Here's my story - I am giving GMAT now - I am 33 years old - But 11 years ago I gave CAT which is the Indian equivalent of GMAT ( I just need an invitation letter from wharton / Harvard to motivate my 6 year old US born Kid)
Here's what happened 11 years back:
In November 1999, I was in fourth year of my college and prepared for CAT. After 6 months of painstaking preparation I did not get through. I know it was primarily due to RC - although the scores were not revealed at the time. Out of the top 6 B schools I recieved 0 interview calls. (Calls are based solely on score). I was not only preparing for CAT - I was also studying for the final year of my college and looking for a job. I failed in CAT, barely passed in final year college and found a decent job. So my 16 hour days did bring some fruit if not much.
I started working in the summer of next year. I repeated my performance in CAT in November 2000 (you could only give the exam once a year) I was doing okay in my job performance and failed in CAT again. I got 0 calls from the top 6 B schools. This was in part because I misplaced the admission ticket and was driving for 19 hours on the day before the exam to replace it. I reached the test center 15 minutes early and slept 10 minutes into the exam. 3 months of 8 hours a day (over and above the Job) efforts went waste!
Next summer I was laid off and couldn't find work, - partly due to the dotcom bust. I started studying for the exam with no job and no savings - not knowing if I could pass it. I looked for jobs in the first 30 days after the lay-off but did not make much headway.
It was at this point that I decided to do another wholehearted attempt to give the annual exam again. I stopped looking for work and devoted 16 hours a day for 5 months. As a backup I applied to all top 30 B schools as well.
This time I passed and got interview calls from all the top 6 B schools.So net net I ask - Do you want it badly enough to pick yourself up and start afresh - like I did?
MGMAT1 Q48 V35 680
PR1 Q44 V37 660
PR2 Q51 V31 660
PR3 Q51 V37 710
PR4 Q50 V37 700
PR5 Q51 V41 730
MGMAT2 Q49 V45 760
GMATPREP1 Q49 V43 730
GMATPREP2 Q49 V43 730
MGMAT3 Q51 V36 710
GMATPREP1 Q51 V34 690