I just took my GMATS about 5 days ago and ended up with an unfortunate score. 35Q (44%) and 40V (91%) for a total of 610. Needless to say I was completely surprised and crushed when the score was displayed.
I'm not sure what went wrong exactly but have some ideas, I would appreciate more opinions and advice. I didn't get much sleep the night before but still felt energized for the test. Once it started, I finished both essays with time to spare and expect a very good score on them. Then the math section started. It didn't seem too difficult, but I kept getting distracted by the time. It always seemed like I was behind, so I would rarely double check my answers.
I had one particular problem that I'm not sure what to make of. It was a geometry question, had to do with a rectangle split into 2 triangles and one middle part. When I thought about the problem after the test, the solution, which couldn't be easier, jumped out at me. When I was in the test, however, I immediately started solving this problem in perhaps the most complicated way there is, using pithagore and square roots and god knows what else, but after 5 minutes I just stopped, guessed and moved on. Has anyone been through this? any advice?
Otherwise I didn't get the impression the math was particularly difficult, which is why I was so surprised at my score. I'm guessing I may have made some inattention errors or just carelessness.
The verbal was also quite a bit lower than any of my tests. I usually get 99%, even on kaplan
. The only thing I can think of is that my attention was seriously waning when i got to the middle of the verbal section. That's something I hope to work on as well.
I studied primarily using Kaplan
's premium guide
I also used princeton review
's math guidebook.
I have gmat 800
, but did not use it.
I didn't know about this site or that the new Official Guide was available, I found out when paying for the exam. I have since ordered and received it (next day air!).
To be very honest, I hadn't done a full exam, from start to finish, until the exam. I did the math section of the kaplan
CD which was timed and used the paper version of verbal to extrapolate. Since my verbal was 99% that usually translated to about 610, though my quant on kaplan
was quite bad. I ignored that because I'd read the Kaplan
test was much harder.
As for the ETS test, I downloaded the 2006 version, unaware there was another one. As a result I was also unprepared for the format, though I don't think that made a difference.
I finished university about 6 months ago, so I'm still fresh in academic environments and tests. I was a business major, and scored an A in every quantitative course I took (stats I, II, decision analysis etc), so I'm quite surprised my quant is low.
Anyway, Any advice would be appreciated. I'm aiming for 700+, which means at least 90 points higher. Seems like quite a feat to accomplish since I have at most a month more to study.