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My GMAT experience [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 08:42
Took the GMAT friday and got a very disappointing 670 (Q48, V34)

Study schedule:

-5 months to -1 month:
very casual studying. maybe 3-4 hours/week
I have a demanding full time job and I take masters classes, so i did not have much time.

-1 month to test day:
intense studying. about 3-4 hours/day

Practice tests:
GMAT prep1: 750 (50Q, 42V)
finished math right on time
finished verbal right on time
(missed about 1/2 of the SC problems and only 1 RC problem)

GMAT prep2: 710 (49Q, 38V i think)
finished math with 12 min left
finished verbal with 10 min left
(missed about 1/2 of the SC problems and only 1 RC problem)

Gameday:
0 sleep the night before.

I got to the test center 45 min early.
This place was as secure as NSA headquaters.
I had to get my thumb scanned every time i entered or left the testing room.
Video cameras at every station.
The proctor was behind a glass case monitoring the room.

I guess i did ok on the essays. I looked at AWA strategies for the first time the night before the test. I really wasnt too concerned.

I got to the math section and i just froze.
I dont know what happened. I guess i was just very nervous.
It took me a very long time to do even simple computations, and i think i blindly guessed 2 of the first 10.
I also remember selecting E on one of the DS questions because my answer to the problem was "no."
As you all know, if you can determine that the answer is"no," you do not select E!!!

I flew through the first 1/2 of the verbal section and started getting complacent.
I did like 5 of the next questions with my hands behind my head, leaning back in the chair.
Mental stamina then became an issue. Up until that point on the GMAT, i had never in my life had a mental endurance problem.
You know the feeling you get aftre running several miles? You just want to stop and lay on the ground...Well it felt like that.
I had to randomly guess the last 3 questions.

When i took my practice tests, I did not stick to the 5 min break rule. Instead i took a much longer break..That is going to change.

My stats are:
3.4 electrical engineering BS from good/large state school
MS in math at top 15 school (will graduate before fall 08)
670 gmat.

I prob wont get into a top 16 (my cutoff is carnegie mellon/cornell) with that, so i have to retake the test.
I look forward to round 2. I will not be nervous, and i expect a score of 700+
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 09:22
Frankly, I am shocked that you didn't score above 700 just based on your replies on this forum. I think the lack of sleep has gotten to you. You still got a very good quant score but it looks like the lack of sleep messed up your stamina, and you couldn't last through the verbal section.

It seems like lately a lot of gmatters are getting lower scores in verbal section on actual test compared to what they saw on practice tests. I wonder if Pearson changed the verbal section a bit...

In any case, I think you will definitely break the 700 barrier on your second try. If you can't do it, who can? Good luck, CookieMonster! YOU CAN DO IT!
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Re: My GMAT experience [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 10:20
CookieMonster wrote:
Took the GMAT friday and got a very disappointing 670 (Q48, V34)

Study schedule:

-5 months to -1 month:
very casual studying. maybe 3-4 hours/week
I have a demanding full time job and I take masters classes, so i did not have much time.

-1 month to test day:
intense studying. about 3-4 hours/day

Practice tests:
GMAT prep1: 750 (50Q, 42V)
finished math right on time
finished verbal right on time
(missed about 1/2 of the SC problems and only 1 RC problem)

GMAT prep2: 710 (49Q, 38V i think)
finished math with 12 min left
finished verbal with 10 min left
(missed about 1/2 of the SC problems and only 1 RC problem)

Gameday:
0 sleep the night before.

I got to the test center 45 min early.
This place was as secure as NSA headquaters.
I had to get my thumb scanned every time i entered or left the testing room.
Video cameras at every station.
The proctor was behind a glass case monitoring the room.

I guess i did ok on the essays. I looked at AWA strategies for the first time the night before the test. I really wasnt too concerned.

I got to the math section and i just froze.
I dont know what happened. I guess i was just very nervous.
It took me a very long time to do even simple computations, and i think i blindly guessed 2 of the first 10.
I also remember selecting E on one of the DS questions because my answer to the problem was "no."
As you all know, if you can determine that the answer is"no," you do not select E!!!

I flew through the first 1/2 of the verbal section and started getting complacent.
I did like 5 of the next questions with my hands behind my head, leaning back in the chair.
Mental stamina then became an issue. Up until that point on the GMAT, i had never in my life had a mental endurance problem.
You know the feeling you get aftre running several miles? You just want to stop and lay on the ground...Well it felt like that.
I had to randomly guess the last 3 questions.

When i took my practice tests, I did not stick to the 5 min break rule. Instead i took a much longer break..That is going to change.

My stats are:
3.4 electrical engineering BS from good/large state school
MS in math at top 15 school (will graduate before fall 08)
670 gmat.

I prob wont get into a top 16 (my cutoff is carnegie mellon/cornell) with that, so i have to retake the test.
I look forward to round 2. I will not be nervous, and i expect a score of 700+


wow. You're big time. MS and mba degree. What do you think of the Princeton test scoring?
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 10:29
nervousgmat wrote:
Frankly, I am shocked that you didn't score above 700 just based on your replies on this forum. I think the lack of sleep has gotten to you. You still got a very good quant score but it looks like the lack of sleep messed up your stamina, and you couldn't last through the verbal section.

It seems like lately a lot of gmatters are getting lower scores in verbal section on actual test compared to what they saw on practice tests. I wonder if Pearson changed the verbal section a bit...

In any case, I think you will definitely break the 700 barrier on your second try. If you can't do it, who can? Good luck, CookieMonster! YOU CAN DO IT!


well thank you for your confidence!!

And I think the verbal section on the actual test was similar to that of the GmatPrep practice tests.
Cant blame my poor performance on anything but myself.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 10:31
IHATEMELGIBSON1,

I didnt take the princeton review tests so I have no idea about the PR scroring.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 10:50
In your case I think it was first time test taker nerves. Now you know what to expect - take a week off, hit the books again, reschedule, and ace it - there is no doubt in my mind you can and will do well.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2007, 15:52
you probably dont even need to study much more than you already have... work on your psychological approach to the test, and definitely take it easy the day before the test and have a good sleep (7+ hours!)
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2007, 01:39
I know it's just a matter of time before you score 700+
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2007, 04:13
thank you for all the supportive comments.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2007, 05:33
Cookie monster,
Take the test second time. AS you have already analysed why you got low score this time, improve upon them. You can definitely improve to 700+levels.
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