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I took my first GMAT today and didn't do nearly as well as I expected. My last 4 practice tests were 700, 720, 720, and 720 (gmat prep, 2 MGMAT & 1 more Gmat prep) so I went in confident.
First I screwed up on my essays which didn't lead me into quant with a good head. I thought I recovered and got through the section with 10 min to spare. I thought it was one of my best quant performances......
I went into verbal excited that I could get a very high overall score. Even when my quant isn't so great my verbal score usually saves me. This self imposed pressure screwed me up at the beginning and I second guessed myself a lot. Near the end I regained my composure and I though that I ended the section very stong.
I went through the blah blah blah questions at the end and clicked the score option. I couldn't wait to see my score and then it finally popped up. 680 (Q46 V38). damn it. Although this isn't a bad score, obviously it wasn't what I was hoping for especially since I thought my performance was good today. I felt my face turn red and my hand was shaking as I checked out. Then I felt like I was going to puke while walking to my car.
I've isolated myself for 2 months and lost weight from not eating right and not working out to get my lowest score ever? WTF?
Anyways, I'm not applying this year so I'm going to take the test again. I'm going to focus on DS and SC because those are my weaknesses. I'm going to drill this gmat crap into my head until I get the score I want.
You are in fine shape since you aren't applying this year. 680 is much better starting point than a lot of people going or a second attempt. Take a break from studying, relax and refresh yourself. Then hit it hard again for a month or two.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...