My first attempt yielded a score of 650 (Q46, V34, AWA5.0)
Gave my 2nd attempt today, and wasn't confident at all, as due to Diwali celebrations in India I'd slacked off and not really prepared much. The only thing I did after my first attempt was read the Math Formulas and go through the sentence correction rules.
I was somehow relaxed when I sat down to give my exam, as I was aware that my preps were not upto the mark, and based on the preps that I did, I was mentally prepared for a bad score. To be honest, I think this helped me.
Problems which were appearing alien in the first attempt seemed easier this time around. The verbal section was a breeze and I thoroughly enjoyed solving it. As I filled in my personal information, and clicked on the 'Report Scores' button, I was prepared for the worst, but was then shocked to see my score.
My only advice would be that as long as your Math and English base is strong enough, you're bound to get a good score, and there's no point in worrying too much about it. A clear head helps you tackle the questions more freely, and you're thus able to get solutions much more easily.
I do have a few observations though:
1. While doing RCs, I only read and understood the passage rather than taking down notes. Personally, I found it better.
2. Don't get tensed when an easy question appears in the middle of the test. It does not necessarily mean that you're doing badly.
3. The 'Plugging In' and 'Backsolving' strategies are God's own gift to GMAT takers.
4. If you don't know an answer, guess and move ahead rather than spending too much time on it (I spent 10 minutes on my 1st three quant questions, and then was always in a hurry for the rest of the section)
5. Washing your face during breaks is the best way to liven yourself up. I personally recommend not eating or drinking anything during the test, but to each his own.
I know that my advice might have not helped many of the people here, but as it's a 'share your experience' forum, I thought it right to share mine, exactly the way in which it happened.
A couple of questions though:
1. How much value will the adcoms give to my previous score now? Is this a significant enough increase for my previous score to be ignored?
2. Am working in the manufacturing sector and plan to start off with my MBA in the Fall of next year, by which time I'll complete a couple of years of work experience. Any school recommendations?
Thanks for reading