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New post 25 Jul 2015, 15:30
The subject says it all.

I'm wondering where I went wrong, in what ways I could improve my studying efficiency, or if it's even worth trying again.

I began my GMAT journey in March of this year. I was scoring in the 200's on practice tests, so I thought that getting a tutor would be more beneficial than studying on my own. Four months and thousands of dollars later while working two jobs to make ends meet, a 400 was a result. The whole time I was taking the test, I was thinking "oh hell yes, I got this". I was familiar with almost every question, although the reading comprehension passages were extremely difficult for me to grasp and data sufficiency questions involving integers were hard to process. The practice tests I took this month alone were all in the 500's which was in the range of the score I wanted so I went into the test room feeling confident.

I guess I'm just really looking for advice, maybe words of encouragement. Has this ever happened to anyone? How did you handle the defeat? Will a school even look at my application with a 400 test score?

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New post 25 Jul 2015, 15:59
This was just bumped up... I read this and it made me sad. I'm in a similar boat now. I'm wondering if you're still on this forum what you ended up doing?

I have been studying for 5 months... on my own, no tutor. I'm increased my score by 200-250 (practice tests), but I haven't had the courage to actually go write the exam.

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New post 25 Jul 2015, 16:27
DeliaDavidow wrote:
The subject says it all.

I'm wondering where I went wrong, in what ways I could improve my studying efficiency, or if it's even worth trying again.

I began my GMAT journey in March of this year. I was scoring in the 200's on practice tests, so I thought that getting a tutor would be more beneficial than studying on my own. Four months and thousands of dollars later while working two jobs to make ends meet, a 400 was a result. The whole time I was taking the test, I was thinking "oh hell yes, I got this". I was familiar with almost every question, although the reading comprehension passages were extremely difficult for me to grasp and data sufficiency questions involving integers were hard to process. The practice tests I took this month alone were all in the 500's which was in the range of the score I wanted so I went into the test room feeling confident.

I guess I'm just really looking for advice, maybe words of encouragement. Has this ever happened to anyone? How did you handle the defeat? Will a school even look at my application with a 400 test score?

Sincerely,
Slightly heartbroken and defeated as F
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Sorry to hear about your GMAT. Just because you had the courage to post your experiences even after your ordeal shows that you did give GMAT a fair shot. Do not be disheartened by a XYZ score. There are a number of people who were in the same boat and were able to show remarkable jump in their mocks and then in the GMAT. You can read all about them at should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html

You showed a very big and encouraging jump from your 200s to an actual score of 40 on the real GMAT. This tells me that you can further achieve whatever score you are aiming for. Just read through a few debriefs from people who have been able to show 100,150 points increase. There is no reason why you can not achieve what your goal is. The good news is that business schools do not care how many times you take the GMAT. All they take into consideration is your best attempt.

Take a few days off from all GMAT related activity and once you are ready to get back into another shot at it, order the enhanced score report from mba.com (http://www.mba.com/global/store/store-c ... eport.aspx , http://www.mba.com/global/store/store-c ... eport.aspx , https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... re-report/) and see where exactly/what sections do you need to focus more on.

Now that you have tried a gmat tutor, I would recommend looking at other forms of learning (self study , be it online or from the books or a combination of self study and online). A list of the possible sources are at the location:

gmat-study-plan-how-to-start-your-gmat-prep-80727.html#p605856

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Additionally, also look at being more active on GMATCLUB forums where you can post your questions or just post something that you want to discuss and it will be responded to by experts and other forum members.

Hope this helps. Remember " the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph".

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New post 25 Jul 2015, 16:52
Hi DeliaDavidow,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as hoped. You have managed to raise your score 100-200 points though, which is still a nice accomplishment. I'd like to know a bit more about how you studied and about Test Day itself:

1) What is your goal score?
2) What practice materials did you use?
3) What was your first CAT score?
4) On your Official GMAT, what were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores?

5) When you took your CATs, did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
6) On your Official GMAT, did you have trouble finishing any of the sections?
7) On Test Day, did you leave any questions unanswered?

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DeliaDavidow wrote:
The subject says it all.

I'm wondering where I went wrong, in what ways I could improve my studying efficiency, or if it's even worth trying again.

I began my GMAT journey in March of this year. I was scoring in the 200's on practice tests, so I thought that getting a tutor would be more beneficial than studying on my own. Four months and thousands of dollars later while working two jobs to make ends meet, a 400 was a result. The whole time I was taking the test, I was thinking "oh hell yes, I got this". I was familiar with almost every question, although the reading comprehension passages were extremely difficult for me to grasp and data sufficiency questions involving integers were hard to process. The practice tests I took this month alone were all in the 500's which was in the range of the score I wanted so I went into the test room feeling confident.

I guess I'm just really looking for advice, maybe words of encouragement. Has this ever happened to anyone? How did you handle the defeat? Will a school even look at my application with a 400 test score?

Sincerely,
Slightly heartbroken and defeated as F
:cry:

This has happened to a lot of people - you're not alone. It's worth trying again if you really want this. No good school will look at your application with a sub-600 score - unless you're a famous person. How do you bounce back? Taking some time off.

It's easy to get discouraged here, where people who score 740 want to retake the exam (everyone hates those people). Don't waste any more money with private tutors - hire a cheap online course and you'll see your score improve to at least 600.

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Sending you kind regards. You can do it and you aren't alone.

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DeliaDavidow Have you decided to retake the test?

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