I've been a lurker, but finally started to get involved in the forums and would like to ask for your guidance. Here's my story. I came across the website August of 2011 which was the beginning of my GMAT studies. My goal was, and still is, to attain acceptance into a MS Accounting program which requires a minimum score of 520. My goal is to score between 550 - 600 to balance out my sub-par gpa in the application.
Initially I believed this was a fairly easy test and prepared for 2 weeks and took the exam in September. My first mistake. So after realizing the difficulty of the test, I purchased the Manhattan GMAT
Set of 8 books, fundamentals of math (MGMAT), OG 12
, Quant Review, and Verbal Review and studied for 2 months, roughly 8 hours a week, skimming through all of the books and took the test in November. Mistake number 2. At this time I decided to push the GMAT studies aside and focus on work. During the summer I studied for the IRS Enrolled Agent tax exam which is a rigorous 3 part exam and passed all 3 exams on my first attempt. This boosted my confidence and I attempted to study for the GMAT once more, but this time seriously giving it my all and committing my time and energy. I studied for 3 months reading and absorbing every page of the GMAT books, completing and fully understanding over 200 OG questions in Quant and 100 in verbal, and completing 3 practice exams (MGMAT) with scores of 520, 550, and 580.
I was extremely confident that I would attain a score of at least 520 on the real test which was yesterday, but I ended up performing worse than my first 2 GMAT attempts. I am quite shocked and confused. Majority of the questions on the GMAT seemed foreign to me even the ones that were elementary. I seriously could not figure out how to approach and solve the problems. I would say only 10 problems in the quant. section was from the material I studied from the MGMAT books
. I seriously thought I was taking a different exam because the questions were not similar to the questions last year when I took the exam.
I will be attempting this exam for the 4th time this coming spring and I need to take a different approach. I am not someone who is looking to score a 700. Just a simple guy who would like an average score to attend graduate school in accounting. What would you guys recommend I do to crack a 520?
I've been considering a prep course, but I've read that it is overpriced and not all too helpful.
IMHO... You are setting your sights too low... Just the problems alone on your
would not help... I would really recommend the GMATCLUB CAT tests which I found really useful. I beleive that the CATs are free for members for a certain period as of now and you can take advantage of that.. I can assure you with full confidence that you wont be seeing even one of the questions that appear on it on the actual GMAT but the questions will still fall in the same category. Practice helps in getting used to the GMAT type problems. It helps you to recognize the pattern and the finding the route to a solution as soon as you see the question...
eg: When you see a number such as 74529 in the question, it looks completely arbitrary. As you get used to the question types, you would realize that on factorisation of this number, we can find that it is a square number and this fact can somehow be used in the question.
So, I would suggest lots of practice and all the best for your GMAT and applications.
Kudos Please... If my post helped.