***READ UPDATE IN MY SECOND POST, WHICH IS THE THIRD POST IN THIS THREAD***
First off -- 670 is a good score. I know that. To anyone who strives to acheive a 670 and hits that mark, AWESOME!
Now...I need a little advice and inspriation.
I took the GMAT on Saturday. Result:
670 q46 v35
07.18.10 650 Q41 V35 GMAT PREP 2006 - TEST 1 note - No verbal studying prior to this test
07.24.10 690 Q44 V40 GMAT PREP 2006 - TEST 2
07.30.10 740 Q47 V45 GMAT PREP 2006 - TEST 1 - REINSTALL
08.05.10 680 Q44 V40 GMAT PREP 2006 - TEST 2 - REINSTALL**
08.07.10 750 Q49 V44 GMAT PREP 2005 - TEST 1
08.08.10 760 Q50 V44 GMAT PREP 2006 - TEST 2
08.10.10 Q49 GMATPREP 2005 - TEST 2
08.12.10 V42 GMATPREP 2005 - TEST 2
** After 10hr work day, tired, finished test w/20+ min remaining for both verbal and quant (normally I finish with 0-3 mins left). I made numerous careless errors.
I believe the 740/750/760 are accurate representations of my ability when performing at 100%.
Problems I experienced on test day:Time of day
: Test was at 8:00am. Every practice test I took was started between 11am-1pm on Saturday. I need a solid 6-8 hours of rest in order to perform well. When I woke up, at 5am, I went for a jog (routine) but noticed I ran out of energy before I completed 2/3rds of my normal distance (very unusual).Nervous Energy
: Wow, I really underestimated this beast. I tried going to bed extremely early - no dice. I tossed and turned for hours until my usual bedtime of midnight. When I woke up at 5am, I felt extremely tired. Clearly, the day wasn't starting off well.
At the test center, I immedately became intimiated. I knew I was off my game. I knew it.
I went to the bathroom three times (once before the test, after AWA, after quant). Each time, the woman at the front desk informed me that I forgot to take the bathroom key. After taking the key, I went to the bathroom, grabbed the door, and was "surprised" to find out it was locked. Atfer the second time -- I though -- What is going on? I must really be putting in a poor performance.
Despite this, I wasn't positive that I was performing poorly. The GMAT is superb at "tricking the test taker."AWA
: I didn't practice AWA -- big mistake. The mental fatigue caused by one hour of essay writing cannot be ignored. Are you a perfectionist? If you are an avid reader of gmatclub, chances are -- you are a perfectionist! As such, don't be surprised if you become "wrapped up" in writing the perfect AWA once you start the GMAT. This can take considerable energy away from you. It did for me.Verbal
: Normally my verbal breadown goes like this.... 0-1 RC incorrect, 0-2 CR incorrect, 4-5 SC incorrect. I KNEW I missed at least 2-3 RC and 2 CR. I had to re-read a RC passage THREE TIMES in order to understand it. Even then, I couldn't visualize what I was reading. That is highly unusual for me.
So, I went home with my tail between my legs. Ugh! Deep down -- I knew my performance was subpar. I spent the next two hours fielding calls from friends, co-workers and family (Why did I put all this pressure on myself?
). Everyone knew I spent the last three months studying every night and weekend. Worse yet, everyone was expecting a great performance (great track record of academic success). Ugh!
So now, its back to the drawing board. I refuse to give up. I will die before I give up.
Reschedule date set -- October 9th at Noon (10am-4pm is my best performance time)
But...whats the plan? I have exhausted much of the GMATPrep material. I will surely see numerous repeats, especially using the 2006 software.Materials I have:MGMAT books
, OG Quant
, OG Verbal
I went through all of OG12
quant section, 50 of the hardest OG Quant
, All OG12
SC, 30 hardest OG12
CR and 30 hardest OG12
RC.My goals are
SC improvement (I am avg/slightly above avg at best)
Improve geometry (biggest quant weakness) and stay sharp/practice
quant tricks that GMAC uses.
So..any advice? I'm leaning towards...
MGMAT CAT tests to stay quant sharp and possibly improve to a 50?
GMATPrep once a week (Saturday - DO AWA + Verbal + Quant)
Read and Re-read MGMAT SC
book until I know it by heart
Do 10-15 CR and 10-15 RC questions a day (OG12
, OG Verbal
ugh.. thoughts on GMATClub tests
for sharpening skills? Which is better at matching the "difficulty" and "trickiness" of the GMAT (mgmat cat / gmatclub test) ?