Here is what has happened to me :
i started preparing for the Gmat probably in March end 2008
The day i started preparing for gmat , i somehow had the feeling that i will breach the 700 mark.
I dunno why i had that feeling , but anyways.
I started with a Barrons (took it from library) , after a few days gave a diagnostic test in which
i was able to have 33R,4W in Quant and 31R,10W in verbal
This was definitely a easy test but not a bad start (i thought).
Then i started working on my verbal with Kaplan
was definitely tuff , but with some thorough reading i was able to score decently in the practice test.
Even scored OK on the complete verbal test in the book (32R,9W).
Was doing Quants parallely from Kaplan
and other sources and was kind of satisfied with my scores on them.
Also got the 800score book from kaplan
and was really happy to see myself cracking the questions that are suppose
to be the among the toughest
Then i ordered the OG , tried a few questions and kept the book untouched till the last few weeks of my exam (thought it will give some real good material to work on in the last days and hence might build up confidence).
comprehensive in the month of July (my exam was on 26th July).Started working on it pretty late , but still
the questions didnt scare me much and i was able to get a hand over them.I started my Full length tests in July , here is the summary :
(W-Wrong , R- Right)
Barrons Gmat 1 : 30R 7W Q , 29R 12W V (it didnt give a scaled score)
Barrons Gmat 2 : 32R 5W Q , 30R 11W V (it didnt give a scaled score) [this was 2 weeks before the exam]
Gmat Prep 1 : 720 (10W in Q and 12 W in Verbal) [this was 2 weeks before the exam]
Kaplan Book Test : 670 (3W in Q and 9 W in V) [this was 1 week before the exam (thursday)]
Princeton Online Test : 700 (3W in Q and 6 W in V) [this was 1 week before the exam (friday)]
After this everything just changed . I really don't know what happened
Kaplan CD test 1 : 590 (saturday , with essay)
Kaplan CD test 2 : 610 (sunday , with essay)
Kaplan CD test 3 : 600 (sunday , without essay)
I was totally lost !! But then consulted a few friends and they said Kaplan
is tuff (didnt help me much to gain my confidence though).
I thought now i wont give the other 2 tests of Kaplan
and will just give the Gmat prep 2
Gave the Gmat Prep 2 on Wednesday , 23rd July
Score : 640
this was a huge blow. I was really upset.But then some how made up my mind and went back to OG (was doing OG all the last week , especially in the last 3 days).Completed the various questions in Kaplan
and OG which helped me build my confidence as the speed was good and so was the accuracy.
Then came the main day :
The 2 essays went fine.Quanta was OK but i took more time than usual (went a bit complacent)
in Verbal i think i was not pretty bad initially , but then realized that again i was running short of time and then i had to Skip a whole RC passage making wild guesses.In the end i realized that verbal didn't go good but suddenly when i saw the screen with my scores .. man !! i was broken apart in a 1000 pieces!
Everything was gone and i was left with a meager score of 630.
**Also one thing that i felt towards the last week was that i was quite comfortable reading and solving questions from the book but when was doing the same through a computer i was not that confident.
Please let me know as to how should i improve upon my scores.I want to breach the 700 mark any which ways possible (ideally 730-740)Please advice !