(I posted this here since it's the forum most looked at...hope you don't mind)
Lois, you can do here pretty much whatever you want to, as to me.... 8)
For some reason few people besides share thier thoughts on prep here. Maybe they are not feeling being qualified or in position to, but I'd say anybody who has succeeded or failed and knows why is a great resource. Hopefully you will hear from somebody besides me :D
I studied hard (Pton Book, Kaplan
book and Kaplan 800
). I took the test yesterday and did terrible (I might be too pressured with school-my current master's thesis and class-besides work).
Have you done the sample Kaplan
tests on the CD? I could never get more than 620 on those...
Anyway, during my prerparation I took Powerprep's exams & scored 700 and 650 (Math 49 and 50, respectively-my verbal kind of sucked for the second one). I took them again this last weekend and scored 770 & 760. I take the test yesterday and am too embarrassed to post my score.
If you have not done the OG prior to taking the PP, your score should be very close to the range you have mentioned. The third and forth attempts of 770 and 760 are not valid since PP has only questions for 2.5 tests - while doing those you were doing repeat questions. Though the results are good - you have done a good analysis of the questions you have missed.
It might have been nerves or the time of day...I don't know-no excuses.
If you don't know what cuased the lower score, immediate re-taking may not be helpful. let's reason on this.
Should I re-take the exam ASAP? Should I study differently? What do you guys think? Should I wait until I get this master's over with?
Well, looking at your alternatives and they are pretty much Take or Not take... it seems the most logical would be find another computer based sample test and run though it and see the results and if they are as expected, go ahead and take the test.
On the other hand, if you have an extra $200 you can burn on the GMAT, why not make that sample test a real one?
You sound confident in your skills, so why not try again. Make it a sample test, don't worry about the result, just go in and do the best work you possibly can. You have been preparing for a long time (i assume) and now is the period when you are "hot" meaning everything is still in your memory, all the formulae fresh, grammar vivid, etc. I'd go ahead and take another one if you can afford it.
Anyone else had a similar experience (hopefully one where you blew it, came back the following time and did pretty well!)?
Let me know what you decide to do. I am curious. I am sure a few other people are too...