i took my gmat today, got over about 2.5 hours ago.
The quant was decent, manageable. The verbal seemed fine at the start as well until i came upon this extremely lengthy passage which was asking for the main idea. DAMN! i ended up spending Way too much time on that. and then panicked, couldn't not make heads or tails out of the rest of the questions, i.e. 14 questions with about 18 minutes left. I'm sure I got most of them wrong.
BUT this performance was very close to my gmat prep scores, i.e. 650, 650 and 680.
I wish to hit the 700 mark, for which i will need to improve my verbal score to 35 at least and all in a month's time, since i plan to retake on 13th feb. I have access to Kaplan online material, but i have not used it extensively.. how close are the questions to the real gmat?
Also I have done manhattan for verbal but not in considerable depth. Is it worth it to purchase the verbal guide for this one month's preparation? Should i join some online course for verbal, other than kaplan?
if yes, which one? I am a college going student and will need a very flexible study schedule.
Also, the IR on the paper was very easy, though i couldn't attempt all of it since i hadn't practiced them before but i was able to answer all the questions i attempted to my satisfaction. Its like a jumble of math, CR, and a little bit of DI.
Please suggest a study plan for this month, to pull my score from 31 to 35.