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How I failed GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 14:52
I am too stressed now to write something coherent, I am thinking about everything and nothing simultaneously...
I need a minimum of 650 to be accepted at Rotman, Schulich and Wilfred Laurie I am looking at. I scored 640 at the exam 1 hour ago...
Math part was very stressful, I encountered a couple of question types I've never seen before. One of the was sudoku-like, another was a table and one more ridiculous geometry question, which didn't have 180-sec solution at the first sight. I am sure that I had at least 12-14 DS questions, most of them coming in a raw. Difficulty - I would not say that I saw even 1 question at 750+ comparing to Bunuel's pickings (except unknown questions mentioned above). My perception was that I following a constant flaw of 650-700 GMAT questions. Eventually, despite my anxiety, Math part came up to Q49. I was working with Manhattan 8 books pack and CATs. For sure, real GMAT is easier than that. And, of course, gmatclub 700+ questions are harder.
But Verbal part completely destroyed me. I can hardly remember even one obvious answer, which you can pick without hesitation in 30 sec in either SC, RC or CR. I am sure that I saw at least two correct "being" usage in SC. I didn't even have a feeling of the difficulty. It was constantly "WTF is going on", which I sometimes experience on 700+ questions. I believe that first of all, I failed on SC, which I find many times harder than that from Manhattan: they were time consuming and testing on meaning and tense at once; only a couple of times I made a decent split based on idioms or other obvious mistakes. English is not my native thus verbal was never my strongest part, however I have never scored bellow 30... CRs were slightly harder than I expected, RC were at expected level.

I don't know if I should retake an exam or apply as is.
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Re: How I failed GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 19:15
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Seems like very little difference between 650 and 640.

I understand that it is very annoying and tragic to be short by just 10 points. I would suggest to focus on your applications and plan to submit as is. If you have time, and can wait 31 days, then you can show up and take the test again without much prep and chances are, you will get 650+

Another strategy could be to brush up a bit and focus on a few things - you should be able to easily raise your score by 20-40 points.

I think you are in a decent shape. You did not win this one but the victory is DEFINITELY within reach and should be yours in a month :)

Take a rest and good luck!
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Re: How I failed GMAT [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2013, 12:08
bb wrote:
Seems like very little difference between 650 and 640.

I understand that it is very annoying and tragic to be short by just 10 points. I would suggest to focus on your applications and plan to submit as is. If you have time, and can wait 31 days, then you can show up and take the test again without much prep and chances are, you will get 650+

Another strategy could be to brush up a bit and focus on a few things - you should be able to easily raise your score by 20-40 points.

I think you are in a decent shape. You did not win this one but the victory is DEFINITELY within reach and should be yours in a month :)

Take a rest and good luck!


I want to thank everybody related to this forum. It was a great help to me. I enjoyed sharing my GMAT-ideas and felt the enthusiasm of people involved in GMAT-discussions.
I got admitted in Rotman School of Management for the Master's of Finance program for the Fall of 2013 intake. It is a little bit sad, but I think I will not come back to GMAT again (it will be always in my heart).
CFA is the next stop.
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Re: How I failed GMAT [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2013, 12:16
fukirua wrote:
bb wrote:
Seems like very little difference between 650 and 640.

I understand that it is very annoying and tragic to be short by just 10 points. I would suggest to focus on your applications and plan to submit as is. If you have time, and can wait 31 days, then you can show up and take the test again without much prep and chances are, you will get 650+

Another strategy could be to brush up a bit and focus on a few things - you should be able to easily raise your score by 20-40 points.

I think you are in a decent shape. You did not win this one but the victory is DEFINITELY within reach and should be yours in a month :)

Take a rest and good luck!


I want to thank everybody related to this forum. It was a great help to me. I enjoyed sharing my GMAT-ideas and felt the enthusiasm of people involved in GMAT-discussions.
I got admitted in Rotman School of Management for the Master's of Finance program for the Fall of 2013 intake. It is a little bit sad, but I think I will not come back to GMAT again (it will be always in my heart).
CFA is the next stop.


Congrats!! From what I hear - CFA is pretty tough as well, but I'm not sure it'll be as difficult as the GMAT stuff is - especially if you're interested in finance!

Good luck at Rotman!
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Re: How I failed GMAT   [#permalink] 13 Mar 2013, 12:16
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