Thank you everyone for your replies. I actually was out of town for 2 weeks and ended up postponing my retake.
Anyway, I enrolled in the Knewton class
(thanks to everyone for the suggestion) and I just finished their first CAT exam.
660 81% Q42 59% V40 (89%)
I got 7 questions wrong in Quant, but I still feel like I didn't put too much emphasis in that department. One thing I really respect from Knewton
is their updated percentile and score ranking. Taking the MGMAT exams or GMAT Prep, the scores seem inflated. For example, scoring a Q47 V40 results in a 720 GMAT Prep score but could be a 690 on the actual exam. Knewton
is less forgiving, and so does not give a false sense of hope.
As for my first prep, I did get about 8 hours of sleep the night before. I felt well rested and even brought a tuna sandwich, a granola bar, and water to the exam. Even though my scores were all over the place, I was extremely confident going into the exam, maybe too confident? Quant felt like a joke, and Verbal SC was easy, CR was okay, and RC was dang tough. Also, that experimental section fried my brain! I definitely need to take this exam before the change, because that section was downright scary.
Anyway, I feel much better about verbal after taking this exam. I love the Knewton course
so far, I just started session 7. Are the supplemental videos/homework essential to success? I was thinking about doing them but may be pressed for time. All replies are appreciated.
GZR4DR, thanks for replying. I did do AWA's on my first 3 exams, then honestly realized what a waste of time they were (in terms of studying, not usefulness). Writing doesn't really bog me down and I never felt exhausted during my exam until that danged new section.
As for the Verbal being easier in GMAT Prep and MGMAT, I 100% agree. Thanks for all the replies. Let's keep each other motivated. I'm working on essays at the same time, and boy, they suck.
Update: I did get a 6.0 on AWA, not that it really uplifts my spirits or anything.
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