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440 to a 680:My Journey

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Joined: 21 Dec 2015
Posts: 13
Location: India
Schools: ISB '19
GMAT 1: 680 Q47 V37
GPA: 4
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New post 29 Sep 2017, 11:13
Here’s a advice which worked for me “CONSISTENCY, NOT INTENSITY WORKS IN GMAT”.
I dreaded standardised tests and, for sure, not among the guys who can pull it off in 2 months :grin:
A consistent schedule for 7 months (paced up in last two months) helped me in gaining the crucial clarity in core testing elements.

Background:I gave my first GMAT prep 7 months ago without preparation and scored a 440.I then read de-briefs of people who made drastic improvements, as I was unsure what it takes to improve from the unknown entity.I then made an initial schedule to make full use of spare time. I work full time a 10-6 job,leaving me with 2 hrs of study time in morning (I would recommend to make full use of morning Hrs) and 1 hr at night.

Resources:OG 17 (quant,verbal,review),Manhattan sets,Powerscore CR, Manhattan 6 CATS,Veritas 7 CATS.

First 3 Months: Nothing too intense,followed same schedule (2hr-M,1Hr-N).Started with Manhattan Guides 1-7.Please save the best for the last and do not exhaust OG questions yet.Completed theory part of Powerscore CR,Manhattan SC along with free video resources from E Gmat,Veritas etc.
Please utilise all modes of learning viz. READING,AUDIO AND VIDEO.These are completely different ways to learn and could work wonders when exploited together. Practised quant (Topic wise) from GMAT Club with exhaustive review of solutions.Took below tests in this duration
CAT 1 Manhattan: 610 (A major relief as I was seeing improvement)
CAT 2 Veritas :630
And many other CATS scored within same range.

3-6 Months:
Schedule unchanged but I made sure to never miss a day.
Started practising OG with initial accuracy around 60% in Quant and 50% in verbal.Reviewed all solutions with excruciating details but accuracy did not improve substantially.Couple of CATs (Manhattan 630 Veritas 620) taken during this period and I was not improving.Then I came across the infamous terminology “Score Plateau” and this phase took the better of me.Reading De-briefs really helped me than anything else to maintain the momentum.
At this point,I started watching 'Thursdays with RON’ videos and stepped up the analysis of methods I was currently employing.Took detailed notes and maintained error logs on question I missed on OG and on the CATs.
It is imperative to keep up your patience if you are studying GMAT for 6-7 Months,as in my case,I had no other option :P
Took CATs in the 6th Month every weekend (I would recommend CATs every alternate week.Too many CATs never help)
CAT 4 Manhattan: 630 (These M-tests are brutal! )
CAT 3 Veritas :670
CAT 5 Manhattan: 620
CAT 4 Veritas :670

Last Month:Stepped up my schedule to 4 hrs a day.Took my GMAT PREP 2 and scored a 650.I was bit disappointed with score but made every effort to analyse my weak areas.Retook GMAT prep1(690) and GMAT Prep 2 (720).Please take these test at least 2 times to give you that much needed confidence.Took a week off from work and reviewed error logs.Nothing too heavy.

D-DAY: Relax and keep your mind off the test as much as possible before the real thing.Trust me on this:’The real thing is a breeze’.

Sorry if the debrief is too generalised.

Closing Tip: Never miss a day of studying GMAT.If you don’t feel like studying on given day,read a debrief or visit website of your dream B-School.Remember “CONSISTENCY is the Key”.

Best of Luck !! :thumbup: :thumbup:
Joined: 04 Jan 2016
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GMAT 1: 620 Q44 V32
GMAT 2: 600 Q48 V25
GMAT 3: 660 Q42 V39
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New post 02 Oct 2017, 16:51
Your hard work did pay off. Now, you can think of the schools that best interest you and think of good days a head.

In comparison to you, i have also been working on my GMAT since December 2015 non stop. If not practicing, i would read debriefs about or keep reviewing some of the concepts in my mind.
Unfortunately, my last try didn't go as i wished, but i believe i would be able to pull that 710 or 720 magic very soon.
It will be good if you share the list of the schools that you would to target.
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