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640 to 770 after studying for 2 days

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New post 03 May 2017, 00:00
99th percentile overal, 99th verbal, 92nd integrated reasoning, 88th quant, 5.5 AWA

I spent 25 bucks on the Princeton Review GMAT prep book (GMAT 2017 Strategies, Practice & Review with 2 practice test) and studied for 2 days (while on spring break on a beach) and improved my score from 640 (practice test) to 770 (real score). Never studied or taken the GMAT before. I decided to apply to Harvard and Stanford's deferred program for college senior on a whim while on vacation and literally booked, studied and took the GMAT within that week.

I guess you don't really need to spend an outrageous amount of money to score well on the GMAT. I identified my trouble spots (Verbal section) using the practice test and then spent about two full days, 8 hours each day studying that section only. The Princeton Review book has multiple chapters for each section. I just divided the hours I have for studying equally for each chapter and try to hit that time target. On the test day I tried not to get too bogged down with any particular question, and was very cognizant of the time. I also recommend practice questions with graphs because sometimes they can give you some wacky bar/chart questions that people normally don't encounter and therefore do not know how to interpret the graph.

I was nervous to take the test, and also did not take a second practice test after the first one (I only had a couple days to study so I could not realistically take a second practice test).

For people like who are pressed with time and doesn't think they have enough time to study for a good score, go for it! Also, it helps to be a senior in college where you are still in studying mode.
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New post 03 May 2017, 19:25
Wow. Just imagine hat score you could have gotten in 3 days!!!???!!! Or Fourrrrrr. Yiykes.

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New post 03 May 2017, 20:34
Oh, your result really shocked me. Is there any magic that you could climb from 76 percentile up to 98% percentile?

I think that there is no magic here. I bet that your strength is verbal, since you faced no problem to master GMAT materials for such a very very short time, just 2 days :shock: :shock: . Also, your skills, especially research skill and logic skill, are probably at top tier with very good performance. No doubt that you have already had a plan to apply at Harvard or Stanford. Why don't you show us your profile? :-D

Btw, congratulation! :-D Such a really good start to go ahead :-D

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