Note: I went through the retake threads before writing this debrief.
I am planning to retake in a month as I have nothing to lose. Either ways, the following are the practice materials and strategies I followed.Practice materials:OG12
- THE guide. Excellent explanations. If you seriously consider giving GMAT, make sure you go through most of the questions in this book. The explanations are really good.
Manhattan SC - Bible for SC. Brilliant book. Irrespective of whether SC is your strength/weakness, you should buy this book. Practice tests:
MGMAT1 (3 months before exam): 660
MGMAT3: 690 (Both 2 and 3, approx 1 month before exam)
MGMAT6: 730 (5 days before exam)
GMATPrep1 (1 month before exam): 700
GMATPrep2: 730 (3 days before exam)
As you can see, the reason why I am disappointed is because I thought I peaked couple days before the exam.
Verbal has always been my weakness. Going through Manhattan SC and OG helped me a lot. Plan of Action:
I am planning to apply in Round 2. I will start the application process and concentrate on my essays. Will see if I can rectify anything fundamentally wrong in my verbal. My goal is to apply for the top tier schools. Even though I am yet another Indian IT Engineer, I did lot of things outside work (was vice president of an organization in my state, was publicity coordinator of a non-profit organization, trained in classical music - performed on stage in India as well as US, really active in sports at competitive level, etc). I hope to use this background to build a great essay.
I am neither terribly disappointed with my score nor am excited about my score. Good luck on your GMAT!