The fact that I could not clear the threshold (700 mark) was initially hard to digest. Nonetheless, I am happy with my present score. After a few reads from the 690 gang (along with the responses), I was all the more thrilled to see that I have done a fairly decent job.
Let me jot down my experience with GMAT in the following sections:
My Score: 690 - (Quant->49, Verbal->35 ), 91 percentile. AWA- 6.0
Me: An IT professional (I can see those shrugs and smiles on your faces folks:):)) working with an Indian MNC for the past 2 years. Hence the overall experience sums up close to 2 years. After completing my B. Tech., I made up my mind to persue my higher studies in management. GMAT, I believe, is the most extensive test of one's mettle and a comprehensive examination per se. Hence, I was absolutely convinced about taking GMAT to pursue an MBA after my Engineering.
My prep: I started the prepration about 2-2.5 months prior to taking GMAT. I began with Princeton, then switched to Kaplan
and finally solved the GMAT Official guide
. I took every GMAT-CAT which I could lay my hands on. I took the following CATs during my prepration:
Princeton - 7 tests (Scores varied between 570 (the first test of my prepration:-) and 720 (the second-last test of my prep.))
- 1 test (Boy!! This was tough:(...Scored a 590)
Crack- Gmat - 1 test (710)
GMAT-CATs- 2 ( 710 (GMAT1) and 690 (GMAT2))
Apart from this, I found the posts on gmatclub.com extremely beneficial. Especially the discussion about RCs and the practice questions (Quant and Verbal) posted as documents on this site were highly useful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of gmatclub.com for such useful discussions and posts!! Keep in up guys.....! Though I could not actively participate in the discussions on gmatclub.com, I used to read the ongoing discussions voraciously- and this helped me a lot in aligning my approach in the right direction and frame my prepration for GMAT in a way which would work best for me.
My opinion on GMAT: All and all, GMAT is a highly strategic examination. Your strategy prior to as well as during the test, is what differentiates you from others. It is not essentially a test of your ability to analyse everything thoroughly; rather, it is a test of analysing certain things (which ETS feels are essential for a prospective MBA) within a stipulated time frame. Therefore, it is highly recommended that for GMAT, you must plan your approach in a way which best suits your skills and needs.
Remember- The way which works best for you is the right way...at least for GMAT
Now that I have taken GMAT, I am able to concentrate on my work and music!! The days of GMAT preparation did not give me enough time to pursue either:).
Feel free to shoot me any question related to GMAT. I will make a sincere attempt at answering all of them! All the best to all the future test takers...May you all come out with flying colors in GMAT.
The known is finite. The unknown infinite. Intellectually we all stand on an islet, in the middle of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability!