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From Complete Disaster to Utter Joy.. 680 -> 660 -> 750

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Hello there,

2 months ago I took the GMAT for the second time and it was a disaster. You can find the debrief here:http://gmatclub.com/forum/complete-disaster-680-to-660-but-how-on-earth-202977.html

And today, I am unbelievably happy with the result: 750 (50Q, 41V)

After the second attempt, I needed to pump my verbal and build my confidence again. I needed to transform myself from a self-prepper to course-taker. I chose EmpowerGMAT because I needed to take the third one in a short time and they were offering 1-month plan. I got up with the help of EmpowerGMAT Verbal Score Booster. Special thanks to the team. Here's the difference compared to my first two attempts:
- I was much more confident on each question type. I knew what to do, how to approach them.
- Answer elimination techniques are very critical, empower was very good at that.
- I kept an error log but not very detailed, just to see my wrong questions and not to do the same mistakes again.
- First 10 questions. I cannot stress its importance enough. I did my mock tests with this thing in mind as well and the scores were better.

However, there is the thing; some my disagree but I think the questions on the real GMAT are harder. Not just harder, they are a bit different. Especially the runner-up answer is much more tricky compared even to the retired questions.

This is my very short debrief. Hope everyone gets even better than their dreams.

Cheers!
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New post 07 Oct 2015, 21:34
Hi optimusTR,

That's OUTSTANDING news about your GMAT Score! With a 750/Q50, you're in position to apply to any Business Schools you choose, so you shouldn't hold back when it comes to your applications.

The adaptability that you showed in adjusting your approach to the GMAT is the exact same character trait that will serve you well in Business School and beyond. Many Test Takers who score in the high 600s find it difficult to get past their own 'biases', learn new ways to work and score much higher - but that clearly was not an issue for you.

1) Have you thought about which Schools you plan to apply to? And when you'll apply?

Congrats again on your success!

Another GMAT assassin has been made!
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi optimusTR,

That's OUTSTANDING news about your GMAT Score! With a 750/Q50, you're in position to apply to any Business Schools you choose, so you shouldn't hold back when it comes to your applications.

The adaptability that you showed in adjusting your approach to the GMAT is the exact same character trait that will serve you well in Business School and beyond. Many Test Takers who score in the high 600s find it difficult to get past their own 'biases', learn new ways to work and score much higher - but that clearly was not an issue for you.

1) Have you thought about which Schools you plan to apply to? And when you'll apply?

Congrats again on your success!

Another GMAT assassin has been made!
Rich


Thanks Rich!

That's exactly what I think, I have no plan to hold back. My school list on my profile is up-to-date but subject to change every day :)
If my second take was not that surprising for me to take the test again, I would be applying all of them in R1. I had postponed all my applications to R2 until I talked to a friend, I met thanks to GmatClub, who said I should consider applying in R1 no matter what comes out of my 3rd take.

Ross and Darden were the ones with a late R1 deadlines so I applied to those two in R1, w/o the need to use my old score.

I am planning to apply 3 schools at most in R2. I'll take a shot at HBS for sure. Second one will most probably be Wharton. I am not 100% sure of my career direction afterwards, hence the third one will depend on my decision on the industry I want to land a job. Tuck, MIT or Booth perhaps.

Thanks again for your support,

Cheers!
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