I took the GMAT last Monday and got a 580. I moped around for about a week and then found this site today in an attempt to locate information about devising a better GMAT study plan. I wish I had been aware of this site before I had taken the exam.
Anyway, I am pretty disappointed about my score. I am not making any excuses I am just disappointed. On the powerprep I scored a 730 about two months ago, studied some more, and then actually did worse (710) when I took the second powerprep exam the morning before the real thing. In addition, I took the Kaplan
exams and got a 550, 580, 580. I haven't seen any other posts on this site in which someone indicates that Kaplan
's CAT was a true indication of his score, so I thought I would mention it. I mean, most people are on this site saying they got a 580, 610, 640 on Kaplan
and got a 740 on the real thing.
Anyway, I am looking for advice regarding taking the exam again. As background info, I scored in the 70th percentile in verbal and in the 52nd percentile in quant. As far as the verbal goes, I think I was doing fine up until the end...I literally guessed at the last 9 questions. I completely ran out of time. I think if I imporve my timing, I could boost my verbal score up to the 90th percentile. I am not sure, however, what happened with my math. Maybe I just didn't keep a cool head.
I have three questions: 1. Has anyone had experience boosting his or her score from 580 to 680? I mean, is that possible? and 2. Considering I studied from the Official Guide and a Kaplan
cd, is there something else I should be using in order to achieve my goal? 3. I didn't do any of the problems in the ETS powerprep GMAT practice disk other than the two powerprep GMAT exams. Is the other information on that cd worthwhile? Thanks in advance.