First of all, thanks to all the GMATclub folks. This site rocks and is full of great tips and resources.
I started a somewhat drawn out GMAT prep program in late December '09. Purchased all the OG material and some old ManhattanGMAT books on craigslist. Jumped right in to practice problems and while I was certainly cognizant of what I was missing and why, I didn't have a great deal of metrics. I found a great error log
on this site - I think it was "Friendly Error Log
" or something. I used this and with the information in the ManhattanGMAT stuff, was able to tag just about every question. I spent the last week or so solely doing practice tests and looking at incorrect practice questions.
As far as the actual test went - here goes:
I had an 8 am test time on Saturday. Not ideal for me as I'm not a morning person, but whatever it was all I could get. Got to the test site early, I was ready to rock and roll. While waiting to do all the pre-test stuff, this girl who was taking the MCAT was freaking out because she brought her notes and water to the test site. When told she couldn't have either, I think she nearly had an aneurism. She couldn't comprehend the fact that she couldn't have water during the test. After finally getting that she needed to put her water in the locker, she turns to me and asks me if I think she needs her ID. I really hope this girl isn't an ER doctor someday. Anyway, thought it was funny but her stress levels I think were starting to stress out everyone else.
AWA went as expected, pretty straightforward. Looking back, its nice to have the AWA first so you can work out your nerves. I looked at the how to get a 6.0 guide here on gmatclub a couple of times before the test, and wrote the AWA on one of my GMATPrep tests
. I don't think it makes a lot sense to spend an inordinate amount of time here.
While working through the quant, I remember thinking to myself that I wasn't doing that great. I think I guessed correctly on a couple because I was usually hitting around 48 on my practice tests. Although, I will say that my biggest problem in quant was careless errors as opposed to not knowing how to approach a problem. I don't remember any combination or permutation questions. Very heavy on number property, particularly DS.
I thought that I was doing really great in verbal. In my GMATPrep tests
I was getting 45 and 47, so I was a bit disappointed with the 42. In all my practice tests, I always had a ton of time at the end of verbal. I read a GMAT Experience post a couple of weeks ago and the advice was to really take my time. I think I took too much time. I remember looking at some RC questions for a while. I spent a ton of time trying to perfect SC, so I could run through SC pretty quickly. Maybe that played a role, I don't know. Tricky RC questions, some strange SC, but CR was straight forward.
Advice & Materials:
1. Keep an Error Log
, its crucial
2. Manhattan SC is the truth. Read it. Twice or more.
3. Use GMATClub - Question of the day, forum, tests - wonderful resource
4. After you've got your fundamentals down, use a timer. It's good to get a general sense in timing.
5. ManhattanGMAT Number Properties and Equations books are great - know these
6. Buy the ManhattanGMAT practice tests - you get 6 for like $36, good deal. Very hard, especially quant.
I was striking about 90% on all my OG practice questions, but had a some issues with SC. With enough practice, I actually became pretty strong in SC. Make sure you walk yourself through the actual structure of the sentence. What's the subject? What does this phrase modify?
Practice Test Results:Manhattan GMAT
1 - 4/2/10 43Q, 40V - 690. Brutally tough quantManhattan GMAT
2 - 4/10/10 46Q, 40V - 700Manhattan GMAT
3 - 5/10/10 46Q, 45V - 740Manhattan GMAT
4 - 5/16/10 47Q, 36V - 680 - Not sure what happened here on VManhattan GMAT
5 - 6/7/10 - 47Q, 40V - 710Manhattan GMAT
6 - 6/16/10 - 47Q, 45V - 740
GMATPrep 1 - about a week before the test - I think I had a 48Q, 47V or something - 760.
Good luck to all those taking or re-taking the test.