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My GMAT journey to 750 (Q48 V46)

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Hi all guys,
It has been a long journey, but I can finally say I have completed my GMAT!
I took it two times: first in January, getting a 700 (45Q, V40) and then one month later in late February with a 750 (Q48, V46)!!
Really happy about that, so I just wanted to share my experience in case it comes out useful to someone in the forum!

I started studying in mid october and at first I gave me a few weeks of familiarization with the exam using the OGs.
Then, I decided to use a prep provider and I ended up being suggested EmpowerGMAT course (really happy of their course btw).
I enrolled in their 3 months course (which included the GMAT official CATs 3 to 6) and started studying daily for the exam.

Thanks to my study and to the EmpowerGMAT course, I had good results in all the CATs I did until January (I did 5, obtaining results from 700/740/710/690/700)
Given the CAT results, when I sat the GMAT the first time, I wanted to get a 710+ so when I saw the 700 it was a bitter feeling, happy on one side but disappointed on the other.

In order to obtain that higher score I was looking for, I followed the advice of Rich (EmpowerGMAT founder and trainer) and realised that, even if I had learned all their techniques, I was still no actually looking for the right shortcuts to apply them in the actual exam. I was unsure but I decided to give it another try.
Therefore, I tried to focus on applying all those techniques I had learned in the EmpowerGMAT course and, after a fast review of the techniques of the course, I just put down some hard work and did all the Quant and Verbal OGs questions having in mind their Quant and Verbal tricks. I did the GMAT CAT 6 and got a stunning 770, that motivated me even more to retake!

This review and probably a more relaxed attitude (knowing I could fall back on a 700), did the trick and I got my 750!!

My takeout is to WORK HARD to achieve your objective and to understand that GMAT is a STANDARDIZED test, so if you can understand its logic (or find someone who can tell you its logic, like EmpowerGMAT trainers did in my case) it is just a matter of practice.

Good luck to you all, feel free to ask anything about my experience.

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Hi Gilb17,

That's absolutely OUTSTANDING news! Your original 700 was already a fantastic performance, but your ability to refocus on Tactics - and pick up points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - shows that you're a really strong critical thinker (and these are the exact skills that Business Schools are looking for in their Applicants)! From our prior conversations, I know that you are interested in some highly-competitive Schools - and with this Score, you can comfortably apply to any Schools that interest you (so you shouldn't hold back when it comes to your applications). We actually have a go-to Admissions Expert who we recommend for these types of Programs - and as an EMPOWERgmat Alum, we can set you up with a free consultation if you are interested.

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Gilb17 wrote:
Hi all guys,
It has been a long journey, but I can finally say I have completed my GMAT!
I took it two times: first in January, getting a 700 (45Q, V40) and then one month later in late February with a 750 (Q48, V46)!!
Really happy about that, so I just wanted to share my experience in case it comes out useful to someone in the forum!

I started studying in mid october and at first I gave me a few weeks of familiarization with the exam using the OGs.
Then, I decided to use a prep provider and I ended up being suggested EmpowerGMAT course (really happy of their course btw).
I enrolled in their 3 months course (which included the GMAT official CATs 3 to 6) and started studying daily for the exam.

Thanks to my study and to the EmpowerGMAT course, I had good results in all the CATs I did until January (I did 5, obtaining results from 700/740/710/690/700)
Given the CAT results, when I sat the GMAT the first time, I wanted to get a 710+ so when I saw the 700 it was a bitter feeling, happy on one side but disappointed on the other.

In order to obtain that higher score I was looking for, I followed the advice of Rich (EmpowerGMAT founder and trainer) and realised that, even if I had learned all their techniques, I was still no actually looking for the right shortcuts to apply them in the actual exam. I was unsure but I decided to give it another try.
Therefore, I tried to focus on applying all those techniques I had learned in the EmpowerGMAT course and, after a fast review of the techniques of the course, I just put down some hard work and did all the Quant and Verbal OGs questions having in mind their Quant and Verbal tricks. I did the GMAT CAT 6 and got a stunning 770, that motivated me even more to retake!

This review and probably a more relaxed attitude (knowing I could fall back on a 700), did the trick and I got my 750!!

My takeout is to WORK HARD to achieve your objective and to understand that GMAT is a STANDARDIZED test, so if you can understand its logic (or find someone who can tell you its logic, like EmpowerGMAT trainers did in my case) it is just a matter of practice.

Good luck to you all, feel free to ask anything about my experience.

Gilberto


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Wow what a score !!! Kudos..Its been very encouraging for aspirants like us.
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Congratulations and amazing verbal score!
What area of verbal were you having a challenge with and able to improve the most? V46 is pretty darn amazing! I got a V42 and that took a lot of work.

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Gilb17 wrote:
Hi all guys,
It has been a long journey, but I can finally say I have completed my GMAT!
I took it two times: first in January, getting a 700 (45Q, V40) and then one month later in late February with a 750 (Q48, V46)!!
Really happy about that, so I just wanted to share my experience in case it comes out useful to someone in the forum!

I started studying in mid october and at first I gave me a few weeks of familiarization with the exam using the OGs.
Then, I decided to use a prep provider and I ended up being suggested EmpowerGMAT course (really happy of their course btw).
I enrolled in their 3 months course (which included the GMAT official CATs 3 to 6) and started studying daily for the exam.

Thanks to my study and to the EmpowerGMAT course, I had good results in all the CATs I did until January (I did 5, obtaining results from 700/740/710/690/700)
Given the CAT results, when I sat the GMAT the first time, I wanted to get a 710+ so when I saw the 700 it was a bitter feeling, happy on one side but disappointed on the other.

In order to obtain that higher score I was looking for, I followed the advice of Rich (EmpowerGMAT founder and trainer) and realised that, even if I had learned all their techniques, I was still no actually looking for the right shortcuts to apply them in the actual exam. I was unsure but I decided to give it another try.
Therefore, I tried to focus on applying all those techniques I had learned in the EmpowerGMAT course and, after a fast review of the techniques of the course, I just put down some hard work and did all the Quant and Verbal OGs questions having in mind their Quant and Verbal tricks. I did the GMAT CAT 6 and got a stunning 770, that motivated me even more to retake!

This review and probably a more relaxed attitude (knowing I could fall back on a 700), did the trick and I got my 750!!

My takeout is to WORK HARD to achieve your objective and to understand that GMAT is a STANDARDIZED test, so if you can understand its logic (or find someone who can tell you its logic, like EmpowerGMAT trainers did in my case) it is just a matter of practice.

Good luck to you all, feel free to ask anything about my experience.

Gilberto


Congratulations on a wonderful score. Thanks for a nice debrief.

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