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16 Dec 2008, 02:09
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I seriously need some help from you guys.

I am very frustrated that I scored 440 on my first GMAT test last week.
32 on Quant and 18 on Verbal which is really bad.
I spent about a month to study for the test and decided to give it a shot to see where I stand.
I did most problems in the OG (I answered most questions correctly but I did not time them)and took one timed CAT test from MGMAT with results of 520.
I was very nervous the night before the test and I could not sleep at all. And in the test, I was actually running out of time for both Quant and Verbal. Especially for the Verbal part, I had 7 more questions when I had only 7 mins left on the test. Wonder if anyone could share some time-management strategy and tips on improving both parts?

1) I am planning to retake the test in about 8 weeks. Is there enough time?
2) Is it possible for me to score higher?
3) How much time should I spend on studying the materials? (I am planning to study at least 6 hours a day, will it be too much?)
4) What material is the best?

I wish I found this forum earlier and could have asked all these questions. The result of my first test was really frustrating.

Any help is much appreciated.

::update::
Thank you botirvoy!!!
I am an international student whose native language is NOT english.
Currently preparing for both GMAT and CPA. Have a very hard time on verbal and speed issue.
I need to score 650 or higher in order to get into the program I want.

If I have to speed it up and finish everything in one month, will it be possible? how should I do it if it's possible?

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16 Dec 2008, 02:24
chomomo wrote:
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I seriously need some help from you guys.

I am very frustrated that I scored 440 on my first GMAT test last week.
32 on Quant and 18 on Verbal which is really bad.
I spent about a month to study for the test and decided to give it a shot to see where I stand.
I did most problems in the OG (I answered most questions correctly but I did not time them)and took one timed CAT test from MGMAT with results of 520.
I was very nervous the night before the test and I could not sleep at all. And in the test, I was actually running out of time for both Quant and Verbal. Especially for the Verbal part, I had 7 more questions when I had only 7 mins left on the test. Wonder if anyone could share some time-management strategy and tips on improving both parts?

1) I am planning to retake the test in about 8 weeks. Is there enough time?
2) Is it possible for me to score higher?
3) How much time should I spend on studying the materials? (I am planning to study at least 6 hours a day, will it be too much?)
4) What material is the best?

I wish I found this forum earlier and could have asked all these questions. The result of my first test was really frustrating.

Any help is much appreciated.

chomomo, you seem to have taken the test without decent prep. Tell us your background and what score you need.
8 weeks is a good length of time to prepare for GMAT, but you may wish to consider preparing for about 12 weeks - you could spend 7-8 weeks to learn the concepts tested and 4-5 weeks to practice.
In "Share your GMAT experience" section (this section) you will find plenty of GMAT candidates explaining how they prepared, for how long and what material they used.
Re: scored 440 on first try..helps needed!!!!   [#permalink] 16 Dec 2008, 02:24
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