It's over - finally. God what a mission.
Need to thank first and foremost bsd_lover from this forum. he has been a huge source of inspiration and direction through this process. would not have come anywhere close to that score without his help. thanks alot mate. real big ups.
Here is the debrief. it's a bit all over the show.
this was my second attempt. got 680 a month ago.
i actually fell sick last night. got the flu. so got all pilled up before i went to sleep. fortunately the adrenalin during the test - kept me going. got really tired towards the end.
awa was straightforward. a template that was suggested to me was
(2) 3-4 points
(3) put "for example" in each para
there was not much thought put into the essays. as has been advised - having a decent length is a good idea.
i think i ticked that. got 5.5 last time so should be a similar score this time round.
the last time in my quants - i panicked. and did really poorly - got a 42 i think. spent 5 minutes on the first question and never got back into it, the whole section was a blur.
i was a lot more confident this time.
things i did which made a big difference for quant:
i did all of the gmatclub tests
; twice. the tests made such a big difference. when i first did them around 2.5 mths ago - i was getting 16-19. before my first attempt at the gmat i was getting around 25-27. this time i was getting between 30-35.
i think if one wants to get above 46 on Q one should be getting at least above 28 on the club quant tests. that's a good measure i think.
as mentioned the gmat club tests
made a big difference. i realized after my last attempt that the area where i was really doing badly was in DS. gmat is so much about keeping calm and focused. i was getting intimidated by inequalities and modulus signs and frustrated at the fact that it seemed so simple yet it was not clear to me straightaway. consequently i would end up spending too much on a DS question affecting the rest of the exam.
On my second round of gmatclub tests
- I wrote down every question I got wrong, breaking it into PS and DS questions. By the time i finished I had this list of DS questions that I would tackle very night. I would randomly pick a few to tackle. I got more and more comfortable with DS. Just getting more methodical and working through to a solution, step by step. After a while I started enjoying it - I could see the logic flow and it was nice to get past something which had intimidated me prior.
I did the same with PS. There a certain type of PS questions that come up. Work rate/ quantity input-output/number properties/area/venn diagram/graph-xy plane questions. before my last attempt i had gone out of my way to master combinatrics. i had not got even one question last time. i did not get even one question in combinatrics this time. it seems like it hardly comes.
if one wants to do well - i thinking creating an error log
is important. going through Q as well as V questions and understanding why something is a solution, the logic of it really makes a difference. understanding the variations that can occur on a type of a question as well as what mistakes can occur on them.
i started doing that alot fot both quant and SC questions. I don't think any diagnostic identically simulates the GMAT. the only thing is GMATPrep.
on that, my suggestion is to do it at least 3 times (1&2). do Gmat prep1 when you first start - so you have an understanding of where you are an initial idea of when one has to focus and then perhaps a month or more gap between each tests. my abysmally poor memory helped as each time i sat - it felt like a new test.
I got 740 in my second to last gmat prep and 710 on my last one (i was very tired and had not slept well the night before - which turned out to be a boon of an experience)
on that note - material i usedgmatclub tests
mgmat CAT (all 6 twice over)error logVeritas
- the books are good -they are very nice intro to gmat - the online material and CAT's are terrible - don't waste money on it.
gmatter to simulate 30 minute session of SC. I created an error log
and kept looking to improve my scores. just like Q I started analyzing questions and looking for various solutions/ways to construct a correct statement. also you will find gayatri's SC notes in this forum - I found them really succinct and useful. SC is 80% about parallelism I felt.
Back to the actual exam - got through the quant - was okay. my timing was surprisingly alright. the questions seemed easy and there was only one that i blanked and could not do. i was actually a bit concerned because some of the questions seemed quite easy. i figured i had at least got a 46.
the verbal was tough. really tough. i was actually 30s late. ridiculous. i spent more than 2 mins on the first SC. timing seemed like it was going to be a bit more of an issue. oh yeah, another tip; try to practice - not looking at time when you take diagnostics - it's distracting. i think bb suggests 3 times which is prob best. 2 of the RC's and 2 of the CR's were really tough. I was actually concerned about the RC's - they had seemed tough and a couple of the options in a couple of questions were pretty tight. worked out okay.
i had hardly done any work for CR and RC - I read alot - so these areas always had been fine. SC as mentioned - error logged and started analyzing questions inside out.
my heart was pumping as i flicked through the screens after completing the test. i had had a fairly bad experience the last time when i had looked at the screen, so i was quite nervous and the bladder was full. when the score came up i was stunned. happy. as mentioned it's been quite the journey. i gestured to the moderator wildly - i did not want to click something or do something which would negate the score. lol.
anyway it's done - i am relieved. people tell me the real struggle are the essays. i had been working on my essays the last couple of months - need to abbreviate them a bit. the school i am looking to get into is mbs in melbourne otherwise agsm. logisticly it's easier and im hoping for schols. busy weekend ahead.
thanks again for all the kind words that i got from various people on the forum and BIG BIG MANY MANY kudos to gmatclub and everybody involved in creating this wonderful forum.
-talent is the desire to practice-