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28 Oct 2005, 11:26
Nothing unusual or spectacular.

I am a 34 year old software engineer. Graduated as a Bachelors in mechanical engineering from a reputed university in India. I have been working in USA since last 10 years and thinking of enrolling into an EMBA program - possibly Wharton West/Berekely Columbia/Duke Fuqua. My scheduled date for GMAT is 8th Dec 2005.

Started studying around 1st October 2005. So far I have used OG 11th Edition and Kaplan Math Workbook. So far my performance on practice test have been below average I guess:

Kaplan 1: 540
Kaplan 2: 540
Kaplan 3: 550
PowerPrep 1: 560

This weekend I plan to take additional computer based practice tests - probably from the Princeton Review CD or 800score.com My study pattern - around 2 to 3 hours almost 5 days a week and on the weekend - around 5 to 8 hours. I am dreaming to score 700+ but will be glad if I can score anywhere above 680+ One thing I am doing consistently is keeping a meticulous records of my mistaked I made in OG 11th edition problems. Once I finish the book (I am done with PS and DS; still working through RC/CR/SC) I plan to review all the incorrect answers at least twice before the real GMAT.

There is still one more month for the real GMAT and during that period I hope to gain skill/confidence to achieve my dream score.

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28 Oct 2005, 15:58
Do EMBAs require GMATs? I was under the impression they were optional?
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28 Oct 2005, 17:01
Yes, they do. But again this requirement varies from school to school. The schools I am targetting do require GMAT.
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28 Oct 2005, 17:11
Sounds like you've established a solid plan. Study hard and good luck!
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28 Oct 2005, 17:14
Thank you.

I am not sure who "owns" or "operates" this forum. But I think you all are doing great job. Although I am not a regular contributor here, I do find plenty of useful and inspirational information here. Thanks.
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28 Oct 2005, 20:13
hey...just want to warn you about Kaplan CD tests.. pay attention to quant (although it is hard, it is good practice), ignore the verbal..its terrible!!

Good luck!!
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31 Oct 2005, 13:07
itpragmatik wrote:
I have been working in USA since last 10 years and thinking of enrolling into an EMBA program - possibly Wharton West/Berekely Columbia/Duke Fuqua. My scheduled date for GMAT is 8th Dec 2005.

Started studying around 1st October 2005. So far I have used OG 11th Edition and Kaplan Math Workbook. So far my performance on practice test have been below average I guess:

Kaplan 1: 540
Kaplan 2: 540
Kaplan 3: 550
PowerPrep 1: 560

This weekend I plan to take additional computer based practice tests - probably from the Princeton Review CD or 800score.com My study pattern - around 2 to 3 hours almost 5 days a week and on the weekend - around 5 to 8 hours. I am dreaming to score 700+ but will be glad if I can score anywhere above 680+

Hey ... thats real close to my planned date too (planned mine for the 9th) ... although , I have started prep. much later (like last thurs.) than you did . My goals are all the same as you have with the exception of the time factor you have going for yourself

FWIW , I was under the impression that even if you do score a bit low on the Kaplan thats fine , since they are supposed to be tougher . The score estimator on this site seems to corroborate this too .
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01 Nov 2005, 23:37
scahinh - thanks for the best wishes. I wish you the same. Good luck with your studies and exam.

By the way tonight I took Princeton Reviews CD test and I got the score of 630. Little bit improvement than my previous scores. Hope that I can eventually stretch it upto 700+
01 Nov 2005, 23:37
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