I lurked around these formus throughout my study process, but never posted...until today. I really really really need some advice...
I just took the GMAT today for the 2nd time. The first time was November 2002 - I took a Kaplan course
and then took the test. I received a score that was well below my expectation (540). After spending time thinking about the test, I realized that my error was in my preparation. Just like others, I too focused on quantity over quality. I figured the more problems I did...the better. Because my error was so glaring, I decided to get back on the study boat and try again.
The second time, I tried to not make the same mistake twice. I made a detailed error binder. I typed every question that I missed and the explanation. I reviewed each problem. If there was one that I didn't understand, I found someone to help (my boyfriend is a genius at math - 790 GMAT). I took the test today and felt very as though I could handle the majority of the questions.
The result - a 530! Even worse than when I took the test 3 years ago. My practice tests were 540 Kaplan
(4 times the same score) and 660 Powerprep (4 tests - used my 2 year old CD and the new CD that is mailed to you). Looking at the results, the glaring error is now math (24 percentile!) whereas my verbal is OK 75 percentile. I know I messed up the first 2 questions because of STUPID NERVOUS ERRORS.
My goal is a to get a 630 - 660 and I felt that my powerprep scores indicated that this was possible. However, now I'm just so confused...I really believe that nerves got the best of me during my quant section (as I knew that quant would be the section to "make or break" me).
Now, I'm not sure what to do. I know I can retake the test (for the 3rd time), but am not sure if 3 times is looked down upon by grad schools. I'm also not sure how to approach the restudy process as I've already tried the class. I've tried using the class materials and studying on my own. I'm also not sure how much time to take in between tests...from my scores, it seems like I have a lot of work to do in math and I'm just not sure how to learn this material (as class did not work and my own teaching did not work). I'm just at a loss for a plan. I have no idea how to approach and I have no idea how much time to spend on the approach.
My background is great - I have a job as an Assistant Brand Manager at a major CPG company (I'm the only one with no MBA and we hire from top 15 schools - Northwestern, UCLA, Wharton, etc). I have a very successflu sports background where I have received many nice awards. I also volunteer every week. My managers (Kellogg & Wharton grads) feel that I am material for a top 5 school. They just don't know how bad my GMAT scores are. I realize I would be laughed away with my scores and just can't bring myself to tell them how low my scores are. I could always go part time as my company will pay for a portion of it. I just feel like I would have more opportunities if I went to major school. My gut tells me to try again...
Any advice? Anyone have a study plan to conquer math? Anyone know of anyone who took the test 3 times and was accepted to a major program? I'm not one who gives up, but I just am not sure if I can solve this one!!
Help please -