I gave my GMAT exam yesterday and got a score of 720 (Q51 V35) . Although not a great score but good enough to enable me apply to the premium colleges. I am yet to start a research on the institutes I will be finally applying for. I am just putting down my experience along the GMAT journey, as reading debriefs from people who wrote GMAT recently, who were in my shoes sometime back used to inspire me a lot.
I started my preps 2 months back, and impatient as I was, I took a date a month after, just to create enough pressure to make me sit for preps after a good break of 2.5 years from academics. But obviously things dint go the way I wanted. I use to get an hour or so to study everyday. I already had strong Quant. I always knew Quant will never be a concern. I scored Q50 on the first Gmat prep, which I gave 1st day of my preperation.
I will suggest no one to give the GMAT Prep before they are all done with the Course. They are the most accurate exams, and I foolishly wasted one of the tests. I scored badly on the verbal though. I scored 550 even with Q50 (I believe not every one can do that
). I always knew that its going to be hard to get to a decent score. English was something I was always afraid of. I always used to score border line marks in English since 1st standard. I was soo damn consistent with that 50% score. Never thought English will be so important .
After reading Mangattan SC and OG to some extent, I gave the second GMAT Prep and got a 720. I felt confident and went to give GMAT. AWA, IR went smooth. Quant was damn easy (even though I messed up somewhere) and I completed Quant section in 45-50 mins. I was very nervous for the verbal section. The first question on my screen, and I was shocked. It was a sentence with subjunctive mode "advice" . The options with that options seemed gramatically incorrect and "to" one looked correct but with heavy heart I chose the one with "that". First 10 questions were mostly SC and RC. SC and RC both were my weak links (Even though I did not realize that my SC was weak then). I got a bold facing question between 20-25 which made me confident that all was going well. Once I done I finally submitted the exam and got my score. I was shocked..I got a 650 (Q50 V28). I had never thought that this was even possible.
Now there were two hurdles in my way. First I had exhausted most of the questions. And I could see questions repeating in every test. Second, I have to go through everything again . I started my preps again but changed my way of preperation slightly. Two great things happened to me .1. I joined E-GMAT
. 2. I got Edvento membership free with this course. Now let me clarify how it solved my two hurdles. Every question on SC seemed me to have a solution which lies in a rule which has infinite number of exception and seem to be holding true only in that very question. Now this might seem fine for native speakers or people who atleast have some command on language (atleast who scored more than 50% in english in their school). But I wanted a more mechanical process to do this. Rules which can be applied in most of the cases. E-GMAT
gave me that power. Now I realized the very first qustion on my last Gmat attempt went wrong. First 10 question only screwed up my exam. Rest of it was just formality. E-GMAT
also gave some really good tips on CR.Cause and Effect lesson on CR was just awesome. I dint attend any of E-GMATs live session, but I wish I could have. RC is a part which E-GMAT
will help you, but as per my experience, its something you just need to practise. Because even though you might get most questions right offline. But in a timed scenario, it all depends how fast you can elliminate the options. So...I was now good fundamentally. I was ready to test my skills now. But here comes the second problem...I dint have papers left to practice. Edvento came to rescue. Edvento has questions which are far different from those in public , but still are very GMAT like. Hence, I started taking those tests..all of them. Got decent scores on SC and CR. RC was still the unbeaten monster. But the good part was I saved a lot of time on SC and CRs. E-GMATs 3 step SC process might look time consuming but against the intution I found them THE MOST time efficient method. Prethinking helps you a lot on CR and saves you hell lot of time. Added to all this, I got a free 800 score test series. I got all scores between 730 - 750. Feeling confident, I took a date again.
This time in a much relaxed state. I started with the AWA section and boom...Got a time out. Even though I completed the essay, I was checking it when the window popped. Now in shock, I wrote the IR section, which was quite simple. I got 11 questions, guessed one, and cameout. I confirmed that whether my AWA section will be submitted. The lade said yes. But I was still not in the best state. Started with the quant section,which was again damn easy. But this time I took my time. Made sure I get each and every question correct. Saw some interesting questions, but saw some very very easy questions by the end. I think once the software has accessed you it throws some random mix of questions. After quant section, I started the verbal section. First few very easy ones but they got tougher and tougher. In a question I could see all subjunctive, parallelism and meaning all asked together. I dint get any full underlined questions but the questions were complicated enough. I got questions with colon, hyphen, and every fancy stuffs. The passage were all not very complicated. I got two bold faces and some very interesting CRs. Once I was done with the paper, I was expecting a score of 700 ish .As I was sure to get 51 on quant but because of the AWA section delimma on back of my mind, I dint do verbal to my potential. I got a score of 720 (Q51 V35). Not a great score, but I thought many stages of my prep will be common with many , and so a brief might help you with what to do and "WHAT NOT TO DO" . I am just hoping my AWA section does get counted. Fingers crossed. Best of luck all!!! Enjoy the journey... E-GMAT
and Edvento please keep up the good work...