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680 to 710 - I just Beat The GMAT

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680 to 710 - I just Beat The GMAT

by benjiboo » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:02 pm
Hello. I just got back from the test center, and I can proudly say I just Beat the GMAT. 710! I've been waiting since 2009 to write this post. Here is my story and my advice.

I first took the GMAT in Dec 2009. I studied for a little less than 6 months and received a 680. I was upset because I had hit 700+ in many practice test. I self studied for this test using MGMAT book. Part of the reason I was doing well is I had just graduated college and had taken a lot of quant and english courses in my senior year. I ended up meaning to retake the test, but never could get back into the swing of things to study.

Fast forward to June 2012. I decided to start b-school applications and really felt like the 680 score was going to weigh down my application at my top choices. So I decided to try and retake the GMAT. I enrolled in MGMAT classes, and studied, I took the GMAT in Oct. I really struggled on practice test. I got a 640, such a large drop from my initial score. My verbal went down a lot, and my quant went up slightly. I was really bummed out.

I had been using BeatTheGmat.com for a while now. It is the best place to get answer explanations. I really liked Mitch H's aka GMATGURUNY https://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/experts/mitch answers. I contacted him through the forum to set up some tutoring.

Mitch was an amazing tutor. My quant score improved tremendously. I met with him 2, sometimes 3 times a week for two hours at a time. I don't think I would have improved at the pace I did, if not for him. He was also very attentive with giving me homework, checking in on me to see how I was doing, and making sure I understood things. He even emailed me right before my test to wish me good luck. I highly recommend that anybody (specially if you live by NYC), that needs to improve their score and only has 1-2 months, email Mitch. When trying to get into a top MBA school - its not the time to try and save a little dough. Not to mention, Mitch is very reasonably priced. Much less than an MGMAT tutor.

Test day was a little crazy. My test was pretty late in the day after work. I actually went to work and freaked out for a 10 minutes because I thought I was not ready. But then I calmed myself, walked down to the test center (w 44th street), and got myself excited.

I actually ran out of time on both sections. I had to finish last 3 quant within a minute each. For verbal I had 6 questions left with 6 minutes, including a reading comp! I didnt practice well with pacing. So go figure. When my score screen popped up with a 710, I actually hooray-ed in the test center. Woo!

Materials: I own every GMAT material there is (just kidding, but its a lot). Few OG"s and the extra OG books. The MGMAT books, GMAT Hacks, and several other guides. I recommend making your own study guides from all the guides and books out there. This helps you organize the best of each option. For example, I liked how GMAT Hacks did remainders vs MGMAT. So I put just their remainder stuff in my guide (my guides are available, will post later... for free).

Tutor: Don't be cheap, get a tutor if you need it. Worry about recouping the money after you get into HBS ;-)

Motivation: Find some. Mine was my family, girlfriend, and dreams.

I BEAT THE GMAT! Good luck to everyone trying! It is possible!

Best,
Benjiboo
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by shahir16 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:25 pm
Congrats on the amazing score! Looking forward to seeing the guides you will post

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by benjiboo » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:23 am
I recommend you make your own guides. Here are the ones I made.
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Algebra.pdf
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Equations Ineqaul Vic by Benji PDF.pdf
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Geometry.pdf
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by benjiboo » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:24 am
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by benjiboo » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:25 am
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by benjiboo » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:26 am
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by eric.conwell@gmail.com » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:49 am
This is so encouraging. Thanks for taking time to write about your experience. I just finished the online MGMAT and taking the exam for a 2nd time, and got a 670. I've been shooting for over a 700, and so its been very discouraging hitting below. I downloaded your guide and may contact Mitch (although I live in SD). Thanks again. You gave me a little hope.

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by benjiboo » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:59 pm
Eric,

I would highly recommend Mitch. I know he does a lot of tutoring via skype. It may or may not be the same - def worth a try though. In any event, find a tutor, because I was in your spot. Its just a little more content you need to get past the next hump.

May I also suggest asking Mitch to teach you absolute values, as MGMAT does not do a good job on this. After Mitch, those questions (and the hidden absolute value questions), because the easiest on the GMAT for me. I may be wrong, but I think that is one content area needed to boost into the 700 range.

Good luck

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eric.conwell@gmail.com wrote:This is so encouraging. Thanks for taking time to write about your experience. I just finished the online MGMAT and taking the exam for a 2nd time, and got a 670. I've been shooting for over a 700, and so its been very discouraging hitting below. I downloaded your guide and may contact Mitch (although I live in SD). Thanks again. You gave me a little hope.

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by ashutoshagrawal76 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:11 pm
Hi Benjiboo,

Congrats for the score,
I am really struggling with Reading Comprehension questions.
I will be taking GMAT on 3rd December, so not much time left for me
Please give some advice.

Cheers,
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by Cosmas » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:44 pm
Benjiboo,

thanks for the attachments mate. Really helpful summaries. God bless.

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by thevenus » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:54 am
congrats ! and good luck !

kudos for sharing the stuffs !
"Make more efforts"