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350 on GMAT after 4 months of studying 8-10 hrs daily :(((

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350 on GMAT after 4 months of studying 8-10 hrs daily :((( [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 19:46
Hello everyone,

I just want to share my disappointing GMAT experience. I have been preparing for the test for the last 4 months. I took Kaplan's premium online class and completed all the assignments (required plus recommended) and all of the 7 required Kaplan CATs including the Ultimate Practice test. My scores averaged from 480 to 530. While I was preparing with Kaplan I completed all of the questions in OG 11 and OG 12 twice plus I spent even more time reviewing all of my wrong answers to make sure I understand my mistakes. I also took each of the GMAT Prep tests 5 times each and scores between 470 - 580 on them.

When I was taking the test today I felt as the actual GMAT test was much harder than any of the 18 Kaplan + GMAT Prep tests that I have taken. It felt as the questions on the actual GMAT Test were much longer and complicated than the questions in any of the OG 11/12 books or the prep tests. I also felt as I had to guess on about 1/3 of all the questions on the actual GMAT since I was running out of time. Once I saw my score of 350 I couldn't believe I did so badly. Very depressed and disappointed right now. Did not expect this at all.

Did anyone have similar experience? I am not sure what to do next. I would appreciate any advice.

Here are my scores in case you were wondering:

Manhatten 470
Kaplan Diagnostic 470 Q29 V 40
Kaplan CAT 1 480 Q31 V33
Kaplan CAT 2 520 Q38 V36
Kaplan CAT 3 500 Q34 V36
Kaplan CAT 4 490 Q38 V29
Kaplan CAT 5 530 Q34 V50
Kaplan CAT 6 500 Q29 V53
Ultimate Practice Test 480 Q30 V33
Gmat Prep 1 470 Q26 V29
Gmat Prep 1 re take 480 Q28 V29
Gmat Prep 1 re take 540 Q36 V28
Gmat Prep 1 re take 510 Q42 V20
Gmat Prep 1 re take 520 Q39 V 23
Gmat Prep 1 re take 540 Q42 V22
Gmat Prep 2 500 Q 32 V29
Gmat Prep 2 re take 540 Q 35 V 29
Gmat Prep 2 re take 580 Q 41 V29
Actual GMAT 1 st attempt 350



Thank you all in advance!!!
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Re: 350 on GMAT after 4 months of studying 8-10 hrs daily :((( [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 20:14
You need to prepare a list of the topics that you have trouble with. Just SC, RC etc wouldnt do good. For Math, are you having trouble with inequalities, goemetry etc? And is it basics that you dont know or its just that you could apply the rules you already know?

Also, you did the OG twice, did you do the same mistakes that you did the first time? Just reviewing answers isnt good but you need to make sure you dont so the same mistake again - thats when you know you improved.
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Re: 350 on GMAT after 4 months of studying 8-10 hrs daily :((( [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 20:41
Based on Kaplan's smart reports, my weaknesses are : Properties of sets, Geometry and Arithmetic.
In OG 12, the second time I went over the questions I had wrong the first time, I've noticed that I am answering them correctly.
I was really under the impression that I was improving since I was able to solve problems easily from the OG.
After further analysis on my GMAT weaknesses I came to the conclusion that the biggest problem for me on the test day was timing which was very surprising since I have never before felt like I was running out of time on any of the practice tests. I felt as the questions on the actual exam were much more confusing than what I have seen in the OG books or the Kaplan prep materials and it took me a little more time to read through them which limited my time to solve the problems.

Please advice. What steps do I need to take next? What other materials would u recommend? Do you think I over studied for the exam? I read some posts of people actually scoring lower than expected due to over studying. Is this possible? I don't think Kaplan's method is working for me.
I am very dissapointed at my score and at this point not sure what to do next.
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