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worst nightmare :( :( :( [#permalink]
08 Nov 2010, 07:17
Today i appeared for my GMAT exam and scored the lowest ever - 510( q-49 , v-12 ) When i started preparation four months ago i had given GMAT prep and my score was 570( q-47 v-26). I worked hard on RC and SC, i was good at CR right from the beginning( although i lacked in speed that i compensated later on).My MGMAT and GMAT prep scores are as follows - 1) MGMAT 1 - 600(q-49 v 25)- 15th aug2010 2) MGMAT 2 - 640(q-51 v29) - 3rd sept 2010 3) MGMAT 3 - 630( Q-50 V28) - 9th sept 2010 4) MGMAT 4 - 640( Q-48 V-30) - 3rd oct 2010
GMAT prep Version1 - test 2 repeat- 750( q-50 v- 41 ...7 days before actual GMAT... almost 10 questions were repeated first time i had given this test in sept 2010 and got 680) GMAT Prep Version2 - test 2 - 660( q -50 v-29).. 3-4 questions of CR were repeated from OG-12th edition,after giving this test i was very confident because in verbal i had got 7 questions incorrect in a row, and this was very much avoidable.
I had given GMAT prep version 1 3-4 times score varied from 680-750.
After doing hard work of 4 months if result is like this i really don't know what to do next
Still i don't believe that v-12 on the real GMAT is my score!!
Same accident happened to me also on 2nd nov... I scored 560 (Q-48, V-20). One day before i took GMAT Prepr (Repeat 3-4 times earlier) and scored 710 ( Q - 48 & v -37) . My MGMAT scores varied from 650 to 720 within 1 month of my acutal test. I worked for long 5-6 months, screwed up my job in which i was doing very well & this is my critical year of promotion. But on 2nd nov after seeing my Verbal score - 20 . Whole world around me stops for few hrs, I was numbed and even cried infront of my parents at home.
But promised myself, what may come i will beat this GMAT, & will get into my dream school. So, already started again my preprations.
i think you were just anxious... clearly that is not indicative of your real level.
you know what my mgmat instructors were all telling me? nerves screw with so many people - so much that most of the retakers decide not to study AT ALL during that 31 day wait, and they come out with a score thats a good 50 points higher - just because theyre not so nervous anymore!
if you know that youve studied all you can, and there isnt much more you can do - i say, just stay brushed up on the material, take it easy, and spend some time getting into the right frame of mind. you'll do great! stay optimistic and dont be so hard on yourself. we both know that you are very capable of getting scores in the high-600s...!
while scoring high on Gmatprep i was thinking that i will easily be able to manage 720+ but now after all dreams got shattered...i am not at all confident.....i am not able to analyse what went wrong? I was cruising thru the verbal section and this is the worst score ever i had got....
ive heard of people who got very low scores on either quant or verbal - and they were SO SURE something must have been wrong with the computer, which is nearly impossible. i think if the questions are really easy and youre breezing through stuff - you were ultimately choosing the wrong answers. either because you were nervous or in a weird mental state where you werent taking in all the information in the stems or answer choices... dont feel so down. if youre still acting this way by the time you retake the exam, im pretty sure you wont do as well as you can.
not sure if you saw my debrief - id post a link but i havent been a member long enough... 2 Months in the GMAT CAVE: 530 to 750! (Q48/V46) but you will see that i went through many levels of mental and emotional preparation throughout the entire 2+ months. im generally a pretty optimistic person, but i also put A LOT of pressure on myself, and i have noticed that things really turned around when i reached this certain understanding:
i had been studying so much, given up everything for this stupid test, etc... and i suddenly realized that i am doing my ultimate best. theres nothing more i could do. and i know how much i personally grew. i wasnt going to beat myself up over anything, because, sh!t, i beat myself up enough living in the GMAT cave. and let me tell you, it was like there was some major shift - because my practice scores started going up, i began to really GET the problems, i started to be able to achieve insane laser focus - and best of all, i wasnt so afraid of the test anymore. when this happens, you kind of become badass. in a good way. and i believe that this was the single biggest factor that helped me break the 700 barrier.
I empathize with your situation. That is the lowest Verbal score I have ever seen. And given the fact that you were consistently pulling up 30+ on Verbal,this score is surprising or rather shocking. I'd strongly suggest that you gather yourself up over the next few days and I'm sure that you'd be able to rebound and be able to perform even better. You know that you are made to get that 700 and you don't have to go too far to get an evidence for that because you already had been getting good scores.
The good thing is you have an awesome quant score. 49 is too good. So at least now you know what not to worry about and what to focus on. Leave no stone unturned this time to beat the Verbal monster .And all said and done, we as a community are there with you at each step. Whenever you're down and out, just pour in your heart here and you'll see how much better you'll feel with the support you get here.
just because you practiced from the OG doesn't mean much. The question is, did you learn from the OG the month before the exam? I did all of the OG for verbal, understood all of it and still got a 25V. When I saw that on the screen I didn't know if I was hallucinating or whether I should laugh or cry or something. So trust me, I understand your feeling. I'm preparing to take it again with additional practice just because I think it was a "fluke" and hoping for the best with the best of preparation out there. I use Kaplan, MGMAT, GMATprep, and 800score.
Yaa guys .. I m also again on the track for GMAT.. my recent scores from Manhattan on sun Total - 670 (Q-46 & V-35) on wed Manhattan 680 (Q-47 & V-36)
But this time i m not seeing my score at all but the mistakes & reading each & every option explanation till do not understand them. with every day (practice) to the power (practice) to power infinity times till body & brain shut all the doors to let is more info.
guys still i am not able to make out what went wrong in my preparation strategy( still my heart says it was a bug in my real exam )
if that's the case then you're ready to rock-n-roll. sign up for another test preferably at a different location. I too, had some question of whether they had bugged my test or whatever but there's no real way of finding that out as I'm sure GMAC won't tell you even if they did have a bug simply for the fact that it opens too many doors to potential errors for everyone else. So trust me, they won't tell you. They never have and never will.
Just take it again, different location, and focus, eat before, and be sure not to study 2 days before the exam just so you don't go in all stressed out.
u are not the only 1 in this world who is going through this. So many people are unable to crack the Gmat on the first or second try, but never loose hope buddy.If you think you can do it, then you can do it.
I have given GMAT twice, scored a 650 on both the occasions(although got a 6 on my AWA second time round) and was doing well in my practice tests before the exam, but somehow managed to screw my exam. Don't worry, take a break for a couple of days. I will suggest just pick up few novels or books and start reading stuff. Don't think about the course for 1-2 weeks at least and just get used to reading a lot of stuff.Once you get comfortable reading and start reading fast then pick up your course and see what are your weak areas and try to improve them.
good luck mate hope to see a post from you soon, saying you cracked the gmat:)