Today, after 6 months of preparation and practicing 1000s of questions, I appeared for the GMAT and scored a disgusting 630 (Q46, V31).
Usually I am very good in Maths (scored Q50 in each GMATPREP practice test), but this score is an eye-opener. I guess I made most of the mistakes in the DS problems.
My verbal scores during the practice tests were hovering around 38 to 44. SC is supposed to be my strength in the verbal section, but in the real exam, I was unable to hit most of the SC questions convincingly. I was more used to solving SC questions with grammar based logic rather than with meaning based. In the GMAT, even after eliminating the options based on grammar, I was left with at least 2 options in which the grammar was absolutely fine but they had meaning issues. This was a huge turnoff for me in the exam, and it sealed the my fate. My mind started wandering, and after some time I found that I was well behind the schedule. I started rushing through the problems without making any effort to understand most of them, and I guess I committed mistakes in most.
After the exam, I was totally dejected and exhausted. I took the train and came back home. This journey helped me to collect my thoughts and plan for my next attempt. I found that I am inherently good with SC questions, but some polishing needs to be done anyways (to address the meaning based questions issue). As per CR and RC are concerned, I am planning to bring up my confidence level. Usually, whenever I see a CR question, the first thought that comes to my mind is 'whether I can solve it'; I need to get rid of this mentality.
I am currently going through the posts of ex-fighters who succeeded in nailing GMAT but took more than 1 attempt in doing so. Also, I am unable to decide between e-GMAT
to address my shortfalls. Any help from the club members in deciding the same will be appreciated.