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# 660 anyone?? Really confused-- Additionally what went wrong

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07 Apr 2008, 14:49
Well My first attempt at GMAT and I got lower than the last 5 practice tests I took. And I read somewhere that I could add a 20-40 to my score to the manhattan GMAT tests(which were the last 6 tests I took) . I am crushed. I couldnot believe the quanti score. Verbal was decent at 89%ile.
the breakup of my score is q40, v41
What went wrong:---
I think the thing that affected my score the most was time management .....
I wanted to get the first 10 right and felt that the sums were getting harder .....
By the time I had 27 left I was down to 47 minutes..... And I got a little nervous
and started to speed up a little bit. Somewhere down the line I must have really majorly made a lot of mistakes. I finished in time but teh result is here for everyone to see.

But the funny thing is the majority of the quanti part felt pretty tough. I mean if i was getting questions wrong, i should have seen pretty easy sums. But I didnt see a really easy sum (By easy i mean whatever the standard is for the practice section in OG 11).
I was under the impression that the maths section didnt go too bad coz I felt that the sums were hard. Infact i remember a couple of them which for the first few seconds i didnt recognise a pattern for( i wish i could ask someone on the forum but i guess reproducing the sum is illegal). One was a DS question from Probability and another one from series.

Verbal section was a good wholesome experience( I like verbal) ....
I was paying real close attention to each cr question, coz u can feel them becoming a little tougher at the end of the test. One RC passage was exceptionally bad (bad boring long read) and it was towards the end ..... So my concentration was faultering a little bit ..... But i tried all i could to stop myself.
another thing, though its not common ..... but it was a weird situation i faced in the test center.
the testing room was so quuiet, and then this lady started clearing her voice and coughing evry few minutes. I know this is a situation I couldnt help and niether could she but since there was no other noise, that noise was getting so magnified i found myself getting very disturbed. these testing centers do give you earplugs but i am not used to wearing them so i was not comfortable. So u may wear earplugs sometimes while taking a test for practice (i know maybe its just me, but a plug in my ear is not a everyday experience), or be prepared for some kind of unexpected factor.

Now I dont know what to do .... Some people are telling me I can still apply to some of the schools I aimed(i am in California, so my choices are pretty much in California ....UCLA, USC ). But a few are telling me to retake the test , that too in a couple of months. Coz things are still fresh in my mind.

Any suggestions are welcome.
Also if you suggest I retake the test , please , please give me some clear idea as to how I can attack the quanti sections.
I have done OG twice over, I have done Kaplan, I have done the GMATClub test(12 of them to be exact) , and I have done Manhattan GMAt Tests. (Ya I know what you are thinking .I must be STUPID!!! Thats what I thought too ) .

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07 Apr 2008, 16:00
You may want to share some more details about the test and about what went wrong. For instance what was your QV split ? What do you find the toughest in quant ? What was the test experience like ?

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updated the experience bit... [#permalink]

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08 Apr 2008, 09:08
sorry i didnt the first time.

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08 Apr 2008, 10:09
you talking about a weird RC problem?

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08 Apr 2008, 12:25
The RC passage I was talking about was areally long one and about relationships . So it was not specific, and it was also really long. But the questions were very specific, very detail oriented.
The weird problem I was talking about was DS problem based on probability .

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08 Apr 2008, 15:04
Rupa -sounds like the major problems were in the quant. Those gmatclub challenges are no silver bullet - they are meant for people trying to get their Q scores up from 45-46 level to 50+. What was you general Q score in gmat prep tests ?

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08 Apr 2008, 16:25
My last few ManhattanGMAT scores in quanti were
4th Q47 V34 670
3rd Q44 V41 700
2nd Q44 V34 640
1st Q43 V36 650
however I must admit the gmatclub tests never really went very well ......
Anyways, what past, I can hardly do anything . I need some advise as to what should be my next course of action. I have had a couple of days to think and I am kindof making up my mind to get back to quanti and retaking the test.
I dont know how schools look at applicants with multiple attempts at GMAT. Also does the past scores stay valid?

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08 Apr 2008, 19:02
The main problem seems to be Q - I feel that doing so many gmatclub challanges them may have actually hurt your confidence when you took the final test. To get 48/49 in gmat Q - you should be able to to do a lot of medium difficulty questions accurately and quickly. However, the gmatclub challenges range from hard medium to hard to very hard. If you can master them then you are a shoe in for 50+. But if you're not learning much from them, doing poorly and losing confidence, its time to take a step back.

I'd highly recommend focusing practice on basics, slightly easier questions (like from the OG) and get 48 / 49 consistently in gmatprep tests before attempting any more gmat takes (and any gmatclub challenges).

b-schools do not view multiple takes negatively. Most schools only look at highest score.

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09 Apr 2008, 05:32
Rupa04 wrote:
What went wrong:---
I think the thing that affected my score the most was time management .....
I wanted to get the first 10 right and felt that the sums were getting harder .....
By the time I reached queation 27 I was down to 47 minutes..... And I got a little nervous
and started to speed up a little bit. Somewhere down the line I must have really majorly made a lot of mistakes. I finished in time but teh result is here for everyone to see.

Did I miss something?
47 minutes with 11 questions left is more than enough time.

Your only barometer should be GMATPrep.

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09 Apr 2008, 13:09
I meant when I was done 10 and 27 questions were left . I am sorry that does sound the other way round. Just came out wrong ....

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