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Totaly destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 05:46
Hi guys

just got my third Gmat attempt and scored a devastating 550 (Q43/V23).
First attempt 560 (Q44/V23)
Second attempt 600(Q42/V31)

I do not understand what happend. I was perfectly prepared.
My CAts

Manhatten CAT 1 650 (Q43 /V 36)
GMAT Prep 1 730 (Q50 / V39)
GMAT Prep 2 690 (Q50 / V34)

Thats really demotivating. I read some of the post and a couple of guys got the same problem as I do. Being good in the mock tests and destroying the GMAT.
Actually I felt very confident in the Third Attempt and was hoping to get a 640-650. Is there any possibility that there was any error with the system.
In verbal I had just 2-3 questions were I felt unsure.

I will definitely give it another try. How are the adcoms evaluate this?

Thanks
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Re: Total destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 06:01
amirkabir wrote:
Hi guys

just got my third Gmat attempt and scored a devastating 550 (Q43/V23).
First attempt 560 (Q44/V23)
Second attempt 600(Q42/V31)

I do not understand what happend. I was perfectly prepared.
My CAts

Manhatten CAT 1 650 (Q43 /V 36)
GMAT Prep 1 730 (Q50 / V39)
GMAT Prep 2 690 (Q50 / V34)

Thats really demotivating. I read some of the post and a couple of guys got the same problem as I do. Being good in the mock tests and destroying the GMAT.
Actually I felt very confident in the Third Attempt and was hoping to get a 640-650. Is there any possibility that there was any error with the system.
In verbal I had just 2-3 questions were I felt unsure.

I will definitely give it another try. How are the adcoms evaluate this?

Thanks

Sorry to hear about the disappointment.

Taking a 3rd time will not be an issue with the adcom. They will certainly draw more of an issue with a 600 than a 3rd try and say a 720 :-D

Are you nervous in the test center? Given your practice scores, you should be scoring much higher. I would recommend improving your test taking anxiety (that is to say, decreasing it).

Also, are you taking your practice tests in situations and timing to mimic test situations?

My recommendation is to keep at it! Good luck!
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Re: Totaly destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 08:09
I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but the good news is that you do appear to have a higher score in you! Keep working hard and a 700+ could be very very close. Unfortunately there is little to no chance that there was an issue with your particular test that brought your score down :(.

If the answer to any of these questions is "No" then this might be the problem:

Did you take your practice under timed conditions? (Taking practice tests without a timer can greatly inflate your score. Not only are you getting questions right that you may have missed on a real test, but you a training yourself to answer questions too slowly)
Did you only take the GMAT prep practice tests once? (seeing only a few repeat questions can greatly inflate your score)
Did you take the AWA with the practice tests? (Taking practice tests without the AWA cuts out a whole hour of test taking. On test day, your stamina could be depleted after the AWA, whereas when you studied you would be going into Quant fresh b/c you didn't take the AWA)
Did you use all 75 minutes in both sections? (They give you 75 minutes for a reason. If you ran out of time, or had too much time left on the clock, you missed out on getting questions right that you missed)
Did you leave any answers unmarked? (Leaving answers unmarked when the time runs out leads to a HUGE penalty. Its better to guess if you have to)
Did you take 10-15 seconds to double check questions to make sure you got them right? (If a question seemed too easy, it probably was. Double check, make sure you take every word into consideration. Double check your work, and make that 10 seconds count. Work these double checks into your studying, and factor them into your 2 minute per question calculation)
Did you read my post here to help you with the intangibles?: http://gmatclub.com/forum/10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393-20.html

Don't let one bad test destroy your motivation. Just as you are writing about your disappointment today, you could be writing about your excitement a month from now. Visualize yourself writing that debrief with the test score your looking for, and keep your nose in the books. Good luck!
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Re: Totaly destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 08:22
Hi guys

thanks for your replies. I am totally devastated right now. Iam not sure how the adcom will see when I take the test 4-5 times.

Actually in my mocktests I did not do any AWA. Furthermore I saw some repetion clearly. But I think my main problem is that I am always a little bit anxious when sitting in front of the real gmat.
I think iam capable of doing the 700 but acutally I will be pleases when I get a 650 :-(
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Re: Totaly destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 08:33
The Adcom will care more about your low test score then taking 4-5 times with a 650+ finish. So since you've said you've not taken AWA and you've seen repeat questions you need to wash away your ideas of those previous test scores. They truly mean NOTHING, b/c there is no way to tell what you should really be scoring. I would recommend that you continue your studying, but in a fashion that I've outlined in my post: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393-20.html Seriously, read it. This will help you deal with your test day anxiety and test day stamina. Also, find new practice tests, try to simulate your test day environment and conditions. The only way to help with test day anxiety, is to make test day feel like second nature. Do all your studying and test taking under the test day environment conditions. Just remember, there are many people taking this test that are able to overcome these feelings, and many have to work very hard to do it. Evaluate the way your are studying, and build this into it. With work and effort, not only can you learn the topics, but also beat the mental aspects of this challenging test. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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Re: Totaly destroyed GMAT [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2012, 10:04
Demotivating - Strong word... and Im sure applicable. Take a few weeks off (if you can afford it). Ensure that you want to do this. Then sit down and study right, practice right and you will score accordingly.

Remember the GMAT is not a measure of intelligence.

Last, Adcoms have always said we only check your highest score. They dont care how long it will take you to get there. If anything it shows perseverance and motivation.

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