Yes. Only 2 weeks. It was dedicated and effective studying for two weeks. I believe I studied quite effectively. Quality over quantity. But it took me a year to package my thoughts together so normal people can absorb the material quickly.
Part of it was procrastination. Part of it was the fact that I was just too busy with my job and the rest of my life to worry about an exam.
Reality hit when I took a practice test and scored in the 68th percentile (low 600s).
It was a disappointment. My friends who scored higher said I was just not a good test taker.
I had 2 weeks until my exam. My time was limited. I didn’t have money for a tutor or prep course. And I didn’t want to buy a bunch of books other than the Official Guide.
In that first week I created frameworks that I could use to approach any question. In the second week, I applied those frameworks to sample test questions until I really understood all the different possible ways they could test the same thing.
It was such a great feeling. I guess the only downside is that my friends, who actually scored lower on the real exam than on the practice ones, started bugging me on how I did it.
I showed them my study strategy. They retook and scored above 700 in just a few weeks, rather than months, of studying.
Their friends asked for study tips and they were all referred to me. Soon I became the go-to GMAT tutor. Time after time, students would nail the exam without studying their life away. My study method actually works.
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