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# Unexpected but still happy, after all there is no such rule

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13 Feb 2013, 12:42
@GMATNinja....I wish to have your guidance in this field too.
Can't stop laughing.
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13 Feb 2013, 14:34
@Marcab — Any tips for Quant? Are the real-GMAT quant questions very similar to GMATPrep?
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14 Feb 2013, 06:42
Congrats...

60 point gap between Your last GP test score (780) and your real score (720)..
Any thoughts why?
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14 Feb 2013, 07:17
Marcab, Congrats bro... I was really waiting for your debrief......Nice one..
I think 720 is a real good score...No college would decline on the basis of your score....I fall in mid or probably top 80% range of all B schools....
But after all its satisfaction that matters....some find at 600 , few at 700 and fewer at 750....

I was planning to carry red bull with me......but hahahaha cannot afford....

Congrats maan.....
By the way what is the meaning of MARCAB, strange ...

ENJOY n Hope you find someone very soon....

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14 Feb 2013, 12:49
@Archit.
I am not yet planning for B school. So till the time I apply, I can increase my chances by getting a high score.

I used Marcab for gaming profile name. It means some sort of evil personality.
Regarding "someone", search is on.:D
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14 Feb 2013, 12:52
@greatps24
Honestly speaking, I got no idea for quant section. For verbal, perhaps distraction caused the damage.
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14 Feb 2013, 12:59
@GMATninja
If I consider dating your favourite student and decide to meet her by going to Canada, then considering the cost associated with such dating trip, I shall ask her to rather come to India.
Anyways, great suggestion for your thread. That will definitely work for students such as me.
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14 Feb 2013, 13:38
Marcab wrote:
@greatps24
Honestly speaking, I got no idea for quant section. For verbal, perhaps distraction caused the damage.

How did you prepare for Quant? 49 is a good score
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14 Feb 2013, 13:39
good profile name, i often confused MArcab of Macfauz....hahah
well good luck for your journey ahead i know 750+ is on cards for you....RED BULL was the spoiler..

Good luck
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14 Feb 2013, 20:43
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Marcab wrote:
@greatps24
Honestly speaking, I got no idea for quant section. For verbal, perhaps distraction caused the damage.

How did you prepare for Quant? 49 is a good score

I referred MGMAT guides and GC quant tests. I think these are sufficient.
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14 Feb 2013, 22:48
Marcab wrote:
Unexpected but still happy, after all there is no such rule that you can take GMAT only once.

I am a typical Indian guy with lots of aspirations-nice salary, nice car, ability to spoil you parents by fulfilling all their wishes and definitely a cute girlfriend. I was in my junior of my engineering when I realised that in order to fulfill all my aspirations, I have to reach a good B school. Now the question was-from where? Whether to take CAT or take GMAT. While I was confused with this stuff, I got scholarship offer from University of Edinburgh for its Masters in Management program. I was awarded two scholarships, a financial incentive of around 8000 GBP. It was tempting, but only until when I asked myself why an MiM and why not an MBA. I consulted various web sources and finally decided to defer the admission. (Yes! they gave me such option). I deferred it happily and finally decided to appear for GMAT.
I consulted back to GMAT Club of which I was a member when I was in junior year of my undergraduation. By this time I started active participation on GMAT Club. Since I had no major issues with quant, I decided to concentrate on verbal. Purchased MGMAT SC(SC Bible) and studied it, and side by side made notes. Soon I took the GMAT and got the score 640. It was the baseline, so definitely there was some hard work to do. After all no one becomes the CEO without any hard work.

Initial days on GMAT Club:
Had a nice interaction on forum with members such as GMATBull, JP27 etc. They posted SC questions and I really loved to solve those questions. Sometimes, these questions made me refer back to SC Bible and later I found to be very beneficial. For maths, Bunuel and Vips0000 were great as usual. Seriously speaking, they helped a lot.

Active period on GC:
The strategy that I adapted for SC was to find as many errors as possible during preparation time. I didn't time while practicing SC questions and as a result I took as much as 3-4 minutes to answer questions. But lately, practice reduced my time to about 45-50 seconds. This saved time helped me a lot and saved me enough time for RC and CR questions. I don't have anything to say about RC becase this is the section I fear the most, whereas CR is just a puzzle game. Enjoy each and every section on the GMAT.

Material used:
Probably I used and practiced 80% of the resources and questions available on earth. So probably, if I were to mention the resources then would ask you to call me rather. But yes, I can definitely name the best of the resources that I used.
1) MGMAT SC guide
3) Veritas RC
4) Veritas Probability and combinatorics.
5) CR directory on GMAT Club.
6) e-GMAT: One of the best courses available. If one is facing a bit with SC, then I shall recommend e-GMAT. The course is divided into different levels and the best thing is that one cannot go to next level without scoring a minimum. "FIVE STARS".

Practice Test Scores: Don't remember the date, sorry for that.
GMAT prep 1: 640
After two months:
MGMAT CAT 1: 730
MGMAT CAT 2: 720
MGMAT CAT 3: 750
MGMAT CAT 4: 760
9th Feb- GMAT Prep 2: 780

Didn't study for the last two days prior to exam apart from just revising the notes that I made and solving some questions on GC: time spent-around 30 mins. The day prior to exam, played console games for hours and never thought about the exam. Whenever the thought came, I calmed down myself by saying that if I don't score well this time, I will take the exam again.

12th feb:
Took two KitKat chocolates and a Red Bull( the biggest mistake till date)
The essay and IR was fairly nice. Can't say whether it went good or bad, but yeah I was pretty relax.
In the break following IR, gave some splases of water on my face and had one KitKat. The moment I tried to resume after the break, the system asked for some crap login id and password. I raised hand and called the administrator. He came and entered the id and password. The next thing that happened was the least expected. The system got crashed. It stopped working and I wondered what the hell was happening. But later I thought, "if it crashes then I will complain to GMAC and they will allow me a free retake, as a result I will get more time to study."
But somehow the administrator made the computer work again. A big disappointment. Somehow with an utter disappointment on my face, I took the quant section.
In the break following, I gave a splash of water on my face, ate KitKat and had RedBull and then I resumed the test.
By the time, I was facing 10th question, I felt that I need to go washroom. But I convinced myself that I can go for loo after the exam gets over. The plan failed. The feeling became uncontrollable after sometime, and this definitely had some negative effect on my performance. I finished with the exam and got 720.

I will be retaking the GMAT because I am not facing any deadline pressure. By the time, I have some 3 years experience, I'll get enough time to improve my profile in every aspect.

P.S.: I would suggest everyone, don't go for RedBull in your breaks.
I am single, so I am pretty much worried-with whom am I going to spend the Valentines Day.

Congratulations!

One last bit of advice: You may still want to, but you don't need to re-take.

Above 700, all they care about is your application (provided you are not an IT fellow!).
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17 Feb 2013, 11:42
@targetgmatchotu...
Since I too had a bad experience during breaks, I shall suggest to go with what Ninja and Karishma say without any "if" and "but".
Good luck for D-day.
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18 Feb 2013, 16:51
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Maybe Five Hour Energy, since it has a higher caffeine-to-liquid ratio? Or a shot of espresso?

I usually drink a huge mug of coffee before my tests and a can of Red Bull during my breaks... and then I just make a point of visiting the loo during both of my breaks, just to be safe. I guess it all depends on the size of your bladder?

Could not agree more! 5-hour energy seems ideal. I would test run it a couple times on practise tests to see how your body reacts to it first though.
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18 Feb 2013, 18:43
Have been waiting for your debrief ..Your contribution to the verbal forum is awesome..I wish you good luck for you retake and hope you get into a relationship also by next valentine's day
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09 Mar 2013, 05:34
whatever you do, you inspire us - so keep it up! cheers..
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