I took my first gmat on 4th Jan 2010 and scored a partly 500. Q45, V16. I prepared for around 8 weeks(25hrs/week) and spent around 6 weeks preparing for verbal using the following books.
1- Princeton review. how to crack gmat with dvd. I must say, this book has great techniques and a very good and easy to understand strategies for beginners.
2- Kaplan verbal
3- OG 12
I spent around 4 weeks learning verbal strategies, and a couple of weeks learning quantitative techniques and formulae. Last 2 weeks before the exam i started doing the practice questions from OG12
and finished most of them with a 60-70% success rate. Until then, i didnt focus on timming and tried to do the questions correctly first. I came across gmatclub during the last week of my preps and installed the GMAT timer
I took my GMATPrep1 on 28th dec and got 570. Q42, V21. and GMATPrep2 just the night before my actual exam and got a 550. Q44, V17. I read somewhere in this forum that when you are running out of time you should try to guess alternate questions rather than guessing consecutive questions. I was around 10 questions behind in the last 5 mintues and thus I guessed all questions in my RC 4, and did the remaining by guessing one and attemting the other. I think that technique is not correct and i suffered with that technique in GMATPrep2 and actual exam as well.
Anywayz, I believe i can do much better on gmat and planning for a retake during the last week of Feb. I think 45 days will be enough to catchup on my verbal score. I really need to improve my timmings on Verbal part and If i get a score around 700, i will try my luck in LBS R3, Cambridge R3, Cranfield, Imperial and Warwick. Can anybody tell if its worth applying in R3 or is it too late.?
I am setting up a plan for my retake next month. I have bought the OG Verbal
and quantitative guides and also have a pdf of OG10
(800 verbal questions). Apart from that i plan to practice using PR 1012
questions. If anybody can give me his/her suggestions relevant to my case, that would be great.
I hope to hear from you guyz soon with your useful suggestions.