Yesterday I took the exam and got 720. When I saw the score on the screen, I couldn't believe my eyes. I had the feeling that the exam wasn't going well during the exam and thought about canceling my score several times. But finally I decided to take my chance and hurraaaa !!!
Here are my observations about the exam : The quantitative part was really though. There was 1 probability question which wasn't difficult and 4 questions about medians, ranges and standart deviations. My percentile ranking came at 90 percent but I had never gone below 93 percentile at quantitative at my test exams with Kaplan
and ETS. The real test was more difficult than any other tests I've seen at study books. I barely finished on time rushing on last 15 questions. I also had to guess 3 questions.
At verbal part, to my surprise I had 4 reading comprehension passages. I was expecting to have 3. I lose a lot of time ar reading comprehension but this time it went OK. The passages were mostly about social subjects like women's rights. There was only 1 passage about science but it didn't contain too much unknown vocabulary for me. While solving the verbal questions, I had the impression that I wasn't doing well because verbal questions classified as most difficult by Kaplan
never showed up. Kaplan
classifies verbal questions with Roman numbers and "which is not mentioned by author" type of questions as most difficult. I never had any question of this type. My percentile came at 87 percent at the end.
My overall percentile was 97 percent and a score of 720. Because I wondered how Kaplan
would score these percentiles at its book, I converted my percentiles to score from Kaplan
book and Kaplan
gave me only 680.
Being a reader of this forum, I had the impression that ETS Powerprep test results were the best estimator of one's actual GMAT score, however this wasn't right for me. My Powerprep1 score was 670 and Powerprep2 score was 660. My Kaplan
scores from Kaplan
study CD were also 620 and 640.
Coming to the study plan, I put most of my study effort to verbal knowing that I was OK at quantitative. If English is not your primary language like me, Kaplan Verbal Workbook
is a good resource to build the basics. I especially found the 3 appendices at the end of this book and its section about essay writing useful. As for practicing, I think Official Guide is a clear number one. I studied a total of 4 months for the exam but the net time I dedicated wasn't too long. I think on the average I spent around 6-10 hours per week. I also had a caffeine boost before taking the exam, I had 2 cups of coffee and 1 coke. I believe this works fine for me to keep my ming awake.
I had my first GMAT 4 years ago and my score was 640. Good luck to everyone who plans to take GMAT. My advise is actual test is full of surprises and don't demotivate yourself if you don't get adequate scores at preperation.
No more Kaplan
, no more ETS, no more Official Guide.