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720(Q-48,V-40) after 7 long treacherous months!

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Post Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:36 am
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Thank you. Did you take a diagnostic test ?I'd suggest you to do that so that you get an estimate of your current competency level and then I'd be probably help you Smile

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Post Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:28 am
Congratulations powerpuff on the great score. You really did it. Pulled up a great improvement!

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Post Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:47 am
Thank you very much. I think that with determination, attitude and right strategy, a good GMAT score should be in your kitty! Smile

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Post Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:54 am
That's a massive improvement. Really wonderful job. Will you be applying to XLRI GMP ? I have also heard that GLIM has opened its campus in Gurgaon also.How good is that ?

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Post Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:40 am
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That's a massive improvement. Really wonderful job. Will you be applying to XLRI GMP ? I have also heard that GLIM has opened its campus in Gurgaon also.How good is that ?
Yes, even I got an email from GLIM regarding its Gurgaon campus but dont think I'll consider that because GLIM in itself is not something which is considered A+ and its Gurgaon campus would be quite new.

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Post Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:41 pm
powerpuff wrote:
megadeth wrote:
That's a massive improvement. Really wonderful job. Will you be applying to XLRI GMP ? I have also heard that GLIM has opened its campus in Gurgaon also.How good is that ?
Yes, even I got an email from GLIM regarding its Gurgaon campus but dont think I'll consider that because GLIM in itself is not something which is considered A+ and its Gurgaon campus would be quite new.
True the perceptual rankings of Indian business schools accepting GMAT scores would be like this.

Grade A+:ISB,IIMA,IIMC, IIMB
Grade B+: IIMII, XLRI-GMP, SPJain-Mumbai 1 yr
Grade B-: GLIM,TAPMI,MICA,IMT Ghaziabad

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Post Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:40 am
neodante wrote:
True the perceptual rankings of Indian business schools accepting GMAT scores would be like this.

Grade A+:ISB,IIMA,IIMC, IIMB
Grade B+: IIMII, XLRI-GMP, SPJain-Mumbai 1 yr
Grade B-: GLIM,TAPMI,MICA,IMT Ghaziabad
Great analysis. Never knew that IMT Ghaziabad has started accepting the GMAT as well.

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Post Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:38 am
neodante wrote:
True the perceptual rankings of Indian business schools accepting GMAT scores would be like this.

Grade A+:ISB,IIMA,IIMC, IIMB
Grade B+: IIMII, XLRI-GMP, SPJain-Mumbai 1 yr
Grade B-: GLIM,TAPMI,MICA,IMT Ghaziabad
You forgot to add IIML PGPX to the list. I would put it in grade B+

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what was the level of CR in the exam.I find it difficult to solve tough CR esp in 2 mins.

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Post Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:49 pm
How was your experience for Studying and Working

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what was the level of CR in the exam.I find it difficult to solve tough CR esp in 2 mins.
The CR questions on the GMAT were not easy but were quite similar to the ones you will encounter on GMATPREP. The key to doing questions within 2 minutes is to paraphrase the argument and visualize the argument. If you are able to do that, then things will become much simpler for you.

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How was your experience for Studying and Working
Yeah, it's tough managing time but who said attaining difficult goals is easy! I knew that I had to get out of the job I am doing and really want to do an MBA. Once you know your goal and you have that desire, then half of the battle is won because you will always be motivated to study irrespective of the circumstance,conditions or time.

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Post Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:40 am
thanks for a positive answer. It is very much true having a goal set makes it easier but being consistent to it what has been a difficult task

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thanks for a positive answer. It is very much true having a goal set makes it easier but being consistent to it what has been a difficult task
As the saying goes "Try, try and try ... until you succeed". You will be able to do it Smile

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Post Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:10 pm
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Am glad to share with you all that I took my GMAT yesterday and got a 720(Q-48,V-40).This was my second attempt on the GMAT. The last attempt was on 12th December last year. I had high expectations on the first GMAT but did not do well. I did not do well both on verbal and Quant sections that time and as a result got a 630. The biggest problem on the exam was that I was got anxious and could not manage time well. I didn’t do anything exceptional since then for the second attempt. Just relaxed and destressed myself and worked a little more on the different areas.

Profile :
I am working in a KPO in India as a associate consultant and have 4 years of work experience. I’d have loved to apply to business schools abroad but being a girl I have other considerations Smile ,one of which is that if I go abroad, I’ll have to stay back there to pay back the loan which I do not want to do. So I will be applying to business schools in India only.

Preparation time : Started by preparation in June and took almost 6-7 months . That's much more that what is recommended but since I was quite poor both on Verbal and quant when I started so didn't want to take the exam in haste. In fact, when I took the GMATPREP when I started, I had scored a meagre 410. I knew that it'll take me a couple of months to reach to my target score.

Resources I used
Books for all the sections - OG12
Quant - Used Manhattan Maths Strategy Guides
Sentence Correction : Aristotle SC Grail, Manhattan SC, Aristotle New SC Questionbank. Both the books are really good. While Aristotle provides structure and conceptual clarity , Manhattan provides conceptual depth.
Critical Reasoning : Powerscore CR. Really good book to understand the different question types.OG12,11,10 CR + Aristotle 100CR
Reading Comprehension : OG12 RC,CAT RCs AristotleRC Practice Set


D-day experience
Because of anxiety about the test, I could not sleep the night before on the first attempt. Usually I sleep at 12 but that night I could not sleep at 2 and that was the reason for my poor performance on the first attempt. On the second attempt, I slept well and was feeling fresh when I took the exam

Here are my thoughts on the exam and on preparation
On AWA:
Write five three-sentence paragraphs, use logical connectors/transitions (e.g. first, second, third, finally, because, if, then, so, etc.), know how to spell a few key words (e.g. fallacy, correlation, causation, differentiate, distinguish, problematic, etc.). Do not write very long sentences and getting a 4.5+ would be a cakewalk. Haven't got the AWA score for the second attempt yet.

On Quant
The first several questions seemed pretty straight forward. I think I was getting them right because they did seem to be getting more difficult. After a while, I was getting things I had never seen before. That was the one problem I had with the OG, I wish there were more examples of the more difficult level of problems. When I got a strange probability problem I figured I was doing okay. I didn't feel like I was 100% on most of them after awhile, especially the DS ones. I was running out of time with about three left so I took quick guesses after looking at each one only a few seconds.


On Verbal
During the verbal section I felt terrible for some reason. It took too long to answer the first few questions and I felt rushed the rest of the time. I tried my hardest to focus on each question as it came and to ignore the clock dilemma I was in. I was actually surprised with the 40 I received because I felt like I did terrible. When it was all over and my 720 came up and I was relieved at the same time.


My advice to test takers:
- Identify your weaknesses ASAP. It was not enough for me to realize that I had trouble with SC. I analyzed my mistakes and found the exact format of questions that were confounding me.
- Have fun while preparing.
- Stay relaxed during the test.
- Figure out what works for you and dont change a thing during the test.
- I would advise against trying to gauge your test performance by how hard you think the questions are as you go along. This was my undoing on the first attempt as during the exam I was trying to figure out how I was doing on the exam and what my possible score would be
-DS and PS : Read the question really carefully even if the question seems easy . For example, do not assume an integer, if not given in the question. Do not forget to consider values between -1 and

I'd be applying to business schools for Fall 13 intake so now focus would be on building my profile.
I'm indebted to both gmatclub and beatthegmat for the motivation, direction and inspiration provided here. My special thanks to my mentor here rishi raj who was patient enough to reply to my posts and PMs. I'd also like to thank eternal_optimist, bblast,rohu and AIMGMAT for keeping the forum alive. Let me know if you have any questions/feedback and I'd be happy to answer them. Smile
Thank you very much for the inspirational post. I am especially inspired because like you, i am a woman and women in india especially have to face more difficulty especially parental pressure to get married and give up on mba.. most parents say that why do you need an mba when you already have a decent job. So apart from the prep pressure, there's parental pressure. Your post was really an inspiration to me

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