Hi Buddy : Though obvious as we are very much blood n flesh but still a request, Don't feel bad. It's just that the chips are down now but trust me the way u have started buoying up ur own spirit and thinking of taking a head on, the day is very near when u will recraft ur own gmat story..... and guess there's an unanimity that we all like to read debriefs of 500 to 700 journey than 700 in 1st attempt ( nowhere I wanna undermine the 1st timers or their stupendous achievements ---- but dark horses / underdogs have a special aroma with which they suffuse the room ).
Do u know that u already have an edge ? No adulations, the reason being u are aware, u have actually zoned on the fact/reason that has pulled down ur scores -----the first n foremost thing needed to face the battle for the 2nd time.
U have shared what u have covered but what is more important is how much u have internalised ? Q35 suggests u are quite ok with the basics but what about the application part and that too within the tight timelines of 2 mins.
My humble suggestion will be to find out the areas that u are comfortable with n the ones that's giving u bumps. Start with ur strengths n mould urself through practise/review so that ur accuracy hovers bxn 95-100% : Just get hooked to PS n DS directory of Gmatclub n subscribe to the daily feeds of BUNUEL ( he is a philanthrope / he is magical / he is a Legend ), do all his Signature items, make every effort that the concept sinks in.
Now the trade off : On the 1st go some sections might give u jitters, revisit/analyse and then take a call ---- if even on the 2nd go u feel the same, DUMP those for eg Probality/ PnC, Geometry :
The 2 areas that i have to be comfortable with ( no choices here ) are NUMBER PROPERTIES / INEQUALITIES 60-70% of Gmat Qrevolvesaround these 2 : The way out is building one's concept through gmatclub math book, practising those concepts over 600-700 level Q's from PS/DS directory, shifting gears n practising these topics from bunuel's signature.
The crux is I can afford to make some educated guess on my weak areas n move on BUT I CANNOT AFFORD TO ACT AS A NAIVE WRT SITTERS OR ON MY STRENGTHS , if i do so the reciprocation will be real choppy. Even 10-12 wrongs can land u in that elusive zone of 48-49, guess another 5-6 can be a safe approximation for Q 44-45- ur desired level, provided u don't get things on a row.
For Verbal : I can only say ( take it with a pinch of salt, my thought )....... The more u practise n review, the more u learn --- ur eyes/brain suddenly start picking up the pattern. Learning grammar n its rule definitely helps but plz don't get obsessed with it as we are here to crack an exam that tests us on certain definitive rules / styles/ patterns and not to be linguistic/ grammar experts . Stick to OG/ver review/ Gprep documents / Gprep Question bank 1 ------------Do redo, keep an error log
, search in forums, follow Ron Purewal aka lunarpower, start with mini tests in blocks of 40, improve and then move to full length cat's, takd them multiple times till u have exhausted both urself n the software
Cheer up buddy and participate moren more in forums, u will find so many mates to be in the same boat and all eager to help --------- Trust me, the pensive mood will soon disappear in thin air.