I am a 30 years IT indian guy in working in singapore(PR).I started preparing from december but nothing really started till january and asusual with Kaisu mentality I scheduled exam on feb 11.there is a reason for it in GMATPrep i got 600 (Quant 48 verbal 26).So if I can get 37 or 38 I am in 700 league. I studied super hard. I realized that I have my own version of english (pun) and I needed to unlearn and learn english (like difference between has & have) so I went through some super basic books to get atleast 50% SC questions correct.That took a lot of time around a month.Then again in Feb I postponed it to Apr 2nd .I relaxed for 10-15 days and then started again.So I took a week off before exam work.All these 3 months i was just studying english -SC nothing else.
I was under the illusion that if I can reign the 13 SC questions then I can easily improve my verbal score.I took test again this time I got even lower 540.My quant fell to 41.So I actually spent the last week working on quant ,CR and SC.I took the test(MGMAT) 2 days ago.Quant was still 43 but got higher verbal and was able to maintain speed.
I studied till late night yesterday to improve my Quant.I felt more confident on quant still a lot to learn.
On real test:
AWA -1 I couldn't finish the first essay.I never practiced it before.Second one I think I did well.went to wash room in the break and for Quant I was 1.5 mins late.Started solving one after another.Its funny that i either got super easy or near impossible ones.I thought I screwed my Quant so was trying to make as many correct as possible and not leaving tough ones-result I had to random guess last 4-5 I got 45 had i not guessed those i am sure i would have touched 48 or above.
lesson learnt "never evaluate what CAT is doing-just concentrate on what you can do"
Next time I took break before verbal but didn't go out
I was even more determined to save the score(I didn't know that I would score 45,else I would have answered normally).I did the first 2 SC for 5 mins.Slowly I picked up the speed but I stopped looking at clock.I think most RC questions correctly.They are not the easy one all the questions were getting tough and I was happy about it.After 20 questions I checked the time.I had less than 20 mins left.I have guess around 7 or eight and could not answer last 3 questions.
"Had I known that I got 45 I would have continued normally."
I should have cancelled the score but I felt I should know what went wrong.I was slapped with 600 score.Which means I could have taken the test 3-4 months ago and it would have saved me the time , money and effort.
I think GMAC should give an option for people to see how they did in the previous section before moving on to another.
I observed few things after 30 mins in to verbal:
1)I was feeling back pain-Real pain.Tried moving backwards , front.. lots of adjustments nothing worked
2)My eyes were burning.
3)My concentration was waning(had to read 2-3 times)
4)During my preperation,eventhough I took full day off,I could not study more than 7-8 hours.Only 1 test per day
Infact I didn't have time to analyse my weakness.I reading and taking tests.I coulnd not complere powerscore bible.Its 350 page book.
1)What is the solution to above problems(if you have faced)?
2)How many test should be taken before attempting the main test (I took 4 MGMAt tests)
3)How many hours/day is required to and months to get 720+(Please don't think I am greedy,avg.Indian guys score is 730)
4)Or I am too old for this tests.
5)Should I apply for NUS part-time with this score ?(If I am too old)
Any advice / bashing is taken positively.I wan somebody to scold me