I've been an onlooker in all the forums now, but I decided to post my experience here because I desperately need your help. I come from an Engineering background and currently work in Finance as a trader. I took my GMAT yesterday (for the second time), and got a 640. My journey is below:March-Oct '12
I bought all 8 MGMAT books
(4th edition) and went through each and every book slowly (spent about a 3 wks to a month on each of them). I figured I should get all my basics and concepts straight before I attempt any practice tests. After studying MGMAT, I signed up for the GMAT on Oct. '12. I started taking all the MGMAT CATs, and found the Quant to be very time consuming (although not overly difficult). I took the GMATPreps as well before giving the real test.
GMATPrep 1 - 650 (don't remember breakdown, but something like Q 47 V 34)
GMATPrep 2 - 710 (Q50 V 35)GMAT Attempt 1:
I was feeling confident, went into the test, and started doing the essay. Then came IR - I got some really confusing logic games questions on this section (like the LSAT), and ended up running out of time, and I think my mind was mentally derailed. Then on Quant, I had HORRIBLE time management...on question 8 or something, I spent 5 mins on it and couldn't get the right answer (even though I needed to do it). Ultimately, I had 20 questions left with 15 mins...and realized that the test was going nowhere, so I ended up canceling my score.Oct - Jan '13
To improve on my math test taking skills, I signed up for GMAT Club tests
. They're very helpful, as they made me think about the corner cases for each problem. However, timing wise, they weren't so helpful. Ultimately, to aid in my timing, I just realized I had to randomly guess on a few questions while taking CATs. Since Verbal is my weak point, I made it a point this time to go through every verbal material I could find - OG 13
, CR problems from GMAT Club forums, etc. I tried to stay away from other test prep company material, as it wasn't very reflective of the real test (I took MGMAT's CATs earlier). I also went through Powerscore CR
. Toward the end, I realized that I was pretty decent at Verbal, scoring 38+ on all the practice tests I took. Anyway, in January, I pretty much locked myself down and all I did was GMAT (once again).GMAT Attempt 2:
I took the test again in late February. I think I aced the essay and IR sections this time (expecting perfect scores on those), and did decently in Math (Q 49). However, my Verbal was absolutely disastrous
(V 27). I was shocked and somewhat depressed, because I had really given it my best. I know for a fact that the score there does not reflect my capability! For some reason, I had a very hard time concentrating in the Verbal portion of the test - my mind wandered, songs were stuck in my head, and each sentence I kept reading was simply gibberish at some times. Looking back, I think I was just burnt out by the Verbal section.
Anyway, I plan on taking the GMAT again in a couple of months, and this may be my last shot. I am really aiming for a 720+ score, and I need to raise my verbal score at least by 10 points. However, I have exhausted EVERYTHING! MGMAT, GMATPrep, OG, Verbal Review. What other (good) materials can I use? Please help! I was thinking of getting the LSAT test prep materials for CR and RC, but didn't know what to do for SC. And to prep for stamina, I may sign up for Kaplan
's CATs, which they allow you to take at a test center. I am also going to start meditating, so I am able to focus myself and not burn out.
I'm so tired of the GMAT, I've been doing this for almost a year! I really think though, that I can get above a V40 - I just need to not burn out and be able to concentrate on Verbal.