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My GMAT Horror Story: 590 Q:42 V:29 (help!)

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My GMAT Horror Story: 590 Q:42 V:29 (help!) [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2004, 22:16
Well just came back from my test:

AWA: I finished my first essay, without incident. At the end of my second essay disaster srruck. I hit the submit button and the computer crashed! I alerted the administrator she rebooted my system. I had to rewrite the second essay! Not a problem I figured, I got even more time and a second chance to refine it. I rewrote it and submitted.

Quant.: Much like some of the experiences I have read before, I made the classic mistake of devoting time to my sticking question around Q:12; a perm/comb. I had to rush through the rest of the questions and finally with 3 mins left I had 8 questions to do! I guessed half and attempted the easier ones to finish. Contemplated cancelling at this point.

Verbal: Much better, or so I thought! I worked through the verbal, around question 5 I got 2 RCs back to back about 40 & 60 lines respectively. I managed to finish the rest of the test with about 30 secs to spare.

I decided to publish the scores just to establish a benchmark. Thought I'd maybe scored a 670-700. Wrong! I published the scores and saw the dreaded 590. I got 29 in verbal which was the lowest verbal score I ever received in any practice test Kaplan, PP, 800Score.

I'm still trying to figure out what happened. I'm going to re-so it in a month's time. I'm sure I could do much better if the practice tests are any indication of gmat potential. My score history is below. Any suggestions? Help!!!

Kaplan: 570 (dia); 620, 640, 670, 640
800Score: 640, 690, 670, 710
PP: 710 (2 weeks before exam); 740 (3 days before exam)
Paper test #14: 730

The plan:
-Re-do the OG.
-Work every question on this website.
-Get more paper tests and do them all.
-Hit the LSAT past tests hard.

The good news is that I'm on vacation for the next three weeks (supposed to be my celebration vacation); but it's looks like 1 week of rest then GMAt 24/7. I hope the rest of you can take note of my example and avoid making similar mistakes. The saga continues....
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2004, 07:31
Hi jumbie

Your PP & Kaplan scores indicate that you should be in 700+ range.
I'm sure with this PP&Kaplan score, you will cross 700 next time.

Could you elorarate on the questions types that you've seen
in the exam.

Good Luck
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2004, 07:58
I'm sorry to hear that jumbie. However, I think you can do better than what you got. Time management was an issue here and you should keep practicing. I'm sure you'll do much better in 1 month from now. The gmat is comparable to a difficult journey; if you fall the first time, stand up again and don't give up, you have to climb that hill to reach the mountain top.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2004, 15:01
Jumbie sorry to hear that....
Your practice score indicates that you deserver more and by the grace of god you would indeed score more.
Your strategy with OG & LSAT seems perfect to me...but just wanted to advice that you should go for GMAT 24/7 for the next 3 weeks.I mean no vacation...coz at the end of three weeks if you could pull it thru...then this effort would be worth its weight in gold.....right...!
All the Best for your endeavor..


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 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2004, 06:26

Thanks for the encouragement. Going to take 5 days of pure fun in the sun and relax. I spent the past 6 weeks prior to GMAT on a tough project at work and figure the cumulative effect of workload + studying after hours lead to my demise. Going to recharge the brain cells and restart in earnest next w'end.

Will keep u posted...
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