Hey guys, I just need to vent a little bit, and could certainly use some inspiration....
Quick background story: I originally planned to enroll in a local business school this fall, and I needed to take the GMAT to finalize my enrollment. It is a solid regional school, but certainly not a top school, and I knew I only needed around 500 to get accepted. I signed up to take the GMAT in June, and the only preparation I did beforehand was one GMATPrep practice test (scored 590). On the actual test, I ended up scoring 610 (39Q, 36V).
Long story short, I decided that I would not enroll in the local program this fall, but rather put in some serious effort to try and get a better score and get in to a top program. Since the beginning of July, i've been studying using Kaplan Premier
07, Kaplan 800
, and OG 11th edition. I am working full-time, but I have been diligent in my efforts and have been putting in 2-3 hours of studying every weekday and 4-6 hours each weekend day.
I am signed up to retake the GMAT on 9/18, and I am almost finished with the OG (have finished the other two books). I decided that I would take 6 GMATPrep practice tests in the last week or so before the actual test so I could gauge my progress and also become comfortable with the length of the test. I took my first practice test last night and scored.......600 (42Q, 31V).
Right now I am truly devastated and I don't know what to do. I'm not sure if I should keep going or just give up. I was certain that I had improved in all aspects of the GMAT, but apparently it was all a mirage. I had a lot of stress yesterday from a variety of sources (girlfriend was sick, car problems, computer problems before practice test, Chiefs lost....), but i'm not sure that would totally explain this disaster.
I have the feeling that I have wasted the past three months of my life, and I feel like a fool for putting in all this work for nothing. I'm really not sure what I am going to do from here, I guess I will probably keep going since i've gone this far, but I am distraught and I feel like a failure.
Sorry for the depressing post, but like I said I just need to vent.