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Kudos +1. That's a great breakdown of your study methods. I wholeheartedly agree that you have to find a way to love the GMAT and you have to find a motivator. The picture of Harvard on your desk is a nice touch. Congratulations and good luck!
My GMAT Debrief: http://gmatclub.com/forum/my-gmat-experience-540-to-92850.html Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him. - Emerson
Congratulations! What a great debrief! Really motivating!
I am actually in a similar position as you. I don't need a 770 score but 700 would be absolutely great. I started the MGMAT Self-Study Prep course and all 5 MGMAT books, the 3 OG books as well as MGMAT Strategy Guide Supplements (Math Foundations and OG Companion). I'm currently on week 2 of 9 for the self-study prep course.
Overall, it's been a slow start as I was busy with work related stuff. As of the week of June 7th, I will have 5 full weeks before the GMAT. I plan to complete the first 3 or 4 weeks of the MGMAT course by then. I figure that a full 5 weeks will be more than enough.
Let me know what you think. You can PM me if it's better.
I have taken the test twice, and both times i scored poorly on the verbal part. 1st time (Q:41 V 21) 2nd (Q:40 V:23), I believe I have a serious issue when it comes to verbal and have tried many sources so far (Kaplan premier, OG 11,&12) but not able to get a good grip over verbal.
Any suggestions cause I'm planning for a re-take, and this frustrated.....
blitz - I think the MGMAT course will definitely help you especially if you need more help in quant vs. verbal. If you're looking for more materials the only other resource I would get is Powerscore's CR Bible if you want some verbal brushup. I think 5 weeks should be enough. Make sure also supplement your study with plenty of CAT practice - I would do all 6 MGMAT CATs, take the free tests at Knewton, Veritas, etc. and the 2 GMATPreps from MBA.com. This should bring your stamina up to speed for test day, which is extremely important.
faysalkhaled - I haven't used Kaplan before, but the OGs are good for practice but not good for building fundamentals. Is there a specific section of verbal that's more troubling to you? For SC, a lot of members have suggested either the MGMAT SC or the Powerscore SC, and for Critical Reasoning Powerscore CR Bible. For reading, you just have to read a lot although some say the Powerscore CR Bible indirectly improved their RC score as well. Try those resources and you should see some improvement. If you do better in a class setting, I found Knewton's verbal lessons to be helpful.
I also think your quant could benefit from some improvement. I was scored in the same ranges as you on my first test (Q41ish) and after studying the Manhattan GMAT guides I improved my quant to 50. The guides really drill you on fundamentals. I suggest going through those, and trying your skills at the OG again. I think you should be able to see some pleasant results. Good luck!
Thanks for the info! I 100% agree with you about the CR on the MGMAT CATs. I always did well on CR and yet I kept having problems with the MGMAT CR. I finally gave up on them after my wife, who got 99th percentile on the LSAT, agreed with me that their logic was faulty and ambiguous.
By the way, your really low Knewton diagnostic test score makes me believe that they purposely make the diagnostic test VERY HARD so that even if you took the actual GMAT the next day, you would be over the 50 point difference. I guess the best way to utilize Knewton is to take the GMAT once, and then use the actual GMAT as your base score, rather than relying on their diagnostic test
I think I had this conversation with someone else before too. Basically we agreed that the diagnostic is really hard and thought they probably did that on purpose. I also think it'll benefit people who are scoring very close to 700 to make the 50 point guarantee worthwhile. I still believe there are valuable takeaways from the course but I'm speaking purely from the money back guarantee point of view.
Thanks, very motivating. I realized I haven't made a lot of improvements because I don't have a Harvard picture in front of me
I'm aiming for an online master in science, I want to improve my current score (640) but I don't really need to. It's only a pride thing. I budgeted 5 months of study beginning in january (I don't intend to take vacations to study), but I only seen the books, nothing serious.
Hopefully, reading about your experience motivates me to finally get on track.
imdeepak - yes I only studied for a month but keep in mind that I had the month to do nothing except study. So it's definitely hard work, not genius You can achieve the same in ~3 months or so with a full time job if you make the commitment.
Thanks to the others for your support and well wishes!
MGMAT books are good for self preparation. But you should give one diagnostic test, as you should your weak areas and start off with them. Do not forget to keep error logs and do OG12 , Og verbal2/quant 2 & Gmatprep.