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First experience... time to get the bull by the horns

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First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 03:20
Hi everyone,
I have been a silent reader for the past month, and now I belive is a good time to jump in and make my first post. I took my first Gmat exam yesterday and unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get the score I was aiming for and will be retaking it in one month from now.

I got a 630 with a split of 40Q 34V.

I was really confident on my skills and knowledge, since I had been scoring between 660 and 750 on Gmatprep tests the previews week to my exam day.

As a non native English speaker I knew that V was going to be my weakness in the exam, but I know I could have done much better than that.

My exam day experience:

I was actually relax and positive about my chances of getting a 660+. Half way through the Quant I started to feel the need of taking a “bio break”, as time passed that need just became painful; I had 15 questions left and about 32ish min to go, the need to take a piss right away made me rush through those last questions which I’m sure made my score drop significantly (no shit Sherlock, as some might think :P).

After that everything just went down the road, I couldn’t stop thinking that I was going to get a bad score on Q because of those last questions, this made me lose my concentration on the part of the exam I knew I was weaker.

Yesterday I was kind of wasted and felt really disappointed, but after a good night sleep, I believe I have come stronger from this exam experience and with a very valuable lesson learned (make sure to empty the deposit before the exam j\k), if I had focused on the verbal instead of undermining myself about the previous section, I could have score better and maybe avoid retaking it.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and hope the lesson I learn helps others even if it is common sense :P


Ps. For that exam I cover the OG 11th and the OG verb and quat books, also did some of the gmatclub tests, what material should I get to start/continue with my Gmat prep?
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 07:18
Did you have too much coffee before the test? (because caffeine can do this for people).
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 07:48
Fijisurf wrote:
Did you have too much coffee before the test? (because caffeine can do this for people).


Mmm interesting, well I had 2 coffees before the exam (with in 2 houres), will take it into account for my next try xD.

Thanks for the tip.
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 07:57
you seem like you got a lot of jokes buddy. that's a good thing. most folks come in here drappy and sad from their failure. good to see you got a positive attitude about it. V is definitely my weakness as well. I would start with ManhattanGMAT and Kaplan. At least that's what I used (not that I'm a role model or anything) :-)
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 08:19
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I was really confident on my skills and knowledge, since I had been scoring between 660 and 750 on Gmatprep tests the previews week to my exam day.


Is this meant to imply a 660 on GMATPREP1 and a 750 on GMATPREP2 the first time you took each test? If so, then your actual ability is definitely much higher than the score you received; however, if you received these scores on retakes of the GMATPREP then your practice scores could be unnaturally inflated.
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 11:22
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I was really confident on my skills and knowledge, since I had been scoring between 660 and 750 on Gmatprep tests the previews week to my exam day.


Is this meant to imply a 660 on GMATPREP1 and a 750 on GMATPREP2 the first time you took each test? If so, then your actual ability is definitely much higher than the score you received; however, if you received these scores on retakes of the GMATPREP then your practice scores could be unnaturally inflated.


Kind of, I took the Prep1 3 weeks ago and score 670 and took the prep2 2 weeks ago and score a 700, so yeah as you correctly pointed out, I was getting inflated score due to repeated exercises.

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you seem like you got a lot of jokes buddy. that's a good thing. most folks come in here drappy and sad from their failure. good to see you got a positive attitude about it. V is definitely my weakness as well. I would start with ManhattanGMAT and Kaplan. At least that's what I used (not that I'm a role model or anything) :-)


Well what could I say, I rather see it with some perspective than be depressed about it, especially when I will be taking it again in 1 month and I'm sure I will get the score I'm looking for.
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 14:23
adda boy that's attitude :-)

gonna do the GMAT for the third time here in a bit. Definitely by far, taking longer than expected. Be glad, at least you still got resources out there. I've almost depleted all of my mine.
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Re: First experience... time to get the bull by the horns [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 17:44
I had similar situation during GRE exam few years back when I almost vomited during the test. I had heavy breakfast which made me nauseous. Now that I've learnt from my mistakes, I'll be very careful about food items to eat before test to avoid nausea due to test pressure.
I appreciate your attitude. Good luck for GMAT prep.
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