Sunday, November 20, 2005

GMAT

Having cleared GMAT with a satisfactory score of 780, I feel a sense of relief. While preparing for the exam, I often searched the internet to read about personal experiences of people who had excelled in the exam. I couldn't find many such articles but a few that I found really guided me towards the right way of preparing for the exam. As a payback, I am writing this article to share some tips and experiences that I gathered during my preparations.

I decided to take GMAT in june 2005 and that is when I started my preparations. The first book I bought was Princeton Review. It is a very good starting point and explains test strategies, test format and test faqs with good clarity. The four practice tests that come with the book are an added bonus. After reading the book I took two princeton tests and scored 680 and 660. I then took one of the power prep tests and scored 660.

A bit disappointed with my performance, I realised I had to take drastic measures to get a better score. I then bought "Official Guide to GMAT" by ETS, which has 1500 real GMAT questions. This is THE book and a must-have for every GMAT test taker. The verbal section is by far the best and the explanations are really helpful.

After finishing this book, I decided to brush up my time management skills and took as many practice tests as I could get my hands on. I scored 570, 620, 630 and 640 on Kaplan tests, 700 and 710 on princeton tests and 740 on powerprep test. I also did Kaplan800 on the side to get more practice.

For essays, I read a couple of sample essays to get a hint. I haven't received my official score so can't say how I performed on that.

During the test, I tried to remain calm and alert all the time. I couldn't solve two of the GMAT quant questions at all but I kept moving on with positive attitude. The last 10 questions for quant were really simple and that scared me a little bit. Verbal was never my strong point but I did fine that day. In the end I guess it was a combination of hard-work and good luck that got me through.

15 Comments:

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous nirmalya said...

Congratulations! And thanks for the very useful tips.

Seems like the more one familiarises with the actual tests, the better. One of my colleagues recently scored a perfect scors on the SCJP and he too did something similar.

 
At 3:30 AM, Blogger Raccoon said...

Thanks:-)

Was searching online for GMAT tips for a young cousin and came to your blog...was kind of helpful..what was your score and how long did you prepare for it?

and call it serendipity - I was born in ranchi too! your blog is interesting...I'll be back...a la arnie:)

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger nemo said...

Dear Pranav,

My score was 780 and I had prepared for GMAT for 3 months along with a full time job.

Hope that helps.

Nidhi

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Raccoon said...

Whoooa!! 780 is god(dess) level, eh! So we'll see you in Harvard now?:-)

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger In search of ... said...

Hey, I came to your profile when I searched 780 and GMAT at blogsearch. Just thought a day a before whjether should or shouldnt I take GMAT. Just took an online prep test and got scared in critical resasoning. Your prep of three months motivates me. Hmm... I think I should now go to KAPLAN to get GMAT brochure...

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nidhi...congrats on getting a whoooping score...just 3 months of study and 780..cool...i've heard that quant is a cakewalk...but english is the area that makes u standout...is it so...plz throw some light on how to go about preparation...books..etc..

thanks in advance...

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Gotta Be Max said...

Got here through ships!
Looks like an interesting write up on what needs to be done for the GMAT! :)
Guess that Vastrapur was better than a 780!

 
At 2:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nidhi,

U have an amazing score and it must be a great effort to get it.

Which colleges did u try and finally got in?

Had u taken any classes or referred a particular material other than Kaplan princeton and og. Request you to let me know.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger nidhi said...

hey...

my name is nidhi too!its so good to read from a nidhi who is sooo much like me too...

well i also live in ahmedabad doing my 2nd sem in enginering..i guess u are in ahmedabad too rite now doing mba rite!IIM is my heartfelt dream and i aspire day and night to get into it!

i d be glad to receive any piece of information that u can give me...

i hope i hear from u soon!

 
At 2:41 AM, Blogger Deepanshu said...

Hi Nidhi,

just like others, I was also searching for people with 780 GMAT scores. I also have the same score in GMAT. And I am really interested in where you applied and got through finally. Can you give me some insight into it.

Thanks,
Deepanshu

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger sandeep said...

Thanks. It is a nice tips for us.

 
At 11:58 PM, Blogger Manisha said...

Hi Nidhi,

Thanks for your blog .. it does help us to guide in right direction. I am a Indian and want to clear GMAT for past 1yr but not getting enough confidence.. Is it possible for me to get help from you. I would really appreciate it.

Regards,
Manisha

 
At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow !!

your story is really inspiring. just do it.....

 
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