I took my first on Jun 18. Goal is >700, but ended up with 670 48Q/34V. Realized that verbal is my weakness, I decided to focus majority of my attention on verbal the second time around.
But today, I got a heart shattering 680 48Q/35V, I really feel like this is not truly reflective of my potential, but right I'm just so deflated.
1) MGMAT Guides
: I bought SC, RC, CR, Numbers properties, Word translations.
2) Kaplan Premier
2010: Used it just for the online test banks and CAT
3) OG 12
, OG Verbal
2nd edition, OG Quant
4) GmatClub Tests
I started preparing for Gmat in January, steadily working through the OG questions up until March-ish. Then comes the final exam week, I had to ignore my Gmat preparation from March til end of April. I started back up in mid-May and focused mainly on Verbal, then took my Gmat on June 28th.
MGMAT CAT 1 650 Q42/V37 <--- Untimed
MGMAT CAT 2 620 Q38/V36 <--- Untimed
MGMAT CAT 3 530 Q33/V30 <--- Timed
MGMAT CAT 4 710 Q45/V41 <--- Untimed
MGMAT CAT 5 650 Q45/V34 <--- Timed
MGMAT CAT 6 600 Q44/V30 <--- Timed (two weeks prior to my actual Gmat)
Gmatprep #1 550 <-- At the beginning of my preparation and I didn't finish in time.
Gmatprep #2 low 600 <--- Second time was in March, got low 600s my second time.
Actual GMAT 670 Q48/V34
After my first attempt, I felt burnt out, so I took two weeks off, not even think about Gmat the entire time. Then on July 2nd, I started my prep for my 2nd attempt.
I realized that I need to work on Verbal, I ordered Powerscore CR
and went through my Manhattan guide on SC again, more carefully. In the mean time, I also ordered MGMAT Advanced Quant
guide, hoping to either improve or maintain my quant score. I worked through all the SC questions in OG12
, most CR questions in OG12
, and maybe 10 RC passages in the OG.
After I went through the SC again, this time, doing practice problems recommended in each section. I took the MGMAT CAT #1 again, don't remember too many repeat questions, even the repeat ones, I don't even remember the correct answers from my first attempt.
Score was very encouraging, I then focused on the CR bible, again, doing the problems along after each section. Then 4 days before my actual Gmat, I took MGMAT CAT #2, same scenario, don't remember too many repeat questions, even the repeat ones, I don't even remember the correct answers from my first attempt.
MGMAT CAT 1 ATTEMPT #2: 730 Q45/V44
MGMAT CAT 2 ATTEMPT #2: 700 Q46/V39
ACTUAL GMAT: 680 Q48/V34
So, What happened? I really don't want to give up, and I need my Verbal can be improved. How should I go about attempting for the 3rd try, or should I even bother?