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# Kaladin's Kombat | My GMAT Journey

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Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [2]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [2]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
I was able to generate an assessment report based on my performance in the last MGMAT mock.
After analyzing the report, I have decided to focus on the following areas this week:

Verbal
SC - modifiers, comparisons, & idioms
CR - strengthen, describe role
RC - main idea & inference

Quant
inequalities
geometry
divisibility

I am planning to take the next practice test on Sat Aug-14.
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
14-Aug-21 - MGMAT 2 - 700 (Q47 V39 IR5)

My verbal score might have been thrown off since I got quite a few repeat SC questions from those that I had practiced the week before. Also, I had trouble with timing, having to rush through both the verbal & quant sections. For verbal, I missed 3 RC questions in the end.

Although the previous week had been quite productive, this week was quite hectic at work. I have been barely able to review old questions. I am yet to review MGMAT 2. Haven't learned anything new this week.
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
25-Aug-21
Finally completed reviewing questions from MGMAT CAT 2 last night.

As per the assessment report, my focus areas for this week are going to be:
Verbal
• CR - Strengthen/Weaken, Describe the role (boldface)

Math
• Word Problems - Algebraic Translations, Rates & Work
• Divisibility & Primes

The week before last, I used souvik101990 's threads for SC revision.
This week, I hope to use his CR revision posts.

I will take MGMAT CAT 3 on Sat 28-Aug.
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [1]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
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26-Aug-21

On the Emotional Aspect of GMAT Prep

GMAT prep can be a lonely journey.
Most of the time, we only pay attention to success stories. Jim studied for a week and scored a 770 in his first attempt. On the other hand, I have been preparing for over two years and am yet to reach my target score.

All sorts of questions flood the mind.
Am I unlucky? Am I stupid? Am I ever going to be done with my GMAT prep?

Expectations keep piling up, till their combined weight starts to crush the soul. The anxiety keeps building. It begins to affect our health, our sleep and our relationships. It even affects our GMAT preparation itself, which is the unkindest cut of all.

I recently found CJ's webinars on YouTube that address the Emotional Aspect of GMAT Prep. This is the first time I've seen someone address this aspect in such a detailed manner. I've only watched the first video and it already seems that a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

These videos are worth their weight in gold (maybe put them in a thumb drive & weigh that)!

Thank you ChiranjeevSingh for sharing them!
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
28-Aug-21 - MGMAT 3 - 570 (Q39 V30 IR4)

I was quite slow today. Could only complete 80% of either section.

I think I will work on my timing this week - will take sectional tests (GMAT Club) to practice timing.
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [3]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
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Bookmarks
A couple of weeks ago, I was struggling with questions involving Inequalities and Absolute Values.

Am sharing here the list of resources I used to study this module.

I found some excellent content on YouTube that I have listed below.
Finally, I practiced all the questions from Bunuel's practice sets.

Introduction & Concept Building
1. The Tested Tutor | Absolute Values | Inequalities
2. Target Test Prep Webinar on Absolute Values

1. Aditya Kumar's Webinars (CrackVerbal) | Inequalities | Absolute Values
2. Avi Gutman's Webinars (Quant Reasoning) | Video 1 | Video 2

Practice Problems
1. Absolute Value - GMAT Patterns
2. Inequality & Absolute Value - Bunuel's Collection
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [0]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
18-Sep-21 - MGMAT 4 - 680 (Q46 V36 IR8)

Today, for the first time, I took all the optional breaks between sections. Drank water and ate sweets (Thanks Avi!).
Earlier, I used to plough through the sections without taking breaks.

Overall, I am happy with the pacing. However, I will work on my pacing in verbal. For that, I will take a sectional verbal test (GMAT Club Test).
Will also practice from Bunuel's sets for quant.
Current Student
Joined: 06 Jul 2019
Posts: 135
Own Kudos [?]: 59 [2]
Given Kudos: 747
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
GMAT 2: 700 Q48 V38 (Online)
GPA: 3.11
WE:Project Management (Computer Software)
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Retook the GMAT yesterday.
2-Oct-21 - GMAT (Online) - 700 (Q49 V37 IR3)
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Joined: 01 Dec 2017
Posts: 10
Own Kudos [?]: 4 [2]
Given Kudos: 101
Location: India
Schools: Duke '15
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Kaladin's Magic Pill for a 700 score
The Dark Side of GMAT Prep

GMAT Club is like the vast African savannah. In it one can observe GMAT tutors in their natural habitat.
A few GMAT tutors are brilliant. Some are bad, if well-meaning. Then, there are a few conmen.
Today, I will talk about the third variety.

Right after my first GMAT attempt in 2019, after a disastrous Q39, I fell prey to one such test-prep company.
They promised the moon. By using their proprietary approach, they claimed, I could magically solve any DS question in under 2 minutes.

Like most students, I wanted a good score. And I wanted it immediately. I was looking for short-cuts; I thought I could solve this problem by throwing money at it. I had forgotten the old proverb: ​"A fool and his money are soon parted."

So, I paid good money for their course (~50% of my monthly paycheck). I went through all the videos, learned all the tricks. And waited for the magic to happen. Alas, I waited in vain.

Fast forward two years to today. As I was practicing a 700 level DS question, I chanced across a post by the same test prep company hawking its "proprietary" approach to other students. As I read the post, I chuckled to myself.

Students want to ace the GMAT because they have dreams. They want to improve their lot in life. And many are wiling to try anything to improve their score. A few unscrupulous tutors try to take advantage of such students. Such is life.

If you are trying to improve your score, you will have to put in the time. It took me ~2 years to go from Q39 to Q48. If you put in the time, you should see results, but there is no guarantee.

If you still think there is a magic pill out there, I have some snake oil to sell you.

Now, let's get back to our prep. All the best!

P.S. I have never seen a good GMAT tutor make a false promise. In fact, many go out of their way to say that improving your score takes a lot of effort.

that bit of Jim doing it in a week while others take a couple of years to the third variety of GMAT tutors selling us mere mortals concrete outcomes. This debrief, the emotional toll of this standardized exam struck a certain chord with me. Having given this exam & failed miserably. Thankyou for sharing this debrief, for touching upon the trauma/discomfort, the impact it has on life in general.
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