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How many hours did you study for the gmat?

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New post 02 Aug 2008, 09:37
I have been wondering about taking the GMAT again. Not so much to get a better score to help me get accepted. After looking thorugh the Who's Going Where 2008 thread I'm convinced that my 720 is good enough to get in to any school. I think my essays could either get me accepted with a 720 or get me rejected even with a 790. If my essays are bad, my GMAT score is unlikely to be something to push me over the edge to acceptance regardless of how good it is.

My reason for wanting to take it again (possibly early 2009 after acceptance) is to get in to the 99th percentile. Something I've learned from GMATClub is that I really enjoy helping people learn this stuff. I really think I'd like to tutor/teach. I'm not sure how difficult it is to get a job with a company like Manhattan GMAT (provided the GMAT score is 760+) but I think it would be a great way to earn some extra money during school. If MGMAT really pays their teachers $100 / hr like their website claims, I'll certainly take a part-time job of that!

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New post 02 Aug 2008, 11:04
I studied probably about 130-140 hours.

9 classes * 3 hours each = 27 hours
8 weeks (Mon-Fri) * 6 hours each = 48 hours
8 weekends * 8 hours each = 64 hours

That seems about right.

But the thing that's funny are my practice test scores. I started out with the 6 MGMAT tests, went from 700 on the first to 760 on the last, then 740's on the GMAT Preps. So that last 1/4 of studying, I think I peaked and got burnt out and my scores went down. My actual GMAT was a 740, but with much lower verbal than I was capable of.

So I definitely think that for some people, you can really over-study for the GMAT. Test takers should keep that in mind.
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New post 02 Aug 2008, 15:24
If you're studying 400+ hours it's very possible that you may not be studying efficiently.
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I probably "studied" for about 20 hours, and then took the two GMATPrep tests.
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New post 03 Aug 2008, 19:49
Note that many of those folks studying 400+ hours may well be internationals with little or no English skills whatsoever. That was precisely my case when I started my GMAT classes. They all were taught in English and, the truth be told, after about 80 hours of classes, I had almost no improvement at all, my best score was 620 and AWA didn't seem even remotely doable. So I took a month off job and studied my ass off for this month 10-12 hours daily. Which in total brings me easily to 400+ hours ( 80 hours of classes + maybe 20-30 hours for homework + 30 days X 10 hours daily = 400+ hours of total preparation time ).
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Most non-native speakers take way much more time than native speakers on this exam. Believe it or not, I spend almost 1000hrs on gmat.

My english is terrible. When I just started the exam I cant even understand the questions. Those idioms and phrases took me lots of time to remember. It took me 2-3month to figure out the meanings of GMAT questions. after 3-4month study,I felt that I should go to try the real test. Then I registered the exam which is 10 days later. I got the chance to do the free GMATPREP mock exam. I got 570 on the first mock exam. I couldnt even believe what I saw. I was really frustrated and I didnt know what to do. After a while I put myself together and focused on the mock exams. My pace improved a lot with the mock exams. On the first real exam, I scored 620. After so many efforts I made, I felt very disappointed in myself. By then, I spent almost 400hrs on GMAT.

I really wanna to score 700+ because I want to change my life. Before making the decision of applying business shcool, I realized that I had wasted so many times in my life and I had to strive for my goal. I would do anything to achieve that goal.

After the first exam, I deleted all the apps that distract me,such as reddit,tumblr ,stock trading apps and even the news apps. I spent 14 hrs on study everyday. I knew my study method may be not efficient but I did all I can to improve my efficiency. The last thing I did before sleep is to summarize all the knowlege I learned that day.

By now, I have spent almost 1000 hrs on Gmat. during this long journey, I thought of giving up many times but I decided to keep going every times. I have taken 3 exams on total and the best score I got is 650. There is still a long way to go. I will keep going until I reach my goal.

As an asian, I admire at american because you guys started to learn english since your birth and United States has the best education resources on the earth. I believe education is the most important thing for the development of any country. I wish I could I have a better education to change my life and then change my country. I wish I could build a better university in my country so my son and daughter could get good education easily. I know many American dont like foreigners because of the competition in limited resource. I understand and I will try my best to repay your society besides the tuition fees. I will participate volunteer programs to help American people. I wish someday I dont have to leave my family and my country to study abroad.

At last, good luck to everyone. Wish all your dreams come true.
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