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30 Day GMAT Success 2nd Edition: How I Scored 780 on the GMAT in 30 Days... and How You Can Too! Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0983170112 ISBN-10: 0983170118 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: 30 Day Books; 3 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983170118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983170112
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Founder/owner of a creative entertainment studio, Brandon Wu is a 30-year-old entrepreneur who believes that everything is possible. Failing the SAT in high school did not stop him from getting into the university of his dreams. After two transfers and countless hours of hard work he eventually graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an Economics degree. (BA Econ,2002) After university Brandon enjoyed spending most of his energy in the high-tech industry working with passionate artists and intelligent engineers. However, in the cold San Francisco February of 2005, he decided to leave and pursue new opportunities in the world of business just one month before the deadline for all the business schools he wanted to apply. With so much to study for the GMAT, and not much time, he developed a unique way to study that enabled him to score 780 (99 percentile) on the GMAT within a short amount of time. He received his MBA from Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California) with a scholarship. After business school, Brandon worked as a Manager in the strategy division at the Sony headquarters in Tokyo where he spent much of his time with top executives from all over the world incubating new ideas and analyzing existing businesses. While at Sony Brandon was featured on Sony's global website as a success story of Sony's MBA Program. 30 DAY GMAT SUCCESS was written during these years in Japan. Everyday after work, Brandon would find a quiet coffee shop, and write down the journey he took while preparing for the GMAT hoping that his experience would one day benefit others who are in the similar dire situation he once was with just one month left to prepare for the GMAT. Brandon left Sony in December 2009 to follow his entrepreneurial heart and start two businesses. He now lives in sunny California with his amazing wife.

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Founder/owner of a creative entertainment studio, Brandon Wu is a 32-year-old entrepreneur who believes that everything is possible. Failing the SAT in high school did not stop him from getting into the university of his dreams. After two transfers and countless hours of hard work he eventually graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an Economics degree. (BA Econ,2002)


After university Brandon enjoyed spending most of his energy in the high-tech industry working with passionate artists and intelligent engineers. However, in the cold San Francisco February of 2005, he decided to leave and pursue new opportunities in the world of business just one month before the deadline for all the business schools he wanted to apply. With so much to study for the GMAT, and not much time, he developed a unique way to study that enabled him to score 780 (99 percentile) on the GMAT within a short amount of time. He received his MBA from Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California) with a scholarship.


After business school, Brandon worked as a Manager in the strategy division at the Sony headquarters in Tokyo where he spent much of his time with top executives from all over the world incubating new ideas and analyzing existing businesses. While at Sony Brandon was featured on Sony's global website as a success story of Sony's MBA Program. 30 DAY GMAT SUCCESS was written during these years in Japan. Everyday after work, Brandon would find a quiet coffee shop, and write down the journey he took while preparing for the GMAT hoping that his experience would one day benefit others who are in the similar dire situation he once was with just one month left to prepare for the GMAT.


Brandon left Sony in December 2009 to follow his entrepreneurial heart and start two businesses. He now lives in sunny Seattle with his amazing wife.

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It would be better to stick with the The Official Guide for GMAT Review and another book.
Brock C.
Studying for the GMAT is all about strategy, and, as Brandon says, the GMAT really is a test that you can cram for if you are willing to stay focused.
Grete
There is helpful advice throughout the book to remind test-takers of the most important tips while maintaining a sense of urgency to study smart.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Attack on December 7, 2011
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This book is nothing more than a 10 page study guide with 200 pages of fluff. Here is the book in a nutshell:

1. our time: 10% test review, 50% Practise tests, 40% Reviewing the test you just took.
2. Start with the subjects that you find most difficult and work to the subjects that are the easiest for you.

There. I just saved you $30.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daphne on August 4, 2011
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Unlike other GMAT books that start off with questions and analysis, the author first presents a detailed 30-day study plan - a plan that helps you gradually improve your GMAT skills while keeping you calm. There is helpful advice throughout the book to remind test-takers of the most important tips while maintaining a sense of urgency to study smart.
Adjusting yourself to"GMAT Mode" is not an easy task, and it requires strong persistency. This will depend on you, but the book tries to keep you motivated with the author's personal experience, and a section focused entirely on health and motivation for test takers.
There are also verbal and math sections analyzing different types of questions you might find on the test. The math section, which lists out all question types on the test, is especially helpful for people who need extra help with math.
I found this book an interesting and practical GMAT tool book and motivational book. You will find yourself wanting to keep reading once you start! I recommend this book to people with a dream to go to business school but without all the time in the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GH on November 22, 2011
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This book is very well written with a structured and strategic plan for how to master the GMAT. I find it especially helpful when I am stuck at certain question patterns that I always got the answer choice wrong. The author depicts a way to how to recognize the pattern and how to intuitively analyze the question. Absolutely highly recommended!!!~

In addition, besides providing the technical skills and strategies, the author understands that this is also a mental challenge for the test takers. As a result, the author provides some other additional guidance and tips to help candidates. You can really tell that the author puts his heart and soul in it!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Savage on January 7, 2012
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Do not waste your time on this. You will feel taken. Actual excepts in this book are "make sure you are hydrated" "take a break from studying - bake something - rent a movie". I found an error in one of the math problems that were sparsely contained in the book. Get the official GMAT review books and start there. Whoever wrote this book may have an MBA, because he is one up on me and walked away with my money, so I will give him credit for that. Pass on this. It is awful. I threw it in the trash.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brock C. on February 8, 2012
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I got this book because I only had a month and a half to study for the GMAT. I thought this would be good but if you only have a month then don't rely on this book alone. It would be better to stick with the The Official Guide for GMAT Review and another book. I got the Kaplan book that came with 4 practice tests, which was more than enough. The Kaplan book was good for the instructions on how to actually do math problems and figure out how to do the problems and the Official GMAT book is good for the practice problems. Those two were more than enough to keep me busy for a month and a half.

I didn't have the time to use this book at all but from scanning through it I thought that the instructions in the Kaplan were better and more useful. If you really only have a month then you probably won't have time to use this book.

By the way, I ended up getting a 650 on the test, which is good enough for the schools I'd want to get in. I was so bad at all the sections but learned how to do them in Kaplan. I probably would've got less than a 500 if I hadn't studied.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By thatguyfil on May 5, 2011
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I was sent a proof copy of this book for review back in the latter half of February. Although I was unable to stay on track do to the March earthquake here in Japan, what I have been able to get through has been wonderful. This book makes a very handy companion to the official study guides and really helps build up your *GMAT correct* skills.

It provides structured, technical guidance on how to correctly answer GMAT questions in the least amount of time possible as well as a structured study plan to improve your test-taking skills.

Used in conjunction with the official study guides and practice software, anyone should be able to attain their desired score. I highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of when you plan to take the actual test.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abhi134 on May 29, 2012
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Hi,

I have gone through this complete book and though this book promises a lot, it hardly delivers anything new. The only message it tries to convey is to eat, drink and live GMAT for the last 30 days that anyhow all the GMAT takers know.
It asks test takers to divide the topics as per the difficulty level according to the them and then hit the problematic areas in the reverse order. After first few pages are over, its all the basic things which anyone aware about the test might already know. My advice is to go for this book, if one is starting off his/her study routine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mason360 on January 30, 2012
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Having spent about $300 in the past few months on a wide selection of GMAT books, this is easily the worst - both in terms of content and absolute value.

The book is basically a few tips on the structure of the exam, a timetable for thirty days prior to the exam, and then a review section which is so cursory as to be useless unless you know the material thoroughly anyway.

Spend your $30 elsewhere.
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