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This is the testimonial of various CrackVerbal students collated from across popular forums such as Beatthegmat.com, Pagalguy.com, and GMATClub.com

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1. 1. CrackVerbal Success Storieslostphoton111:(http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/gmat-and-related-discussions/57811-gmat-experience-750-q50-v42.html#post2259409)GMAT Experience 750 (Q50 V42)I would like to share my experiences in GMATpreparation and hope that it would be helpful toat least some of the aspirants.For the sake of background, this is my second attempt at GMAT. The firsttime I scored 710 (Q50, V36) AWA 4.5, but was not happy with mypreparation as well as the score and decided to write GMAT again.Books referred (I would say that all three books are a must) : I am a strongadvocate of refering only very limited material but doing it thoroughly1) OG 122) OG Verbal3) Manhattan SC : Very helpful in developing concepts in SentenceCorrection (the biggest pain area for me)Some important learnings for me in the process:Solve only the official material, i.e. OGs. I realized that most other materialis nowhere near the original GMAT. Besides solving questions from othersources confuses you even more and affects your concepts negatively as onestarts thinking a lot even for simple questions.Since for many aspirants, the OG material may not be enough. I wouldsuggest solving the same material twice, it helps in testing and reinforcingthe concepts.Tests taken:GMATPrep 1: 710 (before starting preparation)GMATPrep 2: 760 and 770 (with a few repeat questions)Again, I believe that one shouldnt solve any other tests as most others arenot true reflection of actual GMAT. Infact poor scores in these examsnegatively affect the confidence of the student.
3. 3. 9) After finishing the test, I felt that I did worse than my first attempt and Iwas almost about to cancel my score but thankfully I didnt. So at times youfeel that you have done badly but you dont. So dont think about how muchyou score, just go ahead and solve every question in its own merit (this is aslight repetition of the previous point, but is very important)10) Dont try to analyze basis the question as to how well you are doing inthe exam. At times you receive some very simple questions in the middle ofthe exam, that doesnt mean that you are doing poorly. There would besimple questions even when you do extremely well and solve 10s ofquestions correctly in succession11) Focus more on the initial questions to ensure that they are not wrong sothat the algorithm sets you at a higher level. However, try to map time after35 minutes. You do not want to encounter a situation when you have tosolve 10 questions in 10 minutes12) Do not panic if you are not able to understand what the answer to anyparticular question would be, just guess and go ahead. Its ok to guess if youare stuck rather than to waste lots of time. Not only does it wastes time butalso causes frustration and you find it extremely difficult to concentrate onfurther questions and ultimately causing you to panic. So dont get stuck onany question, just guess13) Keep track of the time during the 8 minute break. I didnt and lost 1minute from my verbal section :(14) Eat light and maybe have a chocolate before the exam. That helps de-stress you!15) Sleep sufficiently long a night before so that you have the mentalstamina to take the 4 hour long exam16) Last but not the least, dont consider GMAT as a life and death issue. Asevery bschool website say (which is true as well), GMAT is just one of thefactors in your Bschool application, so dont kill yourself too much on it. Chilland take it easy.All the Very Best!
4. 4. skvignesh(http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/gmat-and-related-discussions/40477-my-successful-gmat-experience.html#post1549367)My Successful GMAT experience - 49Q 40V 720- AWA 5.5Hi All,Completed my exam in the previous weekend (30thMay 2009) at Cochin Centre and the experience has been good enough (eventhough the result is not amazing) that I thought I will share them.When I first thought of GMAT preparation, I realised that verbal would be theproblem area. As everyone who reads this passage might realise, sentencecorrection remains a problem. I just managed to keep that as an exceptionand managed the show around that. I did improve a lot on my sentencecorrection so that only the highest level of SC remains a problem.Ok a formal chronological listing might help everyone so I would start. Pleaseforgive me for being long.One of the first things that I did after deciding to take GMAT was to joinpagalguy and other forums. I also downloaded the GMAT prep and took thefirst test to see where i stood. I slept half way through the verbal and when Iwoke up and completed the test, I ended up scoring a 490 (I dont rememberthe split).I went ahead and purchased Kaplan Premier Program, Princeton Review andOG 11. Manhattan seemed costly and so avoided it.I then started collecting material both soft and hard copies from wherever Icould. It was at that time that I heard of Arun and hiscrackverbal.com course running in Bangalore. I wanted to find moreabout it and attended the informal meeting that he keeps conducting.The meeting not only helped me clear some practical doubts aboutGMAT, but also helped me to understand that verbal is a problemwith most (indians) of them who attended the meeting.The next few days was good, in the sense I completed the Math "syllabus" inkaplan and almost the entirety of pricenton (just glanced through it). I alsoattended the crackverbal program which actually threw out many expectedand unexpected advantages. The first advantage was to actually classify thesentence correction problem into various types and finding an approach to
5. 5. solve each of them. Even though I later re-took the sentence correction class,the first class had actually got me started off.Then came a period when I lost interest in GMAT. This was mid february andI was planning originally to take the GMAT by the first of May. Almost theentire February and a good part of March was wasted in terms of mypreparation for GMAT. The only preparation activity that I was doing in thisperiod was to take an occassional problem that my colleague and friendSushant would throw at me. Then came the realisation that unless I fix up adate, I will never start off preparing. This was when I planned and took the30th May date. Since Bangalore as always was full, I took the Cochin option.I never realised how this decision would help me later on.Full fledged preparation started after that. I started working on variouscontent that was available with me including 1000 SC, OG and a bit ofKaplan CD material. I also started studying a bit of sentence correctionlessons. This was the time I realised that just by preparing I would notimprove much. Constant help and support from Arun, Aruna andAnurag of CrackVerbal kept pushing me, with help, ideas and even anoccassional prod. Having prepared enough (I couldn’t take the book bookbook thing anymore ), I wanted to test my position and so I took theGMATprep again. The first attempt had been about three months prior to thisattempt and so I remembered nothing other than the AWA. I gave the testwith AWA and I had scored a reasonably OK 46 Q 35V 670. It was at thispoint that I realised that I needed more test practice. I took the MGMAT freetest and then I did the second best thing in the entire preparation series, andthat was to purchase the MGMAT exams.I started taking MGMAT every weekend at a timing similar to my real GMAT(13.15 - 17.15 hrs) and every time I took the AWA along with the exam toactually simulate the experience. I scored the following in my MGMATsMGMAT 1 47 Q 35 V 680MGMAT 2 47 Q 35 V 680 (exact same)MGMAT 3 46 Q 36 V 680 (something is crawling)MGMAT 4 47 Q 39 V 700 (verbal is finally moving)MGMAT 5 50 Q 38 V 720 (Finally I saw my range)MGMAT 6 51 Q 35 V 700 (I doubted my Quant score in the last two exams -things got easier because of lack of questions I believe)But by the end of this I was feeling confident of two things. First is the factthat I could take the four hour test without any trouble, I just could sitthrough it very easily. Second was that my verbal is becoming better. Eventhough I got a 35 in the last test, I knew that I was ok there.
8. 8. things have gone, I think god will take me there, sorry for gettingphilosophical, but I think thats the way to look at it.Thanks to Crackverbal, Manhattan GMAT and last but not the least PG forthe direct and indirect help.A word to people prefering to verbalise the exam in India, a weekdayafternoon appointment at cochin might be a good idea. They even informedme that if you take an afternoon appointment, you can take it in the morningif the slots are free. I had accomodated myself in a very good small hotelcalled Bluehouse nearby, it was an excellent stay which helped things too.
12. 12. 20s on those questions.. With 10s to spare, I completed the section..I filled out the questionaire and clicked on the "Submit Score" button.. Iclosed my eyes and prayed that I get anything above 720.. When I saw a730, I heaved a sigh of relief.. It could have been much better.. It couldhave been much worse.. I have but myself to blame for not getting to a 750..But then its OK.. I am quite content with it....When I started my preps for GMAT, I thought I d score high so that I have agood backup option in place should I manage to screw up CAT for the 4thstraight time.. I have to start my preparations for CAT again but will beapplying to ISB,NUS and Nanyang at the same time..Have a few ppl to thank-Arun(PyschoD)- He was the first person to educate me about theGMAT... He has been a constant throughout my preparation.. Hisencouragement,motivation and tips helped me a lot in my preps.Tarun and Ashish- My offline study partners.. We had a solid study groupsort of a thing.. We used to share questions, strategies,etc and motivatedeach other to increase our performance levels.. Cant thank you enoughguys..TFA- Bhai, thanks a lot for your tips and the MGMAT thing.. Cant explainhow helpful it was in my preps..Abhishek(the_hate)- Needless to say, if not for his encouragement, I wouldhave been brooding over my mock scores and would not have reached evena 700.Thanks buddy..CrackVerbal- The faculty,the content,the discussions and the peergroup that I got there was more than helpful..Some general pointers that I d like to give-1) My score in verbal is not high but of what I have practiced, I feel there isno substitute for OG.. Completing OG10 and OG12 properly and solvingKaplan 800 should ideally help a person in getting to a 40+ score3) I strongly recommend the Manhattan test series. Although it costs around40\$, you will have your every penny worth. The tough quant sectionprepares you well for the main test.
13. 13. 4) Dont be hell bent on taking 10-12 mocks. IMHO, space out your mocks insuch a way that you dont drain yourself out. Even if you decide to take 7-8mocks, ensure that you learn from every mock and see an improvement inevery exam. At least I tried to do the same wrt my preps.5) Talk to people who have taken up the GMAT recently..Read debriefs inforums. I have found them to be very helpful. I spoke to 3-4 people who hadtaken up the GMAT within the last one month. I tweaked my prep plans attimes based on their experience.6) Dont take your mock scores to your heart. Instead learn from every mock.In my case, I scored 50 more than what I did in the last mock-GMATTestPrep 2.7) Take these pointers of mine with a pinch of salt. There are gurus whoscore a 750+ with minimal efforts - with ease. They’d wonder whats the bigdeal in a 730 score. In my case, I had to work hard for this score. I justwanted to share the experience of an average guy who got to a decent score.Cheers!!SriramEdited- Got my AWA score.. Have scored a 6.0
14. 14. hprashi:(http://www.beatthegmat.com/v28-v33-in-2-months-t72350.html)“Hi,Wanted to write this post for quite sometime now.A little background about myself - An engineerfrom India, 24 yrs, 1.5 years work exp as a RiskAnalyst at a MNC bank.I started my preparation in August. As I was not a natural in Verbal,concentrated much of my time practising and reviewing verbal. I used OG 12and Manhattan Sentence correction. I hardly spent any time on quant. I tookthe GMAT Practice tests and almost always scored between 700-730 with aquant score of 50-51 and verbal score fluctuating between 33 - 38. I feltcomfortable with that score range and decided to take the GMAT(bigmistake!!). I bombed. Scored 660(Q50, V28!!!)I was naturally shocked and devastated. Later, I sat back and thought whatwent wrong and realised that even though I was scoring 33-38 in verbal inpractice tests, I was not very clear on why I chose the answer option that Idid. After practising and reviewing OG, I was able to feel the difference in myapproach, but was not consciously clear of how I was solving the problems. Iwas going with my instinct instead of following logic and rules most of thetime.I decided to take the GMAT again. This time, I decided to take someprofessional help as I didnt know what to do to improve my verbal score.And so, I joined CrackVerbal, Bangalore. I love the way verbal istaught there! Arun made it fun and interesting. Within no time I hadmy confidence back. I went through OG 12 and Manhattan Sentencecorrection, in addition to the CrackVerbal material. I started scoring in the730-780 range in GMAT practise tests and Manhattan Tests, with verbalscore ranging from 38-44! I was now much more clear on what I was doing,and was able to eliminate the wrong options with much ease.After I consistently scored around 750, I decided to take GMAT again. Iscored 700(Q51, V33) this time, thereby touching the 700 milestone!“
15. 15. gmatknight:(http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/international-indian-mba-schools-accepting/20585-how-can-we-improve-gmat-5.html#post1416745)“Psychodementia (Arun Jagannathan) has afantastic bootcamp program in Bangalore andspecializes in University Applications.www.crackverbal.com I know a person fromBangalore who got a 680 on the GMAT and was desperate to crossthe 740 barrier to bolster his chances to get into an Ivy Leagueinstitute. Gained significantly from our Psycho! “cobbie:(http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/gmat-and-related-discussions/44566-gmat-study-group-2010-bangalore-14.html#post1988278)“Hi Puys,i have attended the GMAT bootcamp atCRACKVERBAL in Bangalore (April 2009 batch). Iscored a 710 on my GMAT (Q48 V40) and I owea great part of my success in the verbal sectionto crackverbal. I strongly suggest Crackverbal to our PUYS.A point to note is that a 30 point increase in your GMAT might makeyou eligible for a scholarship 40 times the amt you spend onCrackverbal.I wish you puys all the very best. Feel free to drop a line abt urfurther queries.Muthu “
16. 16. idream:(http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/gmat-and-related-discussions/35094-got-700-51-34-5-a.html)Special thanks to Psychodementia (ArunJagannathan) for all his help, guidance andsupport during and after my prep.Psychodementia , you rock !For people not so confident in Verbal, I would recommendCrackVerbal . Though i did not attend the bootcamp as such but itook guidance (not only Verbal but all aspects of GMAT & MBA) fromthe mentor himself and his ideas have really helped me in tangibleways.