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GMAT 480-->550--> 560--> 550-->480--> 680 (Q48 V35)

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New post 26 Nov 2012, 18:15
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AT LAST!!!!

I finally managed to score six-hundred-something.
Damn, what a test.

Ok, debrief:
Prep (successful turn):
- Manhattan GMAT (8 set book, 4th edition): ALL OF THEM
- Powerscore: SC and CR (entire books)
- Veritas RC (not so useful, but ok)
- GMATPREp: none
- Official Guide 12th edition: about 40 exercises of each session
I also used a material from a friend who is GMAT instructor, but he is from my country, so I don't think it would interest anybody.

Two days before the test:
- Study as hard as the day before. At least 8 hours (I was out of office from work).
- Healthy food and exercises

One day before the test:
I got so nervous about the test. I chose some exercises from Official Guide and made most of them right. So I though: hey, I am not bad at that... Then I got more confident again

THE BIG DAY:
I woke up at least two times during the night, I almost had a heart attack, lol. I was so anxious.
I managed to sleep. I thought: "it's just a test".
Then, 6:40 am the alarm finally woke me up and I started a normal day: put clothes, breakfast, coffee...
Got to the test center, made the admissions bureaucracy, ate my snack and let's go.

AWA/Int reasoning:
I did not study AT ALL neither AWA nor Integrated Reasoning. Not that I don't care, but I didn't have the time for them. AWA I had done at least four times before (the other tests), so I knew what to expect. Integrated Reasoning I had absolutely no idea what to expect and honestly I don't care. I did tried to answer correctly, but I didn't score high.

Break, took a deep breath, drank water and ate my snack. I tried to remember the math basics as well as the timing I had planned for myself. Quick bathroom and let's go.\

Quantitative session:
It started with pretty easy problems. It was on the mid of the test when things started to become worse. Mixed problems. Combinatorics with geometry... Indirect questions... WHAT??? what are they asking??? Not only complicated problems, but also complicated questions themselves. I had even to think about what they were asking me to do. But I realized that was a good signal. And then a not so good signal: the questions became a bit easier. Well, I realized then I had just to do my job and that's it.

Also, it was as warm as hell. I had had the same problem one time before, I did complain to GMAC, but they said "it was on an appropriate temperature". It was at least 28 Celsius (I am pretty sure of that because I have a thermometer on my car and I know when it's warm, when it's not). Then I learned: come in several layers of clothes. I had a shirt, t-shirt, sweater... I actually left the t-shirt on my locker so I had only two layers. But it was so warm that I opened some (at least 3) buttons of my shirt. Lol!

Ok, done the Quant session and started my worst nightmare:
VERBAL SESSION. The previous times I had taken, I got like 11V, 17V ... that is, very low verbal scores.
I tried to remember what were the basics before the test. Then I tried to remember what timing I had planned for this session too.

Ok, easy CR question,... then easy SC question... then a H-U-G-E passage of RC. I thought: what a monster... I did my best.
By the 10 last minutes I realized I was doing some pretty easy questions... that sounded an alarm but I tried to to my job anyway.

Then i had to answer whether I wanted to report my scores... oh heavens... after all that, should I cancel my scores?

Finals:
No, never give it up. I said YES, GIMME MY GODDAMN SCORE!

To be honest, from my previous experiences and from my level of stress, I was expecting 590-610. But then... 680. What???????? SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY? I read again and again. Percentile: 85

WHAT?????????????????????

I felt like screaming but I remembered other people were doing their tests, so I respected them.
It's not a perfect score, I know, but for a person who was trapped in the 480-560 range... that's a score to be proud of...




Ok, just to debrief my previous experiences, I had scored two 480, one 550 and two 560 (I guess). All of them between 2009 and 2010. I started a M.Sc. course and I thought: "You GMAT, wait for my degree and we'll meet again". 30 months later, I did as promised: started from the basics. Everything was new for me, even the Reading Comprehension passages I had already read at another time.
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New post 27 Nov 2012, 09:40
Wow, congratulations on finally slaying the beast! A 200-point improvement from your last test?!?! Incredible!

You definitely deserve a cookie for your perseverance. Good luck with your applications!
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New post 28 Nov 2012, 21:20
Congrats for your success and perseverance.

Please share your tips and advice on "How you improve your score?" What strategies and methods do you use?
Because your score improved remarkably (200 points), you can guide all of us.
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New post 28 Nov 2012, 23:51
Congratulations! The improvement is indeed incredible.
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Huge respect to you :) You rock!!
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New post 29 Nov 2012, 08:06
Rainfall,

Five attempts , seriously you deserve respect.
I have given two GMATs (550(Q47,V20),560 (Q45,V22)) and I am afraid to go for another attempt.
But after reading your debrief it inspired me to not be afraid and work hard in order to achieve a goal of 700+.

Thank you so much
Please let me know how you improved your Verbal and which all sources you used to get 680.
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New post 29 Nov 2012, 11:29
M speachless to see ur tolerance !!

well excellent score.!!
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New post 29 Nov 2012, 14:55
Havent logged in for months. Much respect for your perserverance. Congrats.
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New post 01 Dec 2012, 09:09
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It is easy to say but difficult to implement.
Everything must be as better as possible.

Back in 2009/10, I was having trouble in all parts: bad girlfriend relationship, struggling to be promoted at work, not sleeping well and, the worst part: not good enough prep.

I had pretty bad GMAT instructors. They didn't even took the actual test themselves.

Well, after all that, I decided to start an M.Sc. course, saying to myself: I need a degree now. If it isn't an MBA, so be it an M.Sc. Then I kind of forgot about GMAT and stuff. When I finished my thesis, I immediately came back to my same old GMAT books.

My prep was pretty much what you would expect from a preparation: read the basics, take mock tests.
Relax and study, relax and study.
Eat healthy food, do exercises.
Read books to improve your English if you are not native English speaker (that is my case).
Know yourself, know your weaknesses. Make sure you know all the theory and then go to the tests.

Actually I hadn't enough time even to do GMATPreps. that's pretty bad, but it is ok.
Control your anxiety and... that's it.
Reserve a part of the day to do something you like.
Everyone who studied at a local top school for college knows how to study for a tough test. GMAT is just a test. I am not saying it is easy. Still, it is just a test.

good luck guys! Only give up if you have something better to do than a graduate course.
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New post 03 Dec 2012, 18:42
Afer scoring 560, Today, reading your post makes me believe again :)

Thank you for your inspiring debrief!!

Best!
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New post 01 Jan 2013, 23:52
Congrats Rainfall.I had a similar struggle,after being out of touch with academics for a long time. I'm giving you Kudos for your spirit!
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New post 13 Jan 2013, 20:08
Man, you exhibited a tremendous amount of determination.
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New post 15 Jan 2013, 11:38
awesomee.. amazingly well done.. how did u mange ur time? I got 500 and then 480 and wondering what to do now
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