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I have to say I am really starting to feel helpless! I just took the exam for the fourth time and got the same score that I got last Dec. Granted this time I studied for about a month. This is the fourth time I've taken it.
I know most of you might say I won't do any better but I am sure I could. I only want to do this one more time. Oddly enough, my highest score was before a prep course and a month of self-prep. Now, I feel like each test was harder than the one right before. I don't know if my prep materials are not doing it for me but I could sure use some suggestions as to other sources to work with. I currently have:
I am pretty desperate. I know I have to change my prep strategy. My first three attempts were not the most sensible. I went into the first test confident that I knew everything about math. Well, what a surprise when I got my score. So I took a review course. I went in the second test thinking "well with what I picked up, I should improve at least 50 points. That is what they practically guarantee." Well, again, the surprise came in that I wasted so much time applying strategies to every question. So the third time was out of pure desperation because I wanted to get my apps in. Well, after the third time, I decided not to apply to school and wait a year. This time I studied about six weeks, but I was just trying to get exposed to every question. So when the test came and they asked questions in ways I never saw before, I freaked out. I remember getting to problem 1 and expecting algebra with fractions. That didn't happen. Then there was data sufficiency right away. The problems started really hard, then all of sudden, really easy. I knew that wasn't a good sign. Unfortunately with verbal, there really is no way of knowing how you're doing. More than one answer can seem correct with RC and CR. SC is really a strong point for me.
I did order the two books you suggested and I am starting a new plan. I am keeping an error log and going to try to finish all of the OG PS and RC questions in the next ten days. And then jump into the new material.
I am planning to try again in early Sept so hopefully the next six weeks will be enough prep.
I am always open to any other suggestions you may have.
On my 7th attempt, I scored a 680 (47 Q, 37V). I was psyched and encouraged until I was rejected from my top choice, waitlisted at my #2 and have an interview pending at #3. It made me so pessimistic that i don't think I'll get in, and I'll have to reapply. In any event, as much as I don't want to take this freaking test for an 8th time, I want to maximize my chaces of getting in next year. My last three attempts at the GMAT had pretty consistent Q scores 47, 45, 47, but my verbal finally went from 32 to 37. If I can get it to 40, I will finally hit that 700+. Can anyone suggest materials to help me get that 40+ V score? Also, I need data sufficiency help. Problem solving seems to be no problem for me.
I guess the rest of my app was ok. I didn't have a stellar GPA but I was in an engineering program. My app got me an interview with a top 5 school (and a subsequent waitlist), so I think it must be ok.