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# Huge drop on GMATprep, 3 days left untill the GMAT. Help!

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18 Apr 2012, 02:34
Hey guys, I've got a huge issue and I'm starting to panic. I already took the GMAT once in january and due to the poor performance on quant I scored 500 (q:31, V:29).
Since then I went through the OG 12 quant and verbal again, studied the MGMAT SC book, and MGMAT geometry and inequalities books. I also did the MGMAT CATs and my score was around 660 with a decent quant around 45. Afterwards I did the GMATprep 1, scored something lower and went through the questions I got wrong. Afterwards I retook the GMATprep 1 and got a better score.

MGMAT1: 600 (q43, v30)
MGMAT2: 620 (q40, v35)
MGMAT3: 660 (q44, v36)
MGMAT4: 660 (q45, v35)
MGMAT5: 640 (q42, v35)

GMATprep 1: 630 (q38, v38)
GMATprep 1: 710 (q46, v40) retake

AND TODAY:

GMATprep 2: 580 (q36, v34)

I'm really desperate and starting to panic, I'm taking the GMAT in 3 days (saturday) and even though I practiced quant I keep scoring lower and lower. Where is the problem?
I really need to score above 650 on saturday, until a week ago I thought that it would be possible, but today after the GMATprep I lost all of my confidence and I'm truly desperate.

I would appreciate any advice, but the main thing I'm wondering, after these scores is if there is even a slight possibility that I could score over 650 on saturday? The quant is clearly the problem here, but is there anything else I could do? I mean, I scored well on MGMATs, did the OG, went through the questions I got wrong, and after all of this my score just keeps dropping. What am I supposed to do in these 3 days in order to at least return where I was with my score?

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18 Apr 2012, 03:02
I have struggled with GMATprep 2 as well. Scored lower than on GMATprep 1.

If I were you, I would do 1-2 GMATprep 1 sessions and see what score you get.

Even if it's lower, don't panic - you consistently had good MGMAT scores.

The last thing you want to do is panicking on the last few days before the exam!
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18 Apr 2012, 03:14
jfk wrote:
I have struggled with GMATprep 2 as well. Scored lower than on GMATprep 1.

If I were you, I would do 1-2 GMATprep 1 sessions and see what score you get.

Even if it's lower, don't panic - you consistently had good MGMAT scores.

The last thing you want to do is panicking on the last few days before the exam!

I redid the GMATprep 1 yesterday and got a 710 (q46, v40) I mean there were some repeated questions but still a bunch of new ones, that's why I'm so upset about all of this. You're right I shouldn't panic but it's simply that I feel so disappointed, from today's score it seems like I didn't study quant at all, which is exactly the opposite.

I think I'll go through GMATprep 2 questions and check for errors, afterwards I'll take it one more time the day before the exam and see what I get.

In the meanwhile would it be better to go through MGMAT quant questions that I got wrong or through OG and quantitative review questions that I didn't do well?
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18 Apr 2012, 03:34
At this point, your best bet would be to use the official material only, if you have already exhausted the OGs, then you can go through the compilation of questions from gmatprep by whiplash on this forum.
All d very best.
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18 Apr 2012, 04:08
independentm wrote:
Hey guys, I've got a huge issue and I'm starting to panic. I already took the GMAT once in january and due to the poor performance on quant I scored 500 (q:31, V:29).
Since then I went through the OG 12 quant and verbal again, studied the MGMAT SC book, and MGMAT geometry and inequalities books. I also did the MGMAT CATs and my score was around 660 with a decent quant around 45. Afterwards I did the GMATprep 1, scored something lower and went through the questions I got wrong. Afterwards I retook the GMATprep 1 and got a better score.

MGMAT1: 600 (q43, v30)
MGMAT2: 620 (q40, v35)
MGMAT3: 660 (q44, v36)
MGMAT4: 660 (q45, v35)
MGMAT5: 640 (q42, v35)

GMATprep 1: 630 (q38, v38)
GMATprep 1: 710 (q46, v40) retake

AND TODAY:

GMATprep 2: 580 (q36, v34)

I'm really desperate and starting to panic, I'm taking the GMAT in 3 days (saturday) and even though I practiced quant I keep scoring lower and lower. Where is the problem?
I really need to score above 650 on saturday, until a week ago I thought that it would be possible, but today after the GMATprep I lost all of my confidence and I'm truly desperate.

I would appreciate any advice, but the main thing I'm wondering, after these scores is if there is even a slight possibility that I could score over 650 on saturday? The quant is clearly the problem here, but is there anything else I could do? I mean, I scored well on MGMATs, did the OG, went through the questions I got wrong, and after all of this my score just keeps dropping. What am I supposed to do in these 3 days in order to at least return where I was with my score?

you have learnt the mistakes and doing the corrections.
your 580 score of 'today' shows you are stressred and you are allowing yourself to be panicked.
i experienced the same. i decided to take my gmat in May and really worked hard but the scores went down.
with everyone's suggestion, i postponed it and you wont beleive did well with practice test.
dont let it happen to you. last two days are just to revise.
just relax,
be confident.
you are going to score great. all the best!
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18 Apr 2012, 08:47
kashishh wrote:

you have learnt the mistakes and doing the corrections.
your 580 score of 'today' shows you are stressred and you are allowing yourself to be panicked.
i experienced the same. i decided to take my gmat in May and really worked hard but the scores went down.
with everyone's suggestion, i postponed it and you wont beleive did well with practice test.
dont let it happen to you. last two days are just to revise.
just relax,
be confident.
you are going to score great. all the best!

Thank you for the support man!

I was indeed a bit stressed during the ''today's'' practice exam, I started well in math and on the end did a bunch of careless mistakes, now that I've revised all those questions again I did most of the questions correctly without even looking at the answers. I feel a bit more confident now, but still there is a lot to do.

However I will follow your advice, which I also read on many topics, I will practice until friday at noon (the day before the GMAT), and in the afternoon and in the evening I'll try to relax and stay calm as much as possible.

This is my last chance to score above 650 in order to apply for my studies this year so hopefully with a bit of luck it will turn well. Will post a debrief right after the exam on saturday!

P.S. Congrats on your GMAT, I believe that the feeling when it's finally over must be awesome
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18 Apr 2012, 09:12
you are always going to see bumps up and down on your score. especially this early, just focus on our strengths and good luck on the real thing!
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18 Apr 2012, 10:04
Sounds like you need to relax. At this point you know what you know. Go through some of your weaknesses and read the science section of the NY Times. Don't try and cover everything the last few days and don't pull any all-nighters you'll just burn out. Focus on not making careless errors.
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18 Apr 2012, 11:33
destroyerofgmat wrote:
Sounds like you need to relax. At this point you know what you know. Go through some of your weaknesses and read the science section of the NY Times. Don't try and cover everything the last few days and don't pull any all-nighters you'll just burn out. Focus on not making careless errors.

I'll try to go mostly through my weaknesses.
One curious thing however is that on the Verbal,even though I studied only from MGMAT SC, I get mostly the SC questions wrong. I don't know if that's something good or not.

I'll go over some chapters of the MGMAT SC and redo the OG SC problems and hope for the best on the test day.
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