How's that for consistency?
For strategy: spent last 5 weeks studying on and off.
Started by reading Kaplan
(makes for a decent introduction).
Took GMATPrep1 - 770; Q49, V47 (data sufficiency was my weakness)
Did most of the questions from OG11
(all you need really)
Took GMATPrep2 - 770; Q50, V46 (data sufficiency problem resolved)
Floated around a bit on the web looking for guidance on how to tackle remainder questions.
Took actual test - 770; Q50, V44
The above suggests I didn't really improve with practice. All those people out there scoring 750 or so on their first shot at GMATPrep and who then spend their days going through all the preparation materials from Kaplan
, PR, Arco, Manhattan etc. (some of whom have posted on this site) need to re-examine their priorities/get some perspective.
My test-day experience: some hard quant questions to start with, and then it got very easy (as compared to GMATPrep). No probability questions, stat questions, remainder questions. Verbal was somewhat harder than the GMATPrep questions (though one actually came out of GMATPrep).
Caution: the noteboards in my testing center came with a grid printed all over them, which was a bit disconcerting to start with (though I don't think this affected my score - just a word of warning for the more sensitive test-takers out there).
Guess I'm neither excited nor disappointed. Almost content is probably how I'd put it.
I haven't spent much time on this site, but enough to reassure me as to which prep materials are essential (OG and GMATPrep). There's a lot of neurosis being channelled through posts on this site - I would advise visitors to take what you read here with a pinch of salt. Don't let the over-zealous efforts of some freak you out.
p.s. All you out there for whom English is not your first language, I salute you. It's a daunting task, but, clearly, the obstacle is not insurmountable, as indicated by the superb performances of some 'foreign' posters.