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Congrats Rikin!

It was fun working with you, and I'm so glad to hear that you were able to use the TTP course so effectively.

You might try asking about your score and whether retaking makes sense in GMAT Club's B-School Application forum.

In any case, may all go well for you going forward.

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rikinmathur wrote:
Today, I took the GMAT and got a 750 (49V, 42V), which I am extremely happy about. Previously, I had taken the exam once with minimal self-study and gotten a 690 so I am stoked about my improvement.

First, a big thank you to MartyTargetTestPrep ScottTargetTestPrep for their amazing course that helped me understand all the necessary concepts and solidify my basics. After my 690, MartyTargetTestPrep referred me to some TTP articles and that's where I started recognizing that TTP is really the best course out there, at least for me! There are various study plans and both Verbal and Quant cover almost all the concepts in great detail! Lots of practice exercises by question difficulty as well! The emphasis on thinking of the GMAT more as a game of skill and less as a big, scary exam really helped me! For anyone trying to raise their score 30, 40 + points or higher, I would highly recommend it!

Also, a big thanks to GMATNinja, MartyTargetTestPrep, KarishmaB, and AndrewN for their fantastic explanations on verbal!

Last but not least- thanks to entire gmat club community for their posts, explanations and really taking this "learning" experience to the next level.

My test experience today:

I took the GMAT online and had some technical difficulties in the beginning, including a computer restart, which was annoying but the proctor was super helpful! There was also some noise in the house which distracted me for the first few mins in the Quant section but overall nothing major. I actually recommend taking it online if you have a quiet place to yourself since it removes the hassle of going to the test center and saves you time in the morning.

How I prepared:

It has been a long journey but first I went through the entire TTP course with most of the lessons (I only did a part of some lessons in Quant since I had a 47 on my last exam) and the exercises in Q and V. In the last couple of months, after finishing the TTP course, I switched my prep to solving 15-20 OG/Official LSAT Verbal and OG Quant questions almost every day. TTP folks were super responsive to explaining concepts again to me in the Chat feature and made up examples I had for them after going through the OG questions. The most important thing was to carefully read explanations of questions I got wrong or took too much time to solve; I recorded each one of these questions in a self-made error log. My error log had questions and choices, an explanation of correct choices and wrong choices, the most efficient solution (for quant), indication of correct or too much time. Building on TTP concepts and understanding the style of OG questions got me to a level of skill that was in the 740-770 range.

My practice tests were Official Gmat Prep: 730, 760, 770, and 740 (in that order chronologically) and Gmat Club Tests for Quant (50,50,48,49,50)


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People I have talked to so far have said 750 should be good enough (my target was a 760) but I am not sure if the 10-point increase is worth a retake for the top schools. Would love any advice from anyone on this or if you can refer me to a better forum on GMAT club to get answers to this would be great!



Congratulations on the great score! A 10 point increase will not make any difference to your app. Either get a perfect 800 to make their eyes pop (still no guarantee that you will get an admit though) or be happy with 750, which by the way is fabulous for any school, and invest your time, money and energy into your application essays and interview prep.
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MartyTargetTestPrep AndrewN KarishmaB thanks so much for the valuable input!

I think it's pretty clear at this point that I do not need to retake it, something I have heard from almost everyone!
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Congratulations on that brilliant score! What I wouldn't give to have a 750!

As a fellow student who is in the preparation stage right now, could you share at what points in your prep you had taken the official GMAT prep tests and how long did you take to finish the TTP course? Although I do understand that you may not have spent as much time on quants as I may have to (I scored a Q44 in GMAT prep).


Thanks!

The length of the TTP course will really be your own pace and how much improvement you are aiming for; you can do a free trial, create a study plan based on where you are and then get an idea of how long it will take you. I would expect a couple of months if you are at a Q44 to up both Quant and also Verbal. Plus an additional month to religiously do OG problems and understand each question you miss/take a long time on!

I am attaching my error log! It is still pretty incomplete (both for Quant and Verbal) as I did not have time to fill in details for all questions, especially for the ones I just knew the most efficient solution to by heart but I hope that it serves as a template if you like it!

Hope this is helpful and let me know if I can help further!
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rikinmathur wrote:
ridamagarwal wrote:
Congratulations on that brilliant score! What I wouldn't give to have a 750!

As a fellow student who is in the preparation stage right now, could you share at what points in your prep you had taken the official GMAT prep tests and how long did you take to finish the TTP course? Although I do understand that you may not have spent as much time on quants as I may have to (I scored a Q44 in GMAT prep).


Thanks!

The length of the TTP course will really be your own pace and how much improvement you are aiming for; you can do a free trial, create a study plan based on where you are and then get an idea of how long it will take you. I would expect a couple of months if you are at a Q44 to up both Quant and also Verbal. Plus an additional month to religiously do OG problems and understand each question you miss/take a long time on!

I am attaching my error log! It is still pretty incomplete (both for Quant and Verbal) as I did not have time to fill in details for all questions, especially for the ones I just knew the most efficient solution to by heart but I hope that it serves as a template if you like it!

Hope this is helpful and let me know if I can help further!


Ayeee! Thank you so much, Rikin! This sure is extremely helpful. How often did you review this error log for the mistakes you made?

Also, all the best to you for your college apps! I am sure you're going to get through some of the best ones!
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rikinmathur wrote:
ridamagarwal wrote:
Congratulations on that brilliant score! What I wouldn't give to have a 750!

As a fellow student who is in the preparation stage right now, could you share at what points in your prep you had taken the official GMAT prep tests and how long did you take to finish the TTP course? Although I do understand that you may not have spent as much time on quants as I may have to (I scored a Q44 in GMAT prep).


Thanks!

The length of the TTP course will really be your own pace and how much improvement you are aiming for; you can do a free trial, create a study plan based on where you are and then get an idea of how long it will take you. I would expect a couple of months if you are at a Q44 to up both Quant and also Verbal. Plus an additional month to religiously do OG problems and understand each question you miss/take a long time on!

I am attaching my error log! It is still pretty incomplete (both for Quant and Verbal) as I did not have time to fill in details for all questions, especially for the ones I just knew the most efficient solution to by heart but I hope that it serves as a template if you like it!

Hope this is helpful and let me know if I can help further!


Ayeee! Thank you so much, Rikin! This sure is extremely helpful. How often did you review this error log for the mistakes you made?

Also, all the best to you for your college apps! I am sure you're going to get through some of the best ones!



I reviewed the error log once or twice a week! If it's been a week or weeks since you're reviewed the error log, it's also good to take some of the questions and see how you do on them (exclude the ones you remember of course). At the very least you should try and explain them later in your own words!

Hope this helps!

And thanks, I am excited for the process!
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Hi rikinmathur,

You rocked the GMAT! I am super proud of you.

We are always here if you need anything. Good luck with things moving forward.
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Congratulations on a fantastic score! May I ask what format you kept the error log in? I have been experimenting with a few different formats, so I'm curious what worked best for you.
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