Hey guys just a quick brief intro:-
I started studying for gmat sometime around the 1st week of august (had only done the powerscore Lsat LR bible intermittently over the past couple of months like 2 pages per week that kinds)...i was targeting a score of 760+.
Since i believe in self study i bought some books and started off, knowing i was weak in verbal i only focused on verbal SC from the Mgmat SC
book(since its the most recommended and its good too) and CR from Powerscore LSAT LR bible (mammoth book to study but good as well), i didnt do anything for RC at all, just practised about 10 passages from OG a week before the test. I had an impression about the gmat, as though it would be pretty easy to get a 760 and really underestimated GMAT. So i scheduled a GMAT for 2nd Sept 2013 and got a 670 (Q49, V34) (I barely studied quant for a day, saw the formulaes and practised some 60 questions for DS and PS (First 30 and last 30 of OG)
I took 4 mocks and the exam scores are as under :-
MGMAT 1: 660 (Q45,V35)
MGMAT 2: 650 (Q44,V35)
GMAT Prep 1: 720 (Q50,V38)
GMAT Prep 2: 730 (Q49, V41)
GMAT (Official) : 670 (Q49,V34)
My main problem i realised is i have no strategy in verbal, i just read a question and mark an answer which i feel is right no methodology at all.(Though in SC since i have practically read that MGMAT SC
book 1-2 times so i kinda get a sense as to what major mistakes are there in a sentence, but if a sentence has an akward/wordy/meaning error or idiom error(i didnt even open that chapter on idioms as i barely had time to read the other stuff) i then go on my instinct (which im starting to doubt). For CR i read powerscore LSAT but didnt apply anything of what they said i basically read a Q and answer it based on common sense and For RC i just read the entire passage and then answer the question.(what else to do!!!) - (but i do get some 60% hit rate as of now in rc)
I am from India but since a childhood we have been speaking good english at home , so i do have some sense about the english lang(not a total non-native eng speaker but that hasnt really helped me in GMAT i have come to realise now)
So the reason for all the wall of text that i wrote above is i want some of this prep course providers to gain a full understanding of my situation and let me know how they can help me out. I am targetting a score of 770+ and im thinking of retaking gmat maybe by Mid November 2013. I dont need specific coaching for quant as i will be actually preparing for quant this time round since i have enough time in hand. But for verbal i will need some help/tutoring/guidance/strategy and looking for some good prep providers out there. Also im willing to put in about 4 hours of study every day( i work for 6 days a week) and maybe about 8-10 hours on sunday.
Any recommendations etc would help. I have a busy work schedule hence havnt got much time to research all threads, i know this kind of threads must be existing but sorry didnt take the time to go through them.
My research so far:-
a lot since i kept getting Rajat Sandana's mail in my inbox and i kinda was gonna settle for their verbal prep live but then jst chanced upon gmat pill
today and was wondering how good those guys are....My only aim is to be confident of getting and actually getting 45+ on verbal, im not looking for money back and all that (infact ill give 100$ bonus if i get 45+), my budget for the course is around 300$ any good suggestions, please kindly do let me know.
Sorry for the really long thread, im in real need of some help in verbal hence wanted to give a good enough description of my current status.
Really appreciate those who read all that wall of text and cared enough to reply - (A Big thanks from me)