First of all thank you all for replying to the questions that I had posted.
Gave my GMAT today got a 700 (Q:48, V:38). This was my second attempt, the first one left me with 620 First attempt :
I started preparing for GMAT in May 2009, but the real preparation began around Dec 09. I took my first MGMAT test around new year and got dismal 580. Analysis of the score and test made me to realize that I can bump up my Quant score but for verbal I would need help. Searched the web for online courses, as I could not attend classroom classes due to work related issues. Finally got attracted to Knewton
's online course. I gave their exam to get a baseline score, got a 650. Their guarantee of 50 point increase really impressed me and I joined the course. Booked my exam date for March End. Completed the course gave all the knewton
exams, but never scored more than 650 on their exams. I gave gmatprep multiple times got scores ranging from 620 to 710, but only broke the 700 mark onces that was the 710. Hoping for some kind of miracle I went for the exam, result a 620.
My feedback on Knewton
, its a very good course but only for those who have strong basics.Second Attempt :
Beaten up by the first attempt I decided to do a thorough review of all courses that are available for GMAT. My focus was on the courses that are good for verbal score improvement. Finalized between veritas prep
and MGMAT. Finally decided to go with MGMAT as their classes fit perfectly in my weekly schedule.
Couple of things that I decided that I would do in the second attempt that I avoided in first
- Go out with friends.
- Watch all good movies.
- Develop some kind of sports activity, I started running and played tennis, racquetball.
I attended all the 9 classes and did all the assignments. I read the MGMAT SC
book thoroughly from Start to Finish, made notes. Read all the Quant books. All this heavy lifting I completed by June and starting giving practice exams through out July/Aug. One more thing that I did was not to book the test date and decided that once I consistently start getting 700+ score then only I will get the test date.
Gmat Prep (reinstall)
After the 750 score I was itching to go for the real deal, so after giving the GmatPrep (750), this was last Sunday (08/15), I started looking for the next best test date, 18th Aug popped up close to my house. I jumped on the date and registered for the exam. This left me with 2 days of time to refresh formulas, basics etc. On Monday night looked at all the quant formulas and Tuesday looked at all SC fundamentals. To the Test
The test center was hardly 6 miles from my house, left a half an hour early, it was raining like nobody's business and for some reason there was too much traffic. I reached the test center just 15 minutes early, checked in got a cube.
What was different from the last attempt?
- I did not panic at all.
- Was very confident
- Did not eat any chocolates in the breaks Suggestions :
- Be cool, dont panic
- Work on basics.
- practice a lot
- Do OG, again and again