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# Humpty Dumpty had a great fall (650 to 560)-Suggestions Pls

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28 Jul 2009, 23:12
Hello Everyone,

I took my actual GMAT yesterday and scored a dismal 560. Here is how much I had prepared for the test.

After 7 long years of no studying, I went back to books in January of this year. Since, I had not studied quant for more than 10 years, I found very difficult to even understand the concepts, let alone solving the questions. So, I joined some reputed local tutorials. The tutorials did help me alot in getting familiarized with Maths again. But during this time, along with work, there was not enough time to know exactly where I stood.

My preparation was mostly from OG 11(all 3 books) and the local tutorial's material. After 3 months, I was ready to face full length tests. I took 4 Kaplan Tests, more than 4 GMATprep Tests(reinstalled more than twice), 4 Princeton Review and a couple of Baron's and Arco. During all these tests, my scored always ranged between 600 and 650 except for Kaplan wherein I never scored above 590 with a minimum of 560. I was confident enough to atleast atleast get a score of 620+.

I was extremely nervous when I appeared for the test. Nothing relaxed me. Well, that showed in my score as well. The score was a rude shock for me. I now feel as if I all I have done was not enough. I do wish to retake the test however I am lost as to where to start from. I seriously need your suggestions on this. Any help will be a great help for me.

Regards,
Nikhil.
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Hi and welcome to GMAT Club!

Your scores suggest you should have been at a higher level than 560, even not using the GMAT Score Estimator/Calculator.
Perhaps indeed a bad day with a poor performance due to stress?

One suggestion I have for improvement is NOT using OG or tests as the method of studying but rather a strategy book. Though if you had a tutor, that may not be applicable.

Take a peek at this post: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
It is for new users, but may be relevant to your case as well, esp, the mistakes section at the bottom (in red).

Also, take a look at this post as well: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html

however, may be one of those "stress" issues. There is still PowerPrep - you can download PowerPrep and measure your results after a few weeks to see if you are performing on par - it is almost as accurate as GMATPrep.
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30 Jul 2009, 10:29
Thanks bb for your suggestions. I surely believe that I had a very bad day and mostly my performance was poor due to stress and anxiety. I learned the lesson but the hard way. But as you suggested, I will follow your advice and take powerprep tests and see what exactly are my areas of weaknesses. I did take a free diagnostic test just to make sure where I stand at knewton. com and my score was 650 Q44. Score for Verbal I dont remember.

Thanks again for help. I will get back soon for your advice.

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02 Aug 2009, 01:55
Good luck for the next time. I suggestion I found in many place is to simulate the exact test (including AWA, may be also a drive to the test center) eat between the breaks.
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02 Aug 2009, 03:19
good luck for the next test ...... just read suggestions from gmat experience thread ... you will know wot it takes to get a desired score ...
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