Hello Experts,*Who Am I?
I am Jyo, working as a software engineer in a globally reputed IT firm for the past two years
. I have decided to apply for MBA, preferably for classes commencing spring 2013. *What I did for my GMAT till now?
Speaking of MBA applications in top / top-mid tier universities, I require a good GMAT score (minimum of 650
). And since, most of the applications start by end of august, I have scheduled my test date on 16th August
. I have not prepared much for the GMAT till now, except for taking up a couple of free prep tests to get acquainted with the test pattern. I have also purchased the "Self-study" course materials from the Princeton Review
, which includes the 13th edition official GMAT review/Guide, a couple of strategy books and access to online contents and 10-practice tests online.*Where do I stand at GMAT?
As stated earlier, I took a couple of prep tests and scored 500 (44 Q, 16 V, 5 IR) in my first test and 550 (42 Q, 23 V, 5 IR) in the second
. And nevertheless, these were scored without preparation and includes guessed answers (due to time constraints???), especially in the verbal section. I have started preparing for my GMAT with the purchased contents a couple of days back and would be attempting another prep test today.What are my expectations?
Since, I would prefer a b-school that gives me a good ROI and a good career growth, I would require a decent GMAT score, ranging between 650 to 750 and nothing less
. I should also mention that I would be dedicating a month's time (July 12th to August 15th
, my test date is August 16th) just for GMAT preparation with no office / personal works
. As you can see, I am an average test taker and since I do not have a proper strategy to execute for my preparation, I am in need of some expert's advice. Posting my queries here seeking help in scoring well on my GMAT with minimal preparation time.
I would appreciate any valuable advice, suggestions and "proven" strategies on preparing for the GMAT with the constraints and scenarios I have stated above.(In short - An average test taker with 550 score without preparation, expecting to score 650+ with limited prep resources and dedicated preparation time of one month)
Hoping to use this post as my guide throughout my preparation time. I would also require advice in choosing my universities and the process throughout applications, but i suppose it shall wait until i get my GMAT score.
Well, I took a prep test from princeton review and again got a score of just 550 but this time
Total (V & Q): 550
Analytical Writing: *
Integrated Reasoning: 9
VERBAL SECTION: 22 (18 of 41)
QUANTITATIVE SECTION: 43 (33 of 37) - Wrong answers at questions 1,5,13 and 27
INTEGRATED REASONING: 9 (9 of 27)
I am planning on taking up the drills and OG13 problems a bit before I attempt another full test by next week. I shall also update the post with my actions and improvements, if any. It would be great if I get a proper guidance and strategy to follow.
1. Rather than one month 8 hrs a day rigorous prep for GMAT, 3 months 3 hrs a day prep yields better results. GMAT isn't about 'learning'. It's about 'application'. Your mind works better in short intervals. It's easy to burn out and not see progress after a while if you work on GMAT all the time. That said, one obviously needs to work under one's own constraints.
2. You have taken enough practice tests for the time being. I see you have a decent Quant score. With some brush up, you should touch 45-48 without any problems. Obviously, verbal needs a lot of work.
3. Go through a complete set of books thoroughly once, especially for Verbal. Thereafter, try 50% of the OG13 questions using the strategies you learn from the material.
4. Next step is to take a GMAT prep test (available free on mba.com). Hopefully, your verbal score would have improved by at least 10-15 points. Pin point your weaknesses - areas you had most trouble with - SC/CR/RC.
5. If needed, get material which specifically takes care of these areas. Review these areas from the new material and work on the rest of the 50%
questions. Then take GMAT prep test 2 from mba.com.
6. In the leftover time, work on your weaknesses.