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# 710 - Self Study - First Try

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Joined: 01 Sep 2013
Posts: 311
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
GMAT 2: 710 Q47 V41
GPA: 3.7
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How I got in the 700's with self-study

Investment

• 160 Hours
• $500 (including the$250 for the test)

The Result

• GMAT: 710 (92%)
• V38 (84%)
• Q49 (81%)
• AWA: 6.0 (91%)
• IR: 7 (82%)

Background

• Graduated in 2009 with a BS in Accounting (3.7 GPA) from a state university
• Worked for the last 4 years as a finance analyst for a Fortune 50 manufacturing company

Journey to breaking into the 700’s

• 6/30 - Start basic studying
• 7/14 – GMAT Practice Test 1: 620 (Q44,V31)
• 7/21 – MGMAT Test 1: 660 (Q43,V37)
• 7/28 – MGMAT Test 2: 660 (Q45,V37)
• 8/04 – MGMAT Test 3: Quit early
• 8/04 – MGMAT Test 4: 620 (Q43,V33)
• 8/25 – GMAT Practice Test 1: 700 (Q45,V40)
• 9/02 – MGMAT Test 5: 640 (Q44,V34)
• 9/08 – GMAT Practice Test 2: 700 (Q47,V39)
• 9/16 – GMAT: 710 (Q49,V38)

Resources Used (in order of importance)

Study Schedule

• Total time investment over 10 weeks: 160 hours*
• (M-F) Woke up every day about 4:30AM and studied for one hour (1 hr morning)
• (M-F) Came home for work and studied for another hour (1 hr evening)
• (Sat) Studied for about 4-6 hours (until I would get burnt out) (4-6 hrs day)
• (Sun) Took a practice test and then examined the results after (2-4 hrs day)

Details

• Absolutely loved Magoosh as it laid a great foundation for the GMAT and the GMAT material
• I only got familiar with the IR via Magoosh and practiced it for 4 hours max
• I only wrote one essay the night before the GMAT using the template
• I traveled a lot in the month of August (low study month)
• Took only cold showers (how I was able to work 60 hours a week and study 20 hours a week); if motivation to study is holding you back check out this TED talk (http://youtu.be/Gb0h8ZKvJW4)

Areas I would change

• Error Log…if I had one I know I would have gotten a higher score
• Spent too much time studying concepts and not enough time studying questions (with an error log)
• Should have spent more time with my CATs

Ask me questions if you would like insight or help… I am applying to top ten b-schools now!
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Re: 710 - Self Study - First Try [#permalink]

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30 Oct 2013, 17:23
Hi gbrooks6687

Did you have any particular strategy for answering the Q and V?

Thanks

gbrooks6687 wrote:

How I got in the 700's with self-study

Investment

• 160 Hours
• $500 (including the$250 for the test)

The Result

• GMAT: 710 (92%)
• V38 (84%)
• Q49 (81%)
• AWA: 6.0 (91%)
• IR: 7 (82%)

Background

• Graduated in 2009 with a BS in Accounting (3.7 GPA) from a state university
• Worked for the last 4 years as a finance analyst for a Fortune 50 manufacturing company

Journey to breaking into the 700’s

• 6/30 - Start basic studying
• 7/14 – GMAT Practice Test 1: 620 (Q44,V31)
• 7/21 – MGMAT Test 1: 660 (Q43,V37)
• 7/28 – MGMAT Test 2: 660 (Q45,V37)
• 8/04 – MGMAT Test 3: Quit early
• 8/04 – MGMAT Test 4: 620 (Q43,V33)
• 8/25 – GMAT Practice Test 1: 700 (Q45,V40)
• 9/02 – MGMAT Test 5: 640 (Q44,V34)
• 9/08 – GMAT Practice Test 2: 700 (Q47,V39)
• 9/16 – GMAT: 710 (Q49,V38)

Resources Used (in order of importance)

Study Schedule

• Total time investment over 10 weeks: 160 hours*
• (M-F) Woke up every day about 4:30AM and studied for one hour (1 hr morning)
• (M-F) Came home for work and studied for another hour (1 hr evening)
• (Sat) Studied for about 4-6 hours (until I would get burnt out) (4-6 hrs day)
• (Sun) Took a practice test and then examined the results after (2-4 hrs day)

Details

• Absolutely loved Magoosh as it laid a great foundation for the GMAT and the GMAT material
• I only got familiar with the IR via Magoosh and practiced it for 4 hours max
• I only wrote one essay the night before the GMAT using the template
• I traveled a lot in the month of August (low study month)
• Took only cold showers (how I was able to work 60 hours a week and study 20 hours a week); if motivation to study is holding you back check out this TED talk (http://youtu.be/Gb0h8ZKvJW4)

Areas I would change

• Error Log…if I had one I know I would have gotten a higher score
• Spent too much time studying concepts and not enough time studying questions (with an error log)
• Should have spent more time with my CATs

Ask me questions if you would like insight or help… I am applying to top ten b-schools now!
Re: 710 - Self Study - First Try   [#permalink] 30 Oct 2013, 17:23
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