Hi Everybody! This is a really nice website--great design and functionality. Anyway, my question is to those of you that have been successful takers of the GMAT (By successful, I mean you were happy with your score). I took the GMAT back in the summer and scored below 500. I was really shocked at how poorly I scored. However, my problem was that during the test, I was only able to get through about 22 of the Quantatative questions before the time expired (I spent WAY too long on the first 5 questions). Needless to say, I was having severe difficulty with the questions. I scored middle of the road on the Verbal portion and received a 5 out of 6 on the essays. The Math section just killed my scored. I almost decided to not officially submit the test but I wanted to know my score---my mistake! So, I would like to know what strategies you guys would suggest for my 2nd go-around at this test. I have the following books:
-ARCO 30 Days to the GMAT CAT
Math Workout for the GMAT
-Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT
-The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition
On my first attempt at the GMAT, I studied the ARCO book, reviewed the Official Guide (although not very thoroughly), glanced at a few sections of the Princeton books, and took a couple practice tests via the GMAC CAT software. I scored okay on those tests but the math sections seemed much easier than on the real thing. I was scoring 600-625 on the practice tests and scored considerably lower on the real deal. The Math questions on the real GMAT just seemed more confusing and less straight-forward than the questions on the practice tests. In summary, any suggestions, tips, advice, whatever, you can give me would help.
P.S. How many hours, days, weeks, months?, should one study for this test? Just curious.