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Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 07 May 2012, 01:39
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I don't even know what to write in the debrief. I was hoping that I'd do well but here I am sitting disappointed. Took the GMAT and got a meagre 640.

I had studied quite well for the GMAT and preparation was not the reason for my poor performance. I had studied in a fairly systematic way and had finished OG11 and 12. Had also done Aristotle SC Grail ,Manhattan SC Guide,CR Bible and Aristotle RC Practice sets. The hardwork was evident in the fact that I was averaging around 700 on the practice tests. Though I did not get 730+ scores on the practice tests, but surely I was doing fine given that I hadn't set a crazy target and was aiming at 720 which would have been good enough for me .

Everything was fine till the day before the actual test date, I had some college friends coming over to Delhi and we were meeting after a long time. I did not want to study the last day and wanted to unwind and thought that this will be a good opportunity to relax and get the anxiety off me. We met in the evening and I had a few shots in a pub. Usually I have a huge capacity to gulp down and thought that a few shots wouldn't do harm,rather it'll help me sleep well. Everything was good; came back from the pub at 12 which is fairly a reasonable time.But I somehow started feeling giddy after that and I just could not sleep. My head was aching and realizing the fact that I have to sleep on time, I could not even fall asleep. It must be at 3-4 am that I feel asleep .
I had a morning slot and somehow I managed to get up on time but the hangover was still there.
I knew that I would have a hard time concentrating during the exam and that's what happened on the test. Phew!

I'm not sad but just angry with myself for being such a jerk.How can I be this stupid to "assume" things. I'm really mad at myself.Don't even feel writing more. Have posted this on another forum also but posting it again so that you become beware of doing such stuff like I did.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 07 May 2012, 09:28
You definitely don't want to change anything up the night before a big exam. I don't recommend any drinking the entire week leading up to the GMAT. Alcohol can mess with your sleep, mood, studying, state of mind, etc... You live and you learn. Sorry to hear your story, but the good news is that you have a better score inside of you! Good luck
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 02:22
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This is really an eye opener for a lot of us. But shit happens! Move on now ;)
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 02:58
:shock: hope you do well the next time...
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 08:30
You are certainly a risk taker, see the positive side of it. Most people are sweating/going crazy before the day of GMAT. You have the nerve to drink. I know some extremly smart people who would play videos games the entire day before exam and guess what they end up getting better grades than most of us mortals, who are doing nightouts.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 16:01
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You are certainly a risk taker, see the positive side of it.

I would prefer him to focus on the negative side of drinking and partying before the GMAT.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 03:29
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As someone who knows more than the average person about sleep cycles, I can tell you that alcohol will not help you relax or get rested the day prior to a test.

Alcohol is a depressant, which is why most people associate it with its ability to help you get to sleep. But it also can trick your brain into delaying its need for rest. Alcohol can inhibit your body's ability to go into deep sleep, thus reducing the amount of repair your brain gets while you rest. It also dehydrates you, which can have negative consequences.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 06:08
It's not rocket science...don't drink before an important test that requires you to be at 100% mental capacity. Feel bad about it, move on, and don't be an idiot next time.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 11 May 2012, 12:35
You should be angry at yourself. You wasted quite a bit of money and effort just to literally piss away with your friends one night.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 03:44
thugly921 wrote:
You should be angry at yourself. You wasted quite a bit of money and effort just to literally piss away with your friends one night.


Yeah. I agree. Can't help it now. Retaking is the only option and hopefully I should do well this time
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 06:43
Best of luck on the retake. Plus you have at least seen the exam once.
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 04:07
Reading your story reminds me of the song "Hangover" by Tao Cruze. -- I got a hangover.. whoaa. i have been drinking too much-- :-D :-D :-D
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Re: Bombed the GMAT.Thanks to a hangover. Angry at myself [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 02:25
Guys, have booked the GMAT date for the next Saturday i.e. 23rd June and I hope that I do well this time. :-D
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