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What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help!

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Status: Want to join the 700 Club
Joined: 17 Dec 2010
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Location: Ghana
Concentration: General Management, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 430 Q26 V23
GPA: 3.34
WE: Sales (Consumer Products)
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What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 09:57
Here I go again:

I took the real GMAT last year July and scored a miserable 430( Q26,V23), a score no "school' will even bother to look at.

I was devasted by the outcome considering the effort I put in preparing. I gave myself about two months break to clear my mind, then started to prepare again, not too rigourously this time. Wanted to cover the concepts and make sure I understand.

I just took a full length diagnotic test about 30 minutes ago, lo and behold I scored a miserable 410 (Q24,V23).

I am NOT going to give up on the GMAT, no way. I have achieved tremendous success in my academic and professional life. I dont see why a test should stand between me and my dreams. NO WAY!

To this end, I HUMBLY ask you guys to help and support me to conquer this beast called the GMAT. What am I not doing right? I am ready to learn and to pay the price. I am ready to take the test even after the new one kicks in June but I want to give it another shot before it changes.

What is the Achilis heel of this test? Please help me for a begger has no choice.

I count on your continued support. Please let me know if you need any information from me.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 10:19
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I'm sorry to hear about your performance :( Please tell us more about your preparation to date so we can offer you advice.

Materials Used to study
All practice/real test scores
Length of study (weeks months years and # of hours etc..)
and any other information you think would help us, help you

Take a look here: gmat-study-plan-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html And make sure your studying is in-line with how many people prepare for this test

You sounds like you have the drive and motivation, now you just have to translate that into a high GMAT!
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Status: Want to join the 700 Club
Joined: 17 Dec 2010
Posts: 21
Location: Ghana
Concentration: General Management, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 430 Q26 V23
GPA: 3.34
WE: Sales (Consumer Products)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 7

Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 10:58
Thank you so much for your response!

Materials Used/In use:
MGMAT Books
Knewton GMAT Prep
GMAT Pill Prep
Official Guide 11/12th Edition

Practice Test:
GMAT Prep- 420
Knewton Diagnostic: 410
Real GMAT: 430

Study hours
Try to studyat least two hours a day

Lenght of Study:
Been studying since 2010...did focused study for 3 months prior to the test in July 2011.
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Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 12:41
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Well it seems that you are doing the correct preparation, but the information just might not be sticking. There could be plenty of reasons for this, but one that I can think of is that you need to give the GMAT your best attention. That means, don't study the GMAT after work, trying studying before work. Don't study when you're tired, study when you're alert. Don't study when your sick, study when you feel well... etc, etc... Make sure the GMAT is number 1.

Also, you need to cover your topics more in depth. You are obviously study good material, but you are not retaining this information. So I would recommend that you cover material more slowly, and reinforce each new thing you learn with practice problems. Make sure you don't move on until you KNOW that you have this topic down. Also, keep an error log of your mistakes on practice problems, so you can later go back to those and revisit the questions you've missed.

The final advice I can give you is to not give up! It doens't sound like you will, but the GMAT can be quite challenging. In many cases it can take months and months and months over long periods of time to really start retaining this information. And if all else fails, you should really try to sign up for a professional GMAT course.

Good luck to you, and I hope that your future studies progress nicely.

Also, take a look at my post here: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393.html?fl=home It might help you with some of the intangibles
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Status: Want to join the 700 Club
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Location: Ghana
Concentration: General Management, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 430 Q26 V23
GPA: 3.34
WE: Sales (Consumer Products)
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Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 7

Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 21:18
Thank you so much GMATLA for your advice.... I think the bain of my problem is retention and the time I study. My work requires very high energy levels so by the time I get home, I am usually very exhausted. I think this is affecting my absorbtion rate. I will heed to your advice and see if there will be improvements.

I checked out the link to the post in your reply and OMG most of the things you say are true. For instance, I was never used to the scatch pad. This really slowed me down especially on the quant section of my test and there wasnt enough space to contain more writing. It was really a problem for me. I was given a pen that seemed to write like a marker..it just took so much space when I write with it. I thought I was going to be given a pencil and plain paper to work with. I am going to get one right away! Guys please take this very seriouly.

I also remember I had to go use the wash room at least three times when the test was in session. The coordinator even got pissed at me. I just couldnt control my urge to urinate( excuse me) during the test. This is quite perculiar to me. So went to see a urologist to fix the problem now. I am now better.

But this is how seemingly little things like this can affect ones score and performance on the test.


Thank you guys and please keep your advice and support coming. I am most grateful....I am going to take some verbal practice test before going to work. Goodmorning!
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Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 10:00
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Thank you guys and please keep your advice and support coming. I am most grateful....I am going to take some verbal practice test before going to work. Goodmorning!


And just as a reminder, before you start doing "practice tests" or loads of practice problems, make sure you understand the concepts. Without the concepts, practice problems can be a waist of time, effort, and practice problems. So make sure to study concepts very hard, and then reinforce with practice questions and tests...

I think you will see results if you keep up you hard work!
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Status: Want to join the 700 Club
Joined: 17 Dec 2010
Posts: 21
Location: Ghana
Concentration: General Management, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 430 Q26 V23
GPA: 3.34
WE: Sales (Consumer Products)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 7

Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 14:42
Whao! I will do just that and I will keep you posted regarding my performance.

I am going to start all over from scratch.

I hope I can count on your continued support and assistance.

Thank you so much. I am grateful.

Cheers! :-D
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Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2012, 14:50
Given where you're at, a class might not be such a bad idea.

Classes offer a one size fits all to get a good grasp on all the material. If you're going through material and not getting anywhere, you're likely hitting self defined roadblocks where it can be difficult to overcome. This is why we stress an error log.
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Re: What am I doing wrong? My poeple please help me. Need Help! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 16:29
How is your prep coming up, Lordzilla?
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