Hey! Quick background:
- Just graduated from a US Top 25 Public School... I had some spare time in my hands before I start work in July.
- Economics/Accounting major
- Did decently in the SAT: 1460 (Math 760, Verbal 700)
- Took the 9-week MG GMAT course...
- Started Studying at the end of October.. so for about 4.5 months
Just took the GMAT today and did better than all but one of my practice CATs!
I started at 610 on my first GMAT prep (not sure about the breakdown; forgot to take note of that).
- All MG GMAT books
- Powerscore CR
- LSAT LR w/ Kaplan
- OG 10
, 11, 12
- OG Math & Verbal workbooks
- Kaplan GMAT 800
- GMAT Club Math tests
- Spidey SC notes
- Brutal SC notes
Here are my practice CATs
GMAT Prep 1: 610Manhattan GMAT
CAT 1: 600 (Q36 V35) 11/7/2009Manhattan GMAT
CAT 2: 620 (Q41 V34) 12/25/2009
GMAT Prep 2: 660Manhattan GMAT
CAT 3: 690 (Q47, V37) 1/25/2010Manhattan GMAT
CAT 4: 650 (Q45, V34) 2/1/2010Manhattan GMAT
CAT 5: 680 (Q48, V36) 2/5/2010Manhattan GMAT
CAT 6: 710 (Q47, V40) 2/22/2010
I was actually originally supposed to take the GMAT on 2/20/2010... but I chickened out cuz I didnt' think I was testing well enough. So I pushed it to March 16, 2010.
I ran out of CAT material... so I decided to start doing some over!
GMAT Prep 1 Re-take: 650 (Q46, V34) 3/1/2010 ***This was really disappointing.. I think I went through a week where I felt secure with my last 710 I scored on MG GMAT CAT #6. So I slowed down, and then luckily I got owned by this CAT. I decided to get serious as the test was gonna be in 2 weeks!
GMAT Prep 2 Re-take: 720 (Q50, V38) 3/3/2010 *wahoo! i was finally getting the hang of the timing.. now i started to focus on my verbal to hit 40+
Once again, I seem to have exhausted all my CATs...so...Manhattan GMAT
CAT 1 Re-take: 720 (Q47, V41) / Yes I retook MG GMAT CATs hahahaManhattan GMAT
CAT 2 Re-take: 720 (Q47, V42)
Reinstalled older version of GMAT Prep 1: 730 (Q49, V40)
Powerprep: 760 (Q50, V44)
Okay, on that last powerprep, I saw a lot of overlap especially in verbal because I was powering through OG 10
, 11, 12 CR and SC. So it was a bit inflated...
Anyhow, I'm really happy with my score especially since it was a brand new set of Q's. I was worried that my previous CATs were inflated because of all the re-takes!
The MG GMAT 9-week course was good in getting me to the high 600's... but by feb 20, I did not feel comfortable to attain my 700+ score. I decided to just hammer problem after problem out.
I ended up going through Spidey's and Brutal SC notes towards the last month, in a desperation to boost my Verbal. And it helped (btw, sorry if my grammar right now sucks, im burnt out)! Obviously it's not a V44, but V40 was my target this whole time!
And really, even though everyone says this, I want to reiterate that the OG materials are INVALUABLE. Especially in math, once you get used to the tricks and style the GMAC asks its questions in... you'll be able to attack the PS questions more efficiently and logically eliminate wrong answer choices in the more conceptual DS!!
Thanks to everyone on this board. I definitely used the search function towards the ends of my study as I was powering through OG questions and noticed that the OG explanations were sometimes rubbish. The GMAT Club math tests helped me get the Q50, but I only took about 6 or 7 before I noticed a lot of patterns in them.
Let me know if you have any questions, as I'll have a ton of time on my hand to answer them since GMAT studying is gone! Good luck guys!