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I don't know how to start this, but i think i will just go straight to the point. How is it possible that the more i take the GMAt, the lower i score? The more i prepare, and the more knowledge i acquire, the lower i score? How weird is that. I took the GMAT 4 times, and every damn time, i score lower and lower. I think i wm giving up, because it's not for me. I could take the manhattan gmat course but i am very skeptical at this point. When i saw the score i couldn't beleive my eyes. I did a lot of practice with you guys, and i did pretty good, i learned a lot from this site, but somehow i scored low.
Is it maybe becasue they have me in the system, and the more i take the exam, the harder it gets for me as compared to somebody who takes it for the first time? I am just curious. Ant thoughts guys would be greatly appreciated, becasue i am as perplexed as ever.
Hi Fig, thanks for your reply. the very first time i took it right after college in august 2005, then i took it again in may 2007, then june 2007, just one month afterwards, and for the last time i took it on last saturday, 2 days ago.
I don't know what to make of this, if you wouyld have any ideas....please please please please suggest something, becasue i feel i am loosing it here.
As a last resort i am thinking Kellogg in NYC, even though is much more expensive than our city colleges, or just take manhattan gmat or Kaplan course and thne take it again. What do you think is the best way to proceed?
Well, I think there are two possible reasons why you are scoring lower each time. Well, 3 I guess if it's just purely random. But the two reasons would be that either stress/anxiety is getting the better of you (and of course it will be worse each time) or you are not studying effectively.
So, managing stress is definitely a big part of doing well on the exam. If you went in the first time with no expectations, then it probably wasn't an issue. If you put in a lot of effort studying for the re-take, the value of your time and effort may cause you to put additional pressure on yourself to do well. You can read some of the reports around here about how people have managed their stress. It definitely plays a big role.
The second potential problem is that you are not studying effectively. You say in your message that you are preparing for the exam, but as most of us here know, you need to make sure you are learning rather than just doing problems. So, some people like to use an error log to identify the problems that they miss; then they target their study towards that type of problem. Others have concluded that they need to improve their verbal or math foundations. You can't learn new material until you are 100% solid with the basics. Some people go back to high school math books and English grammar books to re-learn the basics. Once they have those cold, they can deal with the challenges of the GMAT.
So, make sure that you are studying effectively. Figure out what you don't understand and target those areas. Then, as you get closer to the exam, work out a set schedule so you can simulate the actual event and manage your stress.
Thanl you very much Pelihu. Looking from an objective point of view, i think you're right, maybe i do put to much stress on myslef. See, i really want to get a good score and continue my education, and lots of people are counting on me to do so, especially my family in Romania. Believe me it's not easy to tell them i failed....again. I haven't visited for over 2 years not because i don't to, or i don't have the money to do so, but because i didn't score well here.
Anyway, i will not bother you or others with my details, i will just say that i hope manhattan gmat course will help me learn the basics the right way, and point me towards a 600 score. I think you're aboslutely right, i do most of the problems using my common sense and intuition, rather than technique. I know it's not the way to go, but i just wanted a quick fix... and i know that's not how gmat works, you just can't get lucky.
Anyway, once again thank you for replying to my message, i will start from zero and learn the basics just like you said.
I think that Pelihu has made an excellent analysis based on what we know about u
To me, the first thing is to convince yourself that u will make it !... As u are already among us in the GMATClub, my intuition says me that, yes, u will indeed achieve it
Having said that, here my ideas:
> Make a strict study plan : this supposes that u know what are your weaknesses and so u must put your energy on them without avoiding to practice all kinds of parts/sub parts/types of GMAT questions during the way. Kind of : 5 days a week : 20 CR / 20 SC / 1 RC + 15 PS / 15 DS...
> Spend time on your mistakes : double or triple what u spend now by mistake done. Crack them till u know every single pieces of reasonning that made u wrong
> Do, once a week, a full GMAT test (AWA in front) > For every question measure the time spent : Never pass 1min30 without knowing that u should guess or spend a little more efforts to crack the question
> Rebuild your self confidence : Put reasonnable goals and turn them to achievments. Reward yourself.
> Share on GMATClub : Response to others' questions, post yours... What u can explain to other is what u have understood.
Finally... Good Luck & Never give up !... All your efforts & dedication will pay off !... We are all able to testify it :D
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Also, I noticed that you only have 31 posts. If you want to take full advantage of gmatclub, get in the verbal and math sections and participate. It's a lot easier to learn to ride a bike by getting on it, not by watching others.
Thank you guys so much.... i do feel more empowered reading what you all told me. I think i will get back into it, take the class and fight it until the end.
As a matter of fact, i will take a few weeks off, and by the end of Novmenber i will start the course. At this point money is not an issue anymore, i will make gmat my top priority again. And you're right again....my participation wasn't too good, but i promise i will change that. After all, we all grow together by helping each other out, we're not stepping on others to get ahead!
Thanks guys, now i know exactly what i have to do.
Thanks Derek. Honestly...i am not affraid of hard work, but somebody told me once that i shouldn't work hard, but smart, and i am hoping that the manhattan gmat course will point me to the right direction. Like Fig was saying, i need to learn the concepts before doing the problems.
I think you guys are very supportive, and it would be a shame not to achieve what i really set myself for. Besides 570-600 is not that hard to achieve, you all can testify that.
It happens.. Do not give up, go on. Effort ALWAYS pays off!
To me it seems that the main reason for undesired score is the overall mood. Your psycological state of mind has bigger effect on your performance than you may expect.
Think positively, concentrate on positive side of events. Speak to people who make you happy, meet people who are positive overall, go to gym (this is the best relaxation technique) or watch movie...some good comedy
If i were you i would reread Fig`s post and make sure i follow the advices listed there. Reading Fig`s posts make me think of GMAT as an enjoyable experience