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CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 13:02
I took the GMAT last year scored a 580(Q39 V30). this was without any training and only studying for a month. Then I took the veritas class this year. Studied for three months. Did loads of practice exams. Scored 650+ on Manhattan gmat exams which i think were harder but on the GMATPREP my highest score was 620. On the actual exam i got a 540(Q40 V24). I just could not beleive it as I was planning to apply this year for an mba. The final nail in the coffin came when I think it was just an off day and took it third time a month later and got a 500 (Q33 V25)....

I am so depressed ......have given up plans to apply to school this year as I was aiming to get a 650+......

advice needed .....
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 20:00
Wow!!! What do you think happened? Your score was much better last year when you didn't study that much? It can happen. Maybe you just had a couple of bad test days.
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 07:45
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Exact same thing happened to me... I studied for about 2-3 months and took the test in mid-December. On my last MGMAT CAT before the exam, I got a 650. On test day, I got a 540. I really have no idea what happened. Anyway, I'm retaking on 2/22... Focusing mainly on OG11 and have hired a tutor as well. Hopefully I can reach that 650 range when I retake it.

My advice to you would be to hire a tutor (if you can) and focus on OG questions. Stop taking the MGMAT CATs and do GMATPrep CATs. The scores will be more indicative of your actual ability.

Good luck!
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2008, 06:52
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Yeah the MGMAT CATs can inflate the score a bit because they give you such high level questions. I scored a 640 last week on the MGMAT and this weekend scored a 560 on GMATprep. I am shooting for that 600+ range and decided to go over the error log from OG11 to try and achieve this goal. Good luck.
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2008, 13:46
thank you guys for the reply. Yes I am rethinking my strategies. I have heard many people say that use LSAT for english. I also think I am doing poorly on the basics in math. I bought kaplan SAT's books and plan on doing them first.

Currently I am wroking in equity research at a small firm, have cleared the CFA level 1 but to make it to top investment banks I need the MBA
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2008, 13:54
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I am also planning to apply to UT Austin
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willbounceback wrote:
thank you guys for the reply. Yes I am rethinking my strategies. I have heard many people say that use LSAT for english. I also think I am doing poorly on the basics in math. I bought kaplan SAT's books and plan on doing them first.

Currently I am wroking in equity research at a small firm, have cleared the CFA level 1 but to make it to top investment banks I need the MBA

CFA L2 will do u better than an MBA.
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same thing happened to me. Got a 640, went into the test feeling unprepared even though I took a crash course and studied for about 2 months. Then retook it a month later, studying like mad, and got a 600.

I attribute my lower score to mental exhaustion. The gmat is a test you can study for, but what it boils down to is being fresh for the 3.5 hour test. I think that studying too hard, at least for me, hurt my score. I mean you don't have to be a math whiz to score over 44 on the quant and if you post a decent verbal you are over 700. Doing question after question is good practice, but in the end I think I did too many. Another big thing for me the second time around was that I kinda raced through the Q, trying to get to every question. I must have made a lot of dumb errors which cost me a 9 point drop in Q, 44 to 35.

I plan on taking it again march 1st, with some studying to refresh, and take my time through the quant.

My goal is as close to 700 as I can be.
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2008, 06:27
Guys......are you planning to apply for 2008 Fall?
Also does anyone have any info on MBA at UNC.
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2008, 12:35
also how would I improve my verbal. The highest so far on practice exams i have got is 40
real exam 30
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 11:59
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do you work in the finance industry
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Re: CANNOT BELEIVE IT [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2008, 13:39
hey bmwhype2
yes I do. I am working as a equity analyst at a small independent research shop and all my previous experience has been in the industry. Financial programmer at Mellon bank and 6 months in operations at Lehman prior to getting this job
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