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Please help me...I have two weeks left :( [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2013, 14:20
Hi all,

I started preparing for the GMAT back in August, gave the test once at the end of Oct and got a terrible score. I picked myself up and restarted my preparation. For a couple weeks, I thought I was doing great and was making progress. But yesterday I took a MGMAT and got a 600, my jaw dropped and i burst into tears. So i picked myself up again, and try the next CAT today, and still, i only got a 640.

While my goal was to get 700+, it now seems impossible to me...it seems like it's a joke for me to even think about getting 700+...maybe I'm just not smart enough after all. I had been using Economist GMAT as my prep and the whole time i felt like I was really learning a lot (more than what i had known going into the first GMAT appointment, anyway). But now I'm really not sure anymore.

I now have exactly two weeks until my scheduled GMAT appointment and I'm truly freaking out. I don't know how else to improve my studying strategy and don't even know if i should postpone my GMAT appointment.

Could anyone please give me some advice?

Below are my practice CATs scores to date.

8/10 - 580 (GMATPrep Q42/V28)
8/17 - 390 (Manhattan GMAT, didn’t finish)
8/24 - 670 (Veritas Prep)
9/7 - 600 (Kaplan)
9/14 - 600 (Kaplan)
9/21 - 560 (Kaplan)
9/28 - 630 (Kaplan)
10/5 - 660 (Kaplan)
10/12 - 630 (GMATPrep Q44/V32)
10/19 - 600 (Kaplan)
10/25 - Actual GMAT - 590 (Q36/V34)
11/17 - 690 (Kaplan)
11/24 - 670 (MGMAT Q43/V38)
11/30 - 600 (Economist GMAT)
12/7 - 680 (Kaplan)
12/14 - 600 (Manhattan GMAT, Q41/V32)
12/15 - 640 (Manhattan GMAT, Q40/V37)
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Re: Please help me...I have two weeks left :( [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2013, 21:18
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I was in a almost similar condition as you, got around 650 in GMAT Prep and MGMAT CAT, 600 in Princeton, 640 in Veritas and so on. I went to give the GMAT with a target score of 600+. Whooo! But, it turned to be a 540 on the real exam.

I am not trying to disappoint you, but telling you my story. Many others have this kind of story.

The mocks we give at home are very much inflated due to many reasons:-

1. We didn't attempt the AWA or the IR section. Not doing even 1 of the section pretty much boosts our score, since we are less tired at the end of the exam.
2. Taking more than 8 minutes break.
3. We see at least some repeated questions, so we do them quickly and save time for the other questions, thus boosting our score.
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Re: Please help me...I have two weeks left :( [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2013, 05:46
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Hi Yvette726,

I understand that you are anxious about your upcoming test, and I am happy to hear that you feel like you've been learning a lot with Economist GMAT Tutor. Have you taken advantage of the 1:1 strategy session yet? I know a lot of students feel that the strategy session with an academic tutor helped them a lot. The tutor will be able to look at your progress and see what your areas of strength and weakness are, and will be able to help you figure out the best strategy for tackling your studies in these next couple of weeks.

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Re: Please help me...I have two weeks left :( [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2013, 09:30
First off, don't even say self- deprecating things such as "maybe I'm just not smart enough." That's not true and don't even go down the road to believing that. I just took the actual exam a few days ago and I got a 330. No, I'm not embarrassed because it's not the determinant of my intelligence. It's people walking around who got a 770 on the GMAT, but can't even figure out every day life. This test is designed for you to fail, but I'm not going to let that stop me from my goal. I'm regrouping and taking the test next year.

Now that's out the way. When are you applying to school? If you are applying to Round 2, you can always take the test again after submitting your upcoming score and applications. If you are not applying in Round 2, I would consider postponing. You sound anxious and stressed. You can't go into that exam room that way. You have to have confidence. I was stressed to the point of tears leading up to my exam and as you can see it shows in my score.

You also have to remember that the GMAT score is not the end all-be all. If you can score within the 80% range of your target schools which is usually mid 600s you should be fine. You can make up for that in other places in your applications. I'm sure you have great qualifications and can emphasize those to make up for not having a 700 score.

I wish I could give you study tips, but I'm searching for answers myself; however, I would suggest postponing the test if you are not applying right away. Don't do it until you feel confident that you will do well.

You also have to have faith that regardless of what happens, everything will works itself out in the end. Even if you feel you are not where you should be, you are far away from where you started. You will be fine and I wish you the best of luck!

P.S. This may sound a little contradictory on my end, but if you are ever feeling bad about yourself over the next two weeks just think to yourself "well at least I'm not like that girl who got a 330." Haha. Again best of luck to you!

yvette726 wrote:
Hi all,

I started preparing for the GMAT back in August, gave the test once at the end of Oct and got a terrible score. I picked myself up and restarted my preparation. For a couple weeks, I thought I was doing great and was making progress. But yesterday I took a MGMAT and got a 600, my jaw dropped and i burst into tears. So i picked myself up again, and try the next CAT today, and still, i only got a 640.

While my goal was to get 700+, it now seems impossible to me...it seems like it's a joke for me to even think about getting 700+...maybe I'm just not smart enough after all. I had been using Economist GMAT as my prep and the whole time i felt like I was really learning a lot (more than what i had known going into the first GMAT appointment, anyway). But now I'm really not sure anymore.

I now have exactly two weeks until my scheduled GMAT appointment and I'm truly freaking out. I don't know how else to improve my studying strategy and don't even know if i should postpone my GMAT appointment.

Could anyone please give me some advice?

Below are my practice CATs scores to date.

8/10 - 580 (GMATPrep Q42/V28)
8/17 - 390 (Manhattan GMAT, didn’t finish)
8/24 - 670 (Veritas Prep)
9/7 - 600 (Kaplan)
9/14 - 600 (Kaplan)
9/21 - 560 (Kaplan)
9/28 - 630 (Kaplan)
10/5 - 660 (Kaplan)
10/12 - 630 (GMATPrep Q44/V32)
10/19 - 600 (Kaplan)
10/25 - Actual GMAT - 590 (Q36/V34)
11/17 - 690 (Kaplan)
11/24 - 670 (MGMAT Q43/V38)
11/30 - 600 (Economist GMAT)
12/7 - 680 (Kaplan)
12/14 - 600 (Manhattan GMAT, Q41/V32)
12/15 - 640 (Manhattan GMAT, Q40/V37)
Re: Please help me...I have two weeks left :(   [#permalink] 17 Dec 2013, 09:30
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