MGMAT CAT1A - 600 Q35 V36 (Did not finish Q on time)
MGMAT CAT2A - 690 Q48 V36
MGMAT CAT3A - 710 Q48 V38
MGMAT CAT4A - 680 Q47 V36
MGMAT CAT5A - 680 Q48 V34
MGMAT CAT6A - 730 Q48 V41
MGMAT CAT1B - 730 Q50 V39
MGMAT CAT2B - 730 Q48 V42
MGMAT CAT3B - 760 Q49 V45
MGMAT CAT4B - 770 Q50 V45
MGMAT CAT5B - 740 Q47 V45
MGMAT CAT6B - 710 Q48 V39
GMATPrep #1 - 710
GMATPrep #2 - 710
GMATPrep Retake #1 - 640
GMATPrep Retake #2 - 710
Official GMAT 3/27/10 - 530 Q36 V27 (bombed-my-gmats-today-need-advice-91931.html
Official GMAT 9/23/11 - 650 Q48 V32
Length of study: 5 months. Spent 3 months on all books/problems and 2 months on CATS.
For my 2nd test, I used all 8 MGMAT books
along with all OG books. I can say the MGMAT books
definiately helped me achieve a much higher score than my 1st try. I know 120 point increase is very good, but it is not good enough for me. I want to apply to top 15 schools and I feel that I need 700+ to be competitive with my profile (26 male, asian american, 3.41 gpa, comp engineering, 4 yrs IT consultant). During test day, I felt very confident about my Q score, and the 48 is more or less what I expected, it is even along the lines of my CATs. I had about 2.5 minutes left for my final question, and that last question came straight out of MGMAT, so I was able to answer it in 30 seconds, felt very good. Took my 8 minute break and ate a banana and drank some water
For Verbal, I was also feeling VERY confident. When I reached about question #31, I was getting excited/nervous to see my score because I was feeling good. I know I should not even remotely think about my score, but that's just where my mind was drifting towards. Even with all the anxiety and excitement in me, I was able to finish the last 10 questions with confidence. I was doing very good on time, maybe I was going too fast for my own good. I had about 4-5 minutes left for my final V question. However, after seeing the score, I was disappointed, especially in my verbal. During the practice CATs I took, I could usually predict how well I did. I felt that I had answered 80-90%+ correctly on my verbal, but apparently I did not. I really wish I could see what I got wrong!! I was baffled - not even sure where I screwed up exactly, whether it was rc, sc, or cr, I felt equal confidence in all areas. Also I JUST noticed a thread talking about SC changes, so I wonder if that affected me.
I plan to retake in 1-2 months. I was originally hoping to apply to Round 1s, but it doesn't seem realistic now and I would have to aim for Round 2. It looks like I need to really work on my Verbal and that's where I need advice on what other books I should use for both strategy and for problems. Also I will need different CATs since retaking MGMAT/Prep will give me a biased score. I need some recommendations on how to improve 50+ points!!
Thanks for listening!