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this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 04:17
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Hi all!

I always wanted to post a message in this forum starting with some usual phrases of top guys here, such as a “long journey to 700club” or an “awesome final”, but now I think I never will. This is a dead end. This is my cri de coeur. Apologies, if the story is too long.
It's almost a year I've been studying this crazy piece of.... Some time ago I was thinking that the only obstacle on my way to a top notch bschool is the financing issue and that I need to accumulate some money first. I did not take the test seriously after I looked through several books I had found a few years ago on one of my friend's bookshelfs. And I was planning to spend two months at most on the test, spending a few hours between the gym and surfing i-net on weekends. I could not even imagine what I would have to face and what a nightmare my weekends would become as soon as I’m engaged with this monstrous bastard.

Loosing virginity. I spent a few months doing OGs and other materials I’ve found across the inet thinking that the GMATprep software is tougher than the real test just to prepare you morally for the real life before my first attempt that came to be the second most striking moment of truth for me since the finding in my distant childhood that no Santa really exists. After getting a wretched 560 (with q-40 v-smth) I strolled home. I understood that the test is not what I was thinking of it to be and it will be a real challenge.

2nd abuse. I started to prepare like a shaolin monk for the kung-fu tournament. I joined the local courses. I downloaded and purchased all of the main books. I did all OGs once again a few times. 3,5 months of nightmare. Before the test I burned a 2 week vacation leaving my home ONLY twice or thrice for maximum 20 minutes. I decided not to do gprep before the test as I had learned all of the questions and it was hardly productive. I went to the test with charged batteries and high moral stance but was kicked in the face again with the result of 640(q42 v 36). I’m not a slug but I was not able to get out of bed for a whole weekend after the test so discouraged I was. But I decided not to give up and give another try.

3rd abuse. It was the beginning of summer-usually not very work-intensive period when I recovered from my 2nd fault after 3-4 weeks of trying to fix certain breaches in my sinking social life boat.
The whole summer was burnt. No tan, no swimming, no grasshoppers, no weekends, no nothing. Just work and Gbastard in the intervals or more correctly work in the intervals. I’ve studied all of the available materials I found useful. Mainly Manhattan math guides, Manhattan SC, Powerscore reasoning, did all 1000 RC, 1000CR, 1000SC guides, studied the major part of this and other major forum’s explanations, took private tutors and bought online CATs. After losing almost all of composure I took the test…..and was whipped by GBastard for the 3rd time. I wonder what stopped me from breaking the monitor and crushing the chairs in the testcenter together with beating the instructors. That was like a total, pure, concentrated madness. Again 640 (with the same q42 v 36) score. More than three months of non-stop preparation and no change at all. WTF?

Aftermath. I’m almost done with the test and the dream to ever reach a top league as I think that I will never be able to get a positive score. I don’t even think that there is any reason to start an application process with such abysmal score. I don’t know what to do as it is very uneasy to throw all this efforts away but I don’t have any more tolerance and motivation to proceed. Am I too dumb, too non-native speaker with a total lack of quant skills, verbal skills and poor reasoning? Am I too old for such a brain quizzes? (I’m 30 y.o.) I was trying to improve quant score very hard, but no matter how hard I tried I was not able to improve my timing even though I could crack all of the problems.
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 05:59
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Aftermath. I’m almost done with the test and the dream to ever reach a top league as I think that I will never be able to get a positive score. I don’t even think that there is any reason to start an application process with such abysmal score. I don’t know what to do as it is very uneasy to throw all this efforts away but I don’t have any more tolerance and motivation to proceed. Am I too dumb, too non-native speaker with a total lack of quant skills, verbal skills and poor reasoning? Am I too old for such a brain quizzes? (I’m 30 y.o.) I was trying to improve quant score very hard, but no matter how hard I tried I was not able to improve my timing even though I could crack all of the problems.
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Hey bro
don't be disappointed
GMAT is not a measure of what kind of a person you are
cheers for your courage
and start with the applications
choose the right college to apply for
i think in application you will have an upper hand as you said you are in 30s

all the best bro
m sure god have something good in his box for you
btw when did you gave the GMAT
if in September then please note that there was a big change in SC
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 07:10
I can feel your disappointment. The true test of man does not lie in the results but how much effort he has put in an endeavor.

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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 08:40
I'm onto my 3rd try in October. Regardless of what I get, my last score of 640 is already enough for the school I want to go to.

After that, I'm going to catch up on my honeymoon in Spain :)
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 22:42
Guyz, Thank you for your support!
The problem is that 640 is not enough for the target schools and I think another schools are not worth the effort
I'm thinking of giving another try (I wonder whether GMAT is addictive) :twisted:
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2011, 06:20
haha you are right...it is indeed addictive until you reach your target score :D
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 20:26
Give yourself some time before you start the preparation again. GMAT is all about strategy. I was only able to crack in the fourth attempt. Try to focus on strategy more this time. Believe me, it will make all the difference.....PM if you need any help!! Happy to do so....
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2011, 00:00
Hey bro...

Don't feel bad about it...at the end of the day it's just a exam and it is no way a means to judge your caliber .Give one more shot...but give yourself some time...then hit back hard...have a proper structured study plan ..use right materials and i am sure you would get a great score..All the best!!
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2011, 23:51
Thanx guyz! Your support is very valuable!
Unfortunately so little time is left, no space for a break.

talk2vj Thanx for the advice. I've read through your Gexpreience and found it EXTREMELY helpfull and inspiring. My G experience is very similar to yours in terms of obstacles (and I hope them to be even more alike passing at 4th attempt:))

I've read about the importance of strategy before, but was not taking it very serious. Now I see how crucial it is.

I'm planning to focus hard on the quant part and disregard the verbal at this stage, because I found out that I'm not able to hit the 45q level even in the CATs no matter how hard I practice. The main problem I face is when I see the tough quant question on the exam I feel really depressed and even if I'm able to solve it, it takes very long time for me to crack it. In most cases I simply skip it after spending 3-4 useless minutes trying to concentrate on what is required, this is especially true with the tough wording questions and questions that are twisted (you know what I mean). So what I will do in the upcoming few weeks is concentrate on the extremely tough questions and learn them by heart. I've heard a lot of people talking here that GMATCLUB questions are really tough, so I think I'll start with them.

Guyz, what do u think 'bout such kinda strategy? And if you think that this is a right strategic move, where else such questions can be found?
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 14:04
I feel your pain. Don't get discouraged. I took some time off between and 2nd and 3rd try and read some books that interest me. After that, my 3rd try was a success!
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 08:58
Don't give up!
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 14:45
Couple of things...why would you move to gmat club tests if you are only at 42? you have basic concept issues that you need to thoroughly review with MGMAT which brings me to my next point...you need to keep an error log of the questions you do not get right in both GMAT book OG's...
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 19:48
i agree that gmat can suck the social life out of you esp when u work/study
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 23:48
Mahtab Because I don't experience problems with basic questions/concepts. I have reviewed the MGMAT and OGs and don't find their questions hard. The main problem I face is dealing with the hard questions 700-800 level. This could be easily tracked in Manhattan CATS. It usually goes this way - I'm crunching 600-700 and some of the 700 questions till I approach the twisted skyscrapper and got stuck for 5 minutes trying to deter my anger, then just skip it (80% done) due to clock ticking...
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Re: this is the end my only friend [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2011, 05:45
burnjai wrote:
i agree that gmat can suck the social life out of you esp when u work/study

agreed. Nothin is too difficult
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