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Feeling very discouraged, please help!! [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 05:45
Well, I took the first GMATPrep test for the first time last weekend and got a 520 :oops: I still wasn't too discouraged because my timing was completely off. For the math section, I had 17 questions left with 12 minutes remaining and I ended up guessing "C" on 10 straight questions (9 of which I got wrong). I believe my scale score was (Q35 V24) something like that, can't remember the exact score.

I took the same test again because I knew I missed alot of questions and would probably see new problems. This time I got a 590 :oops: (Q39 V31). This is very discouraging. I am aiming for 700 and I thought I was pretty prepared for the Quant section. But my score obviously doesn't show that. Also, I am very discouraged with the English score.

I started studing at the beginning of March and spent about 1-2 hours a night studying math and about 3 hours each on Sat and Sun working mainly with OG11 and doing some problems on this forum. I clearly need a better study plan.

But my main dilemma right now is that I have the test scheduled for May 21st and have 2 weeks left. Obviously 700 at this point is out of the question. Would you recommend that I reschedule the test for the additional $50 and move it to July? Some people have told me to go in and take the test anyway just to get the experience, but at this point seems like a waste of money. Please help!!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 06:00
My advice:

1. Reschedule

2. Plan to work on Verbal

3. For Quant, work on concepts and practice OG again while pacing yourself. Time each question and make sure you don't exceed some set time.

4. Buy the OG - quant review and verbal review
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 06:40
salr15,
I agree with Mishari on re-scheduling.
If you can afford timewise, then re-schedule.
Secondly, you may have realised that it takes some effort to get used to real GMAT questions (in this case, its proxy -GMATPrep). Work hard on your mistakes from GMATPrep. I recommend that you take each GMATPrep test at least 3 times. Also, using Club's search engine search for GMAT AND Prep, and go through all search results you are uncomfortable with. Furthermore, in Math section of GMATClub, Fig arranged questions according to type and difficulty.
Don't approach your preparation ad hoc and try to systematically address your weak points.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 06:51
salr15,

I experienced the same thing a week before my originally scheduled first attempt (to take place in Mar 27th). I rescheduled it at $50 extra and took it today.

I believe confidence is half of it. You lose confidence, you'll just spend more time on easy ones because you'll then be checking your answers for every single one of them. You have to be confident that the answer you choose is correct and move on. Time management is very important and it appears that you need more practice on it.

If I were you, I would definately reschedule it. You can experience real gmat through GMATPrep (the real thing has the same interface) with added "nervousness" :) Don't give away your first attempt that easily.

Good luck! :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 07:39
Thanks guys, just rescheduled for July 9th. Definitely need more practice on the questions. I agree ricokevin, confidence is very important. Second guessing yourself only wastes time and I think that comes with practice. This was my first time ever taking the GMATPrep which was a HUGE mistake. I didn't realize how the time constraint creates so much more pressure, doing the problems in the OG 11 book is much easier since you have unlimited time :-D .

Botirvoy I definitely will take your advise and use the search engine. I just realized they had this useful tool or I would have been using it all along :wink: . I actually really like the courses on this site, very helpful!! I need to spend some time on the Verbal courses, I definitely underestimated the GMAT verbal.

Mishari also thanks for the advise! I am definitely going to buy those books and please let me know if you know of any other useful books. There are so many books out there that it can get overwhelming trying to find one.

Ok, this wounded soldier is going back to the chalk board. Time to come up with a new plan, I have been spending a little more time looking at some of the success stories on this forum and seeing how they prepared to conquer the beast!! Thanks again guys for the great advise!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 09:34
Good luck salr15. Don't get discouraged. In one or two months you can raise you math a lot. Try to find a study partner if you can.
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