I started my GMAT journey Sept. 2009. I took an online Princeton review course for 2 months and then went on to take the official GMAT in Dec. 2009 At this point I was very confident in my quant, but I still felt that I needed more help with the verbal.
I scored a 590 (Q-42 V-30).
I was not jaded and I got back to the drawing board. I got a quant tutor to help me improve on my quant score. I figured that I could work on the verbal on my own. I purchased all 8 MGMAT books
in addition to the OG to help me prepare. My practice scores where consistent and ranged anywhere from 640-680. I decided to take the exam the second time. I was very confident and a little bit burnt out, but that didn't bother me. I took the exam again on June 1, 2010 and scores
570 (Q-39 V-31) I was shattered by this score. my timing on the exam was off. I didn't finish the last 5 questions on the quant section and I panicked through the verbal section.
I took a week off and started to study again. I worked on doing at least 3-4 RC a day. I tried to learn and memorize all the SC rules and look out for error patterns. I took at least one practice test in a week. My practice test scores again ranged from 660 - 710 (Q-44-48 V-35-38). I scheduled another exam for August 23, 2010. I was relaxed and confident that this would be my last time taking the GMAT.
I was calm during the test, my timing was under control and i actually felt good during the exam. however, I ended up with a 590 score again (Q-42, V-29). To my surprise i was not as disappointed as the second time I had taken the exam. I merely said to myself that I was cut out for the GMAT and that my score are truly not reflective of my ability.
Now I am focusing on my applications to MIT LGO program. However, I am constantly battling myself on whether or not I want to take the GMAT a fourth time. I really do not know what I am doing wrong during the test!!!!! and I am not sure how to study differently.
I still have a few about 2-3 more months to take the GMAT before the aop. deadline, but I need guidance on how to proceed.