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18 Feb 2008, 15:56
Gave my GMAT and performed very badly.
Got a 45 perc on Quant and 8 on Verbal. Overall 420, Always scored above 550 in all practice tests.
I was just too stressed and tensed in the verbal.
I did OG-11 completely for verbal. even in GMATprep I was scoring 32-35 in verbal.

Please give me suggestions as to what should I do now to improve my verbal.
Also, should I give my second attempt immediately or give a break to myself for 1-2 months and then start fresh on GMAT.
I am just too frustrated to do everything again.

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18 Feb 2008, 16:00
Wow... a full 120 point drop from what you were getting in practice?? Sounds to me like it was just a BAD case of the the test day jitters. I'd recommend focusing on your weak points and retaking the test ASAP, which I believe is a month later.
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18 Feb 2008, 16:08
Ya thats what I am thiking...the problem was that by the time I reached 10th Q in verbal which was the last section....I was just too stressed and just kept guessing answers....was loosing concentration on RC...just skimming it.....
I think that really got me down...I should have lost my concentration...even if i would have got 30+ in verbal...my score would have been in 600's....

Can you suggest me is OG-11 and OG verbal supplement enough?

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18 Feb 2008, 18:22
Jacky, can you get the MGMAT SC book? It is very useful. It works with the OGs by assigning questions from the OG 11 & Verbal. I really liked it but I didn't really study that much verbal for my GMAT. I studied mostly quant because this was my weak area.
And take it again in few weeks. Don't take too much time off, only a little.
Just a suggestion

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18 Feb 2008, 21:28
As you've said the main problem for you is stress. Next time try to calm yourself down, you are under pressure because you think that you can fail with test, that if you miss some questions you will loose points and it will affect your application and all thoughts of that sort will draw away your attention on test day, so I strongly reccomend you to approach it other way, just think what you loose even if you get 300, nothing!, you can try it next time. just look at that as if it is another kind of standartized test you had in college.
But it doesn't mean you should neglect it, during preperation you must work at full capacity I mean you should spend all your free time on preperation since it is the only time you have before test, and if you prepare sufficiently you will be rewarded.
Just don't think too much about aftermath of test, focus on test itself not the consequences.
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18 Feb 2008, 22:23
Also, do you guys recommend that I take a break and then start fresh after 2-3 months and should I go ahead and give it in the next month or so?
I just dont feel motivated to get back to the GMAT books.

Any suggestions?

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22 Feb 2008, 10:45
Hi Jack!

I know how you are feeling, I took a few CAT tests before taking the actual GMAT and I scored alot lower. I'm not going to say my score because its quite embarrassing. But I do relate my performance was due to the anxiety that I got on the test of the day.

But I just retook the test, I made sure that I didnt review any material a day before and I went to bed early. The following day, I made sure that when the anxiety kick in during the test, I took a deep breath, relaxed and refocused. I did much better than the first time, the score was 200 points better. Its not the score that I want but I know my score reflected what I put in and believe me I didnt study enough.

But in my opinion, I think the best thing you can tell yourself is not to give up....if you need a break for a week, go for it. However, I don't suggest taking a long break because you might forget some material. Or what you can do is during that break just review 5 mins here and 5 mins there so you dont forget and once you are ready you can study harder!

Good Luck!
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