I just took the GMAT test and scored a disappointing 550.
But, before I go any further, allow me to introduce myself: Non native English speaker (clearly!), US college grad(3.6/4.0), fine arts background, 10 years out of school, second year GMAT student, avid runner.
I have been following this forum for a month now and it’s truly been a goldmine!
Thank you for all the wonderful resources and advices.
OK, so like I said, my score was 550.
But, what is more tragic than the actual score is the fact that this was my sixth GMAT attempt!!
460(Q28 V25) > 480 (Q31 V25) > 510 (Q32 V27)> 540 (Q32 V33)> 600 (Q42 V31). > 550(Q39 V27).
Most of you are probably shaking your heads and wondering how in the world I could allow myself to step into the GMAT testing room so unprepared. Believe me when I say that I’d put serious hours behind each of the tests and felt ready each time.
But, I have finally exhausted all my self-confidence (and self-respect)…and am here for some serious advice.
Now, some of you may (correctly) advice me that I need to brush up on the fundamentals and then practice using the OG books. In fact, I would give the same advice if it wasn’t me asking. However, in an attempt to solidify by fundamentals, I have not only attended two full GMAT courses but also have studied diligently some of the essential materials listed on the resources section here: MGMAT SC
, KAPLAN Premier
, PowerScore CR
bible, GMAT Math bible by Jeff Sackmann, PR Cracking the GMAT
, All 10 EZ solution quant books, Project GMAT
…some Arco stuff… (it seems like a lot, but I have been studying for this cursed test now for two whole years!!)
I have also timed and solved the OG 11
over 8 times. Quant and Verbal review books, each over four times.
Nothing seems to be working…
Here are my four deadly problems:1. Lack of self evaluation skills.
I am certain that there are some fundamental concepts that I do not truly comprehend but that I had convinced myself that I do. I need a diagnostic tool that would stick those concepts in front of my nose for me to see.2. Lack of application skills.
By solving OG11
so many times, I have literarily “conditioned” myself to react to certain problems in a certain way. Since I find the questions on the real GMAT quite different from those on the OG series, or from those on the GMAT Prep (specially, Math), I panic when I see something unfamiliar. I need to find a way to prepare myself to face any type of question undaunted.3. Lack of time-management skill.
Undoubtedly, my biggest problem. I rarely finish a test on time. In fact, I end-up guessing about seven to ten questions at the end of each test. I’ve read the thread on time management, but find it difficult to track time when I am concentrating.4. Lack of a strategic plan of attack.
Each time I flank the GMAT, I take two to three weeks to review the fundamentals. Then, I force myself to solveOG11 cover to cover at least once. At this point, I take the GMAT prep to assess where I am. Often, I feel confident enough to divert my time to more difficult questions such as the ones in the GmatClub tests
. I repeat this study pattern despite the fact that it has brought little RIO.
Perhaps, I am missing something big and obvious that everybody else does correctly….
Or perhaps I am just plain stupid and helpless
But, I have a dream beyond MBA that I am not willing to give up just yet.
I will be grateful someone suggest/recommend helpful ideas.
A 700+ score can be achieved. I just need to find traction.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading this far.