I am a firm believer of hardwork. Well after all, all the debriefs are about people with lots of hard work get a really good score. Still, there is an exception for everything. Unfortunately, I am that exception.
Here is my Gmat history
Gmat 1: Feb 2012 --->540 (Q: 40, V 22, W: 4.5)
Gmat 2: Ja 2013----->640 (Q: 45, V 34, I:6, W 5)
Gmat 3: Oct 2013---->610 (Q: 47, V: 28)
This third time around, I have no idea what went wrong. I have a full understanding of the test question types, practice a ton and prepare for a long time. I have studied mahattan guide book, OG 12
&13, studied 20 pages in GMAT verbal section of BTG, took all 30 test in the 30 test set under the timed condition. I search every question I got wrong and read the explanation for a full comprehension. I enrolled in a prep course. I watched EVERY SINGLE video Thursday w. Ron. Overall, I have no idea where I can improve my score.
That said. Now I am in doubt of my capability. Maybe I have reached my maximum and there is no room left for improvement. I don't know guys. I dont think I will go for another test but seeing 700 all around, I am kind of sad. I have not beat myself in this GMAT game
What should I do next? Giving up an MBA and apply for an MS degree? I am pretty old (27) to apply for an MS degree I think.
Well, I gave GMAT recently, Sept 13, 2013, and I scored decent 690, with 38 on Verbal. I faced a lot of challenges like you with Verbal, while preparing, specially SC.
Here are a few things I did for verbal preparation:
Used all official material, that really helps. Got the GMAT Official guide 13th
Edition, and work through it. The questions here are retired questions from past tests, and gave me a sense, that there are a few specific things that get repeated, like say parallelism in sentences and noun verb agreement. Once you know these by doing real GMAT questions, you just prepare whats important and appears in GMAT.
Post Official guide I grabbed Official Verbal review 2nd edition, since I needed help on verbal as well. I worked through them solving all questions, and looking up the given solution wherever I went wrong.
Lastly I bought 3 paper tests from GMAC, again with retired test, doing these tests in simulation timed environment gives the closet approximation of your real GMAT Score, except that you will notice that there are more questions in each paper test then real test. This means you actually have more time/ question in on THE DAY, and get slightly higher then paper test. I was getting 670-680 on GMAC paper tests (12 tests that I did), and scored 690 on real day, since there is more time then what you have prepared yourself for !
Hope that helps !