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Finally over... [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2007, 22:02
Yes, today was my real GMAT test day. I had been studying day and night, about 10 hours a day for about 2 and a half month and I did it today!

Well, it was much tougher than GMATprep or the OG quant section. I got 600 (Q45 and V28). I was expecting near 650 but today was not my day actually :-) Friday, the 13!!! :)

Last night, before I went to bed suddenly I had fever. It was not due to worry but may be it was due to overexertion of last few days and sudden weather changes here. I could not sleep until 4:00 am in the morning and woke up at 5:30 am, just 1 and a half hour sleep! I got ready for my test and went there (about 1 hour train ride). I was feeling unwell and feverish in the morning. But I didn't want to cancel my test.

My test started at 8:30 am and I didn't take any break. I was feeling so sick that I thought if I take a break perhaps I will not be able to do further. I have no problem with sitting and taking test for 4 hours. I was studying at home for more than 2 months and almost daily 4 to 5 hours at a stretch, then lunch and some rest and then again 4-5 hours.

Essays: Excellent! I could do both in given time. Essays made me feel little lighter and prepared me for my next Quant section.

Quant: I was doing really good in GMATPrep Math, getting 49 most of the time. I was pretty sure that I would land somewhere near this score. But the questions were very difficult. I have never seen such problems before. I have done OG -I and II (total 700 questions) more than two times. My speed was just fine.....no problem at all regarding speed.

Verbal: same level of difficulty as in OG. I was getting 27, 28 in GMATprep. No matter how hard I studied, I could never go up. I got 28 on real test.

I didn't know anything about GMAT before Jan-15th, 2007. I started studying from Feb, 2007. I also started preparing for my IELTS together. I touched Math after 20 years. Last time I did it in my High school.

I studied GMAT and IELTS both, almost 9 to 10 hours daily for about 2 and a half month (but no weekend studies due to family obligations).

I must thank this forum which is a must-do for all test-takers. I learnt many techniques. I thank to Fig, ricokevin, Amardeep, Kevincan, and many other friends who helped me a lot in Math questions.

Now my question is:
What does my score 600 mean? Does it show I am an average student? (My academic qualifications are top-class throughout).

The B-school I am going to apply requires 595 average score. Well, where do you see my chances of admission there? My GPA is 3.6 on scale 4. I have two master degrees, one in Computers and other in Education. I have two years of full-time work experience. I am expecting band score more than 7 in my IELTS.


It is 3:00 pm here. Now my daughter is back from her school. After giving her some snacks I am going to bed to take some rest. :-)

Thanks again!

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 00:41
Hi Summer3,

I think that the lack of sleep makes u under perform, for sure. I'm feeling sorry to read u on it... It's just sad to have it the night before the G Day. What were your practice test scores? If almost all are above 650, I would highly recommand u to give this GMAT another shot in 1 month :)

Concerning your chance to be in your target school, I think that your GMAT score would not be an issue. You are on the average of the school :)

Any way, best of luck for the next step ! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 00:58
Hi Fig!

Thanks for your reply! You are right. I was doing pretty good in prep tests and scoring near 650...especially Q49 most of the time....Verbal did not improve as I mentioned in one post.

I too feel that today my brain was not working at its real speed or capacity due to my sudden sickness. I was surprised too. Because tests never scare me, just a little nervous as compare to other people as I am taking many tests every year.

Last year I took Japanese Proficiency Level Test-3 and scored 86%, last to last year it was TEFL and I got 96%...., also SUN Java certification or so....but I never had such health problem like I had last night. I think this time I overstretched myself in order to get a good score which backfired me just before my big day :) ...anyways, I know if I didn't have this health problem I would have got more than 630 today but not more than 660-670. (I know where I stand :) )

But I thank to God that I didn't score in 500s (even 595 means a low score for me) :-D

I have no time left for my next attempt. My application deadline is May 7th and my B-School required me to appear in GMAT before April 20th.

Let's see if my application essays and my pretty high GPA with this average GMAT really help me to see myself in 2007 class
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Please keep in touch. I will inform you about my admission.

Thanks for your response. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 01:43
I see... The deadline is too near... :)

I think u have several positive points in your profil :)... Crossed fingers here & give your maximum, it will pay off ! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 01:53
Thanks Fig! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 08:04
Summer3,

I am impressed.... Congratulations! :-D
Given the circumstances you were in, I would not have been able to score 600. Rather I would not have been brave enough to think about taking the GMAT. You obviousy have not let your circumstances pull you down. You deserve to be proud :king and thank you for sharing your experience with us - This is inspirational, I suddenly feel as if I don't have much to focus on apart from the GMAT.

So your GMAT score's done its job to keep you in the race for admissions to your target B-School. The strength of the rest of your admission package is going to be the deciding factor for you - You have more control on that than on the GMAT. And you have quite a story to tell... go knock'em dead girl :arh
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 12:45
Congrats Summer, well done !!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2007, 15:47
Hey Summer,

That sounds like a competitive score for the program you are targeting. And you seem to have done quite well inspite of the fever and lack of sleep. Lack of sleep itself is known to bring down upto 100 points.

Good luck with the application!
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2007, 00:04
Thanks Vikramjeet, londonluddite and hsampath for your kind words! It is in deed help from friends like you and others in this forum which made me to go for it!

Thanks again. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2007, 07:07
Hi Summer3 :)

I think lack of sleep really got you. Nevertheless, congratz on ending your GMAT. I think 600 will keep you in the race and your academic background (3.6!! two masters!! + work exp.) should give you an edge. Best of luck in your application! :-D

To be honest, you would've done MUCH better had it weren't for the lack of sleep. I really think GMAT is also a test of stamina. Nearly 4 hrs!!

Btw, if you're living in Japan (I see you're applying to schools in Japan???), then you are closer geographically than I thought. I'm right next, in South Korea. :)

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2007, 15:33
Wow ricokevin! This forum really binds people from all over the world together!

Yes, I live in Japan but I am not a Japanese. :) What are you doing in Korea? Are you a student there, or moved to Korea for other purpose or a Korean? :)

You are right that GMAT is a test of stamina. Now I feel sorry for other people here who mentioned that they could not sleep just before the test. I can understand how it feels.

You too are going to take it in few days, right? My only advice is: please take proper rest at least one week before the test. This really makes a big difference!
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2007, 18:47
Summer3 wrote:
Wow ricokevin! This forum really binds people from all over the world together!

Yes, I live in Japan but I am not a Japanese. :) What are you doing in Korea? Are you a student there, or moved to Korea for other purpose or a Korean? :)

You are right that GMAT is a test of stamina. Now I feel sorry for other people here who mentioned that they could not sleep just before the test. I can understand how it feels.

You too are going to take it in few days, right? My only advice is: please take proper rest at least one week before the test. This really makes a big difference!


I'm Korean. :)
Been living here for about 4 yrs after living abroad for 11 yrs.
Attended an int'l school for my elementary, middle, and high school education. So I guess I'm half Korean. :)
I'm an undergrad, currently doing my mandatory military service.

Yes, I should practice getting good sleeps a week before the exam to gauge how I feel the next day.

My exam is early May. It was originally on March 27th but postponded it after sudden lack of confidence in math. I didn't want to go in there with uncertainties so I paid my $50.

I'm looking forward to writing a "feeling great" gmat experience post early May. :-D

Thank you for your help in my posts and for your advice.

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 [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2007, 00:55
Well 600 is not an excellent score but its not a bad score as well. you can say that its a descent score.This does not means that you are an average student. scores are not the indicators of whether one student is outstanding ,average or below average.I hope this helps

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 04:03
Thanks Javed for your comments. Since my school requires 595 as an average score I guess my application will be considered. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 04:06
Oh yes, I forgot to share one more news with my friends here.

I went to take my IELTS academic module test on March 31st and April 1st, just few days back. Today I got my result. My overall score is 7.5 in it. I got 7.5 in Reading, 7.5 in Listening, 7 in Writing and 8 in Speaking.

My school's requirement is 7 in IELTS. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 04:12
Summer3 wrote:
Oh yes, I forgot to share one more news with my friends here.

I went to take my IELTS academic module test on March 31st and April 1st, just few days back. Today I got my result. My overall score is 7.5 in it. I got 7.5 in Reading, 7.5 in Listening, 7 in Writing and 8 in Speaking.

My school's requirement is 7 in IELTS. :)


Excellent ! :)... All is green now, u can go ahead :D :)
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Thanks Fig. :)
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Yes!!!! I got my AWA essay score today and it is 5.5 (87%). I am very happy with my analytical writing score :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2007, 20:45
My result is here!!! I applied to only IUJ, Japan (my dream B-School) and I am going to join it this year :-)

I thank you all my friends here especially fig, ricokevin and many others for their great help and support.

Many many thanks!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2007, 22:29
He he ! :D :D :)

Excellent news ! :)... Your journey is finally done ! :D :D :).... Congratulations !.... All the best for your life ! :D :)

Note that u could still stay with us ;) :)
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