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Hi,

I joined the community on the 31st of March 2010. At that time I wanted to take the GMAT. Five months later, I still didn't take it :roll:

So first step in the GMAT process is to schedule a date to force you to work, otherwise you'll keep postponing the test and will certainly never take it.

Moreover the test costs $250 so that's an additional incentive to do your best.

I have now scheduled my test for the 28th of October. I consider two months enough time, yet not too much to create a time constraint and force me to work efficiently.


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So on test day, I went to the test center ahead of time and at a sandwich as it was lunchtime. Around 8 other people were taking the test. I didn't immediately enter the test room, I asked for a 5 minutes concentration time.

The room was as hot as in hell, and the noise of the computers was unbearable. Even with the earplugs I could still hear the noise made by the fans, amplified by the carton cubicles. I thought I was in a nightmare. The screens were 22" 16:9 and made it painful to read the exercises. GMATPrep made it clear the screen's resolution must be 1280x1024 to mimic the real test. I might report that to Pearson.

Moreover, I took the test in Switzerland, and realized the keyboards were not US standard, but QWERTZ! God, my essays were painful, I had to fight against the typos and struggle to find the misplaced punctuation signs. I barely finished my essays on time. My hands were shaking, as well as sweating... Thanks to Chineseburned's templates, I couldn't have written my essays without them. At this point my heart was beating at 160bpm, hopefully it's time for a break.

First break. I raise my hand for the proctor to accompany me out of the room. After 3 minutes nobody comes, so I stand up and he tells me to just walk out the room. I drank a lot of water (it was an oven in the room) and ate a banana. By the time I went back to the computer, I was 1min40s overtime! Shit!

So I attack quant, with my stupid 1min40 penalty. The first question seems hard, and I struggle. Now I'm losing confidence. Fortunately, I was thinking about my commitment to gmatclub, and there was no way I was going to disappoint you, so I kept highly concentrated and managed to finish the section 2 minutes ahead of time, without having to guess too much. My target was to not make silly mistakes and secure a Q47 as I already did in the past with gmatprep. This time I immediately walked out the room to drink, eat, piss and go back in the room.

Now it's time for Verbal. The first question is an SC which threw me off. It was a hard parallelism problem, and it took me 2 to 3 minutes to solve. There was no way I would fail the first problem. Then came RC and CR which I am good at, so my confidence came back. Then around halfway through the section, as I ate too quickly during my previous break to avoid going overtime, I started to have stomach aches and my heart rate increased as problems got more confusing. I had to take deep breaths a few times to stay cool. I was a pressure cooker about to explode.

At last I complete the Verbal section, not too sure about my performance. I thought I would get around 680-690 and be devastated to miss my target by so little. Now it's time for the mba.com profile. Click, click... God it never ends! Where are my scores? I can't wait!

And here comes the final screen, where you are allowed 2 minutes to report or cancel the score. As I want to go into finance, I ftold myself that I should have a poker player attitude: no emotions, poker face, blabla. So whatever my score will be, I will not rejoice or be upset. Final click. I see my 710, and damn the poker players, I was jumping all over my cubicle waving hands as if I had broken a 100m sprint world record. This was a huge relief!

Now out of the room, I'm actually the last fellow of the session. In the office a cute blond girl and another guy are waiting for their score reports. I ask them if they took the gmat how it went on. The girl answered she took some other test and her young and beautiful face told me she was only around 20 yrs old, so gmat is not for her now. The other fellow however told me he preferred to cancel his score. We chatted a little waiting to be handed our score reports.

I wished everyone all the best for the future and stepped out the test center with an incredibly joyful mood. I'm now done with the gmat for the rest of my life.

A few tips


- If you can, bring your laptop and fire gmatprep to warm you up before the test. Just do a few questions.
- Beware of the 8 minutes breaks. Waiting for the proctor, going to the toilet and such will take you more time than when you are at home.
- Take all the breaks or you'll have a heart attack around mid-test.
- Take the earplugs.
- OG12 covers everything you should know.
- The test difficulty is equivalent to what you experience with gmatprep.
- The GMAT not only tests quant and verbal, but also your stamina, self control, psychology and such. You must know yourself and be able to control yourself under stressful conditions to score well.

I'd like to thank the website founders and moderators for providing us a place to share experience. And I'd like to address warm encouragements to Financier, Dreamy, and others I forgot, whose experiences I have carefully followed to build my confidence. I'm sure you'll all do well in your upcoming tests.

Cheers :wink:

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Re: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 02:40
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In some ways I am in the same boat. Except that I feel I should book a date when I am scoring in the range of +/-30 points of my target range. Unfortunately I haven't been able to reach that figure on a consistent basis.

Anyway Padawan you have exactly 60 days before D-Day.

- Two hours a day should be your target. That's 120 hours before the exam.

Let us know how your journey is progressing now and then.

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Re: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 03:22
the other innovative way to schedule test date:

Just get 730+ on last 2 mock tests(one of them should be GMATPrep test) and after that take a nearest date or date within a week.
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Hi akaydee, I think you should still schedule a date. "I'll take the test when I'm ready" is a bad idea, not only for gmat by the way.

Even the Debian developers have moved on to a scheduled release project management after having praised the "it's ready when it's ready" scheme :)

I'll definitely be reporting my progress in this forum.

PS: your Michael Jordan video link is awesome!


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after that take a nearest date or date within a week.

For me that wouldn't work out right. As the good hours (aka: afternoon) for that date will already be taken. I remember my GRE, it was scheduled early in the morning. The night before I didn't sleep well and over slept as I didn't hear my alarm clock. You can imagine how well I did on the test.

Personally I have scheduled the test at 13h15, so even if I don't sleep well, I'll have the whole morning to recover and hang out to take the pressure off me, then between 13h and 17h I'll be ready to kick the hell out of this test.
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 08:05
Hurray! Using old MGMAT Sentence Correction book combined with OG10, I was able to nail a 28/36 correct answers for chapter 1.

I'm rather pleased with that score knowing that some stupid neighbor has been using his chainsaw to cut logs the whole afternoon. I'm happy I was able to stay concentrated on my task.

I did the questions without timing myself. I wanted to take it easy, without stress, in order to understand the twists the gmat writers introduce and get the hang of answering these questions right.

With more experience I'll work on thinking faster and answering the question within the allotted time, which is ≈1 minute from what I've read.

Starting from now, I'll strictly adhere to my daily schedule, without overdoing the preparation so I won't get exhausted.
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Re: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 08:35
PadawanOfTheGMAT wrote:
Hi akaydee, I think you should still schedule a date. "I'll take the test when I'm ready" is a bad idea, not only for gmat by the way.
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Thanks. I fully agree with you.

PadawanOfTheGMAT wrote:

Even the Debian developers have moved on to a scheduled release project management after having praised the "it's ready when it's ready" scheme :)
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PS: your Michael Jordan video link is awesome!.


Yes Debian's a great example.

Glad you like the Michael Jordan video. It's really appropriate for those taking the GMAT. It's a bit like conditional probability questions. The more you fail the better your chances are of success.
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I can't schedule a test date until I get my final exam schedule at college and book my tickets for getting back home or visiting my boyfriend (need a place to take the GMAT, you see). GAH.
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 01:53
I'm doing good progress thanks to the MGMAT books.

I also just received in the mail my PowerScore Critical Reasoning book, and they say that correctly answering the first questions has more weight than the last ones which just adjust the score, but that contradicts what MGMAT say. So who's right?
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 03:44
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I'm doing good progress thanks to the MGMAT books.

I also just received in the mail my PowerScore Critical Reasoning book, and they say that correctly answering the first questions has more weight than the last ones which just adjust the score, but that contradicts what MGMAT say. So who's right?



Without any whisker of doubt the first few questions carry maximum weight.....!!!
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 02:07
It's funny when we realize that we can't tell if a question is hard or not. Using PowerScore CR bible, I was working on the Chapter 5 problem set. I failed some stupid questions and yet the hardest one seemed easy to me.
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 01:10
Count me in too....Booked it finally.
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 07:03
I finished today my review of PowerScore's CR book. God it's a big book! It's gets really tough near the end.

I'm now into MGMAT Number Properties and after reading only a few pages I can already tell it well help me a lot! Excellent refresher.
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 06:08
Damn' I was taking my first MGMAT test, and for some reason it crapped out and it logged me out after the first quant question.

Now I'm waiting til gmatprep getrs downloaded and I'll go for the real thing.

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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 08:57
hey, this is almost same thing that happened to me:
i joined the club last June then posted around and prep for test. Then I procrastinated till this april to take it. Well I was also finishing up my Grad degree and due to timeline issues and the fact i was a bit late to the "apply 2009" party so i went lazy. After april's test i took a Knewton course and immediately schedule my test 2-3 weeks after to make sure i wont procrastinate again... 250$ on the line is hard to procrastinate by :)
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:01
I could resume the MGMAT test and do it completely and therefore save gmatprep for later.

So I have an engineering+math background and scored 630 (Q45 77%, V32 67%), result which I'm pleased of as I have only been through less than two weeks of training. Actually my secret goal for this test was 640, so let's say I reached it :) With some work on Verbal I'm sure I will nail a 7 on T-day.

In Math, I simply ditched some of the questions I had no idea how to answer such as Combinatorics, rates and stuff that I haven't used for the last 10 years. I already studied MGMAT Number Properties and Geometry which helped me. I finished just at the last second but had to randomly pick the choice.

In Verbal, I went too quickly by finishing 15 minutes ahead of time. Yet, I have only worked on CR (completed PowerScore course and felt the need to review my notes) and a little bit of SC, so there is definitely room for improvement. I'm eager to receive my MGMAT RC and SC books to get really started in Verbal.

My essays were awful. I think one of the tricks is to learn some buzz words and sentences by heart and just spit them out. I have only watched the MGMAT AWA lab, and it severely lacks useful content. When you're in the essay, there is no time to come up with fancy and cheesy sentences, this must be done before you step in the testing room or you're toast. My ideas were good, but putting them down was bad. I haven't written these kind of essays for a very long time (8 years I guess), except my cover letters which I take more than 30 minutes to write ;)

All in all, it was a good first experience and made me train on my stamina (I enforced the 8 minutes only breaks), as I am sure it's tested as much as our quant and verbal abilities.

Time for debriefing now.


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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:27
Mwaaaahaaaa! My last PS which I randomly picked was correct!

By the way what's the # sign question?

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If #p# = ap3+ bp – 1 where a and b are constants, and #-5# = 3, what is the value of #5#?
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 11:06
My god! I got killed by CR, and yet that's the only thing I thoroughly studied in Verbal! :shock:

I think I went over the PowerScore CR book too quickly and need to review some concepts. One good thing is that PowerScore CR helped me improve my RC! I got excellent results. My SC was fair.

I also noted that I failed the first question in Quant and Verbal! I must pay attention and be better mentally prepared to attack the GMAT!
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 15:18
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My god! I got killed by CR, and yet that's the only thing I thoroughly studied in Verbal! :shock:

I think I went over the PowerScore CR book too quickly and need to review some concepts. One good thing is that PowerScore CR helped me improve my RC! I got excellent results. My SC was fair.

I also noted that I failed the first question in Quant and Verbal! I must pay attention and be better mentally prepared to attack the GMAT!


knowing the problem is part of solving the problem. Now you should try error logs and study things thoroughly
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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 18:52
If you don't use error logs you will consistently get the problems wrong, quality over quantity like they say.

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Re: My logbook: Stop procastinating, and schedule a date NOW! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 20:40
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If you don't use error logs you will consistently get the problems wrong, quality over quantity like they say.

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