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Can't get past 600 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 16:20
I just took the GMAT for the 4th time today. I didn't bother having my socre reported. I figured if it went well, then I would report it then. Well it didn't go well. Here are my stats

Actual GMAT 1- 500 (Oct)
Actual GMAT 2 - 550 (Nov)
Actual GMAT 3 - 580 (Dec)

800 Score - 560
800 Score - 540
Kaplan Diagnostic - 580
Kaplan CAT 1 - 520
Kaplan CAT 2 - 530
Kaplan CAT 3 - 530

Actual GMAT today - 540 (35Q/30V)

I'm so frustrated and don't know what I'm doing wrong. When I take the Kaplan practice sessions on Sentece Correction and CR I get over 90% of them right. I've taken a GMAT course and bought the GMAT 800 book and the OG. I've even done a few challenges and gone thru both books but still I can't get past 600.

Please help, I'm completely burned out and don't know what to do. I'm waitlisted at my top school and was told that my GMAT was the one weakness to my application. This test is standing between me and b-school. (Or should I just take this as a sign that I shouldn't be going to b-school?)
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 11:36
Hey....that's not a bad score...just that it's not good enough for your top school...so, first, i don't think you should be disheartended or something...don't give up...

I don't know but i feel that you should be taking a break....you probably have a lot of things on your mind...and since GMAT for you is a make-or-break thing, you are probably too nervous or conscious or both while taking the exam....you are probably not, as they say, "enjoying" the test...i know that's easier said than done...but it helps if you are taking the test for fun rather than viewing it as something that is going to define your life....

keep the faith
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 18:51
Thanks and you are right, I do think of the GMAT as "make or break." At this point I don't even know how to go back and study for it. Do I re-take the test again and if so when? When I am taking that test, I do think about the score which I know you're not suppose to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, especially on how to "enjoy the test."
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 20:52
There are many invaluable advice given in this forum. I would suggest you to go through all the stickies in the "GMAT" and "Share your experience" forums. For example, crackgmat750's "end of an era" post will give you great advice. Here it is: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... c&start=20
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 09:23
Don't give up your dreams because of GMAT!
Try harder, approach your problem areas scientifically. I have heard many people improve their score over 100 points with hard work.
Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 11:46
hi...i don't want to get all philosophical here but there is something i would like to add...

i read once that when ever you are feeling low, try to remember the face of the poorest person you have ever seen and you will start feeling better... :twisted:

maybe you should not take of GMAT as a make-or-break thing....you will have other ways of achieving your final goals, only that they might be slightly longer....i think that once you manage to completly forget about GMAT, while taking GMAT, you will be able to do much better...again....easier said than done....

and may i also add...you don't need to put in hard work....you have already tried that...you need to put in "smart" work....the link that Paul has posted, is a good read...

and lemme see if i am able to apply all this to myself....i taking the test tomorrow :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 12:09
REPEAT AFTER ME

“I can do itâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 12:13
luminos24 wrote:
hi...i don't want to get all philosophical here but there is something i would like to add...

i read once that when ever you are feeling low, try to remember the face of the poorest person you have ever seen and you will start feeling better... :twisted:

maybe you should not take of GMAT as a make-or-break thing....you will have other ways of achieving your final goals, only that they might be slightly longer....i think that once you manage to completly forget about GMAT, while taking GMAT, you will be able to do much better...again....easier said than done....

and may i also add...you don't need to put in hard work....you have already tried that...you need to put in "smart" work....the link that Paul has posted, is a good read...

and lemme see if i am able to apply all this to myself....i taking the test tomorrow :wink:


Well it depends.
I can never walk away from my dream. NEVER because I know I will only live a miserable live to regret never pursuing my dreams.
People are different some of us can’t simply walk away from these things especially the things we believe in.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 13:40
Folaa3 wrote:
Well it depends.
I can never walk away from my dream. NEVER because I know I will only live a miserable live to regret never pursuing my dreams.
People are different some of us can’t simply walk away from these things especially the things we believe in.


you are right...but the question here is can you let your "dream" become your obsession...one might live miserably ruing that he never pursued his dream...but he will definitely miss out on lot of other things if he makes his dream an obsession...tanh4479 has tried...and he/she has tried hard to pursue his/her dream....and i am not saying tanh4479 should give up on his/her dream...never....but should not take this as the only-thing-that-matters-in-life....you can still be a winner, if you can look at your failures and say "well, atleast i tried", instead of getting dis-heartened...

And that reminds me of a few inspiring lines which i will post in another thread :wink:

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hi [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2005, 08:43
The answer here is to quit. Don't take the GMAT again. Even if you get a 700, they will average your scores, and won't take the 700. You prolly got 90% right becasue you memorized the answers. I question your study habits, at a bare minimum if you do all the problems in OG, and know them in and out, you will get a 600 something.
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Re: hi [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2005, 11:03
[quote="xcrunner57"]The answer here is to quit. Don't take the GMAT again. Even if you get a 700, they will average your scores, and won't take the 700. You prolly got 90% right becasue you memorized the answers. I question your study habits, at a bare minimum if you do all the problems in OG, and know them in and out, you will get a 600 something.[/quote]

many schools just take your highest score and only the last 3 tests are reported
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Just remember this... [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2005, 20:20
I don't want fifteen minutes of fame.
I want a life.
I want to choose the best.
I know the best are selectively chosen.
I don't want to work for a company.
I want to build one.
But the rest of my goals are long term.
The results of my day to day determination.
I redefine the word consistency.
Along the way there will be moments of brilliance.
I will be sure to make them all count.
I am sure the moments will add up to something greater.
A record of excellence.
A plaque in a hall.
I will always believe in the ideal.
Ideally, the best.
I hope to be remembered.
Not just recalled.
I hope to make a difference.
I hope that someday everyone would just do it
Just remember this...   [#permalink] 21 Apr 2005, 20:20
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