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# The masochists GMAT experience

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Joined: 13 Dec 2021
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GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44
GMAT 2: 200 Q1 V1
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Re: The masochists GMAT experience [#permalink]
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bostonwhether wrote:
Highly relate to your story. The #sigma #grindset can turn poisonous, especially after the vein of OG questions collapses and you're still not hitting 95%+ accuracy.

What do you think made the most difference in your prep for the retake?

To be completely honest, I didn't prep for the retake at all. I simply booked a test after receiving the email from GMAT Knight the next day.
I completely ignored the clock in my second attempt and ended up finishing quant and verbal about 20 minutes and 25 minutes ahead of time respectively. Also elected not to take any breaks. Not bothering with clock and doing everything in one sitting was similar to the way I've prepped thus far (like an unhinged maniac), so I guess the comfort in familiarity was just the thing I needed.

I also suspect that past a certain level of mastery, mental hygiene and a bit of luck becomes the limiting factor.

Something I do to maximize the utility of spent OG questions is to put myself into the shoes of the GMAC psychometrics team. If I can explain why each option might be enticing, I put myself in a better place to spot common pitfalls. This helped me a ton on DS and CR questions.
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I also suspect that past a certain level of mastery, mental hygiene and a bit of luck becomes the limiting factor.

Well said.

Appreciate the tip on extending OG's. I've found that helpful with my own CR practice.

Congrats on the 760 and good luck with applications!