So I took the GMAT on saturday and got a 640, 42 QR 36 VR. I was really envisioning something higher and I do think that I can do better. My practice tests with Kaplan
were 590, 200 (I was having a terrible time with the math and then got distracted and didn't even get to finish the verbal portion
), 630, 610, 630, 640, 660, 640 and on the GMAT prep tests I got 650, 690 (during this one I came across 3 distinct questions that I had already seen through my preparations and a RC section as well, but I didn't click finish for the last quant Q, which I had correctly identified.)
I began studying in December with the OG, QR and VR books, and then moved to studying in earnest in February (I bought Kaplan
's $400 online prep course, completed all the lessons and workshops, worked on sample problems). I've never been a fantastic math student, so I know that I will have to do better on the Verbal to do better overall.
I was wondering what the forum might suggest in moving forward? My target is a 680 - I would really like to get into a top ranked school (Haas, Darden, Columbia). I don't want to take another course, since I don't believe that I will have time after I start my job. I was thinking about getting MGMAT's set of 8 and doing problems to sharpen my skills and flush out my weaknesses.
I plan on applying to B school in about 3 years. I'm 23, graduated from Michigan State University in December with a 3.79, BA in marketing and a specialization in international business. I speak intermediate German and beginner Chinese, have traveled and studied in western europe, held 4 internships, and am starting FT with Microsoft in July as advertising sales.
If anyone doesn't think that I will be able to get into a great B school, please let me know - there's still time to work harder or do what I need to do now than remain naive until it's too late.