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December 11, 2016
rajarams

Joined: Oct 31, 2011

Posts: 50

Kudos: 66

Self-reported Score:
660 Q48 V32

I owe my Q50 to gmatclub tests!

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Pros:
1. Best quality 700+ level questions. These questions give you a hint of where exactly GMAT plays a ploy on you. Once you do enough of these, you kind of get the possible ploys that could be played on you for most types of questions.
2. Only high quality questions from the forum are picked up for the tests. Link to forum discussion and Bunuel's solution to each question makes you wonder how can such a seemingly tough problem be so simple!
3. Prepares you for a tougher game than real GMAT, making real GMAT quant much smoother than you expected.

Cons:
1. Do not trust the scoring if you are not at Q48+ level. You get a few 500 level questions wrong and the system will classify you as a Q35. Just focus on what you got wrong and mark it in the error log. That brings me to the next point.
2. Question bank is heavily biased towards 700 level questions. This is good in a way, since it is aimed at those who're looking to score a Q51, but screws up scoring. I get two consecutive 500 level questions wrong and I'll be greeted with a 700 level question next.
3. Quality of questions for verbal needs to improve significantly. The difficulty level is judged by the time stats and for many of these questions, the reason the time stats look so odd is because the question is of poor quality with not so justifiable OA. Many of these questions are still being debated in the forum.

While I wouldn't recommend this for verbal, for quant this is the only material where I could find for tough, high quality questions.
On quant again, don't give too much of a darn about the scoring, but focus on the error log from these practice questions and over time with a GMAT prep mock, you will see that you've become better.

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May 22, 2017
rajarams

Joined: Oct 31, 2011

Posts: 50

Kudos: 66

Self-reported Score:
660 Q48 V32

Overall, a great experience

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I came to Karthik for my application help with limited time in hand since I had to retake my GMAT. We had about a month and ten days for the first school’s deadline. I must say the experience has been incredible.

I started with a bunch of starter files, which were more about soul searching than about anything to do with the application in specific. As I filled it in, the drive for an MBA grew in me even further. It looked like an MBA is exactly the missing piece in what I aspire to become.

We then went on with the application of each of the individual schools. Here again, he made me think of instances in my life that would be the most appropriate for the context in hand. The essays as such go back and forth for multiple edits before we arrive at the final draft. Given the limited time I had, I sometimes pushed him to get back within a day on reviews, which he obliged to as well.

Another thing that I appreciate is the high moral standards that Karthik has. He never suggests you to write something that you do not mean nor does he make significant edits by himself. If it’s a major edit, it’s for you to come back with a better version. All in all, I was extremely satisfied with the process and loved working with him on my applications.

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