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GMAT Test heroes: Join the 700+ GMAT score club

Posted: June 1st, 2012, 12:28 pm
by MBACrystalBall
Since we started MBA Crystal Ball, we have come across some of the sharpest Indian minds on the planet. Apart from being great professionals, many of them also had another trait. They were excellent at cracking competitive exams like the GMAT. This thread is dedicated to the veterans who got out into the deep, dark forest to tame the GMAT beast...and came out victorious.

Here's a sampling from our blog to get you started.

GMAT Score - 800
- How I got a perfect 800 GMAT score

GMAT Score - 790
- GMAT 790 scorer relied on self-study

GMAT Score - 780
- GMAT 780 scorer reveals study plan to crack the exam without coaching
- GMAT Preparation Tips: How Daljeet scored a 780

GMAT Score - 770
- How Thrishnaa thrashed it to get a 770 score
- How ISB Hyderabad MBA student Sawan scored a 770 on the GMAT
- XLRI GMP (1 year MBA) grad shares GMAT preparation tips

GMAT Score - 760
- Ipseeta’s eccentric GMAT preparation tips for a 760 score

If you have scored over 700 on the GMAT, please claim your well-deserved place on this thread. It'll be great if you could share the following info:

- Your GMAT score (with breakup)
- Schools you plan to apply to (or already attending)
- Duration of study (e.g. X hrs per week spread over Y months)
- Mock test scores
- Study material used (books, online course, GMAT classes)
- Your advice to others preparing for the GMAT

[Note for GMAT prep companies reading this. No spamming please.]

Re: GMAT Test heroes: Join the 700+ GMAT score club

Posted: June 1st, 2012, 2:23 pm
by MBACrystalBall
Here's a selective (not comprehensive) list of the forum participants who've cracked the GMAT:

Forum ID | GMAT Score | Profile Link

rg123 | GMAT 760 (Q50, V42, AWA 6.0) | Story

rahulg83 | GMAT 710 (Q50,V35) AWA 5.5 | Story

joinashish | GMAT 710 (Q50, V35) | Story

kmatt | GMAT 700 (AWA 5) | Story

aman9155 | GMAT 710 | Story

sipan | GMAT 750 (Q51, V39, AWA 6) | Story

vikram.mukhi | GMAT 720 (Q50 V37, AWA 4) | Story

gomzit | GMAT 710 | Story

anand.abhishek | GMAT 760 (Q50 V44) | Story

kritin | GMAT 730 (Q49, V40, AWA 5.0) | Story

johnd | GMAT 750 (Q50, V42, AWA 6.0) | Story

neeravks | GMAT 700 ( Q48, V38, AWA 5) | Story

This is just a snapshot. There are many more members who've crossed the 700 GMAT score barrier. Use the Search feature and read their stories.

Do share your story on this thread if you have got a 700+ GMAT score.

Re: GMAT Test heroes: Join the 700+ GMAT score club

Posted: June 9th, 2012, 12:26 am
by rg123

I was the first to have my profile evaluated on this website, and Sameer did a great job at that! I'm glad to be the first to share my GMAT experience with you guys.

Some background:

I gave GMAT late December 2011, and scored 760 (Q 50, V 42, AWA 6.0). I was a college senior at that time, and applied to HBS 2+2 in Round 3. Sadly, didn't make the cut. Graduating from a 50 year old IIT this year and joining an investment bank.

Preparing for the test:

GMAT is a very unique test in the sense that different people need very different ways to prepare for the examination. Almost every person who appears for the GMAT has some familiarity with both English and Mathematics, and it really boils down to what your starting point is, how well you understand the test, and how smartly you prepare for it.

In my case, I'd been through the standard engineering-entrance-examination story only three years back (read IIT-JEE, AIEEE, BITSAT), which had ingrained in me enough math to make life much simpler when it came to GMAT. Knowing the Problem Solving part of Quant won't be a problem, my efforts in Quant were focused towards the Data Sufficiency part. Unlike problems like finding the sum of a series, or the angle in a diagram etc, these problems can get really tricky as you get more and more difficult problems, and loads of practice is recommended.

As far as Verbal goes, Sentence Correction is essentially about recognizing patterns. There are a limited number of types of mistakes, and once you understand them and practice a bit, your eyes will automatically start looking at sentences in the right way and catch mistakes right away. Take a book and understand the possible mistakes, then practice, practice and practice. For someone getting back to English grammar after a long time (like me), it might be intimidating to suddenly see words like Adverbs, Prepositions etc once again, but believe me when I say things are pretty simple once you get the hang of them.

Critical Reasoning (CR) and Reading Comprehension (RC): You'll get books with all kinds of strategies, tips and tricks pertaining to both CR and RC. But frankly speaking, I think those will only confuse you. For CR, grab a book and get a feel of the topic, but I won't recommend trying to memorize algorithms

(Example -
Step 1: Identify the type of problem.
Step 2: If type of problem is X, find this part of the sentence, and that part of the sentence.
Step 3: Is A part implying B? No? Then it's a trap! Strike off this option)

CR is plain logic, nothing more. Practice, and you shall do well. Similar is my opinion on RC. After all, all you need to do is read a paragraph, understand it well, and answer questions. Many books will give you complicated step wise procedures (like the one above), but I don't believe in them. But yes, in RC your speed and accuracy does depend on your level of familiarity with the topic. For example, as someone who's done Science/Technology for a long time, I find Philosophy topics hard to really get, and had to spend more time doing those paragraphs. Practice a lot and practice on a variety of passages.

Note: I gave my test before the new pattern, so I won't talk about the IR section.
Analysis of an Argument: Scoring here is really about understand the kind of analysis GMAT is looking for. The argument is always flawed, and often very clearly so. Search for a guide "Cheeseburned AWA", it has a pretty good structure for this essay. Look at a couple of sample essays, and try to follow the pattern. Introduce the topic, say it is flawed, point out and number the flaws, propose what the author could have done to fix them, etc etc. Put in good connecting words. "Although, because, firstly, in conclusion, while the author is correct in saying that, etc etc". I found somewhere online a set of 200+ essays, reading through them really made me understand what was wanted. If you aren't sure you can write good English, write a couple of essays and ask a friend to check them for grammatical mistakes.

Official Guides (OGs) - Do as many as you can, as many editions you can find. Actual retired questions, what else could you wish for?

Aristotle SC Guide, Manhattan SC Guide
GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
Comprehensive Critical Reasoning Bible

Did just the OGs here.

Practice Tests:
- GMATPrep is an absolute must. There are two tests, but they don't have the same questions every time. If you separate them sufficiently (by say a week), you could give each test twice without much overlap. My scores were between 760 and 780. Your scores here will be a very close indicator to your final, actual score.
- MGMAT has a free test online. Scored 750 on that.
- Kaplan GMAT Tests are tough and score badly. I always got around 640-660 or so, but well add a 100 points to get an estimate :P

Time put in:
I put in around 3 weeks, but then I was still in exam-giving and studying mode (as a student), was totally free (it was vacation time), and was very confident in math (thanks JEE!). Around 8-10 hours per day.

Bottom line
Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are, and optimize your study according to that. Give tests regularly and see if you're weak in certain areas. Fix them. GMAT isn't difficult, just work hard and work smart. All the best!

- rg123

Re: GMAT Test heroes: Join the 700+ GMAT score club

Posted: July 20th, 2012, 12:11 pm
by capri6
I scored 730 in GMAT with break up of v:89 and q:85 and 94 in IR
I just have a small piece of advice for all of you who are preparing for GMAT. It is that no matter what test series or coaching u join, just take the free official GMAT practice test religiously, this is because it is the best indicator of your actual score.
I had bought Manhattan GMAT test series and was scoring wildly from 520 to 770. But in the two official GMAT test i scored 730 in both tests. So take this practice test seriously even though you get it for free.

Re: GMAT Test heroes: Join the 700+ GMAT score club

Posted: July 21st, 2012, 7:08 pm
by MBACrystalBall
capri6 wrote:I scored 730 in GMAT with break up of v:89 and q:85 and 94 in IR. I just have a small piece of advice for all...

Hey Capri,

Good to see you here, after that rocky start on the other forum. I'm glad that you took it sportingly.

Thanks for GMAT preparations tips here. After the interesting trailer, I'm wondering if you'd be able to share your full GMAT preparation journey as an independent thread (like the others have done).

Also, as you are one of the few who've experienced the Integrated Reasoning section at point blank range, it would be great to hear about the kind of questions you got. Don't mention actual problems (for copyright reasons), just the type of IR questions you got, so others can benefit.