Here is my detailed post.
I started preparing for the GMAT in september 2005. I studied for about 3 weeks and then gave up. Took a break and than killed my momentum did not get back to thinking about the GMAT until new year.
This time around my only goal was to prepare the best I could and give my 110 % . So I started preparing for the exam around Jan 7th. Booked a date 12 weeks after that. And chalked out a plan.
I told my self come what may you have to stick to this plan. Booking a test date in advance helped me a lot to get up from bed and study.
There were many tough choices I had to make ... Do i watch Desperate Housewives or do I study and the plan helped me make the right choice.
I started with kaplan
, and finished it in 2 weeks. While doing these practice problems I always timed my self .
After 2 weeks of doing completing kaplan
2005 and kaplan 800
( CR). I wrote a diagnostic test PP1
to find out where I stand.
I scored a horrible 590 (Q 44, V 26). I was really disapointed with this performance. It was partly because i did not complete the verbal section.
Got back to books and said let me get the fundamentals straight. Did all section in PR . This certainly increased my confidence.
I had my statergies right but i still had to work on them. Worked a lot on verbal timing and this time around i did a little better.
- 640 (q50, v28).
I bought the MGMAT -SC guide and spent 2 weeks with it. THis is a great book and I highly recomend it to every body. There was not a single SC question on my real GMAT that I did not know what was being tested.
Then I picked up OG and worked every problem in there. Wrote all 4 kaplan
640(50,30) lot of repeated questions
680(50,34).lot of repeated questions.
I did not pay too much attention to the kaplan
scores. But they were good practice.
Then it was time to revise and take the PR tests
570(41,27)did not concentrate at all.
I figured out to score well in verbal I had to focus on every question and not get overwhelmed by the test as a whole. This increased my verbal accuracy.
So wrote about 6 verbal sections from the retired ETS papers.
I was making about 6-12 mistake in those sections.
Then I took GMATPrep
4 days before the test.
I decided to go thro all my notes and get ready for the test.
Did atleast 5 revision of the MGMAT_sc book ,went thro all my notes. Went thro error logs and found out what my typical mistakes were.
Went and took the test.
the Quant section of the real test was way harder than the OG. There were a lot of DS questions with inequalities and co-ordinate geometry.
Thanks for your wishes guys. I will hang around to help ppl. please PM me if you need any thing else.