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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 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 consequences of breaking it are: depression, inferiority, and anger. Proceed only if you think you can handle it, you can commit to it, and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.


I pledge to:

  1. To learn. I am not going to just read books or finish tests. I will ensure that I learn from all of my practice and materials as much as I can
  2. Treat GMAT seriously and with respect. Gain knowledge and skills from my GMAT prep experience. Use GMAT to obtain valuable skills I can use for the rest of my life - logical thinking, critical reading, fast math skills, etc. I will treat GMAT as a map to a treasure and with each day, I will gain additional pieces to the map.
  3. 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, I will do it
  4. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for the questions I got wrong
  5. Use a timer with every question and exercise
  6. Commit to building a study schedule
  7. I will use the search function on GMAT Club before asking basic questions ;)
  8. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? 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 want to achieve my dream
  9. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
  10. Follow all GMAT leads/concerns/fears I have until they are addressed
  11. If I have to, I will create/write my own notes. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
  12. 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.
  13. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc. everywhere - at work, home, etc
  14. Not skip sections/chapters in my prep and if I skipped any in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to revisiting them
  15. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
  16. 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 but will be stronger and better than ever before.


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

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Thank you and Good Luck!



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+10 Kudos to you bb

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Thanks for reviving the 700 pledge thread.

Signing my name to the pledge

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That 7th point is more trickier than any hard GMAT question. :lol:

This pledge perhaps suits me the most as I may be one of the oldest students of GMAT club who joined in 2013 and still preparing in 2019 for the exam without success. :-D

YES to the pledge. :thumbup:

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HI bb,

Good one...

I Pledge I can & I will...

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Great initiative bb .
I sign to comply with the pledge.
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I really liked the point 16 :)

bb wrote:

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 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 consequences of breaking it are: depression, inferiority, and anger. Proceed only if you think you can handle it, you can commit to it, and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.


I pledge to:

  1. To learn. I am not going to just read books or finish tests. I will ensure that I learn from all of my practice and materials as much as I can
  2. Treat GMAT seriously and with respect. Gain knowledge and skills from my GMAT prep experience. Use GMAT to obtain valuable skills I can use for the rest of my life - logical thinking, critical reading, fast math skills, etc. I will treat GMAT as a map to a treasure and with each day, I will gain additional pieces to the map.
  3. 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, I will do it
  4. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for the questions I got wrong
  5. Use a timer with every question and exercise
  6. Commit to building a study schedule
  7. I will use the search function on GMAT Club before asking basic questions ;)
  8. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? 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 want to achieve my dream
  9. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
  10. Follow all GMAT leads/concerns/fears I have until they are addressed
  11. If I have to, I will create/write my own notes. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
  12. 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.
  13. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc. everywhere - at work, home, etc
  14. Not skip sections/chapters in my prep and if I skipped any in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to revisiting them
  15. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
  16. 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 but will be stronger and better than ever before.


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

- You can post a reply with your username.
If you want to make this really stick so there is no going back - post this page on your Social Media account :shocked


Thank you and Good Luck!



If you are lacking motivation and need some ideas how to recover from a failure or how to use that experience to your benefit, this $7.50 book is for you!
Get this book if you can - it will help you understand a bit more about what it takes to succeed and persevere and potentially lead to some interesting revelations as well as unexpected positive results. Worst case scenario, you will read a great book ;-) https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psycholo ... 0345472322





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Thanks, BB!

For those signing the pledge, you may find it helpful to read this article: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success.
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Took my first GMAT today. Scored 530(39Q/24V)
I sign the pledge that the next attempt will be my best attempt (I already knew that this first attempt I was not taking seriously enough).

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Thanks, BB!

For those signing the pledge, you may find it helpful to read this article: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success.


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Thanks for the excellent article. The points addressing the mindset are very informative.
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I solelmly pledge to do everything in my power to follow it!
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Thanks, BB!

For those signing the pledge, you may find it helpful to read this article: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success.


ScottTargetTestPrep

Thanks for the excellent article. The points addressing the mindset are very informative.


My pleasure! 700 or bust!!
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Whatever it takes to reach the goal.

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Whatever it takes to reach the goal.

Sign me up.


I was going through this post looking for inspiration. I saw this comment of yours and the fact that you posted your debrief this week clearly shows that with determination and hard work one can achieve the dream score of 700.

Now i am waiting eagerly for the day to reach my dream score. :fingers_crossed:
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akadiyan wrote:
dcummins wrote:
Whatever it takes to reach the goal.

Sign me up.


I was going through this post looking for inspiration. I saw this comment of yours and the fact that you posted your debrief this week clearly shows that with determination and hard work one can achieve the dream score of 700.

Now i am waiting eagerly for the day to reach my dream score. :fingers_crossed:



Mate you need to live it, breathe it, visualise yourself getting it.

The night before my test I literally meditated and visualised myself getting the 700... i could actually feel it. I was smiling while closing my eyes and meditating as the sensation of claiming that 700+, albeit while visualised in my head, had at least SOME effect.

Get it done.
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bb wrote:

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 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 consequences of breaking it are: depression, inferiority, and anger. Proceed only if you think you can handle it, you can commit to it, and only if your MBA dream is something you are very serious about.


I pledge to:

  1. To learn. I am not going to just read books or finish tests. I will ensure that I learn from all of my practice and materials as much as I can
  2. Treat GMAT seriously and with respect. Gain knowledge and skills from my GMAT prep experience. Use GMAT to obtain valuable skills I can use for the rest of my life - logical thinking, critical reading, fast math skills, etc. I will treat GMAT as a map to a treasure and with each day, I will gain additional pieces to the map.
  3. 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, I will do it
  4. Keep track of my mistakes. I will maintain an error log for the questions I got wrong
  5. Use a timer with every question and exercise
  6. Commit to building a study schedule
  7. I will use the search function on GMAT Club before asking basic questions ;)
  8. Ask myself every day if there is anything else that I can do to study/improve/answer/not make mistakes? Is there ANYTHING that can help me? Is it memorizing all formulas? Is it memorizing the question? 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 want to achieve my dream
  9. Set my preparation at the highest priority (right with my health and family)
  10. Follow all GMAT leads/concerns/fears I have until they are addressed
  11. If I have to, I will create/write my own notes. I will take any notes in a separate notebook so that I can remember better.
  12. 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.
  13. I will be obsessed with the GMAT, with critical reasoning, with identifying assumptions, with calculating speeds, etc. everywhere - at work, home, etc
  14. Not skip sections/chapters in my prep and if I skipped any in my past in Quant or Verbal, I commit to revisiting them
  15. Not leave a chapter/area/book/test until I can score above 90% of the questions within the time frame.
  16. 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 but will be stronger and better than ever before.


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

- You can post a reply with your username.
If you want to make this really stick so there is no going back - post this page on your Social Media account :shocked


Thank you and Good Luck!



If you are lacking motivation and need some ideas how to recover from a failure or how to use that experience to your benefit, this $7.50 book is for you!
Get this book if you can - it will help you understand a bit more about what it takes to succeed and persevere and potentially lead to some interesting revelations as well as unexpected positive results. Worst case scenario, you will read a great book ;-) https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psycholo ... 0345472322





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I solemnly pledge to dedicate every ounce of my energy to reach this milestone.

Eat, sleep, GMAT repeat!

LFG! Greatness awaits.
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In 2020 and this is still relevant. Got 510 in my first attempt but I'm still determined to break the 700 barrier. I have learned from my mistakes and scour the GMAT club pages daily so I can improve my score.

Let's go 700!!
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Hi GMATJock,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not turn out better. You might find it useful to start a new post-thread if you're looking for advice for this next phase of your studies. In addition, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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