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# Update: From GMAT loser to fighter in six weeks...

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23 Nov 2006, 12:51
GMATT73 wrote:
died4me wrote:
perseverance!
This word fits perfectly. I truly admire your character.
If I were a adcom committe member, I will select you!

I need to thank you because your posts (in verbal) helped me a lot, moreover your story inspired me.

Your words are really taken to heart. The fact is, based on my exhaustive research over the past few months, almost every top 20 ranked program, excluding HSW, has a standard GMAT range of 640~750. That being the case, I expect my chances of admission at a competitive program for 2007 to be about 1%.

In all honesty, I am pouring all my energies into the essays and will apply this round will the intention of "getting a foot in the door for 2008." Realistically, I need to spend at least six months studying the fundamentals: statistics, calculus, micro/macro economics and finance. Courses which are now availible worldwide from the flexible UC Online Extension Center.

Therefore, WCS, assuming that I get dinged at every school I apply at this year, I will retake the GMAT next summer with (hopefully) stronger math skills, targeting the 680+ range. From personal and empirical observations, moving from a consistent 550 to 600 is a step up, from 600 to 650 is a jump, but, IMHO, from 640 to 680+ takes "a solid understanding" of either Q or V. I am going to target Q because, no matter which school we ultimately choose, Babson or Boston, that first year core will be essentially math intensive.

That being said, see you back in the forum after the new year.

Matt, You are correct that 680+ requires a solid understanding of either Q or V.. not both!! If you can master some basics of Q, you can score 680+. Have you tried the Challenge 25? It is a great tool to improve your Q skills. If you understand all the questions from these challenges, you will get 47+ in Q easily.
Somehow, if you end up applying for 2008 (I may end up like that) and If you need any help with Q, just let me know.

Cheers!
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25 Nov 2006, 11:31
Congrats...chief... I knew you would pull it off!!!

Folks some bad news on my side...after my recent merger..my dang new managment has discontinued funding my Exec-Mba ......grrrr!!

gonna hit the app rounds again....
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25 Nov 2006, 11:41
Hey buddy!!

Congrats!! What a fight back man!
I got 300 in Jan this year and then got a 470 in Sep this year.....

I am working for a 600+ too this time man....

Please tel me what else can i do apart from ur brief?

Thanks

-K
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02 Dec 2006, 04:17
Hey matt,

As this post has been made a sticky, I lost track of your way to success. With some delay, congratulations!

I didn't read all your 4000 posts but only that number justifies that finally you be awarded. 640 is a good score and with such a strong motivation, good schools cannot simply shut their doors.

Good luck!
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04 Dec 2006, 23:18
Congratulations Matt. You proved it well...
Good luck for all your future assignments.
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10 Dec 2006, 12:44
Matt,

A late congratulation. I really admire your consistant effort. Wish you all the best in b-school application. Take care.

-Nakib
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10 Dec 2006, 21:07
nakib77 wrote:
Matt,

A late congratulation. I really admire your consistant effort. Wish you all the best in b-school application. Take care.

-Nakib

Likewise Nakib. Where are you at now? Haven't seen or heard from you in nearly a year now... Did you already matriculate?
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13 Dec 2006, 00:01
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nakib77 wrote:
Matt,

A late congratulation. I really admire your consistant effort. Wish you all the best in b-school application. Take care.

-Nakib

Likewise Nakib. Where are you at now? Haven't seen or heard from you in nearly a year now... Did you already matriculate?

Yup I started my PhD in finance here in University of New Orleans. I finished my first semester. I actually did pretty well. Just this morning I got my result. I got all A's. Last month I was blessed with a daughter as well. All these kept me quite busy for some time. I am happy for you man. Take care.
-nakib
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13 Dec 2006, 02:23
Congratulations Nakib
It's nice to know that you are doing PhD

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GMATT73 wrote:
nakib77 wrote:
Matt,

A late congratulation. I really admire your consistant effort. Wish you all the best in b-school application. Take care.

-Nakib

Likewise Nakib. Where are you at now? Haven't seen or heard from you in nearly a year now... Did you already matriculate?

Yup I started my PhD in finance here in University of New Orleans. I finished my first semester. I actually did pretty well. Just this morning I got my result. I got all A's. Last month I was blessed with a daughter as well. All these kept me quite busy for some time. I am happy for you man. Take care.
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13 Dec 2006, 17:51
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Congratulations Nakib
It's nice to know that you are doing PhD

Hey Vivek good to hear back from you. so how are doing?
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09 Jan 2007, 20:23
I am cursing myself for having missed this epic journey of a person who has GMAT running in his viens. If only I would not have been away from this forum for the past few months, I would have congratulated you in the first few posts .
Rest apart, we all here were sure of your capabilities and it takes a lot of character to come out of such a deep failure to score well. You indeed are a fighter MATT, a fighter not only in your GMAT endeavour but also in all the facets of life. It was indeed a post that reached the core of your heart and had one think hard about how to never ever give up. Hats off to you dude.
Hope your applications are coming along well. Do stay in touch and keep us informed here what unfolds in your GMAT story next.
Best of luck MATT
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10 Jan 2007, 21:09
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I am cursing myself for having missed this epic journey of a person who has GMAT running in his viens. If only I would not have been away from this forum for the past few months, I would have congratulated you in the first few posts .
Rest apart, we all here were sure of your capabilities and it takes a lot of character to come out of such a deep failure to score well. You indeed are a fighter MATT, a fighter not only in your GMAT endeavour but also in all the facets of life. It was indeed a post that reached the core of your heart and had one think hard about how to never ever give up. Hats off to you dude.
Hope your applications are coming along well. Do stay in touch and keep us informed here what unfolds in your GMAT story next.
Best of luck MATT

Buzz, those were some really touching words of admiration and encouragement. Thank you very much. My bronze metal performance is nothing to brag about, and actually has made me realistically target schools in the #10~50 range. Been putting hundreds of hours into those essays for R2 and R3 and will let you know how everything shakes out in the end.

How about yourself? How has your prep been coming along? Stay in touch buddy, we miss you in the forums.
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10 Jan 2007, 22:56
Matt,

I am very happy to learn about the development on your side. This is simply great and you definitely deserve more than this.

Since everybody has regarded your persistence and determination with their very touchy expressions, I have nothing more to add. But one thing that I must say is that you have been able to bring back many old-day friends such as vivek, nakib, hong, buzzgaurav, christopher and many others, who have stood here with you to share your happiness and offer you their best wishes, to the forum. This is definitely a phenomenal and I am sure more friends will join this list.

I am very much pleased to offer you my heartiest congratulation and wish you all the best in your application process.

Himalaya

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10 Jan 2007, 23:00
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Yup I started my PhD in finance here in University of New Orleans. I finished my first semester. I actually did pretty well. Just this morning I got my result. I got all A's. Last month I was blessed with a daughter as well. All these kept me quite busy for some time. I am happy for you man. Take care.
-nakib

Hey Nakib,

Happy to learn about you after such a long time.

Congratulations on your developments.

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16 Jan 2007, 15:50
Nakib and vivek..wow..ol timers..good to see ya fellas around...

nakib..i thought u were going to wharton??
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18 Jan 2007, 13:56
Great guys and Great forum....

I just sat down and went thru all 6 pages of the discussion, of course including Matt's story... I am pretty sure with one thing, If someone about to fall down, there are lot of hands to support here....
Hats off to GMAT Club and Its crew...

Matt, all I want to say is success is not too far, if you try hard !!! You will succeed soon with your motivation and hard work.

About me, I just started preparing for 2 months back and recently took a practice test, not at all impressed with it... got 530... but working hard to achieve.... I'll, if not today,tomorrow.

Be positive,Work Hard, Success will chase you, you don't need look for it.....

Good Luck to you guys... especially to Matt

~Raja
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19 Jan 2007, 10:26
did you just say that you read all 6 pages of this thread??? get back to studying already! when's the OG 12 out?
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19 Jan 2007, 13:51
Yep, read all of them... Started studying between tight work schedule... planning to take the exam in june.

Sorry, Not sure, when OG 12 comes out.. Anyone knows?
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22 Jan 2007, 22:42
iraja wrote:
Great guys and Great forum....

I just sat down and went thru all 6 pages of the discussion, of course including Matt's story... I am pretty sure with one thing, If someone about to fall down, there are lot of hands to support here....
Hats off to GMAT Club and Its crew...

Matt, all I want to say is success is not too far, if you try hard !!! You will succeed soon with your motivation and hard work.

About me, I just started preparing for 2 months back and recently took a practice test, not at all impressed with it... got 530... but working hard to achieve.... I'll, if not today,tomorrow.

Be positive,Work Hard, Success will chase you, you don't need look for it.....

Good Luck to you guys... especially to Matt

~Raja
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Thank you Raja and likewise, I hope you attain your ultimate GMAT/MBA related endeavors. To excel (do much better than I did) I might recommend sticking with official guide and retired test materials. Remember that with the right attitude and sustained concentration, you and many other 700 level aspirants here will prevail. Good luck!
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29 Jan 2007, 10:54
Just wanted to say thanks to MATT. Your motivational link was the one that I visited after scoring horribly in my first GMAT attempt. It helped to restore my confidence back and focus again to nail the GMAT which I managed to jan.
29 Jan 2007, 10:54

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