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Shocker!!! A really bad GMAT experience [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 01:20
Not really in the best mood of my life but i promised myself that i would write down my experiences. All i needed was a 600 but...

My background: Business and Language major. Native English speaker

End of 2005 took the test for the first time and decided to cancel my score. At this time didnt really know much about the GMAT test, had practiced a few questions. Then a month later took the test again (didnt really do much studying for this and didnt have access to materials) and scored a massive 500 (Quant 25 (yes this score really does exist!!) and Verbal 31.

Determined not to fail i then sold my business (was going to do this anyway) and concentrated solely on the GMAT for 4 months. Everyday i studied (was inspired by people on this site), occasionally had a day off but started to improve. My main focus area was Quant as my score was so dismal in the first test. Got through a lot material OG, McGraw Hill, GMAT 800 and had a good solid grasp of all the maths basics.

Took Powerprep quite a few times and Gmat prep and scored between 560 and 660. Got higher than this in other tests.

Then yesterday sat the test proper and had a shocker!! The strangest of experiences really, as i thought that i had nailed it. AWA was fine (had practiced two of these before i sat this test). Quant was manageable too (so i felt..in fact i was on question 12 and thought that the questions were really easy..not a good sign though of course!! but apart from two or three questions i really thought that i had got the answers right because after working out a question the answer was on the screen. In short, after having completed so many practice tests i thought that i had a good idea of when things were going well and when they arent (especially for Quant)

So then onto Verbal. A dodgy SC question first up...got it down to two but then had to guess from there. Other questions were very manageable. Reading Comp texts were kind as well.

So finished the test thinking i had done pretty well and then ermmmmm perhaps not.

Up flashed Quant 34 Verbal 25 Score 500. So four months later after having studied my balls off i end up with exactly the same score as i did a year ago when i knew absolutely nothing about the test. How i ended up with a 25 in the verbal section this time i just dont know. In recent practice tests my lowest ever score was 30. I am a native speaker and spent a lot of time on SC questions as i thought this is where i can get the most value. RC is normally fine providing the text is not on sand dune particles and stars exploding in the stratosphere.. in fact in the test all the texts were quite concise but on topics i understood. Cr questions were ok as well.

So in sum i think that i might have been given the wrong score!!! lol.

I would love to rant on about how much of a joke this test is but will hold myself back!!

So what i am going to do now??? Do i dare go through it all again one last time?? Might have to can the idea of doing an MBA. A bit of shame really after having put so much effort in but you can only try your best right?!!! There are a lot worse things happening around in the world and maybe the big man upstairs is trying to tell me something??

Not so sure about how helpful this posting is to you all out there but promised myself i would disclose my experience regardless of the outcome.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 03:18
Bummer – well the silver lining here is that you increased your Q score considerably. However, your V fell by an offsetting amount. Did you study V as well as Q during your studying?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 10:30
Yep sure did.

I was hitting a 90 percent success rate on OG SC questions. CR 80% and RC 75% (dependent on the type of subject---had certain problems with scientific passages)

In fact, even on the maths i was getting 80-90% of OG questions right and i hear that the questions there are supposed to be in the 550-650 range.

Big bummer!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 15:02
I am no "700 club" member, (yet) but I started at a 25 Q 35 V. I got my Q to 37 (41 in other tests) but my verbal stayed the same. But, I haven't studied V yet.

What I have changed recently is to look at the quality of the questions rather than sheer quantity. Make sure you consider exactly why you get something wrong AND why you get something right! Also, practice answering questions more than one way (especially in Q). Finally, go with your strength... with your background, working on V should pay massive dividends for you. There is no doubt that you can hit 35+ in Verbal. Be systematic and approach this test with a veni, vini, vici attitude.

I have failed twice now, but I have learned from those failures. Take as much time as you can and use GMATprep to measure your progress. When your GMATprep is above where you want to be on the real thing, pull the trigger.

Use this site. The people and the resources here are second to none!

all the best (finally another 25 Q!! Don't worry, you are not alone... )

cheers. :) :) 8-) 8-)
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2006, 15:13
I would echo what most people have already said... make sure you re-visit your plan and work on a new one. Change the way you studied and re-organize yourself. Use this site to the maximum.... get addicted to it for the next 3 months. Be obsessive about every question you see and answer and if you got it wrong find out why you got it wrong until you figure out why. Be persistant...
I am sure things seem bad now, but in time you will come back with happy news about your new higher and better score... Trust me!!

Take a break and come back in sometime to start off again...
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2006, 08:30
WHY do people say they are questioning the MBA at all after a so-so or bad score on the GMAT? DOn't you know this test tests nothing but your ability to take the GMAT? Ive scored very high on IQ tests and hold that in much higher regard than my ability to cram for and do HS algebra that I havent seen in 7 years. I mean I hope you mean canning one particular school after getting a 500 if they have 650s as average, but seriously, you can go to alot of MBA programs scoring a 500. You would have to be an imbucile to think you cant hack an MBA program if you can't achieve a high score on this stupid test you paid hundreds of dollars for.
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