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Congratulations and thanks for the phenomenal writeup, to share your experience. One question. You have mentioned in your post the following:

For verbal sectional quizzes, I followed the below time sequence
• SC - 15 questions - 23 mins
• CR - 15 question - 30 mins
• RC (4 passages) - 15 questions- 30 mins (along with reading the passages)

So, this adds up to 83 minutes, while we have only 75 minutes in Verbal. So, as per your experience, how should be best compensate this 8 minute deficit.
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I have always been a lurker on this forum, and never posted a thing. But this post was just so well written and articulated that i could not help but post a reply and congratulate you on your triumph.

So many ups and downs throughout your journey, yet you come up as a champion that too with flying colors.

Kudos to you, and Congratulations on your stellar score
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Thanks for the detailed report and congratulations on your 740 score! Best wishes for your fathers health, and forget about the ex. Success is the best revenge and there are alot of fish in the sea.
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I'm awe-struck by the effort you put into making this post. Congrats on scoring a 740. Good luck with your applications. I'll note down the points you've mentioned.

I did struggle with my gmat as well to score a 710.

PS - Looking at the effort you've taken to reach a 740, please verify your score on gmatclub, A green tick would appear beside your score and that's pretty cool

Regards,

HK
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Unarguably the best debrief on gmatclub. People mostly tell about the preparation and course they opted for, but you have pictured the entire struggle and entire journey. There are so many guys going through the same and even more. Your debrief motivated me and many others who are on the edge of giving up to the everyday happenings of life.
I will be coming to read this debrief over and over, just to remind myself how winning is done. I feel every word you have mentioned in this debrief. I'm sorry for what you have lost in past and i wholeheartedly wish that you get the best now.
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pnishant - One of the best debriefs on GMAT Club. Congratulations on acing the GMAT!!
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Your journey is truly inspiring and motivating..congrats for the great score ..and best of the luck for your application.
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The best debrief ever! Disappointed and frustrated, I was looking for some motivation from last two days and as luck would have it I stumbled upon this! Pure gold! Exactly what I needed. I was so sick of reading "750, first attempt, 4 weeks" (nothing against these guys, honestly)... that got me thinking - maybe I am dumb and I should accept the fact . But then this happened. Real story, real people and real inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing this. Congratulations and please keep motivating people!
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Congrats man. This debrief made me understand one thing that getting nervous before the exam is acceptable and that I shouldn't be dejected by that nervousness.
It really calmed me down. Thanks for the great post !!

All the best for your future endeavour.
Regards
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pnishant

First off, Congrats on the awesome GMAT score.
Wish you all the best for the applications(Hope you get into your first choice school)

Kudos to your patience and self-belief. Beyond a point, people begin to lose confidence
in themselves. This is probably a lesson for all those who lose hope whenever things
don't go as per plan. I have seen so many people quitting on their GMAT dream after
a couple of failed attempts.

I salute your will to succeed, Kudos to you!
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Kudos to you!
I'm really appreciated for your honest and clear debrief.
Good luck and best wishes!

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Congratulations on your score! Thank you so much for the detailed debrief, it is sure to help alot of people (including me). Best of Luck for your future! :D
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Manukaran wrote:
Congratulations and thanks for the phenomenal writeup, to share your experience. One question. You have mentioned in your post the following:

For verbal sectional quizzes, I followed the below time sequence
• SC - 15 questions - 23 mins
• CR - 15 question - 30 mins
• RC (4 passages) - 15 questions- 30 mins (along with reading the passages)

So, this adds up to 83 minutes, while we have only 75 minutes in Verbal. So, as per your experience, how should be best compensate this 8-minute deficit.

Hey Manu,

The idea with this sectional break up is to have a minimum baseline and get used to the timing on the GMAT. if you see the number of questions, even the number of questions add up to 45 Questions, which is slightly higher than the number of questions that are actually tested. So this is an exercise to train your brain to complete an SC question within 90 secs and a CR/RC questions within an average of 2 mins.

Thanks
Nishant
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Congrats for the great score ! The debrief is really nice and detailed.
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Congrats bro. I share a similar profile and experience like yours. And I’m also struggling with verbal. Hopefully your debrief ll help me
Good luck with your application process

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Nishant - Thank you for taking the time out and doing justice to your story. I must say that it’s an amazing debrief, right amongst the best I have read (and I have read many). I am sure that many test takers will benefit from the same.

Sasindran - To improve GMAT Verbal 1) focus on one section at a time 2)Use the right methods 3)Study consistently and take notes.

-Rajat
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