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Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy...

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Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2010, 10:10
Hi there

I took the GMAT today and got a very poor score pretty much only because of the effects stress had on me.
570 Q36/V31

I have been preparing for the GMAT for about 8 months (although have been focused on prep for 4 months really). I started off with a 520 and slowly reached the 680-700 level. Some of my last scores were 660 (Q44/V38), 680 (Q44/V39), 690 (Q44/V40) and 710 (Q43/V44) on GMAT Prep. My initial goal was 710.

I know I can do at least 680, but my stress level reached a peak during the week before the GMAT because the D-Day was getting closer and I got a 660 and 640 in the two previous tests, which made me wonder about my abilities. My stress was so high that it made me literaly sick during the weekend, I didn't manage to eat properly during these two days before the test and was feeling pretty weak physically, and that made me worry even more... Last night (because of stress again) I didn't fall asleep until 3am, which left me with only 3 hours to sleep before the test!!
Well, no need to say that my brain was unable to think this morning!

Anyway, I've learned my lessons: work on stress levels and ensure that stress doesn't affect my health, and book a test date for later than 8.30 in the morning, I realized that this is a bit too earlier for me.

But now I have to do the test again and I want to put in enough work to ensure a 680 minimum score. So far I have been working mostly with Manhattan GMAT books and CAT tests and did both GMAT prep tests a few times.

I still have to build a retake plan but here are a few things I thought about doing:
- work with GMAT Club tests (used only the free ones but thought they were very helpful)
- use GMAT club forum more to understand how to solve problems
- re-examin my method to attack a problem (with a tutor/friend)
- fix my quant weaknesses (with a tutor/friend)

Do you have any other ideas/suggestions for a retake plan?

Also, I have used both GMAT prep tests quite a lot already and am not sure whether it will be really indicative of my score if I use them again. Any opinion on this?

Thanks!!!
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Re: Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2010, 12:10
feel sorry to hear.
You may want to think of taking some practice test in exact 'official' testing conditions to build up the stamina and coupe with with the stress level.
If you are going for a retake - which is most likely - you previous is definitely going to help you a lot.
don't lose heart and keep up the tempo for the next show.
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Re: Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2010, 16:05
Sorry to hear that. I think you should retake the exam.
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Re: Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy... [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2010, 17:45
nifoui,

it seems you are affected by results easily thus i suggest you to NOT take any CATs the week before your next exam - this way you wont feel bad if you dont do well. The final week just do practice problems so you wont be affected too much by the score. The day before the exam relax - go see a movie, to a bar for a relaxing drink or play some games. Get to the test center an hour early to relieve some jitters before the exam. Go over some last minute idioms, formulas/tricks etc and just "chill". I find this tactic to be good since you will be plenty awake by then.
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Re: Very poor 570 because of stress! Need retake strategy...   [#permalink] 19 Apr 2010, 17:45
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