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Bombed the GMAT today [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 12:35
I took the GMAT for the first time today after approx 3 months of fairly intense studying. Here's how my practice exams scored, all taken pretty evenly spaced out.
GMAT Prep 1: 600
MGMAT 1: 610
MGMAT 2: 660
MGMAT 3: 670
MGMAT 5: 630
GMAT Prep 2: 670
After my tests, I was expecting to score 660-70 and even possibly pull off a great performance and score a 700 (which are the combined two best quant and verbal scores I've had)
So overall kind of all over the place. I took the test at 8 am today, and had a poor night's sleep last night (woke up at 3 and dozed in and out until my alarm went off at 6:30).
Upon arriving at the test center, the internet was down, so the test takers were stuck sitting in the waiting area for an additional 20 minutes. I was tired the whole time and felt like it was difficult to focus.
The quant section didn't start off great...basically was getting 500 level questions halfway through, and I froze up on some very basic problems that I could normally do within 30 seconds.
Verbal section didn't go well either, I was too demoralized by quant and my focus began to wane. I knew I hadn't done well, and was expecting maybe a 640, but nope.
610.
I am crushed and, although I have time to retake, I wanted to be done with the GMAT process. I feel as though I can do better, but I wanted to hear people's thoughts/stories of what they think I should do next. I will obviously need to retake, but having my first real test experience be this miserable, I'm really scared for the next time.
Appreciate your comments in advance!
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Re: Bombed the GMAT today [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 21:07
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mcharb13 wrote:
I took the GMAT for the first time today after approx 3 months of fairly intense studying. Here's how my practice exams scored, all taken pretty evenly spaced out.
GMAT Prep 1: 600
MGMAT 1: 610
MGMAT 2: 660
MGMAT 3: 670
MGMAT 5: 630
GMAT Prep 2: 670
After my tests, I was expecting to score 660-70 and even possibly pull off a great performance and score a 700 (which are the combined two best quant and verbal scores I've had)
So overall kind of all over the place. I took the test at 8 am today, and had a poor night's sleep last night (woke up at 3 and dozed in and out until my alarm went off at 6:30).
Upon arriving at the test center, the internet was down, so the test takers were stuck sitting in the waiting area for an additional 20 minutes. I was tired the whole time and felt like it was difficult to focus.
The quant section didn't start off great...basically was getting 500 level questions halfway through, and I froze up on some very basic problems that I could normally do within 30 seconds.
Verbal section didn't go well either, I was too demoralized by quant and my focus began to wane. I knew I hadn't done well, and was expecting maybe a 640, but nope.
610.
I am crushed and, although I have time to retake, I wanted to be done with the GMAT process. I feel as though I can do better, but I wanted to hear people's thoughts/stories of what they think I should do next. I will obviously need to retake, but having my first real test experience be this miserable, I'm really scared for the next time.
Appreciate your comments in advance!



Thank you for sharing your story and sorry that you have not met your goal.
It is really not possible to do your best on the test day, unless you were lazy on your tests, and did not put all the effort (which is not a great start anyway).
So, your feeling is a combination of high expectations and low outcome. It is a tough feeling.

You need to do some damage control and figure out why you froze up, what you can do not to do that again (I am sure something is possible) and focus on your weaknesses. GMAT can sense them often... and push that question area
See this post how to hunt and destroy your mistakes: how-to-analyze-your-mistakes-167118.html

Other than that, I can't really see what else I can recommend... I would say you don't need to wait a whole long. Give it a small break of a day, and then take a broad look at what you did, and what you can improve and do better (perhaps not schedule an 8 am test?)

Good luck!
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Re: Bombed the GMAT today [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2014, 02:32
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This simply sounds like a bad day result.

If you take a few more weeks and study again your weakness areas you should do well if you retake the test. It is normal to retake the test, you are not the first student who has to do so. It is a very hard test with a long way.

We wish you good luck for your next attempt and if you feel that you need help we would love to create an individual study plan for you to eliminate your weaknesses and fully exploit your potential.

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