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Just came back... Scored a 690 AGAIN!! Was scoring around 730-740 in the practice test... Not sure how I messed up!
Maths section was messy...!! I almost felt like canceling the score. This is the second time I got a 690. The first time I took the GMAT was in December, scored a 690 (ETS). History repeated itself today!!
Feeling so messed up! I knew I could have done better, somehow messed up the maths timing and started fumbling and guessing towards the end!
Anyways, will post another message with the details later..
Not sure whether I should take the test the third time. Was aiming for H/W/K/Insead!
Okay... Do not feel like talking abt it today, but will write something -
Had my test scheduled at 1130 am. So left home around 1015 - on the way went to a Starbucks to pick up coffee. The test center is approx 40 mins from my place. The GPS did some funny routing and wanted me to take a turn on a one way street!!
Anyways, finally reached the center at 1115 and went through the formalities. It felt like I was applying for a visa! Had my photo taken, index finger print taken, digital signature copied!! They didnt have the DNA test, probably that will be there post PV!
Then was the test! Before entering the exam hall, the rulses were listed and read out again! Somehow felt like I was entering the Immigrations and customs of a very hostile country! I was handed the much discussed writing boards. Though in retrospect, I must admit that did not have much problem with them, save the fact that my hand was all black! On top of all the initial security, they make you scan your index finger everytime you enter or leave the room!
AWA was a breeze. Two easy topics that I had seen before.
Maths section started easy. Started off with a PS then a few easy DS... Then I made my first worng move. I started getting jittery, thinking that the questions were too easy and I must be missing out on the 'twist' that PV questions usually include. I started focussing more on each questions, just to double check!! BAD MOVE! I know I start getting jittery when I run out of time. I should not have bothered!
Then I ended up with 13 questions in 30 mins! Panic started! Anyways, made several guesses - I guess they weer wrong... Finally finised the math section. Rushed out to take the break. My palm was all black.
Rushed to the restroom, had a bite of the granola bar, sipped the coffee that I left on top of the lockers. Then signed back into the test room.
Started working on the Verbal. Started off with a few SCs, then a few CR and then the first RC passage. The RC was a breeze!
Then a few more of SCs and then second RC. I knew I made a mistake in the 2nd RC.. It stuck me only after I click the 'Accept answer' button! Felt like arrgh... but tried to convince that the past cannot be changed.. continue cautiously! Continued on... I had 4 RCs. Three of them were short and easy, the fourth one was relatively long, but still kinda easy. Then finished the verbal on time!
Took my sweet time to do the survey! I was curious to know how the sruvey information was used, but could not find any expln. At the end I click next to generate the score. It poped up a dialog saying that I had not chosen between the option to report or cancel the score! So I had to go back to the previous screen! At this time, I was in two minds, but finally decided to just accept! The system took a few seconds to process, which felt like ages, and then the score popped up!
And I was like ARRGH! Not again!! Am I jinxed or what! All my practice tests I have scored a lot higher!!
Anyways, in retrospect, I found the Verbal relatively easy, but Quant was quite tricky - it made you think. In the ETS world, the questions were straightforward and did not have any twist. In PV, there are more questions with a twist. Esp the DS questions!
Thats, my story!! Not sure whether I will take it again, I might, might not- the system doesnt allow one to take it before the next 31 days! I was quite confident about next week, but I do not know whether I can afford a months time again - work requires me to travel, and ECAs and other actitivities were suffering cos of GMAT.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you here... everyone in this forum! I loved hanging in here. I used to check the forum as frequently as possible, during work, first thing in the morning. Its really addictive and enjoyable! I will be here, and if I decide to take up the challenge again, will definately seek your help!
John, twice 690 !!!! You are a very unlucky person. But hey, 690 is also a very good score. I dont think 10-20 points can bring about a world of difference. I have seen your website and its real cool. I think you have a very good profile and with a score of 690, you should get into the school you want !!
I see your post whenever i go to math section. You are genious and deserve to get 700+. Do not get disappointed and act like Robert Bruce.If your situation is like that, i do not know what is gonna happen a dumb student like me man.Good luck and hang around with this forum.
Sm, im sorry that you did not reach your potential. It was probably a bad day for you. Nervousness gets the best of us and could greatly affect our scores. Sometimes there is nothing to show for hard work and that is the most frustrating thing of all. On the bright side, your scores are very consistent and 690 is a great score! Perhaps some schools take the highest section of each attempt? Congrats! and keep your head up.
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