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17 Feb 2005, 14:38
Many many congratulations Hong Hu. You really deserved it. I had been checking on your way of answering and solving at the forum, pretty impressive to say the least. And that too you managed to study against all odds and pressure is really credible.
So what is your back ground? Are you going for PhD. Is UR University of Rochester? I have a friend there doing PhD. Just wanted to know.
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17 Feb 2005, 16:56
Yes, anirban16, I'm thinking of doing PhD at University of Rochester. Is your friend doing his PhD at the Simon school? If so could could I contact him? I'd greatly appreciate it!

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17 Feb 2005, 17:04
jpv wrote:
I have also adopted that reading from heart approach (for RC) and I am really observing the improvement but in doing so, I am loosing the grip on my timing. I am loosing alot of time in solving the RC questions. Will you suggest how I can improve the timing while I am reading cautiously at the same time?

jpv, to understand a passage doesn't mean you have to spend more time on a passage. You don't have to understand each and every details in the paragraph. You should read at your normal speed, but just try to understand it when you read it. I know it is easier said than done.

Another tip is that the questions usually cover the entire passage and most of the time the order of the questions would follow the flow of the article. So if you find yourself looking for answers in the last paragraph only, or something like that, it must be wrong.

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18 Feb 2005, 04:55
Speechless, Speechless, that's how you make me feel
Though I wish I were you (subjunctive right???)
I am far away and everything seems real
I'll go anywhere and do anything just to touch your score
There's no mountain high I cannot climb now

Speechless, Speechless, that's how you make me feel
Though I'm right here I am lost for words and now I understand...

SPEEEECHLEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!

You definitely ROCK Hong!!!! Whatelse can I say? Been checking out in the last 2 days, just to make sure ETS rewards your diligence and hardwork! Awesome! Kindly visit and PLEASE don't say goodbye.

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18 Feb 2005, 07:24
thats incredilbe. I can only hope to score within a 100 points of that

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23 Feb 2005, 22:43
In the afternoon of February 15, 2005, I sat inside my car, stopped in the intersection of Providence Road and Tenth Street. I watched as over two thousand police cars from all across the state of XX slowly drove past me, in a funeral procession for police officer Molly Bowden, who had died from gunshots when she was on duty. Still flashing in my excited mind was the test score of 780 that appeared on the screen of the computer I used to take my GMAT test less than an hour before. I suddenly realized how phenomenal life is, and how deeply appreciative I was for the chance that I was given.

What drives me in life is not ambition, as it is for many. I have never sought power or fame. What drives me is a curiosity about the world, and a thirst for tasting different aspects of life. My childhood was rough, with mom and dad, like many other â€œintellectualsâ€

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24 Feb 2005, 07:23
Amazing story! Interesting background, HongHu. I cannot believe this website attracted some wonderful people like you. If I have a chance, I would like to know you or anyone of us here in real life. I think I have another reason for me to get MBA. I want to meet all of the most intelligent people on earth.

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24 Feb 2005, 08:02
Honghu, I am so glad to have crossed path with you on GMATclub. Your story is very inspiring and I myself have a relative who graduated from Tsinghua University 2 generations ago. It is just a blessing to have you here sharing with us this so enlightening story and to see how the maxim that life is a trajectory rather than a destination applies to you.

I wonder how your english was before arriving to the US because it is just astonishing. You must have some inherent language learning skills. Hearing about you makes me laugh about how, in my early university years, I would laugh along when the teacher would throw a joke at us without really understanding it. I would then jot down all the words I did not understand and go to the library after almost every class to look up those ununderstood words . Although english is easier to learn than french, or certainly chinese , it is still a challenge for many test-takers.

I just hope to meet you one day so I can put a face on this brilliant (intellectually and emotionally) person of yours.
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Paul

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24 Feb 2005, 08:55
Hello HongHu,
Thank you for sharing your background. Very impressive!! I am sure your encouragement and sugessions are of paramount importance for prospective GMAT'ers in effectively planning our preparation.
I whole hartedly thank you for your effort to encourage the forum.
Wish you all the best & good luck,
Ravindra

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24 Feb 2005, 09:12
Thanks guys. To have met with you all here has been a great pleasure and inspiration for myself too. And thanks Paul for your encouragement. My English is certainly far from perfect, it is so apparent from the many mistakes I often make. But I enjoy being able to write out what I want to say, and I certainly enjoy learning more and improving myself. One of the best things of having friends, is that one gets to enrich herself from the interaction with them, to learn from them, and to be supported and encouraged by them.

Perhaps, one of these days, when everything is done (I know I know), we could have a club meet somewhere ...

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24 Feb 2005, 09:14
Btw Chinese is much easier than English. At least we don't have all the tenses to confuse us. We'd say "I go to school yesterday, I go to school today, and I go to school tomorrow." How easy is that!

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24 Feb 2005, 09:49
HongHu:

Wonderful performance.....My heartiest congratulations to you. Now please share your verbal preparation...What are the Chinese GMAT books? Are they available in English?

Once again you have achieved a major part in your journey to MBA from a premium school !!

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24 Feb 2005, 11:16
HongHu,
Your story is inspiring.We are so lucky to interact with you here.

Your determinstion against all odds is just amazing.Being the main bread earner in the family,taking care of the kids& family work,being non-native english speaker,and then go and score 780,is just unbeleivable.

Well,about my story,it is opposite of yours.Just gave gmat yesterday and got a nightmare score.I got a pathetic 18 in verbal.Irony is,I was one of the toppers back in the school,and was good at both math and english.(I have engineering degree from India,and have been working in bay area,US the past ten years).

I did not prepare that well(due to time contraint).I am generally a person with strong beleif in my abilities but this low score shattered my confidence levels.My known weak points are ,my not so strong vocab and my slow reading pace.In the gmat test and practice test, I found myself re-reading few times the same passage when the passage has few new words that I did not know of or if it is a convoluted.This is also due to the less time we have in verbal.Now that I have about 3 months time,I want prepare best and prove this score was not just me.I am not sure whether I need to work on increasing my vocabulary or increase on speed or work on grammer.I did read some of the grammer from the webster site already.I am so confused and running very low in confidence, I would appreciate any advice.

One lesson I learned from you:No excuses.I have always postponed my serious-gmat-prep giving myself all the excuses of heavy load at work or being busy with the new home that we bought and so on... one or the other reasons .But looking at your case,these are just simply excuses.One can always find time if really wants to.

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24 Feb 2005, 18:18
That was like I am reading my favourite novel.. simply amazing... and a truly inspiring story... We are so glad that u are here to share ur views and help us. We newbies can learn alot from you....

Thanks for being here....

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24 Feb 2005, 20:18
Hi, 700plus, I just want to say to you that I know how tough it can be to prepare for a GMAT test while working and having a family, especially when you have a new house. I know all too well about the hassle of buying and moving into a new house. Don't be too harsh on yourself. It's already admirable for you to have the courage to tackle GMAT at this time, and actually find time to study for it.

Anyways, the biggest thing is not to lose your confidence. Trust yourself, given time, you'll find the feeling.

Best wishes for you next attempt!

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25 Feb 2005, 11:18

That is an interesting approach you have suggested ,going thru max material possible initially and then move onto OG RC.

I have initially tried applying the Kaplan's "skimming" approach and did not work for me.In fact,I have noticed some side effects like reading CR and SC also minimum twice, first time to get the main idea and then to answer the question.

Another thing I noticed was reading WSJ did not help me much.Of course, I have started reading it for its business news rather than as a reading material for GMAT.I have been reading it for more than two years, but did not notice much improvement in my comprehension skills.It may be because I never tried to analyze the writing style or because it is my interesting area thus easy to understand.

If you dont mind,I would like to ask you how you have managed to improve your verbal skills.I understand that you did not have to work much on these skilss lately however you must have had some struggles at some point being a non-native speaker.During that period any perticular strategy you have followed.

Thanks.

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25 Feb 2005, 13:53
It came to me rather natually, actually. I like to read and write, in Chinese, initially. When I first came to the US, I tried to read some English books, but I couldn't finish the first five pages. I had to look up so many words from the dictionary that it wasn't fun any more. But I didn't have any pressure, so I basically dropped it. Two years later I picked up some books again, (starting from Agatha Christie's novels, one of my favorite readings) and I decided not to bother taking out the dictionary and just read. And that has done the trick for me. Later I read more things on different subjects. Another thing that might have helped is that I started reading online a lot the recent two years. Online news, forums, etc. This made me more comfortable with the CAT style of GMAT, I think.

Regarding reading materials for you, remember what I said is to read as many passages as possible, but to limit the range of the materials to GMAT type readings. Also since there are only this many OG passages, you don't want to waste them for your initial practise. Re-reading something is definitely going to feel differently from reading it fresh. You need to use them at the most crucial time and use them for the maximum impact.

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25 Feb 2005, 17:30

You are actually doing skimming(according Kaplan atleast),so, do you also jot down any line numbers while reading the passage. In other words, when you read the question,do you goto a line directly or kind of re-read again to get detailed picture.There are always it atleast two good answers,so how do you do you try to differrentiate between them?

Apologies for asking too many questions.

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25 Feb 2005, 20:36
No, I don't write down anything when I read. I'd like to read as continuously without any interruption as possible. How would I know which details would be the ones that got be asked anyway? Sometimes, it will tell you the line number or which paragraph to look for in the questions. Other times, when you see the question you'll know which part should you go look. About half of the questions though, you don't even need to reread the passage, if you have really understood the question.

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25 Feb 2005, 20:42
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It seems you know the CR very well, but I have a difficulty in CR.

Could you tell me how to boost the CR or are there any other materials for paracticing?

Sometimes the bottleneck is I cannot figure out what does the question said or misunderstand the question. Moreover, I found that it always take me at least 2 minutes to pick a choice. I know it is too slow, but I really don't know what to do.

CR is different from RC. In RC you can skim the passage as long as you understand the general idea. For CR you have to read each and every sentence very very carefully. You need to be able to repeat the author's line of reasoning by yourself before you pick the answers. Try this for the forum CR questions, see if that'll help you.

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