Today I received a email stating that I haven't logged into GMAT Club, and it mentioned I should share my GMAT experience. So I am here. Though not many people share their experiences especially if its not spectacular, but I will do to help gain from other's inputs and motivate many like me who are planning a retake (yes I am).
So let me start with a small brief on myself, I am an Indian guy from IT background (a huge pool - I must say) but one of the differentiating factors about me is that I am an entrepreneur and not a service professional. I did work for a reputed IT company in Bangalore for 13 months but then left with a dream to start on my own. I started up a small IT company from my hometown where we develop websites & internet apps, we also do internet and social media marketing and many other weird things.
The business is doing good for last 3 years but lately I have started feeling that I need a masters especially a (international) MBA degree for many reasons (you can pm me if you would like to know what all reasons). Also let me tell you I hate people who don't have an entrepreneurship background and who don't even have done a MBA and still boast that you don't need an MBA to be successful as an entrepreneur.
MBA is formal training, and entrepreneurship (especially the early years) is mostly a chaos from a management perceptive. To be frank, nothing is in place in a start-up company. Anyways I don't think I should share my business experience here so let me get back to the point.
I gave my gMAT on 11th Oct and scored a 640 and I must say I was satisfied with the score... not in the sense that it was great score but I was satisfied with the breakup. I got 48 in quant and 29 in verbal which I always thought I deserved
Why I say that I was satisfied from the score was because I was never into languages, even in my childhood I was least bothered to learn grammar and its rules.
How many months I prepared for:
2.5 months. I got 510 in GMAT Prep when I started preparing, could barely finish my quant section and finally I managed to score a 48 on the final GMAT:)
What reading materials I used?
#OG (the best for practice)
# MGMAT SC
# Powerscore Bible CR
# Princeton Review
(bit ok nothing great)
# Set of 1000 Questions (I must have done at least 200+ questions from each set)
Now as I have decided to retake, this would be my strategy:
# Joined a GMAT institute (they are probably the best available coaching institute in my hometown) so as to mainly improve my verbal scores
# Continue working on Quant for 1 hr daily (questions from worksheets provided at the institute as well as from the set of 1000 questions)
# For RC, I have zeroed down on 4-5 websites including SCIAM, HARVARD UNIV blog etc using which I will read 4-5 articles on daily basis
I know its difficult task ahead as I have set my goal to score above 40 in verbal and maintain or improve in quant. I will put in dedicated efforts and with blessings from my fellow gmat club members I hope to score great and get into my dream colleges.
For people who feel disheartened with their score, I would always say: OUTPUT = INPUT for 98% people and OUTPUT = INPUT + LUCK for the rest.. I am in the 98%
so continue working till you get what you went, & even if you get something other that what you want, you can use it to achieve much great heights !!
Do post in with valuable comments on how can I work on improving my verbal as I just have 1.5 months to retake. Also if you need any details on my experiences, you are always welcome..