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My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 03:27
Dear Friends!!

I have been a regular GMATCLUB visitor and i find this place a must visit for any GMAT aspirant.

Today i am here to share my experience and to look for answers to some of the questions that are troubling me.

My CASE

I started my preparation some six months back in Aug'11 , below herewith are the materials used,
a) OG 12
b) MGMAT books
c) All the online freebies on GMAT CLUB and otherwise available on the net

The Preparation Plan

August, Sept - Studied the MGMAT books througly to grasp and soak the basics of Quant and Verbal. Finished the MGMAT material.

Oct'11 - Completed the OG12 in fifteen sessions of timed sets. Typically one set would have 15- PS questions, 12 - DS questions , 8- CR questions, 9 - SC questions and 2 passages (i used the OG-10 passages for the last two sets). The time allowed to complete the quant part would typically be no. of questions times 2 minutes and for verbal it was no of questions times 1.8 minutes.

Nov'11 till the GMAT day - I revised the SC and other notes that i prepared from the MGMAT atleast once a weak besides writing the computer based GMAT, available on the net for free, under strick testing conditions, below herewith are the scores of the same,


DATE TEST QUANT VERBAL SCORE Quant Verbal (Correct out of Total)
11-Nov-11 BARRON 27/37 25/41
18-Nov-11 GMAT CLUB 23/37 25/41
19-Nov-11 VERITAS PREP 44 38 650 28/37 31/41
20-Nov-11 KNEWTON 47 32 650 34/37 31/41
23-Nov-11 GMAT800-1 39 32 590 22/37 29/41
26-Nov-11 GMAT800-2 36 36 600 21/37 28/41
27-Nov-11 BARRON-PR1 32/37 27/41
3-Dec-11 MASTER GMAT 47 29 620 16/37 22/41
4-Dec-11 PRINCETON REVIEW 43 30 600 30/37 28/41
10-Dec-11 PLATINUM GMAT 43 28 600 23/36 28/41
11-Dec-11 MGMAT 44 35 650 18/37 23/41
14-Dec-11 BARRON-PR2 29/37 25/41
18-Dec-11 BARRON-1 27/37 20/41
21-Dec-11 BARRON-2 25/37 19/41
23-Dec-11 GMAT SCORE-1 32 25 490 24/37 31/41
25-Dec-11 REVELUTION 42 31 600 22/37 25/41
27-Dec-11 GMAT800-3 40 31 580 23/37 25/41
28-Dec-11 CRACK GMAT 50 15 595 32/37 25/41
29-Dec-11 CATPREP 48 28 620 32/37 25/41
31-Dec-11 GMAT PREP-1 45 39 690 25/37 30/41
4-Jan-12 GMAT800-5 46 26/37
5-Jan-12 GMAT800-4 46 30 630 25/37 27/41
7-Jan-12 KAPLAN 40 36 630 21/37 24/41
21-Jan-12 CATPREP 44 29 610 30/37 26/41
22-Jan-12 GMAT PREP-2 48 38 700 23/37 30/41
25-Jan-12 GROCKIT 46 31 620 16/37 20/41
28-Jan-12 POWER PREP-1 49 34 690 32/37 29/41
28-Jan-12 POWER PREP-2 Did not attempt
29-Jan-12 GMAT PREP-11 44 35 650 21/37 30/41
29-Jan-12 GMAT PREP-22 49 40 730 26/37 32/41

Besides these i also wrote the GMAT CLUB tests and some 10 odd paper tests, the scores of the GMAT Club tests are below herewith,
DATE TEST PS DS TOTAL SC CR RC TOTAL (Correct/ Total)
24-Dec-11 GMAT CLUB V1 9/15 9/14 7/12 25/41
24-Dec-11 GMAT CLUB V2 7/14 6/15 8/12 21/41
24-Dec-11 GMAT CLUB V3 8/14 12/14 8/13 28/41
25-Dec-11 GMAT CLUB V4 11/14 7/13 9/14 27/41
25-Dec-11 GMAT CLUB V5 6/14 7/14 10/13 23/41
18-Nov-11 GMAT CLUB V6 10/15 8/14 7/12 25/41
18-Nov-11 GMAT CLUB M25 15/25 8/12 23/37
1-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M24 17/25 4/12 21/37
1-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M1 12/18 10/19 22/37
1-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M9 22/25 8/12 30/37
1-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M2 16/18 12/19 28/37
2-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M10 17/21 7/16 24/37
3-Jan-12 GMAT CLUB M11 16/23 9/14 25/37

My strategy was to write the exam under the strick testing conditions which included the essays and the breaks and then reviewing and analysising the test. Working on the weak areas, like RC, SC etc on different forums in GMAT Club.

I work full time for an Agri and Agri Commodity giant and I am based in an African Country. I scheduled my GMAT appointment for 16th Jan 2012 and the nearest testing center was some 600 kms from my place of posting. My exam got rescheduled as the testing center was undergoing the annual maintainance by Pearsons and they could start conducting GMAT only after the 30th of Jan, hence I resheduled an appointment for 1st Feb 2012. As advised in different forums on the GMATClub, I visited the venue a day before the exam and got to know the place well before the D day. Slept early that day and slept well.

My appointment was for 9.30 am, I reach the center half an hour early to avoid unnesscary stress. On my arrival at the center, the proctor told me that the center is experencing some techincal difficulty and will delay the exam for some hours. My exam started at 11.30 am.

The essays went well, i finshed each essay well before the time and double checked for the spelling mistake (i make a lot of them). Took the break, had one energy bar and red bull during the break (i did the same during the mock tests also) and was ready for the quant section. The very first question had the typical GMAT trick of comaflaging the right answer among the simmilar looking wrong answers, i did not fall for it. Finished the exam within the time limits and was happy with the performance. Verbal also went just fine, i did not find the exam very different from the one they have in GMAT Prep. Was satisfied with the performance in both the sections. And then the score appeared on the screen and i was shell shocked, it was Q43 V25, 570.

I was actually stumped and lost. Anyways i gathered myself, took the unofficial score and put myself in the car for the journey back home. All the way i was trying to figure out what went wrong and frankly speaking i have no answers and thats why i am here.

The possible reasons one could think of,

a) I was highly stressed because of the long road journey a day before and because of the exam starting late - I would be wrong if i say i was not stressed but it was not because of the long trip or the exam starting late, it was the normal stress one experience before any such important events. Besides i have been handling these kinds of stress since i was 10 years old, i am a alumus of a prestigious public boarding school, which admits students on the basis of a national exam and interview. I am also a Post Graduate from A+ Management Institute in India, so i know how to deal with stress.

b) Did i panic during the exam - I was careful to not exceed the time limit for each question and did make a few educated guess to same time, but i dont think i panicked.

I am seriously out of options, at the end of the day, I own the score and to be sure that I dont come across such score again, I need to know what possibily got wrong.

Would love to hear from others ( I gave all the details ie mock test scores, just in case somebody could find a pattern or something that i missed)
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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 04:14
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Firstly, I think going by your detailed prep scores, you should have scored between 650-680.

Clearly, verbal was your undoing.

Yes, quant got hit a touch, but verbal really brought you down.

When I go through your long list of scores, I see that though your verbal scores towards the end had improved, they have been literally all over the place - and biased towards the lower side.

I would say you should focus on verbals.

Also, don't do too many different courses - drop Barron's, Princeton etc entirely.

Some tips on verbal preps:

Go through the Brutal SC, CR documents and SC and CR guides by whiplash, Gayathri and Spidey, that you can download here: download.php

I would advise you to go through the GMATClub SC, CR and RC and PS, DS discussion threads, which are broken down into 700-level questions and 600-level questions. You can find these links here: viewforumtags.php

Also, please go to whiplash's profile and download all the verbal documents you'll find in her signature.

I would suggest that you enroll for the free sessions of e-GMAT and then opt for the course if it helps. It's reasonably priced and is a good fit for non native English speakers.

Take your time and work hard on verbal - once you feel confident, take the GMAT again.

Don't drop your quant preps though - devote 20% time to quant and 80% to verbals.

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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 05:05
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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 05:28
you took a lot of practice tests...maybe you should sometimes just have a break and sit back so that everything that you have learnt can be processed.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2012, 18:53
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Also, please go to whiplash's profile and download all the verbal documents you'll find in her signature.

I would suggest that you enroll for the free sessions of e-GMAT and then opt for the course if it helps. It's reasonably priced and is a good fit for non native English speakers.

Take your time and work hard on verbal - once you feel confident, take the GMAT again.

Don't drop your quant preps though - devote 20% time to quant and 80% to verbals.

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Great advice. I'm also having a lot of trouble with Verbal. Could you please direct me to "whiplash's profile" so I can download all the verbal docs. Thankyou :)
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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 00:57
It's possible that the hours-long delay threw you off your game. I'd give it another go, especially given the scores you were achieving in practice tests.
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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 03:15
I don't think that jazzman!! I think i made peace with that delay before entering the testing room. I was probably too concernd to do it right the very first time :? , will definetly attempt again very soon.

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Re: My GMAT Experience - unexpected one!! [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 09:11
Thanks Aisha!

Here's the link to whiplash's profile:
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You'll find the documents at the bottom left of the page.
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I agree. There's no great urgency to rush in and take it immediately after, is there? Give yourself a few weeks, a month or two maybe, and once you are better prepared and more confident, jump right in!
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