Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:
Disappointed with my score 630 (Q 47, V30) [#permalink]
22 Mar 2006, 08:04
i thought today would change my life, but my life hasnt even budged a little. Feeling horrible. I thought I had prepared well.
Verbal has really brought me down, and quant isnt very good either. I mainly focussed on OG 10. Did Princeton and PP tests where I scored in 700's in all of them!!
Only yesterday, I thought I would take the GMATPrep and that really caught me unawares. Before taking the test I had thought that GMATPrep and PowerPrep were not very different. But when I took both GMATPrep tests i could score only 690 and 640. This really brought my confidence down. The real test is very similar to GMATPrep and nothing like Powerprep. PP is too easy !!
I prepared SC with MGMAT and used OG for CR and RC. I am bad at RC. But dont know how to improve that. I thought I was good at SC and CR, but I felt getting stuck at almost every SC and CR question(though I find it quite easy in the OG) . I got 4 RC passages. I saw a long passage towards the 34th question and hoped that I was doing well. But obviously I was not.
The real GMAT is much more difficult than I ever expected. Both quant and verbal questions were difficult, not like OG10.
I am totally confused and lost. I do not want to spend all this time and money again and have lost all my self confidence. feeling shattered and lost.
Last edited by remgeo on 23 Mar 2006, 09:44, edited 1 time in total.
buddy, you're just 70 points away the elite range, please don't feel too diffident!! I think you did well in your practice tests, just that the two GMATprep pulled you down and consequently influenced your mental status on the test day. Many people here said that the mood during the test day is very critical to the outcome.
Just rest a while, don't mourn over the broken eggs, recall what you couldn't do well, what's the weak point, then give it another try!!
Remember that many members here didn't score well twice or even three times but finally they still got what they're deserved after so much endeavor and persistence.
Cheer up, buddy~!
Actual tough or tricky than practice test [#permalink]
22 Mar 2006, 09:15
I wrote the test a week back and got 640. Had the same experience as yours. I completely agree with you in that the actual exam is tougher and tricky than the practice tests. Anyway, dont worry on what happened. Lets try to do our best the next time.
I want to give it another shot, but dont know what to do different this time. The quant section, I think, the same level of difficulty can be matched only in this site. My basics are pretty okay, so I think I can manage with going through problems in this site. But I dont know what to do about verbal. I think I am too familiar with the OG questions to use that as a study guide.
SC i agree, that we can sharpen basics by going to MGMAT guide. But what about CR and RC. How can I improve on that?
I still cant believe I scored so low on Verbal. many people feel Verbal is same level as OG, but I felt it was much more difficult. CRs in OG are pretty straight forward, but these ones were twisted. In 3 or maybe more situations, I was debating between 2 choices both of which I felt were right. Sc was also more complicated that OG. RC has always been a nightmare, so no comments on that. But passages except one were pretty okay.Maybe because of my low scoring. So I am not able to understand how difficult the SC and CR will be for good scores
Does anybody know tests that are similar to GMATPrep in terms of diffiulty level? Kaplan I feel is a different wavelength. So I dont want to be doing that. Any thoughts?
were the quanitative sections same as OG problem? Could you please share it? I am planning to study KAPLAN, OG and KAPLAN math review for PS and DS . Do you guys think it is enough?
You can get your basics from OG, but the questions are a lot more trickier than OG. If you take a GMATPrep, you will get an exact idea about the difficulty level of questions.
well a lot of people who scored above 700 and did face hard bin questions have claimed that the real GMAT is much more tougher than GMATPrep....forget PowerPrep.......i dont know why ETS is making GMAT so hard....but based on what people are saying, Quant is very very tough... SC are very long as well as confusing....no more "relative pronoun", "subject verb" errors....CR are also way more tougher than OGs......RC are short but confusing....it is so unfair that people who took test before 2006 faced easy exams......
Keep hope! I'm a living example of someone who had 3500+ posts before I wrote the exam... again. It did change my life in the end and you can do it too. I only got low 600 in my first attempt and ended up getting 710 in the end. Keep your chin up and fight again if you want to get a higher score. B-school and life is all about that in the end. _________________
I think to score well on Verbal section we need more practice and practice questions are available in the 1000 SC,CR, RC document.
I agree with you on SC - that MGMAT SC guide is good but applying them when we actually face the questions is more important.
We need to get tuned to reading long passages, working on verbal questions for a long a time - this should increase our verbal scores by a few points.
Yes, I was also thinking of focussing on these documents. Hope that will help to improve.
Thanks all for your wishes. I think I'll rest for two days and start all over again. I'm going to give one more shot to this exam before giving up.
Do you know when I can take my Gmat again. Is there any specified time gap to retake the exam?
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...