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a) Take around 8-10 practice tests: Use MGMAT and GMATPREPs
b) Take the GMAT early. It helps-I'm planning to apply for Fall 2014 intake and the deadlines of schools are far away. I could have prepared later but hey when I can do it on time, so why procrastinate.Now I have sufficient time to work on the other equally important aspects of the application.
c) Have a plan for yourself and write it down- I think we stick more to our goals if we have a plan for us otherwise the plan just goes out of the window-this is something that I learnt from my job as we need to be very disciplined to meet our targets. On MTW,I focused on sentence correction, ThuFri, I did CR and Sat, I did RC . This helped me stay in touch with the topics every week and also helped ensure that I stick to the goals I have set for myself

d) Conceptual Clarity comes first and then comes practice- One of the instructors here(I guess David@VeritasPrep) had posted this on the forums here long back and this advice really helped me. I think unless you don't have a strong command over the concepts, practicing would be futile.So focusing on understanding concepts, patterns should be your priority. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't practice while learning concepts. You should do practice questions but the focus should still be on understanding the application of the theory.

Thanks a lot to the awesome participants and instructors on the forums. I look forward to keeping you guys posted about my journey post-GMAT!

Last edited by FredT on Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:18 pm; edited 6 times in total

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SunZu Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:24 am
Congrats on the great score. Did you also take any sectional tests before moving on to full length tests ?

beatthe800 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Thanks Fred.. It would definitely help me to get good score.. Thanks for debrief..

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murrayor wrote:
Dude, good job. You beat my 760 by 10 points, tied my Verbal, beat me by 1 point on the quant. You have some serious intellectual mojo. BTW, you are now eligible for MENSA. Savor it, brother. It is a small club.
Mentioning MENSA memership would look quite interesting in the essays..Speaks volumes about the intellect and i'm sure the adcom would notice that

targetivy Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Great score Fred.. RC has been a pain area for me so far..any tips you would like to share on how did you crack the GMAT RCs ?

unclesam2013 Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:06 am
murrayor wrote:
Dude, good job. You beat my 760 by 10 points, tied my Verbal, beat me by 1 point on the quant. You have some serious intellectual mojo. BTW, you are now eligible for MENSA. Savor it, brother. It is a small club.
You and I are on the same pedestal.760 here too. haha.MENSA sounds interesting. Let's see whether i can get into it. No harm in trying

murrayor Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:37 pm
Dude, good job. You beat my 760 by 10 points, tied my Verbal, beat me by 1 point on the quant. You have some serious intellectual mojo. BTW, you are now eligible for MENSA. Savor it, brother. It is a small club.

HBS2014aspirant Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Congrats..I loved your approach..I'm good with the concepts but while doing full length test, I am making a lot of stupid mistakes. This is really hindering my progress.I'm stuck at 700 and not able to move beyond.

EricaR Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:09 pm
Great score. I really like your approach concepts first-> Practice second. How many passages did you practice for RC from RC Grail ?

hungry2learn Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:40 am
Wow , An amazing score thanks to the super effort you put in .

Some points i would note as takeaway's :

1) Focus on theory and concepts first , get the base real strong and then go on to practice .
2) Plan and strategy needed and yes a very dedicated effort and focus on it to acheive the target !
3) The planning and sheer sense of fore sight you had when you looked at 2014 applications , incredibly awesome, now you're right you have a long time and space to put in your best applications , INSEAD , LBS IMD , they'll welcome you with these traits .

Congrats buddy!

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jasmeets Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Wow! Congratulations ..... Great JOB (Y)

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Congrats! Great score. Now you can be an instructor!

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FredT Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Awesome score! Congrats.

How were your MGMAT and GMATPrep mock scores? And how tricky did you find the IR section (say esp MSR)?

Thanks,
Most of my MGMAT scores were between 720-750. I scored a 740 on GMATPREP1 and 760 on GMATPREP2.. IR section was manageable and I although I didn't prepare for it much, I was able to handle the questions well.

Saunak Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Awesome score! Congrats.

How were your MGMAT and GMATPrep mock scores? And how tricky did you find the IR section (say esp MSR)?

Thanks,

shraddhalanka89 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:01 am
Your score is awesome! Congratulations on your success! I am sure INSEAD is now only a good application away!

Your tips are pretty useful! Thanks a lot!

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