I took GMAT exam on 26th March and got 740 (98 percentile), breakup is Quant 50 (95 %) and Verbal 40(90 %). It was my first attempt.
I am a little embarrassed that I did not contribute as much as I wanted to this forum. Actually huge pressure at work, where I am managing two projects, and just 1.5 months of preparation time made it difficult for me to post too many responses. Due to that embarrassment, initially I was not planning to post this debriefs. But then I realized that by sharing my experience, I may prove beneficial to some one in this community. Another purpose of my writing this debriefs is to thank all the members of this wonderful community who made it possible for me to get this score. I used this forum mainly for math section, but I found other sections also very valuable.
About my preparation, I prepared from:
1) OG 11th edition
3) Manhattan SC book
4) Kaplan 800
5) GMAT Club Math forum
For Math I relied totally on GMATClub Math forum
's problems. Although I also solved Kaplan
's math section but found it too easy. With the expertise I gained in Math from GMAT Club math experience, I was able to complete my quant section 8 minutes before time.
For Verbal I found that SC was my weak area. So Manhattan SC book was of great help to me. For CR, I practiced from 1000 series. For RC I did not do much apart from doing some practice from Kaplan
From my experience, I will like to give this advice to all members who are planning to take GMAT
1) What have worked for one person might not work for you. So try to have a plan which is customized for you.
2) Psychological preparation for GMAT actual exam is very important. One week before the actual exam, I started planning for actual exam and learning lessons from my practice tests. You should have plan for energy management, concentration management, how to remain fresh for 3.5 hours etc. For example, I planned that I will wash my face during each break, put cold water over my head during second break, which energy drink I will take etc.
Following was my score in practice tests.
GMATPrep1 - 680
GMATPrep2 - 710
CAT 1 - 550
CAT 2 - 600
CAT 3 - 570
CAT 4 - 660
Online - 730
As you will notice that I could not touch 740 during any of my practice tests, but I was able to convert exam day pressure to my advantage by good psychological preparation for actual exam.
3) Solve GMATClub math problems. I found actual exam's quant section very easy due to my experience with GMATClub. Due to that, I was able to conserve some of my energy in quant section and use that saved energy in verbal section.
4) During actual exam, take each question as independent from all other questions. At that time do not worry whether you answered earlier questions correctly or not, whether you are getting easy questions (and hence your score is going down) etc. just focus on one question at a time. GMAT is test of focus and concentration and do any thing you can to remain focused during 3.5 hours of exam.
I want to THANK all members of GMATClub community. Thanks Amardeep Sharma, ricokevin, HongHu, Fig, trivikram... You people rock !!! Any community, which you are members of, will benefit from your presence. Wish you all best of luck in whatever you do and God bless you !!