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!