I sat for the exam for the first time yesterday, ended up with 720 (Q47, V41). Overall, satisfied with my results, although I couldn't sleep last night because I kept kicking myself for blowing a ridiculously easy probability problem (I realized it after I clicked confirm). But I tell myself probably guessed right on another one to make up for it.
I prepared for 2 months, studying about 1.5 hours on weekdays, and 4-6 hours on the weekend. I sent my wife on vacation the week before the test to have some time alone to cram. In total, I estimate I spent 80-90 hours preparing. Anyway, I used the following to prep:
to start, with the nice and easy CATs
1 CAT from the Kaplan
CD, but I hated it, so I didn't do anymore.
Official Guide 11th edition
Practice scores were Princeton Review
630, 680 - Kaplan
600 - GmatPrep1 680, Gmatprep2, 740 (a week before exam) - Real test 720.
I also consistently used this forum as reference for any problems I didn't know. I would search google with the term site:gmatclub.com and then the stem, to find the problem discussion.
The math was interesting in that I didn't feel like I had a chance to use even half of the stuff that I studied, I guess the prep prepares you to think like the GMAT. Without disclosing any details (pls don't PM me for the specifics) I saw the typical even/odd, +/- DS questions, 2 parabola DS questions, 1 mixture, coordinate geometry, inequalities, set theory, 1 probability - all of this stuff has been said before. Verbal was about the same difficulty as gmatprep as I was consistently hitting 41-42 range and that's what I scored on the real test. The SC problems were especially tricky I thought, testing obscure idioms that would be very difficult to know unless English is your first language (I'm a native speaker). I guess there is no other way than to memorize them or practice as many as you can.
Anyway, I'm glad that's behind me and I can move on with my life. I tell my wife that this score is as much hers as mine, as she consistently went to bed alone, while I stayed up studying - her support was crucial.
That about sums it up, the actual test experience was exactly like everyone has described in other debriefs, so I won't go there. I will add that the markers weren't as bad as I thought, and I had no issues with my scratch paper.
Oh and I can't end a debrief without the tried and true rule to the GMAT "Time Management is key" - sounds so easy, yet it's so hard to do. Good luck to everyone in the exam and your future apps.