I got done my with my Gmat test yesterday. I started preparing end of last year, but then had to take break at the beginning of this year. The change of pattern really forced my hand in a good way. I had to buckle down, take the appointment and get done with the test.
This forum has been vital in preparation, guiding me in using the right resources and helping me build confidence. I wanted to share my experience.ResourcesQuantMgmat GuidesGmat Club testsVerbalE-gmat
verbal liveMgmat SC Powerscore CRPracticeOfficial Guide 12th
ed, verbal 2nd ed.
Gmat Prep Pack 1
Gmat Prep and Mgmat Cat testsMy comments on some of these resources
1. Mgmat Quant guides
are very good in brushing up the fundamentals. They cover all the basics needed for someone who has been away for a while from academic math. Practicing OG problems for corresponding chapters drills down the concepts.
2. Gmat club tests
are one of the best resources available for quant. Due to time constraints, I could only do 6 of them. They really helped. I wish I was able find time to do all of them. I could have definitely pushed my quant score by a point. sigh.
is the best resource for SC in combination with mgmat sc
. I recommend this for all non-natives who are looking to improve accuracy and timing. The foundational knowledge in preparing for SC helps in all areas of verbal.
4. Mgmat SC
is well-known and highly regarded for SC, and it deserves all the high praise. Covers all the topics and nuances of gmat sentence correction. Going through Mgmat SC
, a book which is too dense, after E-gmat
will be a breeze and it will re-enforce all the concepts.
5. Gmat Prep Pack 1
is another great resource. Just as Official guides are a great practice material(and a MUST buy in the preparation), the gmat prep pack1 gives you more of the official questions (around 400 more). The added benefits are - you get to practice them on a computer, you get to pick practice questions based on difficulty. It has detailed answers, although some of the exlplanations are not as good as those I found in OG. While most of the hard questions are absolutely great, couple of them will make you scratch your head (like this one
6. Practice tests
A word about Mgmat practice tests - Although they are great and next best after Gmat prep, I stopped after giving first 3. I felt that I was getting used to their testing style and I noticed the difference after giving a gmat prep test. Mgmat tests do help in time management and stamina. In the end I was using Gmat prep tests and Gmat prep pack 1 extensively. They are the ones that prepare you for the real one.Verbal preparation
Majority of my preparation went towards verbal. I planned to tackle one section at a time and gauge the progress. (This is something I got from e-gmat
's strategy session.)
- I started with SC and focused on understanding the concepts, formulating and sticking to a process.
- I took a practice test and saw immediate improvement in accuracy of SC. I repeated this for CR.
- Analyzing these practice tests, I noticed that RC accuracy suffered quite a bit. After more deep analysis, I realized that it is not because of the lack of RC skills but because of the extra time I am now spending on all SC questions.
- This made me to focus on SC even more in order to gain speed on it. I quickly realized that my overall performance in verbal hinged upon speed (1 min avg.) and accuracy of SC.
- For RC and CR, the only way I can solve at the high level is by comprehending the text. As these can be detail oriented, I need to understand and reason out the answer. The additional time gained from SC is crucial for these.Mental aspect
I wanted to add some of my thoughts to the great advice that this forum already provides. I felt that the mental aspect of this test is the most important part to prepare. This test is all about how one manages his/her attitude and emotions.Attitude:
This is important not just during the actual test but also during the preparation. A mere shift of attitude towards learning from a practice question will go a long way. With this attitude, you will be more excited when you miss a problem than be disappointed. During the final days/week of preparation, you will be looking for those problems that you get wrong, because they are the ones from which you will learn. Moreover,Try to enjoy the journey.Emotions
: Scores from practice cats shouldn't dampen your preparation or make you overconfident or cloud your mind in any way. Imagine if the practice cats didn't give you any figure/score at the end. You will not worry about anything other than looking at the timing for each section, performance in the strong and weak areas. I noticed this difference when I was using gmat prep pack1 which has no scores attached with it. Monotask
: During the test, the attitude to focus on one and only one thing helps quite a bit. Ignoring all other thoughts (score, performance on previous questions, level of the questions, etc), you should focus on only the question in front of you. In fact I noticed that even during my preparation, if did less, i was able to gain more. (link
: Practice even the mental side of the test i.e. relaxing techniques when your anxiety level is going up, learning to let go of problems and guessing if you need to get back on the timing plan.
In the end, I told myself - If I do this one single thing(being in control of my mind and staying calm), I will be able to reach my potential score that reflects my preparation.