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720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 05:18
Hello everybody !

I took the GMAT today and got 680 : q44 and v38. I am really disappointed since I was aiming 700+ and got several 720 during my preparation.
I'm wondering whether I should retake and I'd like to hear any advices. Here are severals elements about my situation :

-First, I want to highlight that GMAT became a sort of challenge to me. I started at 580 in December and I knew I needed a 700+. I've been studying for the last 4 months and I just can't accept the truth. I'm not a 680 guy. I've studied too hard to fail so close to my target. I'm not even sure my sadness and anger are about compromising my application. They may be related to the fact I didn't get what I prepared for.

-I'm a european student (non english speaking country) and I'm applying in european program for which the average GMAT is around 650 (no official figures are given). However, my GPA is not amazing and some students from the program strongly advised me to aim 700+ with a high quantitative score. I know, people here would say not to retake since I'm already above the average in a non-english speaking country which is not so familiar to GMAT. However, my grades at school are not amazing and the GMAT was supposed to help me compensate and show that I have quantitatives skills which will help me succeed even though my grades could say the contrary. Also, the recruiting process is not as demanding as the one for business schools. We don't have to write essays, seek for long recommandations, etc... My point is that I won't sacrifice other parts of my application file by studying GMAT for a few more weeks.

-Because of the application deadline, I need to retake soon. Probably at the end of April. If I decide to do so, I think I will take a week to relax and I will go back on GMAT tracks for 3 intense weeks. I bought the gmat club tests but I didn't have time to use them so I still have 10 tests to do. I'm not sure it is enough. However, I will probably need good verbal materials.

-The last few days before G-day were quiet stressful. I took the TOEFL on friday, had to work with a tight deadline on a project for school and I got a job interview on monday's night. Then, I took the GMAT on tuesday morning. However, the hours right before the GMAT were really : I was not stressed, and the AWA and IR were like a warmup. I was really in a good mood at the beginning of the quantitative part and I managed to stay focused until the end of the exam. I never try to estimate my score.

-I feel really bad because I really have the feeling I did everything well. I worked hard, I used good prep materials, I was not too stressed but still, the score is not the one I want.

-Here are the scores I got during my preparation :
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I want to mention that my last gmatprep is not so much inflated. I didn't get that many repeat questions. I made an effort to copy the exam condition and I was really confortable. I even had more time than needed during quant and verbal parts. Maybe the last MGMAT, where I got 640, shoudl have warn me that something was going wrong... I don't know...

If you need any information to help me, please ask ! I really feel lost now and I need help.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: 720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 05:27
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First off congrats on the improvement - 580 to 680 in a few months is AWESOME!

It seems like you've answered your own question. If you wanted a 700 and have been testing 720 - I would probably retake it. You now know what to expect from the test center so nerves likely won't play as big a factor this time around. 680 is close, but it is still under where you feel comfortable submitting. If you believe you can do better - then work at it and do better!

But also - have you been testing with IR and Essay? Because that can sometimes hurt your score due to the amount of time you'd be spending on other sections before even getting to the V/Q stuff.

It seems like you had a lot going on that may have affected your score as well, so perhaps the next time around you can take it on a Monday after a weekend or some time where you have nothing in the days leading up to the test. Depending on your weaknesses, we can all definitely help suggest materials to use during your prep over the next month too.

Good luck!
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Re: 720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 11:09
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Your practice tests seem to be at a good spot right now; 680 is probably within the acceptable margin of error. Besides ID-ing the remaining types of problems that give you trouble (probably not too many), I think you just need to practice more so that you really get used to the timing and endurance.

Get the 800score tests (MGMAT includes a coupon for those) and Kaplan practice tests. I was in a similar boat, and I believe the extra practice really helped out.
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Re: 720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 22:37
Thank you both for your advices. :)
I did the few last mock exams with IR and AWA but if I decide to retake, I will definitely do all my next prep exams with these parts. I also think I need to practice more since I already know the requirements for each type of questions.

Some people advised me not to retake since I am already way above the average from the master program I am applying to. However, I can't stop thinking about my not so good grades... Though decision... :?

I want to believe that if I took the gmat again today, I would get better. But I wille never know.

If anybody else wants to share his point of view, I am really open to hear it :).
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Re: 720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2013, 02:25
Ok, it's set : I'll retake on the 29th of April ! :P

I have been doing some gmatclub test since my last post and I already can feel some improvements ( I've just got a q47 ! ).
However, how could I work on verbal ? I need practice questions. I was thinking of buying the question pack for gmatprep. What do you think ?

Thank you for your help.
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Re: 720 in prep but only 680 in real test... [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2013, 06:40
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Ok, it's set : I'll retake on the 29th of April ! :P

I have been doing some gmatclub test since my last post and I already can feel some improvements ( I've just got a q47 ! ).
However, how could I work on verbal ? I need practice questions. I was thinking of buying the question pack for gmatprep. What do you think ?

Thank you for your help.


Absolutely. Go ahead and buy it if you haven't done it yet. $25 for 400 official questions is worth the investment.

Good luck
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