I wrote the exam again on 30th July. This time it was much better. I got a 730 (M 50, V 39). I wrote my GMAT earlier this year, January 24th and got a score of 690 (M 47, V 38). I was very confused at that point of time as many who met me told me that this is good enough and I should give it a shot and many told otherwise. I decided to give it a shot and applied for INSEAD with a seemingly strong application, I got rejected. But that got me rid of the belief that this score might work. Also meanwhile a senior told me that by not going for the second try I am giving the admissions committee a feeling that this is the best I feel I can do. He asked, do you believe that this is the best you can do, and that conversation cleared my last few doubts and I decided to write it again. The Princeton review experience was definitely a turning point in my life. After close to 4.5 years of service, studying had become an "alien" activity. The teachers and the overall course design helped me a lot to get back to studies and moreover to enjoy the experience. It was nice being a part of an interactive classroom and feel like a student. The teaching technique of both the teachers was highly professional and motivating. Thank you very much Merrily and Rohit. I really want to thank each one of you as there was something to learn from each and every one of you. And again, thanks Merrily and Rohit for your support both during the classes and afterwards.
I gave the GMAT exactly a month ago, on the 6th of July, 2011.I got a 42 (95th %tile) in Verbal and 48 (80th %tile) in Quant, and 5.5 in the essay section. My overall score was 740 (97th %tile). I am satisfied with the score, though I feel I should have done better in the Quant section.My experience of the classes at Princeton review was overall very good. I think the classes and materials were well structured and delivered and the online exercises and tests were well designed. I saw a significant improvement in my sentence correction scores thanks to the classes and material from Princeton. The couple of booster sessions I had also helped my preparation. I think the scoring in the Princeton tests was more accurate compared to the other tests I took, and only the GMAT Prep was more accurate than Princeton. Finally my personal thanks to YOU, for your guidance and support. You have made a difference in my preparation and final score. Thanks a lot!!!
I'm really glad I joined Princeton Review, and I credit them with playing a central role in my scoring a 760 in the GMAT. While I had some degree of confidence in my grasp of Quantitative and Verbal fundamentals, I also knew that the GMAT could be tricky and that many capable students regularly failed to cross the 700 mark. Not satisfied with the notion of self-preparation, I wanted a level of preparation that would guarantee me a good score and I felt I could really do with classroom sessions. My instructors at Princeton Review, Deepti and Rohit followed a grounded, no-nonsense approach and had us completely focused on what was truly needed. With exams like the GMAT, it's very important not to end up concentrating on unnecessary stuff. The 5 computer adaptive tests they insisted upon helped gauge our improvements. What I also commend Princeton Review for is their willingness to adjust class schedules, for genuine reasons of absenteeism. The classes were comfortably paced, yet intensive and I enthusiastically recommend them for any prospective GMAT takers.
Score: 329 (V: 161, Q: 168, AWA: 5
I’m a student of PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore, studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering and was in the JNR 127 batch of GRE training at Princeton Review. Going through this training really helped pull my score up – it was 303 when I took the diagnostic test!
My Quant trainer was Ramya, and she was really great. Her approach mainly involved teaching us plenty of tricks and techniques to solve questions really quickly. The concepts we are tested on in the GRE aren’t mind-bogglingly hard, but a few types of sums can be annoying and time consuming. We were taught great ways to deal with them, and plenty of shortcuts and tips to remember things or solve specific types of questions. Ramya also gave great feedback on our practice tests, identifying problem areas and how to deal with them. Also, the doubt-solving of previous weeks’ homework sums was super helpful.
My Verbal trainer was Kavya, who really helped us tackle the intimidating GRE Verbal section. Her classes always had plenty of discussing and debating, so we were crystal clear with the reasons behind answers by the end of them. Words which seemed to have the same meaning and answers which looked exactly the same at a first glance were now a lot better distinguishable! She even gave us great tips to remember words, like using roots or mnemonics. Her tips for writing section really helped too, especially in the ‘Analyse an Argument’ task, where we were taught exactly what kinds of flaws to look out for.
I didn’t have many opportunities to interact with the administrative staff, except Sadiya who I spoke to before enrolling for the classes. She was really helpful and cleared up a lot of things, and also explained what the whole process would be like for us.
I would firstly like to reassure all those preparing for the GRE right now that they are in safe hands with Princeton Review. This doesn’t mean slacking and letting train...
Nikhil Ravi Shankar
Score: 325 (V: 157 Q: 168 AWA: 4.5)
I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from R.V.C.E, Bangalore. I am particularly passionate about VLSI Design and processor architecture. A Master’s degree will enable me to pursue my passion and be involved in the development of novel technologies. Apart from academics (which pretty much takes all my time), I take a keen interest in football and the fortunes of Bengaluru Football Club. I love reading, specifically works of fiction set in dystopian societies and novels that have a historical setting.
I knew that I needed an insight into the way the exam tested us, along with regular practice in order to get a good score in the GRE. With this view, I joined Princeton Review, Jayanagar in January 2014 as part of the weekend batches.
My Quantitative Aptitude classes were taken by Ramya Nitin. Given our relative comfort with math, she was really quick to understand what each student wanted out of the classes, and set out to help him or her in the same way. She spoke to each one of us individually and gave us valuable feedback to improve our performances. After my mock test, she recognized that I needed to focus consistently while tackling the quant section, and reminded me regularly in classes. Her advice and help played a pivotal role in me getting my relatively high quant score. Moving on to Verbal, classes were taken by Kavya H. S. She planned out our classes methodically and helped us recognize our strengths, and sought to improve us on our weaknesses. Initially, I found the Analytical Writing section extremely tedious. But Kavya’s instructions helped me organize my thoughts, and tackle the essays with relative ease. Every time I wrote an essay I sent it to her for feedback. Her prompt replies helped me improve my performances and obtain an AWA score that I am really proud of.
The support that the administrative staff gave me in the course of my classes cannot be forgotten. Almost immediate...
When I started the GRE preparation before a month the chances of scoring anywhere near 300 seemed worse than none. But with the aid of the amazing faculty that was Miss.Shantha and Lakshmi, I was able to score 320/340 which was a great improvement from my diagnostics. To anyone my acquaintance or not I would strongly suggest utilising the amazing aid available at Princeton review. Thanks from the depth of my heart to the faculties for their step to step aid all throughout the course period.