This is fantastic group of people trying to help eachother and also this site helped me a lot during my preparations here is in nutshell what learnt in this experience.
Do OG atleast twice focus on learning from what you missed.
I was feeling confident on 80-90% questions of verbal on the exam.
1. The best strategy of all is the POE (eliminate eliminate eliminate wrong ones) once you eliminate wrong ones you feel pretty comfortable with the right choice.
2. There are shades of correctness in the Verbal section . These shades are not as gray as in Kaplan
but tend to be more black and white in OG as well as in the real thing.
3. On RC dont waste time trying to understand details on first read all you should know is Topic scope conclusion and where to find what. Pretty much every question was based on ability to spot these 4 things.
4. CR never try to answer as soon as stimulus is read . tried to paraphrase every time so I dont get caught by the guile of the answers.
5. DOnt ignore Quant even if you are strong at it , it might make a difference. I did ignore it which in hindsight was not a good choice.
6. Most of all dont loose hope on verbal if you are not a native speaker, I found that I actually had an advantage since I approached it as a challenge and was not under false sense of confidence that I can "listen" to the statements to get the SC right.
HongHu congrats to you too I think it is a very competitive score , I'm targeting the top 5 schools how about you http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/images/sm ... _smile.gif
Thanks everybody for your wishes.. you guys rock...!!!!