Took the exam yesterday...here's my breakdown:
Q: 39 (57th perc.)
V: 41 (94th perc.)
Total: 650 (85th perc.)
Essays are easy, as long as you have templates. Solid mental warm-up for the actual test.
Quant- knew I had bombed it because I was getting very easy questions towards the end. Had no time issues though.
Verbal- Took a while on the first 15 so I had to rush towards the end. Actually got 5 RC passages, including one right near the end..that was a pain.
Overall, I wouldn't say the exam as a whole was mentally taxing or super stressful.
In terms of preparation, I did very little. Took no practice exams. Only book I read was PR's Cracking the GMAT
. Bought the OG but never opened it. I probably studied a total of 10-15 hours, mostly in the week before the exam.
However, I plan on studying quant and the OG heavily and will take the exam again next month. In terms of schools, I am looking at tier two state schools.