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Retaking the GMAT. Need help! [#permalink] New post 05 May 2014, 14:04
Good afternoon everyone,

I recently took the GMAT and did very poorly (560).

I studied for around 4-5 months and used MGMAT ( full set) and the OG 12th edition.

Now although my mocks were not amazing by any means ( average of around a 630, highest ever being a 640), I cannot comprehend how i ended up doing so poorly on the exam. My average verbal score on all my CAT exams was a 33-34 and a for quant was a 43-44. I ended up getting a 35 in quant!

I definitely want to take the exam again, but i need some solid advice as to how i should go about studying for the exam!

any advice would be highly appreciated!

thank you,
Arthur
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Re: Retaking the GMAT. Need help! [#permalink] New post 05 May 2014, 20:33
Hi Arthur,

Sorry to hear about the low score.
The same happened with me about a fortnite ago.
However, mine was a bigger disaster than your's.
I was scoring consistently above 700 in mocks but ended up with mere 480 on actaul GMAT.

So here is the deal.
The GMAT tests many things not just your knowledge of material.

Your attitude, test taking skills, approach and timings play a vital role.

In my case, negative attitude and nervousness were the major reasons.

I would suggest revise your basics and spend quality rather than quantity time on study.

Take ample practise mocks and spend double time analyzing the results.

Staying calm and confident are key factors.

In the end, it's just an exam. :)
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Re: Retaking the GMAT. Need help! [#permalink] New post 06 May 2014, 13:46
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Hi Arthur,

Sorry to hear that! If you were scoring much higher during your practice exams, then you obviously have the ability to score just as high during your real exam. Do you know what went wrong? When you took your practice exam, were you practicing in test-like conditions? Do you think you got nervous during the test? If you have a hint of what the problem is, we can help you fix the issue.

Good luck!

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Re: Retaking the GMAT. Need help! [#permalink] New post 06 May 2014, 14:14
BethEconomistGMAT wrote:
Hi Arthur,

Sorry to hear that! If you were scoring much higher during your practice exams, then you obviously have the ability to score just as high during your real exam. Do you know what went wrong? When you took your practice exam, were you practicing in test-like conditions? Do you think you got nervous during the test? If you have a hint of what the problem is, we can help you fix the issue.

Good luck!

Regards,

Elizabeth


Hi Elizabeth,

I didnt feel nervous at all. But the math section was definitely harder than what i was used to with my MGMAT and GMAT PREP mock exams. My average quant score was a 43-44 ( and i did around 6-7 mock exams). my quant score was a 35 on the actual exam! when i took my mock exams though, i didn't always do the essay and IR section, so maybe that led to my stamina being lower.

My plan is to do the OG quant guide ( and thoroughly review everything that i get wrong), read my MGMAT RC SC & CR books ( and do the questions provided), and finally take 3-4 mock exams ( Gmat Prep & Veritas).

To be honest, im pretty confident that if i took the exam this very second i would score in the 630-650 range.

-Arthur
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