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640 AFTER 6 MONTHS OF CONSISTENT STUDY. NEED PLAN FOR RETAKE.

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New post 26 Jun 2019, 05:36
Hi Everyone,

I sat for my GMAT yesterday after 6 months of consistent study and was extremely disappointed with my result. Below is a list of all the prep material I used along with results on practice tests.

Background
Age 25, Male
Undergrad: McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management
CGPA: 3.43, All three levels of CFA cleared
Founder of a Fintech in an Emerging Market, Extremely hectic routine but I managed to squeeze in time(2hrs average) for GMAT almost every day for the last 6 months.
Target Schools - INSEAD, LBS, Oxford, NYU Stern, Columbia, Fuqua (DUKE), Haas.
Target Score - 730
Retake Date - 6th September 2019 - Want to meet the first round deadlines.


Practice Scores

GMAT 640 (Q44, V34) - Quant Score Dropped from what I was getting in GMAT Prep. (ESR Attached) - June 24th, 2019
GMAT Prep 1 690(Q49, V35) - 11th January 2019
GMAT Prep 2 700(Q48, V38) - 1st February 2019
GMAT Prep 3 690(Q48, V36) - March 15th, 2019
GMAT Prep 4 730(Q49, V39) - May 15th, 2019
GMAT Prep 5 660(Q50, V30) - June 8th, 2019
GMAT Prep 6 670(Q49, V32) - June 15th, 2019

Veritas Exam 1 670(Q46, V36) - May 28th, 2019
Veritas Exam 2 680(Q49, V35) - May 29th, 2019
Veritas Exam 3 660(Q47, V34) - May 30th, 2019
Veritas Exam 4 690(Q48, V37) - May 31st, 2019
Veritas Exam 5 620(Q44, V31) - June 2nd, 2019
Veritas Exam 6 650(Q45, V33) - June 3rd, 2019
Veritas Exam 7 710(Q51, V37) - June 4th, 2019

I also did MGMAT and 800 Score Cats but did not do them in timed conditions. Doing verbal and quant separately and resetting them multiple times.

Practice and Prep Material

Target Test Prep for Quant - Consistently met the accuracy requirement for the Target score in the Range 47-51 for all topics. Revisited wrong questions and assessed mistake towards the end of my prep.

GMATClub Tests - Did almost 1500 questions from GMATClub creating customized quizzes - topically. Went over incorrect questions.

E-GMAT - Watched the videos but did not learn all the rules. I was of the view that practice would make me perfect, hence started doing Scholaranium quizzes. Attempted almost 700 questions. The questions I got wrong, I did again and read the answer explanation.

Exam

I went into the exam with inadequate sleep, the anxiety the night before did not allow me to sleep well. I had also not slept well the day before. I selected the Quant-Verbal-IR-AWA sequence. Quant started well (as you can see from my ESR) but I had taken a lot of time and started getting anxious, after which my quant tanked and I ended the exam with guessing 4 questions towards the end. This did not happen to me in prep and I was pretty bogged down in the break - Don't know if it was the lack of sleep or fundamental conceptual gaps to blame for the low score.

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I realize that this practice heavy approach that I took to the GMAT has not worked in my favor, though it usually works for other exams. I' be grateful to the community if they can push me in the right direction. I really want to tackle this exam but am lost as to what my strategy ought to be for the retake?
What insights can you guys derive from my ESR?, if there are any specific areas (exp Timing) that I should focus on etc?
Is two and a half months enough for me to work on these deficiencies?

Looking forward to your feedback.

Thanks in Advance guys.
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Hi,
I think you might have forgotten to attach the ESR

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From your previous gmatprep test, it seems that there is a chance to improve your score. I think, your environment in the exam hall was not favor to you. Try again. All the best..
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uzairali1918 I think you forgot to attach the ESR.

Seeing your GMATprep score makes me feel confident about your ability. Though practising too many questions may not always be as helpful unless you have a solid foundation. Here are my 2 cents for you.

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