I'm really happy that I found this webpage. I think it helps everyone who prepares for the GMAT.
I would like to get an advice from the experts and GMAT-takers about my preparation.
Background: I'm Ukrainian (Master's in Ukrainian Literature). My previous GMAT experience was horrible - 420 on April 16, 2009.
I renewed my studies in the middle of August. I'm not working at the moment so I have a lot of time for GMAT.
My scores on CATs
8/17/09 Manhattan: 590 (Q42; V31)
: 550 (Q34; V 33)
10/02 /09 Kaplan
: 570 (Q 38; V25)
590 (Q 40; V26)
590 (Q 38; V30)
560 (Q 37; V 24)
10/21/09 Manhattan 620 (Q43; V32)
710 (Q 55; V32)
11/14/09 GMAT Prep 610
11/15/09 Manhattan 610 (Q45; V30)
600 (Q40; V28)
I study 8 hours a day (sometimes more). But I don't feel that I'm making any progress. My target score is 700. My test is on Nov 25th. I feel a little bit tired and also not very confident. I am even thinking of rescheduling my test. I still need to work on verbal a lot.
Thank you very much.
Olga, Don't lose heart. Its always possible to improve your GMAT scores. Be patient and sincere in your efforts. I think 8 hours of prep is the best anyone can think of. More than quantity its the quality of your prep tat really matters.
So take a break and take some quality time to assess your current position. Find out your strong areas and weak areas. Whenever you get a question wrong, make a note of it. Its very important to maintain a list of your mistakes. Over the time you will start noticing a pattern in your mistakes and with conscious effort you will be able to correct them.
If you feel you have done enough of ground work, then switch to mock gmats. Else its always a good idea to back to basics. Hope you are doing the Official guide exercises thoroughly. Manhattan SC guide is great for SC and I used the same.
Try to find out what is causing low scores, where are you doing the mistakes most often and work on it. You are sure to improve. All the best !
You can read about my gmat journey on my blog mad-bubbles dot blogspot dot com/2009/08/gmat-journey.html