Thanks for your words of encouragement.
Actually, I took my first GMATPrep without any preparation. I didn't even really know what type of questions there were in GMAT (well I knew there were verbal and quant sections, but I wasn't sure what kind of questions are asked in each section). I just graduated from college, so my mind is still in academic mode. This must have helped me do well on my diagnostic. Also, since it was my very first test, I was really relaxed and felt no pressure during the exam. If I did poorly, I could just say, "that was expected."
Because I studied engineering in college, I am pretty confident in quant, so I am not going to spend much time preparing for it. I just skimmed through OG12
to make sure that I am comfortable with all the concepts that GMAT may potentially test. I think understanding the scope of the exam is important, because it really narrows down the type of approach that you might take to answer each question. For this, I think OG12
is the best guide to look at because it IS the official book and it does give you an outline of all the topics that may show up on the exam.
As for verbal, my GMATPrep diagnostic showed me that my weakest section is SC - out of 5 questions that I got wrong, 4 of them were SC. So basically, I have been going through MGMAT SC
, putting stars beside concepts that I didn't know / wasn't sure about. Doing GMATPrep as my first diagnostic helped me pinpoint my weaknesses right away.
In general, I think the best way to prepare is doing targeted practice.
Best of luck to you!
Link to my debrief: gmat-debrief-770-q51-v45-120508.html