Karan Virani | GMAT 740
So what’s your basic motivation to answer GMAT?
Besides my job at ORACLE finance and services, I started to teach kids at “Make A Difference” . I didn’t know how passionate I was about it until I got the chance. I have been doing that for 1 ½ years now, and I feel that I want to give back and contribute to the non-profit organization. So my motivation is right here. So my long-term goal is to be an entrepreneur and start a business firm which works for the social benefit of the society, and that’s the motive behind doing an MBA.
How was your basic preparation for GMAT like ? how did you start your prep?
My first attempt was just with 25-days of preparations. I learned the basics and studied for 25 days, and then I gave the GMAT. My score was okay but not great. That’s when I realized that it’s not going to be easy and I needed help. At that point of time, i got a 660. So I decided to give the GMAT again.
To be honest, this was my third attempt. I needed help. That’s when CrackVerbal came into the picture. Because Now after my second attempt I knew that it’s not going to be easy and I have to work hard. So I needed an organized approach, and I found CrackVerbal.
It fitted all my needs. Through the internet and the blogs, I found CrackVerbal.I was so impressed with the system of teaching. I attended the free lecture class taken by Arun, and I impressed by his style of teaching, everything made sense and I joined CrackVerbal. So with that my preparations for GMAT began. I joined CrackVerbal at the last moment. I was really tensed and freaked out but CrackVerbal put a lot of effort on me. There is not even a single study material that I haven’t read. There was a lot of pressure after my second attempt. My score was 700, it was better than the first but not a good score. I was really disturbed and sad with my score but I told myself that GMAT is not the end of life and I became more confident. I mean, that how one should be so that you can perform better and that’s what I did on my third attempt. I scored a 740 in the end.
When it came to your preparations, what was the hardest topic that you found?
The hardest topic on the GMAT would include critical reasoning and verbal compression. I found it a little hard.
People usually find sentence correction to be the hardest?
It is but after attending Arun’s classes at CrackVerbal, it just got into my mind. So I did not find it as the toughest section compared to critical reasoning. Sentence correction needs a lot of practice. After practicing so many questions, you will know where the errors will be and where to make the changes. Some people have called me and asked me what I did for sentence correction; I only told them to read a lot and practice, when answering the sentence correction make sure you read first properly and look for the subject. Don’t get mislead or confused by the pronouns and verbs. So I would say simply to practice and read a lot. In that way, you can tell the errors.
What about RC and CR? What are the strategies that you have used? Considering that you have found it difficult.
A lot of people told me to make passages and maps. Even CrackVerbal told me to make a map. But at the end of the day, maps is the strategy to mostly help you with your memory. To tell you which part is what. So sometimes when getting this map into the short passages, people don’t even realize that how much time they spend on making the map to correct this. So that was one thing. So I didn’t make any maps because it was difficult to follow and then there was the time factor. Whatever is difficult you can put pointers so that was one thing that I followed and also instead of spending time on making maps; I took time to identify the different parts. For reading compression, there is no substitute for practice..when you have crossed 700 you must have the aptitude for solving the hardest questions.
So you have a score of 740. What college are you planning to join?
My long-term goal is to enter non-profit management sector. So the top 3 for me would, Yale, Ross, and Haas. So these three are there on one side as a top pick. If I am applying for some other college then it would be Tuck, Stern, and Darden. A B-school with a small class.
So now that you’re planning to get into these colleges, is there anything particular course you want to specialize?
I plan to do an MBA in Nonprofit management.