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Completely devastated after my GMAT experience.. (480)

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Completely devastated after my GMAT experience.. (480) [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2013, 08:07
Hi everybody!

This is my first post here even though I have been reading a lot here. Today I did GMAT for the first time and after a devastating result I feel that I am in great need of your support to be able to tackle this experience and aim for a great improvement.

My first encounter with the GMAT was about one year ago. I had got the Kaplan Premier as a christmas present. I did some questions and a few CAT and got 540 at the best.

Because of intense studying this fall I was left with about 1,5 week before my GMAT today. I am aware of that this is not optimal but because of a deadline 15/1-2014 for my school of interest i figured that i would be able to do it again in "Worst case scenario" (which I apparently ended up in).

Due to shortage of time I decided to drop Kaplan and focus solely on GMAC material and bought the following;

Quant (Did about 150 PS and 60 DS)
Verbal (Ended up only reading the test-strategies)
OG
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I thought to myself that the first thing to do is a GMATprep to figure out where my weaknesses were;

First test (Before intense studying of GMAT related stuff)
IR 7/81%
Q 32/30 %
V 35/74 %
->570

I was quite surprised with my verbal score (Not being a native speaker), and because of my aim 600-650 (MiM) I thought to myself that this could be done! Especially because of that the Quant was low and which i consider easier to develop in 1,5 week.

I did ONLY PS problems for a couple of days and got a;

2:
IR 5/52%
Q 40/ 52%
V 33/ 67 %
->600

I was clearly happy with my improvement but were worrying about my lowered verbal. But since my weakness still was quant i continued doing PS and started doing some DS for a couple of days. Yesterday I took another GMATprep and scored;

Third GMATprep;

IR 4/37%
Q 42/57%
V 30/56%
->600

I had actually managed to equalize my scores. Even though I was a bit disappointed about my verbal i thought to myself that I will manage it tomorrow.

Exam day(Today):
IR 5/52%
Q 36/ 38%
V 21/25 %
->480 :cry:

What happened? I was in CHOCK while seeing the score on the screen... And now I am so embarrassed :oops: , I have told so many people about the D-day and I don't want to tell anyone about my score.

What could have gone wrong? What should i do to be better next time?

I can't decide yet wether i should book another exam in a month or just wait for next years round... I have done my Bachelor in Business in two years instead of standard 3 and i am considering doing a double degree in economics during the year instead..

If anyone have any input I would be thankful!

Thank You!
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Re: Completely devastated after my GMAT experience.. (480) [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 08:22
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Due to shortage of time I decided to drop Kaplan and focus solely on GMAC material and bought the following;

Quant (Did about 150 PS and 60 DS)
Verbal (Ended up only reading the test-strategies)
OG
Exam pack


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Re: Completely devastated after my GMAT experience.. (480)   [#permalink] 13 Dec 2013, 08:22
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