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Post Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:56 pm
Ngufo's Story...

NGUFO = (Never Give Up - Fight On)

I just scored a 720 in my GMat last tuesday. I screamed in the exam center with sheer disbelief and excitement. People may have thought
I am a complete gone case - but I can tell you, I believe I got the best score I possibly can, I couldnt have asked for more. I am writing this blog because I believe that my story can and will help other average people out there, sum up the courage to livetheir deams. If I can do it - ANYONE CAN. I am a very average student, whose only strength is that I am willing to work hard.

I also believe that with the right study plan chalked out, and going with your target with determination - ANYONE can score a 700 and above. The path is not easy, but who said anything is impossible - it just takes that little much longer.

It took me 6 months......

I am an asian indian female who did her masters in computer science from RPI, who has hatedmaths all her life. Surprisingly my whole life has involved studying maths and sciences since day 1. I have been meaning to write the GMAT for the last three years. But just the thought of Maths, had the motivation peter down... I finally decided to write my GMAT this year - I knew this would be my last chance. I aslo work full time, and have a stressful job in a small startup in the bay area. This was going to be hard...

Someone once told me that whatever happens in life happens two times - once in your mind, once in reality. I started with the dream of acing my GMAT and going to Harvard - "If you can see it, you can be it, if you JUST BELIEVE IT, there is nothing to it.....I believed I was going to Harvard"....

Study Details:
My preparation started May 15th, 2007 - I first came to this web site, and read Eric's blog,then I read Ursula's blog (http://beatthegmat.blogspot.com/2005/08/ursulas-debriefing.html) ,and I also read "Twinslplitters blog. I felt a little intimidated -these guys sounded sharp smart and well smart again. Then started the most important part of my preparation, the planning. Iknew that I was very weak, both in Maths and Verbal,
and neither came naturally to me. I didnt remember any of the maths forumlas, and even a simple ratio and proportion problem was stumping me - I needed to start bottoms up. By reading the blogs, and asking around I created a very extensive study schedule for me.

Step 1: Understand concepts, and formulas
Time frame: May 15 - July 1st.
A. Princeton Maths (http://www.amazon.com/GMAT-Math-Workout-Princeton-Review/dp/0679783733/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205779092&sr=8-7)
B. Princeton Verbal (http://www.amazon.com/Verbal-Workout-GMAT-Princeton-Review/dp/0375754172/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205779145&sr=1-3 )
C. Princeton GMAT 2005 (the Maths and Verbal book) (http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Sample-Tests-CD-ROM-Graduate/dp/0375764089/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid)

D. Download the Flash Cards link that Eric has provided -its a big big help.

Study pattern: I would put in two hours every day from 5 -7 in the evenings on weekdays, and would put in 4 hours each on a Saturday as well as Sunday over the weekend. Sundays for me were for writing my practice GMATs. Saturday for making sure I completed anythign I may have missed over the weekdays (revising things before my practise test on sunday)

Princeton was the key for me. I read every single line of the book, made notes. I spent all of May 15th, to end of June
ensuring that I had gone thru the Maths and Verbal of princeton, and understood the basics of both. I was so bad in maths
and verbal, that I held off on writing the diagnostic test, until I had read a little from the books.

Diagnostic Test: GMAT Prep 1 (didnt do the essays) - Score 460 (It didnt suprise me, it didnt de-motivate me, I just knew. I had to study harder).

The key part of my studies was making sure of the following:
-That any mistake I made any time, I made sure I would not make it again. I also followed Ursula's recommendation, when you make a mistake, dont read the answer immediately. Try to solve it on your own
how much ever time it takes, only when you are really stumped look at the answer. It will help you more.

- Another thing that helped me is, in all the books read the answer to every question. The author provides cool new ways to answer questions (techniques that can help you solve questions better. Sometimes when you answer a question rigth and dont read the explanation, you can miss some cool techniques that could help you do the question faster

- I timed every question I did. Would have a watch next to me. My goal was to do every maths question within 2 minutes, and every verbal within 1.8 mts. I did this timing for every question in OG. It helped me pace myself.

- Note answering all questiosn on the exam is very very important, even if it means guessing some of the quesitons. By being able to time myself by what I said above, it helped better my speed a lot.

- Make sure for both maths and Verbal you make flash cards earlier on. In maths for the important formulae, in verbal I mostly did it for Sentence Correction for any good question, ofr questions with idiosm, or any question I got wrong. The way I made my verbal flash cards were the following

Sentence Correction

Write the questions

where question came from say Princeton Verbal: Page x: question x: Difficulty (HARD, Very hard, medium okay)
Hint - Idiom, parallel, anything else that helps get answer

The above format form y flash cards helped me a lot. By the end of my exam prep I had 3 full boxes of flash cards, which I read and went before the exam. I believe flash cards are one part of my prep that made a tremendous difference. The above is a tedious effort, and I would get tired of writing flash cards (considering the number of questiosn I was getting wrong - but really do the best you can, this is important)

Princeton Exams Scores:
Princeton CAT 1 (July 1st, 2007): 640
Princeton CAT 2: (July 15th, 2007): 660
Princeton CAT 3: (Aug 11th, 2007): 670

Note I didnt write essays on either of these exams. I was too overwhelmed and just wanted to focus on the Maths/Verbal.

For Princeton I followed Ursulas recommendation of creating detailed spreadsheets showing what I was weak in, what took more time etc.
I am not sure how much this helped me, because I never got a chance to review these again before the exam. It helped me at that time, as it ensuredthat every quesiton I had done wrong, I had analyzed the same, made flash cards, and could answer them if they came again.
I've attached a sample of what I created, but again not sure how useful
this is.

Step 2: Studies Taken further (Kaplan)
Time Frame: July 1st - August 1st
A. Kaplan GRE & GMAT Math Workbook (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-Exams-Workbook-Third/dp/0743233549/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206818286&sr=1-2)
B. Kaplan Verbal (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-Verbal-Workbook/dp/1419551418/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206818333&sr=1-1)
C. Kaplan GMAT 2005 with CD (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-2005-CD-ROM-CD-Rom/dp/0743251687/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206818366&sr=1-1)

Kaplan Exam Scores:
Kaplan CAT 1: July 29th, 550 (was really devastated Sad ).
Kaplan CAT 2: August 15, 560 (devastation continues)
I donthave my Kaplan 3, 4 scores with me right now, but I remember they were all in the 500 range...

Was pretty disappointed with my Kaplan scores. The exams were very tough. I had read that what you get is generally 50-60 points
below your actual score, but that didnt help me much. I was way behind.

Step 3: Gmat Official Guide: Verbal/Maths

Time frame: August 1st - September end.
1. Maths Offical Guide workbook (http://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-GMAT-Quantitative-Review/dp/0976570920/ref=cm_lmf_img_21_rsrssi0)
2. Verbal Official Guide workbook (http://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-GMAT-Verbal-Review/dp/0976570912/ref=cm_lmf_img_20_rsrssi0)

Step 4: GMAT Official guide Main book
Time Frame: October 1st - November 26th
1. Official guide 10th Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Official-Guide-GMAT-Review-10th/dp/0886852404/ref=cm_srch_tsr_rtr)
2. Sentence Correction (Manhattan GMAT) -(http://www.amazon.com/Sentence-Correction-Preparation-Manhattan-Guides/dp/0979017572/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206818436&sr=1-1) really good book, that helped me hone my SC skills. Studied it in between with my OG prep.
3. Kaplan 800 - (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-800-2005-2006-Gmat/dp/0743265289/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206818366&sr=1-2)I bought this book (but it was too tough, and given that
I was focusing on finishing my OG, I never got to do this)

While studying from the Official guides I re-took all my Princeton tests again - I wanted to see if I had improved at all. Also I wanted to write all the exams with essays this time to ensure I had the stamina. I didnt prepare for my essays at this point Sad. I was still overwhelmed with the Maths/Verbal studies.

Princeton Test 1: 09/30/2007 - 720 (my first 700 and above)
Princeton Test 2: 10/07/2007 - 720
Princeton Test 3: 10/14/2007 - 640
princeton Test 4: 10/20/2007 - 640

Note I wrote essays for all the above tests (and the essays were really bull shitty). I hadnt prepared for essays at this time, was just trying to build my stamina.

I just remember being very depressed and down at this time. I was getting erratic results, and couldnt for the life of me figure out whta the hell I was doing wrong. I just decided I didnt have a choice any more. I would focus on my OG, and then write the GMAT CAT 1, 2, Power Prep 1, 2 all four test are available for free - and would give me a final evaluation of what my score woudl be. I was trying my best what more could I do?

Note the Official Guide has a huge number of questions. To be able to complete them, and still build up my stamina I would get up at 5 in the monring, and would do 20 Questions from Problem solving
20- from Data Sufficiency, 20 from RC, 20 from CR adn 20 from SC, every single day. It would take me around 3 hours to get this done every day. I would make sure whenever I got time I go thru my mistakes.
I CANNOT stress how importnat going thru your mistakes and making flash cards is!!! I never left a single question that I had done wrong, unrevised.

Essays Preparation

Book: Arco:GMAT Answers to the Real Essay Questions.

I started worrying about my essays mid October. I knew I sucked at essays, and hadnt written a single one for the initial tests. I bought the Arco Essay book and read the instructions for Analysis of the Argument/Issue. I followed instructions that helped me outline my essays much better. I just received my AWA scores and it was a 5.5 - all thanks to this book.

Final Exam Prep
Finally the date for the final exam Nov 27th. It was the thanksgiving weekend, Thursday Friday Saturday sunday.

I wrote my practise prep tests all in that week (my timing was way off), should have writtne them earlier, but there had been
too much of work in the office, and I had been strugglign with finish OG 10th edition 3 hours every day. was tired.

GMAT CAT 1: Nov 22nd (720)
GMAT CAT 2: Nov 23rd (690)
I believe what I got on the above two tests were the best reflection of my capabilities. When I try to see the quant/verbal breakdown
in the GMAT CAT tests now it doesnt show me. But I have always averaged between 38 - 40 in verbal and 47 - 49 in maths.

Power PREP 1: Nov 24rd (750): Q49V44
Power Prep 2: Nov 25th(710): Q48/40

I wasnt that excited about the Power prep scores. A lotof the verbal questions were repeats from the OG guide. Hence they were not reflective of my true score I felt.

I also believe that OG is god. Doing maths OG,verbal OG and finally the master of them all OG 10th edition, helped me get better. At the end I had becomevery very good at Data Sufficiency. From a complete duffer to someone who would not make silly mistakes, and do the questions well in time. it really helped me.

Day of the Exam - Drama continues.
I had bled for 6 months on this. It was excruciating. My exam was on Tuesday, on Monday I fell very badly sick. I am not sure if it was psychosomatic, or what the problem was. I had soar throad, cold, cough, and fever. I slept all of monday, got up at 8 in the night feeling like shit, adn very very unhappy wth life in general I could not believe what god was doing to me. How could he - it was so unfair, all this effort, all the determination for what? I called up to see if I could postpone
the exam, they said i was calling too late, I would forfeit the money, unless I could produce medical records. At the back of mind, I jsut wantedto write the damn exam, I wanted to get it over with ......

my husband doubled me up with lots of medicine, and lots of food. I remember crying to my folks about how unfair it was on Monday night. And then something just clicked in my brain. Its happened to me before - when I am beat down, some part of me fight backs. I wasnt going down that easy. I sat down from 8 - 12 in the night, and finished the last few questions from OG data sufficiency and OG Critical reasoning. I wanted to make sure my OG was all doen and complete before I went to the
exam. (I dont recommend this to anyone - a proper night sleep before the exam is essential - unless you have bad luck like me .... )

I went to sleep at 12. I could not sleep the whole bloody night. I was awake - just didnt know how to fall asleep. At 5 with eyes wide open, I just couldnt believe my bad lluck. Got up at 6 in the morning had 2 crocins, a bath. I prayed to god for 5 minutes, asking him to give me strength to go thru whatever comes my way and then went to the exam (it was at eight in the morning). There I find out as I dont have a green card yet, I needed to
get my passport (I had walked in just with my driver's licence - SHIT!!!. My husband went and got me the passport). I entered the room at 8.30.

But at this time with all the stress since the previous night, I was so pissed/frustrated, that I literally started talkign to god telling him that if I didnt get a 700 this time, I would write the exam every single year 3 times for the next n years, until I hit the damn score. I WASNT GIVING UP......

I sat down for the exam, it prompted me to write down which school I wanted my score reported (6 months, crazy effort, fever, soar throat, feeling sick .....) I took a deep breath, took a gulp, and with shaking hands, wrote down Harvard business school. I can tell you this, when the exam started, you could have shot me, and I would hve answered the question with everything I had. Every question had 300% of me when I asnwered. I didnt have time to finish all the maths questions. But I rememberd that answering all was more important - I had to randomly select answers for the last 4 quesitons Sad (selected all D's as the last four were problem solving questions, adn I had read, that the probability of it being a D is high). Verbal was better for me, I finished it in time.

4 hours later, when the exam prompted me if I wanted to see my score. I closed my eyes, gave a prayer to god, asked him to help me pull up my score to 700 - and then pressed on the button.

720 showed up on screen - I acutally gave a scream of delight and tears started streaming thru my eyes. It had been so hard, so painful, so WONDERFUL.....

i sit at home today unable to believe I did it. I feel happy, delighted, but apprehensive - there is still a long way between me and my dream, but the first boulder is out of the way. I have applicaitons to write, lot of work to do, but its amazing what you can accomplish once you set your mind to something, and believethat you will go thru with it, not matter what is thrown your way.

I really hope the details I've written above help others get thru this exam too - all the information I read up on this web site and others really helped me get myself ready, I am just trying to reciprocate in kind.

this blog is specially targetted for people, who think they are average, and who are trying to step up their mind/spirit to go after there dreams - I am an example of that. Dont ever every loose faith in yourself ....

As for me right now - HARVARD, LOOK OUT HERE i COME.....

My Inspiration:
Derek Redmond: Its all about giving it your "all" - its all about completing the race.....
Story: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/94
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-MRoIDXeuY&feature=related
Amazing lecture by Randy Pausch - Professor from Carnegi Mellon
The attachment called commitment (any time I feel like giving up, I just read it and I am ready to go again)


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Post Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:02 pm
ngufo wrote:
Ngufo's Story...

NGUFO = (Never Give Up - Fight On)

I just scored a 720 in my GMat last tuesday. I screamed in the exam center with sheer disbelief and excitement. People may have thought
I am a complete gone case - but I can tell you, I believe I got the best score I possibly can, I couldnt have asked for more. I am writing
this blog because I believe that my story can and will help other average people out there, sum up the courage to liveI've attached a sample of what I created, but again not sure how useful

this blog is specially targetted for people, who think they are average, and who are trying to step up their mind/spirit to go after there dreams - I am an example of that. Dont ever every loose faith in yourself ....

As for me right now - HARVARD, LOOK OUT HERE i COME.....
Great post.. Congratulations..I can feel your excitement as I read through the lines..Good luck with Harvard..

A falling tree resounds... but a forest grows in silence...

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Post Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:50 pm
Very inspiring, NGUFO! Thanks for your encouragement.

Best Wishes!


Post Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:02 pm
Fantastic achievement! Thanks for sharing your story and all the best!

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Post Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:53 am
really inspiring ...am sure you are going too rock the adcoms ..all the best for your apps Very Happy

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Post Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:02 pm
Hi Ngufo,
Congratulations ! I got an inspiration and decided to ask you few questions.

I have started preparation and was wondering if princeton review books are needed?

Books I have are
Kaplan Math review workbook,
Kaplan 800
kaplan Verbal review, Manhattan SC correction.
Are these enough for prepartion. Also where can I find Princeton CAT. Also is it possible to contact you directly if I have further questions. I am also an Asian female struggling through GMAT since i have a medical background and Math is not my Background.


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Hi RP,
In case Maths is not your background you absolutely need to get the princeton books (Maths, Verbal and Princteon GMAT 2004, 2005 - I dont think the year counts)

The beauty of the princetom maths review is it takes topic to topic and helps you understands the basic fundamentals from scratch. I've found it the easiest and most comprehensive, for me, given I was equally weak in maths. My suggestion fro studies would be

Start with:
1. Princton Maths, Verbal, and then do the Princton GMAT (year doesnt matter) thoroughly. Go thru all your mistakes, adn focus on getting the concepts here that is most important

2. The data sufficiency concepts in Princton Maths are beauitfully explained, its amust read

3. Move on to Kaplan Maths, Verbal (Kaplan GMAT again year doesnt matter)

4. Then move to Official Guide (Maths, Verbal, and 10 or 11th edition)

5. ADd to it sentence correction from Manhattan gmat.

6. Fianlly if you have time do the Kaplan 800.

7. DONT FORGET THE FLASH CARDS - DOWNLOAD THE FLASH CARDS THE LINK TO WHICH ERIC HAS PROVIDED IN HIS BLOG. Make sure you make regular flash cards for all the tough question in Maths, + sentence correction.


I believe if you focus on the above, thats all you need to get good with the exam.

Practice tests to write
0. Write a diagnostic test probably GMAT CAT 1 - it will give you a great reality check. I got a shitty 460 (told me I had to study hard)
1. Princeton (there are 3)
2. Kaplan (there are 4)

Do these only after you have finished your Official guide prep. These
wlll provide you the best idea of your final scores.
3. GMAT CAT 1, CAT 2
4. Power prep 1, 2

You can absolutely get in touch with me any time by emailing me at ngufo@yahoo.com

All the best -I know you will ace it. Just put in the effort required, and "Dont give up on yourself"

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hi ngfuo, thanks for sharing your story this has provided me a lot of motivation and inspiration to beat the gmap.

i have a question for you: my weakness is essentially in the quant part. i have always been exposed to math and studied finance but for some reason never been that confortable in maths and it never comes naturally and i very much struggle with quant.

i currently have the manhattan gmat material and taking the 9 week course I have all the books including number properties, inequalities, sentence correction etc and gmat quant. and gmat verbal and the og. v11

my question is do you think i should still get the princeton books ? i wonder if this will really help more than the manhattan gmat books. also should i get a math book to review math concepts ?

thanks for your time and again thanks for sharing your experience - can i get in touch directly by email if i have questions in the future ? thanks

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Hi Imfatt,
I used the Princeton books only becuase they were very very simple and easy to understand. I wanted to start with something very basic. The Data Sufficiency in Princton maths, is amazing and sets your fundamentals. I am not sure how the Data Sufficiency is in Manhattan GMAT. I've attached a copy of that chapter please do read it. As long as you are able to get all the basic concepts clear - I dont think which books you use matter.

As long as you go thru all the books you have, and make sure the areas you are bad in you brush up thats the most important. Any question you get wrong, try to solve it on your first, and only if you are unable to do so, look at the answer. Make sure you never leave any question that you have gotton wrong unrevised - you should be able to answer it the next time it comes. Thats why my prep took so long, I did that with Princeton, Kaplan and OG (official guide do it at the end). make sure you have all three ofthe official guide (maths, verbal and OG). Finish the maths and verbal ahead of time.

I also timed myself in every question (even if I was jsut practicing maths adn verbal from OG). I would do 20 problem sovling and 20 data sufficiency quesitosn and time myself. As each quesstion should not take more than 2 minutes, it gives you an idea of how you are doing.

Making sure my speed got better as I moved along was the key. Another thing I did which helped me spectacularly was I would write the start time when I started a quesiton. Lets say I did quesiton 1 and I wrote 8.30 am, and when I started the next question it was 8.35 am, I would know right away that I am bad shape spent too much time, and help pace the other questions.

Please feel free to contact me at ngufo@yaho.com whenever you need. Will try to help out as best as I can.

I wanted to stress the fact that when I started out 6 months ago I was terribel at both maths and verbal. I am not a super smart person, just average. But constant studying, revising and making sure I understand concepts, and time myself pace myself, helped me do well in the GMAT.

I wish you all the best,

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ngufo, thanks again for taking the time to help and for the precious advice. best of luck with your next steps.

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Post Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:29 pm
I can't believe 6 months preparation.... Well at the end, I would say that your story is the perfect picture of motivated and hardworking immigrants who come to the US to fight for better living and of course their dreams.

Gratz and GL^^

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Post Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:34 pm
First of all Congratulations!!!!! Since u've had experience first hand, my question is "was your experience different from the prep tests u had taken earlier or did the questions look familiar." Were they more difficult? I'm the kind of person who absolutely freezes during such exams. It's like panic takes over my ability to think rationaly so much so that i seem to forget simple formulas....and i know presence of mind is the most imp thing on such test. So i'm trying as much as poss to practice...so as to get used to all diff kinds of problems. I just think i need to take lite and enjoy it more than taking it as an exam. Anyway Congrats again. Really good to know that your hardwork paid off....and thanks for being so modest:).

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Post Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:35 pm
Hi Nidhs,
Trying to recollect how the final exam was, here is what I remember:
1. Anaysis of an argument was easy: once you read the arcose book (the first 2 chapters, it becoems very easy to write this). I literally mugged the outline that was used, and re-used the same.

2. Analysis of an issue - was hard. I still re-used the outline (which helped, but didnt feel comfortable writing about the topic - it was a weirdo topic somethign to do with people in villages, being less agressive then people woh work in cities or something to that context). Given that I wrote big time crap in this essay, i believe that if your structure/outline is good, and your grammer is good, that in itself helps you score good points.

I am sorry but both the topics of what came in the exam now slip me. The arcose book helped me get a 5.5 (highly recommend it).

B. Quantitative
The very first question was a problem solving question with lots of percentages - it took me 5 minutes to answer that question. I just couldnt understand what the hell they were trying to say. I freaked out the first 1 minute. But after that I just tell myself, to calm down and read it slowly. I was finally able to solve it but lost a lot of time

I remember I didnt get a single probability question. I got one permutation combination one (which I didnt even try to solve, I just guessed it). I am bad at that, and I knew I didnt have enough time anyways, so didnt waste time trying to solve it - read it, and made a best guess. When something you know is hard, dont waste time, try to make a best guess and move on.

All the guesses I put were the letter D for the problem solving questions (at the end I had to guess 4 of the questiosn as I ran out of time).

Quantititative I remember was not easy - it was equal or more difficulty than my GMAT prep tests. They twist the questions around. However if you have made sure that you have done your Official guide well and understand all the questtions - that will help. Note quant has always been a weakness for me, hence I struggled thru it.

No question were repeated here either.

B. Verbal
I found verbal very very comfy to do I didnt find the difficulty too high. It was equal to the GMAT prep tests. No questions were repeated though.
Do read the Sentence Correction Manhattan guide. I remember that really helping me get good with the sentence correction questions. Also flash cards -cant stress it enoguh both for quant/sentence correction.

Nidhi - I had a pretty bad night, morning before the exam. What calmed me down when I sat down to give the exam was that I had nothing to loose. If I did screw up I could always write it again. The other thing that I do that immediately calms me down, is take 3-4 very very deep breaths, and tell myself to stop worrying and focus on the question on hand. Dont worry about anything else.

Finally - make sure you time yourself right. Panic hits when you realize you are in shit shape in terms of having 10 questions left and not enough time. One of the things that I mentioned that really really helped me pace myself is writing the time when you start a question, and then writing the time when you start the next question. You know exactly how much time you have spent on each. Approximations dont help - as even a second is precious on the gMAT. After the first quant question, when I knew I had taken 5 minutes, the next few that came that were relatively easy, i still did it with an urgency of saving time (because I knew I had to make up 3 minutes). It helped. I still had to guess at the end, but I bet I got the better part of the answers in the first part of the quant right.

Finally - do say a prayer to god. I know I sound like a dumbo, but I do believe that you can put a 300%, but after that how it goes the final day is his hands - I do believe I got a 720, because a few of the guesses I hit on the quant hit the mark....

Thanks for your kind post - I truly wasnt being modest. I found it very very hard to study for the GMAT, write it and get a 700+ score. It was a uphill struggle for me every step of the way.... However what I have realized in life is that you dont have to be a super smart person to do well. If you are average, adn you are willing to work your ass off, you can get exactly the same fruits as a super smart guy. Yeah so that means I spend more time/energy - but the end result is as sweet......

I really hope you nail the exam. Remember, that practice like crazy, adn make sure any question you get wrong, you understand how to do it right. Dont learn the answer, learn how to do it right. That really helped me.

Wish you all the best,

People Never Fail ... They just Give Up

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Post Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:50 am
Hi Ngufo
Very inspiring story. I got a 530 in my first try and am planning to give GMAT a second shot. I read your study pattern where you practiced a test every other sunday and studied for 2 hrs every week day. I too work full time and find it real hard to take time off to study since my job is pretty demanding. I liked your pattern of studying for 2 hrs each day from 5-7 and 4 hrs on the weekends. I wanted to ask you when did you review your test. Would that be right after you take it on Sunday or later in the week. I tried reviewing it on sunday as soon as I was finished, but I would feel so exhausted, and would end up reviewing just half of the test. If i did the review during the week, I would end up spending 3 days just reviewing.


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Post Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:24 am
Hey NGUFO...

I read through your post a lot of times.. great post.. really INSPIRING.

I have a question for you..

I think you have mentioned somewhere in your post that, PR Math is good to get your basics straight. But, i think the PR's difficulty level is not upto the mark as compared with the GMAT questions. I have almost exhausted the PR Math section and haven't really encountered anything which is similar to the last 100 questions of the OG. ( I guess most questions on GMAT are of the same level as the last 100 questions on the OG).

How did you go about it ? What do you recommend ? kaplan & kaplan 800 ?


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