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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 10:36
Looks like you need a whole change of perspective on the verbal section..Try going for only the SC's. Just totally ignore all other questions and attack the SCs. When you see yourself doing well on the SCs you will automatically start to perform better on CRs and RCs.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 03:51
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The problem here is that the people who do the best are the most likely to brag. The numbers show us that NOT many people get above 600. So when we search the net to read about GMAT stories and they always seem to be about people getting 600+ it's because they're the only ones bragging. People don't get online to write huge blogs about studying your way to a 500 score.
When I realized that fact, I stopped reading other peoples stories and focused on my own studies; only searching this forum for problem explanations when the book fell short. I've been much happier since. :)

That said, nobody just breezes into a 700+. My practice test score went from a 430 to a 610. I've been studying for 6-hours a day (no exaggeration) for about 2-months. Breeze, hell no. But it's possible. Hopefully I'll get just as good of a score on the real test next Friday!

Good luck to you!!!

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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 04:46
celluloidandroid wrote:
The problem here is that the people who do the best are the most likely to brag. The numbers show us that NOT many people get above 600. So when we search the net to read about GMAT stories and they always seem to be about people getting 600+ it's because they're the only ones bragging. People don't get online to write huge blogs about studying your way to a 500 score.
When I realized that fact, I stopped reading other peoples stories and focused on my own studies; only searching this forum for problem explanations when the book fell short. I've been much happier since. :)

That said, nobody just breezes into a 700+. My practice test score went from a 430 to a 610. I've been studying for 6-hours a day (no exaggeration) for about 2-months. Breeze, hell no. But it's possible. Hopefully I'll get just as good of a score on the real test next Friday!

Good luck to you!!!


We are in the same situation mate! My prep is the same as yours, and I am burned out now!!
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 12:38
celluloidandroid wrote:
The problem here is that the people who do the best are the most likely to brag. The numbers show us that NOT many people get above 600. So when we search the net to read about GMAT stories and they always seem to be about people getting 600+ it's because they're the only ones bragging. People don't get online to write huge blogs about studying your way to a 500 score.
When I realized that fact, I stopped reading other peoples stories and focused on my own studies; only searching this forum for problem explanations when the book fell short. I've been much happier since. :)



While your post is based in truth, it isn't completely true. And I really don't like the way you throw "brag" around so easily. Completely true that the people who post long debriefs are the ones who have scored a good score (whether that's a 600 or a 700 is for them to say themselves). But this is not about bragging - it's about trying to help other people who might have similar tendencies or inclinations and get them to the score they want. If you really read the posts, you'll see many people who have worked their way up from 400s to 700s. I understand that you're trying to just say that it's better to focus on your own preparation than get caught up with other people's, but don't undermine the importance of these debriefs to just state that they are bragging rights. Personally, I wouldn't have chosen any of the books I did to prepare for the GMAT if it weren't for the debriefs from those who took the test before me.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 14:40
Dude, don't be so defensive. I wasn't attacking anybody with the word 'brag.' We are all here for the same reason.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 14:47
Lol, not defensive. Just saying it was weird to put it that way.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 19:58
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I'm sorry but I F'ing hate the GMAT. I studied damn near all last year and got 530. 90th percentile on verbal, but 14th percentile on math.

I just don't get it. I study, I review, I'm consistent, yet, I suck. I've done a class, I have a solid tutor, I read the forums and strategy guides....no dice. CFA, no problem. Working as a corp. fin. analyst, no problem. Programming, no problem. Soft/social skills, no problem. All the above negated by a goddamn standardized exam.

Today, however, I've just stopped caring. F it. I'm taking the GMAT exam (which has been the bane of my existence for more than a year) of at the end of September no matter where I'm scoring at that point.

I feel like such a hater too because I'm so jealous of all the people who seemingly just Waltz into 650+ scores and complain about only getting a 710.

I'm developing a serious inferiority complex from this entire experience. It's embarrassing when everyone knows you're working your ass off, but you just can't get the job done. My confidence in myself is shot.....it's ruining my relationships with people because I'm constantly pissed off at myself.

I don't want any pep talks....so please don't bother responding. I'm simply too embarrassed to get this off my chest to anybody I know personally, thus, I'm using the anonymity of this forum as a place to vent.


I understand where you're coming from, as I'm in the same boat.

My experiences with GMAT so far has been less than stellar; however, I'm beginning to really understand what's involved.

One of my greatest hero's is Aryton Senna, and he was the best at what he did because he lived for the details.

I'm also learning that in order to beat the GMAT, you have to nit-pick with every detail that's being tested, no matter how insignificant.

Keep trying!!!!!

Failing the GMAT is only when you give up on it.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 02:27
I'm starting from a very low point - I haven't taken a full CAT because I desperately need to work on my math. I have a math background, did okay in it in high school (although I joke that grade 9 was the peak of my math career when I was the highest scorer at my school on a national math contest) but the math classes in university were quite easy - calculus and finite for business plus two semesters of stats where I found that doing my homework drunk somehow made it work out.

I bombed (and I mean bombed) the GMATClub diagnostic. I'm talking 3.5 percentile kind of bombed... so basically I have a lot of work to do in order to get stuff going.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 14:21
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I'm starting from a very low point - I haven't taken a full CAT because I desperately need to work on my math. I have a math background, did okay in it in high school (although I joke that grade 9 was the peak of my math career when I was the highest scorer at my school on a national math contest) but the math classes in university were quite easy - calculus and finite for business plus two semesters of stats where I found that doing my homework drunk somehow made it work out.

I bombed (and I mean bombed) the GMATClub diagnostic. I'm talking 3.5 percentile kind of bombed... so basically I have a lot of work to do in order to get stuff going.

Sounds alot like me. I didn't even take a legitimate math course as an undergrad due to my major requirements. So basically I am beginning from high school.

I got (what I believe) the equivalent of a upper 300's/lower 400's score on the diagnostic exam. Even worse, I took approximately 4-5 hours to finish it.

I am starting at a very low point and the progress is devastatingly slow...But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 15:44
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I have been reviewing this test for the past months too, and I have given it a lot of time and a lot of my money. After 4 months of solid studying, I took my first complete MGMAT prep last Wednesday and got a dismaying 580. I couldn’t believe it. My Math was Q43, which was a little lower than the Q45 I got the first time around (I didn’t do the English then, just Math). This time I did my verbal, what did I get? a 28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe it. I was getting 75% accuracy in the OGs, what was wrong?.

I didn’t want to make an excuse to myself, but it was 11PM already that day, and I came from an 8hour workday + 2hours of driving. I was tired, but no excuses. I actually never even thought about it, but my girlfriend pointed the fatigue factor while she tried to comfort me. I am a grown man, but last Tuesday night I almost broke down. I studied, practiced and practiced nonstop like a crazy robot the day after. By Thursday, I was already exhausted, and also depressed. Bummed out. Just like you my man. My girlfriend, who is also studying for the GMAT, kept pushing me.

I’ll say it again, this just happened last Tuesday. Yesterday, Sunday, with my girlfriend’s insistence, I took the GMAT in the afternoon (feeling fresh this time.) You know what my score was in the verbal section?? V42. 96%!!!!!!!! IT would have been a 97% if I made the last question. Now I know my quant still has ways to go (Q43, 70%), but it can only go up from there. I had my first 700 yesterday!!!  from 580 to 700 in 5 days!!!!!!! It’s an emotional roller coaster ride.


Lesson of my story I want to share with you:
1. Fatigue counts. Don’t take a test after a long day. I never hear people in the gmatclub say that a lot, so I didn’t believe it!! But fatigue really counts!
2. If you feel that you should be getting better that what you did in the CATs, it could just be fatigue/test stamina/etc. Build your stamina most importantly. Take some CATs (but don’t over do it), it builds confidence too. You probably did a lot of math problems in your study, and you must have done well. So just take the test again, and brush off the jitters. You need to build confidence!
3. The lowest I got from a GMATprep test is 490. I wish I could say "thats without study", but that was with study (Princeton Review books suck). Now I am at 700. 490-700, not bad for an average man like me. I am guessing you are smart, from what you said in your post. Youre proobably smarter than I am too. If I could do it, then you could do it for sure.
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 01:36
thanks for your post...you confirmed that the gmat is a question of nerves and the commitment is very high:-)
i am sorry man!
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Re: I'm so sick of the GMAT... [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 19:41
hehe.. I hear I hear... think about a person like me getting close to 700 yet so far from getting into a good school. Do not focus on just one section and bomb the other - adcom's like to see a good balance. I was at a similar stage and was relieved to see a 690 until i realized a 59%ile Quant will not get my to the school of my choice! I am sick of the GMAT too but got to take it again :(

Keep working and visualizing where you will be a couple of years after your MBA..
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