Although i contributed to this forum occasionally, i was lurking in this forum almost on daily basis. I must thank everyone who contribute to this wonderful forum.
So, first things first.
I am a Indian Mechanical Engineer with 10 years of working experience, 6 years of which is in Singapore/Malaysia. I started preparing for GMAT in the month of August.Materials used:
MGAMT Foundations of GMAT Verbal
MGMAT Strategy guides (8 books set) Ed 4
MGMAT IR Strategy guide Ed5OG12
SC online course.
GMAT Tool Kit
I read many planing strategies and devised a 3 month plan for myself starting Aug'12 and Ending in early Nov'12. But, things did not go as i planed and needed to postpone my test date to 30 Dec'12.
I Started with a MGMAT CAT as a diagnostic test and scored 530(Q43, V20). Verbal was my weak area (CR<RC<SC- Weakest) and Started with 'MGMAT Foundations
of GMAT Verbal' and gradually moved to MGMAT SC
guide. But i struggled to apply what i learnt in solving SC questions hence i signed up for E-GMAT
SC course and found it very useful. Their approach is very structured, it made me to understand the concepts well and i started seeing improvement in the SC performance.
I found MGMAT Math guides as well structured and inclusive. During my 5 months of study i had revised them couple of times (Had to revise Number Properties guide
, and Equations, Inequalities, VIC guide 3 times as those were my weakest section in quant). Took 3 weeks off from work and studied religiously for at least 5~8 hours a day.
Thanks to Bunuel. Solving problems in his signature helped me to improve my quant understanding. And i loved his explanation for overlapping sets formula. Now, that is etched in my brain forever. GMAT Club's Math book - http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-math-book-in-downloadable-pdf-format-130609.html#p1073182
is a wonderful resource which i never utilised to full extent though it was readily available. But, it helped me as a review material in the last few days. Mock CAT Scores:
27 Jul'12 - MGMAT CAT1 530 Q43, V20
15 Aug'12- Kaplan
CAT 580 (Q 53%, V 48%)
13 Oct'12 - MGMAT CAT2 530 Q39, V29 - Drop in quant score was expected as i was studying only verbal section in the past month.
16 Dec'12 - MGMAT CAT3 640 Q43, V33
19 Dec'12 - GMAT Prepp Cat1- 600 Q42, V30 - while reviewing the questions accidentally shut down the computer and the no timing information about this test was stored.
24 Dec'12 - MGMAT CAT4 600 Q44, V30
26 Dec'12 - GMAT Prepp Cat2- 650 Q47, V34 - Saw 4 repeats in quant and 6 repeats in verbal due to the mess up happened.
28 Dec'12 - GMAT Prepp Cat1 (Retake)- 700 Q49, V35 - Saw a whole lot of repeat questions in Quant section. Not a realistic reflection of my capability. Problems faced/mistakes done:
@ Had timing issues in Verbal section and fixed it by taking verbal section alone a couple of times using 800 score verbal tests.
@ Never understood the SC answer explanations in the OG. I should blame it on myself as i lacked the strong grammar foundation.
@ Though the MGMAT CATs give out a lot of information based on the performance, i never managed to comprehend and nail on my weak area.Test day experience:
Had a full brake fast. Revised some quant and verbal notes. Reached the test center 1.5 hrs before the appointment. Grabed a McMuffin at the nearby McDonalds for lunch.
I took my test in Pearson Vue, Singapore. The test center staffs were very cooperative, never faced any problem in check -out and check-in during breaks. Taking few CATs in this week helped me to face the rigor of the test without much tiredness.AWA/IR:
AWA section went as planned. I have prepared a template based on the thread in my signature (Thanks to Chinese burned)
IR: I never scored more than 4 points in any of the MGMATs. But, scored a 7 point in the GMAT Prepp. Felt that i did well in the actual test as well.
Took the break, visited the rest room, did some stretching, gulped down half of Red Bull and some water.Quant:
Quant section went fine. Saw most of the questions from Number properties, Inequalities and equations. A question in overlapping sets and before i knew it, it was the end of the section. I had no timing issues. Off course, i had guessed couple of hard nuts in between. But, i was prepared to do that any way.
Again utilised the break, visited the rest room, did some stretching, gulped down the remaining half of Red Bull and some more water.Verbal:
Verbal section Started with couple of SC questions and bang, comes the RC. I got 4 RC passages in total (1 Short, 2 medium and 1 long). I did see a bold face CR as the 39th question followed by once SC and another CR.
After quickly passing thru the personal information pages and i hit the Accept score button. And i saw 630 (Q47, V30). After thoughts:
I do not know if i stand a chance to my choice schools (NUS, NTU, SMU, HKUST). Need to get my profile evaluated. Most likely i will plan to reappear in 3 month's time.
Give me a Kudo if you find my post useful
Awesome AWA tip - http://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html
Amazing CR questions - http://gmatclub.com/forum/100-amazing-cr-questions-explanations-cr-700-to-800-level-137885.html
Overlapping set problems - http://gmatclub.com/forum/advanced-overlapping-sets-problems-144260.html
My GMAT Story - http://gmatclub.com/forum/from-530-q43-v20-to-630-q47-v30-my-gmat-story-144980.html