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Looking for a course that will fit my needs [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2013, 04:30
I scored 690 on the official practice exam but my score on the real exam was 560!! I don't want to waste time agonising over it and letting my frustration build up. What I've decided to do is apply for a GMAT course. I already know the material and some of my weak points. Is the next step seeking out a private tutor ? Note that this is the second time I've sat for the exam. Any advise on the kind of course I should seek out would be welcome! Thanks!
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Re: Looking for a course that will fit my needs [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 13:05
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I scored 690 on the official practice exam but my score on the real exam was 560!! I don't want to waste time agonising over it and letting my frustration build up. What I've decided to do is apply for a GMAT course. I already know the material and some of my weak points. Is the next step seeking out a private tutor ? Note that this is the second time I've sat for the exam. Any advise on the kind of course I should seek out would be welcome! Thanks!



Seeking out a private tutor is not a bad idea - especially if money is not a problem for you.

We understand that not everyone can afford a private tutor and so we have put together a cost-effective online course that we believe to be more effective than a tutoring and also less costly. But you need to determine whether online learning is something you are open to doing or whether you absolutely need in-person help.

Each person learns differently as well. So we encourage you to check out any free material from programs you are exploring - including the many free videos we offer. See if the videos on our homepage make sense to you and are helpful. Because only you can determine whether our audio-visual approach works for you.

Also, do try to keep in mind which specific types of questions you struggled with during your 560 exam. While it's not possible know which specific questions you got wrong, it does help if you can remember which types you struggled with so you can focus on those during your prep this time around.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Looking for a course that will fit my needs [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2013, 08:59
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iissosmarts wrote:
I scored 690 on the official practice exam but my score on the real exam was 560!! I don't want to waste time agonising over it and letting my frustration build up. What I've decided to do is apply for a GMAT course. I already know the material and some of my weak points. Is the next step seeking out a private tutor ? Note that this is the second time I've sat for the exam. Any advise on the kind of course I should seek out would be welcome! Thanks!



Seeking out a private tutor is not a bad idea - especially if money is not a problem for you.

We understand that not everyone can afford a private tutor and so we have put together a cost-effective online course that we believe to be more effective than a tutoring and also less costly. But you need to determine whether online learning is something you are open to doing or whether you absolutely need in-person help.

Each person learns differently as well. So we encourage you to check out any free material from programs you are exploring - including the many free videos we offer. See if the videos on our homepage make sense to you and are helpful. Because only you can determine whether our audio-visual approach works for you.

Also, do try to keep in mind which specific types of questions you struggled with during your 560 exam. While it's not possible know which specific questions you got wrong, it does help if you can remember which types you struggled with so you can focus on those during your prep this time around.

Hope that helps.


I actually signed up with GMATPill last week after checking out some reviews. I'm trying to stick to the 30 day program. I'm on Day 3 and I have to say the application/though process videos have so far been very insightful.

I really tried to understand where I went wrong with my exam but I gave up because it made no sense. I've been consistently scoring 45-46 Quant and 36-37 Verbal during my mock exams, so to get 37Q,31V on the actual exam.... really messed with my brain! I know that I was definitely a little tried on test day, and I found myself re-reading the questions during the verbal round, but I still don't get it! I wore the ear plugs given to me at the exam center and it did seem to give me a slight headache, but does that really provide an answer to my messed up score? God knows!
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Re: Looking for a course that will fit my needs [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2013, 02:20
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I really tried to understand where I went wrong with my exam but I gave up because it made no sense. I've been consistently scoring 45-46 Quant and 36-37 Verbal during my mock exams, so to get 37Q,31V on the actual exam.... really messed with my brain! I know that I was definitely a little tried on test day, and I found myself re-reading the questions during the verbal round, but I still don't get it! I wore the ear plugs given to me at the exam center and it did seem to give me a slight headache, but does that really provide an answer to my messed up score? God knows!


Here is a post you might find useful. It discusses the reason people may score less in their actual test as compared with their practice test.

http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/08 ... bal-score/

Headache, fatigue and general restlessness could bring your score down somewhat too.
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