I just scored a 700 in Gmat today(29 Jan 13). I know its not as great as the 750+ scores out there, but I am pretty happy about my first-time performance and about the improvement that i have shown.
Im an asian male and a non-native speaker of English. I started working on Gmat a couple of months ago (influenced by my friends who wrote the Gmat). I was always good at maths and thought i wouldn't have to spend much time on quants. But when I started working for the gmat, I realised the math that we had practised in school was very different from the gmat Quants. That was when I joined GMATCLUB. I went through a number of threads and decided to get the Manhattan GMAT
Complete Strategy Guide. I would say Manhattan Gmat
Quants books were quite good but the Manhattan Gmat Verbal books
were the BEST! I strongly recommend these books to any non-native speaker of English.
I have to thank the mods of gmatclub for the valuable threads and posts they have been making. I downloaded the Gmatclub Math workbook v3 pdf and I found it extremely useful during my preparations. Special thanks to the authors of the math workbook
After preparing for about 3 weeks, I wrote my first practice test on 14th Jan. Got a 610. I was pretty devastated. I had taken the gmat very lightly. Took another test a couple of days later and got 600. And the worst part was that I did not know where I was going wrong. Then i turned to gmatclub for help(once again).
I soon realised a strategy is more important for gmat than mere knowledge over the content. Initially, I spent too much time on tricky questions and thus did not have time completing the test. Then I started working on those questions for 2 mins and skipped them if i did not arrive at the answer. This proved to be helpful. *If you don't understand a question within a minute after starting to read it, then skip the question!*
Manhattan CAT 1 610 (14.01.2014)
Manhattan CAT 2 600 (16.01.2014)
Manhattan CAT 3 680 (19.01.2014)
Manhattan CAT 4 Did not complete (Q48) (21.01.2014)
Manhattan CAT 5 680 (23.01.2014)
Manhattan CAT 6 690 (25.01.2014)
GmatPrep1 680(Q49,V30) (27.01.2014)
GmatPrep2 700(Q50,V34) (28.01.2014)
Gmat - 700(Q49,V35) (29.01.2014)
For anybody out there who is in the 650 zone and trying to get a 700+ score, I just want to say that it is very much possible if you work with discipline. Substitute hard work with smart work. I personally believe i shifted from the 600 zone to the 680 zone only because I realised my mistakes and tried to eradicate them.
Nothing is impossible.
P.S: Im not very good at writing essays. Apologise me for any typos or mistakes.