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Student Spotlight — Victoria Markewitz: Aspiring Consultant with a 710 GMAT Score

Posted in Test Prep on May 10, 2011 by

In this Student Spotlight, meet Victoria Markewitz, an undergrad business major from Germany. Victoria managed to raise her GMAT score a whopping 120 points from her first to second try — and now she’s off to get her Masters of Science in Management.

Name:

Victoria Markewitz

Hometown:

Bendorf, Germany

Hometown in the US: Manahawkin, NJ (exchange 2005/06)

Current job:

Student in the Bachelors degree at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

During the course of my studies I’ve undertaken several internships with a financial service provider in Germany, Kühne+Nagel on Mauritius, T-Mobile in Germany and a consultancy in Germany.

Why do you want to get an MBA/MIM?

As I’m only 21 years old, I really want to continue studying, because I just love being a student. Additionally, I believe that many clients would not really treat a 21-year old female consultant with only an undergraduate degree seriously. This is why I decided to pursue a Master of Science in Management.

What’s your dream job after b-school?

Consultant

Can you tell us about your experience prepping for the GMAT? How long did you take, how did you structure your study, what did you find most challenging, etc? Feel free to go into as much detail as you’d like!

I started studying for the GMAT as early as September to take the exam in January. I made the great mistake of only practicing, practicing and practicing as many GMAT questions I could possibly find out there, without paying any interest to concepts, strategies, etc. This resulted in the extremely disappointing score of 590. At that point I realized that something needs to change!

Therefore I signed up for the Knewton class in order to change my learning habits. I scheduled my next exam 2.5 months later which would give me just enough time to go through the Knewton schedule and have some time off as a “buffer” in case I might have to postpone some sessions due to classwork, etc. and still have some time to go through the mba.com tests as final preparation. From that point onwards I followed the class syllabus. In the beginning, I was a little disappointed and frustrated on how little progress I was making, which was reflected not only by the homework, but also by the GMAT prep test scores. However, I knew that I could score higher than 590 and just have to focus on my studies.

When I finished the last class, my progress bars weren’t that convincing. However, all of a sudden my test scores went up from 550 (diagnostic test) up to 700 (last CAT) which was extremely relieving, that finally all the work will pay off for once. I didn’t really feel that the courseload was too much – just the right amount of time you should spend on your preparation. I actually preferred the on-demand videos over the live sessions, as the on-demand videos gave me the opportunity to listen to the videos at any time, rather than from 8pm-11pm (German time).

Overall – I found that Jess was the best instructor you could possibly have to teach presumably boring math skills – my 11 points raw score increase can be accounted to great parts to her great teaching abilities! At the actual test I felt really confident, as I could apply many of the concepts I’ve learned at Knewton. Especially, when I had to guess on some questions – I just loved the “guessing” lecture! In the end, Knewton built up my strength (verbal), but extremely improved my math skills, which were better than my verbal skills at the end – something I’ve never even considered being possible!

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

Jess!

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

Hello! – Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette

Data Sufficiency or Sentence Correction?

Really interesting: in the beginning of my studies it would have been SC, because I always got so confused by DS. However, due to Knewton’s teaching skills I really learned how to tackle these problems. Now with my scores I would answer the question DS>SC.

Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Twilight