I wrote my GMAT today. First things first- I managed a 760(Q: 51|V: 41|IR: 7|AWA: 6). During my prep, which lasted for about 40 days, I read a number of testimonials. While reading them, I used to think that I would be really grateful to write one myself, one day. My GMAT experience was really good. I didn't take any coaching, and I think it is not required too. Being a non-native, I had a lot trouble with Verbal initially. However, I made quick progress, using the resources that were prescribed on the GMAT Club. As far as my experience with mocks is concerned, I wrote the GMAT PREP exams along with some of the free ones that are offered by various Test Prep companies. As far as the resources I utilized are concerned:OG 12
& OG 13
- I solved Quant OG
13 twice, Verbal OG
QUANT: The GMAT CLUB math book. No need to look at anything other than this.MGMAT SC
: A very good book to tackle SC but not without the E-GMAT
resources I found on the GMAT CLUB. A user on GMAT CLUB has integrated 20 topics of SC into a single doc. Shraddha, E-GMAT
is brilliant. The emphasis E-GMAT
puts on *meaning* is key. One can cram the rules and it may help you reach a 650+ but at the 700+ range, it is extremely important to understand the meaning the sentences convey. For SC, I found a compilation of 100 questions along with their explanations, again on GMAT CLUB. My word, the explanations were brilliant! I solved them twice.
CR: I mostly referred the OG for CR. Frankly, I don't think one should make a big deal of CR. It is pure logic. I don't really think there are any shortcuts here- tips and tricks that can help you get through. Besides the cause&effect and conditional statement questions, for which one can prepare, all CR type questions require thinking. Having said that, I do think that with practice one begins to identify what type of questions are generally correct and what types are not. Here again, I found a set of 100 questions(700+ level) with explanations on GMAT Club. These were even brilliant. I solved these thrice.
RC: My strategy was to read and read until I understood the passage. I forgot about the clock. I don't know if this was right or not. But it sure worked for me. I believe, that top scorers do pretty well on RC, and I think everyone can get his/her way through with RC if he/she understands the Passage. Apart from RC, I again found a pdf which had 37(700+ level) passages. This gave me a lot of crucial practice. There were times I did not understand the passage in even 4 minutes, may be even 5, but I read and read till I didn't understand the passage thoroughly. I think RC offers the opportunity to improve one's verbal score a great deal- if you understand the passage, you have a very high chance of getting all questions correct. Hence, the initial reading time is worth it.
AWA: Chineseburned, you rock. I followed the template shared by Chineseburned. A couple of days before the G-Day, I was concerned whether plagiarism will be an issue. But guys, plagiarism is of *ideas* not *words*. I recommend all the GMAT test takers to have a look at Chineseburned's template.
MGMAT: I think they should not be used. No point. Quant is unnecessarily complex.Veritas
: I wrote one.. I think I got a 720. These are decent.Kaplan
: I wrote one.. I think I got a 750.
GMAT PREP 1: 750.
GMAT PREP 2: 730.
As for GMAT, the quant was, I think much easier than GMAT PREP quant; Verbal was a notch higher. I will be happy to answer any queries!