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Looking back at my posts now I can exactly pin point the things that I did wrong!!
1)I jumped right into GMAT preparation without even gathering proper study materials and without having any plan at all.I just collected whatever I could from the local libraries and studied whichever book seemed interesting to me.I should have assessed where I am 1st, then make a plan, and gather the stuff that I really needed.I initially didn't even buy the official guide till bout a month before the exam.
2)I got way too much stressed out and worried more than I actually needed to.GMAT is not a tiger that you would be caged in with to fight.But I acted like it is a tiger.Its just a test!!!!!!!!!!
3)Overall, I took exactly 2 and a half months to study and I totally wasted one whole month at the beginning.I was very poor at time management.
4)All the people who scored above 700, I read all of their experiences and took it as a bible.But I failed to understand that every person has his very own formula.What worked for someone else might not work for me.
After the exam I really thought that I would see about 370 to 400 on the screen.But when I saw 510, (I was delighted, yes,)but I also thought that - .....I could have done better!!
Well, my goal is just to get into school and I cant spend 250$ all over again, so I should move on...
But, I think someday, I would probably give this exam again...The overall experience wasn't so bad at all!!!And I can totally understand now why people even after getting like 770 try for a 790 or 800 again!!
AWA is reported separately, it does not have any impact on your overall score. I think universities don't pay a lot of attention to the AWA score though a very low score (i.e. sub 4.0) might raise some questions about your ability to write proper English.
While 5.0 is a good score (congrats!) I'd doubt that it has a positive impact on your chances of admission to a better ranked school.
How about program wise? I'm considering about getting into a Masters program on one specific area of business rather than going for an MBA.There are lots of fields out there like Accounting, Finance, Economics, MIS etc that accept a GMAT score. Does any particular field of study pay attention more on AWA scores compared to the quantitative and verbal scores?
And by judging from the current trends in the job market, how much more is MBA preferable than a Masters degree in one particular field of study?
"Recommended GMAT 600, Average GMAT 620"....this sounds like a pretty bad informal rejection, doesn't it? By the way, I will retake GMAT sometime in 2012, just to prove that I can!!! But really need to get enrolled somewhere in the meantime or, get a job!!!
I am thinking about restarting my preparation for my next GMAT exam. Have not decided on a date yet. Deciding on a good study plan. Anyone has any good suggestion about it? I cannot put more than one hour everyday right now for GMAT. But I am trying to plan out a long term steady study plan.Want to sit for the exam sometime next June of 2012 (hopefully).
Re: What is the best advice for me?
29 Jul 2011, 01:36
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