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New post 14 Jul 2014, 02:31
Thanks for your contribution, and many thanks for actually posting a reply here
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New post 22 Aug 2014, 04:52
Since this website emailed me wanting me to share my GMAT experience, I will. Back in 2010, I took the GMAT so I could apply to MBA programs. I paid the $250 fee (at least that's what the fee was when I took it), and received my test date along with a couple of practice GMATs which were supposed to be retired versions of the GMAT. I went through the practice exam scoring a 760. On the day of my actual exam, I showed up for the test at 7 am, and ended up getting a 610. I was a bit surprised at the difference in scores between the practice and actual exam, but didn't really care. I only needed a 450 or 500 to get into the program I wanted to attend, so I basically slept through the test. I think that for not having really put much effort into the test or the prep, a 610 is pretty good. I wasn't shooting for Ivy league here.

Anyway, I subsequently completed my MBA, graduating in August 2012 (from Eastern Washington University if you were wondering). However, the job market at that time in my area was basically on life support. So I made the decision to enroll in a Master of Accounting program. Part of it was my fault for getting an MBA immediately after undergrad and being a career changer with no related experience (I was a construction foreman until the market crashed in 2007, at which point I went back to school), and part of it was that the school I went to did not really offer much in the way of career placement and networking assistance. At least with this MAcc program, I would be introduced with major accounting firms who recruit fresh grads off campus every year, so it basically came down to one of two choices: either sit there and flounder under a bunch of student debt without a viable way to repay it, or do a couple more years of school and be all but guaranteed a job in a growing field. Easy choice for me. As it stands,I am set to graduate this coming December (2014).

I suppose this begs the question of what I am doing on this website. A few weeks ago, I came across a question someone had posted regarding an MBA, and I wanted to comment on it and give my two cents. Doing so required that I register with the GMAT club. So I did, and then the GMAT club emailed me wanting my GMAT story. So here I am and here it is.
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New post 24 May 2015, 01:55
I was practicing my gmat from last one year and didnt even get a confidance to move on to the final test because I am getting hurdle with verbal part kindly do suggest me something I got max 15 out of 41 in verbal from many test
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New post 25 Sep 2015, 05:12
how to get scholarship
i m a final year student of engg field india
going to give my first attempt in november .
first preference is in US colleges
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New post 28 Sep 2015, 15:20
I took the GMAT today; got a 770 (Q50, V47). Was expecting/targeting 720+ since my last 2 OG tests gave me around 750, but 770 is welcome. I didn't take any classes; I used the Manhattan Prep guides to brush up/re-learn Quant, Kaplan 800 for practice questions, and of course the Official Guide book, which is a must. I don't think Manhattan provided very useful tips or strategies for Verbal, but the Quant guides provide a good foundation; the Kaplan 800 (as the GMAT Club reviews state) is not a guidebook, but offers good question practice. I used the OG questions carefully, so that I would have enough new questions throughout my prep time. I also purchased the extra 2 exams and 404 questions available on the GMAC site; I found those very useful.

Regarding my study plan, I studied for around 2.5 months. After going thru the Quant guides, I spent the last 1 month or so doing practice questions from OG & Kaplan thru the weekdays, and taking practice CATs over the weekends (I probably did 10-12 in total). Regarding the CATs, I think the 6 Manhattan CATs are way harder than the real thing; the maximum I got on them was 710. The Veritas sample was even harder, and the Princeton one was too basic; the Kaplan sample was actually the best I think. Nothing beats the GMAT practice tests of course; I thought the format on the real thing was very close to the practice tests, so that probably helped.

Best of luck everyone! Now on to dumping those Manhattan guides...
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New post 29 Mar 2018, 02:52

Hi to everyone! Guys, I am a newbie on this forum, so could you please tell me if the posts are specially moderated and deleted on this forum?

Welcome to Gmatclub.

Nope, moderators can edit / delete / move the post on any forums, if found inappropriate.
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New post 26 Aug 2018, 11:28
Today I gave my official gmat test.It was the most worst exams that I had ever given in my life.I don't know whether I will be able to ever crack the exam.I was preparing for the exam for the past few months.Prepared for more than 6 months.But finally I have failed.I scored 630.My verbal scores were extremely low.Didn't expected so low score.Because I was preparing really hard for the exam.Never expected such a low score.I have loosed all my confidence.I have to built my confidence again and need to do well.Please help me to improve.I got very nervous during the exam.

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New post 28 Aug 2018, 19:02

I am sorry to hear that your exam did not go as planned.

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Hi all
I have been in the GMAT Journey for the past two year and still unable to beat it. I am sharing my experience till now so that I can get all the suggestion required to improve my score to 740.

My Background:
I am working in POWERGRID (India's Central Transmission Utility), a PSU, Navratna Company for the past 8 years looking after Extra High Voltage (220 KV) Substation Operation and Maintenance and Contracts department at my location.

GMAT Journey part 1: I first contemplated about GMAT in September 2016. I gave the GMAT prep Exam 1 in September 2016 and scored 650 (Q48, V31). I was happy and felt that I can definitely achieve score of 740. I started my study using Beat the GMAT 60 Days study plan (used GMAT Prep Now Free Video). Everything was going fine till I encountered Sentence Correction section. I had no clue about it. I got frustrated. I switched to Manhattan SC book (5th edition). Tried my level best to get the idea on how to solve SC question. I gave GMAT prep Exam 1 second time in Mid October 2016 and scored 680 (Q49, V33). Even though my score improved by 30 points, I had no clue while solving SC question but felt confident with CR and RC.
At this point of time (October 2016 end), some family commitments took my mind away from GMAT. I was able to come back to study only in February 2017.I started once again with my preparation following the Beat the GMAT 60 days study plan. This time I realised that even though I felt confident in CR and RC, my accuracy was same for RC and SC and slightly better for CR. I used POWERSCORE CR Bible and felt that I have got hang of things for CR. I gave following free Test from different companies as follows:
Manhattan on 26th July 2017 - 630 (Q46, V31)
Kaplan on 2nd August 2017 - 710 (Q49, V36)
Veritas on 2nd September 2017 -690 (Q49, V34)
I gave GMAT prep exam 2 on 5th September and scored 660 (Q49, V31). I thought that lets give GMAT and see what happens as I was sort of ideas on how to improve my score. I gave GMAT on 17th September 2017 and got 680(Q50, V32).My ESR showed that I was 34 percentile for SC, 60 percentile for RC and around 80 percentile for CR.

GMAT Journey part 2: I then researched for GMAT course for SC and enrolled in e-GMAT SC only course. I started getting hang of things in SC. However, this time I was unable to give regular time to studies as my job took chunk of the time. I was only able to pull things back together by June 2017. I purchase EP 1 and 2. I got 720(Q50, V38) in GMAT prep Exam 3 on 22nd June. But I couldn't take exam before August as I was away on work assignment. I took following prep exam leading upto my scheduled GMAT on 4th August 2018.
Prep Exam 5th on 22nd July 2018 740 (Q49, V40). This time I was confident taking exam.
Everything was going to the plan on the test day. However, tragedy stuck, Internet connectivity at my test centre was hampered with around 6 mins and 3 question left in quant section. I panicked, even though internet connectivity returned and i lost only 1 minute. I got all the three question wrong. I finished the exam and saw the score of 690 (V37, Q48) pop up. I was annoyed and complained to GMAC with ESR (attached). However, they did not agree with me regarding the score getting hampered due to internet connectivity.

GMAT journey part 3:I scheduled the GMAT exam once again for 15th Septmber 2018. I gave prepGMAT Exam 6 on 11th September 2018 and I got 750 (Q51, V39). I was really confident and looking towards finally overcoming the GMAT.
My GMAT exam on 15th September 2018 was going well according to me, however, I was apprehensive that I was not seeing the type of question (such as boldfaced CR) one gets when the exam is going well. I finished my exam and to my shock I saw the score of 650(Q48, V31). I cancelled the score. I am unable to comprehend what went wrong. I have done full circle. Started with exact score on GMAT prep exam 1.

Road Ahead: But I won't give up and plan to take GMAT once again in one month time. I am looking to register myself with e-GMAT (Verbal online) or EMPOWERGMAT course to improve my score to 740. My target schools are shown in my profile. Requested to provide suggestion on the course of action (and the course I take) that I take in my 4th attempt of GMAT....

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