Never underestimate the opponent. I strictly went by the notion that if I knew every concept in OG, it would suffice. But GMAT has apparently raised its difficulty level. More in the range of MGMAT CATS and GMAT Club TESTS
I gave my first GMAT 5 yrs ago and scored 720. Aimed at crossing 750 this time.
I scored 710 and 750 in my GMATPreps.
Scored the following in my practice CATS.
GMAT PREP 1 720 (1 month ago)
MGMAT CAT 2 680
MGMAT CAT 3 690
MGMAT CAT 4 700
MGMAT CAT 6 740
GMAT PREP 2 750
Actual GMAT 690 47 38
The quant gave me a shock in the real GMAT. The questions from 5 to 15, just blew me off. The difficulty level of the questions were in no way comparable to the difficulty level of the OG Qs. They were actually in the range of the GMAT Club Tests
and the MGMAT CATs. Scored a 47 in Q. My lowest till now.
In Verbal, SCs were a lot tougher than all the practice material I have tried. OG is just too simple. One RC was deadly. Nothing in OG compares to it. It was a very convoluted RC with 4-5 paras. I underestimated RCs and did not prepare properly. Scored a 38(I guess) in Verbal
Overall score of 690.
I was like Mike Tyson in the Lennox Lewis Fight. Had a lot of hype but under prepared. Under estimated the opponent and got badly bruised.
One thing is certain, GMAT has raised its difficulty level.
Need to prepare more holistically for Quant. Prepare for the tough questions and be prepared for all surprises.
Its been a wonderful learning lesson. It hurts my ego to give up. I will not. I want a 750.
I need to brush up my quant and prepare better for tougher quant, RCs and CRs. For RCs, I will go with the RC99.
Any tips from retakers on the strategy to prepare for the retake, when you have exhausted all material, is welcome.
ARISE AWAKE AND REST NOT UNTIL THE GOAL IS ACHIEVED