GMAT 1 590 (Q42 V29) Dec 08
GMAT 2 640 (Q43 V35) Mar 09
GMAT 3 640 (Q46 V31) Nov 09
GMAT 4 690 88% (Q51 98% V31 58%) Today
Do I wish I had gotten a 710 instead? Sure but I will get rejected by a top 10 not because I got a 690 instead of 710. After studying for 2.5 months and taking the Kaplan course
, I scored a 640 on my 3rd attempt in November and I was devastated. I registered for a 4th attempt anyway because my #1 choice school has a deadline on 12/15 and they do not take new GMAT after the deadline. I had scheduled my 3rd and 4th attempt this way solely to present the best of myself to my #1 school.
But after my 3rd attempt I was completely turned off from studying. I did not study at all for 2 weeks afterward. With 2 more weeks to go, I took a Kaplan
cat and got a 680. Okay maybe things weren't as bad. I simply studied every problem I got wrong. I took another cat a week later and got a 640
At that time I thought since I won't be reporting to any school so there was really nothing to lose. Instead of studying I focused on my application instead, putting a lot of effort into my essays.
I went to take the test today for one purpose only: to get above 80% in Q so I do not have to take a math waiver test for Haas
. And you know what, last night was the only time I really studied, went over again all the wrong problems I got and went through my cheat sheet. I also did something different, I scheduled for 12pm instead of the previous 3 attempts at 8am.
I woke up at 8am and left my house around 840a. I intentionally took the long route to the test center (in Manhattan). I drove and parked my car and took the subway. I thought about going over my notes again but this beautiful girl sitting across from me was too distracting
I got to the test center with 1.5 hour to go. I went to a cafe next door and had breakfast before going in.
AWA - I did not really care. For both essay prompts I knew I could write meaningfully and even if I wrote complete crap, I would still get a 4.5. I finished AWA with 5 minutes to go and I decided to practice on my pad instead with the stupid marker pen. I imagined I was solving a madeup quadratic equation and solved it.
Took the break and started quant. BAM!!! The first question was a word problem with 6 lines of text. I had to read it twice to understand it and then after I DID NOT backsolve my answer was not in any of the choices. I already wasted 4 minutes. I randomly guessed and went on. I think I guessed on another question around question 20 but I made sure I was doing good on time (making sure if there were 10 problems left I would have at least 20 minutes for example). I got a little worried when the last question was REALLY easy...oh well nothing I could do at that point but I double checked my answer before submitting it (30 seconds left to go).
Took the other break and had a chocolate bar
Started verbal and it did not start well at all. My verbal is fuzzy to start with and by question 10 I was serious lagging behind in time and I knew I hadn't done well on the questions I already answered. But I chose not to panic because I was there to do well on quant and I thought I had a good chance for 80% in Q so I guessed when I had to. It just seemed that every question I wasn't 100% sure. But I got to the last question with 2.5 minutes to go. I calmed down and then eliminated all but 2 and guessed on one of them with 5 seconds to go. Submit
If I got a 640, 650, 660, 670 I get the Kaplan
money back guarantee
If I got a 680 well that would suck since I can't get my money back and it is 680. Before the score showed up, I was expecting around a 660. And then 690 with Q51 98%. I was happy because I achieved what I wanted out of today. If I concentrate really hard on verbal this past month I might have improved on verbal. Since I got V35 before, a Q51 and V35 would have been awesome but it is what it is....690 is good enough in my case I am not automatically disqualified from any school because of my GMAT (well maybe HSW, but I am not applying there but I am applying to several other top 10)
I am sharing my experience NOT TO TELL YOU NOT TO STUDY. I knew I could do math but perhaps I was too stressed out on the previous attempts. I knew verbal will be a challenge but I expected myself to be around 31 anyway. But 690 is what it is and I am done with GMAT (for now)