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This is my first post ever, and I never used this website, but I wanted to share my experience anyway.
How I prepared:
1. I downloaded the software from the GMAT website and took one practice test to see where I was at without preparation. I believe I scored between a 660 and a 680.
2. After doing some research online, I bought The Official Guide for GMAT Review Book for like $20. It seemed that everyone agreed this was the best resource.
3. I gave myself about two and a half weeks to study. First, I read through the entire math review, just to make sure I remembered all the concepts and formulas. I wrote down any formula I didn't have memorized to look back at later.
4. Every day I would study for about an hour and a half doing the practice questions. I averaged probably 50-60 questions a day. I completed every question in that book, and I read the two examples of essays scoring a 6. For every question I got wrong, I would go over it and understand what it is I did incorrectly. I had a sheet of paper where I wrote down all the concepts I needed to know.
5. I did the other practice exam using the software and scored a 710. Again, I went over all my mistakes and understood what I did wrong.
6. The last few days before the exam, I went over the few sheets of paper I had written down on (stuff to remember).
On test day, I ate an awesome breakfast - fried eggs, bacon and oatmeal. I hadn't slept well because, well, I naturally get nervous before an exam.
I brought a bottle of water, some energy bars and my I.D. to the testing center. I ended up not drinking or eating anything, since my breakfast sufficed. I also had ample time on all the sections, usually finishing with 10-15 minutes to spare. I did try to take my time on each question, but since you can't go back, I always ended up with extra time.
I recommend taking all the breaks because it's refreshing.
Also, I felt that practice questions and one or two practice tests was sufficient. Personally, I had zero motivation while studying because it wasn't the "real thing." I found that I tried much harder and concentrated a lot more during the real exam.
But basically just familiarize yourself with the concepts, type of questions and test format. That should be enough.
Last edited by missxmelon on 04 Jul 2011, 11:49, edited 1 time in total.