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# My GMAT Journey: From 640 to 730 in 4 attempts

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GMAT 1: 730 Q50 V39
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GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
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GMAT 1: 670 Q47 V35
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Great job! can you please share the timelines of your successive exams?
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GMAT 1- Jan 2020
GMAT 2- Mar 2020
GMAT 3- June 2020
GMAT 4- Aug 2020
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Re: My GMAT Journey: From 640 to 730 in 4 attempts [#permalink]
Well done Aastha! Your perseverance paid off. So applied to only Kellogg 1y and CMU MSPM? Which did you choose finally?
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Thanks for sharing Aastha. Your learnings are really insightful.

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Hi Aastha,

First off, congratulations on your score and Kellogg admit!

Aastha, your story reminds me of the importance of grit, determination and perseverance.

Going from a 640 to a 710 is in itself a phenomenal achievement, but powering on to improve by another 20 points, despite a bad test experience in between, is truly amazing.

I have shared your journey and quick takeaways in this video below -

It must have been tempting to stop after your first 710, when you were at the 90th percentile, but making the strategic decision to put in further effort to go beyond that score required a lot of hard work.

The journey from 640 to 710 and from 710 to 730 are two completely different sagas, and the second is incredibly more difficult; the nuance in approach needed to improve from a 90th percentile score is more than a lot of test-takers can handle or even identify.

I can see that you really put in the time and effort into understanding and mastering the process and making sure that you were able to apply the process on every question in your journey to 730.

Aastha's Course Stats

When I look at your Scholaranium stats, that time and effort really paid off! The accuracy you have achieved is the result of the time you took to internalise and perfect the method.

Aastha's Amazing Scholaranium Performance

After your second 710, caused by a horrible test-taking experience, I cannot imagine the mental and emotional exhaustion you would have felt. But your revelation that

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If I kept my composure and managed myself well, I could have scored more. If in such a mindset, I could score a 710, it meant my target score was well within reach.

- is what separates you from the pack! Having the skill to identify that
1. You have the ability to do better
2. An undesirable result is not the end of your journey

- is an indication that you are meant to lead and achieve (and it looks like the Kellogg’s AdCom agreed with me on this

That final push to 730 paid off with not just an admit but also a scholarship from your dream school!

What a difference 20 points makes to everything right?

I wish you all the very best in all your future endeavors Aastha!

Regards,
Rida
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