I've just come back from the test center and got the decent score 700 (Q50, V35).
This score is exactly what my target is, even in the sub-scores. Because I am preparing for the CFA Lv1 in December and because the University (MSc) requires at least 700 to grant scholarship, I consider retaking the test in February . Hence 700+ may be more advantageous? Right?Starting point:
GMATPREP 1: Q50 - V21- 600
Before this attempt, I had just finished reading Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR
and had not prepared for Q.
Therefore, I knew that I had to entirely focus on Verbal.Material Review:
Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR
: yes, definitely.
Aristotle RC 99: tried about 20 passages during two first week in October: It is not exactly the same type of GMAT Questions but can improve reading comprehension ability.
Question pack 1: Absolutely worth purchase. I used it in order to become familiar with GMAC's fashion during the last week.
Gmatclub.com: Yes, without this forum, I would not touch 700. To have motivation, just go to "share experience". To pratice, just go to sub-forum
I found lot of brilliant reasoning in CR here. Thank you all.
GMAT Paper tests: Good CR and RC, but Ron does not highly recommend SC because of its old fashion.
Thursday with Ron: very useful videos. When Ron says, all things become crystal clear.Test debrief:
AWA With chineseburned's template, AWA came smoothly without much loss of energy.
IR: I did not prepare for this section because for me, IR is unimportant. Hence, randomly ticked several questions. I don't know how it could be 7/8
Took the first break.
Quant: Because I'm not so bad at Quant, I First question took me 4 minutes because of my silly mistake (like 1+ 1/3 = 4/9). Toward the end of this section, I noticed some very easy problems.
I managed to finish this section with 8 minutes remaining, guessing two ridiculously hard permutation/combination (data sufficiency) problems. Verbal:
This is the real party for me. During all this section, my heart was beating so hard
CR's and SC's difficulty is between the hard and medium level in GMATPREP. Some SC questions are very ugly. I didn't have any boldface
RC, this is my weakest area I faced two lengthy RC, about 70 lines about law and T-rex.
I had to sacrifice accuracy of some SC to follow the timeline.
AWA 5.5Total study hours:
~200h because my comprehension in RC and CR premises is poor.
FYI, I include here my CAT score:
18/8 MGMAT 1 590 (Q46-V25)
23/8 GMATPREP 1 600 (Q50 - V21)
16/9 MGMAT 2 650 ( Q45 - V34) wow, a noticeable improvement in Verbal, so happy with this
26/9 MGMAT 3 670 (Q46 - V35)
29/9 MGMAT 4 700 (Q47 - V37) touch the 7xx first time
2/10 GMAT PREP 1 retake 690 (Q50 - V33) no repeated questions.
6/10 MGMAT 5 670 (Q46 - V35)
12/10 MGMAT 6 690 (Q45- V37)
16/10 GMAT PREP 2 640 (Q50-V28) I was so shocked with verbal. So I decided to purchase Question Pack 1 to practice more :D
19/10 Booked the test
21/10 GMAT PREP 2 760 (Q51 - V42) Inflated verbal score with 4 questions repeated and some correct guesses
24/10 GMAT PREP 1 720 (Q50 - V38) No repeated question. This result boosts my confidence before enjoying the real party
I will be back to beat it.
Good luck to those who are fighting GMAT.
P/S: I am very poor at writing, so forgive me