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620 1st Attempt - Very Disappointed, Very Lost [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 02:16
Hi all,
After 3 months of full time prep. all I have to show is a disappointing score of 620 on the actual gmat (39 Q 35 V). I was shocked with this score and couldn't believe it. My scores on practice tests were as follows:

Kaplan:
Test 1: 560
Test 2: 580
Test 3: 590
Test 4: 620
Test 5: 650

Princeton Review Online: 650
Kaplan online: 720

Gmat Prep 1: 710 (Q48, V40)
Gmat Prep 2: 730 (Q47, V44)
PowerPrep 1: 710 (Q50, V37)
PowerPrep 2: 730 (Q48, V41)

Manhattan GMAT Online Tests 1-5: Between 620 and 720

I studied mostly using OG11, Kaplan 800 and Kapan Verbal workbook. Gaining confidence from my practice tests, I was expecting a 700 on the real thing but got hit quite badly.

Now I'm at a loss regarding what to do. Should I take GMAT classes? (I'm based in Delhi so choices are limited). Should I retake the exam in 1 month? Very lost and all advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 05:29
Hey,

What do you think went wrong ? GmatPrep is supposed to be a good indicator of your level, and that shows you could have perhaps done better ?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 06:22
Were you nervous or anything like that ? I think GMATPrep is a correct indicator on the basis of responses in this forum.
Anyway i strongly suggest you to retake the test within a month and just be cool and composed enough. Be confident that you will score well.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 06:24
Were you nervous or anything like that ? I think GMATPrep is a correct indicator on the basis of responses in this forum.
Anyway i strongly suggest you to retake the test within a month and just be cool and composed enough. Be confident that you will score well.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 06:38
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 07:56
Check out my post about my recent experience. I'm in a similar boat. The key here is you need to identify WHY you did so poorly.

For me, it was because I rushed the first few questions in quant and wasn't critical of the answers I put down. I was unable to recover from missing them.

How was your pacing? Did you finish each section? Were you critical of the answers you put down? Were you completely blindsided by a topic you didn't study? Were you nervous? Were the questions harder than you thought, or were they actually easier and you forgot to study the basic concepts?

You need to answer these questions and make sure in the coming months you work hard to ensure you don't make the same mistakes.

Taking the test again without addressing why you do so poor would be fruitless. Really think about what went wrong.
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Taking a step back to move forward [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 12:44
Thanks everybody for the comments and advice. I did not feel too nervous about the exam since the good scores in most of my practice tests gave me some confidence.

In the quant section, I think that I spent too much time on some of the questions earlier on due to which I guessed blindly on the last 7 questions just so that I could answer all the questions. However, I am disappointed that it took me so long on so many questions earlier on in the test.

On the Verbal, I actually finished on time and thought that I had done quite alright. So the 35 was a rude shock. I have no clue yet as to what I did wrong.

I guess I'll be spending the next couple of days reflecting upon what went wrong and then start from where I left off. I guess sometimes has to take a few step back to move forward. I'll shoot to retake in a month and a half's time.
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Re: Taking a step back to move forward [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2007, 13:05
GK_Gmat wrote:

On the Verbal, I actually finished on time and thought that I had done quite alright. So the 35 was a rude shock. I have no clue yet as to what I did wrong.


It sounds like in the verbal you were a bit too sure of yourself... One thing I've noticed is that when I'm too complacent in a section and not critical enough of my answers, I tend to do poorly.

If I'm struggling on most questions, torn between two answers, that's when I do best. Afterall, if you're perfoming at your maximum capabilities, that's how it should feel if the test is giving you harder questions. On the other hand, when I'm very confident about my answer choices and breeze thru a section, I do worse. It's counterintuitive, but fact.
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