Though I appeared for GMAT in May, I felt like sharing my experience and my preparation for GMAT
I mastered OG, especially the SC.
CR I mastered from LSAT-Princeton. Believe me, it is really good for difficult questions.
Quant I did not prepare much as I was consistently getting 50 in my practice tests
I took practice tests from Kaplan
, Princeton and ARCO. I found ARCO as the best with a real adaptive test that closely approximates the real GMAT.
The night before
Some of my senior officers had invited me for dinner. They were aware about my GMAT the next day. Still they were not ready to leave me even by 1230 midnight. I could perceive some irritation on their faces at my writing GMAT. I am very sensitive. The whole night I could not sleep properly thinking how cut throat people can be. The morning also I tried to sleep, but because of stress, I could not. I left myself in the hands of my destiny.
Inspite of being extra careful with Quant, I was able to finish 15 minutes in advance
With verbal, I would advise something contrary to popular perception. I think my last fifteen minutes decided my score, when I was under pressure to do around 10 questions. I simply concentrated hard, the way I have never done before and I was able to finish the test just in time. Actually, we tend to lose score in the last 15 minutes when we are tired and under pressure to do more questions in less time. If we are not careful then, whatever score we have achieved temporarily would simply plunge.
For AWA, princeton is enough
After the test
I was so happy to have done well despite the adversity. Infact, for the first few hours, I was feeling at top of the world. After the hangover was over, I went to business as usual. One advice to all. Please sleep for at least 8 hours before the test and drink lots of water before and during the test. That will increase your endurance.
I think I stated the obvious.