Hi, I need your advice. I'm sorry but this post is going to be really long. I thank you in advance for your patience in reading it.
I took GMAT in June-2011 the first time and got a 620. ( Maths - 48, Verbal -27, AWA -4.5 )
I have 6 years of work experience ( 4.5 years in my previous job and close to 1.5 years in my current job ) in the IT field and my current designation is 'software engineer'. Though in my earlier organization I was a business information analyst as well as an application developer, in my current organization my designation is a software engineer. That really sucks....
My academics are pretty ok ( X -ICSE= 90.8, X11 - CBSE - 83.4, and BTech in Comp Science= 79 ).
Following is how I prepared.
Aug 2010 - I decided that I wanted to do an MBA from one of the top 20 B schools in the world. Took a diagnostic test that one of the coaching institutes in bangalore provided for free and scored a ( Maths 44 or so and Verbal 10 ). I had written the essays as well. The test literally gave me the worst headache I got in my life.
Sep 2010 - Joined the same coaching institute in bangalore ( the weekend batch ) and was quite regular and disciplined and did my homework regularly.
Oct 2010 - I realized my job 'kind of' needed my urgent attention or I would lose it. That's when I gave up on my GMAT preparation and started working towards corrective measures at work - concentration, dedication, and all..
Nov 2010 - I had lost touch with my preparation. Rescheduled my GMAT appointment to Feb 2011. I hactice hadn't taken any practice tests till this time.
Dec 2010 - Made a habit of reading the editorial column of 'The Times Of India' everyday and underline words that I didn't know. Checked the meaning later in the dictionary. kept a track of the time I took to read the 6-7 articles. Started doing one session of 'Word Power Made Easy' everyday. This is because my verbal score in the diagnostic
test was really very poor.
Jan 2011 - Feb 2011 - Did nothing. Stopped reading the newspaper and the books. Rescheduled my GMAT appointment to June 2011.
Feb 2011 - Apr 2011 - Nothing on the GMAT front.
May 2011 - June 2011 - Slogged to complete the official guide 12
and the coaching institute's book in one month along with the online material. Was able to do it. But could not take the prep tests.
Following are the scores of the prep tests I took before writing my GMAT exam.
Test 1 - The diagnostic test - Did not take it again.
Test 2 - Just took the maths section and scored 48 and I had close to 3 minutes left. Left verbal incomplete.
Test 3 - June 4th 2011 - Took complete test with AWA section as well - Maths 44, Verbal 31 - 610 - Essay 5
Test 4 - June 18th 2011 - Maths 44, Verbal 40 - 680
Test 5 - June 20th 2011 - Maths 39, verbal 30 - 570
Wrote GMAT next on 23rd June and score is given above. I just went into a state of depression. Though I kind of expected my low score, but still depression found me
Now I wanna retake the GMAT test ( if possible in the nest 30 days - earlier the better). I don't know from where I should start. I know I had not taken enough prep tests and I need more practice with prep tests. But I somehow am stuck.. Don't know how to start. Where to start from. Please advice..