On the onset I want to appreciate your quick response, Thank You.
I have realized one thing if I don't aim for a higher score now, I will always end up a below mediocre result. If u ask me, Rich, I wasn't sure what I wanted before the test day, an over optimistic me sometimes said a 690 is reachable; I was also happy if I could manage 650; this thought process made a 600 look an easy task; When I saw my mock scores, which I took within 12 days before the actual test, I was pretty confident to get to a decent score.
CAT 3: 580 (Q: 44; V: 26)
CAT 4: 590 (Q: 44; V: 26)
6. GMATPREP 2: 550 (Q: 44; V:23)
7. MGMAT 1: 570 (Q: 42; V:27)
CAT 5: 550 (Q: 43; V: 19)
Clearly, the actual test score is a dent on my confidence level and I am unable to digest the fact that I failed. I have had a good track professional record on whatever assignment I have taken up. I took GMAT as an assignment and I failed miserably.
I m from India and my City doesn't have a Pearson Vue test center so on the morning of the test day I had to travel from my city to the neighboring city, a 130 km or an 80 mile stretch, then search and locate the test center ( which I admit wasn't very difficult ). I never had a chance to visit the testing center earlier.
I took ENTIRE MOCKS including AWA and IR in a stretch with a little fluctuations in couple of mocks because of the internet connectivity issue but no major breaks apart from the above that I mentioned.
My exam was in the mid afternoon, 1430 hours and I gave my mocks not exactly at the same hour but a little later in the day, mostly evenings. I did not take any mocks more than once but I did review my result. Clearly, my reviewing was not thorough enough.
I referred to the OG 13
and Kaplan premier
mostly. Another thing to note that my city doesn't have a single dedicated GMAT coaching classes. I did join a coaching center for sometime but ended up not going there 3 weeks before the exams because it wasn't worth going there. I blew over Rs. 18000 or over 275 USD for these not-so-worth classes.
The biggest goof up that could happen to me was no night sleep before the exam day. I didn't sleep. I couldn't. I had this working on the mind even minutes before the exam. The irony here is that I went to the bed early that night than my sleeping time as I was aware that I needed a good 9 hour sleep. But I couldn't sleep at all. The entire night I was rolling from one side to other, even tried to listen to music, didn't help. I kept telling myself to "Chill the **** out" (pardon my language), I I couldn't.
And here I am sitting on my comfortable couch knowing that I failed miserably. *frustrated* *dejected* *broken*.
But I want to overcome this feeling as soon as possible. I have given myself a month's time because I want to get into an MBA program in this year intake. The colleges I m looking for already are reaching their second list deadlines and I will now have to apply before the 3rd list deadlines.
The colleges I m looking for are North American colleges and couple of Asian colleges namely: Rotman, sauder business school in canada and NUS and Nanyang in singapore.
From where should I start? My verbal skills is not good enough to reach even a mere score of 35 and I can't trust my Quant skills after scoring a mere 32 on the actual test.