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From 650 to 690

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GMAT 1: 690 Q50 V32
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New post 28 Jul 2017, 10:07
I wanted to share my experience with the Gmat preparaton, I hope this can serve to the community.

In my first attempt in the gmat I got 650 (Q50V27), my mother tongue is Spanish and I started learning English a little late. In my first attempt I studied the books of Manhattan, the Official Guide, and private classes; All this built my theoretical knowledge very well. My first simulations were in the 650 range, so a 650 on my first try was logical. After the test I felt a little worried because I knew I could do better, but I did not know how. I did well in SC, but I was slow to solve CR and RC.

In my second attempt I got 690 (Q50V32). After my first attempt I went to get help on the forums, and I found Rich's comments. Which at first seemed acidic to me, but now I have to accept that he was right. My preparation for the second attempt was with some more private lessons. I read a lot of "The Economist", I solved more official exercises. And I enrolled in his Empowergmat Verbal course. I have to admit that Empowergmat's approach gave me a better perspective to solve the exercises. I did some more simulations, which continued in the 650 range, but I felt more confident this time. Then I stopped performing simulations; and focused on speed and understanding the logic of the question, rather than understanding word for word exercises. I finally got 690 on my second attempt. This time, after the exam, I did not feel worried given I knew I could have had a better result and that it was basically with more practice. However in my schedule I had already decided to give the Gmat on that date.
I just have to thank the EmpowerGmat team, they certainly gave me confidence and a good approach to take the exam. This time the Gmat episode was finished and I have to continue with the following parts of the application.

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New post 28 Jul 2017, 10:51
Excellent! Glad to hear you were able to get a great score. Anything specific that helped you go from V27 to V32? Did you work on RC, SC, CR or all three?

Congrats and best of luck with b school apps.
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New post 28 Jul 2017, 18:57
Hi JimPayments,

To start, a 690/Q50 is a fantastic score (it's just a bit shy of the 90th percentile overall), so you can (and should) apply to any Business Schools that interest you. Beyond the value of that score itself, it's also worth noting how much you've improved. In your earlier posts, you mentioned that you had scored 430 on your initial Diagnostic Test - and with this recent Official Score, that's a 260-point improvement (which is SPECTACULAR!)! You've shown a strong ability to work hard and improve - and those are traits that will serve you well in Business School and beyond.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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