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Advice Needed- GMAT in 8 days, should I reschedule?

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Advice Needed- GMAT in 8 days, should I reschedule? [#permalink] New post 24 May 2007, 19:14
Fellow Gmatclubbers,

Hope everyone's prep is going well... I have not really posted that much, but want to say thanks to everyone who contributes and gives moral advice and support, it's much appreciated :-D

Well, it's my turn to seek advice... My GMAT is in 8 days... June 2nd, to be exact.. I've been preparing on and off for about 6 months, finding it very difficult to focus and keep making silly mistakes... Due to family reasons, I have alot of pressure to do well (only male child,supporting elderly parents), and due to a very poor undergraduate record a long time ago, a strong GMAT is my only chance at redemption.. (I've also registered for Corporate Finance and Accounting this summer at the local Uni to build an alternate transcript)..

I have a good deal of life and business experience, it's just that the numbers (GMAT) don't show it.. I know if I push harder, focus more, I can succeed and achieve a 690-720... I see people here doing it through pure hard work and determination...

My dillema is this... At the moment, I'm scoring 610/590/580-ish on the GMAT PrepTests... 560 on the Kaplan (which we know is understated)... I"ve postponed the test twice already, to my own disappointment, and my parents... I don't want to postpone it again, but at the same time, if I have a mediocre score on record, it will dilute the value of a second stronger, score...

I look forward to your candid replies and outlooks.. Please pardon any misspellings... it's pretty late here, and I'm quite stressed out... Thanks in advance for everyone's opinion..

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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2007, 20:46
All I can say is that Gmatprep is usually a good predictor of actual performance. I would reschedule if I was trying to get a score more than 50 points apart from my latest Gmatprep.

On the disappointment, I don't know exactly what your family situation is, but if you intend to apply this year at the regular round 1 and round 2, then you still have plenty of time to take the GMAT and prepare applications even if you postpone a month or two. Try to focus and don't overemphasize the importance of GMAT or let outside influences get to you. Go for friends for support. I don't know whether the disappointment is in your mind or is actually stated by your family members, but that kind of pressure is usually not good help to get good results.

I also suggest not taking the GMAT until you are ready. At best, a bad score followed by a good score is neutral in the app. but bad to your morale. At worst, it could dillute the value of a better score.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2007, 09:08
Lep,

Thanks for the heads up... I did alot of thinking last night and today... and you're assessment is pretty accurate... I'm going to push the date back a few months and prepare a lot harder...

Thanks again...

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 [#permalink] New post 29 May 2007, 09:58
good idea AK. you don't wanna go into a test doubting yourself from the start. once you get that confidence back up you'll be ready.
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