Ok so here it goes!
Test date: Nov 25, 2009
AWA: 6.0 (90%)
I studied for a little over a month. About 1 or 2 hours each day during the week and 6 hours totals on weekends. The week before the test I took a break from work and dedicated all my hours to studying. I have a background in Computer Science so the Quant part didn't worry me as much, but I did have to practice a lot. I had to get used to the GMAT format, specially in the DS questions. Those where there hardest for me at first. I like to think that my English is fairly well. However, it turns out I had forgotten a lot of grammar rules
, OG 12ed, OG Quantitative, Manhattan Practice Tests, GMAT practice tests, Manhattan Prep SC, chineseburned post on AWA (truly incredible).
1. Manhattan (Nov 19):
2. GMAT prep (Nov 21):
3. Manhattan (Nov 22):
4. Manhattan (Nov 23):
- Start with a book where you can read through all the concepts, with a book that will give you strategies. For me Kaplan
, was great at this! Then, move on to the OG, do all the exercises if you can!!! Mark the ones that you think are the toughest and the ones you get wrong and do them repeated times.
- I felt like I completely got the hang of SC and CR a few days before test. After doing many practice tests and slowly going over each of my mistakes. I read almost all the explanations of the last 50 exercises of the OG. For CR this was the best thing I could've done. I felt like I easily passed through those on the test. The funny thing is that RC was the thing that least had me worried, and on the test, I felt those were the hardest questions.
- Slow down! I tend to get a little excited when I'm working and I speed up. I feel as though my brain were working at a rate of a million ideas per second. I read on this forum that someone said SLOW DOWN! This advice did WONDERS for me! Slowing down and remaining calm stopped my brain from getting too excited.
- Read posts from people who have done good on the test. I learned a lot of tips this way! It also helped me stay focused and motivated... this forum really was one of my best references! :D
Day before the test:
REST AND RELAX!!!! I actually laid down on the yard, read a book, listened to music and forgot about all the stress that had worried me the last couple of months. I'm usually not a nervous person, but I was SOO nervous the day before!!! i was even looking kind of pale.
Music always does the trick for me, so I played my favorite chill playlist over and over again.
GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP!
Day of the test:
Eat a light breakfast.
Repeat to yourself THAT YOU CAN DO IT! THAT YOU WILL DO IT! THAT THIS TEST IS YOURS! and DO IT.. BEAT THAT TEST!
On the breaks, I always drank Gatorade. Though, I did felt like there wasn't enough time to go to the bathroom.
When I finished the Quant part, I was actually a little worried. I had read that people who did great mentioned that the last questions of the Quant were horrible. Mine weren't as bad. I didn't do amazing in Quant and that really worried me. So on that break, I ate a chocolate bar and said to myself, OK NOW YOU NEED TO AN AMAZING SCORE IN VERBAL. That mentality helped me a lot!
Though, I have to say that on the last question my right eye lid starting shacking :S ... but it was all good. When I saw the grade, I jumped and screamed YEYYY! Yes, I actually did that
I hope this helps!!!
Thank you GMAT CLUB!!!!! and good luck everyone!