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Royally screwed up! 1st time: 630, 2nd time: 480!!!

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Royally screwed up! 1st time: 630, 2nd time: 480!!! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2007, 11:41
Okay I royally screwed myself. I took the GMAT about a month ago and scored a 630 (42Q and 34V). I studied my ass off and felt confident that I could increase my score the 2nd time around. I was doing well (mid 600s) in my practice tests and felt like I was much more prepared going into my 2nd exam. As I looked at my score for the 2nd exam (480, 27Q and 29V) I was seriously about to DIE. I am SOOO DEVASTATED and I have no idea what happened!! I contacted the administration to see if there was a mistake..but apparently I just really screwed up.

Now i have to decide whether it makes sense for me to try to take the GMAT again when the 2nd round of application deadlines are coming up so close!! I am running out of time and plus i have to wait 31 days to retake the exam again. If i score low again that means my 2 most recent scores will be bombs.

I don't know what to dooooo! Everytime I think about this I feel like crying.
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Re: Royally screwed up! 1st time: 630, 2nd time: 480!!! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2007, 12:46
katgirl82 wrote:
Okay I royally screwed myself. I took the GMAT about a month ago and scored a 630 (42Q and 34V). I studied my ass off and felt confident that I could increase my score the 2nd time around. I was doing well (mid 600s) in my practice tests and felt like I was much more prepared going into my 2nd exam. As I looked at my score for the 2nd exam (480, 27Q and 29V) I was seriously about to DIE. I am SOOO DEVASTATED and I have no idea what happened!! I contacted the administration to see if there was a mistake..but apparently I just really screwed up.

Now i have to decide whether it makes sense for me to try to take the GMAT again when the 2nd round of application deadlines are coming up so close!! I am running out of time and plus i have to wait 31 days to retake the exam again. If i score low again that means my 2 most recent scores will be bombs.

I don't know what to dooooo! Everytime I think about this I feel like crying.


take control of urself and try again and this time take it seriously.

Did you actually study to tackly the same questions like the ones you had in ur first test?
the same happened to me as well but in my practice tests. and i realised that i had been considering the quantity not the quality. it really depends on what your resources of study are.

good luck.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2007, 18:26
I hate when girls pull out the cry card, it works every time. 8-)

Anyway, on a more serious note, that kind of fluctuation in just a month probably means you don't have your fundamentals in place. And that change was much more pronounced in your Quant score.

I think you really need to sit down with a GMAT guide and go through it slowly to understand the nature of the questions being asked.

For Quant, it is probably much harder (but no more time consuming!) than Verbal, but it can be done. Don't think that just doing lots of practice questions will do the trick, you need to study the basics and do exercises to solidify your math skills. When you truly understand the basics, I am 100% sure that you will see a huge increase your math scores to the 90+ %iles. That's the thing about Quant, you don't need to know a lot, you just need to really know the basics.

For Verbal, isolate what kinds of questions your doing well/poorly on. Of the three types, SC, RC, and CR, people tend to have more trouble one some than others. Try to figure out which of them you need to improve on, and again learn the fundamentals.

The GMAT is all about learning the fundamentals really down pact. Once you do that, use sample questions to solidify your learning and identify where you can further improve yourself.

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Re: Royally screwed up! 1st time: 630, 2nd time: 480!!! [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 07:04
katgirl82 wrote:
Okay I royally screwed myself. I took the GMAT about a month ago and scored a 630 (42Q and 34V). I studied my ass off and felt confident that I could increase my score the 2nd time around. I was doing well (mid 600s) in my practice tests and felt like I was much more prepared going into my 2nd exam. As I looked at my score for the 2nd exam (480, 27Q and 29V) I was seriously about to DIE. I am SOOO DEVASTATED and I have no idea what happened!! I contacted the administration to see if there was a mistake..but apparently I just really screwed up.

Now i have to decide whether it makes sense for me to try to take the GMAT again when the 2nd round of application deadlines are coming up so close!! I am running out of time and plus i have to wait 31 days to retake the exam again. If i score low again that means my 2 most recent scores will be bombs.

I don't know what to dooooo! Everytime I think about this I feel like crying.


This is exactly what happened to me. I went from a 560 on my first GMAT to ~650 in GMAT Prep (even got a 720 on MGMAT CAT 1) to 480 on my most recent GMAT.

I'm seriously considering putting an end to this cause I've spent way too much time on a single test.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 17:58
630 is a great score. Top 77th percentile. You may want cut your losses, and stick with that score.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 18:50
what's the average of your target schools?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 09:45
I was planning on applying to university of michigan and michigan state. But now it looks like University of Michigan is definetly out of the running. I was hoping to improve at least 30 points from my 630 score.

University of michigan's: Average: 690. Range (25-75%): 640-740

Michigan State: Average: 636 Range (25-75%): 580-700

I was right about average for Michigan State, even though they consider the highest score..Won't they see that i bombed the 2nd time around? I feel like that will definetly hurt me.

Should I take the test one more time in mid december? Or should i just cut my losses and focus on my applications???
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 11:18
katgirl82 wrote:
I was planning on applying to university of michigan and michigan state. But now it looks like University of Michigan is definetly out of the running. I was hoping to improve at least 30 points from my 630 score.

University of michigan's: Average: 690. Range (25-75%): 640-740

Michigan State: Average: 636 Range (25-75%): 580-700

I was right about average for Michigan State, even though they consider the highest score..Won't they see that i bombed the 2nd time around? I feel like that will definetly hurt me.

Should I take the test one more time in mid december? Or should i just cut my losses and focus on my applications???


30% of the test takers who retake the GMAT score lower in the second or third attempts. It's not uncommon.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2007, 11:20
katgirl82 wrote:
I was planning on applying to university of michigan and michigan state. But now it looks like University of Michigan is definetly out of the running. I was hoping to improve at least 30 points from my 630 score.

University of michigan's: Average: 690. Range (25-75%): 640-740

Michigan State: Average: 636 Range (25-75%): 580-700

I was right about average for Michigan State, even though they consider the highest score..Won't they see that i bombed the 2nd time around? I feel like that will definetly hurt me.

Should I take the test one more time in mid december? Or should i just cut my losses and focus on my applications???


I think with your score you are fine with state uni, but if you aim higher, give it a shoot and take it

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2007, 17:49
I scored almost that low on my third attempt (570, 590, 500, then finally 640). Most schools only look at your HIGHEST score so perhaps you should give it one more earnest attempt. If your score goes down again, at least you can choose to report the 630 and mention that you were sick or something to mitigate the 480. Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2007, 23:26
After the denial phase, it is critical to come to terms with result.

Can you go back to the exam day and think about any significant event which may have ocurred that led you down this score. Did you spend too much time on the problem and had to guess the last few. If you cannot pinpoint an exact cause then its down to fundas.

OK if the root cause is fundamentals then you should invest solid 1 month in complete immersion without burning out !!

If you don't have time to build your Fundamentals which can take about 1-2 months then stick to MSU.

From my vantage point and from a prestige perspective, UM is the way to go. If you have the time you should take another crack at GMAT.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 10:01
Thanks for the advice everyone. I decided to give it another whirl and I'm taking my test on Dec 17th.

I read in another area of this forum (could be a big myth) that if you do really poorly on the quantitative portion that they start you off poorly on the verbal so it's harder to get a better score. I wonder if this happened my case? Do you think this is true or are they are not related? Maybe just wishful thinking.. I probably just screwed up on both.

For the quant portion I remember I was really stuck on the 3rd problem and I started to really panic and lose my cool. That could have been the reason for the huge drop in score. Sometimes I think a good amount of luck is involved with the questions you are given.

I will try this time to really work on fundamentals, because before I was just testing myself on the "hard questions" and maybe not focusing too much on the fundamentals of it.

Thanks again guys!
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