Across the admissions offices of the top international MBA programs in the world, the expectations on getting a good GMAT score from Indian applicants has almost become an unwritten rule. And it isn’t always easy to meet those expectations.
While best GMAT forums are filled with stories on how to Beat The GMAT and join the esteemed GMAT Club of 700+ scorers, our modest little forum has had its share of success stories (‘GMAT topper interviews‘ as some refer to them) where top scorers have shared tips on how to improve GMAT scores.
In fact, just today someone who signed up with us for application consulting work mentioned that he followed some of the tips exactly as the original candidate (who got a 770 score) had suggested and ended up with a 740.
Inspired by that story, we felt it might be helpful to write an introductory post that provides a quick overview of a select few popular posts. It’ll help you choose and pick the ones that might be more relevant to your situation. If you have the patience, head over to the forum to read the details.
Read How to overcome a low GMAT score and get into a top MBA program?
Tips on how to improve your GMAT score
Basic GMAT exam preparation
Ruchir, an IITian who was disappointed with his CAT percentile, got his vengeance by cracking the GMAT. He lists down the specific GMAT study material and the GMAT practice tests he used.
There are specific tips on how to improve GMAT verbal scores – tackling hard CR questions, AWA. He also introduces the simple and powerful concept of creating a Practice Grid.
If you are looking for an introductory post, read Ruchir’s GMAT prep experience here – My journey to a 770 in GMAT
40-Day GMAT Study Schedule
For folks running on a tight study schedule, Abinesh shares his GMAT study plan on our forum. He broke up his study schedule into 2 phases.
In the first phase, he focused on the basic GMAT study material to improve his verbal and maths concepts. In phase 2, he devoted time on solving Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT) to test out his knowledge and pacing. (Read GMAT adaptive algorithm – Sample ESR Analysis)
His key message is that the volume of study material is not important. Quality and smart planning matters more. Abinesh Nimalan’s full MBA scholarship success story on our blog got mentioned by Poets & Quants.
Read his 40 day GMAT study plan.
Improving a low GMAT score by almost 200 points
Not everyone strikes gold in the first attempt like Ruchir did. Our next friend (going by the name – MFreak) got a very low GMAT score (540) in his first attempt.
In an elaborate post (which includes a description of how he lost $250 because the registered name for the exam didn’t match his passport name!), he explains how he improved his test score over 4 attempts from 540 to 660 to 640…and finally a 710.
He has some familiar tips (like persistence, pacing and maintaining an error log) and some unusual ones as well (like not over-thinking and not over-focussing on the weak areas). He briefly touches upon what to eat / drink and how to time the test.
Read his GMAT study plan here: My Arduous GMAT Journey – 540 to 710
Ritwik Verma also shares his GMAT re-attempt experience that enabled him to improve his GMAT score by 70 points. Read more here – How I got a 70-point jump in my GMAT re-attempt (680 to 750)
How to get your GMAT score above 750
If you are among those who think getting a 700+ score is child’s play, let’s raise the bar a little more and aim for 750 or higher.
Despite a very hectic work schedule (struggling with 2 hours of sleep on weekdays, and a generous 4-5 hrs on weekends), Kaashi was crossing 700 with 2 weeks of preparation. There was clearly the potential to go higher. His big challenge was to improve the GMAT verbal score. And he did. Here’s his full story: How I got a 760 GMAT score.
Here are a couple of other folks who got obscenely high exam scores:
– How I Beat the GMAT : My score 770 (Q50, V44)
– My advice for GMAT preparation, score 760(Q50, V44,AWA 6)
– GMAT Scaled Score Table – Score Calculator
– Why Americans score low on GMAT
– Why Chinese students score high on GMAT
– 5 most common GMAT mistakes and how to avoid them
– How to score 700+ on the GMAT
On our forum, you’ll find several other GMAT success stories from Indian applicants.
A word of caution. As always, keep in mind the fact that GMAT study plans that worked for others may not work for you. Read the stories, create your own study plan and fine-tune it as you go along.