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- If I had started following these forums a bit early, I probably would have wisened enough early on.
- Taking a lot of practice tests is important. I took only 2 tests on the first attempt and no wonder i sank liked titanic.
- Don't do the same mistake that I did of underestimating the GMAT. Yes, you shouldn't be scared of the GMAT but at the same time the GMAT is not a cakewalk.
- I'd occasionally here stories of people getting into HBS and other top schools with 600 or so scores. The truth is these people are exceptions in schools where the average GMAT scores around 720-730.
I remember that the guy who was admitted to HBS with a 580 score was an ex NBA player..there are other people with those scores who get through who are very strongly linked to the schools as they belong to prominent business houses of different countries and the top schools do take that into consideration(although they don't mention it explicitly).

Anyway, it was great learning from others here. It's by reading and participating in these forums that I have been able to pull up a victory!

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Congratulations..!!

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Hey you there.. hats off to you!
I guess you THE example for " YOU BELIEVE IT, YOU WILL SEE IT."

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Congratulations..!!

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Hey you there.. hats off to you!
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130 points of improvement. That's really great..I'm struggling with CR..Can you please suggest some resource ?

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Congratulations that you achieved your dream score. How did you go about practicing Quant ?

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sayani wrote:
Firstly,congrats!!740 is really no mean feat. Your story's truly inspiring!
Secondly, was hoping to get a few pointers to on GMAT Maths. English is something that I have a natural flair for, and constant practice of RC, SC and CR is making things manageable. However, being from a humanities background, my math skills are less than average, and is a reason of great worry, since I'm targeting a 720+ score. Are there any specific areas in GMAT math which require more attention and practice than the rest? Please help:)
I think nobody would be able to pin point as such which areas are important and which are not on Quant..but broadly you should focus on arithmetic and algebra..P&C is a pain area for most but from what my friends who have taken the GMAT have told me,they saw only 1-2 P&C questions.

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Firstly,congrats!!740 is really no mean feat. Your story's truly inspiring!
Secondly, was hoping to get a few pointers to on GMAT Maths. English is something that I have a natural flair for, and constant practice of RC, SC and CR is making things manageable. However, being from a humanities background, my math skills are less than average, and is a reason of great worry, since I'm targeting a 720+ score. Are there any specific areas in GMAT math which require more attention and practice than the rest? Please help:)

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Brent: makes a lot of sense - thanks for the quick reply. If you wouldn't mind, another question for you: so, I've take that first practice exam. When should I take it for a second time? What indicators are important to assess and determine (if there are any) prior to making that commitment? Or is more simple than that -- just throw those practice exams in periodically through your studies?

Thank you!
I suggest that you take practice tests after you finish some kind of milestone. So, for example, in the 60-Day Study Guide, we have students take their 2nd practice test once they've completed studying concepts in the quantitative section. This way, they can compare the quant results of this test with the quant results of their baseline test (on day 3)

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Brent: makes a lot of sense - thanks for the quick reply. If you wouldn't mind, another question for you: so, I've take that first practice exam. When should I take it for a second time? What indicators are important to assess and determine (if there are any) prior to making that commitment? Or is more simple than that -- just throw those practice exams in periodically through your studies?

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Agreed, Brent. But, for me, the challenge is deciding when to take those practice exams. Do you take it with 50% confidence/preparation? 70%? 100%? When is exactly the right time to START taking the exams? Would love your thoughts here. Thank you.
I always tell students to take a practice test VERY early in their studies (within the first week of preparing). I do this for several reasons:

- Students should know, as soon as possible, exactly what they will be preparing for over the coming weeks and months.
- The results of this test help students gauge the amount of work required to reach their target score.
- These practice tests help build confidence, since scores inevitably improve as the student prepares.

In BTG's 60-day Study Guide (http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide), I direct students to take practice tests on days 3, 22, 43, 46, 48, 50, 53, 56, and 58. (Here's an outline of all 60 days: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide-outline)

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Agreed, Brent. But, for me, the challenge is deciding when to take those practice exams. Do you take it with 50% confidence/preparation? 70%? 100%? When is exactly the right time to START taking the exams? Would love your thoughts here. Thank you.

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- Taking a lot of practice tests is important. I took only 2 tests on the first attempt and no wonder i sank liked titanic.

My favorite piece of advice is above. Students must understand that the GMAT is a test of your math and verbal skills AND it's a test of your test-taking skills (endurance, time management, anxiety reduction, etc). Lots of practice tests are the key.

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