After studying for almost 6-7 months, I gave my first GMAT attempt 05/27/2011 and scored 590 (Q47, V25). I'm highly disappointed with my score and will give GMAT again in couple of months with a more focused preparation. 1. Some emotions...
I deserved more than 650, but I think I lacked somewhere in understanding OR implementing some core fundamentals which I thought I have grasped them but didn't apply them consistently enough. I'll figure that out during next couple of months. Moreover, V25 shows I definitely have missed out on big chunk of questions. GMAT really tricks you and never lets you guess how well or bad you're doing.
No matter what how much one prepares for the test, GMAT is deft at throwing problems during the test that will throw one's timing off. Although my timing was not awfully bad, I think I did fell into the trap of spending more time than necessary on middle questions. 2. Study Material...
I used all the best books/material available, however inconsistency, lack of focus, and 'more than required' stress reduced my efficiency and productivity a lot. Moreover, I had spent a great deal of time looking for some 'free' material, and I realized that this activity is a complete waste of time.
Following are the list of books/material I used during my preparation:
In my opinion, all of the above books and material are of great quality except GMATPill. After getting frustrated with my verbal score ( typically hovered around 30s), I thought of giving GMATPill a shot. In my opinion, GMATPill didn't live up to its hype. I was totally disappointed with GMATPill and asked for refund. Needless to say, Zeke denied to give refund as it was against their policy blah blah blah...After that, I didn't care for $170 bucks wasted on GMATPill.
It was very difficult to digest material from all the above books and keep revising them. I created my own handwritten notes from above books and referred them through out. I wish I'd have created them in MSword and shared here.
Some important threads I read and at least tried to follow:http://tranquilstorm.wordpress.com/2007 ... -strategy/http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/science/21memory.htmlhttp://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/artic ... ng-anxiety3. Test Day experience....
Visiting test center a day before definitely reduced anxiety and I'd strongly encourage everyone to do so. Moreover, I watched this video
A night before the test, I packed my bag with few chocolates, a granola bar, a bottle of water, my passport and a blueberry muffin( in the morning to keep it fresh
). On test day, I woke up at 5:45 AM and had bagel with my regular coffee. After finishing few simple questions, I drove to test center in Somerset NJ.
After completing simple formalities, I started my AWA section. I messed up issue essay but didn't let it affect my rest of the test. I took a break and started with Quant. All the questions were doable and nothing seemed out of ordinary. I may have screwed up the last questions, and this might have been the reason for not seeing any combinatorics question. But yes, questions were very tricky and convoluted.
I took a break after quant and told myself to focus on Verbal section. I started off well with initial few questions and thought I absolutely nailed first 12 questions including RC/SC/CR. Then, I saw very tricky CR and SC question. I was not sure of my answers and picking up answer between two close choices. I rushed in the middle and spared good time for the last 10 questions. Surprisingly, I was not at all scared/stressed of RCs anymore. I couldn't concentrate on last three questions when I saw 5 minute timer. I did what I could and saw V25 after finishing off some useless demographic details.
- You can write down timing table for Quant during first 4 minutes of when you pre select schools. 4. If I could have..., I would have scored more....
- Always raise your hand for new booklet during Quant so that you can writing timing table for Verbal beforehand. Proctor will take you old booklet once you ask for new one.
- Use your break to the fullest. Proctor said something that I couldn't hear due to ear plugs and I rushed quickly without realizing that I have 4 minutes of break time left.
- Distributed practice CATs along the journey...
- Followed a better error log
than simply circling or tick marking the incorrectly answered questions...
- Internalized the Verbal strategies... ( I have no clue how to do this and would like to ask all of you to suggest).
- completed all GMATClub Quant tests...
- achieved consistency in practice tests score...
As always, suggestions/comments are much appreciated. Does anyone know whether we get a detailed report of GMAT test showing how many and which questions one has missed? I wanna know where I really screwed verbal portion.
That's all guys. I'll start my new journey in few days.
"Whether You Think You Can or Can't, You're Right"--Henry Ford
My GMAT Journey