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# My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36)

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[rating1]Hi everybody.Since i have been working (for 20 years in fact) I did not have the luxury of a long prep time for GMAT. I took one month's leave. I studied entirely from the OG and Quantitative Review and studied exclusively from these two. Initial brushing up of basic skills was from GMAT for Dummies especially since I had studied math a long time back. I also purchased the previous years papers from the GMAT site.These papers are worth it. In the twenty two days that I could study, I used to revise OG in the forenoon and give tests in the afternoon session. The questions that I got wrong in the OG I used to mark for further revision. That strategy is useful if you are hard pressed for time, like I was. I got a decent score, 710 and 6 for AWA.Am applying for INSEAD, ISB, SAID,Queens, Ivey and Judge

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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
meetbhagz wrote:
Hi i wanted to know that how do you approach to DS problems and the verbal section.....What should i initailly do....i have no idea.....i gave GMAT today my score was 360....I knoe its worst well but inspite of solving all the DS problems and all the verbal sections from OG I am still unable to knoe the fact that what is the thing that I am missing....i really want guidance on what should be my approach .....I have Princeton Review and OG....I would be great if you can help me out on this...

No offense, but 360 is quite low and you should try very hard. :D
English is my 3rd language and I managed to get 650 in the 2nd attempt. I studied it myself. I dont want to pay to any schools for my GMAT preparation. With \$1500 USD I can take GMAT 6 times. :D hehe.

I believe with lots of practice you can do much better than me. One of my friend who is also not a native speaker got 700+ without going to any GMAT preparation.

I think OG is great for practice because its exercises are quite similar to the real exam but not so good on theory.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
I think if the verbal part is a problem, and if you have time, and the MGMAT, Kaplan etc have not helped, have a look at the original grammar book which all of us were supposed to study in school. I am referring to Wren and Martin, of course. It really clears some fundas. There are also a lot of online exams available.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
Thank you for your suggestions, I will definitely take a few of your tips into account when working up my studying plans!

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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
That is really inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
Congrats.....Inspiring.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
i scored exactly 490 in my gmat prep test, hoping i can get above 700 just like you!!!!
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
This post is a great motivation to many; from 490 to 700- that isn't a joke.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
great tips! i want to score in 700s too
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
Wow, very impressive!
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
Its been a while since this debrief was first posted by you, but its never too late to congratulate you. I am sure you must be doing equally good in your B school.

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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
I hope to score within the 700+ range too. However, verbal -the achilles heel - has not been
very responsive to my efforts. Nonetheless, I hope to conquer.
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
Although I am an native English-speaker, I have so much respect for people to tackle this exam having not grown up in an English area. Congrats!
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
congratz!! very encouraging!!
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Re: My GMAT Journey: from 490 to 700 ! (Q49, V36) [#permalink]
hi my princeton review free online test score is 570(q44- v27) (quant questions 30/37 correct , 3 wrong in geometry, 1 probability and 3 in data sufficiency and in verbal 27 correct and 14 wrong as follows :Reading comprehension 8 correct - 6 wrong; sentence correction 9 correct - 6 wrong and critical reasoning 10 correct and 2 wrong ) . i have started preparation, i am weak in verbal especially grammar and RC, i think i am ok in critical reasoning) . I am looking for 710+ score , iam putting around 20 hours a week. can any one suggest me two things :

1.Is 710 acheivable for me.
2.If 1 above is yes, what is the time frame of acheiving 710.
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