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# Not able to Kill GMAT devil

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22 Sep 2012, 03:03
Hello everyone,

I have been a GC fan since long, although a silent one.

I have given GMAT 4 times, every year from past 4 years I dedicate myself in the service of GMAT
but yet not been able to climb the ladder past ever elusive 650.

My target is to achieve 700 mark or anywhere above it.

A brief about my past experiences.

First Attempt - July 2009 - 600 Q 44, V 28
--> First attempt was not taken seriously I just gave it with my friend who was preparing rigorously for GMAT and he eventually went on to score 740 and did MBA from ISB.

Second attempt - Oct. 2010 - Had done a decent preparation was scoring around 650 - 680 in GMATpreps, unfortunately went down with Viral 3 days before real GMAT and thus could score only 560 Q 39, V 25

Third Attempt - Sept - 2011 My first exhaustive preparation from May to Sept, I was doing pretty well. Covered most of the books efficiently and diligently. Completed Manhattan SC, CR and RC, Powerscore CR, OG 11, OG 12 and Verbal and Quant reviews as well.

MGMAT scores ranged from 640 to 720
GMATPREP scores ranged from 610 to 700

Was pretty confident of breaking the ceiling of 7XX but alas, Scored only 650 Q 49, V 33

Was damn shattered and decided will not give GMAT again and forget about MBA.

But my friends around me proved to be a great support and motivated me to give it one last try.

Fourth Attempt - August 2012 I started my preparations again in May 2012 and was concentrating heavily on Verbal so I started researching on Manhattan GMAT forums and learned alot from awesome Ron's insightful SC discussions.

To keep Quant on check attempted 14 VIP Sets questions and was scoring decently in them with 4/5 wrong at the max in some sets.

Concentrated solely on OG Verbal and GMATprep questions available in forums for Verbal part.

Based on various advices in the forum I even kept an error log in my copy, and used to revisit my mistakes every week and tried to evade them in future tests.

This seemed to have helped me alot in my practice tests.

In MGMAT free test scored - 720 Q 49 V 39
Free Kaplan socred - 690 Q 48 V 35

GMAT prep 1 - 640 Q 49 V 34 (3 weeks before GMAT)
GMAT prep 2 - 720 Q 50 V 37 (1 week before GMAT)

This GMAT prep 2 gave me much needed confidence and I revised everything in last 1 week religiously.

I hoped to done away with GMAT this time but ..... but....GMAT had its own plans.

I could again score only - 650, Q 47, V 36

Now I know I can very well beat this devil, I always go into the exam with enough confidence but somewhere while giving it, it drifts away from me and the problem is that even after attempting it 4 times , I am unable to decipher the real reason for not being able to beat it.

While giving GMAT in last 2 attempts, I always feel its going gud, I will score well, but that feeling of goodness, all goes awry when the SCORE SCREEN prompts 650....

To all those who are reading these post, please write back, what more analysis I need to do before I embark on one more GMAT journey, I dont know whether I will apply to any MBA program or not, but I want to defeat this devil , no matter what.

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22 Sep 2012, 07:27
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Hi,

the very first thing which i want to tell you is to make an error log if you have not made one.
What i suggest to most of the guys is to make a progress chart also. Something like this:

Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic

Also, check out my post on how to do gmat preparations:
how-to-start-gmat-preperations-136048.html

Also, you can check out my gmat debrief to keep keep yourself motivated!
570-to-700-my-gmat-journey-133461.html

Also, for practice try grockit.com and gmatclub questions... gmatclub tags link is
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Also, have written a post on how to improve quant score.
how-to-improve-quant-score-137975.html

Hope it helps!
Good Luck!
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22 Sep 2012, 07:48
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Dude you are almost there, just book a date 30 days from now , try to give 10 GMAT Club Quant tests a 2,3 full length tests. Basically go berserk on Quant and keep verbal to 36. 700 is round the corner.
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22 Sep 2012, 08:21
AbhiJ wrote:
Dude you are almost there, just book a date 30 days from now , try to give 10 GMAT Club Quant tests a 2,3 full length tests. Basically go berserk on Quant and keep verbal to 36. 700 is round the corner.

Thanks AbhiJ, for keeping up the motivation, but I am so shattered with myself that booking a date again would need a lot of bucking up from inside of me!!!

The problem is I am just not getting to know where am I going wrong> I am trying hard I know that when I sit down and solve things but on big day it just goes away.

But yes I totally believe what you said, just pushing a little on quant would get me near that 7XX....

Thanks again, will keep posted about my progress.
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22 Sep 2012, 08:35
nktdotgupta wrote:
Hi,

the very first thing which i want to tell you is to make an error log if you have not made one.
What i suggest to most of the guys is to make a progress chart also. Something like this:

Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic

Hope it helps!
Good Luck!

Hi Ankit, thanks alot for your suggestions, read your how-to-improve-quant-score, I totally belong to that group of <48 scorers and I could see the reasons which you wrote absolutely apply on myself. Will take care of these mistakes now when I prepare again.

I made error log last time also, may be I will elaborate it more further, as I used to store only question types in that and no new strategies to solve similar questions.

Thanks again.
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Re: Not able to Kill GMAT devil   [#permalink] 22 Sep 2012, 08:35
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