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At This point I am just really pissed off [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 09:38
I just got back from the test center and got a 610 38/35. A month ago I received a 570, 41/28.


Gmat #1- This test I knew I wasn't going to score that well. My practice scores were all mid 600's and so I was still very annoyed at the 570. My verbal was the biggest issue- I went in not knowing any of the rules and thought I could do it by ear- clearly not. The math I knew wasn't going well at all because I was seeing such easy questions that I knew I was doing badly.


Gmat#2- The quant at least for the first 7 or 8 I was destroying- I was catching all the tricks- equations worked for everything except negative fractions- sneaky things. I did spend a nice amount of my time on the earlier ones. I don't know how the hell i got a 38... let alone anything under a 44. The verbal I scored pretty low considered I was scoring low0 mid 40's on mgmat and gmat prep. There were 2 very hard passages that I took a long time on and had to guess a few blindly. Additionally, the SC were hard- in most of the questions 3 were grammatically correct and just had words changed around- based on meaning. Additionally the CR were trickier as well- I am almost always sure on CR- if i don't know it I KNOW that I am getting it possibly wrong. This time i had to make educated guesses based on POE on like three of them. I know that like 4 more correct on RC could have probably put me at a 40 and the RC really screwed me this time- cant do anything about it.

My last practice tests have been


MGMAT- 1- 700 47/38
MGMAT- 2 710 47/40
MGMAT- 3 740 46/45
MGMAT -4 730 48/42
MGMAT - 5720 47/42
Gmat prep- 730 48/42

The gmat prep is skewed because I've taken it a few times- verbal not so much since i don't review the answers specifically so i can take it again but quant was. On the mgmat the scores were not skewed at all. Most people who get these quant scores on mgmat practice exams usually end up with 48+ on real thing and its so frustrating. I deserve to have a 700+ score but i can't seem to get there. Any help would be really appreciated.
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Re: At This point I am just really pissed off [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 13:00
Well if your practice test scores are under timed conditions, with AWA, and with no repeat questions or repeat takes, then you do have the ability to score higher. Did you do anything differently on test day? Did you drink coffee when you normally don't, had a bad night of sleep, had terrible nerves, or got cocky and felt you were killing it. Did you lose track of timing and have to guess on a number of questions? Did you feel like a lot of questions were "easy" but maybe they tricked you into thinking they were easy? I know it's tough, but in this scenario, you are probably the only person that can figure out exactly what went wrong, or what combination of factors hurt you. Be truthful with yourself and try to leave the anger out of it. We see many times that people are able to pick themselves up, dust off, and score the score that they truly deserve. So don't lose hope or motivation, a 700+ could be right around the corner! Then you will never have to look back :)
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Re: At This point I am just really pissed off [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 05:55
Thanks for the reply. Walking out there were four problems that I stared at the screen for 2 minutes and couldn't no anything.. and i could do them in my head on the way out in ten seconds. Clearly I was pretty nervous. No other things were different. Honestly, I tried all " stress techniques"/ breathing stuff and come on... if your nervous that really isin't helping. I am going to take a beta blocker next time and study again for another month and a half. Hopefully this will help.
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Re: At This point I am just really pissed off [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 07:56
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Thanks for the reply. Walking out there were four problems that I stared at the screen for 2 minutes and couldn't no anything.. and i could do them in my head on the way out in ten seconds. Clearly I was pretty nervous. No other things were different. Honestly, I tried all " stress techniques"/ breathing stuff and come on... if your nervous that really isin't helping. I am going to take a beta blocker next time and study again for another month and a half. Hopefully this will help.


About nerves and pressure - two days back, I took an exam (not GMAT), a paper test. It's a 3 hr test. There were a couple of questions which I found hard and just couldn't work out. I marked and left them for the end. At the end of the test, I had almost 45 mins leftover and was super relaxed. I went back to those questions and did them in under 30 secs each. What does this account tell you? It is all about the nerves! (as I think you figured out for yourself too) Once you relax your mind, you can solve the toughest questions easily. But if you are wound up, the easiest questions are going to seem really hard. If you know that the questions are actually straight forward, it should ease your mind a little. Every question in GMAT is do-able in under 2 mins and is based on simple logic. If you remember this, you can beat the software next time. Just refuse to get pressurized since you know your stuff.
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Re: At This point I am just really pissed off [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 10:18
Karishma- Thanks so much. I know its completely nerves. How else would I be scoring in the low to mid 700's on practice tests. I always underpeformed on standardized tests and I never really took care of the issue. Relaxing never helped me, because I simply cant. I am hoping the beta blocker will work.
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