I took my first official GMAT last weekend and my score was 640 (Q48, V29). My target was to break at least 700, if not more. In practice tests my quant was consistent at Q48, in verbal it ranged about V30-35. Test anxiety played a factor during the test and I personally acknowledged that I won't be able to rule that out completely. I thought I would screw up quant more than verbal since I knew my pace during quant was slower than usual at the beginning. I was expecting to get at least >30 in verbal and was disappointed when I saw my verbal score. I felt the difficulty level was similar to what I'd had in practice tests. I'm guessing that I screwed up in RC and got a few questions wrong in a row. I was disheartened and am still rebounding from the bad experience, but I'm determine to retake GMAT and improve my score. I'm hoping to get some feedback and suggestions from the experts or people who have gone through the same experience here about retake study plans and strategies. Here is my background:
Goal: improve from 640 to >700
-Non-native, background in engineering
-Self-studied for about 3 months using Veritas Prep
full set and OG13, in average studied 12 hours/week
-GMAT areas from weakest to strongest: RC -> SC -> CR -> DS ->PS
I'm planning to prioritize in improving my Verbal in my next study and some of the improvement actions I'm going to take is to pick up reading habit, as suggested by bb, to to improve RC and to get MGMAT SC
book. I'm also planning to go over and go remaining problems in the Veritas books
as I have not exhausted all of them.
My questions are:
1. How long should I study before taking my next attempt?
2. What are the realistic Q & V raw score combinations given my situation to reach 700? I'm thinking to try improving my quant from Q48 to Q49-50 and improving my verbal from Q29 to at least Q37. Thoughts?
3. Should I study an area I'm stronger or weaker at first?
4. Any other tips?
Any feedback would be appreciated! Thank you!