Today was my first attempt at the GMAT and I'm ecstatic with the results. I haven't posted much on this site, but I've been around for the nearly two months that I've studied. I saw so many top scores on this forum that I was excited about my chances.
I'll post more later when I have time. It's time to celebrate!!
Oh boy, after a night of celebrating, I realize I can't handle it as well as I could in college. Anyhow, a little background on me. I have a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Houston, with a poor GPA. So, I knew I needed to do well on the GMAT to make up for my 2.9. I studied for approximately 7-10 hours a week for 8 weeks, with a couple weeks a little more due to time spent on the practice CATs.
I took the GMATPrep Test 1 before studying at all. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I scored a 640 on that test, 44Q 36V. So, that was my starting point. Reviewing what I missed, I had forgotten a ton about quant and needed to practice. And, I was set on RC and CR but had a glaring need for SC.
I used Kaplan
GMAT Study Guide, Kaplan 800
, and very little out of OG11
I actually ran out of time and didn't do anywhere near the amount of problems I wanted to do. I only did approximately 100 questions in problem solving from OG11
. The book was basically untouched.
I realize Kaplan
gets a lot of bad reviews, but I can't complain. I think the questions are tougher in Kaplan
than in OG11
. The questions are definitely wordy and try to confuse you in the question stem, but in the end, the math was the same.
I also really liked Kaplan 800
. I did every problem in this book. It really helped with my SC. I was getting between 80-90 percent of the questions correct in Kaplan 800
I took the Kaplan
online practice test. It was really easy and I only scored a 700. I knew it wasn't a CAT, but I thought I was in good shape.
August 17th I took only my second practice CAT. The Kaplan
CAT 1. It was very difficult and I only scored a 640 again 42Q and 36V. I was disappointed but realized that Kaplan
scores are not really a reflection of your true score.
The week of the test on Monday I retried the GMATPrep Test1 and scored a 740, 48Q 44V. I was pumped, but had about 7 repeat questions so I thought my score was way off. Then, Thursday I took the 2nd GMATPrep and scored 740 again, 48Q and 44V. Wow, it was for real. I'm ready and riding high.
Note: I forgot to mention that I often would get on the GMAT Club forum during my lunch hour and would solve SC and Quant problems. I must have completed approximately 100-200 of these questions. I think these questions will help with harder questions on the GMAT tremendously.
The day before the test I was worried about AWA. I hadn't practiced even once. But, I decided to wing it and worry about the rest.
The test: The AWA's were easier than I was expecting so it helped relieve my stress right away. I took advantage of my break after the AWA and just went outside in the hallway and psyched myself up. Getting excited for the challenge ahead. I approached the test as a competition, which really helped with my attitude entering the test. Not nervous at all, but nervous excitement.
The quant seemed very difficult and I was completely bummed after finishing the section. But, I remembered on my practice CAT's that I felt the same way and still scored well. The verbal was almost exactly like the GMATPrep Test Verbal section. I was amazed at how smoothly it went.
Click the score...wait..wait...I'm hoping 700...wait...maybe 720...wait..don't get greedy...760!!!! I don't know how I contained myself.
Anyways, it can be done. If anyone needs any further clarification, please post. I will be getting ready for apps now.
I think emory is still my number one school. Prior to the test, I was just hoping to get in. Now, I'm hoping for scholarship. I need to paint a great picture in my essays and go from there. Good luck to you all.
Thanks to everyone who posts questions in both Verbal and Quant, along with those who preach a positive attitude for this test. I think attitude is key on test day. You've done the studying, you've worked hard...psych yourself up, not out. It's fun.