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# 740 in just 1 month with OG only

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I have been following GMATClub ever since I started my GMAT prep but started posting only after I completed my GMAT. I have got immense help from this site and thought it's time to share my experience.

Let me first share my GRE experience, for reasons explained! I scored 1170 (Verbal 370/800) in GRE after 3 months of preparation and was totally shattered. But, somehow I got a feeling that well, while my vocab is abysmal (I'm not a native English speaker), it won't stop me from doing well in GMAT! Thus began my journey for GMAT.

Materials used:
1. GMAT Review Official Guide 12
2. whiplash2411's Verbal Flash Cards
Attachment:
File comment: Whiplash Verbal Flash Cards by whiplash2411 <again, don't sue me, please!>
Whiplash Verbal Flashcards.pdf [358.91 KiB]

3. 800score AWA Guide
Attachment:
File comment: AWA Guide by 800score <don't sue me, please!>
2004-09-02_160638_800scoreAWAGuide.pdf [325.91 KiB]

4. chineseburned's guide on AWA
5. whiplash2411's GMAT debrief

I really did not want to spend a lot on GMAT and thought, "Heyy! If I can go through the entire 800 real questions of GMAT in the Official Guide, there is no reason why I would need anything else!!"

Quant:
I initially had a few hiccups in the probability and permutation-combination. I just went through my high school books on them and things got sorted. Soon, the only problem I was having with Quant section was finding them too easy and thus making silly mistakes due to lack of concentration.

Verbal:
Now this was something I was worried about. I never had much problem with RC and CR was also kinda okay but SC gave me a headache right from the beginning. Even a few days before the test I was getting only about 50% of the SCs correct. Then whiplash's verbal flash cards (attached) helped me a lot. I owe her a biiig thanks!

AWA:
I did not give them a thought till 5 days left. I went through chineseburned & 800score AWA guides which gave me quite an idea about the writing structure. I practiced a few essays and went through all the issue topics just once taking a mental note about ideas.

Study Strategy:
My study strategy was simple. I decided to practice a little everything every day. I divided the total number of questions in each section in equal sections for 14 days of study. So, each day I was doing about 17 PS, 12-13 DS and 10 each in RC, CR & SC questions each day. That meant I studied about 2-3 hours for 14 days. Yes, that's all I studied!!

Once, I got a confidence, I booked my date for GMAT. I am an impatient type of person and really can't prepare for something for too long. I realized if I try to prepare more and more, soon I'll get frustrated and screw it up. So, it was more like slam-bam-thank you GMAT kinda experience for me!

Practice Test Scores:
GMATPrep 1 = 710
Knewton = 710
Princeton Review = 650
Kaplan = 640
Veritas Prep = 680
Manhattan = 690
GMATPrep 2 = 690

As you can understand, I was really shaken seeing my scores dipping after starting rather decent. Nevertheless, I remain calm and composed for the test.
Advice: I practiced all my mock tests in my real GMAT timings and it helped me a lot to set my biological clock. Do that

The G-Day:
I'm normally a morning person but the earliest slot available was 10:00. That would have meant a 4 hour appointment would have left me hungry in the middle of the exam. I certainly did not want that. I took a convenient 14:00 appointment so that I could finish my lunch properly and then go for the test.

I made sure I did not eat anything funny for the last 2-3 days. I had good long sleep last night followed by a light breakfast and early lunch. It took me some time to find the test center. The lady at the test center was friendly and the center was rather okay. However, the keyboard was a disaster as it was old and not at all easy to press. Moreover it was making really loud noises. And the chair added some noises too! But those were something beyond my control, so I thought, "What the heck, let's get this over with."

Essay topics did not please me. However I went with the flow and wrote some gibber-jabber. I just had some water and went to the restroom during the break. I strictly wanted to avoid food. I did not take the full break (I hate simply sitting idly), came back after 3 minutes, I think.

Quant was going rather well till about 25th question. I got stuck with one question for really long then. Although I had plenty of time in the world, I just made an intelligent guess and moved on. I told myself probably it was an experimental question and so don't worry. I was pretty surprised to finally see I finished off with 12 minutes left on the clock!

After again a short break (3-4 min), I went back for the Verbal. I was rather happy with my Quant so had a really positive feeling about crossing 700 in total. Verbal went rather okay, or so I thought. I had a little time scare towards the end but kept my cool and finished off with 2 minutes on hand.

The Official Score:

740 (Q50, V40, AWA 5.0)

When I saw the score, well boy, was I surprised? I was shocked to the core of my heart! 30 marks above my highest score ever?? It was bizarrely breathtaking!! I was like, "Yes yes yes"!! I never remembered being that happy, ever!!

And kids, that is how I scored a 740!
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19 Jul 2011, 00:13
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First and foremost, congratulation saptak1990 on getting such an amazing score by smart preparation.
Also, thanks a ton for sharing this experience of yours. It has really boosted up my confidence level.
I have a couple of questions:
1) You have mentioned that you have taken practice tests from 7 different publishers. How many number of tests in total did you take before facing the GMAT and also within how many days did you take these tests? It would great if you could share how you reviewed the results & answers of each practice test you took(like, how much u spent by comparing your answers etc....).
2) Can we find these tests free of cost anywhere? [for example, it costs nearly Rs.3K to get the Manhattan tests along with the material ]

Happy to help

1. I took a GMATPrep test about 2 weeks before my actual GMAT to understand where I stand. Once I realized it's okay, I booked the test date. Then I took practice test for the last 8-9 days except the last day. I did not want any tension on the day before GMAT, so I only reviewed my preparations. I analyzed each of my incorrect answers in each of the tests. Although after the test it's a bit tiring, still I would advice to review your incorrect answers right away. This way I could learn from my mistakes and (try to) not repeat again.

2. I know the price is a big deal. That's why I used the free tests only. Here you can find links to the most popular free tests. Other than that, there are always many available tests when you google "free GMAT practice test".
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11 Jul 2011, 22:23
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thanks all for the congrats!

this is amazing..

i am really struggling to make progress on the SC in which I am really weak. have gone thru OG12 once but feel like I need to do it one more time.. I am really not sure as to how I can break the 700 barrier. Really feel low and de-moralized..

My advice would be go through the answer explanations in OG12. Those really helped me understand where I was going wrong. Besides, there are a few standard patterns in which GMAT tests you in SC. Once you get the idea of where you are being tested, you can quickly recognize those areas in questions. That's how it worked for me. All the best for your next attempt.
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18 Jul 2011, 18:32
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Very nice score, saptak1990! Your GMAT journey, while short, was organized and tailored to your needs. Congrats!
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a very good ROI! congrats..
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Thanks. good story and for the tips.
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First and foremost, congratulation saptak1990 on getting such an amazing score by smart preparation.
Also, thanks a ton for sharing this experience of yours. It has really boosted up my confidence level.
I have a couple of questions:
1) You have mentioned that you have taken practice tests from 7 different publishers. How many number of tests in total did you take before facing the GMAT and also within how many days did you take these tests? It would great if you could share how you reviewed the results & answers of each practice test you took(like, how much u spent by comparing your answers etc....).
2) Can we find these tests free of cost anywhere? [for example, it costs nearly Rs.3K to get the Manhattan tests along with the material ]
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Wow! Thanks for sharing that.

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Congrats on great score with very few resources!. Pretty encouraging!!
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fantastic, congratulations!!
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Congratulations!
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this is amazing..

i am really struggling to make progress on the SC in which I am really weak. have gone thru OG12 once but feel like I need to do it one more time.. I am really not sure as to how I can break the 700 barrier. Really feel low and de-moralized..
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