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

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Post Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:49 pm
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Post Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:10 am
Quite an amazing journey. Aint easy to maintain that momentum for 7 darn months. Can kill you totally with negativity and anxiety but feels great once you are out of it as a winner. Congrats mate!

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Post Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:26 am
Hello- I started my prep & struggling with how to take it forward. Your post is quite helpful as i am going through some of the things that i mentioned mainly lack of discipline.

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Post Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:37 am
powerpuff wrote:
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. Look no further. These are good. For practice, ps+ ds boosters should be good.
Sentence Correction : Aristotle SC Grail, Manhattan SC. Both the books are really good and should make you well rounded in SC
Critical Reasoning : Aristotle CR Grail+Powerscore CR. Really good books to understand the different question types.OG12,11,10 CR
Reading Comprehension : OG12 RC,RC Grail passages


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
Thanks a lot for those tips. I took one practice test and could relate to what you said in your tips. I was trying to gauge my performance through the questions that I was getting. That distracted me from the main goal that i had- which was to do well on the test

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Post Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:05 pm
sameer.pinto wrote:
powerpuff wrote:
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. Look no further. These are good. For practice, ps+ ds boosters should be good.
Sentence Correction : Aristotle SC Grail, Manhattan SC. Both the books are really good and should make you well rounded in SC
Critical Reasoning : Aristotle CR Grail+Powerscore CR. Really good books to understand the different question types.OG12,11,10 CR
Reading Comprehension : OG12 RC,RC Grail passages


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
Thanks a lot for those tips. I took one practice test and could relate to what you said in your tips. I was trying to gauge my performance through the questions that I was getting. That distracted me from the main goal that i had- which was to do well on the test
Yes, that's a problem that happens with most people too. We try to assess how we are doing on the test. We move on to the next question yet somewhere in the back of our head, we keep on thinking did I do the previous question correctly? I guess we need to stop that. The moment we are on the next question, we should focus only on that and not the previous one

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I plan to write my gmat exam on February 11, 2017

Studying from manhattan & offical guides
kaplan premier guide
egmat+magoosh videos
critical reasoning bible
advanced quant guide
gmat club test - quant


Is it possible to reach 720 with just manhattan & offical guides ?.

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Post Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:32 pm
november22 wrote:
I plan to write my gmat exam on February 11, 2017

Studying from manhattan & offical guides
kaplan premier guide
egmat+magoosh videos
critical reasoning bible
advanced quant guide
gmat club test - quant


Is it possible to reach 720 with just manhattan & offical guides ?.
It totally depends on what is your current baseline figure..I used Manhattan+ OG + aristotle and they worked for me. Not sure about half of the items that you mentioned about.

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