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390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early?

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390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 09:38
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I don't know what I got on the AWA as I haven't gotten the official report yet.

I'm a junior at Lehman College majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies. (though technically I should be a double major in Accounting since I'm taking all their courses but due to bureaucratical BS I can't declare a double major.) I'm expecting to graduate by Fall 2009 at the latest.

I'm applying to pretty much only schools in the CUNY system with MS programs as they're the only schools I can afford...anyone know how big an emphasis Hunter College places on the GMAT?

I always did pretty well with standardized tests throughout the years, and was pretty shocked I did this horrible.
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 11:53
The official report came via email.

Apparently the writing section's the only thing I did well on, it said that 5.2/6 is above average.

It'd just be nice if grad schools actually looked at the writing section instead of just the combined score.
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 12:56
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Saying that you took it 'too early' is an understatement and you lost $250.

I'm prefer "over-preparing," if there is such a thing, and going straight for a high score. A 390 on a practice test is one thing... but on the real thing...?
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 13:15
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how'd you get a 5.2 on the AWA? I thought it was scored in increments of 0.5.
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 13:33
I got a 5.0 on the AWA part, the 2 was a typo. I recall doing well with about 5 minutes to spare for analysis of an argument but I kinda faltered on analysis of an issue and had about 30 seconds left before I quickly typed something out that I hoped made sense.


Gee no need to be nasty about how horrible I did on the rest of it. :twisted: Granted there were a few things that really stressed me out before and when I took the test but I didn't think they were valid reasons for having to pay rescheduling fees. But yeah, if I knew it was going to turn out that way I would've sooner used my Xmas money at the Raceway or invested it in a new ipod.

The kicker is I got a 510 on the practice test I took.
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 13:39
Sorry if my comment came across as harsh - I did not mean it that way. I just feel that to schedule a test this important, you should really invest time in thorough preparation. And the fact that you are here shows your seriousness in doing well.

Take a look around at the various success stories and obtain the reccommended materials. With some time and effort, you'll do far better the next time around!
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2008, 14:12
I need a better guide for the quantitative/math section. I've been reviewing with GMAT For Dummies and while they offer good strategies for the writing and verbal sections, the math help section is written more for people who recently completed algebra/calculus courses and/or happen to be good at it. I figured I should wait til the end of the year/early next year since I still have a ways off to graduate and I need 2 more math classes to graduate.

But at least I know what kind of writing they want!
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2008, 01:32
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I think with more practice you would be able to crack it ! All the best
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2008, 08:03
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anyone know how big an emphasis Hunter College places on the GMAT?


Don't fret over your score bro. You can do much better than that with the proper strategy in place.

First, call the college and ask them what the average GMAT scores are for students who have been admitted. I think it's better to have a target score to work towards than the ambiguous goal of "just do your best". Of course you want to try your best, but short of perfection having a target score in mind can help you implement a more strategic approach to your prep. The GMAT is just one component of your application. If the average of your school is 600, there's probably no need to spend the extra time working to target a 700. This is even more true if the other components of your application are strong. Furthermore, your target score can help confirm what concepts you should focus on mastering. If your goal is a 600, you're probably better working with OG/Kaplan guides, whereas if you're targeting a 700+, your prep may include Manhattan's guides. With that said, high GMAT scores can help you in terms of receiving financial aid. Again, just call the school and ask. They may not list this information on their Web site, but they tend to be very generous when you take the time to call.

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The kicker is I got a 510 on the practice test I took.


Was this a GMATprep exam? Try not to rely on (or over-analyze) the scores you receive from test prep exams. They're too skewed to be considered reliable. Use GMATprep for a more accurate indicator of your readiness. If this was the score you received on GMATprep than you're probably facing a test anxiety issue or mismanagement of your time.
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Re: 390 (Q-19 V-23) Horrific. Did I take it too early? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2008, 08:40
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I hate to be optimistic about your situation, as a 390 clearly isn't a very good score. However, I think this is a great opportunity for you to really improve your score by a lot. The silver lining is that not many people can say they improved their score by 250+ points, and YOU can do that!!!

Study hard, learn the basics (which you are deficient in), and don't allow yourself to be satisfied until you get at least two consecutive 650s on practice tests. The OG is your guide...read every single word in that book until you get sick of the English language.
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