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# From 530 (q40 v23) to 690 (q45 v40)

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From 530 (q40 v23) to 690 (q45 v40) [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2006, 08:26
Hi,

If you look at the registration date of my account in GMAT Club you may notice that I've been present here for quite a long time. But only today, I really have something to tell.

I passed GMAT three times starting from May 2005:

530 - q40 v23
580 - q43 v27
690 - q45 v40

As you may see, there is a slight progress in Q section and a huge one in Verbal.

Since Verbal is a problem section for many non-natives I would like to suggest my explanation of my success in this area:

1. Study materials. I've got GMATPlus in electonic form. It was downloaded somewhere in this forum. I read and solved questions using my PocketPC, which appeared to be very convenient: in public transport and in home lying in the sofa.
I've done all SC and CR questions, partly RC questions paying specific attention to error log. I classified errors into three main groups:
- negligence (simple and stupid errors)
- hard errors (but understandable after additional analysis)
- concept errors (ones, which I don't understand completely)

Then I took several individual lessons with GMAT tutor and addressed all concept errors (actually it helped me a lot in understanding GMAT logic)

2. Reading. I started to read only in English, i.e. if you want to read a new fancy book (e.g. Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code") get its English version, if you want to read news - read BBC.com or anything else which is in English. That approach helped me a lot in not getting afraid and distracted by long and complex GMAT passages.

3. Vitamines. A month before exam I started to take vitamin C and homeopathic remedy that improves brain activity.

To my mind, all these measures, combined assisted me in improving my score.

What else can I say. I did it )))))))))))

I do really feel that I can take 700 threshold, but, perhaps, it is worth to concentrate on other areas of my application.
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19 Sep 2006, 08:41
hey BONO!!! you've made it!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! now you can rock fans like me
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19 Sep 2006, 08:48
In all seriousness, I think your achievement with this whole GMAT thing is another proof of the fact that you can go from 500s to whatever you desire!!! And I think not only you learned some concepts, but also gained some real life experience by creating your own strategy and forcing yourself to follow it!!! EXCELLENT IMPROVEMENT!!! And while some people say they aren't happy with 690, I say YOU ROCK MAN!!! 690 by no means is an ok score, it's a great one!!!

Good luck to you in your application process, and I hope I will reach your point very soon!!!

best,
u2lovergirl

PS what were your GMATPrep scores prior going into to your 4th attempt? and how did you study math from one test to the next?
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19 Sep 2006, 09:19
Your GMAT scores show a nice solid upward trend, adcomms can't miss that!

Good luck with the apps.
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19 Sep 2006, 10:32
This post inspires me very much
Your first attempt score is pretty much the same as mine
and you rock it!! I wish I could improve like you did someday.
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19 Sep 2006, 11:14
Pozdravlau))Ochen horoshiy verbal score)
Congrats awesome score!wish you good luck with applications
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19 Sep 2006, 12:14
the first question that came to my mind was....are you related to u2lovergirl???

awesome job...!!!
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19 Sep 2006, 12:17
Excellent!!!!!
Thats a great improvement. You are the living proof that GMAT can kicked right on the a&%^&.
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19 Sep 2006, 13:05
CONGRATULATION! That is so inspiring.

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19 Sep 2006, 13:59
Thanks for sharing. I am sure this will inspire many.

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19 Sep 2006, 14:50
Way to go! Good luck in B. School!
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19 Sep 2006, 16:38
Wow, that is an awesome and inspirational story. Finally finished after first seeing the GMAT a year and a half ago. Now that is hard work and dedication. Congratulations!
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19 Sep 2006, 23:43
Thank you guys !!!

I will save this page and keep it along with my diplomas, job offer letters and other proofs of my success.

What I forgot to say is that there may be no necessity to hire tutors for private GMAT lessons.

The GMATClub is the best source of the knowledge, experience, insipration and support. Therefore, all concept errors can be discussed here

P.S.

There is no relation at the moment between me and u2lover. But I think we should have a chat somewhere outside the forum

P.P.S.

Always remember - TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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20 Sep 2006, 03:50
Bono, congratulations. Your endurance is remarkable. Good luck with apps.
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20 Sep 2006, 21:38
bono wrote:
There is no relation at the moment between me and u2lover. But I think we should have a chat somewhere outside the forum

we can easily change that I would be the girl on the left
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21 Sep 2006, 07:56
This is such a Bonofied thread.

Congratulations!!! Good luck with your apps!
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21 Sep 2006, 08:49
u2lover

Cool picture. I've never seen Bono in such a lovely environment
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15 Dec 2006, 16:55
Hi Bono,

I just have one question for you. How long did it take you to make the last leap: from 580 to 690? . My GMAT Score is currently 570 and i aim to make a similar jump as yours. I want to know how long should i realistically expect to make this movement ? I study 2 hours daily and 4-5 hours in the weekend.
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16 Dec 2006, 21:28
That's quite an accomplishment bono. You ran the full GMAT marathon and took a top prize in the end. Are you planning for fall 2007 matriculation? If so, see you in b-school application forum! Once again, congratulations!
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16 Dec 2006, 21:31
One more thing, regardless of what anybody else says, with solid undergrad grades, upwardly mobile work experience and compelling essays, you have a fighting chance at some top schools. Good luck!
16 Dec 2006, 21:31
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