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Updated on: 01 Nov 2010, 11:28
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My Comeback:

Two months back I gave GMAT. Got a score of 560 Q46V21.
Supremely disappointed, I wrote this post.
low-gmat-score-retaking-your-inputs-required-99475.html

After a few weeks of sulking, I decided to give it another try.
Created a new username, gmatretake, and started again.
I dont know why I took a new id!

On 30th I wrote GMAT again and scored a 710.
Q47V41
a 92%ile in Verbal from 23%ile.. I loved it!

A quick debrief:

Retest Preparation:
I spend about 14 hours a day in office, so obviously I get very less time to prepare.
I probably prepared for about 3 weeks for about 2 hours a day.

Verbal was my weak point so put all my efforts in that area.
I dont think there was anything new to learn in Quant. I might have wanted more practice. Especially with DS.
So, the strategy was to learn more things in Verbal and keep Quant in touch through tests.

Books/Prep:
For SC, I purchased the Manhattan GMAT SC.
The author explains the things beautifully and even if its just the OG12 that they ask to solve, the topic-wise segregation helps a lot.
The book has a lot of information. We need everything. But I somehow didnt have the energy to go through the "Advanced" topics.

For CR, Powerscore CR is the best.
My advice to others: Its ok not to follow the author's steps. But make sure to read through the all explanations.
Solve every question in the middle of every chapter used for concept-introduction and at the end of every chapter as part of the exercise.
Read why the wrong options are wrong even if you have got the answer right!

I also purchased the Official GMAT Verbal Review to get more questions on Verbal.

For DS, questions posted in the GMAT club forum.

For RC and PS, no particular book or prep as such. I did not prepare for these using books. Just did them from the tests I took.

Tests:
Kaplan CD Companion:
Beautiful! It kicks the #%\$ with respect to time!
I never could complete the SC and CR tests from it. But I still loved it.
It forces you to think faster.

Manhattan GMAT 6 Online Tests :
Came free along with the SC book. Worth every penny spent on the book.
Verbal questions are good. Quant questions are very lengthy I thought.
After the third test I started skipping the Quant section because it was killing my confidence.

GMAT Prep:
Needless to say. They were also retake.
But fine, I didnt remember any question from my last attempt!

I dont remember the scores I took in all the tests, but I scored 710 and 690 in GmatPrep..
(Because my score went down the second time, I didnt even dare to reset the tests and take them again..)

One day before GMAT:
So I went through ChineseBurned guide from this forum.
Wrote the templates a couple of times. Could do nothing else that day.
I guess I was extremely nervous to touch any any book.

On the day of GMAT:
I had the test at 4pm.
Went through the essay templates, SC audio revision by Arora and the math formulas. And thats it, i couldnt move a muscle!!
I was very anxious and that was killing me.
Watched the local news to relax.
And just before leaving, to raise the spirits, watched Haiti Song - wavin' flag by young canadian artists.

Test:

AWA:
Went normal.

1st Break:
Drank some water and half of the energy bar I had taken. (it was not written as an energy bar! May be I had picked up a wrong thing at the store!!)

Quant:
I got a continuous stream of DS question from Q3 to something like Q15. It was very shocking and I hated it!!
Somehow I sailed through and the last 8 questions were terrorizing. Not because they were tough, but because they were dead easy.
Simple expressions on fractions and percentages.
And I was running out of time. So the last few I had to solve-guess-solve-guess.

2nd Break:

Still in shock of receiving the easiest problems and still unable to complete, I took the next break.
Drank some water.
Took the so-called-energy-bar and asked myself "Do I really deserve this break, this bar?" and kept the energy bar back as it was.
To punish myself, I went back within 3 minutes!

Verbal:
Was as expected. One thing I have observed is that, unlike in Quant, in Verbal, we can never know whether the difficulty is increasing or decreasing. So you never really can guess whether you did the previous question right.
In one word, I was driving through it, BLIND!!

The Big Question: Do you want to report the scores?
I took a minute and a half to decide if I really wanted the scores.
Because of the last few quant questions, time crunch, blind verbal performance, there were a lot of things running through my mind.
"Will I ever break the 7-barrier?" ,
"Math:Bad, Verbal :I have never been good, So this is a bad performance!" ,
"How good is an impression on AdComs if they see two low scores on the sheet?" ,
"Is GMAT for me?"...

Anyway, with 13 seconds remaining, I clicked on REPORT. And boom!!!

Cheers!

Originally posted by gmatretake on 01 Nov 2010, 05:33.
Last edited by gmatretake on 01 Nov 2010, 11:28, edited 2 times in total.
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01 Nov 2010, 05:34
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A few tips from my side:
You may have read these many times in this forum, but worth another read if you are interested.

1. To save time in verbal, during the instructions (One minute) before the first question, write down ABCDE, or whatever you wanna write on the workbook.
2. Solve-Guess-Solve-Guess is the best strategy if you dont have time to complete.
3. Take the ear plugs to save yourself from the annoying sounds of non-lubricated chairs and keyboards.
4. Talk to a friend every time you are anxious. He/She will ensure you dont break under stress.
5. Dont let the previous section bother the present section. (Even if it does, get out of it in the first question)
6. Follow the strategy that are are comfortable with. For example, I followed a strict no-writing-strategy for RC. I tried to understand every passage and get the flow.
7. Take as many tests as possible if you feel you have completed reading all the concepts that GMAT can throw at you.

Cheers!
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01 Nov 2010, 05:44
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Fantastic.....Congrats and all the best for ur apps!! Great score - u rock in verbal!
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01 Nov 2010, 08:26
congrats......a really nice debrief...
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01 Nov 2010, 11:23
Hi,

My hearty congratulations, and I must say that you have really turned the tables- AWESOME!!
Well, I take great inspiration from you because I'm a re-taker as well. I too got an exact 560 (Q43,V25) in my first attempt, which I took Jan 2010. Moreover, I too follow a pretty much same 14 hour work schedule as you do. I've just started preparing again with a fresh and motivated mind, and I hope I too see the golden "7??" this time.

Regards
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01 Nov 2010, 13:09
Congrats !
All the best for your apps !!!

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01 Nov 2010, 14:38
wow - impressive!
I have added you to the list of retake success stories!
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01 Nov 2010, 16:20
Congrats.

Awesome post and story. I'm actually in an almost identical spot with respect to the overall score and Q/V breakdown, so it gives me some hope.

Also, one of the best uses for the various emoticons i've seen around here.
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02 Nov 2010, 11:02
This is impressive. Congrats.
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03 Nov 2010, 11:38
MeinKampf wrote:
I've just started preparing again with a fresh and motivated mind, and I hope I too see the golden "7??" this time.

thmgoodw wrote:
I'm actually in an almost identical spot with respect to the overall score and Q/V breakdown, so it gives me some hope.

All the very best to MeinKampf and thmgoodw! Good luck folks and let us know.
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03 Nov 2010, 11:43
thmgoodw wrote:
Also, one of the best uses for the various emoticons i've seen around here.

Thanks thmgoodw !! I actually spent nearly half an hour just for the emoticons!! So its worth it when you complement!

Cheers,
jo!
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03 Nov 2010, 11:50
bb wrote:
wow - impressive!
I have added you to the list of retake success stories!

I never imagined after my first test that I would ever get on that page. Thanks bb!!
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03 Nov 2010, 17:47
Congrats on the GREAT score, and thanks for the valuable debrief!
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03 Nov 2010, 20:03
CONGRATZ
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03 Nov 2010, 23:38
absolutely amazing post!!! and especially inspiring for me as I've to take retake.
Wishing you best for app!
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03 Nov 2010, 23:52
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Congratulations ! Indeed very useful.

gmatretake wrote:
A few tips from my side:
You may have read these many times in this forum, but worth another read if you are interested.

1. To save time in verbal, during the instructions (One minute) before the first question, write down ABCDE, or whatever you wanna write on the workbook.
2. Solve-Guess-Solve-Guess is the best strategy if you dont have time to complete.
3. Take the ear plugs to save yourself from the annoying sounds of non-lubricated chairs and keyboards.
4. Talk to a friend every time you are anxious. He/She will ensure you dont break under stress.
5. Dont let the previous section bother the present section. (Even if it does, get out of it in the first question)
6. Follow the strategy that are are comfortable with. For example, I followed a strict no-writing-strategy for RC. I tried to understand every passage and get the flow.
7. Take as many tests as possible if you feel you have completed reading all the concepts that GMAT can throw at you.

Cheers!
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Updated on: 12 Nov 2010, 16:58
Congratulation for ur breakthru of 700+ score

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Originally posted by nageshshiv on 04 Nov 2010, 00:56.
Last edited by nageshshiv on 12 Nov 2010, 16:58, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Nov 2010, 08:15
Congratulations. That's a great jump.
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04 Nov 2010, 08:49
Heartiest congratulations gmatretake( harsh) . Thanks for such a inspiring debrief . I also gave GMAT in Aug and got 470 score ... and i tried a number of time to comeback and try again but due to one or the other left in-between .

Today once again I am 100% prepared again... Thanks for this deewali gift...
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04 Nov 2010, 14:14
[quote="gmatretake"]My Comeback:

I just started preparing for the GMAT again.
In my first take I got 630, I hope I can pass the 700 barrier.
It difficult to start studying again.
But your quote was of great inspiration.
Hopefully I will nail this damn test.
Bests....

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