I somehow managed to calm down myself and tried to think that what was lies ahead of me is the major thing.. How many B-schools really care about the AWA score if u get a stellar GMAT score? So now I was for the major thing: the battle of 800…

Quants:: I knew I’ll ace it and I did:
Quants was my stronghold right from the day 1 of the preps. Most of the mistakes I had made in my practice test were the silly ones:: marking the answer value in dollars when it was required to be in cents, marking Jack’s age when Jill’s was asked and similar ones. So I decided to triple-check each of the answers in the first 15. And it paid twice. Once as early as my 4th Q, I had calculated the value of k, when that of 1/k was required. Then, it was perhaps my 8th or 9th question. It was a statistics question on standard deviation and I had miscalculated the value. While double-checking, I intuitively felt that this can not be the answer for the given set of values, recalculated it and found that I was indeed wrong in my first attempt.

Perhaps Q20 onwards, Qs started getting really tough. But fortunately I had lots of time on my hand. So I kept enjoying the tough ones, knowing that this is a sign that I’m doing good. 🙂 These were inter-leaved with some really easy Qs, which I didn’t expect at this level. Some of these were time-consuming, but only because they needed a lot of calculations.. Perhaps these were the experimental ones, but I could not afford to take any risks.

Last 7 minutes:: 3 Qs left. At this juncture, I got a tough DS question. 4 minutes passed and after picking numbers, I was almost sure that it must be (C), but was not confident about it. Time was running out, so I picked (C) and moved ahead. Luckily the last two were relatively simple ones and I was able to finish of my Maths section with 2 minutes to spare.

From my mock tests I had calculated that on my bad day, I’d score 50 and on a good day, a perfect 51. All the double n triple checking ensured that this surely wasn’t my bad-day. I guess 34th was the only Q that I cud have got wrong.. So I was confident of landing up a 51 in Quants.

I was feeling much better in this break. The AWA debacle had subsided and the maths performance had given me the much needed feel-good factor.

Verbal: My make-or-break section:: This time, it made my day::
Scoring a Q50 or Q51 in almost all practice tests, it was verbal alone that had scores swing from 610(Kaptest #4) to 800 (Manhattan GMAT 1 and 2). So I was desperately waiting for this section.

Started with some easy ones, 2 super easy SC Qs, followed by a pretty obvious CR. At the 4th Q, I got a monstrous RC. I used the well-practiced roadmap technique and took notes in written. I’m not sure how correctly I answered it, but it ate up a lot of my time. By the time I reached my 10th-11th Question, it was clear that I was lagging behind the scheduled time. For subsequent RC Qs, I had to resort to mental roadmaps, instead of the written ones. Still, I must say that the Roadmap technique helped me tackle RCs better. In the second half of the sections, I started getting all kind of difficult Qs, not only tough ones, but the time consuming ones as well: Fully underlined SCs, 4-5 lines-long CRs and 5-6 para long RCs. The lines from Keya’s success story were echoing in my mind: “Either my mind has given up, or I must be doing really good to get these Qs.” And I strongly believed that it was latter.

For the last 10 Qs, I had about 17-18 minutes left: just on the borderline. At that time, I was finding it really difficult to focus. Speculations about my score were distracting me from the job at hand. The Qs,which kept getting tougher, did not help my case either. But somehow I kept going and finally, I finished with about a minute to spare.

I’m done; show me the score; not yet!!!
Now here’s the dark shade of me. At times, I like to tease myself by delaying the things I really really want to see or know. (Perhaps this is what Scott Peck calls “Delaying the gratification” )Even in the mock tests, I used to get up for a glass of water or something before seeing the scores, just to make it more pleasurable. It was no different this time. I started filling all the background information, which was mostly optional and I don’t think that even 10% of students care to fill that. I was at the 4th screen of the background info,when the Pearson guy, who was overseeing me, rushed from the other room to let me know that I don’t actually need to fill that and I should better proceed to check my score. At this, I gave up and just proceeded on the last screen, confirmed that I don’t want to cancel the scores, clicked on the show-scores button and closed my eyes in prayers. I was sure that my score is going to be 7X0, where X can be from 4 in the worst case to 8 in the bestest one. I opened my eyes to see 770. 8) It was Q51, V44.I thumped my fist in the air and walked out confidently.. All these months of hard-work had finally paid off. With that score, I can hope to target even the higher-end schools and hope for some schol to come my way as well.. But that comes later. Right now, the best thing is that I again have time for life and for myself.. 😀

6 Responses to “My G-day Experience-II”

  1. skg says:

    Well Shobhit,

    Very enriching details. I forgot for a moment that I am sitting at my home and felt that I am right there at a pearson center and my heartbeats pounding as I am juggling with the Questions.

    I am even more scared of the verbal section now. I am pretty bad at fully underlined SCs and boldfaced CRs.

    I will feel satisfied if I get a 40 in Verbal.

    Anyways, you give me a lot of strengh. I still have a month to go and I think I need to put in real hard work.

    Keep posting about your progress on the App’ing.

  2. Chirag says:

    770 is good.however, i somehow felt that your story was well scripted.

  3. Kunal Maheshwari says:

    Hi Shobhit,

    A really well described experience. Surely boosts me with my preparation. One thing that I surely request you is if you could mail your idiom watch/prep list onto the group by Sarah. I would just like to compare it with the one I have.

    Good luck with your applications,


    Kunal Maheshwari

  4. Vipul Bhatnagar says:

    Hi Shobhit,

    You have really made me feel the exact exam conditions..my nerves went on shivering for a while…..Awesome narration of the facts..I liked it and infact got the real encouragement..
    Any ways Congrats on your spellbound success.
    Do keep on updating this blog and the group..regarding your application “journey” to different B schools..

    Bon Voyage!!

    Vipul Bhatnagar

  5. Prashant says:

    hi Shobhit,

    Although i read it a little late. but good compilation. you have inspired me to write my own memoirs 😀


  6. Gauravendra says:

    dude.. awesome score.. i have been coming to this blog off and on.. Sadly my story has not unfolded this beautifully.. I got a miserable 650 in my GMAT on the 19th. I did specially badly in Quant. got a 41.. Please gimme some tips to improve my quant score.


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