I was prepared quite well. I was always scoring 50/51 in Quant in practice tests.
My Verbal was always above 33, but what I performed have disheartened me to the level that I don't even know that should I retake the exam or not.
Before exam I knew that I will score anything above 700 i.e. around 720-730.
But my verbal simply tanked my score and I have no idea where did I lost the battle (SC/CR/RC)
Quant 49 - I am a bit sure, I was running out of time in the end and I answered last 6 questions randomly. Those 6 ques might be wrong and probably took me from 50 to 49 coz I am confident that my first 25 questions were correct. I was out of time because I took around 6-8 mins each in 2 questions (Ques -15 and 24).
Verbal 27 - I am clueless that why and how did I tanked my verbal to this level. I was quite sure about the questions that I was marking but I believe that this poor score is the obvious reason that I was not marking answers correctly.
GMAT Score of 640 is complete waste of effort because I was scoring 650+ even during my preparatory days.
My target is Bekley, Haas or NYU, Stern.
I am a B.Tech. with 5.5 yrs of experience in IT industry. I am a non native to English and I am from India.
I am feeling lost, unable to build confidence to retake GMAT.
Really sorry to hear that........ Can understand how it feels when after giving one's heart n soul, when sacrificing so many things, when pushing everything 2 the backburner and when after being commited to the core yields nothing - the reciprocation from gmatland can get so choppy and fierce.
BUT...........................plz don't feel frustated rather feel infuriated - The beast has cost you a lot and don't let it go scot free so easily - That should be the totem pole of ur 2nd attempt.
Q 49- pat ur back, so many engineers out there- not all get to this elusive range ( do I need to remind u of mine Q44/Q40 ), u should be elated bcoz u have nailed one portion perfectly.
U are almost there and I can vouch for the fact that in ur 2nd attempt u will beat ur expected target score : Put up a plan to redress the identified gaps and I am sure u will do that pretty well and this time go and face the beast equipped / armoured - armoured with the right weaponery.
Since I am no expert, nor my 2 miserable attempts bring any credibility but still will add my friendly dimes :
Time Mgmt : For SC : Bring out the Gprep doc (sticky post in SC forum - whiplash ) , take out the ones that u got wrong during ur practise sessions. Now attempt all in blocks of 40, start the timer and calculate whether u are able to finish off in 90 seconds.Believe me this works, don't fret too much if u are taking 2 long for a single Q - Guess n move on. Soon u will find u have started getting a hang of how long is 90-120 seconds, u won't have to look out for the stopwatch everytime. Review the wrong ones, search in the forums, particularly MGmat - RoN Purewal's posts - They are awesome.
U will start developing the stamina n the agility reqd to solve those dreaded/unknown Q's in actual gmat - since u have started forcing urself to think/extract under time crunching situations.
Next to force urself more : Do 20 SC + 20 CR's following the above : Better if u can do a random spread of sc/cr in the 40's set - u will actually simulate test day conditions.
Finally u can lay ur hands on gmatprep question bank available@ mba.com for 1000 bucks : very good quality SC/CR/RC questions never seen on any OG/Gprep software - They have a review section that actually teels u how much time u took for every question along with explanations.
Will conclude with Ben Johnson's lines : "Adversity only brings out one's true potential " - the D day was just a bad day , and a shoddy day shouldn't put a dent on one's confidence - I am sure u will destroy the beast this time.
Sorry for the long post , plz do keep posted.
Wish u all the best - U deserve much/much ..................................more and u will certainly attain it this time.