I took the test this afternoon (my first time), got a 700 overall. It was the minimum I was aiming for, so I'm feeling okay about it, but my quantitative was low enough that I'm planning on retaking next month.
So, a bit about the test. The timing really threw me on the quantitative. I spent too long at the beginning, and ended up guessing (literally, 30 seconds left) on the last 4 questions of the test. Now, I probably hadn't been doing that well even before the last 4 questions
but still... I'm a bit annoyed at myself for that, I was hoping to get a 42/43 on Quant (judging from practice tests).
As far as the difficulty level on the quantitative section: the last few weeks I was getting annoyed at/ scared by the doomsday reports from other test takers, along the lines of "it's sooooo much harder than the OG, it's impossible, the test has mutated, etc." After taking the test, I feel that the OG really IS quite representative of what you are likely see on the test day - with the exception, of course, that you haven't seen those questions 20 times before
This might not apply for people who are doing very well on the quantitative (ie. most people on this site!), I think it only applies for people who are doing average. For the people who are getting 50Q and saying that it's much harder than the OG, maybe the problem is that the questions in the OG are not representative of the most difficult questions on the test. But the OG is certainly representative of the average questions.
So, I would recommend mastering the OG (with a stopwatch, which is what I'm going to do next, before I retake the test, since my timing was off!). If you can do all the questions on the OG, you should at least be able to see some of the difficult questions (you know, those that I didn't get a chance to see) on the day of the test. At my level today, I only had 2 combination/probability questions, and they were WAY easier than anything on this site.
The verbal also seemed a lot like the OG, to the point where I wonder if it's really CAT - the questions didn't seem to increase in difficulty and seemed very similar to those in the OG.
Good luck to everyone! If anybody has any suggestions to help me improve my quant score, I'd be grateful to hear them!