I just finished the GMAT today and got a 750 q50 v41, which I am very happy with. I began studying sometime in the middle of August with the GMAT Bible for CR and the OG guide for everything else.
My first practice test I took about one week prior to my first actual test and I scored very well getting a 740 with a q 49 and v 41. When I was analyzing my results I noticed on the verbal section of the 7 questions I got wrong 6 were from SC. Once I realized this I overnighted the GMAT bible SC guide and literaly read the whole thing in the two nights prior to my first test attempt.
This was a horrible mistake. Trying to cram for the GMAT DOES NOT WORK.... I ended up getting a 640 q 47 v 32 or 33 or 34 I forget. Anyways I began work fulltime the following monday and before realizing what client I was going to be on scheduled to take the test again over thanksgiving break. Unfortunately I was thrusted right into my busy season and was working around 40 hours a week. For this reason I rescheduled my test to today December 21st. After finally signing off last week I realized I had the GMAT in 4 days.....
I decided **** it. I'll just show up and take it and if I do poorly I will take it again. I literally studied for maybe 8 hours total the 2 days before choosing only to refresh myself on the math basics and reread the GMAT bible SC guide.
The night before I did not get a goodnights sleep. I showed up and I took it and thought I had done well but was not going to overexcited (I promised myself this). So as you can guess and at the end of the test I was very happy to see my score.
I guess if I had any strict rules that you can learn from me, they are..
1. Don't Cram
2. Take the test again if you do poorly (You've got nothing to lose except 250 bucks)
3. Don't worry
4. Don't take the test in the evening (you wear out)
5. For Questions on the test you know you won't get, make an EDUCATED GUESS. I only feel I guessed on one question but I knew about a minute in I wasn't going to solve it in less than 3 to 5 minutes.
I also read WSJ and the economist
during the months between test which I think helped in RC and CR.
I have not edited for grammar or spelling and was much more meticulous while taking the test this morning. Thanks to everyone who posted on this site it helped tremendously and good luck to everyone else. See you at the 'Yard in a few years.