My Short Story:
I had taken GMAT before (4 years ago) and scored 710, but lack of International experience and an OK GMAT score didn't help me get into the top B-schools I was aiming for. I guess I was just trying my luck in few top B-schools then. Although I had good acads and a very good work-ex, but I was told that international experience was something that I was lacking. So, I came to UK and have been working here since.GMAT story: Material Referred:OG 12
/Verbal Review/Quant ReviewManhattan SC
/CR/RCManhattan Number Properties
GMATClub Maths testsKaplan AdvancedTest Results:
MGMAT 1 (10th Oct) - 710
MGMAT 2 (17th Oct) - 690
MGMAT 3 (24th Oct) - 720
MGMAT 4 (1st Nov) - 710
MGMAT 5 (8th Nov) - 750
MGMAT 6 (13th Nov) - 780
GMATPrep v1 - Test 1 - 710
GMATPrep v1 - Test 2 - 720
Powerprep 1 - 760
Powerprep 2 - 730
GMATPrep v2 (12th Nov) - Test 1 - 750 (Q50, V41)
GMATPrep v2 (15th Nov) - Test 2 - 750 (Q50, V42)
ACTUAL GMAT (16th Nov) - 740 (Q49, V41), AWA 6.0AWA
: Didn't look at it much except for the last 2 days. From my previous GMAT experience, I had some idea of how much prep is needed for this section. Notes from chineseburned did help though. The template was really useful.Test Day Experience
The week before the test, I gave 4 tests (MGMAT 5,6 and the 2 GMATPrep tests
). The scores looked really promising and I was hoping to score around 750, so I went into the test with some confidence.
Went there early enough to complete the check-in procedure with some time to spare. The test center had some issues with the palm scan/fingerprint device and they mentioned that it was good that I came early for the test. They logged me in 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
I started with AWA. The argument was full of flaws and the issue wasn't that tough either. I organized my thoughts for about 2 minutes and started typing frantically. I think I wrote more than 500 words for each of my essays.
A break of 8 minutes. I raised my hand and noone noticed. I waved several times and finally got some attention from the lady. More than a minute wasted. Ate my nutbar and had some Getorade and I was back to attack the Maths.
The Math section wasn't quite like how I expected it. I was consistently scoring 50 in GMATPrep, but these questions were a bit more tricky than I expected and the nerves don't help when the first 5 questions are this difficult. In another situation, I could have solved all of them in no time, but I was feeling the pressure and I think thats when I did some silly errors and hence a drop in Quant score. As the section went by, I started feeling more and more confident and I was cruising through them. In the end, I had 12 minutes to finish my last question. I solved it but waited for 5-7 minutes just to give my brains a bit of extra resting time.
Going into Verbal I decided not to think much about Quant and approach each question as if I was playing baseball. If you keep thinking how you did on your previous shot, you won't be able to hit the next ball as well. So concentration is the key on verbal. I distinctly remember that I did a huge mistake in my previous GMAT of not concentrating enough in verbal section and I ended up atleast 20 short of what I was expecting. This time I was on high alert throughout the test and gave all the questions my best shot (Trying to hit a home run on every pitch).
I realised I wasn't doing bad when I saw a bold faced CR very soon on the test (Q14). After that I came across one of the toughest RCs, short but so technical that even my engineering background was no match for it. I somehow managed to finish it and the rest of it was not too bad. Finished the last Q with about 6 minutes to spare, filled some questionnaire and got the score 740!! Sigh of relief.. Was expecting 750 like my GMATPrep scores but can't complain with this score.
The GMATClub forum has been of immense help for my preparation. Although I did my preparation in 2 months, I did follow the forum for all the inspiration and help with questions.
Please feel free if you have any queries. I'll be glad to assist.
All the best to all !!ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFO
: (I will keep adding to this as and when I remember something useful)SENTENCE CORRECTION
1. Manhattan SC
is the best book available in market - No doubt - But remember that you can't do with only reading this once. During my prep, I had to revise this book 3 times. I made notes of each chapter to fit on 1 sheet of paper and that helped me revise these chapters towards the end.
2. Do not rely completely on Manhattan book for SC. I believe that GMATPrep questions were way more tricky and difficult to crack than the MGMAT SC
I saw on their tests. I found on this forum a document containing all the GMATPrep SC questions (186 of them). If you can do all of those without breaking a sweat, you are well and truly prepared for the real challenge.READING COMPREHENSION
There is no magic involved in solving RC questions. The key is to read everything carefully but with an eye to the structure of the passage and getting under the skin of the author. This is easier to say than to implement, but I found careful reading and trying to relate everything you read with previous sentences helps alot.CRITICAL REASONING
Although Manhattan CR
is useful to identify the argument structure and give you some guidelines as to what to expect in wrong answer choices, you cannot go far without enough practice. You need to actually go deep into each argument and understand every word being said. You should always be on a look out for boundary words, percentages, and treat each sentence with a critical and suspecting eye. Its more like an investigation rather than anything else. QUANT
I always thought I was good at Math, infact, at my last GMAT attempt I scored 51, but my skills became really rusty with time and I struggled with it a bit.
1. OG is a good book to begin with but no match to actual GMAT.
2. GMATClub Math tests are really helpful if you really want to score high on the test, i.e 49 or above.
3. Books like Kaplan Advanced
are no match for actual GMAT Quant.
4. I found Manhattan books
quite useful, especially Number Properties and Word Translation to brush up your skills.