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590 to ...? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 21:05
Hey folks,

I'm taking my GMAT again in another day and a half, and, having gone through Kaplan's tutoring program, I'm hoping I improve substantially...

Honestly, though, I'm really nervous. Last year I scored a 590 on the GMAT, and I'm hoping to improve that score significantly, especially since I invested so much money into improving it. However, my Kaplan practice test scores have been terrible (around 490????) and I think I'm having problems with nerves and anxiety.

I was thinking of maybe postponing the test till I feel more ready. I just can't believe I'm performing so badly on the practice exams. When I review the answers to problems, I understand why they get what they get, but I've been making mistakes and my mind's been going blank when presented with some of these questions.

Anyone have any ideas how to relieve this, or do you think I should postpone?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 21:08
If you are not happy with your preparation and feel you are not up to the mark then dont take the test. Its as simple as that.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2007, 22:21
what are your scores on gmatprep?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 13:06
When i first started taking tests, my heart would pound sooo fast that I thought it was going to jump out of my body. The only thing that gets me over the anxiety is to just keeping taking tests. When you are in the middle of your test, focus on the question in front of you. Not the previous question, or what if you do bad or what is the next question going to be l BUT ONLY the question in front of you. I got this advice from someone close to me and it really works! In addition, the more tests you take the less anxiety you should feel every time.
I think i've gotten over my anxiety now but i'm still trying to improve my scores.

Hope this helps!

P.S. have you taken any gmat prep tests or just kaplan only?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 13:09
If you cancel your test now you forfeit the money you paid for it so you should just go take the test. Have some confidence and you may surprise yourself.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2007, 13:45
Yah, I've also noticed that darn timer really sets my anxiety off and so I feel rushed and panicked. Turning the timer off on a couple practice tests (at least for the first 10 q's) seemed to reduce my anxiety significantly to where I got much more of them correct the first time through.

Oh and yes, i took one of the gmatprep tests...I seemed to do slightly better on it, but I didn't take my numbers down to find a score...couldn't figure out where to find my score from them and accidentally reset my test. :-/

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When i first started taking tests, my heart would pound sooo fast that I thought it was going to jump out of my body. The only thing that gets me over the anxiety is to just keeping taking tests. When you are in the middle of your test, focus on the question in front of you. Not the previous question, or what if you do bad or what is the next question going to be l BUT ONLY the question in front of you. I got this advice from someone close to me and it really works! In addition, the more tests you take the less anxiety you should feel every time.
I think i've gotten over my anxiety now but i'm still trying to improve my scores.

Hope this helps!

P.S. have you taken any gmat prep tests or just kaplan only?
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