Its been a while since I've posted anything on the forum. I've been making steady improvements in my score over the past few months. Got a 580 yesterday in an MGMAT practice test which isn't great but a big improvement from where I started. Funnily enough, this is roughly in line with my error log
and the percentage of questions ive been getting right and wrong. I still have a lot of work to do
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As well as improving my knowledge of the core concepts. I've improved my timing and temperament during the exam (I was a nervous wreck when I took the first one!!). At the same time I made a huge amount of silly mistakes. In yesterdays exam I was quite calm and composed all the way through. I freaked out once momentarily in the quant section. My timing wasn't perfect by a long chalk in each section I still had to rush the last 5-6 questions - most of which I answered incorrectly. This is better than rushing 10- 12 questions which I have had to do in previous practice tests! With better timing my score would have been better I feel.
But thats the GMAT for you. Its 50% timing and temperament, 50% content. You can always learn more content but staying calm and keeping good time can only be learned through talking practice tests.
My biggest fear was that I would never be able to get more than a 500 (my initial tests were poor). I've surpassed that now. I'm feeling a lot more positive and confident about getting a decent score. I'm aiming for 650 +. Im sitting the real exam at the end of January. I still have A LOT of work to do. Hopefully between now and then, with more practice and hard work I will be able to add another 70+ points to my score.
For those of you in a similar position, keep working, keep doing a lot of practice tests. I would recommend that you read Malcolm Gladwell's book, The Outliers. He writes about how the likes of Bill Gates positioned themselves to be so successful. Gates has a great business mind but is also a very talented programmer. Before he even went to Harvard he had considerably more programming experience than most of his classmates. Gladwell calls it the 10,000 hour rule. You need to have 10,000 hours of practice at something before you become an expert. All of the practice Gates had made him look extremely gifted and talented. Although he was just that, he was also writing software from a very young age and had at least 10,000 hours worth of practice.
So unless you are a straight up genius, you can't beat the GMAT without considerable practice and hard work. The more hard work you put in the better your GMAT results will be, the more confident you become, the easier you will find it to focus during the exam, the better your timing will be, the less silly mistakes you will make.. it snowballs from there. I spoke to a friend who got a 730 score recently and he said that coming up to his exam, when he looked at a question he would be able categorise it and be able to come up with a solution for solving it within the first 20 seconds of reading the question (I know I'm certainly not at that stage!!). He said the only way he got that good was through hard work and practice!
I will post again when I take my next practice exam.
Good luck to everyone.