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HELP- Nervous Breakdown [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 05:55
I basically needed to hit 690 or above. I studied for a good amount of time (OG, kaplan 800, kaplan, the 70 questions offered by the gmat club) and felt confident about the exam. A month ago I did the two gmatprep exams and scored a 680 and 670. I doing decent in quant and really well in verbal, so I was pretty confident that at the low end I would get a 650 on the exam and then take it again with a revised strategy (if i had to). I also was not too worried about the pressure of the exam because i've performed well on both the CPA and CFA exams.

As soon as the AWA section started I COMPLETELY froze. I could not think for the entire exam. I can't believe it's possible for the human mind to completely implode. In retrospect, I definitely should have cancelled my score. a 590. Yes, it's not a horrible score, but I am applying to some of the top schools and that won't cut it.

I am obviously going to take it again (and a third time if needed), but I am freaking out. Does this happen to people who then go on to score well? Does anyone have any advice as to a new strategy? My biggest problem was that I could not focus on the exam. At all. I am ADD as it is, so....

HELP!?! I even did horrible on verbal and that has always been my saving grace...
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 06:07
CfaMiami,

Yes it was defenitely not ur day. My advise would be to focus on building confidence along with steady practice. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Basically don't force the issue. Getting a good score on GMAT requires effort and patience. Since your probably will take the test again:
1. Allow some time to get over ur test experience. Schedule ur test say 4-5 weeks from now
2. Allow some time for concepts to settle into ur mind. Be it Quant or SCs.. CRs/RCs... Go over the concepts several times
3. Work on each of the areas everyday. say a few DS, PS, CR, RC, SCs..
4. Don't hate any section. Develop a liking for each type of question..
5. Practice visualizing urself doing well on the test and scoring a 690+ every day before going to sleep.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 06:10
If I were you, I would aim to take it in exactly 31 days, soas to remember as much as you can from your current studying. I would, however, save several fresh practice tests that you have not seen at all for a few days before the exam. MGMAT, PR.... between those two alone, there are 7+ practice tests. And perhaps even to a hard reload of the GMATPrep a couple days out. It doesn't sound like you did any practice tests the week before the exam, and I think that probably hurt you. Just my observations. Alot of the people who hit 700+ on this forum seem to take tests within the several days of the exam soas to maximize their timing.

Good luck! And, remember... this test will be totally wiped out, since most all schools take the highest score.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 10:41
thanks i appreciate it. i did all the kaplan cd tests and scored 550 550 570 570, so i thought i would do much better on the real thing since the kap test is supposed to be harder.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2006, 08:49
For what its worth, I'd advise you to concentrate on GMATPrep or PowerPrep instead of Kaplan. Kaplan isn't a good predictor of your actual performance.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2006, 15:23
I'd say take it easy on yourself. You should reschedule the test in some time that gives you sufficient time to go over the concepts (but more importantly, give you more confidence) yet does not extinguish the fire in your belly.

I'd say this would be typically 4-6 weeks for me, but could be more or less for you.

Besides, its important not to set targets, and think of objectives goals and final score when you're taking the test. Take one question at a time. I know its easier said than done, but practice would do you good on this one.

Wish you luck in your next attempt.
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