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660 (Q49 V30) to 720 (Q49 V39) in 2 weeks

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Hi All,

I wanted to share my GMAT experience with the forum, as I benefited immensely from the community here. I know there are many like me who aren't really active contributors on the forum, but are always looking for hope.

I first took the GMAT in Feb'15 and got a 640 (Q46 V33) - I told myself that I wasn't made for this stuff and quit. In retrospect though, my preparation was horrible back then. I retook the exam 31st of last month after 6 weeks of hard prep - 4 hours a weekday with my fulltime job and 15+ hours on the weekend. I was scoring 690/700 on MGMAT tests and got a 710 on my GMATprep mock. Something went terribly wrong, I am now sure it was my nerves and I got 660. However, knowing that I was already prepared for a 700+ score, I booked again for 18th Sept. My aim was a 720 and I wasn't going to let that go.

Enough of my emotional journey - I just want to share what worked for me.

What I used:
1) MGMAT - the complete series of books
2) OG
3) gmatclub GMAT Toolkit app
4) gmatclub forums
5) MGMAT CATs
6) GMATprep

What I did in the first 6 weeks:
1) Complete read through and problem solving of MGMAT for both Verbal and Quant.
2) After completing every type of material, I reinforced the learning by solving all the OG problems.
3) I made meticulous notes while studying - these are notes that I would come back to for a FULL catchup on the topic (Think about this while making notes)
4) Before taking my MGMAT CATs, I re-read my notes once fully and then took the exam.

What I did in the second 2 weeks with vigor:
1) I started by re-doing all the OG problems on all 5 topics.
2) I then took 6 MGMAT CATs; this time my approach was different. I reviewed and carefully recorded every question I got wrong. I hand-wrote the whole thing to better remember the error and strategy involved. (I collected about 100 Qs I got wrong in the whole process)
3) Before taking a new CAT, I re-read my notes + my errors.

REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW - that was the only difference in my 60 point jump.

What else I want to say:
1) Being an engineer, Quant was my strong point, I could afford to take it a lot lighter than Verbal.
2) I am technically a native English speaker, but I've never paid so much attention to my grammar. I did this by subtly paying attention to my emails, speech and communication (even over text). I made a game out of writing grammatically correct sentences everywhere.
3) While listening to people talk at work, I made mental notes of the grammar mistakes they made and re-framed it the right way in my head.
4) I used the GMAT Toolkit app extensively - doing SC/CR problems during my MRT rides to and from work. In the 6 weeks I actually took a 1 week vacation, and made sure I was doing SC problems on my phone in the middle of Hunter's Valley in Australia. I had gotten a tad obsessed by this point, YES. The 40 odd dollars I paid for the app was worth every penny and I highly recommend it!
5) I cut out all social commitments and worked as efficiently as possible (at my fulltime job) to keep GMAT my no. 1 priority these 8 weeks.

What am really trying to say:
1) GMAT can be conquered. Sure, 720 could have been a lot better if I had put in more time, but I am thrilled I got this far in 2 months! And you can conquer it too. Just put your mind and body to it.
2) Keep the emotions at bay, I know that 2 weeks ago, I got completely nervous before my verbal because I knew it was my weakness. I could feel my brain dying in the exam. DON'T LET THE EMOTIONS talk to you. That's really it. You are worth it and you can do it. Just keep working on your math and grammar.

What I did today before the exam:
I woke up and put on my best smile. Drank a banana smoothie for breakfast and slowly paced through my notes. I went through my 100 question review bank as well. Went to the temple nearby and prayed for a quick 10 mins. I kept my mood up through all of this, even listening to some music while revising. I put on my best dress and heels and got to the exam hall. During the breaks I grabbed my granola bar while I sweet talked myself into "slaying it".

I am absolutely thrilled that I got to my target score in the end and kept the emotions at bay. I wish you all the best and all the good thoughts! Go "slay"!
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New post 18 Sep 2016, 03:34
Congratulations for your score! Many thanks for sharing your experience, it will help me to smoothen my preparation for GMAT...Best of luck for next stage of application and selection :-)

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New post 23 Sep 2016, 02:55
The one thing that will stay with me for long is...
DONT LET UR EMOTIONS TALK TO YOU.!!

Congrats on ur score :)


Dhanya412 wrote:
Hi All,

I wanted to share my GMAT experience with the forum, as I benefited immensely from the community here. I know there are many like me who aren't really active contributors on the forum, but are always looking for hope.

I first took the GMAT in Feb'15 and got a 640 (Q46 V33) - I told myself that I wasn't made for this stuff and quit. In retrospect though, my preparation was horrible back then. I retook the exam 31st of last month after 6 weeks of hard prep - 4 hours a weekday with my fulltime job and 15+ hours on the weekend. I was scoring 690/700 on MGMAT tests and got a 710 on my GMATprep mock. Something went terribly wrong, I am now sure it was my nerves and I got 660. However, knowing that I was already prepared for a 700+ score, I booked again for 18th Sept. My aim was a 720 and I wasn't going to let that go.

Enough of my emotional journey - I just want to share what worked for me.

What I used:
1) MGMAT - the complete series of books
2) OG
3) gmatclub GMAT Toolkit app
4) gmatclub forums
5) MGMAT CATs
6) GMATprep

What I did in the first 6 weeks:
1) Complete read through and problem solving of MGMAT for both Verbal and Quant.
2) After completing every type of material, I reinforced the learning by solving all the OG problems.
3) I made meticulous notes while studying - these are notes that I would come back to for a FULL catchup on the topic (Think about this while making notes)
4) Before taking my MGMAT CATs, I re-read my notes once fully and then took the exam.

What I did in the second 2 weeks with vigor:
1) I started by re-doing all the OG problems on all 5 topics.
2) I then took 6 MGMAT CATs; this time my approach was different. I reviewed and carefully recorded every question I got wrong. I hand-wrote the whole thing to better remember the error and strategy involved. (I collected about 100 Qs I got wrong in the whole process)
3) Before taking a new CAT, I re-read my notes + my errors.

REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW - that was the only difference in my 60 point jump.

What else I want to say:
1) Being an engineer, Quant was my strong point, I could afford to take it a lot lighter than Verbal.
2) I am technically a native English speaker, but I've never paid so much attention to my grammar. I did this by subtly paying attention to my emails, speech and communication (even over text). I made a game out of writing grammatically correct sentences everywhere.
3) While listening to people talk at work, I made mental notes of the grammar mistakes they made and re-framed it the right way in my head.
4) I used the GMAT Toolkit app extensively - doing SC/CR problems during my MRT rides to and from work. In the 6 weeks I actually took a 1 week vacation, and made sure I was doing SC problems on my phone in the middle of Hunter's Valley in Australia. I had gotten a tad obsessed by this point, YES. The 40 odd dollars I paid for the app was worth every penny and I highly recommend it!
5) I cut out all social commitments and worked as efficiently as possible (at my fulltime job) to keep GMAT my no. 1 priority these 8 weeks.

What am really trying to say:
1) GMAT can be conquered. Sure, 720 could have been a lot better if I had put in more time, but I am thrilled I got this far in 2 months! And you can conquer it too. Just put your mind and body to it.
2) Keep the emotions at bay, I know that 2 weeks ago, I got completely nervous before my verbal because I knew it was my weakness. I could feel my brain dying in the exam. DON'T LET THE EMOTIONS talk to you. That's really it. You are worth it and you can do it. Just keep working on your math and grammar.

What I did today before the exam:
I woke up and put on my best smile. Drank a banana smoothie for breakfast and slowly paced through my notes. I went through my 100 question review bank as well. Went to the temple nearby and prayed for a quick 10 mins. I kept my mood up through all of this, even listening to some music while revising. I put on my best dress and heels and got to the exam hall. During the breaks I grabbed my granola bar while I sweet talked myself into "slaying it".

I am absolutely thrilled that I got to my target score in the end and kept the emotions at bay. I wish you all the best and all the good thoughts! Go "slay"!


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GMAT 1: 660 Q49 V30
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New post 23 Sep 2016, 04:58
well me and you are on the same page.
I got a 660 and am working for a 700+. I think i could've done better. i am left with 2 weeks starting from now.
Congrats on your score :)
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New post 23 Sep 2016, 19:51
Congratulations! Great debrief. Best of luck on your future endeavors!
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