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RETAKE THIRD TIME: PLEASE ADVICE. [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 23:52
Hi guys!
I would like to get some advice from. Thanks in advance. Here is my story:
I took my gmat on july 26 and got a 690 -q44 v40-. I took again today and, sadly, got a 680 (q42 v41). However, I am going to take the test again on November 19, because my last practice tests where 710 and 720 from the gmat prep new exams and I think I can beat the beast. I saw no repeats.
So I improved my verbal. I really think I cannot do more on that. I (almost) only fail those questions in which some unknown words are critical or fundamental, and indeed I cannot guess the meaning. In this sense, I remember a SC question about the material which some planets are made. In this question, the underlined part began with a verb that I did not know and, additionally, the two precedent verbs -with which the underlined part had to be parallel- were also unknown for me. I cannot fight with this. My English is what it is. I wish the exam were in my mother tongue.
Actually, I think that my one point of improvement comes from SC, my weakest area in verbal.
That being said, I messed absolutely with quant.
First, I messed it when I study quant. As the last time I took the exam I saw two probability questions and combination questions that I think I got wrong (at least 3 of them), this time I study hard these areas but I did not put too much attention in other easier areas, areas in which today I think I missed several questions -otherwise I would have seen more Prob and Comb questions-.
Second, I messed with the time devoted to quant. Keeping in mind that I have historically loved heavy books and texts, grammar and logical reasoning and not so much math, I devoted half of my time to each. Now I realize that I should not have done it this way; I should have devoted 80 % of the time to quant, as the ROI was much higher. I will not happen again.
Third, I disregarded my weaknesses –except prob and comb, areas in which I put a lot of time perhaps because I saw them as the most difficult and the ones that would give the victory-. I did not keep an error log, and I regret now for that. In fact, I think while I trained in order to defeat the best team of the league, I have been beaten by an average one.
I also think that I did have a proper rest. I do not get so nervous at night because I am really used to stress. Every week I have a fatal deadline in my job as a lawyer. However, this time I had to work three weeks in a row, including the weekends. No single day of relax in almost one month. To study these lasts days, I had to stop working on my lawsuits and reports and begin with the gmat, putting no quality time. In fact, the day before the test – the day before yesterday- I worked from 8 o’clock in the morning to 9 at night, just had a little dinner and went to sleep.
So I think I have some clues concerning what to do before my third, and absolutely last attempt. I short:
-Rest one week and then put a lot of effort for a month, till November 19, when I will take my exam again.
-Devote 80 % of the time to my weaknesses, starting with fundamentals, while using the rest of time to make my best better.
-Take the day before of my exam off and do nothing except playing videogames and watching documentaries –can you recommend one for me?-. While I think this is always important, it is really important in my case. I am a night owl, and in Barcelona, where I live, the Gmat exam can only be taken at 9,15 in the morning, a time of the day when I do not work at 100 percent neither nearly. This makes that the day of the exam I have to wake up at 6 in order to have at least 3 hours awake before beginning the test. So if I have to work until 9 at night the day before, the result will be disastrous again.
-Keep an error log.
Do you have any idea? I know you guys always have good insights. In particular, I have realized that I am somehow slow in math –calculating-. I have been more than 10 years using calculator even for the easiest things –why should I make a silly mistake if the machine next to me can do the work?-.
I do not know what else I can do. It is hard to have been always one of the bests students/workers wherever I have been and now to be destroyed by an exam. Sincerely, 680-690 is not bad, but, hell, is not close to be great. I know I am not like some geniuses that flight around the forum, but I want to give the last try.
Thank you very much again. Any advice will be welcome.
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Re: RETAKE THIRD TIME: PLEASE ADVICE. [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 06:32
spla626 wrote:
Hi guys!

Do you have any idea? I know you guys always have good insights. In particular, I have realized that I am somehow slow in math –calculating-. I have been more than 10 years using calculator even for the easiest things –why should I make a silly mistake if the machine next to me can do the work?-.
I do not know what else I can do. It is hard to have been always one of the bests students/workers wherever I have been and now to be destroyed by an exam. Sincerely, 680-690 is not bad, but, hell, is not close to be great. I know I am not like some geniuses that flight around the forum, but I want to give the last try.
Thank you very much again. Any advice will be welcome.


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