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Student Spotlight – Ky Choi: Concert Promoter with a 190-Point Score Increase

Posted in Student Resources on July 5, 2011 by

In this Student Spotlight, meet Ky Choi, a concert promoter in Nashville, TN, who increased his GMAT score from 500 to 690!


Seoul, South Korea

Current job?

Concert Promoter in Nashville, TN

Why do you want to get an MBA?

Want to understand more about economy & business and how the world operates

What’s your dream job after b-school?

Concert Promoter – one that really knows and uses the business and the economy trend as his advantage

Can you tell us a bit about your experience prepping for the GMAT?

I began prepping with Knewton in the beginning of April after my first horrible attempt on GMAT with another leading prep company in the industry. (Not so leading in my book now) First, I really liked the fact that Knewton’s website was clean, easy to navigate, and iPad friendly. I also liked Knewton’s 50-point money back guarantee and 1 year subscription model – it made me feel assured that Knewton is confident enough to offer such things. After finishing up Knewton courses, I regularly attended office hours to motivate me during the week and challenge myself with harder questions. Coming from a music college, quantitative was really challenging for me, since I haven’t done math in 7 years. I realized that I really need to understand the core concept and basic fundamentals in order to succeed in GMAT. For Reading Comprehension, it was a bit easier for me naturally since I love reading news articles daily. For Critical Reasoning, I worked on recognizing question patterns to eliminate trap answers and to organize bits of important information given in questions. For Sentence Correction, I had no idea such systems existed (parallelism, FANBOYS, antecedent etc) since NO ONE at the other leading company taught me any of these important fundamentals. After understanding all these fundamentals, I started to understand things and really felt good about it, because I felt like I was learning something new. In addition, I always studied at the library not just to be better focused but to be used to the quietness and the pressure of hearing my heartbeat during practice tests. Maybe it was just me, but it helped me a lot, since I wasn’t nervous at all during my real test. In fact, I finished all sections more than 10 minutes earlier than what was given. I also bought myself MGMAT 8 books, which helped me a lot with really understanding final bits of each concepts and fundamentals. Believe it or not, I took the full rest one week before the test to refresh my brain and calm myself down. It’s easy to be pressured to study until the test day, but believe it or not all those GMAT gems I dug from Knewton really shined during the real test – trust me, when it’s time to remember, you’ll remember. After receiving my score, I wasn’t really sure if it was accurate so I had to ask the desk staff to be sure that I indeed increased my score from 500 to 690 in 10 weeks. My original goal was 700, and I honestly wasn’t expecting my score to be this high, so I was quite satisfied with my score. I’m so glad I don’t have to sit for 4 hours again! Thanks Knewton!

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

Obviously everyone, but especially Adam, Bridget, and Jen.

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

We are the Champions by Queen

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

NONE! But if I have to choose, Data Sufficiency

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter