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GMAT retake : bombed the verbal [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 08:42
Took my gmat the second time yesterday after 2 months of intense practice. in my sample tests - Manhattan GMAT and PowerPrep i was consistently hitting 700-750.

The highest i hit in verbal was 45 and the lowest was 38.

Yesterday i felt my quant go very well. I took a break after quant, came back and told myself i can do this. Everything seemed to go well. i didnt get the feeling that i was not doing the test well.

I had 4 RC, i know i got 2 of them almost completely right- or so it seemed. One was in the last 10 questions so it could have gone either way. When i submitted my score i was agahst to see 31 , 58 percentile on verbal. quant was 48 for a total of 650. 10 less than last time. I couldnt believe my eyes.

My MGMAT verbal raw scores in the order i took the tests (44, 37,38,40,43,45) Powerprep (38,39)

In my last powerprep i had 6 mistakes and yet only 39. All in all this has been the most disappointing day in my life.
I have applied to R4 at Haas and was hoping to report stellar scores.

A third retake doesnt sound too promising. What do you think i should do now? I would like to hear your suggestions.
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Re: GMAT retake : bombed the verbal [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 09:36
I'm sorry to hear about the drop in your verbal score man!
About the retake - I think you should go for it. But before you start preparing for your next attempt, take a few days off to refresh your mind buddy.
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Re: GMAT retake : bombed the verbal [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 19:19
mbafall2011 wrote:
Took my gmat the second time yesterday after 2 months of intense practice. in my sample tests - Manhattan GMAT and PowerPrep i was consistently hitting 700-750.

The highest i hit in verbal was 45 and the lowest was 38.

Yesterday i felt my quant go very well. I took a break after quant, came back and told myself i can do this. Everything seemed to go well. i didnt get the feeling that i was not doing the test well.

I had 4 RC, i know i got 2 of them almost completely right- or so it seemed. One was in the last 10 questions so it could have gone either way. When i submitted my score i was agahst to see 31 , 58 percentile on verbal. quant was 48 for a total of 650. 10 less than last time. I couldnt believe my eyes.

My MGMAT verbal raw scores in the order i took the tests (44, 37,38,40,43,45) Powerprep (38,39)

In my last powerprep i had 6 mistakes and yet only 39. All in all this has been the most disappointing day in my life.
I have applied to R4 at Haas and was hoping to report stellar scores.

A third retake doesnt sound too promising. What do you think i should do now? I would like to hear your suggestions.



Sorry to hear about verbal. I am sure you just had an off day.

What materials did you use for the quant section? Your score seems solid there.
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Re: GMAT retake : bombed the verbal [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2011, 08:44
Im so confused! Everything seems like a bad dream, i cant fathom how i can fall from 45-44 raw score range to 31. And its not like i felt like i was doing bad.

There are a couple of things i did in my preparation this time around:

I used the Kaplan 800 book which is good for some areas. Also, i paid attention to the advanced sections in MGMAT series. I did about 8 gmat challenge tests and i usually scored around 29-32 out of 37.

Is there any other free test i can take now to get an accurate estimate of my true potential? I have exhausted all 6 Manhattan GMAT questions and powerprep exams.

I guess i could reset my powerprep and do it again but id prefer some fresh material. Anyway, i dont want to make any irrational decisions on the retake. I thought ill let a week pass and then regroup and re-evaluate.

This seems like the worst phase of my life. Thanks to this club i can atleast vent my ramblings somewhere.
Im so sick of hearing "it is just a test". Is it really?
Re: GMAT retake : bombed the verbal   [#permalink] 21 Mar 2011, 08:44
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