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# My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;(

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GMAT 1: 600 Q42 V31
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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
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I finally got 700!!
happy but after so much work I even think i could have done better.
I will post more details soon.
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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
Congrats man! Great accomplishment. Best of luck for the admissions
Will look forward to the details to see what you changed in your studies to get a 700. I am planning to take my GMAT soon too.

Thanks,
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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
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Hi,
I completely changed my technique. For the first test I studied exclusively with books, and for the retake I studied exclusively with videos. I didn't think I could studied the same books again (i used Manhattan gmat books, btw i really think they are great, it is not for the books that I screwed up the first time).
I watched a lot of ron videos ("Thursday with Ron"), I also bought the Veritas complete course. What I think : it helped me a lot the motivate me after my failure (hard to re-study everything when you just got a 600, my only desire was to finally give up that crazy gmat, take time and enjoy life) because you have to be there to follow the lessons given by the instructor. And considering the money you pay, trust me you'll be on time
So it helped me a lot to motivate myself but if I have to be completely honest I don't think i made great progress concerning my gmat level with that course (hard to tell, actually). The great thing with Veritas are the mock tests, they are numerous and you can get used to the pace of the test (you can do one of them every week end for example, that's what i did).
A great resource : the gmatprep software, do the tests, train with their questions! official questions are priceless, as you can see in a lot of comments on this forum.

I did not make the same error a second time : i took some time to see friends, to change my ideas the saturday night or the sunday afternoon. It is certainly obvious for a lot of people but it wasn't for me for my first attempt. For my attempt try i rarely went out, i spent evenings in front of my gmat books but at the end I was not efficient, my brain was burnt out but i did not even realize it. I thought I was doing it the right way.. If you read a little the other stories of gmat takers, the majority will advise you to spend to time and relax, and they are right!

I got 700, a score I would never had hoped when I began to study. However when I saw my score at second attempt I felt a little bit of disappointment! At the end, at every mock test I scored 700+! With gmat prep, I got 710 and 740 !! I only want to tell you that it is possible to get a 700 or more, even you don't think to be able to di it . This is a sentence said a million times but : hard work pays, and especially with the gmat. The more you work on the test, the more you will get used to the tricks, to the formulas to know, to the time you have to try before giving up a question, to the square and the cubes to know by heart, etc.

In conclusion, i kind of enjoyed the gmat. You really have to find a way to study that pleases you, it does not have to be a punishment. For me, watching videos kept my attention and I was more concentrated than with books. And dont forget to grab a beer sometimes with your friends, it really helps, you will feel better and more motivated the next day !

Good luck for everybody,
If you have any question, feel free to ask !
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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
Hi,

I have the same issue,my mgmat mocks were above 670 and I got 600 in the real thing. What did you do? Did you take the gmat again?

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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
Hi disharupani,

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Re: My story. From 520 to 700 two weeks before the test. 600 real score ;( [#permalink]
disharupani wrote:
Hi,

I have the same issue,my mgmat mocks were above 670 and I got 600 in the real thing. What did you do? Did you take the gmat again?

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Sorry I did not see your question.
Yes I took the gmat again and I got 700.
Don't hesitate to PM me if you still consider retaking the gmat
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