I am taking GMAT in exactly one month from now and hoping to score at least 720. While searching for some information online last week, I found this website and now I am a big fan of GMATClub. This is the best source of help/info out there for all MBA aspirants.....what you guys do over here is so great.........it's unbelievably selfless. I wish I had found it earlier
Anyway here is my story:- Before starting any preparation, I took a Princeton Review (PR) online test and scored a disappointing 590 (Verbal-28, Math-43)
It was quite shocking but I didn't let it discourage me too much. I have been studying for last one and a half months and have covered the following material so far: Both Verbal and Quant from PR, Manhattan GMAT SC
, more than half of all the problems in OG 11
and OG Verbal
(but no OG Math). I've been working on OG problems as timed exercises of 20 questions each in a single sitting.
Before I started studying I knew that there was a great room for improvement in both Verbal and Math (specially Verbal). In that first test, my performance on SC questions was the worst among all three types of questions (RC, CR & SC). I spent a lot more time on Verbal than on Math. My level of accuracy in Verbal started to improve during this time (based on my performance on questions from OG-11 & OG-Verbal).
After one month of preparation, I took GMATPrep Test-1 last week and scored 700 (Verbal-41, Math-44)
. I was really surprised, specially because I found the test harder than expected and had serious trouble finishing both sections in given time. In fact I had to guess on last 1-2 questions in both sections. Although the test was encouraging, it exposed many of my weknesses too. Since Math was never my weakness, I think I was overconfident about GMAT Quant earlier. But now I know that I need to work hard there as well. My performance in DS was specially horrible. SC is still a problem for me as I answered 6 out of 16 questions wrong. The biggest problem I idetified was "Time Management". I spent very long on tough questions and as a result found myself hard pressed for time later and my level of accuracy went down afterwards. Managing Time on standerdized test has always been my problem. Any tips you guys have on dealing with this issue will be extremely helpful to me.
I am taking GMAT in exactly one month from now and here is my plan: I've bought Kaplan Math Workbook
based on recommndations here. I will finish that and try to do as many questions from DS1000 & PS1000 as I can. I spent a long time analyzing GMATPrep Test-1 and creating a detailed error log
.....will be posting it here very soon. I plan to do the same for all OG questions and Tests in next one month. For Verbal, I plan to finish remaning questions in OG-11 & OG-Verbal and then move on to SC1000 & CR1000. I want to take one test every weekend for next 4 weeks that I have before GMAT.
I really need suggestions on my study plan. Please feel free to share your opinion on any study material I should use/avoid......any tips on how to best utilize this one month, tips on "Time Management on test" etc. Since I have such a short time left, I have to prioritize things. Any tips on improving score in Data Sufficiency and SC (for example, additional study material, I should cover for these sections) will be highly appreciated.........Thanks a lot in anticipation!!