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Could you tell us about your profile?
I work as a software developer with Juniper Networks in Bangalore and have a work experience of 3.5 years in the telecom industry.
How did you know about CrackVerbal?
Once I had decided on preparing for the GMAT, I was on the look-out for some good coaching centers in Bangalore. I figured that I needed help on the verbal section of the GMAT. One of my friends at that time suggested I come to the ‘Verbal Experts’ for GMAT coaching and that was how I joined CrackVerbal.
Tell us about your GMAT journey!
Well, before I wrote the GMAT, I had taken the CAT and got a 93%ile but unfortunately did not get a call from any of the IIMs. To be honest, I had no idea about the GMAT until then. It was only in March 2014 that I discovered a career path through the GMAT. I gave the first mock test and scored a 610. Quant was easy, however, I found trouble with the verbal section on the GMAT and that was when I joined CrackVerbal.
One very important section on the GMAT is on Reading comprehension where most students struggle. The strategy and techniques taught at CrackVerbal helped me to a great extent and in just two weeks I gave another mock test and scored a 690! That was a huge jump. I knew I was making progress as I had my basics in place, thanks to CrackVerbal.
All I needed to do now was to practice a little more. My performance had increased and I was scoring between a 750 – 770 range in my mock tests. I was quite satisfied by my mock results and so decided to take the GMAT in July 2014. I scored a 750 on the actual GMAT test!
Why did you choose to do an MBA?
I wanted to have a mix of technical and managerial knowledge. After 3.5 years of core experience in technology, I wanted to experience the different managerial roles and have a much broader profile. Also, right from my college days, I dreamed of doing an MBA. I was just waiting to clock the relevant work experience so that I could do my MBA from a top B-school.
So which B-schools have you applied to?
I started my research on B-schools only after my GMAT test. I applied and was being interviewed by 3 US B-schools:
1.Kelley School of Business
3.University of Maryland
I successfully converted my interview to the University of Maryland. My GMAT score definitely worked to my advantage and gave me an extra edge.
How did CrackVerbal help you through your MBA applications?
I worked with CrackVerbal for my applications to Kelly School of Business. The Admissions consultants at CrackVerbal worked very closely with me. They helped me delve deep into my reasons for doing an MBA, my short term goals, my personality, professional achievements, and my overall expectations. This initial brainstorming helped me discover my interest in politics, social research and also gave me some thought direction for writing my essays.
I was able to give a definite structure to my essays and also CrackVerbal puts every candidate in touch with an external consultant who is an alumnus of the concerned B-school. In this way, you also understand the expectations of the B-school when they evaluate your profile.
Though I worked with CrackVerbal only for one B-school, the guidance and strategy that was shared helped me incorporate the same into my other essays as well. I had a great experience working with CrackVerbal for both my GMAT and my MBA applications and I strongly recommend all my readers to work with a consultant on your application!
How was your overall experience with CrackVerbal?
I would recommend CrackVerbal to all MBA aspirants who want to achieve excellence when it comes to their verbal skills. The classes at CrackVerbal establish the perfect balance towards fun and learning. Their course is designed in a very nice way. They provide feedback over forums and also have a dedicated support team to answer all your queries. The forum will particularly interest you since it has a lot of ongoing discussions and debriefs that will inspire you.
I feel CrackVerbal is the perfect place for whoever wants to get into an awesome B-School!
Any strategy and tips that you would like to share with our readers?
I would strongly recommend all my fellow GMAT aspirants to refer and practice questions only from the Official guide. Also, the strategy to get a great score on the GMAT is to be able to identify and eliminate the wrong options. Spend enough time and practice on understanding the concepts tested on the GMAT test. You have only 1 minute to solve a question, hence a good knowledge of concept is necessary.
A score of 750 on the GMAT requires a little more than just finding the right answer. You need to analyze and eliminate the wrong options quickly. The analysis is the key to crack a score of 750 and above! Also, if you join CrackVerbal, their books and resources are sufficient to refer (along with OG material, of course!). They have great content and the faculty at CrackVerbal are very approachable. They are the best study partners to work with!