i guess i'm gonna get a lot of hate for this. i know gmat isn't everything, i know it "doesn't matter" after a 700 (or 720 or 740 or whatever.), and i know too high of a score may even hurt your applications. and it all makes sense. but anyway, there are lots of people supposedly scoring 780s and 790s around here. hey, even 799s...so i thought i'd ask anyway.
i'll keep it simple and hope for answers to my specific questions:
1. what are the best resources for someone aiming for 780, 790 or 800? what are the best sources of difficult questions?
2. i have heard mention of some 780+ gmat forum somewhere, but haven't been able to locate it. can anyone help me out?
3. what are some of the things you (>=780 lot) tried out when preparing? i took a third practice test yesterday and tried to finish 10 minutes early for each section...seems like a good practice. can you recommend anything else?
i took the gmat once about 6 months ago and got 99 %ile. but i thought i had a terrible run on test day. and i hadn't prepared much either. i had taken the two official practice tests and got 770 and 780, and then studied maybe 15 or 20 hours. so i do want to take it again, and this time i want to prepare for it like most other people do - i have some time to kill, maybe a month or so.
can you help me out? (calling me an idiot or troll does not count...)
ps it might not make a difference in admissions, but i think in terms of what it takes to get a 790 vs a 760, there is a big difference. i guess i'm toying with the idea of taking it again because i want to get the score that is right for me, given one more attempt and average preparation...
EDIT: Does anyone have any experience with the GRE? I mean with scoring above 1550? I'm in the same boat with the GRE as with my(see OP). Have a decent score, low 1500s (800q)...should be 98%ile of something, am just guessing. but again, didn't prepare well for the test and think i can do better (maybe hit 1600). do you think it makes more sense for me to retake this test than to retake the 99%ile gmat? (i'm asking which makes more sense, not for confirmation that neither makes sense hah). i've just been thinking that the gre is now accepted by lots of mba programs, it is an easier test to prepare for (considering i lost most of my points with vocabulary questions), it's cheaper too, and i feel it is probably a less volatile test...much more straightforward quant section...so all my focus can be on the verbal. on the other hand, the gmat is a more well-known and more commonly-taken test.
what do you guys think...any advice from people who have taken the gre, particularly those who have scored 99+ %ile scores, would be appreciated.
recap of my background: i took the gre and gmat last year when applying to some msf and mfe programs. studied very little, and haven't looked at either test since then. i have 4-5 weeks to kill and am thinking of retaking at least one of the tests for the sake of my resume...to mitigate a weak gpa. my sat score did help me for this purpose in the past. of course i'd do other things when studying for the gre, so the "your time can be better used elsewhere" argument is not totally applicable.