I took the GMAT on Dec 11 and got a 760 - Q47 and V47
First of all, many thanks to everyone on the GMAT board, especially Akamai and Stolyar - your advice was absolutely invaluable in preparing for the real thing!
I prepared for about 10 days before the exam, primarily Kaplan
, Princeton and OG. I got 650 & 650 on Kaplan
's tests and 750 & 750 on Powerprep. I was pretty comfortable with quant, since I'm an engineer, as well as with verbal (I guess the long hours spent reading boring analyst reports as a consultant did help!). In terms of overall preparation, I found the math review in Kaplan
very useful in refreshing the concepts. SC was better in Princeton, CR was better in Kaplan
and RC was equally good in both.
I feel that the Kaplan
tests are tougher than PP тАУ the questions are much more convoluted, especially in the verbal section. Overall, I think the difficulty level of actual GMAT lies somewhere between Kaplan
Overall, I think the exam is an assessment of how calm you can remain for those 3.5 hours. AWI and AWA were pretty simple. But I got a tough probability problem as the #3 question in the Quant section. That took me about 4 min to get through, and then I got some more not-so-tough but tricky questions in the next 15. After that I felt that the difficulty stabilised towards the middle. Unfortunately, I could just missed out on marking the last answer correctly due to lack of time. This last question episode weighed a bit on me during the break, but I decided to push it back and not think about it, as Kaplan
and Princeton said!
In the verbal section, I got 4 long passages but fortunately none of them was very boring!! I think I sailed through verbal - I finished the section with 11 min to go! I think the best strategy on most questions is to eliminate the obviously wrong choices quickly and spend a bit of time on the one or two that remain. I found that it wasnтАЩt tough to find the right answer among those
That kind of sums up my GMAT experience. All the best !