My Gmat Experience 680 (48Q, 34V, 6.0 AWA)
Hi everybody. I wanted to share my gmat experience with everyone since reading other peoples posts helped me quite a bit in my prep. To start off with, I was very dissapointed with my score as I was shooting for around a 720. My verbal was quite dissappointing since I usually score in the 40-42 range on practice tests. Really, I think I faltered because I was feeling under the weather and just didn't have the endurance by the time I got to the verbal section. Hopefully my awa will help to offset the low verbal (anybody think it will?). Anyway, I think the 680 should be good enough at this stage.
I just wanted to share my study prep and what I think should be done to obtain a good score. The gmat is a difficult test and thorough understanding of fundamanentals is important.
1. I started with princeton review
to get a basic understanding of the gmat and the questions. I did all the bins and got a decent understanding of the test. I would recommend using the princeton review
- pretty decent. I also looked at the Kaplan
book but didn't like it.
2. The next thing to study is the OG 11
, OG verbal
and OG quant
. Do all those problems. It is true that alot of them are easy, but learning the concepts is important. I am an engineer with strong math skills, but I've been out of school for ~10 years and really needed to relearn alot of basic concepts. Most of the concepts on the test people don't use in their daily lives. I highly recommend doing all the problems.
3. Do many of the GMAT challenges (http://gmatclub.com/wiki/Tests
) and learn from your mistakes. I think these challenges also helped me go from 42 to 48 level.
4. I bought a few of the Manahattan books. The SC was pretty good, I would recommend it. The most useful book was the numbers properties book. I would highly recommend that book. Its short and you can go through it in a day.
5. Lastly, after you have gone through the rest of the material and kept a log of your wrong answers and reviewed them, start the GMAT Prep. If you have the time, devote the last 3 weeks of your prep to solely the GMAT Prep. Take them over and over again. Don't worry about the repeats - they will help you get harder problems. I think this is a very important step since I think people don't give it enough time to review. Review ALL the problems that you get wrong on this test and will help your speed on the real test.
I think that study prep is pretty much all you need. I looked at a bunch of other books as well such as Kaplan 800
, some MGMATs and a few others. It was a waste of time for me. Stick to the basics and don't overload yourself. Again, a bit dissapointed that I didn't reach 700, but hopefully everything works out.
Good luck to all!