I would like to share my story because I also picked up some tips, which helped me a lot.
To begin with my background, I studied chemistry a long time ago and am now working as a marketing specialist for a multi-national company for 6 years(total 8years work experience).
My first test score was 650(Q49 V28) in Apr. '11 after a three-month study. At that time I just covered OG, did review wrong answers and didn't do any sample CATs. After seeing the score I finally realized the reality I faced with.
As soon as I got back home, I searched what I need to do for the test. What I did was to buy the best recommended references and to start studying really hard, at least 3 hrs a day on weekdays and 8 hrs a day on weekends. I studied both the references I bought and the OGs. When you feel confused at the references you should look up the OGs. The OG is the bible you can always rely on.
I took 6 CATs from Manhattan from one week before the actual test. The best score I've got from the test was 710(Q51 V 36). I think that Manhattan CATs are a little bit more difficult than a actual test. Especially the Quant problems are extremely challenging.
As a non-native speaker I thought that getting over 40 points in verbal section would be time-consuming, concerning that I have a full time job. My strategy was to get 50/51 in Quant and over 36 in Verbal, and I will be able to get over 700. In order to this I tried to solve Quant problems within two miniutes when studying, and focused on SC and CR. Especially in SC I thought that I could give correct answers as many as possible if I got trained to do that job. For SC I studied Manhattan', which is great, and solved OG again and again, trying to understand the logic in it. For CR I got the powerscore, which can gives you general understanding of the types of the problems. For Quant I got Kaplan
and OG. But Kaplan
's could be very easy for those who already got over 49. If you are on that level you should try OG with time limits, 2 min per problem.
As a result I got 730(Q 50 V 39) today. I felt Quant problems were easier than Manhattan's CATs and tried to give best answers to Verbal questions, especially faced with SC problems.
Guys, I think you can also do what you want to achieve if you set up the goal and strategy clearly, and implement the strategy persistently. Good luck to all of you.Posted from my mobile device