I took the GMAT on May 5th and was ecstatic to find that I got a 620 (Q=42, V=34). This was such a great feeling because my 6 practice tests ranged from 530-630 and after I took the quantitative portion, I thought I had about a 400. During the entire verbal portion, all I could think about was how big of a failure I was because I already killed myself on the quant and could not come back from it. I firmly believe that this crushed my verbal score and held me back from doing much better.
Here I sit, 4 days after my GMAT, realizing that for my entire life I have accepted mediocrity. Being average and getting by has been good enough for me. A 2.987 GPA, eh I graduated, sweet. An average job that I could have gotten without a degree, great, not everyone has a job. I believe the GMAT is a key opportunity in my life to break out of the norm. I truly believe I can get a 700+ on this test.
My first round of studying lasted for 6 weeks, with 2 being very intense, 2 very easy, and 2 average. I also did not learn much, my resources were the 30 Day GMAT Success book and OG 12th
edition. I believe that if I improve my quant significantly (which I used to be good at) and learn SC that I have a very realistic shot at 700+.
To show that these are my problem areas, I have my lone MGMAT CAT results in which I got a 610 (41,33).
Section Correct Total % correct Avg diff of correct /Average diff of wrong
PS 13 33 59% 520 610
DS 7 15 47% 510 610
CR 8 14 57% 660 720
RC 8 12 67% 650 730
SC 5 15 33% 690 720
Clearly, this reaffirms that I need to improve PS, DS, and SC. So here I sit GMAT club, with a test date of September 15 in sight, willing to do it right this time. I will learn become more competent in Quant and I will learn SC rules in totality. What resources would you suggest I use?
I am thinking that I will purchase the MGMAT books
so I can use their CATs to get breakdowns similar to this. I have also thought about getting Magoosh
and getting access to the GMAT Club tests
. I know it’s a long read, but I invite anyone that might want to join me on this journey to PM me or get into contact with me and we can take this test down!