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Took GMAT again and will again one last time...

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Took GMAT again and will again one last time... [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 19:39
Hey guys, just updating everyone on my progress and want to thank everyone on here. This site has helped me immensely.

With that said, I gave GMAT another try after scoring a 510 Q35V26 in August.

This time around 570 Q38V29. :roll:

I am encouraged but I am also disappointed. I was consistantly scoring in the 600-620 range with my highest being a 640. My Q scores ranged from 38-44 and V scores ranged from 30-36.

I ran into one main problem that I hope will help somebody on here...

MAKE SURE YOU GET PLENTY OF SLEEP THE ENTIRE WEEK OF THE EXAM!!! I cannot express how important this is. I literally hit a wall soon after starting the verbal section. I simply became so tired I could not fully comprehend what I was reading and it cost me DEARLY on the timing.

I looked up and had 15 questions left on verbal with roughly 20 minutes to go. It wasn't even necessarily that I spent too much time on the early questions making sure I got them right. I was just so tired that it took me forever to just read and understand the passage or question I was reading. Very discouraging and frustrating after working so hard.

Needless to say, I had to virtually skim the remaining 15 questions. I didn't even get a chance to read all the answer choices on MOST of the last 15.

Anyway, I am encouraged by this at the same time. I think for me to score V29 while basically skimming the last 15 problems says that I was shooting for a high score. I just need to get better sleep the week leading up to the test next time.

My testing materials this go around...

-I read each of the MGMAT books plus the Powerscore CR books. All of them helped of course.

My one regret was that I ran out of time to study before I could really practice what I had learned in the books with the OG. That is what I'm working on now and will be until the final GMAT.

In conclusion, I'm going to be taking the GMAT one last time before calling it quits. Unfortunately, since I have to wait 31 calender days between tests, it looks like I have to wait til the first week of December to take it. But, I plan on having all my apps done by this time and the last GMAT score will be the final thing sent in to my schools. So all in all, I think it will be perfect timing and will have the GMAT and all apps in to my schools by mid-late December just in time for the second deadlines at most of the schools I'm applying to.

I do have a couple of questions though...

1) I remember people saying something about a "timing" mechanism on this site that helps people with their timing on the test. It was never an issue for me until the GMAT this last time but I figure having it will help me even more next time.

2) For this second go around with GMAT, since I read all the MGMAT books and Powerscore CR, what do you guys recommend I do study-wise for the next month before D-day?

Thanks for everything guys!
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Re: Took GMAT again and will again one last time... [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 00:32
I'm in the same boat you are bro. Been consistently scoring in the 600's and then got a 550 on the real deal. gonna give it hell again :-)
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Re: Took GMAT again and will again one last time... [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 02:54
Good luck on your next attempt.
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Re: Took GMAT again and will again one last time... [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 05:49
600orBurst,

you are absolutely right about getting good sleep. I made sure that I was sleeping at least 6 hours a day during the last 4 days. Plus, I stopped visit GMATCLUB during my last (I am sure this is not something BB would want to hear). The truth is that this site is meant to help everyone with their GMAT, and I think it is imp not to visit the site during the last week. You need to filter the noise. I took GMAT yesterday and got a decent score. I think GMAT is all about attitude, it is not really testing your true caliber.
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Re: Took GMAT again and will again one last time... [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 06:21
Hey,

Look on the bright side, your score moved in the right direction.

Doing the OG12 and Verbal & Quant review books will obviously help you.. no doubt about that. I saw immediate benefits after practicing from those two resources.

You didn't specify which areas of verbal you struggle with so I'll provide my thoughts:

I found PowerScore CR much better than MGMAT guides, so solid choice. I found my RC score surge after learning how to do CR properly (especially for inference questions). Practicing RC from OG12 will no doubt help you.

For SC, I did not like MGMAT SC so I switched to PowerScore SC. I found the explanations in PowerScore SC to be clearer without all the heavy content that is packed in MGMAT SC.

I write my GMAT on Nov 8, but these resources helped my boost my score during practice
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