The materials I used were the OG11
and both supplements, the manhattan SC
guide, and the gmat challenges (though like i said, i didnt use these much, as i purchased them too late in the game).
AK: I prepared for 3 months, although i believe this was too much time. The last couple weeks i got complacent and found i started losing motivation. I think 8 to 10 weeks is the perfect amount of time. My advice is to set a deadline 9 weeks in advance and then begin preparing. It helps to have that light at the end of the tunnel. I followed the same basic routine. On my lunch hour every day, I would take about 10 to 15 minutes to eat and then spend 30 minutes doing problems from the OG. I didn't use this time to learn new concepts, merely to practice problems. In my spare time after work I would usually spend about an hour learning concepts and doing problems. On Saturdays i'd do problems and review for an hour and a half or 2. Just about every Sunday I would take a practice test in the afternoon and then review my mistakes, while adding to my error log
. I didn't practice the writing assignments until two weeks in advance. I primarily used mgmat tests (i did 7). I also did the gmatprep several times.
Priyankur: Verbal was definitely much easier for me than most, it just seems to make a lot more sense to me than Quant. Also, I know many of the test takers these days are not native english speakers which makes it that much harder for most. Get the Manhattan SC
guide, it's as good as everyone says. There are 9 chapters, for 9 straight days all i did was learn one new chapter of this book a day. This helped to really hammer home those areas for me. Also, later in my prep i would periodically re-read a chapter. I don't really have anything earth shattering to say as far as RC and CR goes. Honestly, early on i was only getting in the 40 range on verbal, because of these 2 areas. Then one day it just dawned on me to stop settling for a particular answer. If there was a problem where I couldnt pick between two answers, I felt like I always ended up picking the one that was the least wrong. I finally stopped this and only started picking answers that I knew felt right. (I know this is quite vague and I apologize).
Overall, I was probably a little overboard taking practice tests, but they helped give me confidence and build endurance. Sorry for the longwindedness haha.