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# The 700 Pledge

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08 Sep 2013, 21:59
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The 700 Pledge of a GMAT Test Taker

I have been asked many times by members who scored 600 after 3-4 attempts (often after years of preparation), two main questions: what should I do and why can’t I improve my score.

So here is my answer to all of those questions, PM’s and posts – if you are finding yourself not being able to improve, stuck, or lost, join me in taking this 700-pledge. I have to warn you, however, it involves a lot of hard work, it does not have shortcuts, and the consequence of breaking it are depression, inferiority, and apathy. Proceed only if you think you can handle it and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.

I pledge to:

1. Align my priorities with goals and if I may have to make hard decision such as shift my study schedule to be before I go to work or before I go to work out, or instead of a Friday night poker game, I will do it.
2. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for at least the questions I got wrong.
3. Use the timer with every question and exercise
4. Commit to building a study schedule.
5. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING in this world that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? Is it learning some concepts that are not covered on the GMAT but are important for understanding (verbal or quant), is it stopping before every question and pausing for 5-10 seconds? is it studying at 5 AM? If any of these is yes, no matter how challenging or how painful, I commit to them because I wan to achieve my dream and
6. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
7. Squash every doubt in my mind
8. Create/write my own notes. I will never write in books - that's worthless. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
9. Do what it takes. If I need to remember the whole book, I will write out the whole freaking book into notes and organize it so that I can memorize it and if it does not work the first time, I am ready to do it again.
10. Not let GMAT rest. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc.
11. Get a 700+ score. I may get it easy or I may have to work hard for it. I realize that if I do not get the score I want, it does not mean I am stupid or hopeless or poor. It just means that I am lazy and GMAT was not my priority.
12. Not take shortcuts in my prep and if I took shortcuts in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to undoing them
13. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
14. Stand proud because I have and will do everything in my power to achieve my goal. Should I fall short of that score, I will still stand proud of my score because I have done everything in my power and I have not a single doubt in my mind that not a stone was left unturned and I have done my absolute best. I will have no regrets and no retakes.

If you agree to follow this pledge, please SIGN it publically so that there is no going back

- You can Tweet it on Twitter

Bring it on GMAT......I got company here.....
You are going to be a dead meat soon....
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09 Sep 2013, 00:10
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Wow this is awesome.....please sign me in for this pledge!!!!!

Thanks bb for this post...this is definitely going to help Gmatters like me!!!!

I pledge that i will absolutely resist temptations and give priority to my preparation and give the very best i have...

GMAT, Bring it ON!!!!!
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09 Sep 2013, 02:06
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Great post.
Im IN!
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09 Sep 2013, 03:28
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I Pledge.
Please write something to boost the confidence. Prior to GMAT1 I was in the range of Q48-49, V28-34. Finally landed up with Q46,V15(Shame). I am studying, brushing up basics, giving mocks but not gaining confidence.
Need a real confidence booster.
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09 Sep 2013, 17:54
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@38 & committed to 700+. I am in with every bit of it!
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10 Sep 2013, 02:10
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I hereby pledge that I would not allow myself to rest in peace till I achieve my goal of scoring 750+ on the GMAT. Thanks bb..

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12 Sep 2013, 21:49
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Count me in, This is just what I needed to get a fire under my feet.mFully commit myself to the GMAT!
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13 Sep 2013, 14:26
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This is amazing. I am in. Let's absolutely hold ourselves accountable. I have this printed out and taped up at work and home
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14 Sep 2013, 01:41
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I'm All-in. I take this pledge seriously and will conquer GMAT.

Thanks bb for the motivation and support.
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14 Sep 2013, 05:46
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Got my GMAT in exactly ten days from now - but ON IT now!!

Pledge!
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Dream On...

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16 Sep 2013, 08:27
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I pledge to score above 700 on the GMAT.
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Joined: 17 Jul 2013
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Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Finance
GMAT 1: 600 Q44 V30
GMAT 2: 650 Q45 V34
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01 Oct 2013, 11:16
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Printed the pledge and signed!

Had my first GMAT about 4 months ago and scored 600 (Q44/V30)
Second attempt last week 650 (Q45/V34)

Let's do this
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02 Oct 2013, 07:51
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Thanks bb, I pledge to follow this.
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02 Oct 2013, 09:28
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Count me in.
I am glad that I stumble upon this pledge. I was loosing focus on my GMAT and wasting my days doing something that can be done in hours.

GMAT here I come.............
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06 Oct 2013, 04:24
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Count me in too...

For GMAT I pledge=)
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06 Oct 2013, 14:18
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I pledge to score 700+ on the GMAT.
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Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
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07 Oct 2013, 08:21
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I'll join the group and take the pledge...I need to get focused, I lost the drive for a little while.
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10 Oct 2013, 00:39
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To make this world a better place to live! - I'm in this quest!
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18 Oct 2013, 20:57
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RaminderSandhu wrote:
I'll do whatever it takes.

GMAT 610
Q51 V23
AWA 3.5
IR 8

But I did whatever it took. Wasn't my day, i'll say.
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19 Oct 2013, 00:26
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Thank you BB

I am in too. I pledge to do whatever it takes to score a 700+
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