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Thank you. I am extremely satisfied and relieved that I was able to perform well and get a good score in my first attempt itself. the help at TPR allowed me to focus on my prep on both my strengths and weaknesses and achieve the best possible score in the available time. When I first decided to prepare for the GMAT,it was a friend who dragged me along to TPR, velachery. Back then, I didn't have an inkling of the exam pattern or the kind of prep required. So my decision to join TPR was one based on a gut feeling rather than on informed choice. In retrospect, knowing what I know now about the GMAT, I would definitely recommend TPR to anyone who is serious about preparing for the GMAT. The classes were well organised and to the point. Moreover, they were held on weekends, which suited me perfectly. The pace and teaching methodology (both Altamash in Quant, and Jayanthi Maam in Verbal), and the strategies discussed helped me immensely in my preparation. I am happy to say that I attended all my classes, consequently I was able to stay abreast with the subject matter being taught. Also, the timely counselling that we received was immensely useful in keeping track of my study plan. That being said, the single biggest resource that helped me in my preparation was the online portal and the battery of tests it contained. The practice tests and the topic specific drills were a close simulation of the GMAT and helped me to avoid unpleasant surprises during the exam. Kudos to the Team Velachery and TPR for the support and guidance provided. Their help drastically cut down the time and effort required to ace the GMAT, and for that I am extremely grateful.
Very resourceful faculty. Strong in the subject and very good explanation of the subject at hand. Manik Aggarwal(Verbal) Helped a lot with the basics. Very good reasoning skills. Year and Month of study: July, 2012 Test date: Dec 5th, 2012 I would recommend TPR to my friends/family to be better prepared to face the test. All the faculty that I have met have always been very helpful and provided me with the apt resources whenever required.
My name is Ankit. I attempted the GMAT on 23rd October'12 and scored a 730(Q: 51 V:37. When I started preparing for GMAT in the month of June, I did not have much clue about what I was heading towards. MBA, GMAT were words that I had heard of, but I was totally unaware of the effort that a good score called for. Math, I always thought was a piece of cake and something that I would easily storm through. Probably engineers walk in with this attitude :P How wrong I was!! the first class with Tarun Sir was a wake up call - the journey would not be as smooth as I had fathomed. Not that I couldn't solve questions, but speed was an issue. I would at times take more than 4-5 minutes to get through a question and this troubled me. Tarun Sir with his wonderful tips helped me plug this problem right from day one. He has a very straightforward and simple approach to solving problems. Adopting this approach helped me get a hang of doing questions in the stipulated time period. GMAT tests how mart you are and that is exactly what we became at PR - Smart! After having solved tough hand outs at class, the real test was a breeze. It's all because of Tarun Sir and his effort that I scored a 51.Verbal was definitely my achilles heel, and the main eason for my joining PR! My first Verbal class was a Sentence Correction session. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of expertise that little sentences demanded that for once I wanted to put an end to the entire GMAT story. I decided not to give up and carried on.As the other question types unfolded-Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning, I was totally zonked! Verbal for me was some arcane language that I just couldn't seem to decipher at all. I would have scored pathetically had it not been for my exceptionally talented Verbal teacher. Mansi was extremely patient and co-operative. Her command over the english language was very reassuring. Her explanations were so simple and perfect that slowly I started to get a hold over things. My comfort level with a variety of questions increased leaps and bounds. Mansi woud never hesitate from going out of her way to help a student learn the skills to tackle a problem.Other than the regular classes, Mansi would often call me for extra help sessions where she would sit down with me and help resolve all my doubts. Emails, phone-calls, in person doubt sessions, she would be always ready to help. From a below average score on Verbal to begin with to a 37 on the final day, the journey has not been easy. I would want to give full credit for the same to Mansi and the entire TPR team.GMAT is an intelligent and a wonderful exam and only experts can help you get through it. The Princeton Review has surely been a wonderful experience...an experience that every GMAT taker deserves.
I appeared for the GMAT on 26/02/12 and scored 690 (V-41, Q-43). Please accept my sincere thanks for the constant support, guidance and motivation that you and everybody at Princeton (Raja Garden) provided me with. This score, especially in the Verbal Section, which is considered tough by most candidates wouldn't have been possible without your guidance. Your constant emphasis on using strategies for SC, CR and RC proved extremely helpful and helped me get a 41 score in Verbal. You were always available for clarifying doubts and re-explaining important concepts. In fact, u took personal interest in tracking my progress and identifying my weak areas. More than studies, the constant motivation you provided me with was invaluable. You always told me 'You are a High Scorer' and this gave me confidence and inner strength. Let me extend a very BIG THANK YOU to you. I would also like to thank Ashish Sir. A fellow engineer, he explained all Quant strategies and shortcuts nicely. Although I would have liked to score more in the Quant Section, he has nevertheless, played an important role in helping me get even this 43. I would also like to thank Saurabh for his immense support throughout the process. He was just a call away whenever I needed any help. Once Again, Let me place on record my deepest gratitude and thanks to everyone at Princeton, Raja Garden. Without your support this score wouldn't have been possible.:))
I am Vignesh (GMAT: 710; M:49, V:38, AWA:5.0) and I went in search of the best GMAT coaching centre in town, and soon found out that The Princeton Review is a cut above the rest. My quest for a good GMAT score started 6 months back and I enrolled myself at Princeton Review, Tambaram for my GMAT preparation. Right from the start of my GMAT classes I felt like home whenever I stepped into the centre. My Math tutor Mr. Ramkumar was effective and efficient in utilising the time we spent in the class. Whenever I was stuck in a problem, he would give me an easy method to get around it. More than feeding a man in hunger by giving him a fish, it is better to teach him how to fish. This precisely sums up my experience with Mr. Ramkumar. My Verbal tutor Mrs.Usha greatly helped me to enhance my Verbal score. From a meagre 19 that I scored on my Diagnostic test, her impact on my verbal score was so drastic that I doubled it to 38 in my GMAT exam. Her tips for the reading comprehension proved to be decisive in giving me a good Verbal score at the GMAT exam. Both Mr. Ramkumar and Mrs. Usha were very prompt in giving me their feedback on the online tests which again helped me gain confidence and initiated me to perform better. Their unstinted efforts to help all their students was very evident in their response to my untimely calls for solution to problems in Verbal and Maths. Even after the completion of my classes with The Princeton Review, both my tutors were more than eager to help me out with my preparation by giving me additional questions, and answering to my queries what they mentioned as” Boosters”. Moving on to the Online Student Centre, it is one of the best preparatory materials that you can get. It has umpteen drills, practice questions, tips, timed drills and full length tests, which catapulted my confidence to great heights as I saw a marked improvement in my scores after completing them. Another important aspect about The Princeton Review that makes it stand out from the rest is the Tutor-Student ratio. Never did it exceed 1:15, which was instrumental in the individual attention that I got. The ambience for learning is absolutely perfect in the centre, and never during the classes did I feel like a fish out of water. I had the freedom to stop my tutors anytime and get my doubts cleared. The class was very interactive unlike the ‘one-way traffic’ that you would have experienced in you colleges. I strongly recommend The Princeton Review to all aspiring GMAT test takers who want to score beyond their potentials. In short, The Princeton Review proved to be a catalyst in rocketing my score to 710 from the 470 that I got in my Diagnostic test. My score improvement is 240 points, what would be your‘s?
I am Roshini Roy Festus from the GMAT Jayanagar batch 113. I am the girl who had problems with pacing and I happened to mention to you that my second CAT went worse (pacing-wise) than the first although there was a marginal increase in my score. I also had my verbal section screw up on my second CAT and so I didn't get a proper overall score. I hope you vaguely remember me by now. Lol. I took my exam on the 22nd and I wanted to tell you my score and thank you personally for all the time and effort you took to make math easier to understand for me. I got a 49 in Math and that's WAYYYYY more than I ever HOPED to get especially considering my diagnostic test's score - a mere 32. If anyone here is to thank it definitely is you. I have never been keen on math but your passion for math and the effort you took for us made me end up working out more math for my GMAT than I ever did in school. My overall score is 720 which is a giant leap from the 580 I scored in my diagnostic test. It's funny cuz I was banking on verbal but I focused so much on math cuz it was my Achilles heel that I didn't even have time to practice verbal and my math score totally surprised me. Anyway regardless, I just wanted to thank you and The Princeton Review for all you have done and you especially for the time, effort, dedication and passion you have shown as a teacher. Yours truly, Roshini Roy Festus
GMAT exam is a test of your endurance more than your aptitude in management. It is also a test of time management. But most of us assume that since it involves Math and English, it will be cakewalk. After joining TPR, I was proved wrong in terms of many such assumptions. TPR lays out a lot of unknown facts about GMAT from day 1 which obviously helps us stay more prepared for the final outcome. For example, I never knew that 1/4th of the questions on the GMAT were experimental and skipping a weird looking and out-of-place question might cause me no harm at all because for all I know it might be experimental. And if I spend lesser time on it I will have more time to spend on the actual questions which will make a difference to my score. In the beginning, I was never able to finish either section because of my speed. The timed drills in OSC were extremely helpful that way - they helped me improve my timing on the actual test. The entire classroom program is designed very meticulously and the home work schedule ensures that students get sufficient practice. And best of all, the teachers are always ready to solve doubts. My Math teacher Harsha, helped me with all the Math concepts/questions and encouraged me a lot. My Verbal teacher Vikram, taught all the concepts extremely well and my Booster trainer Merrily refined my approach toward Verbal topics which ultimately pushed up my Verbal score. From a 550 in my Diagnostic test to a 710 in the actual test, TPR has helped me come a long way.
I am very thankful for the superb guidance given to me by the faculty at The Princeton Review. Right from day one, we were taught the unique method of how to arrive at the correct answer - not by going after it but by eliminating the wrong ones. This method proved especially more helpful in the verbal section. I would also like to point our the extremely student friendly environment at the education center. The teachers were available for help round the clock. For working professionals like me, we had the opportunity to clear our doubts through many mediums - telephone, skype and e-mail. I would like to make a special mention of Mr. R. Bhaskar, my verbal teacher, who was instrumental in continuously motivating and inspiring the entire batch throughout the length of the program. The Princeton Review follows a very logical and sound process which clearly gives you an advantage to outperform others in these highly competitive tests. The specially designed tests and practice exercises in the Online Student Center (OSC) are tailor made to suit the interests of every student and by carefully following the process one can easily witness his/her scores following an upward trajectory. The detailed analysis of your test results allows you to identify your weak areas and work on them carefully. The expert guidance of the teachers at the institute also helped to achieve a respectable score in the AWA section. Finally, the icing on the cake was the Booster sessions following which you can see a marked improvement in your score. I would like to recommend The Princeton Review to future GMAT aspirants because the course material and the faculty enables you with the confidence and the ability to take the GMAT head-on.
The Princeton Review is a best way there is to get a GMAT score; I say this because of my personal experience with Princeton Review, Tambaram. One can very well go through the normal process of self preparation; however as working profeffionals we are in lack of one important thing, time. So to effectively utilize time we should look for good content structured in a better way and most importantly, taught by the best tutors. This will help us in compensating for the less time we invest in GMAT preparation by making our learning curve rise steeply. I thank both my faculties, Mr. Bhaskar and Dr. Prabhu. I would definitely credit my tutor Mr. Bhaskar and Dr. Prabhu. I would definitely credit my tutor Mr. Bhaskar & Mrs. Sunitha, as they not only taught me all what is to be known to get good score in GMAT but also extended themselves to keep a constant track of my learning progress as if it is their duty to do so. If not for their tracking (right word would be pestering) I wouldn't have followed through the out-of-class activities like assignments, CATs and boosters which has landed me where I am now.
I joined GMAT Batch B-56 at Princeton Review Kolkata in February this year. Like many others I had a dream- a dream to enter one of the top B-Schools in the world and become a global citizen. However I had little clue of how to reach there. Then came the faculty of Princeton Review. With their effort they helped me secure a 700/800 [90 percentile]. I must say that I am thoroughly pleased with the efforts put in by the faculty especially Saurab sir. He went through the course material in a very systematic and methodical way. He first dealt with the basics, helping us form a strong base and then through his skill helped us build on the foundation. I still remember the way he explained the concept of participles I will never forget it. Another thing I was very happy about was the fact that he was there in non class hours just to help the students. I have called him thousands of times, bothering him with unnecessary questions. At all points, he made sure he cleared my queries even if that meant repeating the same point twice. I really appreciate the help of Saurab sir and TPR. I wish them all the best and hope they keep on guiding students so that the students can follow their dreams.
Hello Friends! I began the GMAT journey back in August 2011, when one fine day, after going through the websites of the Harvard and Stanford business schools as well as our very own ISB, I decided that it had to be an MBA for me. Initially, I set my sights upon a 700, since that seemed to be a bare minimum for admission to the top schools. However, that 700 seemed to be quite intimidating after my 1st GMATPrep in which I scored a 620.I knew I would need professional help, especially with the Verbal Section, and I could not think of anything but the Princeton Review. The 1st day I came to Princeton, they promised me a 100-point jump in scores. At that point, I nearly scoffed at that claim- 620 plus 100 = 720 and I am no Einstein! After a week of confusion, I decided that it was worth a chance, even if I reached a 700.That was probably the best decision I have made so far in life. At Princeton Review, I was taken aback by the structured and organized process that they have developed for GMAT Preparation. Here, there is no rote learning or cramming involved. Rather you have time-tested techniques which are smart, effective and specifically crafted to get you to your desired score. Especially with Verbal, I must admit, I would have been stuck in the early 690s without their help. I shall forever remain indebted to my verbal faculty Saurab Sir. Sentence Correction is more like math and less like Verbal when he’s around! At Princeton, the support system too is fantastic. The centre was like a 2nd home to me in the days leading up to the exam. Be it their library of Prep material, their fully equipped Computer Lab or their Online Content, there is no dearth of content or facilities, provided you are committed to the cause. Lastly, I am thankful to my batch, GMAT49. Here, I have met wonderful people, who are not only excellent students, but also extremely helpful and co-operative and thus, learning with them has been a collaborative and enriching experience. And in this too, I extend credit to Princeton which encouraged “knowledge sharing” through the “Google Groups” since Day 1. There is no substitute for hard work. But with Princeton around, my effort definitely had a focus and a direction, absolutely vital ingredients for success. Good Luck with the GMAT! Cheers!
I recently completed my GMAT exam, upon taking coaching in the INR-74 Batch. Would just like to share some feedback with you regarding the Course and the overall experience with Manya-Princeton Review. I was very happy with Ms. Merrily Tobin's classes - her classes were very informative and useful - she is extremely knowledgeable, and is extremely sure about the content that she teaches. Her booster sessions were very useful - she spent over 3 hours with me on several occasions. Every time I gave her a compliment, she would always pass on credit to the company. I think she is clearly an asset to your company. Your counsellors at the Indiranagar Centre - Anupama and Sindhu were extremely helpful and obliging. My parents were also very impressed upon meeting with Ms. Anupama.
1. Good Testing Material - The tests provided by TPR are pretty well equipped to test the score that we get on real GMAT. The score that we get on TPR test is what we get on GMAT. 2. Good Classroom Atmosphere - The classroom atmosphere is pretty good and the instructors make sure that all the students are participating in the progress of the course. 3. Admission Counseling Services - This is a very good service from TPR that completes the application process along with GMAT. I would recommend any candidate who is targeting Top B-Schools to opt for this service.
My name is Vikramjit Singh and I am sending you this email to share with you my experience of taking GMAT classes in Chandigarh at Princeton Review. The positive atmosphere in the class really acts as a catalyst in the whole learning process and encourages discussion. The teachers too encourage friendly discussion and therefore, the students feel very comfortable in sharing their problems. My experience was quite pleasant under the guidance of Mukhvinder ma'am (English) and Deepti ma'am (Mathematics) who taught me various good strategies in this subject and how to successfully implement them in the real test arena. I am really thankful to both of them for helping me out with my problems and to help me secure a score of 710 in GMAT and a score of 5.5 in AWA section. Thank You. Vikramjit Singh
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When I first joined Manya group I wasn't sure whether I had it in me to succeed in that level and go forward. I already had taken one GMAT exam before and failed miserably to meet up my own expectations. But Manya teachers and counselors changed that all. In only 3 months time I noticed marked improvements in my mock scores. Special thanks to my teachers Anirudh Raju(Maths), Jawaria Yaseen(Verbal), Pooja Bharti(Counselor), Keshoo Sharma(Editor). Without them I wouldn't have reached to the heights and also my expectations. Right now I'm at IIM Udaipur and looking forward to the course.
The Princeton Review has been my guide, counselor and pillar of support throughout my GMAT preparation at Tambaram, Chennai center. I was confused and apprehensive about the idea of pursuing a career in management when I approached Mr. Bhaskar for his guidance in making the decision. I recall that meeting in which Mr. Bhaskar clarified all my doubts regarding the admissions process for the universities and the preparation required for succeeding in the GMAT. That was the point when I decided to prepare for the GMAT with the guidance of TPR. My math tutor Dr. Prabhuraj S advocated an approach to solving problems different from the ones we had learnt during our school days. He constantly encouraged us to come to class with doubts from the OG and other preparatory materials. His energy level during the classes was infectious to the point that there has never been a dull moment in his classes. My verbal tutor Mr. R.Bhaskar was diligent and sincere in his efforts when he took his classes. Starting from Day 1 he encouraged us to prepare for the AWA by improving our typing speed and cultivating our reading habits. The Sentence Correction classes were lively and involved discussions where everyone was encouraged discuss and arrive at the answer. I would sincerely like to thank Mr. Bhaskar and Ms. Sunitha for their constant faith in me and their unstinted support to me during the preparations. Mr. Bhaskar has guided me in all the areas from test preparation to selection of the colleges suitable for me and applying for the GMAT. He was always confident about my performance even when I started getting apprehensive about it. I would like to mention the contribution of the OSC of The Princeton Review which was of great help to me during my preparation. The question bank of the OSC is so exhaustive that almost all types of questions asked during the GMAT are covered in it. I feel that a lot of effort has gone into designing the Prep Tests which effectively simulate the main tests. I would Strongly recommend TPR for all prospective students who wish to succeed in GMAT.
The Princeton Review GMAT program helped me apply the my prior knowledge towards the betterment of my GMAT score. The techniques taught helped me score a 700 on my GMAT in just 2 months. It's not just the techniques that make it all worth it. It's the encouragement given by the teachers and their desire and drive to help you at all times that adds to the value of the program. All in all, highly recommend. Thank you Yours sincerely -- Siddharth M H Students' Union President Head of Marketing, NITK Racing National Institute of Technology- Karnataka, Surathkal +91-9740835973
Hi Merrily, 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 completed my GMAT yesterday. I scored a 730 (Q-49 and V-40). Whilst I was a little disappointed on not scoring a 50 on Quant, I would be lying if I said I am unhappy. The GMAT experience was a pleasant and enriching journey throughout and I must say each of you were catalysts to boost my score from a 420 (diag score) to 730 (GMAT score). I remember the 1st day of my class - it was V2 for the batch, and Merrily told me to join the next batch. To be honest, I was a little embarrassed to leave so I agreed to complete the lecture but later on moved to the next batch for the other classes. When I scored a 420 on my diag, I reckoned it to be just another test and me scoring low is just because I was not in touch with the quant and verbal topics from school. But later during the course I realized that GMAT is an altogether different ball game. It is not like the college exams that are rated out of 100 and the questions are pretty straight where we have 3 hours to complete. Unfortunately for me, I realized this very late in the course, partially because I wasn't ready to unlearn and learn again. This is something each student should avoid and just adapt to from Day 1. In no time the course was over and though I did improve on certain areas, I wasn't too happy with how I was faring. This is when I realized that though I knew all concepts from Princeton, what I could not learn is how to prudently apply them. My first aim since then was to get a 600 somehow and meet Merrily for my boosters. I somehow managed to score 600 and got myself enrolled for the boosters. Whoa!!! This was the turning point. The first session with Merrily was great; She not only helped me realise my strengths but also told me where I was going wrong. She asked me to attempt a few other tests and come back a few days later. Applying the strategies that Merrily told me during the boosters, I realized my verbal scores were on a constant 37+ on the various prep tests. My scores started going higher, but my Quant never crossed 48 & 49. I was disappointed again.. I had to pester Anupama to help me out with a booster trainer for Quant. One fine day I got a mail from my Quant booster trainer - Vikram and this was the second and the most important turning point during the last few days of my prep. I suggest that every student should get a chance to talk to Vikram at least once. His approach to understand your problem areas, advise and help you address them are amazing. He told me a few truths about GMAT that I will never forget - % of experimental questions, which question to skip and which one not to, how to help yourself concentrate better during the prep days etc. And after this session with Vikram, I felt prepared in the true sense; Or shall I say, this session did 'boost' my approach towards the test. Since then I scored a 50+ on every prep test and scores were always above 720. So I was now prepared for the test and I committed one of my few mistakes during the last 3 days before my exam. I took 3 full length tests on all 3 days. Though I scored a 720+ on the first couple of tests, my score on the last test - GMAT prep 2 was a 700. I was paranoid as I had scored 750 on prep 1, and went bezerk.. I spoke to Merrily and she asked me to just forget everything and relax. One of the guidelines from Merrily - NO FULL LENGTH TEST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE MAIN EXAM. I somehow managed to maintain my cool and pass through the rest of the day. On the day of the test, my brain was a little exhausted but I convinced myself to stay active for the 4 hours. Got to the test center, sorted out the formalities and started with the test. Completed the essays on time and then took my 1st break. Had something to drink, listened to some music and then got back to attempt my Quant. I completed my Quant 6 minutes before time and was pretty glad with how I had done. The only disappointment was that I had 3 questions on PnC and Probability and these questions were between Q27-Q37. As I was never prepared for these I skipped them. Had I prepared myself for these as well, I could have scored better. During my Quant slot, I realized something that Merrily told me during the boosters..'You can work every problem in the internet, prep tests etc, but what you see on the GMAT is completely different. Its not difficult but different. And be rest assured, if you are well prepared, every question in the set needs only 2 mins of your time to solve. If it takes more than 2-3 mins, then it is either a crazy experimental question or you should just skip and move on. Don't let one question bother you for the rest of the test.' I did this and had sufficient time left for the other questions. Those 6 minutes that I could save helped me relax and gave me 13-14 mins before Verbal. Had my second break after Quant, did the drill again, and then got back for the Verbal section. Unlike Quant, I spent 30 mins on the 1st 15 questions. I had to speed up from then on. Somehow managed to cruze through the remaining questions, and by the time I reached Q30 I had 15 mins left. I took sufficient time for each question from thereon. I was done with the test; I had the option of Reporting or Cancelling my score and when I clicked on Report, there it was.. the score with the break up.. Honestly, I was waiting to call my trainers and thank them because if it were not for them, I would not have got a decent score. Well, this was just my experience... Though this is just step 1 complete in a long winded process of MBA admission, it is definitely a nice start...Thanks to each of you for your help and support during the entire journey...Much appreciated!!!
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 afterwords.
On 7th December 2011, I realized my target of scoring 690 in GMAT. I got a score of 50 in Quant and 33 in Verbal. Earlier in the first attempt on 2nd November 2011, I managed a score of 640 (Quant – 45 and Verbal –32). This effort is after 5 months of toil and a lot of support from Mr.Tarun Kaushik, Mr. Gyanesh Pandey & Ms. Ashima Sharma of Princeton Review. I am an hotelier and have worked for Taj and Apeejay Surrendra Group for 4 years. After a lot of research, I became aware that I need to pursue my MBA from one of the best universities in the world and to get into one of the best; I needed to boast of a decent GMAT score.I wasn’t aware of the GMAT. After a lot of research and chat with friends, I homed on to Princeton Review for GMAT guidance. I wasn’t sure whether I should go for classroom sessions, as a few friends counselled me to pursue studies on my own. I contacted Princeton Review to understand the concept of GMAT. I met my counselor, Gyanesh Pandey. I found him helpful, sincere and very friendly. He made me feel comfortable and told me that, with sincere efforts and proper guidance I will be able to achieve my target. He explained lucidly and in detail the whole training session and convinced me to join the classroom sessions. I gave my first diagnostic in June and received a score of 480. (Quant – 39 and verbal – 21). This score was slightly depressing, because it questioned my ability and ambition. Mr. Pandey comforted me and encouraged me to put in earnest effort. Mr. Pandey has always been supportive and wholeheartedly helped throughout. His friendly, approachable and helpful nature makes him an asset in the organization.I started my classroom session in June. Ms. Ashima provided me with the best Verbal prep possible. She helped me grasp the rules and techniques of scoring well. I was rightly told the significance of scoring well in Verbal to boost my overall score. Good interactive classroom sessions and a lot of practice helped me to reach a score of 32 in the first GMAT attempt and 33 in the second attempt. This was an accomplishment for me, since I started with a below average score of 21. Ms. Ashima’s tips on the AWAs helped me attain an average score of 5.5 in my first attempt. My Quant classes were taken up by Mr. Tarun Kaushik. This sincere, hardworking, friendly and highly competent trainer was the right tonic to boost our GMAT preparation. On the very first day, he made me feel very comfortable and assured me that, if I worked hard I will be able to achieve a score above 48. He showed us his proven track record, wherein all his students had attained scores above 48. His classes were vibrant, interactive and highly educative. He helped us brush up our basics, learn from our mistakes to raise our competency level in Quant and upped our targets as months progressed. His guidance and my efforts made me feel very confident that I will be able to achieve my dream score. I kept practicing on the online student center and the extensive material provided by Mr. Kaushik and Mr.Pandey, along with full timed tests. My test scores and improvements were accessed periodically. I gave a total of 22 full tests over 4 months, including GMAT Prep 6 times. After the completion of the training program, Mr. Kaushik suggested to me to pair up with a competent partner for combined studies. This was an excellent idea, as it helped me break the monotony of studying alone, gain more confidence and cover a lot of ground. Mr. Kaushik seemed to always find time for us, in between his already rigorous schedule. His guidance helped me gain so much that very soon I started scoring an average of 49-50 in the quant tests.Mr. Pandey always ensured that we had a classroom and the lab available at all times for our combined studies. I even gained a lot from a brief session with Ms. Deepti. She gave me invaluable tips and tactics to prepare for GMAT verbal. . For the past 4 months, Princeton was like a second home to me. When I got a score of 45 in quant in my first GMAT attempt, Mr. Kaushik motivated me to try the test again.I was given more guidance and material. I studied for another month and gave the test to achieve 690, scoring 50 in Quant. I am happy to come up to the expectations of my trainers. This score is a significant step towards my admission to try and get into one of the best universities. My 210 points improvement was made possible by the fully supportive, diligent & effective training provided. My heartfelt thanks to the Princeton team of trainers. You people are simply awesome!!
I am writing this mail to convey sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to you, Deepti Ma'am and Richa Ma'am for providing me outstanding guidance and highly diligent training with sincere personal involvement and extreme professionalism. At the outset, I wish to reiterate the exceptional professionalism and sincerity of faculty members and counselor (cum Asst Territory Manager), a repetitive experience during my training - GMAT 1-on-1 in July-August 2011. This stint with your center has not only enabled me get a reasonable score but also made my GMAT experience relatively comfortable due to faculty's dedication and professionalism, coupled up with an personal touch. Initially, I was provisioned with detailed information by Ms Richa Sharma about the options of coaching courses available for me. I was not only provided a deliberate insight but was also made confident that I could improve my score and fulfill my dreams, with outstanding training and deliberate guidance, a fact which I can endorse now. What makes my experience exceptional is the way I was provisioned with all important inputs without making me feel any information overload. Moreover, I applaud the way I had been kept informed about the batches and course content of various course options, for nearly two months before I started training. All this was done to guide me without making me feel inconvenient. After my enrollment, I was made to feel extremely comfortable by adjustment of classes of "already thoroughly planned TPR GMAT schedule". I found you, my verbal instructor, extremely competent, learned and experienced. Right from day one, you guided me through the well planned course curriculum and motivated me with result-oriented guidance, which evidently facilitated my daily improvement. A special thanks to you, both for verbal training and for class scheduling, especially for thorough training during well-scheduled classes and also for personal availability for any queries. Lessons of concise tips-such as 2/3 split, and avoiding red herring and red pencil fever- based on, and substantiated by, my performance in class and in practice tests enabled me overcome my shortcomings in CR and RC. I wish to mention that my SC had already improved because of class lessons and homework. My math instructor Ms Deepti Kashyap, an extremely thorough and experienced quantitative instructor, not only imparted thorough quantitative training "by the book", but also practically focused on my shortcomings, and provided me specific tips to improve my Data Sufficiency, which was otherwise a big drawback for me. I was deliberately taught, guided and made to experience the essence and importance of time-keeping, an important exercise which improved my score substantially. Not only did my math instructor stick to carefully planned schedule but was also open to deliberation and discussion on any topic I was facing problem with. She made sure that I incorporated, and gained proficiency in, all strategies and methods - such as plugging in, PITA and AD/BCE. My instructors, both verbal and quantitative, made sure that I was consistent,confident and well-poised for achieving a good result. I am extremely thankful for such smooth and diligent result-oriented execution of well-planned curriculum in a short time without any rush or hurry. It is highly praiseworthy that the faculty members reiterarted and personally exemplified valuable qualities - positive outlook, discipline, confidence and will to perform - that enabled me achieve a reasonable GMAT score ( 720, Q-49, V-40 ) despite relatively short duration of training. I have found Manya Abroad, at Sector-9 Chandigarh, a concise, well-knit unit of performance-oriented and highly skilled professionals who maintain exceedingly high standards. Not only did I get exceptional counseling advice and guidance, and comprehensive and exhaustive training (both verbal and quantitative), but also witnessed personal examples of punctuality, dedication and commitment to duty while maintaining a humane touch. Once again, I am very grateful and shall be extremely happy to recommend Manya Abroad and The Princeton Review to all MBA and GMAT aspirants. PFA my two photographs as discussed. Thank you for you persevering and pain-staking efforts.
Well!! The road never seemed easy when I started thinking about getting into some good B-school. I was absolutely clueless about the path I needed to choose or the road map I needed to draw to achieve the dreams I had been nurturing for quite some time. I gave my first GMAT exam in August ’08 without any serious preparation. Then I took GMAT very lightly because I had prepared for CAT for a couple of years and GMAT ironically seemed a cakewalk. This proved to be a foolish mistake and I ended up with a very low score. The score was an eye opener and I accepted that GMAT is totally a different ball game. I started a serious preparation for GMAT again in December ’09. The one thing that helped me the most in my preparation for GMAT was my newly learnt ability to ‘Learn-Unlearn-and-Relearn’. I am emphasizing on this because most of us generally come with a preoccupied approach towards things. Initially this pre-occupied notion was a big impediment in my preparation as well because being from an engineering background I was very good in Mathematics and had same parochial way of solving quant questions (i.e. the lengthy way). It was a big challenge for me to learn new ways of solving questions so that I didn’t lose out much time on each question. This is where Princeton Review helped me the most with its unique technique in quant as well as in verbal. Especially in Verbal, the unique techniques of Princeton Review helped me improve my performance a lot in Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning section. As you all know, GMAT is a very scientifically designed exam and it tests your knowledge as well as your endurance. I am using the word ‘endurance’ because it is not an easy task to continuously sit for 4 hours and give the test with the same energy level throughout. And as mentioned above this is where my newly learnt ability to ‘Learn-Unlearn-and-Relearn’ made a difference. I applied the new techniques of solving Quant questions that helped me in completing my quant section 15 minutes before the scheduled end of the section. However I didn’t end the exam by clicking the answer for the last question (in quant section). I took a break of 14.30 minutes to freshen up. And in 15th minute I clicked the last answer and then again took a scheduled break of 5 min. The total break of these 20 minutes proved crucial as before the beginning of the Verbal section I was completely rejuvenated. When the exam ended I was seriously shocked and thrilled looking at my score. The figure that popped up on the screen was a score that I never dreamt of achieving. It was a bigger shock to me than my first GMAT exam! The screen was showing a score of 740 (50Q, 40V). It took me more than 5-10 minutes to believe that I had actually scored this.
I gave my GMAT on 28th Dec and got 720 (Q49, V39). This was my 2nd attempt. In my first attempt I scored 610 (Q49, V25). The score in Quant was same as it was the last time but in Verbal I scored much better. I shifted base to Gurgaon after my 1st attempt and decided to attend only the Verbal classes at Gurgaon Center as I wanted to improve my Verbal score. I had this thing in mind that it is very very tough to improve your verbal score beyond 20-25% but in my case it is a jump of almost 60%. But after attending the 1st SC class at the Gurgaon branch I knew I can definitely score much much better and my scores proved me right. My Verbal score improved from V25 to V39 in 7-8 weeks and most of the credit for this improvement goes to Jasmeet Sir (My Verbal Faculty at Gurgaon Center). He was always there to help me even after the scheduled classes and I know it is only because of what he taught and the way he taught that I have got such a good score. Thanks to all the Faculty members at Princeton for their support.
"Quant was always my strength and I used to score nearby 50 in Quant but verbal was one weakness I wanted to drop like a bad habit. I used to make a lot of mistakes in verbal and was struggling to get my score above 650-670 level. Princeton Review & Mukhvider Mam helped me in bringing more consistency in verbal scores by providing extremely useful concepts for GMAT English which helped me getting 710 in the GMAT. If you are think that the fee for this differential is too much, trust me and try it, you won't regret it!" Thanks & Best Regards,
I am so glad that I am writing this mail to you. First of all I thank and congratulate you for your efforts that you invested in me and for never letting me get bogged down because of test anxiety. Here is my test day experience. Background I had been practicing from approximately a week before my test to sit and practice GMATPrep questions or a practice test at 9:30 AM (the time when I had scheduled my GMAT appointment). This exercise helped me to consistently and actively perform at this very time interval during the day. Later on, I revised my Quant and Verbal concepts throughout the day. Test Day I allowed my self to get 8-hour sleep, which I believe is crucial for my performance. I got ready, had my breakfast and reached the test center 30 minutes before the scheduled time. I sat down in the waiting room and practiced deep breathing for few minutes; this exercise, as I have found out in many articles, helps reduce stress and increases oxygen flow to the brain. I went through all the test-taking formalities prior to the test and sat down in front of my assigned computer. Now, I prayed to almighty and started with the mouse-keyboard-mind game. I Started with an AWA which I think I have seen before in the prior test. I figured out some neatly hidden assumptions that demanded my criticism. As usual, I followed my AWA template and started filling in the details. By 30 minutes, I had written down 5 paragraphs and I think my essay would incorporate around 500 words. IR section - First question, I had no idea I would face such a difficult and confusing first question. I spent around 6.5 minutes on this question and had to ultimately cut myself off from looking at it. Yes, I made a guess which I doubt was educated. Second question - again tough instead very tough. I told myself that I am anyways going to attempt around 7-8 questions so lets not waste time on this one. Guessed it. Third question - I understood the graph but had no idea what that vertical axis represented. This was what question asked. There were two required responses for this question - fill in the blanks type question. Second blank was somewhat easy to answer but first blank was annoying. I made some estimation and chose an option which I felt right for the first blank. At this point of time - time was around 16 minutes mark. I told myself that I need to be very careful with the next questions. I payed careful attention to the next 4-5 questions and spent good time working on these. I answered these questions with confidence. Next time I saw the timer, I was at question 9 and I had less than 3 minutes remaining to complete the section. I worked on 10th question and answered it. Next three were 3-part analysis questions. I had no time left for these, so I quickly browsed through the three tabs and answered 1 of them with somewhat better confidence. Guessed the remaining ones. I came out of the test room, went to the wash room and rinsed my face with water. I learned, from a renowned forum, that doing this reduces stress and I think that is true. I came back, had my drink and an energy bar that I brought with myself. At this time, I practiced some deep breathing and told myself that its going to be fine. I know the concepts and I need not to take any stress. Spent some time sitting in the room and did not talk to anyone. The proctor provided me with a fresh notepad to work on. He logged in to my computer and I saw 60 seconds countdown to begin quant section. First question was based on percentages, clever question I must say. If I were heavily stressed at this point, I would have guessed it for sure. But I did not. I had been preparing myself from so long not to take stress on this day and forever. So I answered first question in 1.5 minutes which I thought was less time. So, I rechecked my work to confirm I have made the right choice. Second and third question were easy. For a moment I thought I have not correctly answered my previous questions. I considered it just a thought and allowed it to pass. With answering 3-4 questions, I got actively involved into the test and I picked up test taking rhythm and pace. Strictly followed the timing strategies and did cut myself from the questions which appeared to be too time consuming. There were instances when I observed that I was moving ahead of the benchmark time. I slowed down at that point and started to recheck my work for all the questions I was doing. I came across 6-7 geometry questions, around 3 questions based on inequalities, 1-2 questions on remainders and rest were the usual clever questions based on number properties, algebra, equations, etc. I managed to finish the section on time, raised my hand to signal the proctor. He came in and assisted me come out of the test room. Again, went to the rest room and rinsed my face with water. Came back to the Proctor's lobby (I just gave it a fancy name) and had my energy bar and drink. Some deep breathing, some positive thoughts and just verbal section to focus was all that I had in mind. I told my self that this is the final battle. As my teachers have guided me, I will stay with the RC passages, will stay with the CR and will spend appropriate time on SC questions. Proctor logs-in into the computer and I see one minute countdown to begin verbal section. First question - Sentence correction, I found out the right answer in 1.5 minutes (yes it was a bit longer than one should spend on SCs, but I made assure that I have marked the right answer). Second question - SC and I knew the answer is A. POE tool is so damn amazing, I just kicked out all the wrong options in a very less time. I think I compensated my overspent time on the first question by spending less time on the second one. Third question - SC, I marked it with confidence. My inner self chimes in and says to GMAT bring on CR, lets do them. First CR type was I think resolve the discrepancy and it was fourth question on my test. I spend some good time working on it and used POE to mark definitely wrong choices in first pass. I came down to two and spent some more time re-reading the remaining choices, I realized that I have found the answer and I marked it. I strictly followed timing benchmarks in the section. After 5-6 questions, I caught up the rhythm and stopped paying too much attention to the timer. I only looked at timer once I reached the benchmark question - say I complete question 8 and look at timer to match with the benchmark timing. I came across two science RCs. One was based on some planetary phenomenon - in this I think I had to answer 5 questions and the other was on mosquitoes study - 4 questions. The other two RCs were on humanities and business topics. For RCs, I used a 2 minute read through strategy. I would read the entire passage within 2 - 2.5 minutes only to understand the structure of the passage and then move to the questions and re-read the desired part of the passage as demanded by the question. I also observed patterns in the CR questions. Patterns such as Causal, planning arguments on which strengthen/weaken questions were based. I would have come across around 2 - 3 weaken questions, 1 - 2 strengthen, 2 - inference questions , 1 - resolve type, 1 - boldfaced type in which the sentence to evaluate was not boldfaced, 2 - two people's conversation type. In the last 5 questions, I answered 3 CR questions in a sequence, last question SC. Answered it and clicked next. Next, next, next screen show me next screen show me score screen. And then I saw my score Q49 V38 Total 710 (I forgot to see IR score). First thing that came into my mind was to quickly accept and report my scores. Instead of clicking next, I shouted at proctor, who was in the room, yes I want to accept and report my scores. He said please sit down. I came back to my senses and clicked on report scores. Proctor assisted me to come out of the test room and handed me my unofficial score reports. As I came out of the test center, I called my parents, sisters and friends and told them about my performance. Later, I joined my teachers to celebrate my test success. Now, as I start with my applications process, I need your more wishes for my future. Once again, I thank you for making me realize that I can do it. Let's stay in touch. Warm Regards, Honey Nagpal
I joined Princeton for both GMAT coaching and ACS services, both of which were were extremely good, I specially cherish my conversations with Megha, my counsellor, who stepped in between, and acted as my guide throughout the process. The editing services were commendable; out of the 3 universities that I applied to through ACS, I got selected in one, and waitlisted (after being called for interviews) in the remaining two universities. Special thanks to Divya and Priyanka for their great inputs in helping me draft strong essays.
I enrolled at Princeton Review Chandigarh in end June. The course ensued for 10 weeks, till approximately 15th September once it was over I
decided to take 3 weeks off for self study and additional practice and fixed a GMAT appointment for 7th October. Both Deepti Ma’am and
Mukhvinder Ma’am had advised me not to take a long gap because after a point my score would not get any better and may also start getting
worse. I found this advice extremely valuable and true.
Without prolonging the suspense I am going to get right to the point. So the fateful day of 7th October arrived and my exam was scheduled
for 9:30 am (once again on everybody’s advice I chose this time slot). I woke up in the morning feeling a bit anxious and nervous, I did yoga
followed by breathing exercises for a few minutes in order to relax myself and get the blood flowing, I tried to go over the study notes I had
made on techniques to be applied in the Quant section, Geometry formulas etc and mainly on POE techniques for SC, CR and RC questions in
the Verbal section, but this once again started making me nervous so I shut everything and started watching TV and did not spend any more
time thinking about the exam I just figured I know what I know and now is no time to change it. Around 8 am I got dressed went downstairs
for breakfast, had half a cup of coffee with pancakes and around 8:40 am I was out of my house ( I mention the TV and pancakes because I am
an avid TV watcher and I love pancakes, so basically I did everything I could to be happy and relaxed before the exam ). One more thing, a lot
of people sent me best of luck messages that really boost me up, since I am a tiny bit spoilt I perform my best when I know I am loved and
that the world is a happy place, if you are the same make sure to remind everyone to wish you, trust me it really helps.
So at 9:00 am I had arrived at Jetking, the test centre, I waited for a bit, after which I was called in a tiny room for security and identification
purposes, the whole thing took about 10mins tops and after some more waiting, we (to my surprise it was just 3 people including me and the
room accommodates a total of 4 people) were given a small induction/talk on the GMAT exam procedure, rules and regulations etc. We were
told to leave ALL our stuff outside including water, were handed a notepad, two pens and earplugs.
Once we entered the room the exam was started for each one of us individually by the invigilator. It was so similar to the TPR practice exams
that I felt completely comfortable skipping over all instructions and starting my Essay straightaway; I followed all of the instructions given to
us by Mukhvinder ma’am to tackle the Essay making it a cake walk. Next came the IR section, not my personal favourite, many a times in the
practice test I had scored a 2 in this section, but I wasn’t dissuaded like Deepti ma’am had instructed us my aim was to do 8 questions
properly, and I ended up doing 9 in the 30mins. After completing the Essay and IR sections I took my 8 minute break went outside had a few
bites of chocolate drank some water walked around a bit and went back in.
Once inside I started the QUANT section. As instructed I was extra careful for the first 10 questions, I finished the first 20 questions on target
time with 35 minutes remaining but questions 20-30 had always been my Achilles’ heel , the questions get harder and being a maths student
it is really hard for me to move on without solving a question which means losing time. My advice from experience, if you can’t solve it in 2
minutes or aren’t very close to the answer it is likely you are going to get it wrong anyway so make a guess and move on. I did not take my
own advice fumbled a bit with time due to which I was forced to make a few guesses but was thankfully back on target time once again by
Q32. Once again I took extra care with the last few questions which to me always seem easier for some reason and hence lead me to believe
that I haven’t done all that well because surely the level has fallen. Don’t ever believe this, I have no explanation, but just trust me and simply
I took the second 8 minute break, had a few more bites of my chocolate, had a disprins dissolved in water ( I always did this in my second
break since it’s a long test and I figured earlier on that I was prone to headaches and stiff shoulders in the last 30 mins, so I figured prevention
is better than cure), went to the washroom (a floor above), told myself that even IF the QUANT section had gone badly I can still push up my
score with the Verbal section so no reason to grieve, with this thought I went back inside and started the Verbal section.
First few questions were SC (Yippeeee!!) and I don’t really remember the rest but one thing I do remember is that it was EXTREMELY similar to
the TPR tests there were a total of 4 RCs and rest were obviously SC and CR. The CR questions were mainly strengthen/weaken and inference.
Personally I had spent more time practicing SC and CR. For SC knowing the main error types and POE process is crucial and similarly for the CR
questions indentifying the type and pattern of the question and then using POE extensively are almost surely to get you the right answer. Bur
for me the key struggle was PATIENCE , USE your marker, it is very easy to fall in to the trap, ‘Oh! I know this, choice X is obviously the answer,
select, confirm, sure, next!’ do not do that nothing is obvious and do not lose patience. I do believe I was a bit impatient as I did not even
bother with the marker for a few questions, finished the Verbal section a bit before time and realized OMG this is actually over. So next, next
next, next, no, no, no don’t want to update, don’t want to send anything to anyone just want to see my score, and there it was finally Total
700, V 38, Q48! So that actually went better than expected!
I realize that I have gone into excruciating detail about the test day itself but that is because the best guidance you can get on how to prepare
is from the teachers, attend all classes religiously, follow instructions and treasure any advice given to you. Now two people may have
prepared equally well getting the same kind of scores in the practice tests but one may score much higher on the actual test, the only
explanation for this is that what you do on THE DAY matters so give it some thought.
In terms of how I personally prepared, I attended all classes, tried my best to keep on top of the homework, once classes were over I followed
the schedule personally designed for me, thanks to which I had the opportunity to give 9 TPR and 2 Manhattan tests (Oh the horror of the
Manhattan tests, if you know what I mean do not let them discourage you and definitely do not give one very close to your exam). Did I spend
12 hours studying in a day? No. In the 3 weeks of self study I spent around 4-5 hours studying every day, consistency is key. If you are
struggling with anything please ask for help, Deepti Ma’am helped me overcome my struggle with pacing after which my Quant score jumped
from around 40 to around 50. Rest a student is only as good as his/her teachers so I cannot highlight enough the role of Mukhvinder Ma’am
and Deepti Ma’am and also the entire Princeton Review Chandigarh team in helping me attain the score I have achieved.
All the best!
I finally got my official score report from GMAC and my reported scores are as follows Quant- 49/86 percentile Verbal- 38/83 percentile AWA- 6.0/91 percentile Total weighted score 700/90 percentile Personally, I had very little time to prepare and never expected myself to be able to touch 700. But it was the structured program of Princeton Review that was so effective in doing this. I would particularly like to thank both my trainers, Ms. Megala (quants) and Ms. Lavanya (verbal) for the effort they put into every session and also for providing individual attention by addressing any and all doubts that I had, be it related to the exam, concepts or the content of the course. Even though I was comfortable with quant, Megala Mam really helped me make sure that I could be consistent in the quants section while concentrating more on verbal which I was weaker in. Coming to verbal, full credit to Lavanya Mam who helped me turn this around. The Princeton Review techniques coupled with her presentation skills were instrumental in helping me break into 80 percentile. Classes were informative, interactive, very very useful and most of all, fun. She also kept me motivated and inspired right up to the ‘D’ day, for which I am very grateful. I would definitely recommend this program for anyone looking to seriously prepare for the GMAT and pursue higher studies in Institutes abroad. They know their way around the GMAT and are good in what they do, they did a good job with me.
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.
When I first took the diagnostic test in June, I got an abysmal 470 so I was really skeptical whether I could pull off a decent score with just 4 months of prep. And today finally, when I do have a score in hand, I have to say that I owe it to Princeton Review. The best thing about Princeton Review Test Prep is its methodical approach which starts from telling you exactly what to study and when to study. For a working professional who has been out of touch with studies, this kind of discipline is certainly worth it! The Verbal and Quant faculty focus on sharpening your basics, and very rightly so, because the exam doesn’t test you on complex questions or on the ability to answer all questions right. The faculty makes you work smart by removing the unnecessary frills that appear in the form of complex formulas, theories and jargons. I also think the study material is very well organized and the Princeton Review student portal is exhaustive with more than 1000 questions in the drills and tests. Finally, to sum it up, I want to say a big "thank you" to my Quant and Verbal faculty, Deepti Maam and Mukhvinder Maam, and the staff at Princeton Review for being every bit as concerned about my prep as I was. The actual prep begins outside classroom, and Princeton Review offered me the perfect environment and the support I needed!
After doing well at the GMATPrep tests (710-720 48/39) but only getting a 640 (48/32 on the first attempt at the GMAT, I joined Princeton Review's excelerator program to understand what could have gone wrong and boost my performance.
The Princeton practice exams (with detailed score reports including how answers to a question affected my score) , along with the pacing systems helped me understand how each question affects my score and gain the consistency in my scoring. My trainers, Tarun & Priyanka provided focused assistance on commonly tested rules, exceptions to rules (GMAT anomalies) and advanced level questions.
I was made to give about 7-8 full length tests and each of my test was reviewed by the trainers. My regular pitfalls were spotted (Boldface in CR and Geometry) and targeted help was provided, focusing on simple shortcuts that save considerable time. Furthermore, practicing 700-800 level questions rather than the 600-700 level questions in the OG allowed me to boost my performance and be more confident when facing difficult questions on test date. After 5 weeks, I was able to improve my score to 740 (49/41) in the GMAT.
I started my GMAT journey on a rather positive note – a 700 on GMAT Prep. But it quickly became clear to me that this is not something I could do consistently. I was looking for a quality GMAT coaching program and shortlisted my choices to Jamboree and Princeton. However, the personal attention and consideration that I felt on my first visit itself to Princeton made the decision easy.
I scored a 590 on the diagnostic test and this completely shot my confidence. I had taken leave from my office and needed to reach 700+ within 2 months. It was suggested to me that I join the Excelerator program as my GMAT prep scores were high. Even I needed to work at my own pace and not be burdened by regular classes. So I started my preparations with Tarun Sir and Charu Mam.
My first few sessions in Quant were a disaster. I just did not seem to grasp the idea of DS questions. But I persevered through the hours of relearning the basics of material I had learned and forgotten in my school days. But more importantly, I also learned how to apply logic to math questions. There were so many times that Sir would solve a question without even writing one equation, it astounded me. With the huge question bank at his disposal, Tarun Sir ensured that I got sufficient practice of every possible question type on the GMAT. Probability is my Achilles’ heel and I am glad I only got one question on my actual exam.
The Verbal progression was slightly different. We covered all the topics in class fairly quickly and then I set to work on the Official Guide. Me and Charu Mam would spend several hours analyzing what went wrong whenever I would make mistakes. We applied the same approach to Official Verbal Review questions and spent considerable time in error analysis and then devising ways to handle specific question types.
Once all my course topics were completed, I set to work on the Mock Tests to get my pacing right. The first two tests were rather encouraging – scored 700+ on both – but I had only given the Quant and Verbal part and not the full test. My happiness, however, was short lived. As soon as I started to take full length mock tests, my scores fell to 660-680 range. It was quite a blow. I rescheduled my exam by postponing it for 15 days. During this time, I was giving mock tests at the rate of one every day – Princeton mocks and the free tests available on various preparation sites such as Manhattan and Veritas. I also went through some Youtube videos and content available on GMAT club. My daily routine would involve getting up at 8 am and then start my test by 9 am. I would be done by 1pm and then rush to the centre for analysis. The faculty was extremely patient with me and answered each and every query I had as many times as I asked. We worked on pacing strategies and analyzed what went wrong with every question. One of the key learning was to not let a previous question or section affect your performance on subsequent questions.
Finally exam day arrived. I had scored a sad 620 on my last Princeton mock exam and was extremely nervous. But I also knew that I had prepared really well and I had also crossed 750 on GMAT Prep. Both my faculty told me to stop studying and just chill out. In reality, they were more nervous than I was. In fact Tarun Sir had predicted that I would either score above 750 or below 680 – nothing in between. So I watched a movie in the evening with some friends and went to sleep by 11pm. I had already prepared everything for the next morning – clothes, passport and chocolates. I had also visited the test centre earlier and knew exactly where to go. So I did not allow anything to rattle me on exam day. I ate a chocolate on the way to the test centre. I am not fond of energy drinks so I relied on plain old water.
Everything went smoothly and I started my exam with a very positive frame of mind. The essay topic was easy as well as the IR. I had had difficulty with my IR score in mock exams and this always put me in a low confidence mode when approaching Quant section. So I was quite happy to note that the IR questions were fairly easy. On the quant section, I messed up my timing due to a couple of easy questions. That again put me in panic mode and I had to skip a few questions just to maintain overall pacing. But I had prepared for this and only guessed on alternate questions. By the time I ended my Quant, I was very nervous again. I had expected it to go better. But I remembered all the advice from my classes and calmed my mind. Stretched a bit, took some deep breaths, ate a chocolate and tried to forget about Quant. The Verbal section went pretty smoothly until I noticed that I was once again rather short on time. However, this time I did not get nervous and after question 30, increased my speed and finished the exam just in the last second. The demographic questions were excruciating and I remember my hands were trembling. When the score flashed on the screen, I could not believe my eyes. I called the test administrator to confirm that this was indeed my score and not a demo. It was finally over!!
The best part of my experience with Princeton is that the faculty was as concerned with my scores as I myself was. I received hours upon hours of personal time and even had the fortune of Mandy Sir’s guidance. When I visited the centre after my exam, almost every member of the staff personally congratulated me. This personal touch is what I like most about Princeton. The quality of coaching and the material are top notch. I would also like to thank Suruchi and Mansi who provided the best administrative supported and facilitated all aspects of the coaching.
Another point that I would like to mention is the importance of vision and belief. I had a very specific goal in mind when I started studying for the GMAT. That goal was 760 – exactly 760. I don’t know why I chose that figure – it somehow just resonated with me. I had also formed a Whatapp group with some of my friends from Princeton and named it GMAT760. I am a big believer in The Secret and the power of the universe and would like to think that this vision also contributed to my GMAT success.
Rohit K Maskara
I recently took my GMAT exam and I scored 760 (Q51 V42). I would like to thank the team of trainers at Princeton Review for helping me achieve that score on the GMAT. The online tests available at the Student Portal of Princeton Review website helped me practice meticulously and enabled me to face the GMAT with confidence. Thank you very much for all the support.
I would like to recommend The Princeton Review to everyone who is concerned about their future. It provides you with the best direction and guidance to clear your standardized tests like the GMAT. I had a wonderful experience at TPR while preparing for my GMAT and am grateful to them for allowing me to use their resources at any odd hour.