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Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 04:29
Hi everyone,

I just gave a gmat test today and got and I felt devastated. I felt being cheated somehow since my one month of study was now wasted. My deadline is in March and I do not think I can make it anymore. However, this is no longer admission problem. The low score harmed my self esteem. Thus, I would like to retake and ace the test in April. Please everyone, please come in and give me some of your wisdom.

My background:

Undergraduate: B.S. in accounting decent US undergraduate school
GPA: 3.3
Exp: 2 years
Goal: MBA in non-profit

After diagnosed my performance, I realized my low score was contributed by two factors

1. I took longer than 8 mins for the break and thus came back late for the math exam about 1 minutes. Yeah, I did not want to turn on my cell phone and estimated wrongly the time. I became antsy at that point on and kept glancing at the clock. Still, I am unable to understand my V score since normally I could get 28-32 for this one.

2. There was another test taker with me and he was extremely noisy.

Thus, I am planning to delicate 80% of my time in this next month for verbal. My weakest would be RC>CR>SC. For the past months, I used mostly OG and the gmatclub forum. I am an avid and fast reader, but I assume my problem is that I got bored quickly with reading. Do you have any recommendation? I know there are many good debrief out there right now. However, I wonder if any one has a similar situation.

On the other note, should I still apply for two low rank graduate schools since all of my other elements are well built and ready?

Thank you so so much for reading and commenting. I just feel so lost,sad and other negative emotion. It would be great to hear back from some of you.

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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 08:23
I think I have calmed down after reading other similar posts. April test takers, let's get ready.
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 08:40
It seems you already got to the bottom of your weakness and just need to review your weaknesses. Do not panic during the exam. I know it is easy to tell, but think about something positive. Good luck with your second try.
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 11:21
I started preparing for the GMAT around 2 weeks ago. I was able to finish the Princeton Review and will be moving on to do the Math workbook this week. I took a couple of practice tests and they boosted my self esteem only because I was so adamant I would score poorly but I didn't. I am not going to translate this self esteem into over confidence.

1. I did not panic like I would on the real thing
2. My verbal skills have not improved much after finishing the princeton review and I already accepted it.

I am planning on finishing my prep in the next month. In fact, I am rushing to take the test before the format changes in June '12.

My question is do I really need to worry about the change in the essay section of the GMAT?
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 12:24
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Hi Thuy, I would recommend buying MGMAT SC book and PowerScore CR and work through those. You'll be a lot faster in those question types once you've work through the books. I wouldn't waste time practising RC questions, it's the hardest to improve in a short period of time. The trick to do well on the RC is to read slowly and digest all the given information, the best way to do that is to build up buffer time in the SC and CR question types.
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 16:08
I would second deadly cat's recommendations for MGMAT SC and PowerScore CR and would add RC 99 (apparently no longer available though...). Although I don't have experience with these yet, they were suggested me when I asked for advice for the best material for the verbal section.
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2012, 13:08
Thanks deadlycat. I will definitely get the books and use them.
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 03:01
The way I see it you got 3 problems
1. You are relying on wrong material. Remedy- buy og12 and mgmat 8strategy guide and go through them thoroughly taking one section at a time
2. Your verbal is weak Remedy go for e-gmat verbal live course excellent teaching and value for money with. 5 point verbal score jump guarantee
3. Your maths lacks some basic fundas Remedy mgmat 8 strat guided and a lot of practicem

Apart from all above do atleast 10 ps and 10 ds problems every day. And go through solutions carefully.
Read in btg forum how to approach each different type of problem.
Do these religiously and you will see your score increasing
Anything else don't hesitate to pm me
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Re: Please, I need all the help I can [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 05:59
thuydo246 wrote:
I think I have calmed down after reading other similar posts. April test takers, let's get ready.


This is the right attitude to take. Good luck in April!
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