratulations to your awesome score !
Your learning curve was really steep, because an increase of over 200 points in 2 months is not easily to achieve, but you did it man =) . As you said, the gmat is a mental battle, if you can beat the pressure, you have a good chance to get a satisfying score.
Stories like yours, are giving us the motivation to ace the Gmat =)
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28 Jul 2011, 10:30
530 to 750!! Awesome!!
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11 Aug 2011, 04:59
you are a good example for everyone!
congrats
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