I'm 33 and have been out of school for almost ten years. I've been working in real estate and that has slowly been drifting towards accounting and becoming a CPA. I decided last year that I was ready to go for my MBA. However, after ten years... anything past intermediate algebra is a problem. But I bought some used textbooks and have been moving through it fine. I started studying specifically for the GMAT in mid-December. I took my first practice exam through GMATprep CAT on January 1st and scored 530 - that became my baseline score. On March 1st I scored 630 on the second GMATprep CAT. This last month I've been pulling 590-650 on the official GMAT paper exams, and 530-560 on the Kaplan
CAT exams, which everyone says are harder (add 70 points or so for a more accurate, comparable score...).
Feeling pretty good with my scores hovering around 630, I decided it was time to go. (I'm obviously not aiming for Stanford. I mention it because it seems like a lot of people on here are absolutely in shambles over a score anything less that 700. I thought I'd just mention that there are 600 scoring people out there, too!)
Long story short, I went in yesterday feeling confident, sat down, and got my butt handed to me without even knowing it. 530. Exactly where I started.
My routine has been about two hours a night for three months. I've made flashcards for almost every question I've missed using ANKI, and I drill myself regularly. I took a prep class at Seattle University. I've spent many hours watching the KhanAcademy videos and working through problems using the official guide. I've been pretty consistent and thorough. I will admit that I've been getting a little burnt out these last couple of weeks. I started to see my scores in range with what I wanted and I eased off it a bit. I guess that might have been a mistake. Right now, after all the study and scoring so low, I must admit that part of me is about ready to just throw in the towel.
I just can't believe I dropped 100 points on the actual exam?!
I know not to take it to heart - these things happen. I've already signed up to test again at the end of April. However, I'd love to avoid is a repeat experience of this Monday! Anyone out there with similar experiences to share? Any tips, thoughts? I really didn't feel that nervous taking the exam. Yes, some of the questions stumped me, but I used what I knew to make an educated guess and moved on. I couldn't believe it when I saw the score report: GMAT 1, Nate 0