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# Best GMAT Stories - Period!

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06 Jun 2011, 07:00
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06 Jun 2011, 07:01
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10 Jun 2011, 11:10
Great collection of experiences bb. This is the perfect forum if one wanted to get motivated!
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17 Jun 2011, 12:02
Excellent post sirs bb and bmillan

If I may suggest an addition to this otherwise excellent collection, it is the timing strategies post by bb. I dont know what I did but on my second practice test I was worried about running out of time that I finished the first 36 questions of math with 10 minutes to spare. Obviously I made a ton of silly errors and decided to develop a strategy around pacing myself. Needless to say the post was an excellent resource as I formulated mine.

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timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html
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30 Jun 2011, 20:07
good post,thanks to share.
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11 Jul 2011, 23:21
Thanks A lot for posting these stories.
Good motivator for newbies like me
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25 Jul 2011, 03:54
Really helpful posts , I like the way the these guys remember to pin point the exact material used.
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11 Oct 2011, 18:55
Very inspiring - thank you for sharing the stories.
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24 Nov 2011, 08:57
good motivator for newbies
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17 Dec 2011, 21:23
All the stories are quite inspiring.
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06 Jan 2012, 18:19
Thanks very much for the compilation of these inspirational stories. These truly give me hope that I can ace the exam.
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09 Apr 2012, 07:13
I feel that I need to share this story with the public, both to boost the confidence of pessimistic test-takers and to advocate for the Kaplan method. On March 1st of this year, I scored a 550 on Kaplan's diagnostic GMAT test, although I had guessed on a majority of the quant questions and sentence corrections. I enrolled in a one-month, nine session Kaplan GMAT prep course, and scheduled my GMAT test (albeit unrealistically) for April 7. It met twice a week for 2.5 hours. As I am still enrolled in full-time school, it was difficult to find time to do the Kaplan homework. However, the skills learned in the classroom itself were extremely helpful, and would help me in April. On March 30th, I scored a 600 on another prep test.
I took the week off of work, and luckily had a study week for school, from April 2-April 6. For the first three days, I focused exclusively on the quant section of the test. I used Kaplan's seemingly limitless supply of quant practice questions, while focusing on the methods taught in the classroom (how to analyze questions, how to eliminate impossible answers, plus the basic math skills), and scored a 700 on April 4th on the mbacom GMATprep test. However, I received an e-mail from MBAcom the next day informing me that there was a bug in their software, and grades were being scored incorrectly. Imagine the look on my face, and the damage to my confidence.
That day, I focused exclusively on the verbal section. Based on advice from my Kaplan tutor, I dedicated most of my time to Sentence Correction, as it is weighted slightly higher than Critical Reasoning or Reading Comp. On the last day of studying, April 6th, I practiced a few Argument/Issue essays using the Kaplan structure, as they advise not to work on your weaknesses prior to the test (still being quant). The second mbacom GMATprep test scored a 690.
On test day, I followed the Kaplan method to a "T". On tough quant questions that I knew I was incapable of accurately solving, I quickly eliminated impossible choices, and re-evaluated the question. On sentence corrections, I used Kaplan's method of looking for specific functions of grammar. Ultimately I scored a 750 (Q47, V47).
There is no doubt that some element of luck was involved, but using strategies can improve that luck ten-fold. Knowing what to look for can improve your chances more so than memorizing quant formulas or English idioms. I would highly recommend the Kaplan method for many reasons, as well as focusing your time on your weaknesses as much as possible, while giving less time to your strengths. This may go without saying, but take it for what you will. I had one dedicated week to study, and without these strategies, I would be lost. Best regards and good (strategic) luck!
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14 Apr 2012, 19:29
I AM NEW TO THIS SITE..AND THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL , INFORMATIONAL AND INTERESTING WEBPAGE FOR GMAT ASPIRANTS THAT I HAVE READ ..
(AND I HAVE READ A LOT ON GMAT MIND YOU)
ALL THESE DEBRIEFS WILL HELP TO GET THE BEST SCORE WE CAN GET AS WE LEARN SO MUCH FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE..
ITS LIKE READING A THRILLING NOVEL, OR EXPERIENCING 0 GRAVITY IN SPACE SIMULATIONS
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11 May 2012, 06:15
THREAD UPDATE: we have a new section called "Bombed It - what not to do." Check it out!

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13 Aug 2012, 07:27
very useful information
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17 Sep 2012, 10:42
Thanks for the suggestions y'all! I need all the help I can get!
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21 Apr 2013, 09:24
The 800 story is really great. Thanks for sharing.
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08 Jul 2013, 17:31
THREAD UPDATE: we have added a fantastic debrief by 2x2Matrix under the "Most Popular" section. Read this member's story here!
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23 Jul 2013, 17:11
Great thread. thank you so much BB. Kudos!
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17 Aug 2013, 19:34
Same here. I want to be a part of it too. Will you allow me to be a part of it?
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