Hey guys. I started with the GMAT for the first time about a year and a half ago. Since then I did the test 3 times but I didn't achieve the score that I wanted. For my poor scores I blame mostly the lack of time, and the insufficient preparation.
1st attempt: Jan. 2012: GMAT: 500 (Q:31, V:28)
I will be honest, I studied only about 20 days and I thought the GMAT is something that can be mastered in a short time without much practice. I didn't read or study from any book, I mostly did the OG questions and that was it. Only after seeing the score I realised that I'll have work much harder if I wanted to suceed.
2nd attempt: Apr. 2012: GMAT 600 (Q:36, V36)
The score went up 100 points but that still wasn't enough. I went through the Manhattan SC book and discovered beat the gmat and gmat club websites.. However I didn't study nothing in quant because I didn't have enough time and I thought that a high verbal score would be more valuable.
3rd attempt: Jun. 2012: GMAT 600 (Q:42, V31)
This was a complete disaster. When I saw the score I was really desperate. Before the third attempt I purchased the 5 Manhattan math books and went through almost all of them (I skipped some parts). However, in 30 days I practiced only quant. I didn't even touch the verbal part because I thought that the score was good and that I'll do again at least the V36 as I did on my second attempt. As you can see, even though the quant went up, the verbal fell down, and as a result I got the same score as on the second attempt.
All I want to do now is to unify my verbal and quant skills in order to get a 680+ score. I know it will be hard but I believe I can make it. I just want to ask for your advice on how to organize my time. I have about 2 months until my GMAT exam and I don't want to mess it up again. My plan is to study 5-6 hours on weekdays and on weekends even more. I have some weak spots (such as combinatorics, probability, geometry) and therefore I got the MGMAT foundations
of math to help me get pass those weaknesses.
Until now I studied from these books:
5 Manhattan quant books
Manhattan SC book
I recently got these books and I plan to go through them also: Powerscore CR
bible MGMAT foundations
I also plan to buy the gmatclub quant tests and since I already have the 6 MGMAT CATs I plan to do them on weekends.
Now my plan is to go through the MGMAT foundations
of math and parallely to study from each MGMAT book
. Only afterwards I thought to start solving the gmatclub quant tests and to begin reading the CR bible and MGMAT SC
, and then to practice verbal. My goal is to get at least the 36 on verbal (as on my second attempt) and to improve my quant to at least 45.
I will really appreciate your advices. And thank you in advance!