I took the test few days back. It was my first attempt. My score was 740 (98%) (Q50 95% and V39 89%)
. I am pretty happy with the result, especially because I never broke 700 on mock tests.
Materials used for preparation excluding the forum, studied in the following order
Kaplan GMAT 800
Some RC's and CR's from LSAT published by Kaplan
, Arco, and some retired official LSAT questions
Practice tests taken, from the first to the last
2005 Paper test 690 94% (Q48 87% V44 97%)
PP1 670 89% (Q48 90% V 34 70%) - before OG
PP2 680 (90%) (Q47 86% 36 79%) - before OG
Diagnostic 620 87% (Q38 V39)
CAT 1 590 73% (Q42 V30)
CAT 2 630 83% (Q50 V33)
CAT3 640 85% (Q48 V35)
Forum challenges in the order taken(I have done them almost every day since I got access)
C23 30 89%
C22 26 78%
C20 24 58%
C21 25 89%
C16 18 66%
C15 22 87%
C24 30 97%
C19 31 93%
C17 30 93%
C18 30 95%
C14 27 95%
C13 29 93%
C12 31 95%
C11 33 95%
Nothing special, really. Math - Kaplan
level, Verbal OG
level, maybe a little bit above.
I got 1 bold face - not really hard, two 75 liners
but I didn't have any troubles understanding RC's. The last passage was the longest and the hardest.
My timing was perfect. I didn't have to guess on any questions. I finished each section with 2 minutes to spare.
CR's were straightforward (this is my strongest area in verbal). SC's were also not very hard. I only had to semi-guess on one idiom question.
Math had equal mix of DS's and PS's, few of them involved tedious calculations and there was only 1 question (PS) I was unsure about. Some questions were really easy (probably experimental). I had percentages problems, 1 easy permutation, work problems, set problems, little tricky geometry, unusual number of interest problems 2 or 3, only 1 number property, and few inequality DS's.
My total preparation time for this exam was a little under 2.5 months. I tried to study every day, minimum 1-2 hours. I did questions in groups of 40-50 to build up my stamina, timing myself of course.
I did all the questions in the books I listed above. I did OG CR's and SC's twice - the second time was when I was going through explanations - very useful.
's really made me understand how GMAT CR's work.
Since I have already taken the test, I feel like I can give advice.
do challenges, after doing them math section of GMAT test would look easy
read Math drill section in OG10
- where they explain what is what - even, odd, integer, remainders, etc You need to remember the definitions by heart to not make stupid mistakes in math.
don't pick numbers in most cases, solve the problems - if you fully understand the problem you can solve it. (I know some people might object but this is my personal opinion)
learn efficient problem solving style - read HongHu's posts in math forum
, the way she does math is extremely efficient and clear
inequalities - before picking numbers, if you must, rewrite it in such a way that you get zero on one side and a product on the other.
practice, practice, practice
read, read, and read - especially non-native speakers of English
for CR's and RC's - LSAT
In conclusion, I must say that I am really in debt to this forum for getting a good score on GMAT. I would like to thank people who post problems and participate in discussions.
I would also like to thank all the people who create and maintain the challenges, which were an important part of my preparation process.
If you have any additional questions - feel free to ask them here. I will try to be around.