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# My experience - 108/120

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Joined: 17 Nov 2007
Posts: 3584
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Other
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2011
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40

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03 Jun 2009, 09:50
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Here I concentrate main ideas that helped me to reach my 108 score. I've never used English in daily communication and it was long journey to 108.

- Do not read passages!!! They are longer than GMAT passages and you have more than 10 questions per passage. Questions go step by step, from first paragraph to last one. So, the best technique is: read question --> read paragraph --> answer question --> read next paragraph --> next question .... and so on. At the end, you will find two general questions but you have already read whole passage. I think you will fast find weak areas. I recommend to use "Delta's Key to the TOEFL Test" book. You can concentrate only on specific questions. My score: 29/30

LISTENING
- After special courses my score was 15/30. Then, I didn't prepared for listening section. At the same time, I everyday listened to podcasts with my iPod nano (4 months or so). My favorite ones: Voice of America, ELS, Wall Street Journal this morning, Bloomberg, Harvard Ideacast, Duke: speakers... Then I got 29/30 in my final 108 exam (I even got 30/30 in previous attempt).

SPEAKING
My score in all attempts ranges from 19/30 - 22/30. All my intensive preparation have not added something essential. So, no advice.

WRITING
- Fast typing. 20-30 mins go very fast....
- A simple structure without mistakes is better than a complex structure with a typo or mistake.
- I had low score in my two attempts. After that, I started to read sample essays from a book (It seemed to be Barron's Toefl essay) and write out all words, expressions and even sentences I liked. It has worked out. My score is 28/30. I've attached my magic collection to the post.

And my last advice: if you have never spoken English, don't underestimate TOEFL, especially speaking section. Majority of my friends had problems namely with speaking.
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19 Jun 2009, 11:16
hey buddy,
congratulations on ur achievements and also on ur vast improvement in hearing section.i founf ur attachment pretty helpful too.i will be starting my toefl prep soon.

best of luck for ur applications
bye!!
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25 Nov 2009, 17:06
Hello Walker,

How did u get your scoring in Speaking Section of TOEFL?

I recently retook GMAT and scored 640/75% (Quant- 47/78%, Verbal- 31/58%, AWA- 06/90%). I m shocked now as I m looking for top business schools in USA for MBA. In my first attempt, I scored only 530/42% (Quant- 42/62%, Verbal- 21/22%, AWA- 5.5/76%). Should I apply to Chicago Booth with this GMAT score and background? Is there any real possibility to make my way to Chicago Booth with this background? For more info. I m now in USA as a permanent resident and currently unemployed

My background:
Experience: 3 yrs in Commercial Bank in my home country
GPA: 3.56
Age: 28
Non- native English speaking country & I think one of the most non-representative country in top USA business schools
Have good community service and little bit entrepreneurial background.

CEO
Joined: 17 Nov 2007
Posts: 3584
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Other
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2011
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
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27 Nov 2009, 10:10
ZZ wrote:
How did u get your scoring in Speaking Section of TOEFL?
.... Should I apply to Chicago Booth with this GMAT score and background? Is there any real possibility to make my way to Chicago Booth with this background?

Hi!

1) Speaking section? As you see I got 19-22 in all my attempts regardless my intensive preparation. So, I tried to speak about topics, nothing special...

2) GMAT 700 + a unique story. Can you impress adcom? By achievements in your professional/community/personal life? Will they say "Wow!" looking at your package? If yes, go ahead and apply.
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27 Nov 2009, 12:39
Dear Walker

I m still undecided with this shocking GMAT score.

Thanks
Re: My experience - 108/120   [#permalink] 27 Nov 2009, 12:39
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