I have been studying for the past month and now I am following a more structured approach. I am confident about my math skills but not in Verbal.
Today I gave the powerprep test 1 and got a 690. I frankly think this is an overestimation. I would probably be closer to 650 at this point. I made way too many mistakes in the Verbal. I have about 7 more weeks till my test at this point.
In verbal I see that I am not following an strategy whatsoever. Whatever score I get is basically using my best guess for the answers. I mean I am sure I use 'some' sort of homemade thinking process to solve the critical reasoning and RC but most of it is judgement and common sense. I want to get to the point when I am really confident of my answers and know whats wrong with the choices that I dont like.
Now heres what I am planning to do...I am planning to start putting more emphasis in the coming week or two on verbal. Do a tonne of critical reasoning, RC and sentence corrections. Possibly the ones here on gmatclub website and then next week give another test and see how I fare in verbal. I think if I can cross that threshold on verbal Ill be able to make the 700 mark.
Thanks nickelback for your post. I appreciate it!
Well, unless you're a great standardized test taker, it usually takes 2-3 months to prep, especially if you're aiming for a 700+. How did you do on your SATs?
Plan on spending 2-3 hours a day (or 4 if you're really taking it that soon) doing practice questions, and do a full practice exam, timed, each weekend. Thoroughly review your answers, including the right ones, to pick up patterns and more quickly figure out the test. Keep an error log
(there should be a sticky post about that somewhere on here).
I would start with Cracking the GMAT
from the Princeton Review
(best strategy book on the market), the 11th edition of the Official Guide (not the 10th -- too many years too old, and quant's gotten a lot harder), and the Powerprep tests that you can download free from http://www.mba.com
See you you're doing over the next few weeks, and ask for help in the forums when you need it. You'll need to work hard to get 700+, so I'd get started.